days with maja – loads of catching up

I don’t remember exactly when my friend Maja provided me with free pillows last time, but I think it must have been about 4 years ago. Not that we haven’t seen each other for all that time, she has been down in Landskrona quite a lot.

Now when she was meant to have a full week of work we decided that I will come and visit … and also take on my old home city – Gothenburg both day and evening.

Maja lives in Kungsbacka. Kungsbacka is a municipality in Halland County on the Swedish west coast, some 30 km south of Gothenburg. A very neat and pretty town with around 82.000 residents in the whole municipality. Very popular town to live in – with closeness to the ocean and in comfortable distance from Gothenburg. It has a small town feel to it. Everybody seems to know everybody … at least everybody knows who Maja is .. and Maja knows everybody. There is a lot of money in Kungsbacka.

When I step off the train at Kungsback station I was met by Maja and the first snow for this season. When I was leaving Landskrona it was windy and wet. It is 2 hrs 15 min between us by direct train.

Had fantastic days with a pretty full dance program.

The water was very wired – it was snowing one morning 8am and 2 hours later I had to walk to the station in the heavy rain.

There wasn’t much of Gothenburg, because one of my friends had other plans that she couldn’t change … so I only went in for lunch with my friend Jytte and the weather was so bad that we just walked over the mall next to Gothenburg Central Station and more or less chose the first waterhole we came to. (“Le Pain Français”) was a superb choice. So there wasn’t much of taken on Gothenburg. We just had a long lunch and we had a lot to talk about, we hadn’t seen each other since June 2015. Pretty poor by both of us … when it’s only 2 hours between us, but it’s what it’s. We decided to make a radical change to that.

Really great food … and fantastic quality time with one of my oldest and dearest friends. I don’t have that many real friends … 5 in total here in Sweden and about the same amount over in UK and on Ireland. Then a couple of more in other countries. But my friends are … the most important thing in my life, after my health. We don’t have to talk on the phone every week … they are always there to pick up where we finished the last time we met. That’s real friendship to me.

I also had a chance to meet Maja’s daughter and her children, Pelle (4 years) and Annie (nearly 2) … Johanna, I haven’t met for nearly 7 years, so there were loads to catching up too. She lives in the most beautiful villa with her partner Marcus (haven’t met yet) and the children in Mölnlycke. Mölnlycke lays higher up then Gotenburgh and Kungsbacka so it was like being in Winter Wonderland … frost, snow and sunshine.

Was invited to one of Maja’s girlfriends birthday party – Lotta became 58. Lotta I haven’t seen for over 20 years … still the same bubbly and warm girl. Full house with family and friends, superb fish soup, great wine and homemade chocolate cake. Terrific party!!! Also met a couple there that belonged to my ex’s bunch.

The last evening we went to the Christmas Market at Tjolöholm’s castle.  The weather was very poorly with rain and mist plus very slippery walkways. But even if the weather was not very inviting the market were very busy. It’s all indoors … in all the converted barns. I bought a bottle of birch sap mulled wine.

Tjolöholm Castle is a country house, built 1898-1904, in Halland, Sweden. It is located on a peninsula in the Kungsbacka Fjord on the Kattegat coast. Tjoloholm Castle was designed in the Arts and Crafts style. Once it was totally self-sufficing, today it’s own by Kungsbacka municipality.

Unfortunately, my camera battery went out and I have left home without back up.

But with help of Majs’s iPhone … I got proof that Santa excite.

Before it was time to board the train for Landskrona I invited Maja to a Thank You lunch at “Restaurang Storgatan 1″ – a very nice homely restaurant with a great lunch buffet. I enjoyed a very traditional Swedish dish, Rimmat fläsk med rotmos och pepperrotssås (Salted pork with mashed turnips and horseradish sauce), so YUMMY … a dish that is hardly seen on any menu today.

The county of Halland is the county of horseradish.

“Fish and visitors stink in 3 days.” 
Benjamin Franklin






23 thoughts on “days with maja – loads of catching up

    • Yes, I’m lucky with my girlfriends! Thank you so much for the lovely words about my personality. I always try to treat people the way I want to be treated myself.

  1. Sounds like a lovely short trip back to your old hometown, Vivi. Nothing like something familiar but most importantly, great company. ‘We don’t have to talk on the phone every week … they are always there to pick up where we finished the last time we met. That’s real friendship to me’. This is such a profound line. I hope I can use it in my work some day, and if I do, I will let you know. I too don’t have that many friends but they are the ones I can count on and accept my weirdness, weird personality, lol.

    Is that you with Santa? Santa does look excited. Hope you get to take a spare battery with you next time. For me, I always carry a spare battery but just today, it was my SD card that was full and couldn’t take any more photos with my camera when I was out.

    Enjoy the rest of the weekend. Many more travels and stay safe 🙂

    • Mabel, no it’s Maja with Santa. I think he had a couple of rough hours there at the castle. He was very entertaining and funny.
      The battery thing has happened to me twice … now during this year. I had the little purse where I have my back up cards and batteries, but there was no battery in the purse???!!!!
      The memory card thing has happened to me too … but I delete some images, there is always some images that aren’t good enough to make it.
      Mabel, I don’t think we have lot friends! Friends are one thing – but good friends is another league. You’re so welcome to use whatever I may write that make sense. *smile
      Thank you for the good wishes … there is one more trip for 2017 – Krakow over Christmas. I wish you a great week.

      • Poor Santa but it looked like he was all smiles for Maja. What a good sport.

        Maybe the battery slipped out of your purse, or maybe you left it somewhere else after charging it. I’ve done that before. And then I’ll take out my camera when I’m out to discover the battery in it is empty XD Really dislike relying on my phone to take photos.

        ‘good friends is another league.’ Again, so well said, Vivi. Your words are so meaningful they should belong in a book 🙂 Wishing you a good week too.

      • Santa was really in a good mood, but to sit there for hour after hour … he was a true sport.
        My batteries I had left behind in Landskrona, for some reason – but I never checked before I left.
        Some phones provide really good images. I think Galaxy is better than Iphone (sorry) – that is me talking … and I don’t even have a smartphone.
        Thank you so much for your kind words about my “brilliant” expression … I’m not to sure they will fill a box. You know even a blind hen can find a corn or two.

      • I think with every person Santa sees come up to him, that keeps him going like a champ.

        I agree that the Samsung Galaxy phones are better than iPhone…because I have a Galaxy and the photos aren’t too bad. But I still think my camera takes better photos…

        I am still convinced your words will fill a meaningful book 🙂

      • Thank you … Mabel. Yes, to be Santa in December is a tough job, but he can take it easy during 11 months. Great job.
        What I understand are the photo from a smartphone smaller … but great for night images. No, I couldn’t dream of given up my camera. *smile

    • Maja, nöjet är helt och hållet mitt. TACK igen för de trevliga dagarna. Det skall inte dröja 4 år igen. Missade ditt röstmedelande – mår okay. Tack för din omtanke.

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