Lund

My second time here, but first passing Göteborg. Somehow this city scares me. I got no idea why, because I love tramways!!!

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And look what I found on a gas station. So cute! And I am so crazy when it comes to snowglobes.

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But now… welcome to Lund. In fact a part visited mostly by students.

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Oh, it reminded me of my old University. Those bricks, trees…

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Oh my Mother Island!

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This is so cool!!!

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Just amazing.

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And bikes, of course there had to be bikes.

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And… wait, who are you? Jacques Borelius… oh yes, I know you!

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Why we stopped in Lund? Just to look around of course, for this architectural pleasure…

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For all those details.

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Blue sky.

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OMMI Kubuś Puchatek – Peter Plys – Winnie the Pooh… how is he called in your language?

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Oh yes…

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Those awesome little streets.

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Colors.

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This everything, quite quiet, bit empty, rainy from time to time.

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Just so… old.

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Hard to explain it, but in fact we stopped just to take a wee…

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Me so romantic, right.

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But the truth is…

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This was the best view – coming home, seeing my Island for the first time since Thursday. I missed Her so much. I am so tired!!!

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Torsbo

It is like a crazy pearl hidden between everything pearly. The biggest, the most amazing, the spot, the place you just must see. But take some water with you and long pants. Take something for spirits still singing there, and ancient gods, those who wait, sleep…

or only…

watch you.

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And come to Torsbo. The biggest, the most amazing place. Hidden between trees, with some water from the bogs…

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Some could say it was not luck, but for me, I was lucky to come here, when it was raining. With no sun, just with wind.

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Torsbo is not easy to find. There is an old farm and a parking lot but still, we were here alone.

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From a parking you will take a not so long walk, you will pass the graves, you will wait, you will have many expectations, and suddenly.

It will be here.

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Amazing.

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Breathtaking.

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Complicated.

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Rich.

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Some of them need some restorations.

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Some are still visible thanks to water.

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Of course everything is described.

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So no worries.

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You are safe.

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Or only amazed?

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Because those carvings are something more. Something longer, something really telling stories.

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First you look…

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… then you touch the rock – not the carving – and listen. And you are amazed by this greenery, by those trees, by this nature. By everything.

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And those colors.

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This is why coming here when it rains, is a great idea.

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But choose a good boots.

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And think… how could they love this place for so long? And create, describe, or just carv for fun?

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How could they lie here their parents and grandparents.

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Pray and believe.

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Think how much more is here. How much more to discover, but…

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… are we still Homo sapiens sapiens to get it? Are we?

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Look at them? They were here before us. Brave? Or just humans like we are? Scared sometimes, struggling, scared, full of hopes?

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Hunting?

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Discovering or… wait, where are the fish? I mean really?

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Or maybe that was only a book? You know, a chronicle, annals… just a story?

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About those who fought, and won, about those who lost?

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About hunters and animals.

About nature.

Because you are nothing without nature…

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And without waves.

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IKEA living

Okay, I get it, we were in Sweden, but…

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Why the heck the whole apartment we lived in, looked like IKEA? LOL

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No offense, we like IKEA, in fact more like than just like, that smell of wood always makes me happy, but living in one of the rooms, or more like exhibitions… was crazy. Still, we can really recommend this apartment – in Hamburgsund – quiet, clean and cool!!!

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Maybe small, but what more do you need, when the whole time you sped outside?

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And even if you wanna stay here, you have a grill and lovely spot outside to sit down and calmly look at the huge rock behind you.

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Because this is somehow end of the world.

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Really.

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So if you need a place to rent for your vacation, we recommend it.

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I mean really!!! LOL

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Very much.

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But when it come to IKEA… we do not have it on our Island, so… we stepped in. For candles and just to breath this wood inside. And…

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… to finally buy this pillow, I was dreaming about, because for me it is a pillow of stories. I get it, for me it is a blue reindeer, for others it is a ram, for some even a mutant, but for me. Here are stories… and they were on sale!!!

Still, is IKEA art or just living?

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This is art for sure, right? LOL

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Bye!!!

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Greby – the red one

Okay, so there is this special bloody redness everywhere, but this. This place. I mean… It was like all fairy-tales looking at me!!!

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Really!!!

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We were suppose to only drive thru Greby, but in a corner of my eye I saw this. Those butts, those colors and shapes.

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And had to check it!!!

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Because when something like this happens, you just have to, right?

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Stop and think.

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Is it art, or just kitsch? Or is kitsch art?

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If it makes you smile, it is art. If you feel anything, it is art.

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Animals friendly, right?

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So ethnic?

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So ethical?

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So… I bet people living near hate this house.

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Or maybe they smile walking by…

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This green is just perfect.

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And blue sky.

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And…

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Wait, it has lights there!!!

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Looking amazing. Maybe not for everybody, but somehow, this house made me smile!

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And, oh yes… a reindeer!!!

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And trolls.

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Naughty trolls!!!

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And dogs…

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And this piece reminded me of my Island.

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I have no idea why someone created it, but.. I bet he or she had fun.

Did you like it? Come on, I bet it is… eccentric, but still, different. Funny. Crazy…

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Greby

Well, I was expecting a tiny village, what I found was a quit big harbor full of people. Sunny weather, more like hot and steamy and huge amount of humans. I mean everywhere. Happy joking, loud… maybe even too loud, but I am one sad and depressed, and loving woods and rocks, so I feel it totally different.

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In fact here most of stuff surrounds waters, because the rest are rocks.

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Blue waters.

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Amazing. With this wood, it looked like other world. The one usually hidden behind one of veils.

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Weird things for boats.

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And some party happening?

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Okay in fact it was probably Nordic Oyster Opening Championship. It scared me. Too many people, too loud, I run away.

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But the rest of the city… well it is beyond cute!

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Red of course…

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And colorful.

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And watery and…

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… and rocky.

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Just so cute. Full of small restaurants.

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Again no souvenirs, what made me sad. But look at this car!

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And this view.

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Boats and waters.

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Clear and clean.

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And this redness.

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And more…

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If I had more time, I would go there.

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And dive maybe, because it was so hot.

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Or maybe will choose one of those boats and travel somewhere?

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Or just go…

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And do not stop.

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Because here everything has something intriguing inside. Or on side.

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Just…

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And even a wedding! Tillykke!!!

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And we even found two sculptures.

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Malkolm and this singer…

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I could swear he was playing. Like in the old days… And all those cottages up there, trying to stay on this rock. I mean really, this place is just a bouquet of cottages. You do not even have to add a ribbon.

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Greby – graveyard

That was a surprise.

I saw this card in a shop, amazing, with stones standing, so I just had to… google it, found the way – was not so easy, but was easy to get there and… I am still amazed. Trust me, it is a place with some weird power.

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In fact it is such a floral pearl, than suddenly all those Scots do not matter. For a moment. And those standing stones, and bells…

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Wait, what? Oh yes, from the graveyard you have a lovely view to the city church of Greby, Interesting. Really.

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But now the graves. Almost 200 of them, and stones. I bet many of them are in the surrounding cottages, farms or whatsoever… as usual.

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But still it is impressive.

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Dated 205-600AD in fact few sources quarrel.

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But you can clearly see that those stones are younger. Differently shaped.

Not so round.

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Some of them stand up like swords, waiting to be picked up by gigantic Arthur.

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Others… look like they should have some inscriptions.

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They are impressive. All of them.

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Of course if you choose amazing path thru all those carvings and graves,, you will come here. So do not just pass by… wait, think, and feel Scottish.

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Although there is only a legend. In fact no proofs.

“The Greby Burial Ground is the largest in Bohuslän. There are more than 180 visible graves, but the true number is probably much higher. Legend has it that Scots warriors are buried in the mounds. Eleven of the graves were excavated in 1873 by Oscar Montelius, a well known archeology and prominent figure in Swedish archeology. The graves contained no weapons, only personal artifacts. The dead had been cremated, and the burnt bones put into clay pots. Dating of the excavated graves put them from the Iron Age, from 400-500 A.D.
At the time when the graves were established, there was a shallow bay just to the west, a bay that was an extension of Sannäs Fjord with connections to the open sea at Havstensund and at Edsvik. Using Edsvik as the entry point, it was possible to avoid the dangerous waters at Tjurpannan. The entry at Edsvik was guarded by a fortress that still exists today.

The large number of graves here at Greby and at Gissleröd, nearby are indication that this area was of special significance in the centuries after the birth of Christ. The finds from the excavations in 1873 point to connections with Norway, England and Germany. Greby was posibly a trading place associated with a large farm where goods and products from this part of northern Bohuslän were bartered for goods from other areas.

We do not know when or how it lost its significance. Possibly it was due to the bay silting up and becoming to shallow to sail in, or that the site was attacked and plundered. In which case there could be some truth in the legend about the Scots.” from here.

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There is something in this quiet, forgotten place, those bells.

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Meadow with so tiny flowers, birches…

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Something really ancient. Really and fully.

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I will keep this place in my heart…

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Even this stone looking like a nose which fall from a huge statue, or was lost by a really snotty giant.

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I will.

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Norway

My first time.

And it is a scary one?

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Or maybe just weird? See, I remember this time when there were borders, but slightly. I used to just driving thru Europe, so… information, that Norway does not belong to EU, hit me. It in fact changed nothing except this. This huge shop in a middle of nowhere. With fancy everything.

I mean really everything including tones of sweets.

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I literally mean tones…

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And a sexshop. Yeah that was my first one between Norway and Sweden. Yes, I felt shocked. Does it mean I am prude? Maybe I am?

Or maybe I hate this shade of pink?

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And then those sculptures. I am done Norway, thank you. I came here for fiords and trolls and vikings, and I got this?

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Oh well, at least now we can see some wilderness.

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This should stun me, but…

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… even with other side of a bridge I felt only fear. Fear of heights.

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Oh, maybe in fact being there could be fun? Imagine spending here whole year? Seeing this part of the world changing into white hell?

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But is it so much fun? This place seems busy.

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Quiet second.

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Cool slide, although I would be scared…

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Fancy Swedish side.

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Heart on the bridge.

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More of the Swedish side… I could go there, but we have no time and it is so hot.

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Oh and more bridges. Scary.

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And more cute cottages.

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And more blue.

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Okay, I get people loving it, but still, I miss my Island. We have so much beauty here, it is enough to me.

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Yup… Norway…

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Norway – Sweden, Sweden – Norway… and Sweden again.

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So busy down there, so busy up here. Here cars, there boats.

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Those people must be rich. Riding here and there. I get it, the boat is the only way to reach form point A to B, but they just play… I will take my poor ass from here, but first – I need a magnet from Norway! I am not leaving this side without it! And a troll if it is possible and a moose!!! And maybe some northern lights?

Do they pack them?

Can I have a pound or six?

Because  do not think I will be brave enough to stay here longer than an hour or two.

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Aspeberget

So here is second one very special place with rock carvings. Very special, very hot, because in fact it is totally open space, almost naked rock with paths and without them, because most of people visiting Vitlycke Museum is over them…

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… they should regret it. It is amazing. Much bigger, much different. Much more fancy, rich and stunning. There are still pieces before paint, and those still not cleaned up. Because in fact under this grass, there is more.

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More of amazing.

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More of archaeology and history. Or just carvings and graves… or just life.

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And death.

PS. The cool thing is… there are everywhere those wooden steps or boxes which you can climb on and look at this everything from above.

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When I first was able to touch those rocks, so smooth, so much different than those on my Island – touching the rocks not carvings – it amazed me with its softness and this feeling of warmth coming out from it.

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This power, which was only getting stronger because of this red paint helping people seeing the past. The symbols. So complex. So ready to tell all stories about the hunters, and those who loved this land. About those who lived here, died, had families, worked, maybe even ere a bit grumpy? Or they loved jokes and dances?

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Of course it is all about sun too.

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And this heat coming from above is really suiting it. I just can not stop watching it. Trying to find out what is this or that, and show to combine one with another? I want my own theories, I will not be happy with other dissertations.

LOL

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The first huge part is just hurting my brain. All those ideas are bubbling there, cooking and spinning my insides…

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And this water. I know t is damaging them, but it looks so appropriate.

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Of course you get all about them and guidelines, but I encourage you to just think by yourself. To have ideas and visions.

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They are here also to tell you about the people…

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and everything else.

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But I am here for carvings. And those untouched are melting me totally. Just look. Do you know how hard it was to create it just with a stone and all this poking and your wife telling you that you have no time for your family, and that she wants another cow and… Oh come on. It could be so. Or maybe only ladies were here to make those more detailed. More… swirly?

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Because we see the world differently. Men and women.

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Dancing around the sunny disc. Believing that it brings life, but also being aware it can give you death.

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And the one I came for…

Yes, I keep saying it, but in fact, you got to see more of them, get the whole context. You can not just take one piece and create a theory. This is what archaeology is all about. Even if we are talking about stone carvings. About details combined together. About humans of the past in fact glued from pieces of ceramic, stratigraphy, beads, flint, or treasures. Or mostly just darker places in your trench.

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Vitlycke art

Do you still see it? Art in those carvings? Are you able to recognize the meanings behind those boats, ships, animals, circles and human like creatures?

Are you?

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Do we still see beauty and hard work in it? Or because it has no label it is not art. Because it is in fact priceless and for everybody, it is not important fun? I see people looking at those carvings and in fact just marking something they have been too, something to tag on Facebook or Instagram. Nothing deeper… even this amazing nature, those rocks and spring in those leaves. So green that it hurts…

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Here we are. In front of Vitlycke Museum they are. The most famous one…

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Huge, telling stories.

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And look at this nature around. Fresh, springy. Those birches with their leaves so neon green, the sky so blue…

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Here it is.

Starts tiny, and then is huge. Is mysterious but also so obvious if you think about the waters around you. Waters so close hundreds years ago.

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Boats. Humans…

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Questions.

And even more.

You wanna quarrel that it can be Neolithic art not Bronze Age but in fact something else matters… to preserve it.

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It matters. To never forget.

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After this flat rock we go up… between young trees, between trees… so friendly trees, such an empty, full of birds, environment.

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And this green.

Oh my, it makes me jump, it makes me sweat too because even if we are now here in the north, so called, it is hot. I mean summer hot! I am sweating!!!

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But it is closer. The graves. Two of them. On the top, watching, or just put here to be visible?

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Imagine it… many people bringing rocks, preparing it, creating, feeling it… and now I can see from here huge white discs?

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SETI? Is it still on?

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These graves are just amazing. We have them shaped like this, but so much smaller here on my Island. So much tinier. But still respectful.

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Both of them.

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And this view! Imagine it ages ago… no homes, just few cottages. People feeling free in nature. People just being themselves.

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What would they say seeing us now? combined, tided between internet, news, corporations… not free at all. With weird religions.

Weird thoughts and dreams.

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Vitlycke Museum

I was expecting nothing. Decided to not to look to much, to not use google maps… just to have some surprises. Of course I knew the carvings, I am working with them almost every day, but the rest…

I wanted a surprise!

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And I had it! First the museum. Just a building. Seeing from a distance.

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Geometrical, simple. But also a bit so… sacral? Not a church more like a cult site. Simple, but also adequate. You know you are in a special place. You just know it. So… let’s get inside.

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It is a hot day, so inside is also hot, sorry. But this gift shop! OMMI!!!

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I can not go there now, must be an adult at least for a moment. I need to see the stuff! And it is… small but amazing.

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Rich and surprising.

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But also… just about bronze age.

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And carvings…

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And…

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Here is a place… a large round bed, where you just lie down, and look up… and maybe my movie still has problems with sound, but look at it. Slowly… imagine this music plays all the time. Just all around.

Just look here is the link.

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And now let’s go back in time…

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It was au naturell. You know, no smartphones, no electricity, no Facebook and only talking, fire, wilderness and sex.

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Oh yes.

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And this what I came for… everywhere. When you work with symbols, somehow they become so everywhere, so always and forever. Living without them is unreal. And people not noticing them… are weirdos!

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Or maybe I am weird, because they are so obvious to me. Such an obvious way to communicate. But the best thing is… this museum and this village, in fact they are real. They are like pumping up chronology of this site. You just feel here them… the ancestors. Those who lived here…

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Worked here. Lived and died here.

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Tried to survive.

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And had their believes. Simple, natural like everything what surrounded them.

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Oh yes… sexy, right?

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Or maybe just natural and normal? We do not like this word nowadays, but for them procreation, ability to create life was something…

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But mostly to survive.

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Yes, now people call it cruel. Forgetting about people using in fact everything from an animal they were haunting for hours, goodies they gathered…

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Calling them cruel is a stupidity…

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Read more, learn more. Be more homo sapiens sapiens. Yes we are with 2 sapienses. Or maybe we should be, but we are forgetting about brains? Maybe this is why movies about zombies are so popular?

More or less, this little one was with us for a long time. I bet for this creature we were weirdos.

PS. Of course I had fun in a gift shop! Just go there and have it too!!!

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