There are a few things that I ask ways do when I’m in a new place. I scope out where the bookstores are, the coffee shops and local, ethnic food places. Coffee shops are a must because sometimes you just need to get out of the house and enjoy the scenery while having a lovely cup or two of good coffee.
I may not always buy a book when I go into a bookstore, but I love the magical worlds they hold, and all between two covers. There is something calming and soothing to me about entering a bookstore. It’s like coming home no matter where I am in the world. Seeing the titles of my favourite books, touching them is a bit like visiting with an old friend.
And when in Rome, one should try their food. When in Sweden, Swedish food is in order. Homemade, local food gives you the full effect of the place, a dash of the people and their character if you will. But we are human, you an I my dear readers, so we tend to shy from things that take us way out of our comfort zone. For example any food that can look at me, I struggle to even taste. It’s akin to naming your food, one you name it you can’t eat it. Label it as a bunny? Sure. Call it Thumper and it’s a whole other game. 😉
But back to Sweden. Well not really, it’s been over twelve months since I placed my toes upon the land of the Vikings. But a friend found a delightful Swedish store/restaurant. So off we went, because I have an addiction to Sweden’s cinnamon buns and other lovely this. Rye bread? Oh yes please, with lovely cured salmon! 😊 Let’s just say I was not disappointed with this place from the decor and Swedish coffee to the wonderful staff and the aromas coming out of the bake area.
And while I thoroughly enjoyed myself, couldn’t help but run through a short list of people in my life (present time and past) who would have enjoyed this place with me. Those who are still with me, presently involved in my life, well I must figure out a way to bring them to this hidden little gem. And those in my memories, well I can imagine what they’d say or do in this place. Either group, it’s like sharing some marvellous secret with them! And that’s the best part, when you can share something so lovely with those that matter in your life.