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Published: July 15th 2011
No no, I'm not anymore in Sweden. But as my journey ended the 21st of June, I didn't write all my adventures down so ... a little journey back in time to tell you what happened in the South of Sweden.
On June 15 we said goodbye for the second time to Christine and went to the trainstation.
Prices are really silly here when you want to take the train. When you pay in advance a journey from Stockholm to Nyköping would cost round €15. If you decide to go the same day you pay €30 and when you are in a hurry and don't have the time to buy a ticket at the ticket office you pay €11 more in the train. If this is what waits for us in Belgium with the rails maybe we should get a rugby helmet and wear that in our trains when we do our jobs :-)
By midday we arrived in Nyköping and met David, Antoine's cousin. We found the railway hostel and we left stuff that we weren't going to use on our camping trip. Still our bags were quite heavy. We had to carry two tents
along, food, water, ... some little things but they make a heavy weight at the end.
Antoine and David found a nice trail in the Nyköping area and so off we went with our backpacks and camping gear. We walked for a few hours and found a camping just when it started to rain.
It was a really nice camping, at the sea shore. We put our tents just in front of the water and found an inside space where we could cook and sit. We played uno to pass our time and went to bed.
The next morning the rain had gone and in the water we saw swans. To wake up in nature is special but when you open your tent and you see water in front of you with swans in the water, why would you pay an expensive hotel room with a view if you can have this. We had a relaxing day, took some lunch with us and we were up for a walk in the area.
The 17th of June we had to be back in Nyköping to meet Virginie, another colleague from Charleroi.
So June 17 it was raining cats and
dogs when we had to break up our tents. David's tent broke because of the wind, luckily I had a repair kit that came with my tent. We tried to get to Nyköping as quickly as possible to pick up Virginie. We got a ride from a Polish woman who was building a house just outside Nyköping with her husband and she dropped us at the trainstation.
We met Virginie, rearranged our bags, bought some food and went to the bus station. We took the bus to Nävekvarn. A nice harbor village down by the sea. We kept following the Sörmlandsleden trail in the woods, with the rain. The forecast for our last week was supposed to be one day of rain and one with sun. Unfortunately the forecast was right. We found an open space in the middle of the forest, put our tents up and tried to make a fire. That was quite a task, making a fire in a wet forest :-) but as we make quite a team, we made a very nice fire. Drank our belgian beers, had an ionised meal and David sang some mongolian songs (which he learned from his trip last year).
Lucky for us the next day the sun was there. We arrived at a very nice lake with a lot of shelters and found the shelter we were looking for.
We had a roof above our heads, a mosquito net that protected us against tiny flies, food, water to swim in and each other's company. What more did we need.
But ... as the forecast was right, the next morning the rain was there again. Before we left we filled in the shelter's guestbook. Instead of writing something boring we decided to hide a treasor near the shelter. We hid the treasor and wrote in the guestbook how to find it. We called it a crown and we hid one Swedish crown and he or she who finds it has to hide it for the next person. It would be funny to see if this could work, meaning that we should go back from time to time to check.
By the time we got out of the forest we were soaked. We kept on walking on the main road and after 3 hours of walking we arrived back at the little fisherman's village Vänekvarn.
We had some lunch, rented a
little wooden house and had a very lazy Sunday afternoon.
The next day we headed back to Nyköping by bus where I would stay behind and the rest would keep on going for another few days.
We had a very nice afternoon, had our last supper together and so round 7pm I had to say goodbye to my dear friends.
I spent the night in the railway hostel and left the next day to Belgium.
The four of us agreed that this wasn't going to be our 1st and last trip together. Wonder what the next journey will be.
Thanks to Christine, Antoine, Virginie and David I had the best holiday so far.
Take good care.
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