Everyone in Norway also knows where Syden is located. But again it may not mean the same to everyone
. For some it only means Spain and the Canary Islands, Greece, Cyprus and maybe parts of Turkey. Others may for example include Portugal, the French Riviera, Italy and the sea along the Balkan Peninsula. While others again include every country that borders the Mediterranean Sea, and maybe even the Red Sea and the Black Sea. For the global generation growing up today, it may even include Thailand or the beaches of Brazil. The only thing that is certain, is that everyone who goes to Syden agrees that it is a jolly good place for a holiday.
I am myself part of a generation who grew up during a time where vacation either meant Syden and/or a week "på hytta". Nothing wrong with that, it was all great. From I was about 15 until 25 I went to Syden more or less every year, and when I became 17 I worked two months every single summer just to be able to earn enough to blow it all on a 14 days booze trip to Syden with my best pals. Either we went to Mallorca, Kos, Rhodes or Cyprus, they were all great holiday destinations with lots of potential to get stupidly drunk while trying to chat up tanned Scandinavian girls. Great memories in fact...
So now you know approximately where I have bought a holiday apartment with my parents. We bought it back in 2002 when it was still under construction
. It is located in a small town called Alcossebre about one hour north of Valencia. And that's where I have been the last week with my parents and younger brother, to relax and celebrate my father's 60th birthday. It's the first time I have been down here since the apartment was finished a couple of years ago. And I must say I really like the place. The apartment is part of a big complex with a great pool area located right next to a Mediterranean beach. The sea views from the terrace is pretty stunning. And Alcossebre itself is also far from a typical Syden spot, as there's mostly Spanish tourists around, although it is starting to get popular with people from Northern Europe, especially Norway, England (who of course can locate a needle in a haystack), France, Germany and Holland. Ahhhhhhhhhhh, time for another Sudoko ;-)
In my home country Norway, Syden is a very famous place. I am not sure how to translate Syden into English, as it has a slightly different meaning to different age groups. For an 18 year old guy it translates to "down south where the sun shines, the women are hot, the booze is dirt cheap and hangovers are cured on the beach". For a young couple with three kids it translates to "down south where the sun shines, the kids can play in the sea, spill ice cream and drink pop all day and the steaks and wine are dirt cheap". For an old couple it translates to "down south where the sun shines, great food and wine, lets spends the Norwegian winter here in this heavenly peaceful Sudoko solving hotspot". Everyone does however agree that there needs to be plenty of sun and sea. Otherwise it is not Syden.