Trip to Klintehamn

Trip Start Jan 08, 2010
Trip End Sep 27, 2010

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Flag of Sweden  , Gotland,
Sunday, January 31, 2010

Friday this week was a bit of fun, we have a half-ish day on fridays and Daniel had asked earlier in the week for some help unloading and stacking some hay out at his place. So when we got off at about 2 we went with him to his property outside Visby.  It was snowing of course, as it has been since Wednesday, and out there the snow was knee deep everywhere and deeper in places.  The rooves looked like they had thick white blankets on them and the trees were so perfect they looked like they were out of a really corny painting.  It was like walking through a Christmas card.

Daniel gave us some old clothes to put on, promising that we would get covered in hay and out we went to the shed.  On the way Pete wrote his name in the snow (no not like that!) and then we got to work.  It was fun moving hay, but I guess that sort of stuff gets boring when you have to do it all the time.  Good to get the exercise though. 

Pete and I couldn't stop being amazed at the snow and pointing to interesting snowy bits around the place, so when we finished Daniel showed us how to have a proper snowball fight.  It was heaps of fun but it's hard to run in that much snow so I think Daniel definitely had the upper hand having had a bit more practice.  He showed his snowy prowess when he chased Pete down and tackled him to the ground before smooshing a massive handful of snow into his face.  So now that's twice that Pete's been Millered, though this time was much more brutal than the first.

Once we had gotten completely covered with snow and were all cold and wet, we went inside and got changed.  Then we settled down in front of Star Wars Episode 1 with a cup of tea and a bowl of Cheez Doodles (he he he, Daniel couldn't work out why we kept giggling like little girls when we saw the packet!)

Saturday we took a trip to Klintehamn where Pekka lives, my we are social birdies!  Klintehamn is a town south of Visby, about 25 minutes by car (I've put a pin on it on the map above).  Daniel drove Pete, Emelie and I down there and we spent most of the day in Pekka's flat above a church hall and touring the little town and it's harbour.  It was absolutely freezing cold and the snow was deep, but we walked for about an hour and a half anyway, Pete and I pointing out lethal looking icicles and marvelling at just about everything as usual.

Luckly Pekka had cooked us a nice hot lunch so we could warm up when we got back to the flat.  It was rather flash actually: meat balls, mashed potato with blue cheese in it and something sauce on top.  He even made me a vego dish: stuffed cabbage rolls, they were very tasty, it was rice and mushroom and stuff rolled up in cabbage leaves and baked in a tomato sauce, it was a bit like canneloni I guess. 

It was a great day and it was good to get outside Visby and see some more of the island.  The highlight was meeting Pekka's housemate, Anders Svensson who plays soccer for Elfsborg. Have a squiz at the picture.

On the way to Klintehamn Emelie and Daniel pointed out Gotland's best beach which is apparently teeming with people in summer.  They tell us that the sand is sandy and the water is wavy but I'm not sure I'm convinced.  The water looked very lakey and there were big rocks around the place, so we might have to take a trip back there when it's not covered with snow and see what all the fuss is about.  Whenever people try to tell us how good the beaches are here and why Swedes flock here in summer, we remind them that we are from the country with the best beaches in the world.  It will take a pretty good beach to convince us to come for a holiday in summer! 
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