Traveling with the Dog – Stockholm Edition

P1020994So how was it – traveling with man’s best friend? Well, I got to say I’m glad I tried it, but I don’t think my chihuahua will be a world traveler anytime soon. 😀

I decided to list some pros and cons I discovered during our week in Stockholm. I guess the most important thing in traveling with your pet is that your pet is social and fine with the situations. But after this trip, I guess it all might be a bit too much for mine.

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Let’s start with pros:

+ You won’t miss you your dog, because he’s with you!

+ You get different experiences when you have to think your trip the dog friendly way

+ It might be easier to get contact to locals as you have a dog as ice breaker

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…And the cons:

-It’s stressful and more work: customs, vaccinations, dog might be stressed…? Even when you want to get a taxi you have to make sure dogs are allowed.

-Is the apartment/hotel/cabin dog friendly? You might have to start your vacation cleaning the place so your four legged friend won’t get anything suspicious to eat/chew!

-It costs more money: You might have to pay ticket for your dog too or get a vaccination/medication before/during the trip, like we did.

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Also summer time would be better to travel with a dog – then you can just hang out outside too!

Sprint in Stockholm

RU6A2437Last weekend I visited Stockholm for a day with my friend. We have both lived in the city for a while, so no sightseeing was really needed, but we did stop at two look-out points when we where waiting for cafe’s and shops to open.

Good food, shopping and spending time together was the agenda for the day. And apparently walking, since by the end of the day my pedometer showed we had walked over 18 kilometres! (Even though we stayed around Södermalm and downtown the whole day.) Apparently it was too much for my body, since now I’ve been home with a flu for several days…

Here’s some shots from our path.

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Waldemarsudde

IMG_2010On last weeks short visit to Stockholm we stopped by at Waldemarsudde early in the morning. I’ve visited Djurgården many times before, but never made it to Waldemarsudde there, so I wanted to fix that.

There’s a museum, historical buildings, garden and a great view. The atmosphere was so peaceful and quiet, we were basically the only people there that early. I wish I get to see the place in the summertime too sometime in the future. The garden is surely beautiful when all the flowers are in full blossom.

By the way, isn’t it great that the signs of spring start to be as strong here at home, as they were in Stockholm already a week ago?IMG_1974 IMG_2024IMG_1976 IMG_2008 IMG_2028 IMG_2033 IMG_2037 IMG_1971

This Year

IMG_7308Looking back, this year seems to have been mostly awesome. So many great experiences, some amazing trips, and a few dreams that came true… Feeling quite blessed! What I tried this year, was to follow my heart and dreams. And as I have noticed myself and with few of my friends that have been doing that too, it really pays of.

The year started with K in Nicaragua with a freelance-work trip. Then I continued for week in Minnesota, and I'm glad I did.

The year started with K in Nicaragua with a freelance-work trip. Then I continued for a week in Minnesota, and I’m glad I did.

For example, to tell you the truth, when we booked to the flight tickets for the mini US-road trip with K last spring — that’s something I’ve been wanting to do for years all ready — I wasn’t sure I’ll have money to go through with the plan. Then, like a miracle, I got a job for fall and the problem was solved.

In February I got to spend couple of days in my all-time favorite: Stockholm.

In February I got to spend couple of days in my all-time favorite: Stockholm.

Next year seems busier than ever work-wise, so I’m happy I have had the chance to see so many great places this year. That’s always the dilemma with traveling: no work, no money, and if you have money, no time because of work. So I’ll doubt I’ll be a lot more on Finnish soil the following year, even though I wouldn’t mind a few get-a-ways… We’ll just have to wait and see what happens. 😉

In May we escaped to Poland, Gdansk for an extended weekend with my parents.

In May we headed to Poland, Gdansk for an extended weekend with my parents.

summer passed by living and working in Helsinki but we managed to match our days off with J, and escape to the other side of the bay, Tallinn.

Summer passed by living and working in Helsinki but we managed to match our days off with J, and escape to the other side of the bay, Tallinn. Next summer I’ll spend the vacation from my permanent job for working in Helsinki again.

September, living the American dream, or more like my dream, with K!!!! <3

September, living the American dream, or more like my dream, with K!!!!  I counted we spent a month together on American grounds with K this year, if you count Nicaragua and the time in the US. Hope there’s new adventures ahead of us too, even though it will be hard to compete with the places we saw this year!

Since September I've been firmly in Finland. But it's okay, because from the beginning of February I've had this pile of hair to brighten up my days. Life never get's boring with a chihuahua.

Since September I’ve been firmly in Finland, but it’s okay, because from the beginning of February I’ve had this pile of hair to brighten up my days. Life never get’s boring with a chihuahua.