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    Försenade flyg & borttappat bagage: känn till dina rättigheter som flygpassagerare!

    I samarbete med Flightright.se


    45 dagar, 4 länder, 6 flygresor, 16 städer och 18 hotell senare befinner jag mig i Brisbane, Australien börjar känna att här omkring vill jag nog landa. Åtminstone ett tag. Att konstant flyga och flänga är förstås jätteroligt och spännande –  när saker går smidigt. Men försenade flyg, jobbiga medpassagerare och bagage som hamnar på villovägar tar ju trots allt lite på krafterna. Och under mina 7 veckor på vift har jag redan hunnit uppleva alla dessa scenarier – många gånger om!

    Resultatet av detta har fått mig att bli mer uppmärksam och intresserad av att veta mer om mina rättigheter som flygpassagerare och vad som faktiskt gäller när bagaget blir borttappat eller planet är sent. 

    Bagage på villovägar

    Mina bagageproblem började faktiskt redan när jag åkte från Stockholm till Singapore (första stoppet på min Asien/Australienresa) med Norweigan. Planet i Stockholm var försenat så jag fick springa genom Gatwick flygplats för att hinna med mitt anslutande plan i London.

    Jag hann med nöd och näppe med. Det gjorde inte mitt bagage.

    Jag hade bokat fyra nätter i Singapore och fick reda på att min väska skulle komma med nästa plan från London dagen efter. Det innebär att jag alltså skulle få mitt bagage två dagar senare, nästan tre (för vem vill sitta inne på hotellrummet och vänta på sin väska som “kommer någon gång under dagen”?).

    Eftersom jag redan vid ankomst visste att det skulle dröja över 48 timmar tills min väska skulle komma och jag stod i jeans i 30 graders sommarhetta, anmälde jag min försvunna väska direkt i på flygplatsen, åkte till hotellet, tog en dusch och ringde sedan SEB, min bank.

    Utan bagage i Singapore, första stoppet på min Asienresa.

    Kolla upp vad som gäller hos flygbolaget, din hemförsäkring & din bank!

    Utöver att du självklart ska anmäla dina utgifter till flygbolaget ska du även kolla upp vad som gäller via din hemförsäkring och din bank. För även om du inte tecknat någon special-reseförsäkring så har du oftast en reseförsäkring via ditt betalkort (om du köpt flygbiljetten med ditt kort). Denna försäkring är oftast lite mer generös än flygbolagens ersättningstrappa, så mitt råd är att ringa upp din bank direkt för att få reda på hur denna ersättningstrappa funkar i just ditt fall och vad du kan handla för efter X antal timmar.

    I Bali i mina nyinköpta “reservkläder” som jag köpte i Singapore när mitt bagage var försenat.

    Slutsumman – få ersättning från flera olika håll!

    Jag handlade för kanske 1500 kr, sparade alla kvitton för mina utlägg och sista dagen i Singapore fyllde jag i en bagage claim report på Norweigans hemsida (du hittar deras här), bad hotellet scanna in mina kvitton och skickade in rapporten. Jag gjorde samma med SEB, men deras procedur var betydligt enklare, då den gick att göra över telefon.

    Av Norweigan fick jag ”endast” tillbaka 700 kr. Av SEB fick jag det tredubbla och dessutom grym kundsupport och snabb återbetalning! Tack för det!

    Mindre kul: en saftig telefonräkning några veckor senare… oh well.

    Herren ger och herren tar.

    Slutsumman är iallafall att du ska kräva ersättning från både flygbolaget OCH från din reseförsäkring via kortet. Resultatet av denna händelse är att jag därmed gick i ”plus”. Precis som det ska vara! Att gå runt utan bagage och springa runt i butiker och leta efter linsvätska och shorts ska ju inte direkt vara en del av din semester.

    För ersättningen kan man unna sig något roligt på nästa destination istället, som till exempel spa på Fivelements i Ubud.

     Om din väska är försenad ska du alltså:

    • Anmäla direkt vid bagageutlämningen. Se till att du får fylla i en PIR, (Property Irregularity Report) tillsammans med någon representant för flygplatsen eller flygbolaget.
    • Reklamera skriftligen till flygbolaget (inom 21 dagar). Det går oftast att göra på flygbolagets webbplats (även om det oftast är lite dolt…). Spara alla kvitton på dina köp, be hotellet scanna in dem och bifoga dessa samt ditt unika PIR-nummer.
    • Gör ytterligare en skadeanmälan till din bank & till din hemförsäkring och få schablonersättningar från dessa också.

    Sen har vi det här med försenade flyg…

    När jag åkte från Bali till Kuala Lumpur var mitt plan över 3 timmar försenat. Jag satt på Denpasars flygplats, timme efter timme, utan att få någon riktig information om varför planet aldrig kom och fick tillslut en trött lunchlåda bestående av ris och kyckling (jag är vegetarian…) som tröst. Kompensationen av att planet var sent var alltså en riktig festmåltid bestående av ris och ett glas vatten (obs vanligt vatten, ej bubbel). Och sen var det inget mer med det.

    Eller?

    Jag försökte kolla upp vad som gällde med försenade plan i Asien men kunde inte riktigt hitta någon vettig info (någon som vet vad som gäller?).

    I Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 3:e landet på min Asienresa.

    Inom Asien och EU gäller olika regler…

    Hade jag däremot befunnit mig inom EU eller flygit med ett EU-flygbolag skulle jag haft rätt till att få ekonomisk ersättning av flygbolaget (om förseningens orsak ej berodde på väder eller yttre omständigheter), eftersom mitt plan var över 3 timmar sent. Enligt Konsumenteuropa gäller dessa regler när:

    • du flyger från en flygplats inom EU
    • du flyger från en flygplats utanför EU till en flygplats inom EU med ett flygbolag som är registrerat i EU, Island, Norge eller Schweiz.

    Är flygförseningen mer än 3 timmar (efter beräknad ankomst tid) har du har rätt till kompensation och kan då kräva:

    • 250 euro för alla flygningar på högst 1500 kilometer
    • 400 euro för alla flygningar inom EU längre än 1500 kilometer och mellan 1500-3000 kilometer.
    • 600 euro för alla övriga flygningar som omfattas av EU:s regler

    Du har även rätt till gratis mat & dryck (a.k.a ris och vatten hehe) om förseningen är mer än 2 timmar samt rätt till ombokning eller återbetalning om förseningen är på mer än 5 timmar.

    Kul kuriosa: Indonsien älskar sitt ris och särskilt paradrätten Nasi Goreng (nasi = ris, goreng = stekt). Gärna med lite räkchips till. Efter en månad på Bali har jag ätit denna rätt måååånga gånger. 

    Flightright.se hjälper dig att få pengar tillbaka för försenade flyg

    Det som är synd är att få personer (inklusive jag själv) har koll på vad som egentligen gäller och när. Flygbolagen skyltar ju inte direkt med denna information, vilket gör att många konsumenter går miste om sin kompensation på grund av okunnighet och för att de inte driver vidare sitt ärende när flygbolaget säger nej.

    Flightright.se är ett av de företag som jobbar för just flygpassagerares rättigheter vid flygförseningar, inställda flyg och överbokade plan. Genom deras ersättningskalkylator kan du enkelt räkna ut om du kan kräva ersättning för din försening och isåfall hur mycket du är berättigad att få i kompensation. Det enda du behöver göra är att fylla i flightnummer och datum här.

    Det smidiga med Flightright är att de även kan driva vidare ditt fall i domstol om det skulle behövas – och det kostar ingenting att använda sig av deras tjänst. Det är endast när/om flygbolaget delar ut kompensation som de tar ut liten ersättning.

    Och visste du att … du kan kräva ersättning för flygresor upp till tio år senare!

    Canggu, 2:a stoppet på min resa och en av de platser jag bodde på längst på under min månad i Bali. Dit vill jag gärna åka tillbaka och “bo” några månader.

    Har ni råkat ut för liknande incidenter och hur har flygbolagen hanterat det? Har ni fått den ersättning ni har rätt till? 

  • Steam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes
    Europe,  Hotels,  Reviews

    Bästishelg på Steam Hotel i Västerås

    För flera månader sedan köpte jag (Yasmin) ett weekendpaket på Steam Hotel i Västerås i födelsedagspresent till en av mina bästa vänner. Det har varit en lång och jobbig väntan – främst för att jag var tvungen att hålla tyst om presenten fram till hennes födelsedag. För ett par år sedan körde vi en s.k. “bästishelg” på Sandhamn och det kändes som att det var hög tid för en repris på samma upplägg (plus att man är väl haxxig nog att ge födelsedagspresenter där man själv är inkluderad?). I lördags var det äntligen dags för avfärd och jag och Svarta Pärlan (min kära Peugot) rullade glatt ut från Kungsholmen för att plocka upp vår reskamrat.

    Mot Västerås!

    Vi kom fram till att allt över en timmes restid kan klassas som en roadtrip och drygt en timme efter att vi lämnat Stockholm körde vi in på området där Steam Hotel ligger. Hotellet tornar upp sig i ett annat rätt rörigt område med ombyggnationer och en skola, men läget (nära Västerås centrum och precis vid vattnet) är grymt. And here is where the magic started to happen… Eller hmm, för att vara ärlig, vi körde en snabbis till Max för kasta i oss en varsin burgare pga den långa roadtripen hade gjort oss hungriga och vem vill checka in på Steam Hotel med hungersnödSteam Hotel We are Nodes EntranceSteam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes Lounge 2 Steam Hotel Hotel Room We are Nodes Lounge 2Steam Hotel We are Nodes RestaurantSteam Hotel We are Nodes Sign

    Service med guldkant

    Jag vill bara förtydliga att det här inte är ett samarbete (som en kollega trodde när jag överentusiastiskt berättade om övernattningen på jobbet) men jag är otroligt imponerad av Steam Hotels förmåga att ge kunden det lilla extra. I ett av mina mejl till hotellet nämnde jag att vi skulle fira min kompis 30-årsdag. Vid vår ankomst gratulerar receptionisten i incheckningen min kompis och när vi öppnar dörrarna till vårt fina rummet med havsutsikt så hittar vi en handskriven lapp med en gratulation från hotellet PLUS en ask med choklad! Denna behandling får lätt 5 av 5 toasters som Benjamin skulle säga! Det, i kombination med den maffiga entrén och det fina hotellrummet, gjorde att Steam Hotel i princip redan hade överträffat våra förväntningar 15 minuter in i besöket.

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    Steam Hotels uppvärmda utomhuspool

    Efter att vi installerat oss på det fina rummet så var det dags att skynda sig till Voltage Lounge (spaområdet) och utomhuspoolen som ligger på våning 7! Vi svepte in oss i de gröna badrockarna som låg vikta på sängen och skyndade oss till Voltage. Det ENDA negativa jag kan komma på om hotellet är att väntetiden på hissarna är hiskeligt lång, så vi tog faktiskt trapporna upp. Vi stannade till vid spa-baren för ett glas vitt vin OCH ännu en gratulation (förstår ni, någon har varit smart nog att lägga in en memo på vårt rumsnummer så Michaela kunde inte för en enda sekund glömma att hon var födelsedagsbarn!). Med två kalla glas vitt så var det bara för oss att sjunka ned i det varma vattnet och beundra solnedgången. LIVETSLIV!Steam Hotel Spa We are Nodes 2017

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    Inomhuspool med Zen

    Efter ett par timmar i utomhuspoolen så smet vi in i inomhuspoolen på Voltage Lounge där vi fram till att det är #lifegoals att ha en nice uppvärmd inomhuspool med massor av tända ljus, ett härligt loungeområde samt bastu. Tack för inspon, Steam Hotel! Fick tyvärr inga bilder därifrån utan att behöva störa folk i badandet. Dock inträffade en rätt rolig grej när vi hängde runt i poolen. Ett par i närheten av oss börjar gå längs med poolbotten (kvinnan på alla fyra och mannen sitter alltså på hennes rygg medan hon ”promenerar” fram under vattnet) i några meter innan kvinnan dyker upp vid vattenytan, precis vid ett annat par, som förvånat tittar på dem och utbrister ”Ja, alla gillar vi olika saker?”. Hehe, wtf?

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    Middag på 18:e våningen på Locavore

    Middagen intogs på 18:e våningen på Locavore (deras rooftop-restaurang). Medan vi väntar på maten kommer servitören med två glas champagne från hotellet för att fira Michaelas födelsedag! Medan vi skålar in kvällen så kommer vår första rätt som bestod av bland annat forell, fänkål och äpple, följt av anka till varmrätt, supergott! Tummen upp för både maten och vinet. Under tiden vi åt middag fylldes rooftopbaren på med bådehotellgäster och lokalinvånare, så vi avslutar kvällen med att insupa pulsen vid baren med en sista drink.

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    Pris

    Jag köpte ett paket som innefattade övernattning för två personer, frukostbuffé, två rätters-middag och entré till Voltage Lounge (dvs poolerna och bastun) för 1925 SEK. Det som tillkom var i princip kostnader för dryck. Kostnad för parkering tillkommer också (150 kr blev det för oss från kl 15.00 till 12.00 dagen efter) och ni parkerar utanför Kunskapsskolan som ligger precis bredvid hotellet. Vi är båda supernöjda med både rummet, maten, servicen, spa:et, frukostbuffén och allt däremellan, så utlåtandet lyder: ÅK! Du kommer inte att ångra dig.

    Praktisk information om Steam Hotel

    Adress: Ångkraftsvägen 14, 721 31 Västerås
    Hemsida: www.steamhotel.se

     

  • hobbit hotel stockholm
    Europe,  Hotels,  Stockholm

    Grand tour of Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel

    Fredrik Sandell, the owner of Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel

    Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel has opened – and it’s located in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm suburb Nacka, 15-20-minute drive from the city center. You can now spend the night in a replica of the Frodo and Bilbo Baggins-house, and experience the magical Hobbiton setting IRL. We are Nodes got a grand tour of the 1- room Bed and Breakfast, so join us as we interview the Hobbit Hotel owner, try on the precious ring (!), and learn about hobbit breakfast habits.

    Even though we had seen pictures of the Hobbit hotel before we visited, we both were surprised about the striking resemblance when we arrived. It’s almost unreal to see a full-scale replica of the Baggins house in the middle of a residential area in Stockholm. They opened only a month ago, but the Bed and Breakfast has already been featured in Swedish local TV (Nyhetsmorgon) and newspapers. And – to the owner Fredrik Sandell’s big surprise – without any real marketing efforts from their side, visitors from all over the world have started to find their way to Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel. “We had Germans visiting yesterday, and an English couple the week before. I want this to become an international tourist attraction.”

    hobbit hotel swedenWe were super happy to be among the first ones to visit Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel 

    Entrepreneurial Lord of the Rings fan

    During the time we were visiting, several neighbors stopped by for a chat, and an upcoming guest that had reserved the room for her parents, walked by to say hi and check out the 1-room building. “The interest from neighbours and people walking by has been huge”, Fredrik explains. And we can clearly see why – the hotel is extremely welcoming, and not only because of its extraordinary exterior and interior, but also because of its owner and founder; Fredrik Sandell. He’s a true entrepreneur who has a impressive amount of energy and passion for his project(s). Besides the Hobbit Hotel, he has a full-time job, runs two cafés and trains two soccer teams.

    Our first question was of course excatly HOW big of a Lord of the Rings-nerd he is? Fredrik laughs, he has heard the same question many times before. “I wouldn’t describe myself as a hardcore Lord of the ring-fan… Although I have read the books twice, and I stood in line from 4 am to get in to the movie premieres.”

    Don’t forget to check out our new vlog from HobbitStockholm!

    How it started

    Originally, the idea was to build a small apartment for their daughters to stay in when they got older, but the idea quickly evolved to become something bigger – and with time, the Hobbit Hotel was ready to welcome its first guests. However, it took almost 8 months to even get the permit to build the house. At first, Fredrik considered doing only the exterior inspired by the Baggins house, but when he mentioned the idea to his friends, he could tell by their ecstatic reaction that he should go all in with the Hobbit concept. And we’re lucky he did, because the interest for extraordinary and genuine travel experiences is just growing, and we’re confident that the Hobbit Hotel is going to be a huge success!

    Facilitates

    Fredrik has planned and designed the hotel, which has got underfloor heating, a fridge and freezer, toilet, running water – everything one could need for a comfortable stay. Visitors can try on the “Precious ring” (if they dare),  and Fredrik has geared up with plenty of Hobbit and Lord of the Rings video material for the dedicated fans.

    hobbit hotel swedenhobbit hotel swedenhobbit hotel swedenYasmin tried the Hairy Hobbit slippers and pictured herself as a Baggins…

    The ultimate Lord of the Rings experience

    Here’s how Fredrik recommends his visitors to experience the hotel in the best way possible:

    “You come here to unwind, preferably after a full packed day in Stockholm city. You arrive at the Hobbit house, sit down in the patio and pour up a drink (prepared in the fridge) and relax for a while. Later, you out for dinner somewhere nearby, come back home, light the fire and watch Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movies as long as you are awake… There are 18 hours of video material! When you wake up the next day, it’s time for breakfast number 1. As you know, hobbits eat two breakfasts, so after the first round, you can take a stroll  around the area or go for a swim, and then it’s time for breakfast nr 2, which consists waffles.”

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    So, for any of our international readers or local followers, make sure to take your Stockholm visit or staycation to a new level! We want to thank Fredrik for the grand tour of the Hobbit house, and we look forward to following him in the future – something tells us this is not the last project he will launch that will take the travel community with storm!

    Practical Information

    How many can stay in the room: Double bed for 2 persons, plus extra mattresses (maxium of 4 persons)
    How to get there: You can take plenty of different buses (409, 471, 414) from Slussen. Jump off at Nacka Forum, and take a short 5-10 minute walk to the house.
    Address: Lillängsvägen 91, 131 41 Nacka
    Price: From 2000 SEK (200 euro) and up.

    Read more about the rates and practical information on their official website: http://www.hobbitstockholm.se/

    Make sure to follow We are Nodes on Facebook for more travel tips, reviews and guides! 

  • EveningHotelSaratogaWeareNodes
    Europe,  Hotels

    Review of 4-star Hotel Saratoga, Palma de Mallorca

    Written by Yasmin

    Read the first part of our Palma trip here: A Palma Weekend in 26 Photos

    When I (Yasmin) found out that we were going to Palma and Hotel Saratoga, I started looking up the hotel on Instagram and other social media platforms. First thing spotted; a rooftop! #winning. Also, since I’m a member of the Swedish Facebook group Vi som gillar att resa (an awesome way to get some great travel tips btw!), I noticed that several of the members spoke very highly of the hotel, so I was very excited to check it out upon arrival.

    Pros

    • The location. The hotel is perfectly situated in central Palma, with walking distance to the old town and city center. We took a cab from the airport to the hotel which was around 20-25 euros.
    • The  rooftop – do I need to say more? Perfectly suited for both sunbathing and evening drinks, we took every chance we got to hang out here – it’s just impossible to get enough of the magical view over Palma. The pool closes at 10 PM, and from 7 PM and forward, you order drinks in the bar downstars (adjacent to their Jazz bar).
    • The “event lights” in the hotel rooms. I’ve written about my passion for coloured lightening before, but Hotel Saratoga took it to the next level (scroll down for photos). The rooms were overall a pleasure to stay in!
    • The friendly and service minded staff.

    Cons

    • Lack of bar food at the rooftop bar. Our solution for that necessary afternoon-snack was to buy some tapas from El Corte Inglés and enjoy it on the balcony instead.
    • No possiblity to create your own omelette at the breakfast. Since we’re true breakfast lovers, we like when hotels walk the extra mile, and omelettes or freshly made smoothies or juices could be a way to go. The fried eggs that were served were really good, though!
    • The area around the second pool (on ground floor) could be a bit more exciting. The second pool is partly in shade, and the area next to the pool (below the stairs) wasn’t really used for anything special. I see it as an area with great potential to create something as equally cool as the rooftop. Looking forward to seeing what Hotel Saratoga can make of it!
    • There should be more tables placed in the outdoor area during breakfast.

    Summary: I had a hard time coming up with some cons, since I was so pleased with our stay at the hotel. I give 4-star Hotel Saratoga 5 stars for a perfect hotel experience. Here’s a recap in photos of the rooftop, pool area, breakfast, hotel room. Enjoy!

    The rooftop

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    The rooms at Hotel Saratoga

    Thank you for the nice welcoming, Hotel Saratoga! It’s not everyday you are greeted with some nice olive oil 🙂  Since we tried embracing the Spanish dinner hours, a snack at the hotel room was much needed. This is the perfect way to unwind after a long “hard” day at the beach. There is a El Corte Ingles situated a short walk from the hotel, highly recommended if you want to pick up some tapas on your way back to the hotel.The view from our balcony. Here you can see the pool located on the main floor. 

    The breakfast

    churros hotel saratoga

    This was my favorite part of the breakfast! Spanish Churros with chocolate/nutella. It reminded my of my time in Madrid, we used to eat them all the time! I even had to send a snapshot of them to my friend Bess in NY, whom I got to know in Madrid 🙂

    Hotel Saratoga We are Nodes 2017

    Many thanks for a wonderful stay, Hotel Saratoga!

    Adress: Passeig de Mallorca, 6, 07012 Palma
    Website: http://www.hotel-saratoga.com/

    Read the first part of our Palma trip here: A Palma Weekend in 26 Photos

  • Europe,  Restaurants

    Stocholm Guide: Welcome to Paraden!

    Written by: Sheida

    Welcome to Paraden, Bockholmengruppen’s latest addition of restaurants, located at the corner of Valhallavägen and Erik Dahlbergsgatan at Karlaplan in Stockholm. Since I (Sheida) live just a stones throw away, I have walked past this newly opened (and hyped!) local joint several times, and last Sunday I finally went there for brunch. 

    You can tell that the locals are happy that Paraden is finally up and running, because every time I have walked past this otherwise so quiet street, it has been busier than usual. On Thursday, when I walked home from work, I thought they were hosting an event of some sort, since there were so many people hanging outside the restaurant.
    I was wrong. It was just the after work that was in full swing!

    Old movie theater

    The owners of Paraden, Bockholmengruppen, also stand behind the popular restaurants Nybrogatan 38, Nytorget 6 and Österlånggatan 17, so you will find a lot of similarities in both the interior and the menu – even if each restaurant has its own twist. Paraden’s concept is actually pretty cool. It’s built inside an old movie theater from 1932 and has kept a lot of details that will remind you of its history. The theater seating behind me (in the picture above) is just an example.

    This morning, I went for a classic Egg Royale with smoked salmon, spinach, poached eggs and hollandaise. A glass of freshly squeezed orange juice and a cappuccino and I was good to go!
    Egg Royale: 145 SEK, Juice 45 SEK.

    Even though Karlaplan is a part of central Stockholm, this particular area is very quiet and can’t exactly brag with a wide and good selection of restaurants and places to hang out on.  Paraden is therefore a welcomed addition, and I can really recommend it for a cosy dinner or a date.
    Adress: Valhallavägen 147
    Reservations: 08 660 33 55 or 
    paraden@bockholmengruppen.com

    Opening hours: Mon-Thur 07:30-23:00, Weekends 10:00-01:00

  • Europe,  Hotels

    Introducing Hotel Sadova: A brand new 4-star design hotel in Gdansk

    Written by Yasmin

    Every trip has its purpose. Sometimes accommodation is less significant (‘We’ll never be in the room anyway’), and sometimes the hotel becomes a very central part of the whole travel experience. For me (Yasmin), Hotel Sadova definitely was a part of shaping my Gdansk experience. The design hotel opened in June 2016, and is located 7 minutes from the city center. The hotel gave a fresh impression; combining industrial  and modern interior with facilities like an indoor pool, sauna and an attractive bar. Here’s a list of our favorite parts of the hotel!

    5 things we enjoyed about Hotel Sadova, Gdansk:

    1. Gin and Tonics at the Hotel Bar

    We established a little “vacation routine” (gotta love those!) of beginning every evening with a Gin and Tonic on Bombay Gin at the hotel bar, adjacent to the entrance and lobby. Mouthwatering! Give them a try if you’re ever around!

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    2. The indoor pool

    When I posted an image of the indoor pool on my Instagram, people joked about vampires and blood because of the dramatic colour. For everyone’s information, the pool actually shifts colours, so unfortunately (having just re-watched the two first seasons of Buffy the Vampire Slayer), there were no vampires in sight. The red colour was my favorite, though!

    Pool Hotel Sadova We are NodesFrom red…
    Hotel pool We are Nodes GdanskTo blue…
    Hotel Sadova Pool We are NodesTo green…

    Maybe it’s because of my event background, but I really love when venues put some effort into enhancing the esthetic touch and visual experience of facilities. With colour lightning and a contemporary art constellation in red, this indoor pool became so much more than just a fitness area. The hotel also offered a small gym for its sporty guests, and an infrared sauna (slightly too cool for me, but I guess those require less power and therefore are a better and more sustainable alternative). With a blizzard outside, we really enjoyed being able to escape the cold in the hotel’s relax area – and I wouldn’t mind having even longer opening hours for the pool (currently it closes at 9 pm).Gym Hotel Sadova We are Nodes

    3. Restaurant Papieroovka

    Second evening, we decided to try out the hotel’s own restaurant and explore their mixture of Polish and European cuisine. After eating appetizers, beef tartares (my favorite!), duck and meat, we were very happy with our decision!

    Restaurant Papieroovka We are Nodes 5Appetizer: Duck’s breast sous vide served with potato fondant, hazelnut powder and pear mousse.Restaurant Papieroovka We are Nodes 2 Restaurant Papieroovka We are Nodes 2Starter: Beef tartar with apple sauce and parmesan crisp with a glass of white Chardonnay was a great choice for starter. I’m a huge fan of beef tartars, and love to try new variations of them. The fruity elements were, for me, a new take on the classic dish.  Restaurant Papieroovka We are Nodes 5Maincourse: Duck with red cabbage puree, romanesco cauliflower, potato fondants and caramelised orange. 
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    4. The Breakfast Buffet

    Breakfasts are really my THING, so we spent at least 2 hours, eating, drinking coffee and reading books (yes, we do bring books to the breakfast) every day. Best part of vacation!

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    5. The Rooms

    The rooms were of high standard with a modern and elegant touch, including all necessities that one could need. The only thing that would made it better would be a better view – but that’s hardly a dealbreaker for me when I’m on a weekend trip. The rooms were overall a pleasure to stay in!

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    To sum up, it was a pleasure to experience Gdansk while staying at Hotel Sadova. As long as the price level in Poland is so much cheaper than in Sweden, I think it’s worth spending some extra money on both good food and accomondation. Hotel Sadova is a very new addition to the hotel market in Gdansk, and currently building its reputation, but I’m sure it will end up being one of the most popular hotels in the area. The staff were super friendly and had great English skills, which of course makes the hotel experience much better. Thank you for this time, Hotel Sadova!

    Read more about my Gdansk trip here: 3 Reasons to Visit Gdansk, Poland

    //Yasmin

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    Europe,  Restaurants,  Reviews

    Afternoon Tea At Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten, Hamburg

    This trip was made in collaboration with Hamburg Tourism and NordicTB.

    With a couple of hours left until my flight back to Stockholm, I (Sheida) decided to go for a walk along the Alster Lake, followed by a traditional Afternoon Tea at the renowned Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten. Join us as we try their award-winning Afternoon Tea with one of Hamburg’s most well-read tea masters! 

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    A Grand Luxery Hotel in the Heart of Hamburg

    Seeing it was Sunday, freezing, and most of the shops were closed, an afternoon spent in front of an open fire with a warming cup of tea felt like a good idea. During the walking tour the previous day (read our full Hamburg guide here), our guide Tomas Kaiser told us a lot about the coffee and tea export in Hamburg, so I was inspired to go for a tea- tasting or doing some sort of activity involving tea.

    After some research, my choice finally fell on a proper English Afternoon Tea at Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten on Neuer Jungfernstieg 9-14. The Wohnhalle, where the Afternoon Tea is served daily between 2.00 pm-6.00 pm, has been awarded with the “Golden Teacup” twice for best regional tea culture amongst high-class gastronomic establishments. Surely, they must know their tea.

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    Enter Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten

    If you’ve been to a Fairmont Hotel before, you already know that they are breathtaking, but during Christmas time the atmosphere is magical – and Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreszeiten Hamburg was by no means an exception!

    Since I was a bit early, the friendly staff where kind enough to give me a little private tour of the hotel while waiting for the clock to strike tea time. I was led through a common area into a beautiful hall where the staff were in the midst of preparing the final touches for the annual children’s Teddy Bear Tea, that was about to start later the same afternoon. Every Sunday starting from November 27th to December 19th (2.00 pm- 6 pm), Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten hosts a “Afternoon Tea” for the children where they can enjoy a buffet, participate in various crafting activities, play with all the toys and expect a visit from Santa.

    I must admit, I wouldn’t mind staying there longer… just look at the beautiful floor to ceiling windows with the blue shimmering lights!

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    Afternoon Tea – Christmas Edition

    At two o’ clock I was back in the Wohnhalle; comfortably seated in my armchair and ready for some tea. While overlooking the beautiful view of Inner Alster Lake, and listening to the pleasant sparkles from the fireplace closeby, I was already enjoying my visit. I had the pleasure to be served by a really service-minded, friendly and, above all, knowledgeable tea-master, who was a big reason for why my visit became so memorable and why I so warmly can recommend it to others.

    I decided to go for the traditional Queen Victoria Afternoon Tea (59 euro) which included scones with clotted cream, a variation of savouries, such as roast beef with truffle remoulade, salmon with horseradish, egg salad with cress, cucumber with cream cheese, cakes and biscuits created by created by Christoph Rüffers, head of Haerlin Restaurant and of course lots and lots of tea.

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    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesFairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesTo make the tea perfectly steeped the tea master uses a tea sand-timer. 3 minutes for black tea, and 2 minutes for green tea. 

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesScones with clotted cream and jam.

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesThe pastries are created by Christoph Rüffers, head of Haerlin Restaurant which is also located in the hotel (one of Germany’s leading gourmet restaurants and bearer of 2 Michelin stars). 

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesOpera-slice, poppy-fig-slice, blood orange mousse & chestnut biscuit and almond & cranberry cake.

    Fairmont Hotel Vier Jahreseziten Afternoon Tea We are NodesAnd last but not least; the savouries! The salmon with horseradish and egg salad with cress were my favorites!

    More that’s going on at Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten

    Gourmet Restaurant Haerlin has 2 Michelin Stars and has been awarded with several awards such as “German Restaurant of the Year”, “Hamburg’s Best Chef” and “Chef of the Year”.
    – In the autumn 2016, the hotel also opened the new design restaurant NIKKEI NINE that offers innovative Japanese cuisine with Peruvian elements.

    Reservations for Afternoon Tea at the Wohnhalle:
    Open Hours: Monday – Sunday from 2 pm – 6 pm.
    Price: 59 euro or 73 euro with a glass of champagne.

    Reservations for Children’s Teddy Bear Tea:
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    +49 (0)40 34 94 3302
    E-mail: 
    gastronomie.hvj@fairmont.com
    Hours: (only in December) 2 pm-6 pm
    Price: Children over the age of three 50 eur, adults 65 euro, children under the age of three are free of charge.

    If you have any questions, or want to share your Fairmont-experiences, please drop us a comment! And don’t forget to check out our Hamburg video where Fairmont Vier Jahreszeiten is featured!

    #ChristmasInHamburg #HolyHamburg

  • Europe,  Restaurants

    Elegant Breakfast at Gretas in Haymarket by Scandic, Stockholm

    Written by Yasmin

    The opening of Haymarket by Scandic in Stockholm really made a splash in media. The renovation of the former department store PUB-huset was finished in May 2016, and when the doors finally opened, the public was welcomed to a brand new hotel with several cafés and restaurants in exquisite taste.

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    So close, but yet so far away…

    Recognize the feeling of having a special spot you walk by in your everyday life and never have the time to enter? Gretas, one of Haymarket by Scandic’s cafés, influenced by the 1920’s and decorated in pink colours in a glamorous setting, is THAT place for Sheida. So, once it was time for our “sister conference/ We are Nodes-planning”, she insisted that we should pick Gretas as our location for the day. Said and done, we were there a little before 9 on a Sunday morning (their opening hours is from 9 am on weekends, and 7.30 am on weekdays).

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    New favorite spot

    And here’s the verdict: There’s really nothing you can complain over at Gretas. We liked it all; Friendly staff, the well made and filling sandwiches that live up to their prices, the COFFEE, but most of all we enjoyed the the calm and elegant vibe. The central part of Stockholm has (in our opinion), always lacked a great café and breakfast spot, but enter Gretas – our new favorite breakfast place!Gretas Scandic Haymarket We are Nodes Toast on rye with Avocado with egg from Gotland “65” and cream cheese for 85 SEKToast on rye with Salmon and horseradish for 85 SEK

    It’s Champagne o’clock

    Once the clock starts being lunch time, more and more people find their way to Gretas, which is maybe why we prefer the early hours there (not sure if it’s a introvert trait or something…). However, before rounding off, we ordered in a glass of Champagne (140 SEK) to celebrate multiple personal victories (and also Sheida’s upcoming birthday!).

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    Breakfasts is our favorite meal of the day, so we’d love to hear about your breakfast spots in Stockholm! Where do you normally go out to eat breakfast?

    Want more Stockholm tips? Read our Stockholm guide here. 

    Gretas, Haymarket by Scandic

    Opening hours
    Cafe: Mon-Thu 07:00-20:00
    Fri 07:00-22:00
    Sat 09:00-22:00
    Sun 09:00-18:00
    Address: Hötorget 13-15
    111 57 Stockholm
    Contact info: Phone+46 8 517 26 700, Email: haymarket@scandichotels.com
    Website: https://www.scandichotels.com/hotels/sweden/stockholm/haymarket-by-scandic/restaurant-bar/gretas

  • Europe,  Restaurants,  Reviews

    Our 3 favourite restaurants in Lisbon

    Written by Yasmin

    The blog series about wonderful Lisbon continues! Read the other blog posts of how we activated Zen-mode on a rooftop bar and where in the city we found some good vibes. Next up was discovering the best places to eat in Portugal’s magical capital. Here are three of our favourite restaurants!

    SeaMe, Chiado – Trendy fish and seafood restaurant in Barrio Alto

    img_3724 By accident (or perhaps because of the good energies we had collected), we stumbled across SeaMe when we strolled around in the city. Although the sign on the door said “Closed”, we gently knocked on the door and were let in by a smiling waitress. With the energies on our side, we were offered the last free table for the evening. It turned out to be a good decision.

    We arrive at 10 PM, typical Portuguese dinner hour. The trendy and popular restaurant which specializes in fish and seafood is a great place to begin a night out. Typically, a visit begins with a tour of the restaurant’s fresh fish market from where you choose your dinner ingredients. We handed the decision to our waiter, and were later treated with a plate of lobster, crayfish and scallops with side orders, lemon and sauces.

    SeaMe 
    Address: Rua do Loreto, 21, 1200-149 Lisboa
    Telephone: 21 346 15 64 – Fax: 21 346 15 66
    Email: geral@peixariamoderna.com
    Website: peixariamoderna.com

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    Time Out Mercado Lisbon – Perfect stop for a wine lunch

    iTime Out Mercado Lisbon We are Nodes The best market hall I’ve ever visited! Our initial thought when stepping into Time Out Mercado Da Riberia was ‘how are we going to be able to decide what to eat?’. The market hall is filled with small restaurant, so we had to take a long and thorough inspection around the hall. Our mouths watered at the sight of the delicious (and incredibly affordable) dishes. After many ifs and buts, we ordered food from Alexandre Silva. I went for seared tuna with sweet potatoes and Linnéa ate a fresh salmon dish with coriander – along with a large glass of refreshing wine of course.

    The market hall gets a big plus for plenty of seating opportunities, good logistics with devices that inform you when your food is ready and last but not least; the incredibly high quality of the food.

    Time Out Mercado Da Riberia Lisbon
    Website: http://www.timeoutmarket.com/en/
    Address: Mercado da Ribeira, Avenida 24 de Julho, 1200-479 Portugal
    Telephone: +351 213 951 274
    Email: infolisboa@timeoutmarket.com


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    As Zebras Do Combro – A priceworthy “Hole in the wall”-restaurant with delicious food

    As Zebras Do Combro We are Nodes Restaurants LisbonWe had ‘Eat at a Hole in the wall-restaurant’ on our Lisbon bucket list, and we couldn’t have found a better one. As Zebras Do Combro was MINDBLOWING! When we got our 21 euro-bill, we looked confused at each other and went; “There has to be something wrong with the bill, it can’t be this cheap”. We shared a pot of amazing octopus and rice with coriander, a small bottle of Vinho Verde, smoked olives and bread.

    The staff was unbelievably nice and service minded and the food was both delicious and priceworthy, this gem was just to die for when you want a steady meal that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg.

    As Zebras Do Combro
    Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Zebras-do-Combro-restaurante
    Adress: 53, Calçada do Combro 51, 1200-433 Lisboa, Portugal
    Telefon: +351 21 346 2110


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  • Destinations,  Europe,  Reviews

    Stockholm Tips: Fishing weekend at the Elle Interior sea cottage

    In recent years, we have developed a family tradition of taking our little brother on a fishing weekend somewhere in the Stockholm Archipelago. It started a couple of years ago, as a birthday present to our little brother who is a true fishing enthusiast, and we quickly agreed to keep the tradition alive. A mini getaway is the perfect way to soft-start the autumn – and in just 30 minutes from Stockholm by car, you arrive to a completely different world, full of tranquillity.

    Location: The Sea Cottage, Värmdö

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    The Stockholm Archipelago consists of over 30,000 islands and Värmdö (or Värmdön) is a municipality in Stockholm’s inner archipelago which is entirely made of islands. Some of the well known and popular islands that belong to Värmdö is Sandhamn, Grinda and Möja, but this time our choice fell on a charming red cottage in Myttinge.

    Judging by the pictures (and the Elle magazine cover), it appeared to be the perfect weekend escape; offering both fishing, sauna and barbecue opportunities. So with a car fully equipped with food, fishing rods and board games, we hit the roads, eager to get away from a hectic Stockholm.

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    An interesting arrival

    Although we had received detailed directions and been told that the cottage was quite secluded, we probably weren’t prepared for how secluded or difficult it would be to find the cottage in pitch darkness, with no road signs or street lights. After driving the wrong way one or two times, we finally found the “big red barn” where we had to park our car and walk the last bit (through a forest!). While we navigated our way through the forest, using our mobile flashlights as our only source of light, it was impossible not to let the mind wander to various horror films.

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    After a five minute walk, we arrived at the cottage and immediately began making the usual Friday taco. After dinner, we played cards, drank tea and talked for a couple of hours until it was time to hit the bed.

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    ‘The early morning has gold in its mouth’

    The next morning, we woke up with the sun. We opened up the doors that overlooked the ocean to soak in the view and breathe in the fresh island air. With the ocean as our backdrop, we made a big weekend breakfast with lit candles and some relaxing acoustic background music. Unquestionably the best way to start the day!

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    The rest of Saturday was spent outside in the fresh air where we went fishing, barbecued and enjoyed the sun. Unfortunately, we didn’t catch a big pike (this time), but apparently Zlatan who also was fishing somewhere in the archipelago had better luck.

    Our evening plans? Sauna bathing and watching horror films.

    IMG_0850Yasmin, the BBQ master.

    And on Sunday, after another long breakfast and a bit of fishing, we packed our bags and said goodbye to the archipelago for this time. It really is amazing what a little bit of vitamin sea and fresh air can do for the soul. Until next time!

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    Book a cottage in the Stockholm Archipelago
    There are many websites where you can rent houses/cottages for a week or a few days. We booked our cottage here (but fritiden.se is another website with more options) and paid 2400 SEK for two nights. A week costs 8000 sek.

    The cottage was equipped with:
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    ouble bed
    – Extra bed
    – 2 hotplates
    – Refrigerator
    – Microwave
    – Shower
    – Sauna
    – Rowboat
    – TV

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    What is your favorite island in the Stockholm archipelago or do you have any recommendations on where we should go next time? Leave a comment!


    Want to know more about what to do and see in Stockholm? We have gathered all our previous blog posts about our beloved hometown. Read our Stockholm guide »