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    2017 Travel Summary

    Since we haven’t summed up our travel highlights from 2017 yet, we thought it was high time to publish our travel summary before we start with this year’s travels. So here it goes, these were our 2017 travels:

    January – Gdansk

    January started with a weekend to Gdansk, actually by chance. The lot fell on Gdansk when Yasmin were browsing through the offers on travel portal Travelbird. She found a deal that included flight tickets, two nights at a 4-star hotel, breakfast buffet and private transfer for only 1500 SEK per person – but more so, it was the possibility to experience a less classical weekend destination that made her click the BUY-button. Located only one hour away from Stockholm by plane, Gdansk attracted her with great food for low-cost, amazing Christmas lightnings and the opportunity to hang out and eat long hotel breakfasts at the newly opened design Hotel Sadova.

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    The Christmas Lightning at Oliwa Park is an absolute MUST if you’re in Gdansk during Christmas time.

    We are Nodes Goldwasser Gdansk
    Fantastic dinner at Goldwasser with their traditional 40-percent Goldwasser liqueur with real 23-carat gold flakes – a great ending to a really good restaurant experience! 


    Hotel Sadova definitely was a part of shaping her 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. 

    Curious about visiting Gdansk? Read:
    3 Reasons to Visit Gdansk, Poland
    Introducing Hotel Sadova: A brand new 4-star design hotel in Gdansk

    February – Riga

    After only a month into the new year, we had already transformed into Zombie-mode  – and desperate times calls for desperate measures! Since we got a deluxe cruise from Tallink Silja when we won the Newcomers 2016-award at Nordic Travel Blog Event, we decided to use it to go to Riga for a quick spa weekend at ESPA Riga. Tallink’s followers were also able to follow us throughout our trip since we did an Instagram-takeover for them – we hope they enjoyed it!

    Read about our spa weekend in Riga here.

    Yasmin’s favorite spa is located in the heart of Riga, on the 6th floor of Radisson Blu Hotel Latvija. She has a yearly tradition to go there with two of her closest friends to get rid of all kinds of ache and misery, and it works like a charm.

    Myttinge cottage in Stockholm Archipelago

    February also called for a weekend at Myttinge cottage in Värmdö for a couple of relaxing days filled with long walks, drinking coffee in the sun, ice bathing, sauna and eating lots of food. Värmdö is located about 50 minutes by car from Stockholm city, a perfect distance when you’re in the mood for a “mini-getaway”. The interior in the cabin is, along with the beautiful view, is a strong reason why we keep going back (the cabin has even  been on the cover of Swedish Elle Interior).

    Myttinge Värmdö We are Nodes Although Myttinge is cosy in the winter as well, these pictures are from our autumn stay, just to give you an idea of how idyllic this place really is! A more detailed blog post about our first stay in the cabin (our traditional siblings-getaway) can be found here. Please note that the prices have gone up since our last visit to the cabin. Email dennyshouse[at]hotmail.com for reservations.

    March, April, May

    Since March, April, May were busy working months with not much room for travelling, one of our favourite weekend activities was to try out new restaurants in our hometown Stockholm instead. A couple of our favourite restaurant experiences included the (then) newly opened Paraden (the owners Bockholmengruppen, also stand behind the popular restaurants Nybrogatan 38, Nytorget 6 and Österlånggatan 17), the rollerskating & burger restaurant Rowlers n Bowlers in Huddinge and the New York inspired restaurant ART at Döbelnsgatan 45.

    Read our first impressions here:
    Welcome to Paraden
    Date Night at Rowlers n Bowlers in Haninge

    ART stockholm restaurantART stockholm restaurant 1The entrance to ART is an art gallery (the paintings are actually for sale). In order to get in to the restaurant you need to press the big red button. 

    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.

    Take the commuter train about 20 minutes from Stockholm city, and walk right into an American diner. What makes Rollers n Bowlers in Haninge Centrum so unique is not necessarily the diner itself, but their bowling alley and roller skating rink which makes the venue optimal for a full-blown American teenage date night.

    June – Madrid

    In the beginning of June Sheida went for a weekend to Madrid to visit some of her friends from her study abroad semester in the Netherlands. Her weekend in Madrid can be summarized; tapas, sangria, a heat wave, the search for the perfect risotto and… Ansel Elgort.

    Read: 4 favourite places in Madrid

    Drinks at Círculo de Bellas Artes. The terasse is part of the cultural house with the same name and has a very photo-friendly panoramic view of Madrid.

    This risotto did unfortunately not make it to the risotto toplist, but the restaurant, Whitby, got an A for ambiance and people watching!

    The Ultimate Bachelorette Party in Stockholm

    In June, we also helped planning the most epic Bachelorette Party in Stockholm for one of our childhood friends who was getting married in July. If you are in need for inspiration or in the midst of planning a bachelorette party make sure to read our post “3 activities for the Ultimate Bachelorette Party“. Some of our stops during the day included spa at Clarion Sign where we had our own bridal suite to get changed and drink champagne, a pre party with a suprise guest at a hotel suite at Scandic Angalis and a dinner that was everything but calm at Ochaya, the “restaurant within the restaurant” at Kasai (which later turns into a nightclub).  A dinner here is the perfect choice for anything worth a celebration!

    If you are keeping the table after dinner we recommend booking at a Saturday, both the dinner shows and the crowd will (in our experience) be better on Saturdays.

    Palma, Mallorca

    In June, Yasmin went on a weekend to Palma and visited a lot of the recommended places from our Palma-guide that Sheida wrote for Travellink in 2016 (read the Swedish version on Travellink’s blog or the English guide here). She also stayed at the incredible Hotel Saratoga which is conveniently located in the center of Palma with it’s own rooftop pool.

    Read more about her Palma weekend:
    A Palma weekend in 26 photos
    Review of 4-star Hotel Saratoga, Palma de Mallorca

    Evening Hotel Saratoga We are Nodes
     The rooms at Hotel Saratoga were overall a pleasure to stay in!          The food at the Japanese restaurant Tahini is delicious; do not to miss the veal and truffle sushi and the salmon sashimi.


    No Palma holiday is complete without a pool day at Puro Beach. The beach club opened 2005 by the Swedish entrepreneur Mats Wahlström as a complement to the concept hotel Puro Hotel

    July – Sailing in Croatia

    In July Sheida went to Croatia for a week of sailing in the beautiful Adriatic coast with Loving Sailing. Travelling in Croatia by boat was a fantastic experience and so was sailing! There is just something magical about being out on the ocean and seeing dolphins swimming in the wild, setting anchor and sleep in some small bay with the clearest turquoise water and meeting people from all around the world. This year Loving Sailing is organizing yet another girl’s sailing trip to Greece, so if you have the chance you should really sign up for the trip – it’s bound to be epic!

    we are nodes sail week croatiaSailing Croatia SailweekThe sailing crew in Hvar. Photo by: Tatiana Boret- Olsson

    sail yacht week croatia loving sailing we are nodessail yacht week croatia loving sailing we are nodes2yacht week croatia sail we are nodes 1Sailing is also a great way to experience more of the country you are visiting. During our week we sailed from Trogir to Solta – Stari Gard – Hvar, Komiža – Vis – Šćedro – Hvar (Palmižana) before going back to Trogir. One week felt A LOT longer because everyday we went to a new place and experienced something completely new! We also got a chance to see many beautiful bays and places which would be difficult to explore if we weren’t travelling by boat.

    Watch our video from sail week in Croatia here:

    Visiting Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel

    Another highlight from July was when we visited Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel and interviewed the owner and entrepreneur Fredrik Sandell. 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. The doors opened in June 2017, 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.

    Read about our grand tour at Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel here. 

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

     We were happy to be among the first ones to visit Sweden’s first Hobbit Hotel.

    Watch our vlog from the Hobbit Hotel here:

    July-August – Balkan Roadtrip

    In July-August Yasmin went on a 16 day long Balkan roadtrip with her boyfriend through Montenegro, Albania and Greece. One day they were rafting in the world’s second deepest canyon and the next they were drinking home-made rakija with an 85-year-old uncle in a guest house in the village of Godinje in one of Montenegro’s many national parks. 

    Read her extensive Roadtrip guides with everything you need to know about road tripping in Montenegro and Albania:
    Balkan Tour 2017: Route, budget & practical tips for road tripping in Montenegro & Albania
    Balkan Tour 2017: Budva – Montenegro’s Miami 
    Balkan Tour 2017: Rafting in Tara River Canyon, Montenegro

    Blue Eye AlbaniaThe Blue Eye in Albania.
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    Coffee with a view in Tara River Canyon, the world’s second deepest canyon.

    Tara Rafting We are NodesThe highlight from Yasmin’s Balkan roadtrip was rafting in Tara River Canyon. The wetsuit protected large parts of the body from the cold water but not the arms – which is why everyone in the picture are holding their arms up so that they wouldn’t get a shock from the cold temperature.

    The story of how Yasmin and her boyfriend ended up at the crazy beach club Ploce when they were actually headed to Hawaii (an island in Budva) for a calm afternoon of sunbathing is actually quite funny. Read more about it in her Budva-guide here

    August – Weekend at Steam Hotel, Västerås

    What better way to start the new semester than with a weekend to the newly opened Steam Hotel in Västerås? The hotel is located a one hour drive from Stockholm and suits well for a weekend getaway. One of our favourite things with Steam Hotel was the spa area Voltage Lounge and the heated outdoor pool on floor 7 which is open all year round. Read our review here.

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    Steam Hotel is still a very new hotel, it opened in August 1st 2017.

    August – Finland

    In August we also visited our mum’s hometown Pori, in Finland, for a family reunion with our relatives on our mother’s side. It was nice to come back to Finland for a couple of days of sauna, traditional Finnish food and of course eating Tiikeri-ice cream at the Pellehermanin park.

    October – Cavtat & Dubrovnik, Croatia

    In October Yasmin went on a weekend to Cavtat & Dubrovnik. Her long weekend in Croatia at the end of October offered sunshine, a magical cliff side bar and lots of seafood! She stayed at a hotel in a small town called Cavtat which is less than 10 minutes by car from Dubrovnik Airport. Apart from spending one full day in Dubrovnik where she went by boat (which took about 1 hour each direction) she just took it easy, read books and even went on Aqua-Zumba (did we mention that she just turned 30 hehe?!) 

    Buza is a “hole in the wall” bar that can not be missed if you are in Dubrovnik! We can imagine that it is quite crowded here in the summer, but when Yasmin visited the bar off-season it was easy to find a good table without any hassle and enjoy this amazing view.

    sushi oyster bar cavtatIf you love sushi & oysters we would recommend a lunch at Sushi & Oyster Bar in Dubrovnik! The food, wine and the service was very good during our visit, which compensates for the higher price level compared to many other places in Croatia. The restaurant is centrally located in the old town of Ul. od Pustijerne, 20000 (near the cathedral).

    December – Interrail trip through the UK with Europarunt.se

    One of the best trips of the year was definitely our “off season” Interrail trip (or should we say Winterrail) through the UK that we did in collaboration with Europarunt.se. Going on a eurotrip in the winter might sound quite odd, but it’s actually something that we can really recommend! Not only is it much less crowded on the trains, the Interrail passes costs less off season, and we never had to reserve a single train seat during our entire trip (meaning: we could be more flexible and also spend money on far funnier things than train reservations!)

    We started our trip from London and then took the train through York, Glasgow, Loch Ness and Edinburgh. We and visited countless Christmas markets, crowded pubs, magical winter landscapes in the countryside and not to forget; stayed a night at the Dungeon suite at one of the world’s 25 most haunted hotels!

    Read about each of our stops & our Interrail summary here:
    Interrail Stop 1: London
    Interrail Stop 2: York
    Interrail Stop 3: Glasgow
    Interrail Stop 4: Loch Ness
    Interrail Stop 5: Edinburgh
    Interrail Stop 6: Dalhousie Castle, Edinburgh
    Summary of our Interrail trip (Including Budget, Route and Practical Tips)

    kilmichael bed _ breakfast loch ness1Visiting Loch Ness was a dream come true and staying at Kilmichael b&b where the lovely owner Charlotte worked was a big reason for why Loch Ness has become one of our best travel experiences ever! If you are planning to visit Loch Ness, Kilmichael is the place to stay at! 

    One of our most memorable memories from our Interrail trip was staying a night at the Dungeon Suite at Dalhousie Castle, one of the world’s 25 most haunted hotels. Did we see a ghost or experience anything paranormal? Read our post to find out!

    Have you ever been to any of these places and what are your travel plans for 2018? 

    /Sheida 

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    Balkantour 2017: Resrutt, budget och praktiska tips för dig som reser i Montenegro & Albanien

    Skrivet av Yasmin

    Om jag skulle välja ett ord för att beskriva sommarens resa så är det kontraster. Det blev totalt 8 stopp fördelat på tre länder (Montenegro, Albanien och Grekland) och ingen dag var den andra lik. Ena dagen forsrände vi vid världens näst djupaste ravin, andra dagen drack vi hemgjord rakija med en 85-årig farbror i ett gästhus i byn Godinje i en av Montenegros många nationalparker. Utöver det hann vi med att bada i en härlig hotellpool i Saranda, spy på ett lyxigt hotell i Albaniens huvudstad Tirana och äta LIVETS chokladkaka i byn Messonghi på Korfu.

    Det här är del 1 av vår Balkantour 2017 som inkluderar information om resrutten, budget och praktiska tips för dig som ska resa i Montenegro eller Albanien. De här bilderna är från byn Messonghi på Korfu som var vårt sista stopp på resan.  

    Bakgrund till resan

    Jag har länge velat upptäcka fler av Balkanländerna (jag har tidigare varit i Bosnien, Serbien och Kroatien) så när jag och Olle, min pojkvän, började planeringen av resan så var jag kanske lite för optimistisk med hur många länder vi skulle hinna med på 16 dagar. Montenegro och Albanien kändes givna, men eftersom mina grymma Detectifykollegor från Slovenien och Makedonien hade gjort ett väldigt bra jobb med införsäljningen av sina hemländer, så lockade även de länderna. Ju mer research vi gjorde, desto mer insåg vi hur mycket det fanns att upptäcka i vardera land och vi behövde därför skära ner på antalet stopp.

    Korfu, vårt sista stopp, var något av en bubblare. Vi hittade inga bra flyg hem från Albanien så istället tog vi färjan från Saranda till Korfu och avslutade resan med tre underbara dagar i den lilla byn Messonghi.

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    Att besöka Albanien och Blåa Ögat (bilderna ovan) stod såklart på listan. Blå Ögat är ett naturfenomen som ingen riktigt kan förklara, men det bubblande “ögat” tros vara cirka 50 meter djupt (ingen dykare har någonsin lyckats nå botten) och vattnet är klarblått och iskallt (ca 12 grader).balkantour-2017-Messonghi-Korfu-We are Nodes 2 balkantour-2017-Messonghi-Korfu-We are Nodes 3

    Messonghi, Korfu, var något av en bubblare men seglat upp som en ny favoritort i hushållet. Dit måste vi tillbaka! Sista bilden är från en av de många utsiktsplatserna i Montenegro. Vilket fett land! Så litet men fyllt av så mycket vacker natur – jag hade lätt kunnat vara där en vecka till!

    Resrutten

    Dag 1 – Avfärd Skavsta till Podgorica, Montenegro (ca 3 h). Podgorica -> Budva (2 h bilfärd, 40 euro).
    Dag 2 – Budva, Montenegro (läs mer om vår vistelse i Budva här)
    Dag 3 – Budva, Montenegro
    Dag 4 – Via Kotor, Montenegro, till Scepan Polje och Tara River Canyon som ligger nära nationalparken Durmitor och gränsen till Bosnien (ca 3,5 h bilfärd). Övernattning i campet Tara Rafting Center Waterfall. Läs mer om vår vistelse i Tara River här. 
    Dag 5 – Forsränning och middag vid campet, vidare till Niksic för övernattning (2 h bilfärd från Tara Canyon).
    Dag 6 – Niksic till Podgorica (ca 2 h bilfärd), återlämning av hyrbil. Vidare till byn Godinje vid nationalparken Lake Skadar (30 min bilfärd).
    Dag 7 – Godinje, Lake Skadar, Montenegro.
    Dag 8 – Virpazar, Lake Skadar, Montenegro.
    Dag 9 – Från Podgorica, Montenegro, till Tirana, Albanien, med buss (ca 5 h). 17 euro för 2 personer.
    Dag 10 – Tirana
    Dag 11 – Tirana till Saranda, Albanien, med buss (ca 6-7 h). 10 euro för 2 personer.
    Dag 12 – Saranda, Albanien
    Dag 13 – Saranda/Blåa Ögat, Albanien
    Dag 14 – Färja till Korfu (1,5 h), buss från Korfu stad till byn Messonghi (30 min).
    Dag 15 – Messonghi, Korfu.
    Dag 16 – Messonghi -> Stockholm.

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    Vi hade totalt 8 stopp innan vi nådde slutmålet Messonghi, Korfu (sista bilden).

    Budget

    Jag och Olle betalade cirka 13 500 SEK per person för resan och i det ingick allt, d.v.s. flygbiljetter, boende, fickpengar, bilhyra. Totalt 27 000 SEK för hela resan. Flygbiljetterna gick på cirka 3400 SEK per person och vi flög till Montenegro med Ryan Air och med Norwegian hem.

    Överlag är vi supernöjda med budgeten om man ser till hur mycket vi har hunnit göra och se. Vi höll inte nere på utgifterna för mat, dryck och “nice to have”-saker som solstolar och parasoller etc. Däremot lade vi inte några pengar alls på shopping, och standarden och priset på våra boenden varierade en hel del.Budget Balkantour Montenegro Albanien We are Nodes

    Budgeten på 13 500 SEK per person täckte in flyg, transporter mellan länderna, bilhyra, måltider (mycket skaldjur och fisk!), boende och fickpengar.

    Priser

    Billigaste boendet: Vårt billigaste boende var ett hostel/lägenhet i Niksic för 23 euro natten (via Booking.com) samt det mysiga gästhuset i Godinje som drevs av ett äldre par för 25 euro natten (via Airbnb.com).

    Dyraste boendet: Grottlägeheten i Virpazar, se bild nedan, där vi betalade 800 SEK natten för samt vår Airbnb-lägenhet i Budva som gick på 700 SEK per natt.

    Billigast att leva: Albanien.

    Dyrast att leva: Budva och Korfu. Budva hade turistpriser på samma nivå som typ Grekland eller Spanien. Hotell och Airbnb-lägenheterna var dyrare än i övriga delar av landet, skillnaden märks redan i jämförelse med grannorten Kotor. I Korfu höll vi ner boendekostnaderna genom att bo på ett väldigt enkelt hotell som låg ett stenkast från stranden.Albania Sarande We are Nodes

    Albanien bjöd inte bara på magiska solnedgångar utan även väldigt schysta priser. Vi bodde på ett hotell i den populära turistorten Saranda för cirka 350 SEK natten där frukost ingick.

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    Ett av våra billigaste boenden var det här gästhuset i byn Godinje vid Lake Skadar som kostade 25 euro natten. Byn har bara cirka 20 permanenta året om-invånare, men är något livligare under högsäsong. Vi bodde på övervåningen av tvåvåningsvillan. På bottenvåningen bodde ett par i 85-årsåldern tillsammans med mannens 90-åriga syster. Vi drack deras egenproducerade Rakija och åt en fantastisk hemlagad middag.

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    “The Cave Apartment.” Den här grottvåningen i Virpazar, Montenegro, var ett av våra dyraste stopp, och trots den coola inredningen så var den för dyr i förhållande till vad man fick.

    Bäst under resan

    Forsränningen i Tara River! Hela bilfärden dit var MAGISK. Så fort vi började rulla ut från Budva så möttes vi av helt fantastiska vyer som fick oss att stanna bilen gång på gång. När vi slutligen nådde campet i Scepan Polje så hade vi den turkosgröna floden som granne. Vi sov i minimala rum där elen bara var på mellan kl 20-23.00 och brasan tändes efter middagen och kvällen till ära så öste regnet ner medan vi värmde oss vid elden. Både boendet och givetvis forsränningen i sig gjorde störst avtryck på mig. Information om upplägg, pris och boende finns här. Tara Rafting Montenegro We are NodesTara Rafting Montenegro We are Nodes

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    Vilka magiska dagar! På den sista bilden ser man alla i vår båt som hoppat in i Tara River för att bada. Våtdräkten skyddade stora delar av kroppen från kylan men inte armarna som fick en chock av temperaturen.

    Sämst under resan

    Matförgiftningen i Tirana, Albanien. Men karma var ändå på min sida för delvis så bodde vi på ett riktigt fint hotell som heter Le Boheme Hotel för 500 SEK natten när jag blev dålig och delvis så skedde det under våra två enda obokade dagar under resan. Dag 2 av matförgiftningen gick Olle helt enkelt gick ner och bokade på ytterligare en natt så jag kunde fortsätta spy vidare i marmorbadrummet.balkantour-2017-montenegro-Lake Skadar-We are Nodes

    Utsikten från vår sista middag i Virpazar, Lake Skadar, på den mysiga “piratbåtsrestaurangen” i centrum. Detta var dagen innan den stora Matförgiftningsdagen.

    Praktiska tips till dig som reser i Montenegro och Albanien

    Balkantour Montenegro Albanien We are Nodes

    – Det var svårt att få tag på biluthyrare som gick med på att man hyrde en bil i Montenegro och lämnade av den i Albanien. Vi hyrde vår bil i Budva (drop-off vid lägenheten, hur smidigt som helst) och lämnade av den i huvudstaden Podgorica tre dagar senare via Stella Cars via Rental Car GroupKostnaden för 3 dagar för en bil gick på 1200 SEK plus 30 euro för bensinen.

    – GPS:en i bilarna strular ofta och vi fick stänga av vår illa kvickt. Montenegro och Albanien ingår inte i EU vilket gör att roamingen inte är fri. Vi körde uteslutande på appen Maps.me där du kan ladda ner kartor i offline-läge. Mycket bättre än Google Maps!

    – Bland de mer ödsligare vägarna i Montenegro så står polisen ibland och lurkar bakom krön och vinkar in bilar som (enligt dem) kör för fort. Det hände oss, och flera andra vi sprang på, och ”fortkörningsboten” vi fick var på 15 euro. Dock gick polisen ner till 10 euro (tack för rabatten?). Man får inga kvitton utan pengarna går rakt ner i polisens ficka. Tänk på att hålla hastigheten, vi gjorde det exemplariskt efter det och blev inte stoppade något mer, vilket samtidigt är ironiskt eftersom många kör som galningar.

    – Trafiken är GALEN i Montenegro och Albanien. Ofta hade du en mötande bil i din fil som svänger av i sista sekunden. Kör försiktigt!

    – Det går inte att växla till albanska LEK i Sverige. Växla från euro till LEK när du är framme istället (det går även att betala i euro i Tirana och Saranda men du får tillbaka pengar i den lokala valutan). Vi gick inte till något växlingskontor utan tog enbart ut pengar från bankomater.

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    Det blev många spännande turer i bjässen som vi hyrde av Stella Cars. Vi fick en gratis uppgradering vilket vi tackade och bugade för då den här Citroën Crosser var utmärkt att köra med i bergen i norra Montenegro.

    Buss mellan Montenegro och Albanien

    Jag försökte googla bussturer mellan Montenegro och Albanien och inom Albanien innan resan och allt jag hittade var väldigt brisfällig information. Folk klagade på att det inte fanns någon AC, tidtabeller, hållplatser etc. MEN vi imponerades av buss som transportmedel och korsade i princip Albanien med buss utan problemFörsta rutten var från Podgorica, Montenegro, till Tirana, Albanien (ca 16 euro per person) från Podgoricas bussterminal. Köp bussbiljetten i förväg då det, i alla fall under högsäsong, ofta blir fullt på bussarna. Vi köpte vår biljett cirka 3 dagar innan avfärd. Det fanns superbra AC på bussen och man gjorde ett stopp på vägen där man kunde gå på toa eller köpa snacks.

    Rutt 2 var från Tirana till Saranda som tog ungefär 6 timmar. Även då gjorde vi ett stopp på vägen. AC:n var inte lika bra som på den förra bussresan men det gick bra ändå.

    Prisvärt och enkelt sätt att färdas på plus du slipper strul vid gränserna.

    Tänk på att caféerna som bussen stannar på inte har några färdiga mackor och det är begränsat med tid, så ta med dig matsäck om du tror att du blir hungrig.

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    Läs mer om vår resa:

    – Budva – Montenegros Miami – Dagsfester på Ploce och mysiga frukostar på uteplatsen

    – Forsränning i Tara River

    Snart kommer fler inlägg om våra stopp!

    //Yasmin

  • Stockholm,  Uncategorized

    A Swedish Summer Dream: Vaxholm Hembygdsgårds Café

    Written by Sheida

    Stockholm has shown itself from its best side this weekend. 26 degrees, sunshine and a clear blue sky. And while one half of We are Nodes (Yasmin) is in Palma (stay tuned for an updated Palma-guide) I, Sheida, have enjoyed the Swedish summer in the archipelago.

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    The best place for a Swedish “fika”

    Long summer luncheons by the sea are quite hard to beat, and one of our favourite places is Vaxholms Hembygdsgårds Café which is beautifully situated on a small peninsula. Here you will find all sorts of traditional Swedish dishes like cold-roasted salmon with dill stewed potatoes, smoked shrimps and the classic “shrimp sandwich” (in Swedish: räkmacka). Not to even mention the amazing desert buffet with cookies and pastries!

    This is the perfect spot for a rosé lunch or a after beach waffle + coffee (there’s a little beach just next to the café if you want to go for a swim!) Well worth a visit!

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    Today’s lunch: Chèvre Chaud with a cooling glass of lemonade, and lots and lots of shrimps with aioli.
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    … and the amazing desert buffet!

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    Adress: Trädgårdsgatan 19, 185 32 Vaxholm
    Phone: 08-541 319 80
    Open: Weekends in May, everyday from June 1- Middle of September
    How to get here: You can easily take the ferry from Stockholm City in no less than 1 hour.

     

  • Europe,  Uncategorized

    3 Reasons Why Ibiza is the Ultimate Summer Destination

    Written by: Sheida

    Without exaggeration, one can easily say that Ibiza is the zenith during summertime. Party- and sun-worshipping people from all over the world flock to the Spanish hippe island, located on the east coast of Spain, to enjoy the vibrant nightlife and the world-class beach clubs. I (Sheida) have listed my top three reasons why Ibiza holds a strong second place (after our favorite city Cannes) as the ultimate summer destination.

    1.The Postcard Beaches

    The beaches in Ibiza, and especially in Formentera (the smallest of the Spanish Balearic Islands) are a reason alone why you should put Ibiza on your summer bucket list. With it’s lovely white sands and crystal clear turqouise water, Formentera looks just like something off a postcard from the Caribbiean. In other words, you don’t need to go to the other side of the globe to experience paradise – it takes no more than 40 minutes with a ferry from Ibiza town.

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    2. The Day Parties

    Nothing beats those magical sunsets in the company of good friends, the house tunes and the rosé wine served in plastic cups. If you are into day parties and hanging out at beach clubs, Ibiza will be a dream destination! Three popular day parties you definitely should check out are:

    Blue Marlin Beach Club in Cala Jondal.

    This beach club is amazing! Everything from the vibe, the crowd, the setting to the music is on point. Be here on Sundays (their most popular day) and be prepared for one of your best and most memorable evenings on Ibiza. Every time I think back to my visit to Blue Marlin it brings a big smile to my face. There are way too many crazy memories to list here, but I all can say is that you should go there and create your own memories – you won’t regret it!

    blue marlin ibiza we are nodesblue marlin ibiza we are nodesblue marlin ibiza we are nodesMy travel company Lilian having a cooling mojito in the shade.

    Flower Power party at Destino Pacha Resort.

    Ibiza is really in the leading edge when it comes to creating over the top-parties, and Destino’s Flower Power party is no exception. During these magical evenings, the whole hotel resort transforms into a colorful hippie world with a market, performances, confetti rains and good old 60’s music which definitely gets you in the mood for dancing! Seeing Ibiza is a hippie island, your holiday to Ibiza won’t be complete until you’ve attended this party. And yes, you will probably be humming on “Let the Sun Shine” in true hippie style for the next couple of days…

    destino pacha ibiza flower party we are nodesHaving lunch at the Flower Power party. Can you spot our red fan? It’s a life saver during any party when the weather is hot.

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    Ushuahia Pool party

    Ushuaia beach hotel can boast with the title of being the ultimate party hotel at Ibiza. Why? Because of their incredible pool area that turns into an open air club with the world’s best DJ’s behind the decks – every night of the week. Each day top DJ’s like Avicii, Armin van Buuren (my favorite house producer!), Nervo, Tiësto, David Guetta (etc.) host their own parties and bring a lot of guest DJ’s and artists with them which guarantees a great show! If you have a big vacation budget you can even book one of the hotel’s club rooms that are facing the pool area, basically allowing your balcony to be on the dance floor.

    ska%cc%88rmavbild-2016-11-19-kl-21-37-10Picture from my first visit to Ibiza in 2011, the same year that Ushuaia beach hotel opened. Now, 6 years later it’s still a hotspot in Ibiza. 

    3. The Chilled Vibe

    In Ibiza you take the day as it comes. You wake up at noon. Go to the beach. Eat lunch at four p.m. Go back to your hotel and have a long nap. Dinner is served at 11 p.m or even later if you prefer. And you don’t need to rush to the club because the party won’t start until 2 a.m anyways. Some might find it annoying or stressful that everything starts so late, but for the siesta-loving people like myself that need that extra hour of sleep and prefer eating long dinners, “the Spanish clock” is a match made in heaven. Perhaps this was why I enjoyed living in BCN so much (more about that trip in another blog post)?

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    Is anyone headed to Ibiza this summer? Do you have any suggestions and tips to share?

    /Sheida

  • Events,  Uncategorized

    Winners of Newcomers 2016 award at Nordic Travelblog Event

    Written by Yasmin

    We want to thank Travel & Lifestyle Nordic for hosting the Nordic Travelblog Event at Hotel Sheraton Stockholm on December 2nd. Aside from wine tastings and a delicious buffet, all travel enthusiasts got to listen to inspiring sessions by TradetrackerGetty Images and representatives from destinations Murcia in Spain, Flanders, Florida Keys & Key West and Israel. Tel Aviv has been on my bucketlist for years, so it was super interesting to hear more about the unknown sides of the city, such as its growing startup scene. I love hearing about new areas where innovation and entrepreneurship is booming, and Tel Aviv could really grow into becoming a leading startup cluster in the future.

    Back to the evening, the gala night ended with an award ceremony and to our big surprise, we won the price for this year’s Newcomers! Wow! A huge thank you to the event organizers and Tallink for our price!

    With an extremely well written travel blog full of guides, inspiration and great photos, and a travel forum of their own, We are Nodes have brought something new and fresh to the Nordic travel community.

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    I missed my partner in crime and the other half of We are Nodes, a.k.a my sister Sheida (to the left on the photo above), during the evening though. She was in Hamburg for the #ChristmasInHamburg-campaign, but I texted her as soon as I found out and she became just as happy as me! A massive thank you to the organizers and sponsors of this evening,  and congratulations to all the other winners! 

    The Winners List

    The winners list is borrowed from Maria from Fantasy Dining, who I also had the pleasure to meet for the first time!

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