There was something magical about witnessing these young boys taking a swim in the lake. They screamed, they splashed, they jumped and they laughed in the way that one does to welcome the summer.
After a brutal 5AM wake-up call we had a wonderful morning on the boat to Åland. Time passed quickly with yoga, reading and people watching as the hang-overed Finnish youth crawled by our table on the sun deck. What awaited us in Åland was even better than we could’ve dreamed of. Jacqueline from Björnhufvud B&B picked us up from the bus stop in style in an cream white antique Mercedes Benz. The B&B itself is pretty much heaven on earth. We had a delicious home cooked dinner in the beautifully restored main house that combines old world charm and modern rustic luxury where all the objects have a purpose or a story; or simply bring natural beauty. We settled in the conservatory overlooking the idyllic estate. A piece of jazz is playing in the summer evening and there will be no alarm clock for tomorrow.
Today we walked over to the Tekniska Museet and ended up spending over four hours there marveling at the different inventions from x-rays to refrigerators and hydraulic engines. We had moments of pure nostalgia at the computer games section with Super Mario and Pac Man and played with lasers and even had a game of ping pong. Afterwards a Fika on a jetty, some yoga and just soaking up the peaceful atmosphere with hundreds of geese and many locals who had appeared in the park with their picnic baskets.
It’s absolutely fantastic to have a walk in the forest or by the water when the air is fresh and the pale winter sun is shining over a landscape covered in a delicate layer of frost. Hear the leaves rimmed with frost rustle under your feet, feel your lungs fill up with fresh cold air and just for a moment: forget about everything else.
On a windy island grows a forest where moss warriors march at night, where trees see and listen; whisper to the passing traveler. Here earthy spiders weave their silky webs. Here fairy tales are born.