Last week my boyfriend Rob and I journeyed to the snowy shores of Sweden to visit Holly and Ben, two of our dearest friends. I met Holly nearly eight years ago when we were both working at a law firm in Essex. She was one of those people that I knew instantly would be a lifelong friend. Holly is the most incredible person – she is so lovely, sweet and sincere. She just makes me smile when I’m in her company and during the year or so we worked together, we bonded over endless cups of milky tea and mused about our future, like any earnest 18 year old does. We of course did the obligatory meeting of the other halves and it was obvious the boys would get on just fine with each other too! Ben is a fascinating person who “digs up rocks” for a living, hence how they ended up in Sweden, merely a chilly three hours drive from the Arctic Circle!
We ventured over to Skelleftea (she-left-te-o) in Sweden where they currently live for a little mini break, arriving late on Thursday night after a train and two plane journeys. Our weekend together was just amazing – snowy walks under cloudless skies, dazzling sunshine and food, so much food! Sweden certainly know how to do their desserts, so I felt more than at home, offering up a sugary array of cream-filled and chocolate-topped delights. Semla, as pictured above, is a traditional Swedish sweet – a cardamon-spiced bun generously filled with almond paste and whipped cream. Needless to say, it was crazily delicious. When we weren’t eating, drinking or rubbing our swelling bellies, we went dog sledding with the most adorable procession of huskies, watched a captivating game of ice hockey and took to the slopes with our own makeshift sledges. The time went far too fast as it always does, but I was just so happy we were able to visit Holly and Ben in their snowy wonderland and experience this awesome place together.