Lovely and Picturesque Gävle
|Gävle, a town in eastern Sweden|
I landed in Stockholm Arlanda Airport after a brief one-hour flight from Vilnius, Lithuania. After spending the night in Jumbo Stay Hostel, I took a train to Gävle - a quiet town located two hours north of Stockholm, where my cousin Louise and her son Tyler now reside.
Getting around GävleIt is an ease to get around Gävle thanks to its comprehensive public transportation network. Every bus here makes a stop at Rådhustorget, the town centre, and offers free WiFi onboard. Taxi services are also plenty and reliable.
For travelers who do not understand a word of Swedish like myself, taking a bus might be challenging. Signboards at bus stops (or in fact, anywhere else in town) are only in Swedish. It is advisable to have your destination written down in case you need to show it to the driver (who will then be kind enough to point you the exit where you are supposed to get off). Since many restaurants, hotels, and bars are located close to the central Stortorget square, walking can be an option as well.
|A bread and jam stall in the middle of busy Stortorget|
|A variety of preserved fish which sold like hot cakes at the main square|
Gamla GefleOver the last 300 years, three town fires had taken place in Gävle. A segment of the old town, located between the library and the museum, survived the fires and has been preserved until today as a historical reserve. This area is known as Gamla Gefle.
GavleånGavleån or the Gävle River is a watercourse in the eastern coast of Sweden which connects to the Bothnian Sea. It is a pleasurable and common sight to see families and couples frolic on the riverbanks and on one of the many piers along the water during summer.
|Beautiful houses by the Gävle River|
|A family outing on a sunny day|
At home in GävleMy cousin Louise is the sweetest and the most thoughtful person. She has made my trip to Gävle felt like I was going home, rather than traveling in a foreign place. From each meal of the day to the places we'd be touristing, she has had everything planned ahead of time. She even bought me return tickets to Stockholm! My trip to Europe, with Sweden being the last stop, ended so delightfully all thanks to her.
|Louise and her son, Tyler|
|Tyler being cheeky|
Chanterelle MushroomsChanterelle is a fleshy and aromatic mushroom that grows in the wild, fruiting almost all summer in the east. They come in golden apricot color and has a crisp and firm texture. Before cooking, chanterelles are usually cleaned domestically using a toothbrush to whisk away debris and unwanted surface materials under running water. To cook, these meaty mushrooms are then cut into generous chunks and the most common preparation is simply by sauteing them in butter. Optional but wise additions include half-and-half, chicken broth, and eggs. Chanterelles can be baked, and are able retain their flavors even after long cooking.
Pssst. Take a walk in IKEA Damansara and you'll notice pictures of these mushrooms on the wall!
|Simple and delicious sauteed golden chanterelle|
|Homemade dinner on a chilly evening|
|Strawberry picking at my cousin's backyard|
|Had roti canai in Sweden!|
Dinner at Seri's
Ending the post with pictures of the ever-photogenic Tyler:
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