Despite the fact that I only spent a few days in Sweden, going there by crossing the Øresund from Copenhagen, the country had long been (and still is) very high on my travel wishlist. As a young boy, I read through pretty much all of Astrid Lindgren's books and slowly, but surely an image of Sweden was formed in my mind. Log cabins amidst endless forests, the odd reindeer or moose chewing grass on the roadside, clear and tranquil lakes, blonde girls and boys frolicking about in traditional clothes...
Well, I guess more or less everybody will have similar clichés in mind when thinking about the country. When we visited in 2016, we didn't see any reindeer, but lots of typical log cabins. Most Swedes indeed seemed to be blonde and the forests in the area we went to were dense (but not endless). We spent our time with friends in Hörby, discovering parts of Skåne from there. We spent an afternoon in Ystad, explored the lovely Kullaberg peninsula, happened across majestic castles hidden between yellow rape fields and took countless photos in some picturesque fishing villages. Due to our limited time we had to leave out many must-sees, so we'll definitely return to Sweden, too.