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Let’s continue with the second half of my 2016 summary.
 
JUNE. 
 
One of the highlights of this month was definitely celebrating the Swedish holiday ‘Midsummer’ with my bestie crew. We went to Anna’s summer house in the archipelago of Gothenburg and stayed over for two nights, celebrating ‘the brightest day of the year’.
 
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Such an idyllic place.
 
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We wore flower crowns, had a Midsummer feast, went swimming, and danced all night. Probably my favourite holiday of the year.
 
JULY.
 
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During this month I had to work a lot, but still had some time left to enjoy summer.
 
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Doing things like playing boule in the middle of the city,
 
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Having ice coffees with friends,
 
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And going out with my bestie crew.
 
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AND we went to see Beyonce in Copenhagen!! So many kick ass women in this group.
 
AUGUST.
 
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August started off with a lovely trip to England to visit my dad’s side of the family. We went to Dorset where my uncle and two of my cousins live. As you can see, it’s an incredibly beautiful place. Shot this image with my iPhone 5s and it almost looks like a painting?
 
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Spent some time in Northampt0n with my grandparents, had lots of tea and cakes and watched reality shows on BBC.
 
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Drove along the British countryside with dad,
 
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And visited dad’s place in Bristol.
 
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Just as every year, I went to Way Out West festival in Gothenburg. This time me and Ebba went with ASOS which made the event even more exciting.
 
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Enjoyed watching M83, The tallest man on earth, José Gonzales, Zara Larson, Ane Brun, and Sia, amongst other great artists. Got soaking wet in the rain, went to a private gig in a submarine, and danced all night.
 
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Got a visit from Warwick, my favourite Aussie boy who I hadn’t seen for almost three years.
 
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I showed him around Gothenburg and had a very special and lovely week. A little tip for you: Don’t make friends who live on the other side of the planet. You miss them too much.
 
SEPTEMBER.
 
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Here in the North, summer is usually over when September arrives. But this year, we had beautiful weather through the whole month! So I went down to Malmö again to visit my sister.
 
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Visited Anna who’s studying in Lund, just outside of Malmö.
 
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Made sure to have a coffee with Colin while in Lund. I do love them Aussie-boys.
 
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In the evening, me and Anna went to the beach in a little place called Lomma, where we experienced the most intense sunset I’ve ever seen in Sweden. Felt like dream.
 
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Thankful for that evening, and for having this person in my life.
 
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Went back to Gothenburg and enjoyed some more summer days.
 
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Besties.
 
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Then I went to Kajsa’s summer house on the coast, to have a Crayfish-party with a bunch of lovely people.
 
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We went swimming in the ocean, explored the Eco-village nearby, had a big crayfish feast, and partied until the morning.
 
OCTOBER.
 
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A long a beautiful summer ended, and Autumn arrived. Everything suddenly turned to a slower pace. Walks in the forest,
 
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The usual rainy days,
 
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And cosy coffee breaks with friends.
 
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Me and Ebba went on a trip to Greece with Olympus, for the launch of their new camera.
 
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Had the most incredible days enjoying the sun, exploring the area and going for evening dips in the sea.
 
NOVEMBER.
 
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Winter came fast, and as always life stands a bit still during this time of the year.
 
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But I managed to do lots of cosy things at home, started my Youtube channel, and started meditating again.
 
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Also did a lovely little trip to a spa with my sister, in the south of Sweden.
 
DECEMBER.
 
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Last but not least, December arrived and I went to Stockholm for the weekend. Besides that, it really feels like it has been a slow couple of months. As I said before, in this northern part of the world the difference between summer and winter is quite enormous. It’s just something we have to deal with.
 
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Finishing off with this photo of me and three of my best people <3
 
I’ve noticed that 2016 has been quite a shitty year for people all over the world, and somehow it feels like things can only go upwards during 2017. For all of us. But maybe that’s just wishful thinking.
 
What I also realised during this year, is that there is quite a big contrast between my inner self and my outer self. I think I actually know who I am deep within, but the big question has been – who I want to be outwards. I still feel very confused and torn in my identity. How other people see me, what image I’m portraying to others.
 
In my world, 2016 has been one of the most calm and still years in a very long time. But even though I haven’t had a lot of my usual crazy adventures, I’ve found my way back home. Which I find is something incredibly valuable.
 
You know that saying “Home is where your heart is”? Well, my heart has been in Gothenburg this year, and it will stay there together with the people I love, no matter what 2017 brings me. I know will always have something to come home to.
 
 

LOU