I Am Off To Sweden

I have a family situation in Sweden that requies my full attention. I have started to pack my bags and will leave for Stockholm this weekend.

For the next couple of weeks I will be posting straight from Stockholm. My blogging will necessarily be sporadic so I hope that you all will understand. 

On a positive note I am going to be with family and friends and during my stay and I will make sure that I carve out a little bit of personal time for fun things and a serious dose of Swedish inspiration. And I can’t wait to bring that back to you!

For those of you who are interested in seeing something US related in Stockholm — take a look at Google’s offices in Stockholm. With Swedish cottages, birch trees and everything! I feel very blessed to have both countries and cultures in my daily life.

Warm hugs. I will be thinking of all of you.

Next time you will hear from me I will be in my old home town.

Images: No. 1 via Sigfrid, no. 2 Sigfrid.  no. 3-6 via Niken
Written by Splendid Willow in: Holidays & Celebrations |


  • tinajo says:

    Jag hoppas allt är OK? Jag bor i Linköping så har du vägarna förbi åt det hållet får du lova att höra av dig!

    Sköt om dig, kram! :-)

  • sherry says:

    I hope everything is OK……looking forward to seeing some of Sweden through your eyes. Travel safe.

  • I hope everything is okay too- will be thinking of you and your family. xo

  • Franki Parde says:

    68 degrees and sun in Stockholm…safe trip! franki

  • Hey Monika, I hope everything is okay back home. On a side note, after seeing these photos, I wish I had some skill in the tech industry so I could work at google.

    Wishing you good luck on your trip!


  • Hi Monika!
    Loved the pictures of the google offices!!!!!! I hope you have a good trip and that you manage to have some fun while your there….We’ll be thinking of you….. Maryanne xo

  • Gina says:

    Have a safe trip. I will be thinking of you. I hope everything goes well with your mother. xxoxo Gina

  • LiveLikeYou says:

    Lycka till hemma Monika. Hoppas allt gar bra med din mamma och att du hittar tid att ha kul i vackra Stockholm. Sug i dig all frisk luft, kultur,saltlakrits och vanner!! Kramar xx

  • Donna says:

    Monika, just thinking of you and wishing you a safe and happy trip. I know time with your mom will be cherished and I hope you find her doing as well as can be expected and happy in her new home. My laptop is having a few problems, and for some reason, I am unable to leave comments on your blog from my desktop. Your post this morning was lovely and I wanted you to know you have been on my mind for weeks.

    All my best wishes for a wonderful trip and time with family.

    love to you! donna

  • Joe Clarke says:

    You will be missed, Monica!I am looking forward to your reports from Stockholm. Hope things are not too serious at home.


  • sylvia rieck says:

    Monika, sorry to hear that you have to go back to Stockholm for family reasons! Hope all will be OK? Safe trip. Sylvia :)

  • Greet says:

    Dear Monika,

    Thank you for your comments on my latest posts. So sorry I haven’t visited you in a couple of days. I am very busy preparing a few projects and price offers!

    I wish you a very nice stay in Sweden and I am sure that your family will be delighted to have you there.

    Warm hugs to you my friend.

    Talk to you soon!



  • Sending love, Monika. I pray all will be well for your family. Cannot wait to see more of your country. xx’s

  • Babara says:

    Lucky you! My husband’s family is from Umea. Would love to take our kids there!

    Have fun! Enjoy all that yummy Swedish food!


  • Alex says:

    Best wishes to you and your family, hope all will be good.

    Warm wishes,

  • Have a great trip Monika! Hope everything goes well for you. xo

  • Dan B. says:

    Safe travels Monika. Enjoy your time in Sweden. I hope the photo shoot went well!

    Regards, Dan

  • Delishhh says:

    Oh Monika – have a great trip – wish i could come along to help and get rid of my cravings for some salty licorice, Swedish ice cream, some good hot dogs stands, ohhh summer in Sweden is just awesome. . .please do take some time off as well. . .

  • safe travels, Mon.

    be well.


  • Will says:

    My thoughts and hugs are with you, Mon. Safe travels. x

  • Have a safe and hopefully enjoyable trip!

  • Kari says:


    I hope that everything is alright. Will be thinking of you. Looking forward to hearing more from Sweden.



  • dear Mon, hope everything is ok. thinking of you. many hugs to you

  • Oh dear, I hope everything is OK. Travel safely, Monika, and I’ll be thinking about you!! xo!

  • Monika, I hope everything goes well and you will be in my thoughts while you are away. If you need anything email me any time. And we will all miss you while you are gone!! BIG hugs to you my dear,
    Nancy xo

  • Anna-Malin says:

    Hej Monika.

    Jag hoppas att det inte är något allvarligt!
    Äntligen har jag slagit till på en ny dator
    och kan posta kommentarer till dig!

    Ha en fin tid i Stockholm. Nu känns det inte
    som du lämnar huvudstaden för att dra
    söder ut men skulle du det måste du höra av dig!

    Stor kram, och tänker på dig!


  • blue fruit says:

    Oh, so sad to hear this news Monika, but I hope that all goes as well as possible. It is wonderful that you can dash back at short notice to be with your family. Hang in there!

    Warm hugs from Australia,
    Virginia x

  • Tina says:

    Oh Mon! I wish you a really great trip and vacation to lovely Sweden. Now is really the best time for a visit. I hope the weather will continue whilest you are here. Can´t believe you will be so close, yet I will not have the chance to meet you IRL. Just know it would be so much fun! There will more chances right!?

  • Charlotta says:

    Hej sotnos.

    Lycka till med allt nu. Jag finns har om du behover nagot, och jag kan alltid hjalpa till och/eller folja upp nar jag val ar pa plats senare i sommar.

    Safe travels och sa hors vi nar du kommer hem igen.

    Jatte kramar till dig o mamma.

    xx Charlotta

  • Hope all is well with you and your family in Sweden.
    Be safe.

  • Julie at BV says:

    Safe and fun vacation dear Monika.

  • I hope everything is ok, sweet Mon, and I hope you have a wonderful stay in Sweden.

    Love these images, what a fun place to work!

    Love to you, darling.

    Meera xx

  • Lana says:

    Have a safe and happy trip Mon, hope all goes well xx

  • Mon,
    Hope all goes well. I wish you safe travels and warm wishes.
    Thinking of you,

  • i read the new RUE today and have been meaning to email or comment you all day! congrats! such a great piece on you and so very well deserved to your talented self. congrats! xo

  • escapade says:

    Oh I am jealous – have the most wonderful time Monika! One day, I dream of meeting you there and having a fun little tour (+ a long coffee shop date 😉 )
    Bon voyage! xo

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