Time to go; Greece, here we come!

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It’s time to leave. We are packing the car. Boxes. Bags. Suitcases. Skaithos, here we come!

This first day, we will drive 650 kilometers, from Stockholm to Trelleborg, a small town in the very south of Sweden. From here, there are ferries to Germany and Poland. We will have dinner in Trelleborg, then board the ten o’clock evening ferry to Rostock in Germany. After sleeping a night in the cabin onboard, we shall arrive in Germany at 06.00.

After a couple of hours drive on Thursday, we will reach the ring road around Berlin. We may get stuck in heavy traffic here. It is peak hour traffic, people going to work in Berlin. From Berlin, we have another 350 kilometers to Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, where we will spend a couple of nights.

It is a beautiful morning in Stockholm. Sun shining from a clear sky. The weather forecast for the next two days is fairly good. Mixed weather later today in the south of Sweden, risk of light rain. Going through Germany tomorrow, warmer and cloudy, possibly no rain. Good driving weather.

Looking forward to being on the road again…

From Stockholm, Sweden, to Skiathos Island, Greece; preparing for the drive

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After our trip to north America, we have now arrived in Stockholm, Sweden. It is now time to plan and prepare for the drive by car from Stockholm to Skiathos Island in Greece.

The distance door to door is 2620 kilometers. I have measured the distance. I have done this trip so many  times now so I do not need a gps or a map. The trip plan is always based on the fact that we want to drive through Italy on a Sunday; lorry traffic is banned on Italian highways on Sundays. Normally, we leave Stockholm on Friday after lunch and arrive on Monday evening on Skiathos Island.

But this time, it will take a little bit longer. In the past, we always wanted to drive from A to B as quickly as possible. But now we will deviate from our normal route and stay in one of the beautiful cities on the way. We plan a stopover in Prague a couple of days.

There is always a lot to think of before we depart. The car must be serviced. A lot to buy. Things for the house. Some food stuff. What is available on a Greek island is limited so we stock up. Also, ferries and hotels have to be booked.

The weather in Stockholm is beautiful, sunny and not very warm. We try to enjoy this beautiful city as much as time permits. We see friends. We are fighting our jet lag. After a month of eating out or in friends’ homes, we enjoy cooking our own food again.

In a few days, we are on our way… Greece, here we come!

Busy days in Stockholm

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The signs of the summer to come is here.  April weather.  Chilly winds sometimes, warming sun sometimes.  The spring flowers are braving the chills.  Their time is now.  Bloom a short time, then gone till next spring.

I have two very busy days in Stockholm.  A new passport ordered.  The old one has a year to go but only two empty pages left.  A new international driving license.  We will travel in May to countries requiring an international driving license.  Visit to the tax office.  Documentation required by the Greek tax office.  Bureaucracy is alive and thriving everywhere.

The boarding passes for tomorrow morning printed.  Taxi to the airport booked at 4 am.  Alarm clock set at 3 am.

My mobile phone, now a big part of my life, tells me that I walked 13 kilometers in Stockholm yesterday, 10 kilometers today.   Now I need to rest my legs.  I need a sleep.

Until 3 am.