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Big dreams often come in small packages - a nice little full circle story
A bubble of melancholy expands in my chest each time I look at the map thinking this back on my family’s journey alongside the Baltic Sea coastline. So, I thought I would tell a bit of our story and zip the adventure in a single essay. The purpose for our project was also to increase awareness of numerous treasures of the region. It was not always easy to keep the account of all of them, but you will find here a reference to numerous sites, landmarks and scenic overlooks.

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Alice in Wonderland The last piece of our Taste of Baltic jigsaw has been assembled. The second half of August and early September was a great time to travel - less busy than the high season, and beautiful too. We found it pleasantly free of tourist crowds and the weather was also co-operating for most of the days.

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Day 2: From Karlskrona to Öland In the space of less than an hour we found ourselves in a lovely village of Kristianopel, where we took a walk on the old city wall, before making our way to Kalmar - one of the oldest cities in Sweden. After strolling around its astonishing Kalmar Castle, that goes back to the Middle Ages - a graceful symbol of the city, we pulled out onto a busy Öland Bridge spanning for 6072m over the Kalmar Strait and connecting the mainland with the island of Öland. Having turned south, we followed the road through a lonely, a prairie-like landscape of the Great Alvar - a dagger shaped expanse almost 40km long and about 10km at the widest end, until we reached the lighthouse of Långe Jan on the southernmost cape of the island.

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Day 1: From Ysatd to Karlskrona After what felt like an eternity, we set off for the Episode V - a final push of our circumnavigation of the Baltic Sea.

It was 6:15am, when, seven hours after departing from Świnoujście on the Polish coast, our ferry - Scania - operated by Unity Line, docked in Ystad. Driving alongside the coastline, sometimes on the main road, but most often choosing the ones less travelled, was a great way to enjoy all the qualities that this part of Sweden holds - the sea, coastal hills, meadows, fields and wide beaches. Quite often those secondary roads in themselves lead through stunning sceneries making the detour well worth the extra distance. And, we always try to take our time, make stops and take closer look at whatever catches our attention.

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Here it is: the Baltic Sea. The place that had been in my memories since my early days. I’m closing my eyes and taking myself back to those days when as a young boy I used to spend the whole summers playing on its white beaches. It’s a small handful of experiences that made me feel happy.

Now, I’m coming back there after many years. I don’t know whether the area presents any interest at all for you, but if it does, let me take you with me and my family on our 6000 km long journey alongside its coastline.

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