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Day 3: From Gävle to Sundsvall
Once we left Gävle, the landscape started to change. Quite flat before, but now it became hilly. As we made our trip towards Sundsvall we stopped at Sorfjarden to get some rest on the beach. The summer season was pretty much over in Sweden, so the shore was completely empty what was magnificent.

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Day 2: From Stockholm to Gävle
Shortly after 10am we left Stockholm and began heading up the coast of the Gulf of Bothnia. After two hours we stopped off to rest for a while and grab a cup of coffee at Östhammar.

Driving through towns and villages, passing camping grounds and small marinas, we could get the feeling of how the scenery would be for the next days - the coastline, lakes, rivers, forests and green pastures, and the whole countryside dotted with cottages and barns in yards made by wood and painted mostly in a deep red color called Falun Red. The paint’s pigment is actually a waste product of the copper mine located in the city of Falun. The houses were painted this way already back than in the sixteenth century, but the color is still widely used especially in the countryside. The mine has been closed, but it is said that there is enough piles there for making the paint for next few centuries.

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Day 1: Arriving to Stockholm
It was around 1:30am when I took a shower and was finally ready to go to bed. We were to leave to the airport at 3am to give ourselves plenty of time before our flight to Sweden, so I got up around 2:15am having slept for only 45 minutes. Klara and Laura were on a few minutes after while myself and Sylwia were bustling about. They seemed to be very excited and itching to move on. We packed up and set off to the airport as planned.

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Enjoying a journey
I took a moment to reflect on the previous months, and I can’t get my head around the fact that, after months of anticipation, we have just a few more days left to our departure. All this started with one single spark of inspiration and grew from there. We added just enough focus, passion, discipline and determination to bring it to fruition. It took time to plan the journey and now we are coming to the final stage of our preparation.

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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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