Arriving at Saltsjöbaden, found a 30 minutes free parking-lot, just to do a first check of the surroundings.
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Parked the car near the train station, and could see the well known hotel, which name I didn´t know.
This nice looking hotel was built 1893. At least that what the sign says. Maybee the fools are lying to me, no.
Moving on by foot. Saltsjöbaden friluftsbad
In Englai: Saltlakebath freeairbath :)
Got back and took the car to go check for a sweet spot to stay the night. Solsidan is a posh place here in Sweden and I though that would be a nice place for a sleepover. Just to stir the place up a little, haha. However I thought it would be a hard time finding a sweet spot. . A television show has made Solsidan even more famous. According to the myth, this is were all the rich lives. You know, robotized lawnmowers, and everyone transporting them-self by a segway or that is at least the picture in the tv-show. Quite funny actually.
Look! Me satisfied. I found a really nice place, The sun i lowering itself and the car is getting some shadow. Too warm otherwise. This were a really nice spot I may say. You could park here over night for free.
I have a book that´s called discover Sweden, and here I could read a little about the place and its surroundings.
Walking around the town I later found a old tent town. Yea I don´t have a better name for it, duh.. It proved to be a knights´ tournament. What? I must check that out. However I did not pay the entrance to see that the horse show but went to have a look. Not that interested in knighs tournaments actually.
Some pictures of the tents.
Feels like going back in time.
lots of stalls where things are sold
How cute is´nt this little dog? I think it is a puddle, dont ya think? I just wanted to take it with me.. :-) so qute. Perfect company.
Lots of tents..
"Riddardagarna" = Knight days.. here in Mariefred.
Heading for Stockholm with the car but when I saw the sign "Gripsholms Castle" I decided so leave the motorway and have a look. I´ve been here in my teens, but could hardly remember anything exept the castle. The idea was to freshen up my view a little. Thats the great thing about being on a journey, always follow you instincts. The journeys is the goal, not the end place.
This is Gripsholms Castle is in Mariefred.
The caste has some nice green garden with lots of colorful flowers.
Moat that surrounds the castle.
This place is a popular place to take pictures of newly weds couples.
Some other peoples belonging to the "wedding crowd". Nice clothes.
hen party for bride-to-be/shower
Here some pictures of the town Mariefred. Horse trailer with tourists.
Campers with view of the castle. I think there were a time limit to this parking lot.
Look! A houseboat. Sunroof. The small boat harbor has a great view.
And this is an old Mercedes bus, with a motorbike on the back.
There is also a train station for older trains were the rail has small bandwidth.
Also a nice place. I think it is a greenhouse of some sort.
Once again, look! A white duck amongst the other. I dont think I´ve seen a white duck before. Only bigger ducks (geese)
Leaving Ängså I was heading for Stockholm, and I were hungry so I tried to find a place to eat before going onto the highway.
Pizzeria Hummelsta was the place I found..
Parked the Toyota near the entrance of the eatery.
This is how Pizzeria Hummelsta looks inside. Waiting for the pizza to be made. Have never eaten here before. Don´t now what to expect.
Used their toilet so I could clean my hands and freshen up a bit.
Ordered a Opera (one of my favorites, that and Quattro of course). Took it to go (drive). Looks nice huh? Tried to find a suitable place to stop. The pizza turned out to be very good. Somehow food always taste so good when out on the road.. ..
Ended up eating the pizza outside of an cemetery. A view to "die" for.. duh.
Big ego in a hurry, was right up my alley before overtake. Relax I told my self. Me I´m driving according to the speed-limits. Not in a hurry, hey, its vacation.. It is not the goal that is the point of the journey, but the journey itself.
After sleeping in the car in a place called Björnön.. I found myself eating breakfast pretty early in the morning when a BIG wasp got inside the car!
It was so big that it hardly could fly, it was like a heavy loaded propeller plane in miniature, flying without control. Almost bouncing into everything. Absolutely no control whatsoever!
My mind was confronted with the "fight or fly" syndrome. I decided to stay fight for my honor.. and I managed to move my arms to wag the giant wasp outside the window, and swiftly managed to wind them up (so quick you could hardly see it). However the "killing machine" was not about to give up on me just yet!! For you fellows who don't know about this insect, it can set its arse down on ya and sting you! Not very pleasant, and if you are allergic you might even die if you get a bad sting in the throat or something. I am not allergic thankfully.
Usually I´m not afraid of wasps, but this was so big and nasty! I think it must have been a "queen" or a earth wasp. Looking to set up a new hornet's nest in my car? Know-body knows. My guess is because the "pros" have never seen such a big beast ;) It must be a record or something? Huh?
Look the big beast is back outside the car windows. Plotting its next move.
It continued to sneak around the car, trying to find a weak spot in my defense. It wasn't about to give up. It was used to scare the h..l out of people and I was the target. He or she wanted me out of the picture.. no doubt.
Look at the perfect killing machine!? Checking me out, looking for my weakness.. Those big eyes don´t miss a thing!! Big horn/cusp in front of its nose to really hurt people. And the poison fully loaded in the back (as). Yes scary!
After a couple of minutes trying to get through the barrier, it decided to let me live. Thank god for that! :-)
To recap. The bug did not get inside the car and I could relax again.
I make a note to myself.. I really have a thing for flying objects without control..
Keeping fresh and clean is important for most people, and that includes me.This time I thought I would tell you about the simplest thing.
I always follow a ritutal of cleaning my teeth before bed time, and after breakfast time. It is important to feel fresh in my mouth, and they say it preserves your teeth.
I use a simple method to preserve fresh water. I have water in 5 liter buckets that I use to distribute into smaller buckets like 1 liters. And then use it to drink and also wash my teeth.
I usually put some toothpaste on the toothbrush, and make it stick with my tung. And then put just a little water in my mouth (keeping it in). After that I insert the toothbrush and wash the teeth with a close mouth, carefully. After a while I let some "yuck" escape the mouth and so on, dripping on the floor. After I´m ready cleaning the teeth. I thoroughly wash the mouth clean from the toothpaste with pure water. You should not swallow any of the toothpaste, its not good for you, usually contains fluoride, that's bad for ya. I also clean the tongue with the brush.
Early morning after eating breakfast, cleaning my teeth with toothbrush, some toothpaste and water, leaning forward to not get any dripping "junk" on myself.
It´s just like doing in at home, but you have to use less water. Unless you want to go refill water to often.
This is the island Ängsö, the sun is shining, loving it.. Getting the mouth clean after sleeping in my car.
Still in Ängsö: Early morning and time for breakfast. Using favorite müsli in a cup, and then pouring water on it. Sounds pretty bad to use water instead of milk or processed sour milk but.., nah, it´s ok, I´m used to it. Along that goes some pretty fresh fruit like peach.
Breakfast-time! Dry food, a peach and water works when you don't have a fridge with you
Well. I do have a icebox with me, but don't use it for anything other than bed support you can see in the picture. You also see the depth of the mattress from Ikea. Time to connect the extra battery to the main power, (generator and solar power). I didn't have time to do it earlier (before heading out). I have some common tools with me. There is always more time when you´re out on the road somehow.
I´ve made this chipboard for the solar power, I have showed it to you earlier., That is.I have used on other road-trips. Solar controller (and some switches I rarely use).
Solar Power i now connected, and charging. Yey! :) The led for the sun is shining! About 13.65 volt on the extra leisure battery. Normally about 12,7 volt when not charging it.
There were bugs flying all over the place.. I´m not so found of them.. (to put it nicely). They are brakes (broms in Swedish), probably not called brakes in your country, perhaps more like gadfly or horsefly in you language.. :) However, they were not attacking me! Very strange, there were like piece between us, they were just checking me out. Their stomach seemed full somehow. I was really glad for that!
Okey, so to recap, it is early morning, the sun is low, and I've put the car in the shade of a tree (and a toilet house). Then using pretty long cables to put the solar panel in the sun. Works great to have a portable adjustable solar-panel. Totally recommend it.
Next I sat down in the car for a couple of hours writing on the computer while listening to some great podcast on the carstereo (earlier downloaded from the Internet, mp3 style). Free power from the sun. I really enjoy it! Quiet solitude. This is what I love. Relaxing and contemplating. After a while people started showing up to look at the caste nearby, and they probably thought I was a strange fellow.. with a bed in the car :-) (not normal for people moldered in a box)