I mentioned that we went sailing on my birthday as part of the weekend's celebrations, so I thought it would be fun to share some pictures. So much blue! We are lucky to live in such a beautiful place and to have such wonderful neighbors.
Quick geography lesson: an archipelago is essentially any group of islands. The archipelago here on Sweden's east coast has the most islands of any in the world: some 30,000 islands, ranging in size from tiny rocks that just reach above the water to larger islands holding multiple towns, neighborhoods, and farms. The island of Möja even contains a freshwater lake.
We live in the inner archipelago. Our apartment is on the mainland, but our view extends over several islands. When we sailed with our neighbors last weekend we stopped at a small island near the middle archipelago where we clambered off the boat and ran around. It only took about five minutes to walk around the entire island, and August found mushrooms and magic wands =) on the path.
We're already dreaming of next summer, when we aim to convince our neighbors to take us out for an extended boat trip around the Stockholm archipelago. But we'll have a newborn then, which I can only imagine would be a great challenge. Have you ever sailed with a baby? Any tips?
What archipelagos have you been to? Did you know that even New York City is considered an archipelago? I've been to Hawaii, the Channel Islands (off the coast of Central California), the San Juan (islands off the coast of Washington State), the Aeolian islands (just north of Sicily), Stockholm, and New York City.
Another truly Swedish experience, the Ice Hotel.
All photos by me.