2015 is over in a few hours and I wanted to share some of the things myself and my girlfriend experienced during the year that has went by so incredibly quickly. We’ve taken three trips outside of Sweden as well as going to two concerts in Stockholm so we’ve experienced a whole lot to say the least. I’m so grateful for everything we’ve been able to do and see and I’m looking forward to seeing what 2016 will bring.
Jamaica – Reagge paradise
In February we went on a relaxing vacation to the caribbean to celebrate our five-year anniversary, Jamaica to be exact. We stayed at Grand Palladium near Lucea on the north-western part of the island and we had a blast snorkeling, eating tones of food and just relaxed for two weeks which was exactly what I needed. I almost wanted to book the same trip for next year again but stopped myself. When you travel across oceans to get to a destination you get so disconnected from everything back home and that is so relaxing, even for someone that just can’t lay still in the sun a whole day.
Grand Palladium Jamaica is a huge resort with ~540 numbers of rooms, ten restaurants, thirteen bars, four pools (one being Jamaicas largest) and four beaches. As you can see there is no need to feel like you have to eat the same things, do the same things or be at the same place each and every day. A big recommendation for anyone wanting to go on a vacation in the caribbean.
Major Lazer – Lazers never die
This year I went to my first Major Lazer concert and it was out of this world. I’ve never in a place with that many sweaty people crowding to get closer to the stage while jumping like mad men before and I’ve never actually had to help hold up a large hamster ball containing one of the band members (a very high energy concert to say the least).
We’re ready fi di war,
I see di fear in all ya eyes,
I can smell ya desperation,
but we have dub plates galore,
Major Lazer sound, yes we rule di nation!
– Roll the Bass, Major Lazer
Not only did they play a lot of there new and old songs but they also played some old school roots reggae which just made the evening even more memorable. I can recommend going to a Major Lazer concert to anyone that likes reggae, dancehall and EDM. One thing to note is that as a pre-show Elliphant played and she did a great job getting the crowed pumped for the main act.
Paris – Summer getaway
As you might have read in my summer recap I went to Paris for a week this summer. I don’t know what it is but there is something special about Paris. We had great weather though a bit warm a few days. We took the time to see some of the things we missed the first time we were there but it was just really nice to have time to walk around and take things slow, on the last day we sat on a bench near Notre Dame and read books (I read the biography I Justine) almost the entire day until our flight left. Sometimes being on leave from work isn’t enough and being able to go away to Paris for a week was just perfect.
Madonna – Rebel Queen
In November we went to Stockholm for the second concert of the year, we were going to see Madonna performing her Rebel Heart Tour. I had never been on a Madonna concert and didn’t have to much expectations but since I really enjoy her latest album I looked forward to seeing her perform some of the songs from the album. But on the night we arrived in Stockholm something happened that sent shockwaves around the world. On the evening of November 13th a group of terrorists attacked civilians in Paris. Even though we were in Sweden we followed the horrifying news as it arrived online. The next day we knew that security would be heightened not only in France but all over Europe and that we might not be able to go to the concert. As it turned out Madonna chose to perform though with heightened security around and inside the arena. Halfway through the concert Madonna stopped the music and decided to talk about the fact that she had been unsure if she would perform after everything that happened the night before. She also talked about the fact that no should stop you from doing the things you love and asked the audience to be quite for a moment of silence for those that lost their lives or loved once. After that she added a song to the setlist and performed Like a Prayer.
Sorry for the shitty quality of the video but as you can imagine was an incredible experience.
Berlin – Winter weekend
When my girlfriend turned 25 this year I gave her a weekend in Berlin as a gift since she has been wanting to go there for many years. We left on December 18th and were away for 5 days so technically a bit longer than a weekend. I think we were both happily surprised with the city even though we both thought it was a bit more dirty than Paris and London. Since it was so close to christmas there were christmas markets all around town where you could buy glüwine, plates of all kind of food and candy. Highly recommended place to visit (especially around christmas time) and very affordable for a major capital in Europe.
We spend the first evening walking from the hotel (NH Friedrichstraße) up to Alexanderplatz to give us some idea of where things are in relation to the hotel we stayed at. The next day I had all planed out and we manage to see almost all the places we wanted to, we could have easily seen and done all the things we wanted to in 3-4 days instead of the five we spent in Berlin but with all the walking we did it was nice to not have to stress and be able to spend some time each afternoon to rest and get ready for the evenings. We will most likely go back to Berlin more times.
“Very well, cykelställ” as my father-in-law said a few minutes ago, hope you all have a great new years eve and a great start of the new year.