Tuesday 08/01/13 09:01 by Linn
Tuesday 08/01/13 09:01 by Linn
I think the nicest way to get to Galle is with the train. I love taking the trains on Sri Lanka, it’s so old school and you get to see alot.. Anyway, this day it rained (like so many other afternoons the past weeks). And when it rains the easiest way to get to Galle seems more fitting than the nicest; the express bus. It’s small mini buses that are more expensive to take than the bigger buses, but much more convinent. You just have to walk to the road and wave with your hand and they stop. 70 rupies and about 20 minutes to Galle from Hikkaduwa.
Our first stop is always the Old Railway Shop & Café just next to the bus station and the railway station. Runned by Catharine and Rasi who we met here our first time, two years ago. Now they have built a café on the second floor. Highly recomend it! They are #2 on TripAdvisors resurants in Galle. Try their “meal deals” and ice coffée and mango lassi. Mhhm..
We went to a pharmacy to buy ayurvedic medicine, they had some problems with their AC…
Just a short walk away is the Galle Fort, and oh what it has changed the last two years.. From locals living in old houses to almost all being baught by foregniers who renovate them and make them in to small castles..
Fancy boutiqes opening up in every other corner..
We really like this one with old posters and maps. Couldn’t help buying a few with us home… They pack them safe for a flight home if you ask!
But best of all shops is still the first one; Barefoot. The life work of Barbara Sansoni. They have a filial in Colombo too, check it out here.
The reason we came for was a female vocalist concert at the old Rampart Hotel.
We met up with Catharine and Rasi and people started to drop in.
Amazing Sophine Barker from Zero 7 performed, left me breathless.
So did this amazing girl: Cailin Callahan. When Catharine told us about a longboarding surfer girl who also sang and did yoga it rang a bell in my head.. And yes, we have met Cailin before, at Lombok in Indonesia like two years ago. The world is so small! She’s writing a very nice blog about her travels and life here; “Nose Walking and Trash Talking”.
It was a great night! Thank you everybody! Rasi called us a tuktuk and we had a fun ride home amog the stars and cows.
Wednesday 02/01/13 15:56 by Linn
We thought we’d make one of those resumé posts going through our 2012. We were going to publish this post before the New Year, but going through a whole year when doing a minimum of one blog post per day wasn’t that easy. A 0,5mbit internet connection didn’t make it better. A lot of things have happened and a lot of things have been documented with text and pictures on this site. The best thing and our primary reason doing this blog is having the ability going back like this and re-experience each and every feeling and state of mind we have shared and saved.
2011 ended and 2012 started, for us this transition meant a long travel and many unexplored countries and waves to become checked on our todo list.
Our big trip started in New York just before the new year. We went from a Christmas in the big apple to warm weather, surf and the roadtrip of a lifetime in California.
We started of in SF moving down towards LA and San Diego. First thing on our todo list was to buy bedding for the trunk of our car, luckily they had christmas sale everywhere and we turned our rental car into a very soft camping van.
There’s nothing better than sleeping in your car. Home is where you park it and we parked all over amazing California.
We got down to Encinitas, San Diego where we actually started 2012 celebrating New Year’s with the Bing family. They completley took us in to their life’s and showed us what the culture of surfing and making surfboards really is. Matt & Marg, what you’re doing is amazing.
We flew down to Mexico where we got on a bus and started our long bussing excperience through central America. We surfed endless amounts of pointbreaks that never stoped breaking, met inspiring people, ate tacos every day, drank corona like water and had an overall great excperience in one of the best countries in the world.
We followed the coast of Mexico to pretty much it’s end turned our direction inland to explore the ancient maya cities in the Mexican mountains. We crossed the border to Guatemala by boat and continued our adventures further into the jungle.
We met up with our Swedish friends Nick, Max and Pontus in El Salvador and had some fun times together surfing the long pointbreaks.
We teamed up with Wavecation and got to stay in the best surf properties in the world through the rest of our trip.
Nick joined us on our way south and we surfed awesome waves through the rest of El Salvador continueing into Nicaragua.
Our travel pace increased and in April we visited Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama before getting on a plane back home on the last of April.
We got to meet parts of the Bing family in Nicaragua where we stayed at an amazing oceanfront villa surfing in front of the pool and going on boatmissions looking for more. 13 peeps in one villa, more Bing boards than people, more waves than boards and unlimited complimentary beers. That was a great week.
We got in to beautiful and americanisied Costa Rica and almost felt like we where in Cali again, with warmer water. Linn found her dream wave which we surfed every morning for quite some time.
We crossed our last border and headed along Panamas coast towards Panama City where we stayed at amazing Manrey Hotel and explored the central american capital.
In may we returned home, on the 1st of may to be precise. We enjoyed the Swedish spring, fresh air, clean nature and our own space more than ever together with friends and family.
Our beloved home, the old fishing village of Torekov in an early summer sunset.
Petter even bought the cheapest car in the world the same week he got back, try and find a cheaper car than this, 300dollar or 2100SEK with half a tank of gas approved and ready by the car inspection authuority!
We started to work on the digital media profil for Petters familys restaurant doing everything from design, to shooting the photos, programming the html and optimizing the site for google. It’s amazing how much you can learn to do while travelling, surfing and enjoying life. This is all stuff that we have learned by doing this blog and things that we like to do. Linn continued to do the facebook and instagram of G. Swensons during the summer. Here’s the result: Restaurang Torekov
Petter and his friends could finally celebrate getting the skatepark in Båstad built. They have been fighiting to get money and an ok by the municipality for years. Boojaaah! A summer full of skate in between work followed.
We went to the island outside of Torekov with freinds as often as possible when there where good weather.
Linns sister Sunna graduated in a rainy Ängelholm, hurrey!
Summer times with surf, longboarding and a lot of work, which you can’t really see on the photos though.
In between work during the high season at the restaurant we enjoyed the summer beeing hangover on the beach or partying in the restaurant during night.
The best time in Torekov is in August. The weather is great and the mid summer stress is starting to slow down.
Petter and his brother got to enjoy beeing guests at a weeding during their mom’s cousins wedding in Uppsala. Happy brothers.
Another great thing with August is Linns birthday. Petter & Isabel arranged a surprice party with the best friends in the world.
This september was one of the best septembers ever and apart from good surf two or even three important things occured.
1. The move to our dream apartment located in the brooklyn of Malmö, Möllan!
2. The big start of something new and exciting, the studies at the univeristy of Malmö. Linn indulging into Information Architecture and Petter in Media & Communication studies.
3. In the middle of this Mat & Marg of Bing surfboards came to visist with a very special guest, Bing Copeland himself. We had never met Bing before until he came to see and explore our life. Read our story about his visit here; Bing Copeland.
October is also a very beloved month for us. Strong winds are starting to come more reguarly which means more surf and in between comes great calm weather perfect for skateboarding or taking self portraits of us on a field of sunflowers. Linn spent many crazy days with her father and sister.
After much work both in school and with lots of other stuff we decided to grab a last minute trip to anywhere. It turned out Portugal was our best bet and a short flight later we where in beautiful Ericeria and in the hands of Rui from Magic Quiver who took great care of us. He is running a really nice surf shop stocking hand shaped boards from around the world. Check it out here: Surf shop Europe
Portugal was amazing and so was the swell and the surf. We constantly had 10-12ft + swell so most breaks where to big and the ones that worked were really though.
In Sweden, for most people, December means christmas, hopefully snow and spending time with family. For us, it now more means beachlife, surf and travelling. Our family is getting used to it and there usually is no snow at all during christmas in south Sweden anyway. Since we are studiying our mind was even more set on going somewhere but we didn’t know were. Three days before leaving we booked ticktes to Sri Lanka. Our bags were already packed already and we just took the 17min trainride to Copenhagen airport, departing from pretty much our doorstep.
So here we are, celebrating Chistmas and getting ready for the new year as we are used to it. It’s been an amazing year and there’s another one in front.
Sunday 30/12/12 17:15 by Linn
We have been eating breakfast at this hotel which the British pretty much have colonized just as they colonized Sri Lanka back in the days. It’s a pretty fun scene to watch. Today the british boy crew rented twinfin NSP’s (don’t ask my why they don’t rent out boards with 3 fins here) and went to try their luck in the waves with their wifes standing on a row in the water each one taking photos of the guys doing their thing. Can you imagine we had some good laughs on the beach?!
Ps. Just to clarify, we don’t intend to harass the guys by making this post. As a surfer the most important thing is having fun. By laughing at each other and ourselves making both fun fails and good waves we have loads of fun from our first wave to surfing for the title like the pros in the world tour.
Saturday 29/12/12 19:09 by Linn
The swell is getting smaller and the crowds bigger.. But Hikkaduwa is a party place and if you’re up with the sun there’s very few guys out. I’m an early bird and yesterday I caught both waves and coconuts before the party-people had even open their eyes. So happy that I could bring my longboard with me this time. We’re flying with Qatar Airlines and they charge nada up to 3 meters and 10 kgs. I love small babywaves and my 9’1 is the perfect companion. Now I just want to learn how to walk to the noose..
Thursday 27/12/12 10:25 by Linn
Christmas day Sri Lankan style with lots of food and lots of surfing. Started off with some string hoppers for breakfast, a very tratiditional Sri Lankan breakfast.
Then we got in a minivan heading south together with Didine and his family. We met Didine in the lineup at the main point, he’s one of the few local surfers in south Sweden so we already knew each other, haha. The world is small.
We went to what they say is the most beautiful beach on Sri Lanka, Mirissa. And yes, it is very beautiful. Down south there are empty even more pristine beaches but you can’t say Mirissa is’nt beautiful.
Palms are hanging over the beach, over the crystal clear water and in between is a space for you to relax and feel the gentle waves wash underneath your sunchair. Reef cover the beach so that you can swim and snorkel in little rock pools full of fish, which we did all morning.
In the left hand corner, right in front of our spot on the beach there’s a surf point that doesn’t seem to get big or very awesome, but there where some fun longboard peelers to play around in. This is where we spent the whole Christmas day, surfing, relaxing and enjoying.
Petter & Didine heading out.
Coca Cola delivery by Santa.
We went back to Hikkaduwa where we where going to have an eat-as-much-as-you-can buffé at a beachside hotel. And it was’nt just any buffé but a classic Sri Lankan wedding style buffé.
So this is what we had for “Julbord”. I don’t think the hotel owner had planned that there where going to be that many Swedes at the buffé. Swedes are know of feasting through the christmas and gain a couple of kilos is not uncommon. All of us had saved up all day to eat lots and we sure did! The hotel owner looked a little worried when we went to get more again, and again and again…
Linn, Ellis and Noam.
Our big Swedish table!
This most be the most beautiful Christmas tree on the beach, you should see the others!
Called it off with watching some fireworks lightning up the beach. They must get the fireworks they don’t want to ship anywhere else down here because they where so sketchy compared to what we get at home. The whole thing started to burn and shoot fireworks all over the beach.
Monday 26/11/12 15:39 by Petter
It’s the locals that makes a country special. Rui really helped making this Portugal trip amazing. He gave us tips of where to eat, maps of where to drive, called his friend and hooked us up with a really nice rental house, borrowed us boards. He and his wife Patricia even invited us to their home for dinner! And what a dinner.. Thank you so much! We will show you more of Rui and his shop Magic Quiver later.