It's been over a week since we returned from Öland, a week during which I started back at work and The Swede and Jambo have enjoyed more summer break. Sarianne, Julia, Jamie and I drove to the island on a beautiful, sunny Sunday, making stops at a gorgeous church and McDonald's along the way.
When we arrived, however, it was raining cats and dogs, a grim start to what we had hoped would be a few days of island sun. The rain did let up eventually, though, and we were able to enjoy the camping site and lovely views.
The first night, we played minigolf and Julia creamed the rest of us. We also played a lot of games and cards in the cabin, played bocce and badminton in the yard, Julia taught herself how to do a cartwheel, and Sarianne and I enjoyed one or two glasses of champagne. The clouds even parted for a couple hours so that we could go swimming.
The second night we were there, we had gone to the camping site's grocery store to get ice cream, when who should walk in but The Swede! He was supposed to be working that week, but had taken the five-plus hour drive to surprise us! Jambo and I were overjoyed, obvs.
The next day, we drove up the coast to the northermost tip of the island, passing a medieval fort and dozens of old, wooden windmills along the way. We also stopped by a touristy sand beach and dipped our feet in the Baltic, and visited a petting zoo and camel farm where Julia was the only one brave enough to ride one.
The other significant thing we did was plan another trip to Öland next summer, we had such a good time!