After walking all over Stockholm for nearly a month, it was time to visit family and friends across Sweden, plus do some special sleuthing. So we rented a Volvo in Stockholm and drove it west for a week. We first stopped in the small town of Karlskoga, Sweden, where a certain someone’s family history is located near Alfred Nobel’s last legal residence (which is now a museum). We just never imagined that we’d find the perfect Airbnb host in Karlskoga, Sweden, too.
We were greeted with so much kindness when we arrived at our Airbnb. We then removed our shoes at the front door and stepped into a pristinely clean home that was filled with warmth and love.
As we walked upstairs, into complete privacy, I couldn’t believe the peaceful feeling that overcame me, being in a home that was brimming with so much nurturing care.
At the top of the stairs, everything necessary (keys, codes, instructions, contact info) was found on the table. Authentic Swedish life was gently nestled all around.
To the left of the stairs were the kitchenette, a large bathroom, a large living room and an outdoor balcony. In the far back, you can also see part of our room (it could sleep three, with lots of space left over).
We brought a bag of our own food to tide us over. And that basket on the floor? That’s where you place your used dishes.
The kitchenette was organized in such a refreshing way, placing helpful necessities inside cute cupboard drawers.
Seeing nature upstairs, and knowing we could open a door to breathe it in, expanded this large space even more. It added to the sense that we were in a little sanctuary.
We peeked into this second room, where four more people could comfortably sleep (you can rent one room or two, just verify which one you rent).
Since nobody else was renting this second room, we had the entire upstairs living space all to ourselves (kitchen, bath, living, balcony). It was heaven.
It’s not often that you meet someone who makes it a priority to combine pristine cleanliness with warmth and love. Except, maybe, in Sweden. This is the sweet life support I dream of sinking into, over and over again.
But most importantly, a certain someone was surrounded by comfort and love, as he faced what would become the most meaningful, yet difficult, call of his life.