Pizzeria Bolltorps Hörna in Alingsås

A Large Samis kebab at Bolltorps Hörna in Alingsås. Just north of Gothenburg.
A double “Sami Kebab” in Pita bread from Pizzeria Bolltorps Hörna in Alingsås.

A few weeks ago I was on my way up to a friend that lives just a little north of Alingsås I promised to bring something to eat. Whenever I get the chance I try to drop by a little pizzeria not that far away the shoppingcenter Bolltorp. I have been going there for a couple of years so do know the owner a little.

This day we started chatting as usual and I told him me and a friend were a little hungry. His portions is not small at all but just as a joke I asked if he could make a “Sami Kebab” from the menu a double? haha..

But he sure did.. So what you see on the image is a Sami Kebab Double. What it means is a homemade bread with 2kg of meat, sallad, sauce. 🙂

If you ever end up in Alingsås which is located just north of Gothenburg I recommend you to drop by Bolltorps Hörna and you wont go home hungry.. 🙂

http://www.bolltorpshorna.com

A sign found outside a Swedish Kindergarden in Skara





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Some signs do get your imagination started. This sign I found outside a Kindergarden in Skara.

The Sign says
“Stop!
It is forbidden to
walk on the roof”

It does make the imagination start spinning. Before the sign was there, did they really have kids walking up to the gate saying to their mom and dad. “May I climb the roof?. How cool… 🙂

Stay safe wherever in the world you are… /JD

Palmyra Aquapark Hotel




Visited Palmyra Aqua park Hotel last year. Went there with Detur from Copenhagen Airport. Me and a friend went there for a all-inclusive holiday. The week was quite an adventure.

The trip from Gothenburg to Copenhagen went like clockwork. From the train platform it was a short walk up the stairs to the airport information desk and check in. In Sweden they did a survey in the Nordic countires what country had the largest portion of life quality. Denmark was at the top. In the airport terminal at Copenhagen airport I understand why. The daily news with a big elephant beer. A hotdog vendor called “Pölseman” that also sells drinks. That is a way to start the day.. 😉

The flight to Sousse was nice. Squeezed in a tiny seat in a budget airplane. But that made up for the uncomfortable ride was the staff on the plane. Patient and kind. For a European like me it was a unique experience. To walk out from the airplane in Sousse was like walking in to a blow dryer. It took a little time to feel that the body adjusted to the african heat. Outside the airport in Sousse it was 40degrees. A little hard to handle in the beginning. But after the body had adjusted it was quite nice. To Palmyra Aquapark hotel we took a yellow taxi. Driven by a tunisian in a tunisian way. That means fast. With a attitude you also can have while playing Grand Theft Auto.

Back to the review of Palmyra Aqua Park hotel. The vacation did not start that good by having to wait in line for almost two hours until we got our rooms. For basically one elderly man who did not have any basic capacity at all to multitask. To watch him hand out one check in form at a time. Then having a small chat with each person. Not caring that at least 60 people stood in line in 40 degree heat. Since the air conditioning at the hotel had broken down. One bonus point was the serving staff that took it on themselves to bring something little to drink for the people standing in line to get the keys for the rooms.

The management of the Hotel seemed to be something out of a old History book. The man sitting behind the computer with the face of a person who has his first day behind the keyboard.

We had to go back to the reception.. I think it was the day after. Asking for a room change. Since the ac in our room sounded like a tractor had been abducted in been plastered in to the wall. The bed was like being created by something harder then stone. It was about 22:00 when I went down to the reception and told them that the ac was not working. They wanted to go up and start to fix it right away.. That it good when it comes to customer service.. But I told them I do not want to stay up all night. The day after they did not come at all. When I again went to the reception I got the information from the same man who kept all the people waiting during the check in. That “We will fix it very slowly”.. So me and my travel companion gave them another 24 hours to fix the ac. But nothing happened. So we went down to the reception again and talked to a girl behind the reception and she did show alot of passion for her job. And she did help us to change room. To a room that was a little nicer. With no built in tractor in the wall and with a ac that did blow a little cold air.

What Detur (the vacation company where we booked the holiday) did not do anything. We send them an email from tunis. We did not see them on the airport. No tourguide on the hotel what we could see.

Also a notice to the ones who plan to go to Palmyra. They do close down the pools at the hotel quite early. By the beach a couple of the lifeguards told us that they did start to work at the hotel by the pool. But since they developed a allergic reaction to the chlorine that had to stop working there. I could see on my own swim wear that they started to lose color after a week vacation.

But all was not bad during the week of vacation at Palmyra. The staff working at the restaurant did welcome you as a guest that they probably had done to people in their own home. The female staff  who made crepes for breakfast to all people who wanted a couple. The entertainment group who had a water aerobics and evening entertainment. How they in between went around talking to the guests doing their best to keep everyone smiling. The security staff around the hotel who did speak to people going in and out if you said “Hi”. The beach that was quite close to the Hotel. With I guess a Tunisian version of Baywatch. The water was nice. But 40 degrees almost all the time was sometimes a little hard to handle. But it was nice compared to the cold weather back home.

If I would go back to Tunis again. My answer is definitely yes. But I do not think I will go back sometime soon. Because I have read the news about the terrorist attacks.  At the Hotel there were armed guards with guard dogs. The Police did patrol all the time at the beach on ATV´s and in most road crossings. But what made up for all that was the kind people. Like a taxi driver we had going back to the airport. That showed us what tunisian “yalla yalla driving” was. I am not going to tell you what that is.. Go to Tunis to find out what that is for your self.. 😉

Stay safe…

Lost Camel Resort





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Sometimes when I let my mind drift. I often think back on my last trip in Austrlia. For those of you who has not been there. It is like Sweden. But whith the major difference that the sun always shines.

When it comes to the hotel I think it is wounderful that they had focused on the basics.
A wounderful king size bed. A radio and the rest of the room did not have that much high tech gadgets.
It just felt that it had a lot of love.

The feeling of beeing in the pool. In a hotel where noone did got back to watch tv. Created a atmosfere where basicly everyone talked to everyone was.. Nice.. Back to the feeling in the pool with a glass of champange watching the sunset go down. Finding peace of mind.
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https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/accommodation/the-lost-camel-hotel

The Sounds of Silence Dinner




“The romance of the desert, the setting of the sun behind the domes of Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), the haunting of a didgeridoo, a sumptunous Northern Territory Buffet fest of baramundi, kangaroo, emu, crocodile and bush salads – and some of the world´s finest star gazing: this is the best of the Red Centre distilled into four magical hours.

https://www.ayersrockresort.com.au/experiences/detail/sounds-of-silence

Just as the website. It was truly a could of magical hours.
Everything started with a buss ride out in to the middle of nowhere.
There whey had put like a fine dining restaurant with a sky filled with lights as a roof. No lights could be seen from any city. So the feeling of being surrounded with stars was magic.

The food had really been made with a lot of love. And it was really being like getting a taist of australian nature and food at the same time.

Spirit of all the people who where at the event was at the highest. And finding people to talk to about everything and nothing was not hard at all. After a while there was a person who took out a powerful spotlights. And while you were still eating she told stories about the stars that was just above us.

Everytime I think if this night I smile. So that is why I hope more people can take the trip and experience The Sounds of Silence dinner. Moments and places where you can listen to your own hearth beat is magic.

A little old lady




I will always remember this old lady. Who sat next to me on a flight from Paris to Singapore. The situation was that we sat in the back of the section in the middle of the plane. So when they started to serve food they started in the front of our section. And in some strange logic. They started to take the plates and forks. In the back of the section. Where we sat. So we maybe had the chance to eat for like 15min.

Have always wanted to find out what this old lady said to the Air France staff. When we sat there still eating and they came and tried to take our food away. She yelled at them and used to many words that could be used in a French Die Hard Movie.

After that she smiled. And we did not see the Air France staff for hours. 🙂

Hotel & Hostel Zinkensdamm





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Stockholm is packed with options with accommodations. One of those hidden jewels is Hotel & Hostel Zinkensdamm. A small cozy hotel in a park area. Surrounded with high buildings. That gives the place the feel of being a phone both in a Supwerman movie. The people staying there is from around the world. Sitting on their front porch during summer time. See the stars in the sky. A beer in your hand from a local brewery, a beautiful girl by your side.

The Hotel rooms is quite cozy. Not that big. But with ac. Tv. A good quality bed. A mini-bar for about 900SEK/pp/night it is good value for money. And the breakfast with Belgian waffles that you can make yourself is. Hmm.. Nice.. 🙂 Specially after a long night and come down to the breakfast lounge / restaurant is a sight before sore eyes. And when I stayed there. The breakfast was supervised by at least one staff. Making sure that the buffe never ran out of anything. And that is service. 🙂

Hotel & Vandrarhem Zinkensdamm | www.zinkensdamm.com

Sabah Parks – Mount Kinabalu





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A few years back I did a round trip in Asia. And ended up in Sabah Parks – Mount Kinabalu after a few weeks in big cities like Brisbane, Singapore. On the way up to the park I ended up in a tourist buss that was driven by a cousin to Michael Schumacher. On these small mountain roads. Two cars wide. He raced everything he could see. Grannies, other busses, airplanes (felt like it). 🙂

Said to myself that “If I would survive this. Every day after this is a bonus”.
Traveled with a group from england that I got to know on the way. We did not get a room on top of the mountain. So our option was to do a climb in 24 hours. But to be able to do this. We had to get a special permission that we did not get right away. So we spend a night at their hostel. With bunk beds.

That night at the hostel was one of nights where I found on of those perfect nights. It was something about the surrounding wilderness. The sound of birds, winds in the trees. That night I had a dream that I was tarzan. Looking for my Jane.

The following day we got the permission to climb the mountain in a day. Also got a guide to follow us. Make sure that we are ok. The whole mountain had hand made steps that took us all the way to the top. The feeling could be compared to spend a day at stairmaster at the steps. Where all the steps were unique. So the legs really had to work.

On the way wearing high tech boots and clothes etc. I got quite humble. It was a old granny that passed us 4 times that day on the way up and down. Her job was to carry thing to the restaurant on top of the mountain. She must have
had 50kg. On her back with just a wide piece of cloth holding everything with her head. 🙂

Going back to experience the people, nature and mountain is definitely on my bucket list.

Mount Kinabalu | www.mountkinabalu.com

Royal Flying Doctor Service

Royal Flying Doctor Service | www.flyingdoctor.org.au
RFDS founder, Reverend John Flynn
The RFDS has a rich and vibrant history, starting with the dream of a Presbyterian minister, Reverend John Flynn. Ordained in 1911, Flynn initially worked in rural and remote Australia setting up hostels and bush hospitals for pastoralists, miners, road workers, railwaymen and other settlers. He witnessed the daily struggle of pioneers living in remote areas and his vision was to provide a ‘mantle of safety’ for people of the bush.

On 15 May 1928, his dream became a reality when a long time supporter, H.V. McKay, left a large bequest for ‘an aerial experiment’. This enabled Flynn to open the Australian Inland Mission Aerial Medical Service in Cloncurry, Queensland (later to be renamed the Royal Flying Doctor Service).

From that first flight in a single engine, fabric covered bi-plane, Flynn expanded the service to include the first ‘telehealth’ services for those in the bush using the early radios of the time (which later lead to the establishment of the famous School of the Air, which also still operates to this day).

Fittingly, in 1994 the Australian Council Office collaborated with the Reserve Bank of Australia on the design of the Australian twenty dollar note, which now features the face of the Reverend John Flynn.

The growth of the RFDS in those early days was rapid and soon reached right across our vast continent. By the late 1930’s there were Sections of the RFDS operating in Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia, New South Wales, Northern Territory and of course Queensland, and by the 1950s the RFDS was acknowledged by former Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies as “perhaps the single greatest contribution to the effective settlement of the far distant country that we have witnessed in our time”. You can read more about the history of each of the RFDS Sections here. A biography on Reverend John Flynn can be found here.

From the 1960s the RFDS moved away from using aircraft contractors to instead progressively purchasing our own aircraft and employing our own pilots and engineers. Today, we own a fleet of 66 fully instrumented aircraft, operate from 23 aerobases across Australia and our pilots annually fly the equivalent of 34 round trips to the moon! We also now have customised vehicles built expressly for dental care, eye care and patient road transport. We’ve come a long way since that first flight in 1928 when the Flying Doctor became airborne!