28.09.2012 14 °C
The last couple of days have basically been spent covering the miles down through northern Sweden to Stockholm and today was less than a 4 hour journey so I was feeling quietly confident we'd be at our hotel for shortly after 3pm check-in....oh what a foolish girl.
I covered 400km in no time, but the last 6km, 2hours!! When my hotel eventually came into sight on my satnav, that was it, I dumped the Landy at the next available kerb and got out. Land rovers were never designed for commuting and mine hates stop start traffic at the best of times, my left foot was getting cramp with all the gear changes and the Landy was starting to refuse to go into first, and then I had the issue of how to explain to a dog that it's the traffic, road works and lane closures and I'm really sorry she's been stuck in her cage for 2 hours longer than planned :-( I very nearly pulled the Landy up onto the side reservation at one point and just left it, to come back after dark when the traffic would have cleared. I'm actually impressed with myself that I got within walking distance of the hotel before jumping ship.
The good news is that the hotel is as luxurious as I had hoped, there was even a fleece rug for Lexi and a dog bowl waiting for her in our room. Unfortunately the lovely lounge and bar area won't allow her, which is actually unusual for a hotel that takes dogs, but the lovely guy at reception that recognised a bedraggled traveller when I arrived, offered to take Lexi for me and she is currently being spoilt rotten behind reception.
This is actually my 'city break' from my travels and I have to say I am starting to feel a little weary. I haven't had a good nights sleep since before I left, nothing to do with the accommodation, just age (!) Sleeping arrangements and things on my mind. Yes, the mad Scandinavian traveller does have things on her mind, in fact I'm fantasising about a long week-end away, where someone else takes all responsibility for everything, food, hotel the lot and after all my driving, to get there by magic carpet would be great :-)
You see each night you go home for dinner, or maybe to friends and at the end of the evening go to bed, well it's very different for me because where I'm staying depends on whether I have to get my cooking stuff out of the car, just my kettle and hot drink things, or sometimes nothing at all, but then I always need food to cook and have to keep it cold, even just a packet of cheese. In the north that was simple, just leave it in the cool box in the car with the lid propped open (believe me it was more than cold enough) and sometimes the cooking appliances have been so ancient or dubious I just open another packet of Pringles and a beer instead. Then there's accommodation, the most important thing, it can't be booked too far in advance as now I'm not camping, deposits are often required and plans change. Finding somewhere in the first place that will take dogs always cuts my options, then those that come within budget and the list can become a choice of one. I have to say that now I'm generally booking the next accommodation as soon as I arrive somewhere and on many occasions I haven't had that nights accommodation sorted in the morning. I suppose it's just the responsibility that comes along with the trip, that is all part of the trip, but it does make it more of a journey, albeit a fantastic and unforgettable one, than a holiday.
Oh dear, I'm definitely sounding jaded aren't I, well I'm here for 3 nights and I'm sure my little break and my first glass of my favourite Pinot Grigio in front of me will ease things and a stroll around the old town of Stockholm tomorrow will do wonders to refresh me, oh yes, and I mustn't forget to book Mondays cabin for Goteland......