We've been trying to follow our plan of visiting and stopping by places that focus on substainable practices, such as eco-villages and permaculture farms. Fortunately we found some that fitted with the route we were taking, like this self sufficient family farm called Njordstorp that uses Permaculture; they have a little cabin we could use for the night and they even offered us dinner and home baked bread for breakfast. They also guided us around the farm, explaining the methods they use and their beautiful animals. We loved it! When we arrived, they told us it was a special day, Swedish celebrate spring with a huge bong fire with fire works. So we went to the nearest little town and experienced this magnificent red flower, perfect for a cold spring night. Although not too kind for the environment, I guess.
Since we mostly like to go with the flow, we don't always find these kind of places (and there're not many either!), so we stayed mostly at "vandrarhem" which is something similar to hostels in Sweden. Our favorite one being "Strandgården" before entering the town of Halmstad. This place was suppose to be built with green materials only.
We made a quick stop at a place we've long ago been wanting to see, a place that inspires us and others to create such beauty with nature. This place is a log house with a greenhouse covering the house. The household's name is "Solvarm" meaning sun warm or sun heat. There are no words to explain such beautiful work. Inside there are different microclimates, some places felt like being in the mediterranean; they have olive trees, tomatoes, lemons and much more. Someday we want to create something similar for ourselves and hopefully for others too.
We also visited some friends that were staying at their summer house in Borgvik. We stayed there for the night and woke up the next day with an amazing view. Apparently their house was also built in a way you could say was quiet "green" or definitely energy saving; due to a very efficient boiler they built, the house uses less heating power, which can be a lot in these cold climate zones. They also built a compost system which worked really well and fast.
Lastly, we would like to have you know that Sweden has a relatively new bike road sign that works so well! It's called "Kattegattleden" and it's really easy to follow. It's important to name it, because bike roads are really really important for cyclists as it can get quite dangerous on the road with many other car drivers that don't seem to care much about cyclists. There are not always special sides for bikes, but certainly many more than in Norway.
It's been around 11 days now and we're learning so much about our bikes, how we need to seat to be more comfortable, what kind of equipment works best and what doesn't work too well. We're learning about our selves and how our bodies' tolerate these kind of movements, what kind of clothes fits better for trips like this (definitely wool; but we'll get to that subject later).
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