It’s already Friday! And we discussed what to do over breakfast. Should we stay here on Öland for another day? Should we go to Varberg on the west coast of Sweden where David is heading today? It was hard for us to make up our minds since we both want to go to Varberg, and at the same time we want to enjoy the beautiful day here in Haga Park. And then, our friends Elisabet and Moutasm called! They and their children are going south from Västervik to Blekinge today to visit some friends, and they were wondering if they could stop by here to hang out with us during the day. We couldn’t have been happier and the timing was perfect! It made the decision very easy to stay one more day on Öland.
They arrived around noon and we decided to start out with getting something to eat. We went to the only nearby place we know to get lunch – StrandNära EkoCafé. We had a very tasty lunch, but it wasn’t exactly cheap. Strandnära means “close to the beach”, and it’s an organic café, hostel and Bed & Breakfast. It’s a beautiful place but it took a veeeery long time to get our food, even though we only had grilled sandwiches that were already pre-made. Us grown-ups had a nice time sitting in the garden, but the children were not fond of waiting.
After lunch, it was time to hit the beach. Kelly had been looking forward to some nice wind all day, and we wanted to show the kite to the kids. They seemed quite enthusiastic at the prospect of seeing “Kelly fly” ;). As usual when we try to kite, there was no wind… So we had a swim instead and played in the water while waiting for the wind to pick up. Saga practiced swimming and even Moutasm got into the water despite his initial protests.
After a while the wind started to pick up, and other people packed up and left. That’s usually a good sign for kiting! The wind increases = non-kiting people leave = there is more space to inflate and rig the kites. Eventually we could blow up the kite and take it out for a spin. I don’t know how excited the kids were once we got the kite out (it’s not all that exciting to watch grown-ups play with their toys) but a certain father was getting a little more into it. Kelly convinced Moutasm to try the kite and they had a blast body dragging and jumping together. Moutasm handled the bar and wore the harness, while Kelly was holding on to him at the back of the harness and telling him what to do. I think Moutasm is into kiting now!
Eventually our friends had to leave to go south to Blekinge, where they were headed. Kelly stayed out kiting until there was no more wind. I practiced some body dragging as well (that’s what it’s called when you use the kite to move your body in the water) and we got quite comfortable with launching and landing the kite together, even with all the bushes and rocks, the tight space and the huge 17 square meter kite that doesn’t exactly make things easier.