Umeå from above

Mixed architecture

Apparently me and Markus have been engaged for 4 years now! 😀 In total we’ve been a couple for almost 9 years actually, so it’s been a long run.

Normally we don’t bother much with anniversaries. I understand and remember the excitement about the first couple of years, but after being together for almost a decade adding yet another year to the counter isn’t all that spectacular.

Although it should be, shouldn’t it?

Clearly we must be doing something right if we’ve managed to keep it up for this long, but that doesn’t mean we can just drop the ball and stop making an effort. Where’s the fun in that?

This year we decided to celebrate with a trip to the neighbouring city of Umeå, 2 hours south of here.

Umeå (pronounced you-me-oh) is the biggest city in north Sweden and so has a lot more entertainment to offer than our home town.

We drove down on Saturday morning and then spent the whole day strolling around town, doing some shopping and just generally having a good time.

Guitars - the museum

Guitars - the museum

Markus plays guitar, so the main event was a visit to Guitars – The Museum.
In addition to the museum the building also has a 2 story music shop, a rock n’ roll themed bar/nightclub, and an American-inspired restaurant.

The museum is the life work of two twin brothers who started buying guitars as a hobby and eventually turned it into one of the worlds finest guitar collections. Today the museum holds hundreds of guitars from all eras, and has visitors coming from all over the world to see them.

We must’ve spent over an hour there, listening to one of the brothers talking about their journey and telling anecdotes about the more special guitars. They have had quite a lot of celebrities collaborating with them and even visiting Umeå in person, so many of the guitars had real famous owners.

If you’re interested in guitars and music history you can read about the collection on their website (yes, it’s in English).

Guitars - the museum

Guitars - the museum

Guitars burger

In the evening we returned to Guitars to have dinner at the restaurant. The food was excellent, their burger and fries were heaven! Afterwards we headed down to the bar for drinks. We got the bartender to play some Dropkick Murphys for us, so that was a win. 🙂 Later a Jimi Hendrix cover band was playing in the nightclub.

The night was spent in a river-side hotel. Our room was on the 10th floor, so the view was great!

We really should be doing these things more often. It was a fun, romantic, rejuvenating trip and probably the best quality “us” time we’ve had in a long time. :heart: