To pick places to visit me and George have a random and exciting way of choosing places. What we do is look on the map see somewhere that might be interesting and drive there. For some of you this may sound a bit risky, who knows what we will find? So many what ifs could be said about our random method. On the other hand though it allows us to come across some incredible places with incredible people. This is the case with Bolmso Island.
How to pick random destinations:
After checking the map I could see an Island with a nature reserve in the middle of a lake. Of course, my imagination was running wild of what exactly was on there so we set off on a two hour drive to find out. When we arrived it did not disappoint. The island was covered in a forest which looked both intriguing and also slightly eerie.
Personally, forests always have more of a fear factor as you never know what is in them! Also, being in a foreign country often means most of the animals you see are completely new to you; I have seen some scary looking bugs which never would make an appearance in England! I know what you are thinking… bugs come on now Lauren you little wimp! However, just remember, half of them bite in Sweden or are just ridiculously big. There are also Moose’s and Bears just to make me seem a bit harder…
Horror film flash backs:
Driving across Bolmso island the eeriness of it all was intensified. Driving down a beaten track road surrounded in thick forest which looked like something out of a horror film, we considered turning around. Being the adventurers we are the risk of murder was worth it. As the forest cleared we first came across a cute- possibly murderous- little village full of Swedish style houses. It was actually cute here. Very different from the eeriness of the forest that surrounded it. We kept going and found our self a marina with our own private beach for the night.
We parked up and decided a chilled night in the van was on the cards, especially when the heavens opened. After a few hours though a local Swedish guy turned up. We assumed he was going to ask us to move this is usually the case as camper-vans are not fully welcomed everywhere, especially within local villages. Instead he surprised us, telling us about his and their love of English people. Apparently, no one ever visits the island, so he invited us into his house for a few drinks. We accepted the offer- of course!
The Bolmso Party:
At this point the story could go two ways 1. I’m going to tell you how I narrowly escaped being murdered in some horror film story or 2. I am going to tell you about how they got me so drunk I spent the next two days spewing my guts up.
Off we followed him at this point we hadn’t even found his name out… arriving at the house we could see a welcoming party of about 8-9 people inside. As I walked in my first offer was a drink of rum I was practically at home! We chatted for hours and after a few too many Captain Morgans and coke (provided by the rum queen herself Lotta) I decided to make a bet with Christof and some how ended up going for a swim in the lake around the Island. This is the last bit I remember of the night.
The next morning I woke up and spewed for the whole day. Anyone who knows me well enough will know it was always going to be option 2… I still blame Lotta for my hangover! After finally recovering (about 10 hours later) we were invited to stay for a few more days which we took up. Lars was lovely enough to welcome us into his house showing us the Island, telling us stories. Just staying in a shack in the forest was refreshing. I needed refreshing after my hangover!
The Island of Bolmso is well worth a visit and if not this Island why not pick another? Don’t let fear of the unknown stop you adventuring… just make sure you take calculated risks!