A proactive day.

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I made my shopping, I baked Swedish chocolate balls for my team's cake sell for charity on Malta on Monday and I repaired a few items with my new sewing machine and I helped someone with their CV.

I love these days when I get a lot of things done. My favourite days, and the night I sleep the best.

I was so surprised how much I remembered from sewing. Like how you "fish" for the "underneath" thread. I don't even know what you call all the sewing stuff in English, haha. Last time I sew with a machine I was still living in Sweden.

In Sweden, you get a sewing machine driver license when you were in school. All for fun of course, but you felt so proud when you got to take it home to show mum and dad, haha.

I was right after all this years.

Had a dentist appointment this morning. The first one in a while to be honest.

I have been worrying about the movement of my teeth for ages.

I had braces from the age of 16 to 18. I had an underbite which originally was supposed to be fixed with jaw surgery, but luckily my jaw moved as I was growing and surgery was no longer a must.

But to make sure I was biting correctly and to fix the gaps in between my teeth (as I had more jaw when teeth) I had braces put in.

After my two years with braces was up, it was removed and I had a permanent retainer attached to my 6 front upper teeth.

However, shortly after it was put in, it started breaking. I visited my orthodontist several times to get it fixed back on my teeth. But after I moved to London and kept experience issues with my retainer they decided to remove it from four of my teeth and only keep it attached to my two front teeth.

Slowly my teeth started moving back to where it was before I had the braces, except for my two front teeth.

However, recently I have started feeling movements in my two front teeth and I can feel how my retainer is moving up towards my gum. My bite is completely off.

I have been talking about getting braces again, just because of looks as I have not had any pain or anything that would annoy me, but now… I feel my teeth being loose in the morning as I am pushing them outwards with my lower teeth and jaw all night and I am also experiencing headaches because of it.

But today I got it all confirmed and it feels so god damn good. I know I had movements, I know the retainer was moving and I know I need braces.

This will be an expensive ride I am sure, but I am happy to know what the dentist can see what I feel.

The retainer is moving up my gum and I need to remove it otherwise it will destroy my gum. I will now set up an appointment to have it removed and hopefully be referred to an orthodontist, get braces and start using a retainer during the night.

Back in London town.

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Back in the city and back to work. It was hard to get back to London this time around actually, I wish to spend at least two more weeks up there. I love Scotland and I love the scenery!

I need to hike at least once a month, it amazing for the soul. If you think about it, we are made to roam, we are built to walk great length. It's proven that physical movements are reducing anxiety, and of course, it does, that is such a big part of our human behaviour. But it's a behaviour that is lost trough the lifestyle that we now have.

So when R moves down to London, we will make sure to walk more. Taking the train out to different hiking trails and also the once around London. This has also inspired me to work out more, to get stronger for my hikes.

When I was younger I worked ut to be skinny, then I worked out to get strong, and then I worked out to get healthier, but now I feel like I got a goal with my training. Which feels even more exciting. This is gonna be the start of something great.

West highland way, fifth day.

Finally, R was good enough to walk. We were so close to giving up, but today his blisters were dry enough.

At 10 am we started our walk again. We walked to Rowardennan and had lunch there.

But we had a decision to make. If we wanted to camp that night we needed to walk at least 5 hours more to reach the next campsite… It was already late (3 pm) which meant it would have been dark before we even got to the campsite and risk for the campsite to be closed. Or we stay where we were (which meant we needed to take into a hotel again) or we could take the ferry over to Tarbet on the other side of the Loch and get to a wild campsite there.

We decided for the last option and booked our ferry tickets over to Tarbet (we also added hot chocolate with brandy to our ticket, haha)

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When we got to Tarbet R’s blisters were hurting again so we walked straight to the campsite (wild) and pinched our tent. We managed to pinch it well before it got dark outside. We cooked some mac and cheese and I set up my fairy light inside the tent (you want it cosy right?).

We got cosy in the tent and watched some Netflix. After a few hours, the rain started and after a few episodes of Ghost wars, we fell asleep.

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West highland way, third and forth day.

After an uncomfortable, but better sleep than the previous night we woke up in pain.

R had two massive blisters on the back of his feet and I has a blue toenail. I have slipt and got caught in between two rocks. I could feel the bleeding underneath my nail all night and now it looked like it was coming off. We decided to walk back to Balmaha and book a room in a BnB, rest up and start walking again after a day resting. We booked a room at Balhama inn. We almost mediately fell asleep. Two night of horrible sleep and two days with lots of walking with heavy bags had taken its toll on us.

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We rested and later has dinner at the Oaktree inn. We tried their haggis and salmon paté with beetroot chutney for starters and OMG it was fantastic! I The haggis was perfectly spicy with mashed potato and a lovely whiskey sauce. And the combo of salmon paté and beetroot chutney was perfection. I then had fish and chips. I must say that I regretted having the fish and chips, not because it wasn't great, it was really good, but because I wanted to change for the beef cheeks like 1 sec after the waitress walked away, haha.

The Balmaha inn was okay, it was a little bit small but it has a good selection of TV channels which I really appreciated as we don't have a TV at home, haha. I would recommend the Balmaha inn if you wanted to rent some cabins. They looked great! They even came with a Jacuzzi.

Day four was also spent in Balmaha. We still have sore feet and there was no way that R could walk. I could tape my toenail down and be able to walk, but R blisters needed to dry up before we could even think about walking again. This night we booked a room at The Oaktree inn. We got a nice upgrade to their superior double room which was incredibly cosy. Sadly they didn't have as many TV-channels as the Balmaha inn, haha.

We once again have a great dinner down at the restaurant. I had the same starter as the night before R tried their soup of the day.

We both had the beef cheeks that I wanted the night before and it was just as good as I thought it would be. We also had some nice whisky before we headed to bed.

West highland way, second day.

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A very good morning from the spider forest. Woke up with thousands of bugs and spiders all in out tent and bags 😅Took the tent down, made some beans and sausages on the stove and got ready to walk to the next town. I think we slept next to nothing, we felt so stressed over the fact we could get caught.
At some point I though someone was walking our way, but it was R that was talking in his sleep 😅 Thank lord it was just him, haha!

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Oh, if we only known here what was coming our way…

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More highland cows! YEEY! This time we even walked trough their enclosure, which brought us even closer to them. They are so cute!

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Just found out what was infront of us. The Conic Hill! Doesn’t look as steep as it actually was. Especially with R massive blisters.

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Half way up Conic Hill.

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After lots of huffing and puffing, we made it to the top! Such a lovely view over Loch Lomond. Such a dream to be in the Scottish highlands! All the mountains, the highland cows and the people. OMG! Everyone has been so incredibly nice. Everyone says hi when you pass and people take their time to talk to you.

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I truly recommend getting tea with you if you gonna do this trek. It have definitely taken us trough the trip. When you feel tired and down after hours of walking, its definitely nice to sit down and have some tea, it defiantly reenergised us both. A few tea bags, sugar and some powdered milk (powdered milk takes the weigh off). Drinking tea with this views is not a bad idea, haha.

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I mean, look at the views 😍

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Conic Hill.

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The way down. We needed to stop and attend R blisters. It was really hard on our toes walking down with our heavy bags.

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I like how I caught a bee in this picture 😂But its so beautiful!

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The way from Conic hill to the little village of Balmaha.

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Got down to Balmaha, Had a pint at the Oak tree inn before we walked to a camping site a little further north of Loch Lomond. You definitely need to stop at the Oak Tree Inn if you ever doing the WHW. It is a family owned inn with great food and drinks. It super cosy both on the inside and outside.

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Walking to the camping site we encountered the most beautiful beaches. I was honestly amazed! haha

With the beautiful Oak trees hanging down over the sand 😍

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Took this picture from the campsite beach.

Camped at a placed called Malarrochy Bay camping. It was okay. The showers were a bit nasty and if you wanted to buy something in their shop you needed to pay with cash. And I hate paying with cash, especially when you don't have any 😅