Across Sweden, and particularly in big cities, you'll see small orange-and-blue signs with the word skyddsrum written on them. These mark the entrances to bunkers designed to protect people in the event of a military strike - or even a peacetime disaster.
After all the recent hype over the northern lights, NASA announced back in June 2014 that the sun's polarity had finally flipped and we were beyond the peak of the current Solar Maximum - a period of supercharged solar activity that usually occurs every 11 years and serves as a catalyst for spectacular northern lights displays.
I've started to embrace the "non-plan" which was very much the case when I hit the southern shores of Sweden by way of the Öresundsbron (the overwater/underwater bridge connecting Denmark to Sweden).
My decision to go to Denmark was based largely upon proximity as my life in London was particularly busy that month. My first take from Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, is that it is the most livable city I have visited on #12countries12months, even if it is very expensive.
True, there are easier places to get a tan, but the Faroes still have an irresistible allure for anyone who appreciates wild places. When the mist lifts, the fog clears and the rain dries up, their beauty is nothing short of mind-blowing.
As the weather starts to warm and the freshness of spring brings more opportunity to be outside, I've found myself reaching for the spirit more. Enjoying the advantage of the lightness of a white spirit with the benefit of a bigger flavour of a darker spirit, it provides a great middle ground.
As I travelled through these Scandinavian countries I enjoyed wonderful tastes I'd never experienced and incredible produce. Liquorice, cherry wine, haddock, langoustines, beers, cloud berries, salt cures, birch syrup, fermented herrings, cheeses spruce tips, smoked reindeer heart, rhubarb aniseed cake and moose.
Until Scandinavian countries stop topping innovation lists, they're going to be the country to watch and businesses won't go wrong using their principles and emulating them. I personally will be keeping an eye on other successes from the region - technology or otherwise
Copenhagen may seem like a quiet city only for the cultured, but once you scratch under the surface you'll quickly learn there's more to it than meets the eye. Even though Copenhagen can easily been seen in 24 hours, it's best to spend a long weekend there to really get to know the city.
It may not seem like the most fashionable place in the world, generally anywhere that isn't London, Paris, Milan or New York tends to get lost in the background noise of the fashion world, but Scandinavian fashion is making it big internationally and is slowly but surely creeping into London style.