Sunday, 22 April 2018

The girl and the dough (what I bought in Hamburg)

We looked so ready for pastry, Ilo and I, that the vendor cut up three different cakes just for us to taste. (Spoiler alert: I was such a favourite, I even got a plastic bag for free.) So, starting out with:
ham sandwich.
Rhubarb circle.
Poppy seeds cake.
In our bellies: raisin pastry.

Saturday, 21 April 2018

At last! First day in Hamburg

Ilo met me up with FLOWERS. This made me so happy! We had the idea to use some of them as a hair decoration later, but were too busy thinking about everything nice else.
Pretty much straight away, we went to her art studio. I had to ask if the litter bin was in fact a litter bin, because you never know with art studios.
This British (I assume) lad in yet another studio was seated in a converted trolley/vehicle which was quite difficult to steer - I tried to drive him around for a bit.
Then we went for some (unplanned) outfit shootings on the roof.
It had just stopped raining, and it was the second day this entire year I could walk sleeveless. Enjoyed it SO MUCH.
Super fancy, yes.
Behind me - the main building of the same art academy.
We went there too, of course,
to see these squares on the floor which the guide took half an hour to explain were not squares, but a mere illusion, Ilo explained.
Second favourite, or maybe shared first place, about art academies is the empty vast spaces one can transform into anything - and then the small details that appear anywhere.
More outfit photos! Right before checking off one of the long-standing items on my dream shopping list.
You get the gloria idea, of course.
Nearby - trains and a subway.
Already here, you see the sign that directs you to the secret place that would shake a little because of the subway.
It was an antique shops' alley!
First with cobblestones, then more common floors.
Eugene, a shop owner, could speak Swedish with us - because, be ready to gasp - he had spent THREE MONTHS in the city Västerås when he was 10 years old.
The item I had longed so long for was a pair of not over-dimensioned binoculars, not by Karl Zeiss (that is like carrying a fortune), not made in China, not too heavy, not with gas inside. And I found it! The man who sold it to me offered to take this photo - and the man inside this café made the strangest scam ever: he said the cake was 2.30€, then came back to our table mumbling and took another 10 cents from my palm. What? "That's not a scam", Silvia said later, "that's just being rude".

Ilo found a table with built-in chairs, I looked at cutlery I could not bring in my hand luggage.
Do come here! This is the second exit/entrance.
I was also happy about the shoes here. More brands available than in Sweden. To the right, not visible in this photo, there was a clever line-up of cups three homeless guys had set up. Each cup had a colourful paper underneath, describing what bypassers could sponsor: MDMA, Weed, Food, Drink, Ecstacy and some other. I sponsored the food project, a guy put coins in the Weed cup.
Rounding up with some eye candy/beverage containers.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Zombies can give you friends (warning to sensitive readers)

"I am reading a book about zombies", I announce to a friend in class right before I bounce down on the chair. She lights up and gets super excited:
"Really? What is it called?", fires out her phone and googles it immediately, in different languages ("The girl with all the gifts", something with Pandora in Russian), and stays really happy for the rest of the class :)
The cover gives not much reason to cheer - and had it not been for the erudite salesman who loves reading books, I would quickly had put it down. But he sounded convincing: unusual story, intrigued all the way, not really zombies (he avoided an explanation on purpose). Well-written, soon available as pocket (he preferred pocket). Now, having finished it, I argue more or less the same, but I do so reluctantly: I still don't like zombies. If you do - this is a gem. On the plus side again, there is FINALLY a scientific motivation for the zombies. The author made me feel smart by accurate explanations, so I could deduce the rest.

Even though I am not a fan to say the least, I can appreciate the humor in the oldie-goldie title "Pride and predjuice and zombies", where all possibilities to add zombies are taken, or the writings that Canada has a defence program ready in case the country suffers such an attack, so the few parts in this book (they are really not many, which maybe makes it worse) with intestines being eaten didn't exactly made me as happy as the friend in class, but the language and the scientific touch were refreshung. The people felt real - I could have been one of them, and one of the scientists mentioned I have even met! (She was awarded the Nobel prize some years ago.) THAT was a happy moment. 

Wednesday, 18 April 2018

Auction coming up!

Oh, I promise, Hamburg adventures and also the trip to Skåne (Scania) are lined up and just want to be published. But this unusual thing is happening first, tomorrow: Stockholms länsmuseum is a museum that SELLS parts of its things 12-18! How unusual isn't that? I will rush my best and will be lucky to get at least 20 minutes at the end, mayhaps at the point when there is nothing left. Still worth a try!
 ...but by the time I got there, all runic stones and objects of similar interest were of course long gone. All the furniture was on sale, so had I had say a studio, there were excellent tables for DIY purposes. Many items were entirely free. Best buy: these umbrellas, one for me and one for my brother.
Bonus: we got to see some demolition. Such a nice place? Why destroy it? But maybe they didn't have many customers and a makeover was the only solution. 

Sunday, 15 April 2018

Hamburg so far

 Some day, I will find art to buy for my home. Buy extra luggage, initiate a complicate shipping procedure, and maybe bring something like this. 
 There have been quite a lot of walking and rain during my stay. Britain might be famous for precipitation most of the time, but it might not beat Hamburg.
Can you believe that Cécile knows a girl who works at a crêperie, which is inside one of the few (five) ancient buildings that are the only ones to survive the bombings? Even the friend I am visiting here in Hamburg got a pleasant surprise, and I got to speak French and eat a great crêpe with ratatouille and goat cheese, but the French male waitor managed to be rude in a polite way. This explains my look.
If you don't want the Fish for 60 €, you could have the frame for 18. 
Ceci n'est pas un thé! It's cider.
Quite some development has taken place since 1900, but this theme park has stayed a family tradition since and the amusement machines have gotten... maximised. At least 50% of the fun is watching this spinning activity, with fog spray, comments on what is going on from the speakers and fake racing Formula-1 sounds. If you go, try also the pickles, banana on a stick and find the truck that is a bit off, which makes art of doughnut cushions in cute wafer baskets. 

Friday, 13 April 2018

Divulging in about 22,500 jokes about swans and cranes

Great idea: go to Hornborgasjön, north of Falköping, and watch thousands of birds getting ready for spring. Even better idea: to actually do it^^ Trandans is the particular spot where the crane's meet. 
So, we got in the car for four hours and arrived to for example this flea market and found this glass rod not even the vendor had suggestions for how to use, bought postcards with birds,
but most importantly - we got to see the birds.
However, no matter how much you love sea gulls, water-hens and ducks, it was clear that the promised thousands of birds were either hiding far away or that we were at the wrong place.
So we went to the other side of the lake, and there they were!
Over 22,000 of them, actually. The individuals are counted each sunset, when they fly to sleep in the middle of the lake.
I thought there would be much more noise, but it was much nicer than picking someone up at the pub. The cranes actually dance when they flirt, and when they do, they jump up and down of joy. The procedure is ended with a particular fanfare sound. Not clear to me how the crane that's is subject to the courtship responds.
Which is the favourite country of the swan? Botswana.
How heavy is a swan? I believe it's light like a feather. What kind of berries are the crane's favourite? Cranberry.
Hey, check out swan 48. Wasn't he here yesterday? Excuse me, I AM swan 48.
Ooh, the VIP pond. Let me introduce you to the VIP bush and the VIP hill later.