Saturday, 30 May 2015

Hair perspective - ah, fotos of self, bring them on!

I like these photos - they are good to have in 80 years time to look back at and think "why did I not use my youth better?". When Ilo photographed me, she interestingly enough said: "Jana, I don't know if something is wrong with the phone or if you really look that good." Every photo she took of me that Thursday was fabulous! 

Thursday, 28 May 2015

In Leuven

In Leuven! A university city that corresponds to the city of Uppsala in Sweden: many students, bikes and cozy cafés. People here mainly speak Dutch.
This part of the city used to be a monastry with nuns.
The previous weekend also happened to be a Christian holiday that I have not heard of, so many places were empty.
Cute church guy that is eternally young and hence too old. 
The town hall, made out of a special kind of a local stone - and in put in place partly by my friend's father.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Summer in Belgium

This is such a dreamy photo that I am reluctant to publish it, but if I do not, I would erase it sooner or later and it would not serve as dreamy inspiration anymore. This is northern Europe at sunset.
Over to the Belgian countryside - this is very dreamy for me, too. In any avenue, I am facinated about how old all the trees are and at the back of my head a new fairytale starts to form.
This is a splendid view at the end of the road: cropland-another cropland-woods-more, different cropland-village. I long  for a system camera which could show all this better.
We had grilled duck which is a bit softer in taste than chicken, but I am not sure if I would tell the two apart in a taste bud test.
Belgian summer has barely started (it can get 40 degrees Celsius certain summer days) but is way ahead of the Swedish summer. 
So now I got this year's first sun burn!

Monday, 25 May 2015

Museum Mission: the smallest castle in entire Sweden

Skånelaholms slott is also the least known castle in the Stockholm area - which is also brought up by the ads about this castle. Not is it easy to find - and I definetely recommend you to go here by car if you intend to match your visit with a guided tour (that is, get to see the inside of the caste and the temporary exhibition next to it). A cozy place anyhow, with history connections that are still to be explored as at least one generation of the owners sold all the valuable paintings and other items that belonged to the place and the next generation of owners brought and purchased other. One painting hangs at Nationalmuseum, that is known for sure!

(And, the biggest castle in Sweden is Skokloster slott.)  

Friday, 22 May 2015

Keywords: magic, like on TV, extreme make over

With suspicion in my gaze did I open the warderobes at home and saw THIS. I have a different system when I arrange items and garments which is impossible to copy without historical references, but THIS is almost colour coordinated and looks like a TV- team came to style the place just before they start the filming. Thank you, friends! I will be your reference/contact person any time for any TV-production you apply to if you do! :) 

Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Come on, summer, hurry up!

Yes, it is green - but also as cold as if May was March. Almost too cold for blogging, too! 

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Couples in Austria

Oh, how great is not this! TWO people with hearts inbetween above the zebracrossings :) Found in Vienna, Austria, for a few weeks ahead, the Guardian says.

Friday, 15 May 2015

The shoe dilemma

Dream scenario is: I need shoe - I go buy shoe that fits and looks good. Reality is in no way different, but the final result might take seven shops, thirty two pairs tried on and several years before something actually fits my foot without hurting it. Inbetween, I buy some temporary solutions that make me suffer and dream of starting a brand that combines the two features that seem to be treated as incompatible by the market: comfort and beauty in one product. (Tamaris could be a potential candidate, though, except I can not tell for sure as this company does not manufacture my shoe size.)

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

An almost-café that I can recommend

A friend and I decided to drop in at Ulfsunda castle for a coffee. Not that they have an officially existing café announced on their web page, but not trusting the web page enough we went in and asked for a coffee and the staff was super nice to us whilst improvising a solution. 
They put together this afternoon tea composition for us, which was litterally selected pieces from the still ongoing brunch.
While waiting, I went on a non-guided exploring tour. The castle stems from 1644, said the mantelpiece and an outer wall, and is now owned by a design company, which, as we understand it, uses the common rooms as show rooms for wallpapers and furniture placement.
I do not think there was a single corner that was not cozy. In the staircase, there even was a living tree hanging in the air. "Avatar!", as C. said when I sent her an image.
With a buzzing city directly outside!

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Lyrics for a quarter of an hour.

This Saturday, Mian Lodalen was reading a short story about silence and sounds that she had written for that super silent bus tour only. While most of us enjoyed this clever way of spreading culture and got to see what the surroundings of Ropsten looked like, this event was initially created to demonstrate how silent the new buses with electrical engines are. They really are! If all vehicles on the roads would be this silent, the traffic jams for one thing would go by practically unnoticed and cities be much quiter in general.

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Purple chess flowers and other serious stuff

Look, checkered flowers exist!  
It would be a complicated chess game, though. 
Found on a Friday next to the grass close to this grill, as I got invited to a barbeque dinner (and decided to skip concert plans).

 We pretened it was summer for a little while - I mean, technically, I could even wear sandals,
but the dinner ended up being indoors and we discussed what being religious means and how people can relate themselves to others depending on where on the scale of agnosticism they are.

Friday, 8 May 2015

A Walking Meeting

Last time I had to walk and talk, my group had to discuss a philosophical theme. Walking and talking is actually a smart way to leave out all papers grace to the force of practice, to keep the agenda short and decide some easy bullet points quickly - perhaps before getting to another, more stationary, meeting. This kind of meeting is unfortunately not entirely easy, not with cars swishing by and people walking at a different pace and speaking with differently low voices. It was easier to hear each other out seconds befor the traffic light turned green for us. 

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Tuesday, 5 May 2015

Summer in the making

Summer is found here and there, despite forecast predictions! I sometimes forget how beautiful Stockholm can be or just look in the wrong direcion (my busy feet walking somewhere). This photo is taken at Djurgården looking at Slussen.
 And soon we will have never-getting-dark nights!