About half an hour by bike from the place where I stay there is a popular residential area, built over the last 20 years, called Hammarby Sjöstad. There are 11.000 apartments – homes for about 25.000 people. The district is situated close to the waterfront, and it seems like the architects …Continue Reading
Yesterday at noon it was sunny and clear. I left my suburb with the bike to do some shopping and go to the gym. The city was full of strolling Stockholmers. There were also quite a few Russian- and italian-speaking tourists (with frequently used cameras) leaving a trace of expensive …Continue Reading
About two years ago, I visited an exhibition at the Medelhavsmuséet (The Mediterrenean museum) in Stockholm. I was amazed by the strong, vibrant colours of those faces and bodies from ancient times. I learned that originally they were all painted – not white, as we are used to see them. …Continue Reading
At night, the dirty highway junctions look beautiful, light up and shimmering like metal. In spite of drizzle, biking towards home in solitude may be a pleasant sensation. The WordPress weekly photo challenge is Reflections. There are numerous posts containing reflections in this blog. To see some of them, I …Continue Reading
During a walk yesterday I found some strange plants. At first I thought the red bulbs under the old leaves were half burried fruits. A little further away there were two more developed plants. Their flesh pink folds looked somehow indecent on the dark soil. Ailsa’s travel theme this week …Continue Reading
The past week meant vacation for many children in Sweden, and Stockholm was filled with visiting families. The city is often considered beautiful, but in fact, one of the of the first impressions when you step out of the Stockholm Central Station is an overwhelming greyness and brutal architecture. The …Continue Reading
In the evening, when the workers are gone, the Slaughterhouse district becomes deserted. The construction site next to it is also abandoned during night time. Public places designed for large numbers of people automatically seem to become horrifying playgrounds for the imagination when nobody is around. Or perhaps we’ve only …Continue Reading
People around me talk intensely about how much they they work, but our children have only vague ideas about what the parents actually do for a living. What does an economic analyst do at work? Or a human resources specialist? Or a project manager? I have problems understanding it myself. …Continue Reading
The colour orange becomes increasingly popular in Swedish homes. Last time we used it must have been in the 70′s, because in the 80′s there was apricot, and in the 90′s yellow… In the last decade we’ve mostly seen coffee related colours, i e beige. You can find a former post …Continue Reading
After a heavy snowfall, the environmental acoustics change remarkably. Suddenly, the sounds are soft or almost non-existing. My evening walk to the grocery store is dreamlike. On my way home I look for a hare or a deer in this fairy tale world, but all I see is the red …Continue Reading
Over the last years I have seen a growing number of dressed public statues, especially during winter. People seem to love putting mittens, scarves and caps on half naked bronze girls or completely naked swans. When I recently visited a hospital, even the sculpture group in the entrance hall had …Continue Reading
The huge arena was completed and inaugurated in july 2013, with a capacity of 40.000 spectators. It is situated very close to the city, in the suburb where I stay. I normally pass by it every day, either by bike or walking, feeling diminished. The exterior of the stadium illuminates …Continue Reading
On my walk across the Skanstull’s Bridge the other day it was all foggy and humid, and totally grey. I was overwhelmed by the ambience; all colours were gone. The people looked small and lonely. I took a number of photos on the bridge. When editing my photos later, I …Continue Reading
In december, shop windows and interiors tell us endless fairy tales about Being Together. Joy, glamour and affinity – it is all there, to be consumed. And I do enjoy to arrange parties, dress up, invite lots of people. I really like beautifully laid tables and sparkling glass. But to bring …Continue Reading
I found this cute bird (probably a member of the Meropidae family – normally not seen in Sweden) in Gothenburg on my way home, a couple of years ago. It is what I like about street art; it is surprising, beautiful and/or fun. Someone wanted to make me smile – …Continue Reading
I pass this bridge almost every day now. Either by bike, foot or the metro. When I was walking the other day, I discovered the flowers that were attached to the fence and placed on the ground. There were also memorial candles on the ground. For whom? A little further …Continue Reading
That particular evening I attended a lecture and watched some inspiring design projects. I walked in an unfamiliar area and saw an eyecatching owl in a shop window, caught a bus to another part of town and spent the rest of the evening with a few friends at a christmas-decorated …Continue Reading
Premiere: Snow. Ongoing: darkness. New actor: slipperiness, temperature below zero. Time for a pre-christmas afternoon coffee party, inspired by the long december nights and the very first snow. I made some chocolate cupcakes and a white, traditional cheese cake (‘äggost’ in Swedish) with blackberries. There were also small sandwiches and …Continue Reading
The twin towers on the image are Sweden’s first ‘scyscrapers’, situated on Kungsgatan in Stockholm. The towers were built in the mid 1920′s, 60 m high; consisting of 17 floors. For several decades these buildings were a symbol of urbanity and decadence. My photo is some years old. It is …Continue Reading
The days are so much shorter now. The little daylight that’s left is weak and disappears in the early afternoon, leaving many of us melancholic. The malls are crowded. We are devoting ourselves to intense shopping, trying to deny the darkness outdoors. In search of light and heat we gather around fireplaces …Continue Reading
Late in November, early in the afternoon: a silent rubber sole walk in the Annedal area of Göteborg. Temperature was close to zero. The streets were empty. There was neither wind nor clouds, and the twilight was breathtaking. Apart from the complete silence (the lack of singing blackbirds) it almost …Continue Reading
Ailsa’s weekly travel theme is “Short”. My contribution to the photo challenge is an image from Göteborg. I captured it while waiting for the bus. The reflection appeared on a big billboard ad for a science fiction movie, where the person on the poster suddenly seemed very realistic. And short. …Continue Reading
For Ailsa’s Travel Theme “Connections” I chose an old image from a past winter when I went by a double deck train from Stockholm to Göteborg. The train stopped for a short while in Skövde, just in time for the sunset. The tube connects the different platforms of the station …Continue Reading
This week’s photo challenge is Habit. One of my habits is filter coffee; normally once a day, about two-three hours after breakfast. The coffee has to be strong, black and really hot. The cup is preferably quite big, thin and bright. My son claims that you can judge the perfect …Continue Reading
The other night, I was invited to celebrate two friends’ birthdays in a welcoming house outside the city. The table was beautifully set and my friends had prepared some fantastic food. There were warm people, good conversations, lots of wine and a fireplace. Even a soft, furry dog that put …Continue Reading
This week’s WordPress Photo Challenge is The Hue of You, which I guess means The Hue of Me. In October it is definitely the shades of orange. Stockholm is a city with numerous old buildings. The exterior of the houses is often plastered and dyed with yellow or red ochre …Continue Reading
The other day a friend invited me to walk along the banks of lake Mälaren. Stockholm had dressed up in its best, brilliant autumn clothes. (In Göteborg the autumn colors are more yellow than red. I guess that is due to the different species of trees and climate.) Every other …Continue Reading
Eight o’clock in the morning. From my bedroom window in the Stockholm suburb I see children walking, running and biking, on their way to school. If weather is clear the scene is highlighted by the sunrays, accentuating autumn’s dark shadows. Many years ago, I lived in an apartment on the …Continue Reading
Foreshadow was a theme in the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge, a month or two ago. I didn’t submit my post that time. Now, I do. Foreshadow is a rare word, at least in Swedish (förebåda, antyda, ställa i utsikt). According to Wikipedia it is a “literary device in which an author hints certain plot developments that perhaps …Continue Reading
“Inside” is the theme of this week’s Photo Challenge. My picture was made two years ago, and I posted it here before. But it’s one of my personal favorites, and as I have several new followers, I would like to show it again. Beneath you can see how it looked …Continue Reading
Some more vacation-pictures from a day on board of a big bathing boat. A nine-hour-trip around some picturesque islands and beaches outside Fethiye, together with approximately 300 people. The major part was Turkish families, enjoying a day off in the sun. Fish and fries for lunch was included, and I …Continue Reading
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