I'm home from Scotland! I actually arrived in Sweden on friday but I've been working the entire weekend (one 12 and one 21 hour shift, phew) and came off work yesterday morning so it feels like I went directly from Scotland to work and only came up over the surface somewhere around noon yesterday.
My camera was (of course) filled with photos from my trip so I thought I would show you some of them. I had planned to make one large blog post from my entire trip but earlier today I realised it needed to be two, and thirty minutes ago I decided three is much better. So get ready for the first of three photo filled Scotland posts!
I arrived in Glasgow on late monday afternoon. I went straight to my friend Jennie's
studio where she was preparing for her sewing class. Her students dropped in shortly after I did and I spent the time eating cookies, drinking coffee, and taking photos of the amazing house where Jennie's studio is located.
I want a window like this!
Interior detail from Jennie's apartment.
A bit fuzzy, but I just couldn't resist this one. I mean, all the things you need: a blow dryer, hairspray and a bum.
On tuesday we had breakfast at The Brooklyn Café next to where Jennie and her boyfriend lives. Here is Jennie.
And here is Jennie in a gif.
After that we walked to her studio again. Passed three blue doors.
The reason for my trip to Scotland is that Jennie is the one who's going to make my wedding dress. She is so very talented! Since it's not going to be a traditional wedding dress at all I knew Jennie was the girl to do it. She is one busy girl with lots of sewing classes and I was happy to tag along and be a part of her daily life.
Scotland was amazingly green. I mean. Yeah. SO green.
Inside Jennie's studio.
Jennie surveying her student's work.
On our way into town we walked past many houses like this one. So pretty.
This is one wobbly fence.
We went to the subway because Jennie told me it's the world's most silly subway system and I needed to see it. It's tiny and goes in a small circle. One train goes one way, the other one goes the other. And everything is in lovely brown and orange colours that only ever existed in the 1970's.
In the evening Jennie had another sewing class across town and I decided to hang out at a café instead. Drank lots of coffee, used the wireless internet, spoke with David on skype and rested my feet.
We met up afterwards and went to the Glad Café
and drank cider and planned the rest of my time in Scotland before we went home after a long day.
On Wednesday I had the day to myself. Jennie had a funeral to attend and she equipped me with a map (that she printed from Google maps and taped together in an awesome way).
I was on my way to a place close to Jennie's apartment...
I took most of the photos from my entire trip in this park. It was just lovely.
I walked around for two and a half hours and I will show you all of that tomorrow. Prepare yourself for the most amazing lush green you've ever seen. EVER.
Okay, I won't over hype you but make sure to pop by again tomorrow.
I'm on my way out the door soon for an evening walk/run. More walking than running, but I'm getting there!
See you tomorrow!
This thursday was the first day I went outside for almost a week. I've been totally knocked out by this cold, but now I'm feeling almost like normal again (well, what is normal, really?).
So, on thursday I took my camera, put on a vintage lens that David bought on a fleamarket a while ago, and walked out in spring ready to capture the day.
I took photos the entire day so you get to tag along.
Outside the door! Fresh air! New socks! READY!
Spring really took it's time this year, but during my week inside it finally arrived -complete with bursting buds and tiny leaves.
This was my destination for the morning. An italian café close to where I live.
They sell italian icecream that looks AMAZING but I was there for breakfast this time.
My date Ida. Since she's a freelance journalist and gets to plan her schedule herself and I work evenings and weekends we have started a tradition of meeting up for breakfast regularly. Our previous favorite breakfast place turned out to have really bad staff regulations so now we are on the lookout for a new favourite place in the neighbourhood. It's hard because there are not too many cafe's to choose from and the ones there are don't qualify for all our high demands.
It needs to be cozy enough to sit there for a couple of hours.
They must have a toilet (because we want to sit there for hours).
They need to serve breakfast.
We haven't yet found our new place.
She is a cutie pie.
After our breakfast date we said goodbye for today and I had some errands to do in the shops.
Little old ladies with red berets were enjoying the spring.
Dandelions! Sure sign of spring.
At Olskrokstorget (the town square I live close to) the flowers were newly planted.
Went to the fruit shop. Fruit is my biggest addiction after tea. I just love to walk around in fruit stores, look at the different kinds of fruit they have for the day, pick the most beautiful, exotic, tasty, lovely smelling ones and leave the store with far too much fruit for one person.
I just can't restrain myself when it comes to fruit. Guess there are worse kinds of addictions though...
Look how pretty! Fresh herbs and oranges. Sounds like a name of a restaurant, doesn't it?
Compulsory elevator pic.
I like to ring the door bell when I know David is home because I love to see his face in the doorway when he opens for me. I mean, look at him! The sweetest.
We got mail.
The application for our marriage!
We are good to go, apparently not related in any way and not already married with somebody else. Good.
I celebrated by choosing my bridal couple teacup.
I needed some help from David with the computer program. Took pictures of his nice hands.
And silly self portraits where the camera lens looks like it is a mouth. A very surprised mouth.
And still life of jewelry in my window sill waiting to be photographed for my shop.
And the ever pretty seed pods from South Africa.
Worked for hours.
Many receipts to look through.
When I was finished it was high time for food!
David made pizza.
I took care of the dishes.
Garnished and ready for the oven.
It was so tasty!
While we waited for the pizza to be ready I entertained myself with taking photos of things around the kithen. Like basil.
And an avocado sputnik.
See the decanter? Remember?
The evening was very still (I was so tired after my first adventurous day since before the stupid cold). Probably it involved listening to music, reading blogs, watching Buffy the vampire slayer and almost falling asleep on the couch.
On sunday David and I drove forty minutes from San José and ended up in a little beach town called Capitola. We were going to meet up with Jillian, a friend of mine who I've met through Etsy. She lives close by and she had told us the day before that she knew a nice breakfast place we needed to visit.
This was the place. Zelda's!
I had coffee. Of sorts.
Also ate some lovely breakfast food but was way too hungry to have the time to photograph it.
The beach view through the window and through the big mirror covering one wall.
After we ate we went for a stroll down the beach.
Surfers were laying low in the glistening water. Not many waves to be seen.
Turned around and walked back towards the town.
I call this one "Little girl with blue bucket and seagull".
I really really REALLY want one of these colourful houses. Any one of them will do. But especially the aqua blue one. Or the peach colured. Or the bright yellow. Or any of them really.
Bay and bridge behind a bridge.
I told Jillian that we don't really have wooden bridges like this in Sweden but since we grow up with american movies we've seen lots of them on films. Kind of weird that we know so much about american culture without ever having experienced it first hand that when we're finally here it's like "Yeah, I know about that restaurant" and "Yes, I've seen this place before. On film."
So pretty! I could definitely see myself living here. Yep.
Another thing that's really different from Sweden is the size of the streets. Even in a small town like Capitola the streets are so much wider than they are in Sweden. To us it sort of looks like a miniature town with tiny toy houses along the large streets. Like the entire place is just a pretty movie set.
Americans should come and see the teeny tiny streets in some villages in Österlen, Skåne. Their big cars wouldn't even be able to squeeze in.
Like sand castles for humans!
We walked under the wooden bridge. Such a cool structure.
Isn't Blue Gum Avenue the best name for a street!?!
We found an antique shop!
It was a lovely shop with millions of things everywhere. The lady who owned the place talked non stop about old customers from all over the world, about the history of different items and the reasons people have for collecting things. She was really nice and she let me take photographs in there because I asked nicely before. Usually she doesn't allow it.
With heart shaped sun glasses...
...without heart shaped sun glasses.
Then we had to walk back to the car and say goodbye to Jillian. It was a really great day and it's so sad that Capitola is such a long way from Sweden because I would have loved to have breakfast with Jillian at Zelda's every sunday.
Last sunday I went to Malmö to spend a few days there with some friends. We have a tradition of watching the Oscars together every year. Everybody guesses who's going to win what and then we are up the entire night eating cookies, drinking coffee and sees who guessed the best. It was 6.30 in the morning when it was over and we could go to sleep.
This was more or less all that happened on monday.
Jonas and Aili and Rambo.
Tjock-Tove wanted to hang out too.
Aaaah, perfect family photo.
On monday evening I met up with my friend Tofu (Yeah, yeah her name is Tove but not on my blog, here her name is Tofu). We went to a pub called Tröls and had beer and hamburgers. I love the lamps in the ceiling and the whole atmosphere there.
Tofu and I went to the same school once and lived in the same house one of the two years there.
After some talking we realised it's already over ten years ago! Oh, no! We're all grown up now!
No, that's not entirely right...
THIS is Tofu!
On tuesday it was time for me to take the train back to Gothenburg again but before that I had a date with Sambon (Yeah, yeah, her name is Lisa, bla bla bla...) We went to Hollandia and had a shrimp sandwich and talked a lot about drama drama drama, writing, love and everything in between.
At one time me and Sambon lived together. That was in England when the millenium was all fresh and new and we cleaned the rooms at a hotel from the 1400's and had a shower in our room that didn't work but smelled of old cheese instead.
But that's another story.
David is working the photoshop magic and I'm the blissful face and flimsy handwriting.
Feeling all warm and full of love today.
It's just one those days, you know.
This week has been extremely stressfull. I've been working evenings and nights and before work David and I have been working on our movie. On wednesday and friday it was time to film a couple of scenes that take place at the cemetery Östra Kyrkogården here in Gothenburg and by the train tracks in Jonsered just outside the city.
Here are some photos I took behind the scenes when I didn't hold the microphone or cover the sun with a large white screen.
The actors, and my good friends, Hanna Johansson and Olle Kilström get instructions from David behind the camera.
David lurking behind a gravestone.
Our favourite dog actor! His name is Kompis, which means Buddy or Friend.
We borrowed him from his owners, our friends, for the day and he is such a great dog!
Tomorrow starts an entire week of filming. I am so excited! I play one of the three leading roles in the movie and I have really been looking forward to start acting infront of the camera and be a part of this whole filming adventure.
I'll keep you posted, for sure!