365 project, theme week 4

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Close by my office is an indoor flea market called Kommersen, open during weekends. The building is incredibly creatively and beautifully decorated with striking graffiti, or street art, which ever you like to call it.

I gave it a challenge for a week to take 7 different photos from different angles or on different paintings, and when the week passed I felt I can do more, at least 1 more week of photographs in honour of Kommersen. So, basically there will be more… :)

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365 project, theme week 3

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Theme week 3 of my 365 photo challenge project was all about love… All because of Valentine’s Day, which occurred on the Friday of this/that week. Valentine’s Day is also Oh’s and my anniversary, the first time we shared a pillow, so we’ve chosen this day to celebrate our love. Well, mostly we celebrate our love for each other apart. ;)

Anyhoo, here are the Instagrams for theme week 3 – love:

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Stay with me the whole year, and follow my journey. Are you doing a 365, too? Wanna share some of your themes and/or ideas? Inspiration is so welcome!

365 project, theme week 2

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Because my first theme week of my 365 project was black and white, I chose the second week to be about colours, and not just colour photos, but in some way symbolise colour, or show colours of the objects in the photos.

This was an incredibly hard task, and especially since I got a horrid pain thanks to my whiplash injury, thus I was forced to stay home from work. Locked inside my small room at home I couldn’t find much inspiration, but I did my best.

Here is the week in colours:

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Stay with me the whole year, and follow my journey. Are you doing a 365, too? Wanna share some of your themes and/or ideas? Inspiration is so welcome!

The 365 project

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With New Year’s Eve knocking on the door way back in 2013 I decided to make some resolutions for the New Year after all.

I’ve grown tired of solemny swearing these resolutions, you’ve heard it before, but somehow I managed to squeeze into my head that it was a great idea to vow to do something within the photography genre, and, so, but, therefore – here I am: one promise of a 365 project later.

I’m supposed to shoot at least 1 photo a day, either it be with my DSLR camera, or my iPhone, a minor non-important issue. The point is I need to take that photo! You can follow my journey on Instagram.

From the start, or at least in my thoughts, the promise/vow/resolution was a mere “I have to shoot at least 1 photo a day”, but on its own, it grew into a more engaging type of vow; I needed to Instagram my photos, too. How else would people know if I kept my promise, and how would I be inspired to go on when it felt like a drag?

How people even got by before the internet and sharing every single detail of their lives is beyond me? :O 

It was the second after I shared the first photo on January 1st 2014 I realised I needed to share them with the world once a day. For 1 year. 365 photos. At least.

Different themes for different weeks

2 weeks into the game I realised I needed to come up with themes, or this project was bound to die. Running around shooting random pictures wouldn’t present much of a challenge, no development for my part would come of it, hence the project would be pointless.

Therefore I was in desperate need for themes.

So I made a list (how people survived before making lists is beyond me, too!) in Evernote, my favourite getting-me-organised-program, and I actually managed to scribble down quite a few ideas for themes.

The theme for week 5, for all of you who hasn’t figured it out yet: “black and white”, and these are all my contributions for week 5:

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Stay with me the whole year, and follow my journey. Are you doing a 365, too? Wanna share some of your themes and/or ideas? Inspiration are so welcome, and I’ve only just begun… 

Travel apps

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There are too many travelling apps for iPhone, and I’ve decided to try out some of them. I’ll give each one 2 weeks to thrill me, and while I’m not travelling particularly much atm, I will see if it’s possible to register trips retrospectively (is that a word?). I have no idea if that’s even possible.

The main points I’ll be focusing on are: 

  • How simple is it to use?
  • What are its functions?
  • Which functions is it lacking?
  • Does it really make my travelling easier?
  • Can I sync it?
  • How much is it?

We’ll see, maybe some other questions will arise, but atm these are my main concerns.

I’d also like to point out that this is my own initiative, so I’m not getting sponsored or anything. I will post my own opinions and no one elses.

I will start with: Travelog and Everplaces.

Photo of the Week, w 5

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Exactly 5 years ago, in the beginning of February 2009, I was visiting the country I’d longed for and felt a special attraction to all of my life – Japan.

I was planning to study Japanese for 3 months in Kyoto, and I had chosen Kyoto because of its historic richness. However, things didn’t pan out they way I had planned, for different reasons, and I was horribly disappointed of Japan. Probably because I’d expected to see samurais running around in the streets waving their swords in my face. I got to see and experience incredibly much anyway, and the period I spent in Kyoto is one of the times in my life I’ve felt truly happy.

My great hero and sensei Miyamoto Musashi left a lot of foot steps in Kyoto, which I happily tried to walk in.

The picture above is taken at the classic sight of Fushimi Inari. I could’ve chosen the classical image, the one everyone shoots, including myself, but I’ve made an effort to be creative and choose a picture everyone hasn’t already seen.

Today I’ve washed away my disappointments of Japan, and I long for the next time I have the pleasure of setting foot in the country, and sure hope it’s in a near future.

A bite of Icelandic food culture

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Mead, mead, mead and bark, and maybe the occasional meat bone. That’s probably what they eat, those vikings out on the icy island in the middle of nowhere!

To me, food is a big part of travelling, and trying the local food culture is a must.

My visit to Iceland in 2013 wasn’t any exception. Some I fell in love with, and others – not so much.

So, what are they really eating?

Skýr – amazing yoghurtish sludge, which at times tasted almost like Pannacotta! OMG, what a crazy favourite, like heaven for me. Pannacotta for breakfast!!! Back home I’ve tried the imported Skýr, but that one was awful, so I’ll probably not eat that outside of Iceland again.

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Slátur – almost what it sounds like, and means in Icelandic: SLAUGHTER! It’s a slaughter you are chewing on. I tried this one morning for breakfast – totally unafraid, I must add, so you don’t think I’m picky or anything. I ordered an Icelandic farmer’s breakfast and waited in excitement. “The slaughter” was in the middle of the plate, dark brown and looked like finely minced meat. Well, it didn’t look too positive for me, but I wasn’t about to let me be beaten down so easily, so I put the fork in the slaughter and cut off a piece and put it in my mouth. I didn’t throw up or anything, didn’t even feel sick, but I immediately felt the soft, smooth surface and knew it was something intestinal. And after a few seconds googling it turned out to be: some sort of black pudding made of… well, why even bother to find out? It wasn’t particularly tasty.

I’ve always had a problem eating intestines; it’s got a very particular texture and taste, for all of you who haven’t tried it; it’s soft, and smooth and creapy, and to me, it feels like it’s just growing in your mouth. When you see it raw you can see the holes in it, and honestly… how tasty is that? Yikes…

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Back to the task at hand, now.

Kjötsúpa - Of course I tried the well known Icelandic meat soup (with lamb). Lamb isn’t really one of my favourites, meat isn’t really my favourite type of food; when I’m cooking for myself I never cook meat. I had to try the soup in the well known Café Loki, which is located opposite Hallgrimskirkja in Reykjavik. The soup was incredibly tasty, but would’ve been as tasty without lamb – IMO. I got flat bread with smoked lamb with the soup – amazingly tasty. Flat bread is the shit!

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Lamb – is eaten in an enormous amount, and it would be strange if it weren’t, because there are 1,5 sheep per inhabitant… It seems to have arisen some kind of “trend” here on Iceland, too, like in many countries, where one is encouraged to eat locally produced food, etc. The import of meat is strictly regulated and several restaurants in Reykjavik are only using ingredients from Iceland, and there are plenty of sheep on the island, as stated, so they won’t have to starve anytime soon.

Raw food – In a restaurant named Glo. Wonderful food. I can really recommend this place. Raw food isn’t Icelandic, but it made my list since I tried it for the first time in Reykjavik.

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Some restaurants are serving whale, which I didn’t try, mostly because it didn’t feel right, I don’t know why.

One restaurant I passed almost daily served Scandinavian food – Swedish, Danish and Norwegian. Their menu didn’t show a single Swedish dish, though. At least not to my knowledge. No meatballs, no falukorv (a Swedish sausage), but they did serve smörrebröd and hamburgers. Well, I didn’t go to Iceland to eat Swedish food, so no catastrophe there, but I found it interesting, anyhow.

 

What restaurant will I be visiting next time too?

A clear favourite in Reykjavik was Buddha Café on Laugarvegur (the shopping street), where they served a mixture of Asian dishes. The oldest Asian restaurant in Reykjavik is the chinese Asia Restaurant. At this place I enjoyed a delicious meal, which was actually all authentic and spicy, which usually is a hard task when you’re eating chinese food in Sweden – it’s too Swedish and tasteless! They were extremely embarrassed when I asked if it was customary to tip on Iceland, and kindly refused my lame attempts to tip for my wonderful dinner.

The dining range in Reykjavik is limitless…

There are no limits to the dining range in Reykjavik; there’s Chinese, Japanese – an incredible amount of sushi places, probably due to the amount of Japanese tourists, Nepalese, SteakHouse, Icelandic of course, Italian, Spanish, Subway and so much more. There are restaurants for every taste. My one big sorrow is that I didn’t get to visit Taco Bell while in the country, since I remember Taco Bell from my Los Angeles trip particularly well. I loved that place! Thankfully I was spared from McDonald’s during the whole trip – thank God they went into bankruptcy!

There are also plenty of food chains, like back home, 10-11 is a popular shop, which is always open. Here you can buy plenty of fast food, but also provisions for cooking on your own.

So, the sum of cardamom is you never have to go hungry in Reykjavik, because there is always something for all tastes and for all wallets. 

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