September 2016

There's just something about the beginning of autumn that gets me wanting to reopen my blog. Though saying that- this isn't me starting to blog again really, it's just me having felt the urge to write for a while now and finally giving in to it (it may or may not also have something to do with me not wanting to study for my exam on Wednesday).
This month has been absolutely crazy intense. In the best way! With a bachelorette party, two weddings, a visit to Copenhagen, a visit to Gothenburg, school work, baby sitting, work and a lot of meetings planning for other events it's been a full month to say the least. But oh so wonderful! This weekend was the craziest of all but also the greatest by far. Seeing my close friend of 10 years get married to her best friend was undescribable! The huuuuuge smiles on their faces, all the people there to celebrate this great happening, a true love feast! 
So today I woke up physically and mentally exhausted- probably partly because of the weird spider dream I had. It's a small miracle I got myself to shool! I got home again around noon and I decided I needed (needed/couldn't even think the thought of doing anything productive) to recuperate myself so I could get back some energy. A three hour nap, a ugly dance party in the living room, a long warm shower with some singing (I don't know how to shower without singing), a bag of crisps, watermelon, a few episodes of White Collar, the cosiest PJ's I own (my grandmothers bright turquoise track suit from the eighties that is five sizes too big) and here I sit on the sofa ready for this coming week! Alone time, food, sleep, music and ugly dancing usually does the trick! Cleaning and studying can wait til morning.
Now I'm going to go lie down in my bed (it's getting dark outside so it feels ok even though it's seven o'clock) with a bowl of grapes and my computer. Tomorrow reality awaits!
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Stockholmare and escalators

I had a moment yesterday when I felt as if I could see things from the perspective of a native Stockholmare and I was extremely pleased. I felt as a part of them. A part of the cool kids. Then again, I'm not sure I'm supposed to want to be a typical Stockholmare. Not that I really know what a 'typical Stockholmare' is exactly, I just know I'm not supposed to want be one. Something about Stockholm vs. Göteborg and Jönköping being on the Göteborg side. I can't remember the exact reasons but there's rarely much logic to my thinking anyway.
Anyway, yesterday afternoon I was on the escalator going up from the train station up to school. I was in a hurry to get to class so I was quickly walking up the escalator. On the left side obviously, I'm not completely behind the bobber (jag är ju inte heeeelt bakom flötet liksom- a Swedish saying, that definitely sounds less stupid in Swedish, well, slightly less stupid at least). You see, I was warned about this when I moved here. One does not simply stand on the left side of the escalator! You just don't. That area is reserved for people who want to walk up the moving escalator. It creates order. You stand on the right side if you're standing still and happy with the pace provided. 
I was walking up the escalator on the left side passing people who were standing still. On the right side. Then all of a sudden I see the forbidden. A few steps above me I see a man standing still on the LEFT side. I repeat. He was not moving. He was standing s-t-i-l-l. ON THE LEFT SIDE!!!
I could feel and clearly see the irritation and confusion this caused. Everyone noticed. Every person having to zigzag past him as they made their way up the escalator. Even the people standing a few steps down or up on the right side of the escalator glanced at him. "How dare he?! Who is this uninformed person who obviously doesn't know the unspoken rules of the escalators in Stockholm?! Completely disrupting the order of things. If people always did whatever they wanted we'd have anarchy. Is that what you want? Huh??
For a second I was annoyed as I made my way around him. Then it made me smile. People need a wake up call from time to time to remember that things are different in other places. Not all Swedish cities are the same. In some cities people actually just stand still on the escalator, waiting until it reaches the next floor. I know, hard to imagine.
Then my smile grew bigger, realizing I might be on my way to become a Stockholmare after all. 
This is me a few months ago while visiting Stockholm, it's pretty obvious I was an outsider as I'm standing a tad too far on the left side. Not quite as organized as the people in front of me. They take these things seriously over here you know.
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Autumn walks in the sun

I'm an amateur when it comes to photography but I still really enjoy it. After a long period of lost interest the love for photography has awakened in me again. Probably because of this absolutely fantastic autumn weather (today's weather is hopefully just an exception).
Here are some pictures from two walks Cissi and I've taken recently. Her patience with me stopping every other meter to take a picture from a new angle is astonishing, especially as I force her to be the subject in a lot of the pictures. Heheeee, I've obviously got the best room mate. She doesn't just make sense of my thoughts when I talk crazy talk (which happens quite regularly) but she also helps me in my small interests. 
Oh and she's gorgeous. But you already knew that.
Taken with my Canon EOS 1000D
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