Quality of Life

Eurovision week

On Tuesday Eurovision week begun with the first semifinal, and since I’m an open lover of the whole debacle I stopped by the grocery store on my way home to get me some snacks. One of the things we are real good at here in Sweden is the candy where you can pick and choose what you want. For years now the bags have been so big that you easily come home with a kg of candy even if you thought you were conservative with your picks.

DSC_0004This have now started to change as we are as a people just eating too much of it. So when I went to get my Eurovision snacks I was very happy to see that my store is one of those that now are reverting back to old style small bags. Not sure you can see how small it is in this picture with the rest of the snacks. It’s not Eurovision for real if you don’t have dip as well;DSC_0006 DSC_0008I had a lovely evening on the couch except for the almost falling asleep to the sound of one boring song after the other, my surprise of Mums being the favorite disappeared with each song being more boring than the other.DSC_0007One could hope that the other half of the songs was going to be better!

Quality of Life

Dinner time

My pet is not a very big eater at all, most of the time she just doesn’t seem interested at all. Then one day all of a sudden she gets real hungry and goes hunting. This time I noticed when I heard a loud thump from the corner of the living room where she houses. It appeared that she was climbing on the ceiling, lost her grip and fell down. She is completely recovered as not long after she was at it again. I find it very interesting to watch when she is on the move.DSC_0978 DSC_0979 DSC_0976 DSC_0977As the wonderful owner I am, I of course went and got her dinner. It’s so fascinating to watch her feed as she is usually very slow walking around her little home. Then I put a cricket into the mix and all of a sudden she’s as fast as crazy, the cricket never know what hit it.DSC_0002

Sweden · Travels

A Swedish Tourist in Malmö

Friday morning saw my mother and the exchange student still in town, thus yet another hotel breakfast for me, and you aint hearing me complaining about it! I wish I could eat hotel breakfast every weekend, but I guess it would loose it’s charm if I did.DSC_0940The plan for the day was to see the famous Turning Torso and if possible go on another Canal tour, it’s been years since I went on the one here in Malmö so I was looking forward to that as well. But first, the walk to the Torso.DSC_0942 DSC_0943 DSC_0941The area around the Torso is absolutely beautiful, the Torso is more cool than beautiful and that might be the reason for me not taking a picture of it on this particular day. To be honest, I’m not sure that I have taken any pictures of it at all so if you are curios I suggest a google search for “Turning Torso Malmö” (you are more than welcome to do a copy paste).

We took the long route walking back from the waterfront towards the canal boats where we bought our ticket and booked our picnic basket. There was a bit of a wait before it was time for the boat to leave, which we efficiently filled with ice cream. Note, this wasn’t any old scoop ice cream, this was some real good Italian stuff.DSC_0947What about this picnic basket you might wonder. Well, the canal boats in Malmö includes a picnic basket in their service. I love it beacuse you get coffee in a thermos and proper porcelain mugs rather than in a paper takeaway cup.DSC_0948 DSC_0949 DSC_0946This day I even managed to take some pictures of the scenery, and hey I got one of the Turning Torso as well!DSC_0968 DSC_0953 DSC_0957 DSC_0961 DSC_0962 DSC_0963 DSC_0965 DSC_0966Once the tour was over we walked the exchange student through the city so that she could meet one of here sisters host families from when she was an exchange student here in Sweden. While she did that I took advantage of the fact that mother took the car down and had her give me a ride to the grocery store. It’s so nice when you can do a big shop and not have to fit it all on to your bike and then try to bike it all home.

The visit then came to an end. I have to say that the exchange student was real lucky with the weather as both Copenhagen and Malmö showed their nice and sunny selfs, can’t say it’s always like that.12

Travels

A Swedish Tourist in Copenhagen

My second week back working full-time was another short week, and after three days of eight hours of work a day, mother and the exchange student arrived in town. After a nice dinner out in Malmö on Wednesday night I woke up on Thursday heading out for a nice, yum hotel breakfast.DSC_0925

As the exchange student obviously isn’t from around here, she was really excited to head over to Denmark and even though I have been there for the past couple of weekends, it’s different to go with someone who haven’t been before. Sometimes I can remember the first time I went on that big bridge that take you to Denmark, after the years of everyday commuting you forget the awesomeness with the whole thing.

After trying both the train and the Metro we started our tour with Torvehallerne by Nørreport Station, and coffee with cake. DSC_0927This place is amazing, full of food displayed in such a way it’s hard to keep yourself from buying it. The also have restaurants serving anything from Tapas to Fish and Chips. I’ve been there to eat more than once before. If you find yourself in Copenhagen, it’s definitely worth a visit.DSC_0929After a slow start, we started our walk towards Nyhavn, a must for any tourist in this city. Rather than just passing by we took a tour on the canal boats, it never ceases to amazing me how different the tour is depending on the guide. I don’t know what I was doing during the tour, it seem that I didn’t manage to take a single picture. I guess because I’ve seen it all before, more than once – and I was in need of food and the ladies room, both which I got when we left the boat.

As we were being tourists we had lunch at one of the restaurants in Nyhavn, not the cheapest with the best service, sill there is a reason why they are always packed and that is the amazing atmosphere. I want to remember making mother once again wait for her food (think she might be getting a bit sick at it) so that I could take a picture, however the album on my phone disagrees. Neither do I have a picture of the view, I guess it’s all about priorities as I do have a picture of this;DSC_0932With beer and food in our bellies we got into hiking mood and walked down to the Little Mermaid, a cute little thing that for a while in my life I passed several days of the week. It’s a bit different when it’s been a while since last.DSC_0933The little Mermaid was as far as we went before turning back and started our walk back towards the train station and the train home. It’s not a short walk though as you manage to walk past some amazing Copenhagen-should-sees and the camera is getting hot from all the pictures.

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Again, I think it comes down to priorities, it was a hot dusty day, we did loads of walking, we needed a pit stop and I was thirsty.DSC_0935Not far from the pit stop we ran into a Frozen Yoghurt place, and since my sister got me hooked when we were in Stockholm, I just had to have one. Problem was that there was so much to choose from that it became a small one, I simply couldn’t make up my mind.DSC_0937DSC_0938After all that one could think that we would go home for an early night. Instead we headed to Fagans for dinner and my fav quiz night and did a pretty decent job, in my opinion. Then day came to an end, and what a day! It’s fun to have people visiting that haven’t been here before.

Ps. I sincerely apologize or the overuse of the word after in this post, I’m just too lazy to go back and change it.

Exercise

The colour run

Sometimes I agree to the silliest things, like getting up way too early on a Sunday morning in order to go running while having colour thrown at me at random times. Well, I did agree however I refused to suffer alone and as Da Teacher is such an amazing friend, she got up way too early as well to cheer me on.

This is how happy (and clean) I looked before the race;BeforeThen I had to stand in the cold, and rain in just a t-shirt for a while before we headed out on the 5k run. I felt real sorry for my running company as he probably could have walked in the pace that I ran. I think the whole thing took about 40 minutes which was probably an all time low for him. I was pretty pleased with though.

And reaching goal Da Teacher was there waiting for us with a proper Danish tradition – beer!DSC_0881Even though I followed the instructions from the people who arranged the race and put oil in my hair before heading out, it wasn’t easy to clean. I washed it three times that night, and days later people still insisted that I had some pink left in my head.DSC_0882Still, if the color Run arrives in a town close to you, I suggest you go for it. It’s all about having fun not to run as fast as possible. There were plenty of people dressed up, some walking, some running and some rolling around in the colour stations. They don’t even time you!

You can find all you need to know about it here!

Quality of Life

May 1st

In Sweden, the first of May is a holiday for everyone, in Denmark only for blue-collar workers. This year I believe it was combined with some other holiday (not sure, my source not being the most reliable) and everything was closed and the folks was out on the streets, well parks mostly. I started my afternoon in a quaint little old fashioned bodega that served yummy things like Red Turbog and Smørrebrød.DSC_0846DSC_0862While I was hanging out there Da Teacher was hanging in one of all the Copenhagen parks egging me to join the gang, it was tempting but every time I finished one chapter and wanted to head out the rain just started pouring down. However, in the end I got bored with sitting still and the company so out I went and the rain kind of stayed away (only kind of) for the rest of the afternoon and the park.DSC_0847 DSC_0848 DSC_0849I did realize that I might be getting a tad bit too old to hang out in parks1212 drinking beers now a days, as I spent more time being worried about the drunken teenagers, having this urge of wanting to call their mothers so they could come and collect their little babies and take care of them. Next year, I might be more grown-up in my approach to this day, maybe…

Life like in the stoneage

Day seven, eight, nine and ten – the return of the workaholic?

Wow, all of a sudden I was back to working full-time at work. It went pretty much over night as one of my colleagues needed a time out (come back soon, I miss you!) and I figured why not. I also realize that it’s been almost three years since I’ve been working full-time for real, since I was made redundant from my last job. Even though I was supposed to work six more months after they made me redundant, it wasn’t proper full-time as I didn’t have enough to do, was working from home and had more focus on other things than a company that made me redundant.

It feels good, and strange! I also started to miss working half-time pretty much straight away, so it was good that my first week back was a short week.

Thursday was a day home, for me only, and the best neighbour in the world that I went for lunch with. Here in Malmö we have one awesome bagel place called Bagel Street Café (I’m sure there are more, however only one that I found) that I don’t get to frequent as much as I would like to. My favourite is, surprise surprise, their sushi bagel. Mr Lion wanted to be in a picture as well.DSC_0841 DSC_0842The best neighbour in the world might have been less best when she lured me into The Body Shop and I accidentally celebrating working full-time with a new body lotion, green tea – awesome!DSC_0840After passing by the grocery store where the worlds best neighbor bought me a lollipop, I headed home for a quiet night on the couch.DSC_0844For some reason that didn’t happen and around midnight when my data returned on my phone, I found myself in Denmark. Oops!