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29.9.19

Week 39: Art


Listening: alt-J

On 1 Jan 2019 I sat down at my kitchen table. I took 52 pieces of yellow paper and wrote down 52 random words. I rolled them up and tucked away in a Belgian cookie tin with nuns on it. Every week I take out one word and shoot accordingly.
23.9.19

Vilnius


Hello, autumn! Absolutely, undoubtedly when autumn begins one must travel back in time. To summer 2017 when I spent a mini-holiday in Vilnius, Lithuania. The main event was to see Foals play live . Which was awesome, but also - I am unintentional mosh-pit meets mystical manpower dances survivor. That was one insane audience. Mildly put. But you cannot see this here on this blog. You can see all the calm serene moments I had.











Clearly I have trouble choosing just a few favourite images. Especially as there was also all this street art. 






Sunset did its work - it filled the streets with its magic touch like there's no tomorrow.







Ah, even rain made the town look cool. 





Memories (as distorted as they are) can be the cosiest thing, especially when one's mouth is filled with peach flavoured condensed milk (yes, eating with a spoon straight from jar!). It's a delight brought by friend from her world travels. So on sugar high (which allegedly is a myth) I share a few more photos, so you would absolutely and completely convinced that Vilnius will also be your next summer holiday destination!




(Frank Zappa, yes Sir.)
22.9.19

Week 38: Rainbow


Listening: The Velvet Underground

On 1 Jan 2019 I sat down at my kitchen table. I took 52 pieces of yellow paper and wrote down 52 random words. I rolled them up and tucked away in a Belgian cookie tin with nuns on it. Every week I take out one word and shoot accordingly.
18.9.19

Vallisaari and the Truth


Muting a story on TV about sleep deprivation among adults (and simultaneously pretending not to be sleepy most of the day) while I dive into blogosphere (really, diving is the verb I wanna use here?!). I am eager to share the world altering (lies! lies!) realisation I had. Ever so often when I see something that offers me a long-ish lasting enjoyment in real life I am not too thrilled about the photos of the same view, event, situation...  at best it's decent enough. (And sometimes that's all one needs.)


However, the small, often rash moments taken along from walks and observations can easily turn into personal favourites of mine as photos. It's like I have a sweet spot for the visual underdog. (Maybe I just don't have the patience for the majestic, for the larger than life... fair enough.)


So, Vallisaari - an island that is just the best for a weekend hike (using the word loosely) in Helsinki, Finland. There I was some weeks ago sitting on a bench with a friend and chatting and watching the sailboats. It was the best.  


But I mean, how much do I love the photo of this rusty door. This light leak! (Yes, very much.)


The decay on old walls.


The playgrounds for miniature dinosaurs. (It could be a thing.)




This is me smugly thinking that I am living in the moment (...) and taking those extra moments to go. That's like living in the moment on steroids. I win? (Wait, no, there was no competition... just this one time when I'm winning. Typical.)




To conclude - happy September, folks! 
17.9.19

Week 37: Spring


Listening: (Sandy) Alex G

On 1 Jan 2019 I sat down at my kitchen table. I took 52 pieces of yellow paper and wrote down 52 random words. I rolled them up and tucked away in a Belgian cookie tin with nuns on it. Every week I take out one word and shoot accordingly.
16.9.19

For the Love of Books

New York 2017
So there I was. Thinking I'm gonna make this absolutely smashing blog update about books. Real life books. How much I love books that I can touch and feel (side note: I do own a Kindle). Gonna sprinkle the love with some strong visual. Bookstores, for love's sake! I save them on Google maps and linger between the shelves. Late night cheap purchases after a drink or two are the best, right (no, I have no time to read all the books that pile up around me).

New York 2015
But then the ugly truth sank in. Apparently I have more photos of cookies laid out neatly at big windows in historic towns. 

Barcelona 2009
And hams hangin' about at meat markets.

Oviedo 2019
And housekeeping supplies taking over. Literally. I mean, just look at that. 

New York 2017
I can stand by the love of cookies and meat, but by all means I am not one known for passionate cleaning and tidying. Not only that  there's a severe lack of books and book stores in my photo library, but the photos I do own kind of give the wrong (or perhaps very honest) impression of my feelings towards books. Art books - the best speaker stands you could wish for,  they make your sporadic CD collection feel #socultured. (Disclaimer: using the word sporadic felt fancy, despite everything.)

Madrid 2011
Or yours truly just cheerfully loitering at her casa in Madrid. Some books in the background. (Photo mostly shared here, so I could be all like... look, it's me, I used to live the southern dream!) 

Madrid 2014
Surely I can do better than that? I should. Because after all this blog update idea (that went down the drain in no time) was initiated by the excitement at a bookstore earlier today when I bought three books as a gift (no worries, none of them are for you; but one might be for you, yes you!) and got a discount and a little stamp card that. Every eighth paperback for free. I can see how that leads me straight on the verge of a rabbit hole (because hello, I do not live in a library...  and obviously I also need excessive space for storing cookies and ham). And of course no bunny pics at hand, but then again - look how cute this koala is (hygge-season here we go). 

Vienna 2007
To conclude, no Kindle can replace paper in my sometimes old-fashioned (not to say vintage) life. And I promise to aspire for more meaningful bookstore and reading photos. Because after all - if there are no photos, none of it exists.

Ps. Or perhaps the solution lies in acquiring a vast collection of books on ham. (Kiddin'! Just kiddin'! Do not add books about ham for Kaisa on your Xmas shopping list!)