Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Hairday

That's it.
I'm taking 5 minutes to blog, dammit, even if i don't have much to say.

We're still in packing hell.
I am currently at the shop, trying to take care of a few things while completely surrounded by boxes and more stuff that needs to be put into boxes.
It's been hard. It IS hard, and i am never, ever moving house and shop to another country again, with less than two weeks to pack.
Holy shitsnacks is that nowhere near enough, and for two people to handle alone?
No, too much.
But it'll be over soon, making way for entirely new problems, i'm sure, but mostly new adventures.

The stress of packing has brought out some anxiety, and anxiety brings out doubts.
I hadn't had them much before, cause i'm impulsive, i guess, but all of a sudden my brain was asking me if i'd thought this through (somewhat?), if moving to another country was even a good idea (i don't know, time will tell) and telling me, as anxiety brains do, that i can't handle it, it'll be too much, i'll break down or lose my shit eventually.
Sure, that's possible, but not likely. What seems impossible to deal with one day, often doesn't seem like such a huge deal the next.
One day at a time, and i'll be ok.
And Berlin will be fun, and different, and probably very frustrating. And it'll be an adventure.

While packing at home, i found a letter to myself, written during as month i spent in an empty house in Goa with a Danish friend, two British dudes and a stray dog, in 2001.
It was pretty funny, hilarious actually, but it also happened to mention how good i am at adapting to new places.
And it's true, i had completely accepted living in India within two days, and whenever i'm in Japan, i feel like i could stay forever.
Maybe it's different with a place like Germany cause it's still very similar to Denmark, maybe too similar? But in any case, i'm trying to trust in my ability to adapt. Trust that it's still there.
And if not, then i at least still have my favorite dog, and my favorite person, there with me, and anywhere they are can't be that bad.

Someone came in and i lost my train of though, but whatever, i need to get back to packing anyway.

Last week i took 15 minutes out of my day to get a cheap haircut, and that's the best thing i've done for myself in a long time.
I tried no bangs for about a year and a half, but this, super short Vulcan bangs, is what i always come back to.
I feel like i look like myself again.

I'm not sure if i'll have time to post again before the move, so maybe the next post will be from Sarah's apartment where we're staying until our stuff arrives.
Wish us luck.


 Before and after*


*I've been wearing the same work overalls for like a week... Allan and David are calling me a Doozer and believe the look increases my work efficiency!

Friday, November 23, 2012

From my cardboard fortress

Sorry for not being around, but my life solely revolves around boxes and putting things in them these days. Even now, i'm typing from within a fortress of cardboard and bubble wrap.
The movers are coming in less than a week to take every last thing we own and drive it to Berlin.
The next day, we'll be flying down there, with Lucifer, of course.
So yeah, in a week we'll be moving.
How fucking crazy is that?
It's gone from being a faraway dream to being solid fact in no time.
We'll still have a bunch of loose ends in Copenhagen, like an apartment that needs cleaning, and we're still gonna be back here for Christmas, but still... we are moving in a week.

There aren't a lot people i'm gonna miss in Copenhagen, but the ones i'm gonna miss, i'm gonna miss a shit ton.
One of those people, a dear old friend of mine, even contacted a bunch of our friends and my parents, and arranged a surprise breakfast at the shop on Wednesday together with our co-worker David.
So effing sweet! I was pretty moved, and genuinely shocked.
There's no photographic evidence of my face when i unknowingly walked into a kitchen full of people i love yelling "surprise!", but i'm pretty sure it looked a little something like this.
So yeah, those people in that kitchen? Those, and a few select others, i'm gonna miss, and i can't wait for all of them to come stay with us in Berlin.

No current photos this time, but i do have some Japan leftovers, as always, and these aren't even all of them.

Ok, back to packing!









Ps. Don't forget that i'm selling, or giving away, a bunch of clothes, shoes and kitchen stuff this Sunday, so feel free to drop by and say hi, and grab some stuff. You'll be doing me a huge favor!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Flyttesalg!

Hej kære venner og læsere.
Wow, det føles nok super underligt at skrive på Dansk, men da denne post rimelig meget kun henvender sig til lokale giver det der Engelsk jo ikke så meget mening!

Nå, men til sagen!
Som de fleste af jer nok ved, står jeg og skal flytte til Berlin med mand og hund og butik om meget kort tid.
Sådan, rigtig kort tid!
Og selvom jeg meget gerne vil, er det ikke alt jeg kan tage med mig.

Derfor har jeg besluttet at holde Københavns billigste, og sikkert mindste, loppemarked!
Jeg vil sælge (læs: pænt meget give væk for småmønter) tøj, sko, bøger og sikkert også lidt køkkenting (jeg er ikke gået i gang med at pakke køkkenet endnu, så jeg aner ikke hvor meget der bliver tilovers der).
Jeg har selvfølgelig allerede doneret en helvedes masse tøj til Røde Kors, og de har ikke set mig for sidste gang, men jeg har alligevel også en del ting som næsten er for fine til at give væk til fremmede.
Vintage kjoler, overraskende mange ubrugte sko og bukser, tattoo t-shirts og 1000 andre ting er hvad jeg har stødt på indtil videre, og det er kun toppen af isbjerget!
Og hvem ved, måske har Allan også noget at sælge!?
Vi har trods alt også en hel butik der skal pakkes!

Dette flyttesalg vil finde sted på Søndag den 25. November fra kl. 11 til 15* på Absalonsgade 21B på Vesterbro.
Vi vil bage lidt kage (haha, just kidding, vi køber så afgjort noget færdigbagt!) og brygge noget kaffe eller te til dem der kommer, og hvis nogen skulle have lyst til selv at tage en sæk tøj med og bytte med andre, kunne det da også være sjovt!

Det er nok også en meget god lejlighed for folk der kender os, det er der jo nogle læsere der gør, til at komme og sige farvel, for vi får ikke tid til at holde farvel fest eller det der ligner.

Da jeg overhovedet ikke ved hvem der kunne være interesseret i at komme, om nogen, må du meget gerne smide en kommentar eller tweete mig, eller sende en mail til conspiracyinctattoo@gmail.com hvis du kunne tænke dig at komme. Men du må også gerne bare dukke op!
Kærester og venner og hunde og babyer er selvfølgelig også velkomne, jo flere jo bedre!

Sig det gerne videre, og del gerne dette indlæg på det der facebook jeg har hørt så meget om!


Et udsnit af vores voksende Silvan fort...


Sorry for the post in Danish, non Danish speakers, it probably won't happen again (at least it's not very likely!)
I'll have a totally normal, probably, post for you guys tomorrow!


* Det blev fra kl. 11 fordi det er det tidpunkt jeg forestiller mig, at ikke b-mennesker gør ting på, og til kl. 15 fordi jeg tror min far skal spille der, og det vil jeg prøve at nå!

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Back home

Ahh, it's, uhm, good to be back.
It is?!
Yeah, it's actually kind of ok.

We came home last night and took the metro out to my parents Copenhagen apartment.
My mom had made a delicious welcome home dinner, and my dad drove us, and our many suitcases home, after eating and catching up.
I'd missed them!
It's not like we've been away long, actually it's been shorter than our usual trips, but sometimes you just miss your family.
And dog, of course!
Lucifer was happy to see us, and we were happy to see him.

We had a decent sleep, and this morning we woke up early and started packing right away.
Well, ok, after having a few obligatory cortados at the coffee shop.
We've pretty much been packing all day, and even though the living room is now full of boxes, there appears to be almost as much stuff as before.
This is gonna be a long and tough process, but hey, we already knew that!

Here are some more iPhone leftovers from Japan, mostly from our last day in Tokyo, and a few from today.
So yeah, maybe it is ok to be back, but damn do i miss Tokyo anyway.
We've been listening to Jpop all day, if there should be any doubts!



 Koi at Sankeien

Shopping at Kiddy Land with Rilakkuma!

My usual at Ootoya

Last day, lunch with my friend Ros in Kōenji

Lunch AND cake

More Kōenji

Hello there, crazy eyes

So apparently there are just enough vegetarians in Tokyo to make a magazine!

Gorgeous sky on the way to Shinjuku to meet Allan and Hata

 I wasn't supposed to do any more shopping, but then we went to gu and Kyary-chan told me to buy a sweater and cause i'm a good little fashion monster, i did

Still on our last day, we went to a friends concert and Allan and Hata created this, ahem, masterpiece

Randoms...

First coffee back home was a good one, obviously

Look at this handsome boy! I swear he got cuter while we were gone...


One thing i'm not enjoying about being back is the cold.
Fuck, did it ever get cold.
Oh, and the fact that the company that was supposed to scrap our car, decided to sell it to a criminal who stole gas and got parking tickets, in our name, wasn't the nicest of surprises either.
It's being taken care of, though, but still so annoying.

Ok, time to pack some more!

Friday, November 16, 2012

Hoco, Ebisu, yet again

At a good spot with great people, a few weeks ago.
How i managed to get both ladies blurry in the last picture, i have no idea, but they still look pretty awesome, in spite of my fucking up the shot. Oh, and nice secret Trekking, Ai, i didn't even notice until i got the film back!

If you're ever in Tokyo, don't forget to drop by this place and have a cake set.
The scones are amazing.

I guess i'm back in Copenhagen now?
Possible snuggling on the couch with my favorite animal, watching some Supernatural on Netflix and eating some of the Japanese KitKat i probably bought way too many of at the airport?
For future me's sake, i hope so.





Thursday, November 15, 2012

Kamakura

Here's one of them scheduled posts, cause i won't be blogging today.
Not only is it my last day in Tokyo, but it's also inkrat's only closed day during the week, so i couldn't blog even if i wanted to!

I believe i mentioned we went to Kamakura on Sunday, but i never posted any pictures, did i?
Well, here are some of them.
I think there are probably more on the film i'm currently finishing, so there might be a part two once i'm back home!

So, Sunday we were supposed to go to an antique market in Yokohama with Shige and Chisato, but for some reason the market was on Thursday to Saturday instead of Friday to Sunday, so we had to come up with a backup plan, and Kamakura was it.
I've been there twice before, but Allan had only been once, on our first Japan trip way back in 2004, so he was due for another visit.
Unfortunately it rained most of the day, but we still had a great day sightseeing and shopping and eating and hanging out... our favorite things, pretty much!
And even though we didn't go to the huge market, we still found the one thing i'd hoped to score there: an antique Maneki Neko.
So lucky!
He'll be traveling home with me in my hand luggage, that one.










Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Fuzzy kappa and other Tokyo treasures

I rarely get any real love from Copenhagen.
And it's not cause my eyes aren't open.
Maybe that's why i'm leaving?

But Tokyo... Tokyo always has love for me, in some way.
Some days it's an owl at the park*, another day at the same location, it's a bluegrass band rehearsing.
Or a turtle soaking up some sun, or a smiling Shiba dog, or an extra friendly convenience store employee.

Here are some more randoms from around the city i love.
Allan and Hata in the sun, monkey street, Kōenji and Rainbow Bridge as seen from a fancy dinner cruise ship.**
Oh, and if you're wondering about band?
They were pretty good!

We're down to our last few days, and boy, do they fly by.
We're packed, though, so at least we can just enjoy our time here.
It's strange, not knowing when we'll be back here, but i'm sure it won't be long.
We can't seem to stay away.












*Right after writing this post a few days ago, i went back to the apartment to drop off some stuff, and on the way back to the shop, on the walking street, i ran into... you guessed it, owl guy!
What are the fucking odds?
I tried talking to him in Japanese, like last time, while taking some pictures (see my instagram), but as it turns out, his English is just fine! And he told me that he's opening an owl café here in Kōenji. Guess where i'll be spending all my time next time i'm here?
If you wanna know more about that awesome owl, and his family, they actually have a blog in English, so go check that out.

**So yeah, Rei had booked us all a dinner at a Tokyo cruise ship last weekend, but we got a little lost in the rental car on the way there, and because Allan had been working all day, we were late as it was.
When we finally got there, angry staff members where outside, rushing us in while shouting "hurry, hurry, 100 people are waiting for you!" in Japanese.
And remember, Japanese people rarely display anger... but on the other hand, Japanese people aren't normally late, so fair is fair!
We ran as fast as we could, so of course we were panting and sweating when we entered the dining hall. It was like being the last one on the plane, times about 20!
But in spite of our lateness, and my tendencies towards motion sickness, it was a nice evening.
Hata even called ahead to let them know that there was a vegetarian in our party, so i actually got to eat real food instead of just garnish and side salads. Pretty awesome!

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Asakusa on a Friday afternoon

One of the best things about coming to the same place for years and years, is not only meeting a bunch of people, but being able to actually stay in touch and meet up with them once or twice a year.
I've been lucky enough to hang out with a bunch of my favorite people on this trip, even though i'm still a little upset about missing Izumi and Akari by only two days.
But hey, i'll catch them next time, i hope.

The other day i met up with Kate, who got tattooed by Allan back in April, to go have some lunch and chat and buy some souvenirs and early Christmas presents.
I love going to Asakusa, it's one of my go-to places if i don't know what to do in Tokyo, so i'm glad we agreed to meet there.

While i was waiting for Kate, i was approached by this little boy, who wanted to interview me for school. This sometimes happens at sightseeing spots, where teachers take the kids to practice English on tourists. Such a good idea, and i'm always more than happy to participate. I even got a little origami crane for my effort!
Kate was interviewed later too, and got a little present as well.
I love these little encounters!

We had okonomiyaki for lunch, and after shopping we went to Nakano for cake.
Good day.

I don't know what happened with that first picture there, but it sure is 70's looking, huh?

No, we didn't go to Tokyo Skytree, even though it's close by.
Silly towers... don't we have enough?









Damn, that cake at Excelsior Cafe was good... i should go back and eat there again one of these days.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Filtered

I just got a film back, so naturally i'd much rather be posting that than stupid iPhone pictures, but hey, first things first, right?
This is gonna be a long one, so i put in one of those jump things, so if you wanna see the whole post (that includes my now finished tattoo) don't forget to click the little "read more" link, ok?

Today we had the kind of weather we should have had yesterday when we were out sightseeing in Kamakura, but we're obviously not the boss of the weather.
Too bad, though, cause it's lovely out now, and Allan is gonna be stuck inside tattooing all day.
But we have a day off together tomorrow, so here's hoping for more sun and unreasonably hot temperatures.

Lots has happened since last, like the Kamakura trip (that was actually supposed to be an antique market trip, but that's another story) yesterday with Shige and Chisato, and the Tokyo Bay dinner cruise we went on with Rei the day before yesterday.
Oh, and my lunch date in Asakusa with Kate the day before that.
Yes, lots to do here to keep us busy, but it's good. I don't know for sure when i'll be back, so i wanna have as many adventures as possible while we're here!

Ok, iPhone picture marathon coming up, pictures are from Yellow Blaze, Sankeien Garden, and Enoshima.
Oh, and i used a new photo app to edit these, as you will see.
I've used Camera+ for a long time, but i started to notice that the filters would blur the pictures, and it's not like they're that clear to begin with, so yeah, i'm experimenting now. 
A little too much maybe, but i was having fun!



These two...

My favorite lunch

Sick of these yet? I'm not!

Pagoda

I had to climb a few fences to get to this guy

Fancy humming-moth again... seriously the coolest insect!

Last backpiece photo session