Thursday, May 30, 2013

Frogs

I'm currently so frustrated about not being able to find anyone to build our terrace, that i'm considering doing it myself.
Which is obviously ridiculous, but i am getting impatient.
I haven't even gotten around to tiling the kitchen wall, something that apparently terrifies me, or i would have done it ages ago, so maybe i should do that before tricking myself into thinking i have any carpentry skills?
At least it's still cold-ish, and rainy, but one day soon, summer will be here, and we'll wanna sit outside and eat, and barbeque, and drink morning coffee, and...

If anyone needs me, i guess i'll be on Craigslist.


 




Ps. These are from Bisserup. Me and my parents (and Lucifer) went to this lake to steal water plants for my mom and dad's new lake, and it was a great success.
We decided against taking any frogs away from their home, but we did get an accidental salamander... he seemed quite happy in his new home, though.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

One night in Copenhagen

As i mentioned in this post, the city part of our Denmark trip was strange, so there's no need to get into that again.
Except to say that i love water and i sometimes miss looking at it daily, since my Berlin home isn't near the Spree or any canals or lakes.
I hope it'll get warm soon, so we can go swimming in the lakes like we did last summer, before we lived here.
It doesn't have to be the ocean for me, you know. Any body of water will do.

It's less rainy today, so i might go hunting for tomato plants.
It's time to take my gardening to an edible level soon, i think!

Here are some Copenhagen pictures, of the lakes, and some sweet human and animal friends.
Surprisingly there were no coffee pics on the film.
How very unlike me.


 









Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Beach

Sometimes i really hate my no-editing rule, cause almost all of the pictures on my last two films would have been much improved by some photoshop magic.
But rules are rules, which is bullshit, cause i break rules all the time.
But apparently not this one.

Here are some pictures from the Bisserup part of our recent trip to Denmark, because why be all chronological when you can be completely random, am i right?

It's raining a lot in Berlin, and i suspect much of the rest of Europe, at the moment.
I'm definitely getting a bit of the sads from it, and the cold too.
I like warm. I want it to be warm again.
You?









Friday, May 17, 2013

An incoherent country side rant

Oh, hey, guess where i am!?
If you guessed Denmark, you're maybe not a genius, but you're definitely right.
We arrived in our native land, our first time here in 2013, on Tuesday, cause Allan had a date with the Boss.
Yes, we went all the way to Copenhagen so Allan could go to a Bruce Springsteen concert. What?
We had to stay at a hotel, because, well, we don't live there anymore, and airbnb is not down with the doggies.

It was pretty strange, arriving in our old neighborhood, practically across the street from our old home, and checking into a hotel.
We didn't stay long, cause we needed to go to the old shop, again with the strange, to hang out with David before the concert.
We ate with him, his wife, and Young and Rasmus, at Laundromat, and it was almost like we hadn't really been away, and at the same time like we'd been away for way longer than we have.

The walk to the shop from Vesterbro, and the walk back, was probably the strangest for me.
I felt a familiarity that could so easily be confused with longing, and walking along the lakes, just like any other relatively nice spring day coming home from work, i really managed to weird myself out.
It's not homesickness, though, it's just very strange being back, but not living here.
I wish i could explain it better, but you know, having all the feelings can be overwhelming.
It's not bad, i know that cause i don't feel any anxiety, but yeah, weird for sure.

I stayed at the hotel while the others were at the show, and the next morning we went to Sort Kaffe & Vinyl to drink a ton of coffee (and chai) and hang out with some friends.
It was pretty much a perfect Copenhagen afternoon, the kind where you move with the sun, and that sun luckily leads you straight to ice cream.

After a few hours on Vesterbro, we walked to Frederiksberg to see my oldest friend's brand new baby.
We hung out at her new, and awesome, apartment, while we ate grapes and she told us about her new life, and we told her about ours.
Not all people are so caught up in their babies that they can't be interested in other people's lives, and that's a rare and wonderful thing these days.

We hurried back to Vesterbro to pick up our luggage (just a couple of backpacks and a dog carrier for the plane) and pay a much too quick visit to our favorite sushi restaurant.
Can you believe we haven't had sushi in Berlin yet? We're such total snobs.
Anyway, we had to catch a train to the country, so we didn't have time to eat, but being the awesome dude that he is, the chef made us a huge sushi bento box for the train ride, free of charge.
Yes, these are the people i miss!

We've been in the country since Wednesday and it has been relaxing and amazing.
The weather is maybe not (definitely not) as warm as in Berlin, but it's sunny and nice, and we've been eating ice cream and taking walks, and seen a bunch of cool nature shit.
I couldn't ask for more.

I don't know if the next trip will be any easier.
Not that this is hard, i'm just easily freaked out i guess, and maybe i expected it to be different?
What do i know, i've never been abroad for this long before, and i've never been able to call anwhere but Copenhagen "home" until now.

Here are some iPhone pictures, some from here and some from home. New home!



From our apartment

New balcony chairs

Lucifer and Ayaka

I found my dream bike, hopefully i'll be able to pick it up soon

Stupid human tricks

Lucifer did not appreciate getting up early, and he sure as hell didn't wanna go to the airport

Signs...

Me and my new little buddy Theo

Dad and me, stealing water plants for my parents' new lake (!), and playing with frogs too, obviously

Insta-collage time!
(1. Fancy hotel 2. Remember when this was my blog and instagram EVERY DAY? 3. Coffee, sweet coffee 4. Post flight face)

(1. Mille and Theo 2. Sushi goodness, way too fancy for the train to Næstved! 3. Zorba has gotten so big 4. Getting all nostalgic and shit)

(1. Bisserup ice cream, always huge 2. FROGS! 3. Just a lovely view, always 4. Sleepy dog)

(1. Heron egg! 2. Furry cow! 3. Not-so-lucky deer foot! 4. Woods!)



Those last ones are from a walk in the woods today, just me, mom and Lucifer.
Pretty much my favorite thing about Bisserup.
Except maybe for the ice cream.

We go home on Sunday, back to Germany land and our beloved Bunker.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Packing

Sorry for the blog silence, i haven't gone into another blog-hibernation or anything, but i have spent my entire weekend cleaning the house.
Or, not exactly, there were coffee breaks and ice cream hangouts and friend visits, but damn, we did spend a lot of time fixing up the place.

I spent the whole day on Friday just cleaning the guest floor and fixing up the yard, where strangers have the unfortunate habit of smoking and breaking bottles while we're out.
Saturday we had plans, but then we continued with the cleaning and fixing up on Sunday, after our usual half-day-coffee-lunch-marathon-with-the-gang, of course.
It was a tough one, and we were completely beat once we finished around midnight or something, but we got it done.

Our motivation was, besides the fact that it was just that time again, visitors from Japan, and the new amp and vintage speakers we finally bought for our vinyl corner of the living room.
New toys really do make you want to pretty up the place, you know?
And so does having visitors whose fabulous house you've already stayed at!

Shige, Chisato and Ayaka, who i am sure my long time blog readers already know pretty well, arrived Monday night and left yesterday, so it was a brief but fun visit, and we spent most of it eating or antiquing, which is pretty much our favorite things in the world.
And Lucifer is close to being hairless today, after two days of intense hugging by a nine year old, who i suspect will very soon get a dog of her own!
Hi did enjoy the attention, i'm sure, and he always behaves so well when we have guests.

I'll be posting some pictures from the last few days as soon as my film is finished, but until then, i'll continue to post whatever hasn't been posted yet.
These ones are from our last days in Copenhagen before moving.
Packing and riding my bike around the neighborhood.
Going back next week, and staying at a hotel in the area we lived in for about six years, is gonna be so, so strange.
Almost as strange as a bunch of our friends and acquaintances, the Japanese included, being in Copenhagen right now without us.









Today it's raining, something i used to hate, but have come to appreciate after buying about a million trees and flowers for the yard.
Watering them requires me crawling in through a basement window to fill up three huge watering cans that i shouldn't even be carrying considering my arms and stuff, and carrying them out again, multiplied by about ten.
So yay rain!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

The not so great one

A few more from the hospital, using a film i kinda guessed was no good, but it was all i had at the time.
I really don't like toy camera films, or films with "interesting effects" anymore.
I just like... pretty.
Too bad, cause that open roof with moss and grass growing on it, it was one of my absolute favorite places on the trip.
Probably one of the most dangerous too, because, well, check the no-floor picture... not taken from below. Good thing i'm not very heavy.

There are a few from around the house and Schöneberg as well, just because.
And of course, Lucifer.
Because it's been a while.

I have to do some work upstairs today, but i am still unsure of the pigeon situation (Allan works up there everyday, but i'm afraid to ask), so i'll be wearing headphones the whole time.
Better safe than crying all day!













Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Nemesis

Man, i sure have missed blogging.
Almost as much as i've missed taking pictures with a real camera.
I'd forgotten how therapeutic this is for me.

Hey, have i mentioned lately how much i love living in Berlin?
I love living in Berlin.
Our life here is awesome, and there are such great people in it.
Yesterday i hung out with a (new) friend for about nine hours, just walking around, drinking coffee, and eating food. We even went to a bar, with Lucifer of course!
That never happened in Denmark. Nobody ever has time to just hang out in Copenhagen, unless of course you send them a written request two weeks in advance, or agree to meet before the devil puts his shoes on (sorry, that one works better in Danish... it means early, ok?)
It's not that  people don't work hard here, or that they aren't busy. I don't know what it is exactly, but i love it.
And i love that our friends and family from Denmark don't mind coming down here to visit once in a while.
I guess it's also pretty great for them to always have a place to stay in Berlin!

I'm finding it a little hard to follow my last post, cause i love those pictures so much, so here's something completely different. Old pictures! Mostly of people!

These are from the London Tattoo Convention last September.
I actually got the film developed rather quickly after coming home, but they gave it to me on paper instead of a CD, and when i asked them to scan my negatives, they couldn't.
And then the whole travel nightmare continued and i never had the time, until last week.

I love and hate going to that convention. It's so great to see friends from all over the world, usually friends we only get to see that one time a year, but at the same time, it's so fucking stressful working there, and i'm obviously not great with large gatherings and social situations in general (hello agoraphobia!) but at least that part has gotten a lot easier since i discovered an anxiety medication.

This was one of the better conventions, even though i got so sick that i completely lost my voice.
Allan did a lot of rose hand tattoos, we hung out with good friends, and i didn't panic much.
We even went to dinner at a real restaurant one night, and that's pretty unusual.
I can't say i'm excited about the next convention, cause i never really am, but i dread it less and less each year.
Who knows, if we ever stay at a different hotel, i may end up liking it?