Category: Travel

Nakameguro

We’ve got our Fridays off here. So yesterday we did the only thing we knew how to: walked until our feet blistered (both of us, we carry those patches and they barely helped) and spent the day wandering + eating & drinking. This time we headed for Nakameguro, which was one of our favourite areas when we were here 3 years ago.

On the way we stopped at a vegan restaurant with a hawaii theme, which served up some killer garlic edamames and mean fake chicken. We topped that lunch of with ice cream (two photos, guess which is the plastic examples and which are the real things? Impossible!), a lounge in a park and more walking. Our goal: the river/canal of Nakameguro and it’s many little shops and eateries. We wanted to go back to this one place; Malmö, which we loved last time we were there, but apparently they went out of business 10 weeks ago. What bad luck! Instead we had drinks at three other places, one which was a french bistro on a rooftop serving sangria, followed by food + Kenyan beer at an Ethiopian place, listening to some African harp being played.

After that we headed homewards, but stopped by a local little bar which made silly good cocktails, played swell tunes and quickly became our favourite little local place ever.

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Tokyo: Omotesando Wanderings

We’re in Tokyo. Days are filled with trying to cook, reading menus, wandering streets and working from cafes. And for me, apparently taking photos of textures? I think I got more than one weird look while I was photographing walls, rather than stuff today. Or it could be my two layers of black clothing, felt hat and boots in the 30-ish degree heat. To be fair though, I was wearing a dress.

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And then I made a fascinating hat

When I arrived in Sweden my mum handed me a paper. It was apparently supposed to be an invite, but looked more like a 6 yo had used word to write up a message and include some clipart. Anyway. It was an invite. To a surprise activity on a Sunday evening. We had no idea what it was and my mum wasn’t telling us a word either, just that it was for me, her, my niece, my auntie and my cousin.

I had theories. In the back of my head I thought “Play! It has to be a play!” cause my mum likes that cultural stuff and from the brief memory I have of that “invite” I think I remember reading something like that? But boy was I wrong. We had a hat class. Or, more correctly, a fascinator class. Oh, and I managed to not photograph my creation. If you’re curious, check out this insty post instead. Try to guess colour + decoration beforehand. I bet you can’t guess it. Or can you?

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Brunch + Snösätra

It was a busy day today. Well, I started with a wee bit of a sleep in, but then we headed to Lidingö for brunch with the family. I took no photos of the actual brunch because hell, I was too busy chumming down all the food. We took a small wander along the gorgeous view from the place we were at. Sweden’s really kinda pretty sometimes. My niece also wanted to gif with my dad and who am I to deny someone of some gif funness?

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Once family times were over I headed south, picked up a friend or two along the way and headed to Snösätra, which is a small industrial area in the south of Stockholm which since 2014 has been the home of plenty of graffiti and outdoor art. We found lots of that. Plus a small cafe and a dog. Ehm, I might have taken too many photos of the dog Sickan, because unnggg I want a dog. So so so so badly.

All in all: good Sunday, no complaints here.

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Christchurch day 1

After not knowing if we were going at all, we finally made it to New Zealand. The first full day consisted of:

1. Driving to the city and trying to find parking that wasn’t in the middle of a giant puddle of water.
2. Walking around the city center (trying to find me some shoes)
3. Drinking a syrup chai
4. Driving to a mall (!!)
5. Buying shoes. And stuff so I can charge my phone + listen to music while driving (so much driving!) + see maps
6. Driving to a big hill and watching a view of Christchurch that completely blew us away. Like literally. I don’t think I’ve ever experienced so much wind in like forever. Ever? I thought for a second that my phone would blow away if I let it go. Check the post below for windy gifs!

Now going to sip on my glass of wine and go to bed. BAI!

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Mini Melbs overseas

What are the odds that friends from Melbourne happen to come to London at the same time you’re there? I’d say quite high, but against the odds (geez, I need to stop use the word odds or we’ll all go insane) I met up with Lyndsey and Anne the other day, who had arrived from Melbs just that morning. We strolled around West End and Soho, taking in the sights and enjoying a lunch in the crypt and delicious cocktails at a hidden bar. The only thing I can complain about is the end of it: something I’d eaten wasn’t agreeing with my stomach, so I headed back to London Fields and spent the evening on the couch watching bad tv series, while Lani and Dylan were enjoying drinks. The envy! Oh well, better get better than go out and feel bad!

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