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Scotland in pictures

Imaginary Karin - Edinburgh

View from Edinburgh Castle. VERY windy.

Am back from my trip to Scotland! It was absolutely fantastic, Edinburgh is a seriously pretty town and the Highlands are beautiful beyond words.

The weather played nice for the most part. Had some sunny days but mostly it was mild temperatures, grey skies, and light showers every now and then. I hate being scorched to death by a blazing sun, so in my opinion it was perfect!

I was worried I wouldn’t understand the locals, but it went better than expected. It was only when hearing the Scottish people talking amongst themselves it got difficult to understand. I suspect maybe the shop clerks and other service people have been instructed to speak as normal English as possible due to the tourists?

Still don’t understand left side driving though… It was freakin’ scary sitting in taxis and buses, everyone’s going the wrong way! D:

There are lots of photos behind the jump, and as usual I have many more uploaded to Flickr.

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My Favourite Things: July 2015

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My Favourite Things is a monthly linkup hosted by Raisa and Eirene. Head over there to participate!

Didn’t post a My Favourite Things in May and June, but oh well. Here’s one for July anyway.

Movie: Kung Fury

Technically I watched this one in May, but I want to mention it anyway.

If you haven’t heard about it before, Kung Fury is a crazy over-the-top short film created by David Sandberg and crowdfunded on Kickstarter. It’s based on pretty much every 80’s action comedy ever made.

If you decide to watch it, don’t expect a “good” movie because it’s not. It’s not serious in any way. The film is 30 minutes packed with every silly stereotype you can think of, including dinosaurs and David Hasselhoff. It’s a video game on steroids. Or possibly acid.

Personally, I just loved it! I laughed so much my sides hurt afterwards! A+

Music: Tom Waits

Remember what I’ve said about dark and gritty voices? Tom Waits has the kind of vocal cords that makes my skin crawl, in the good way. The song Hold On was used on an episode of The Walking Dead and it’s currently one of my favourites.

What can I say, I love the “grumpy middle-aged man” type of music.

But it’s so hard to dance that way
When it’s cold and there’s no music
Well your old hometown is so far away
But, inside your head there’s a record
That’s playing, a song called

Hold on, hold on…

Tv: Season 3 of Orange Is The New Black

YES! This is one of the few shows that has neither supernatural monsters nor magic and STILL manages to keep me absolutely captivated. I fell in love with the ladies of Lichfield right away, and 3 seasons later my feelings hasn’t changed one bit.

I love watching the character’s backstories, and was really happy to see Chang and Big Boo’s histories being covered in this season. Suzanne and Sophia are still the characters I’m rooting for the most though, they are just so important and adorable.

*NOT SURE IF BELOW IS A SPOILER BUT I’M WARNING YOU ANYWAY*

Piper is a pretty horrible person, but I can’t say anything about her taste in women. (Men on the other hand… What was even the deal with Larry?) Alex is sex on legs, and Stella… oh my god *fans self* I really hope Stella/Ruby Rose will come back somehow in the next season.

Off to Scotland!

Well not right now, but soon!
In 2 weeks time me and Markus + his parents are travelling to Edinburgh!

Markus’s parents are big golf enthusiasts who enjoy visiting golf courses the world over. This year they wanted to go to Scotland and asked if we wanted to tag along. Of bloody course, I never pass an opportunity to travel!

I’m not a golfer though. I’ve tried a couple of times, but I can’t even hit the damn ball with the damn club… Not that I care, like most other sports golf doesn’t interest me at all, so I’ll leave the swearing and the bunkers to them.

This will be my first trip to Scotland so I’m really looking forward to it. I expect crappy weather, gorgeous old buildings, equally gorgeous scenery, and not being able to understand what people are saying.

The usual touristy stuff like the castle and the museums are already planned for, but I’m trying to find some more unique sights as well. I’m definitely trying haggis if I find it! We have a very similar dish in Sweden that I really like, so it would be fun to see what the difference is.

Do share if you have any tips for things to do and see in and around Edinburgh!

Imaginary Karin - Edinburgh

Apparently this is what it looks like. (Source)

My grandmother’s drawing

Apparently a house in my part of town burnt to the ground last weekend. I didn’t notice a thing, no smoke or smell or sirens or anything so it was quite the surprise to read about it in the paper afterwards.
On the other hand it’s not at all unusual for me to be absent-minded and miss current events…

Thankfully none of the residents were harmed in the fire, but the house is completely gone. Everything they own has turned into ashes. Of course this has sparked a lot of serious, but also interesting, thoughts.

What happens when you loose everything you own?
Which things are superfluous and which are truly irreplaceable?
If my house caught fire what would I try to save, if anything?

I love my books, but I don’t own any super rare editions, so they can all be replaced. I mean, it would be a pain in the behind, but it wouldn’t be impossible.
I love my computer and my phone, but they don’t have anything on them I haven’t already backed up online or can’t stand to lose.
My clothes are nothing special and can be replaced, same goes for my jewellery. Sure I have some nice pieces that holds some sentimental value, but nothing I’d linger in a burning house for.
It would be sad to lose the toys and photos from my childhood, but in all honesty how often do I actually look at those things?

Actually, I think I’d save this:

Imaginary Karin - granny's drawing

Imaginary Karin - granny's drawing

This is a drawing made by my grandmother, and without a doubt the most unique and irreplaceable item I own.
At the bottom, barely visible, is my grandmothers signature and a year: “Hennie Olofsson, 1940″. She would’ve been around 20 years old then.

Growing up I spent a lot of time with my grandmother, especially after my parents divorced. Granny lived in the next village over, in a little yellow house close by a lake. She would come up with “adventures” for us to do whenever I was there, some place we needed to explore and some treasure to find for one reason or another. As I got older I would help her with chores around the house and listen to her tell stories from her youth. And she always always always encouraged me to keep drawing.
I remember her as a very clever and ingenious little woman, and I loved being with her.

After her death, when we went through her things, we found a handful of drawings like this in a box in a closet. My mum and aunt remembered that she used to doodle on random pieces of paper when she was younger, but they didn’t know she had saved any of them.

My mum and aunt kept two other drawings for themselves, and gave me this one.

“This is where you get it from”, my mum said.

I’ve framed the drawing and hung it on my wall (in a spot where the sun can’t reach it) and I love it so much. The stains and tears were all there when we found it, and if you ask me they only adds to its beauty. Somehow it’s like this old piece of paper is her more than any of the photos I have of her.

Imaginary Karin - granny's drawing

Thing is though, me and grandma aren’t the only artists in the family. My mum can draw too. I’ve seen her doodle while talking on the phone, or during commercial breaks on telly, and she’s not all that bad.
For years I’ve been asking for a drawing every time she wants to know what I want for Christmas or my birthday, but she just refuse to acknowledge that she’s any good.

“Oh, but I can’t draw. Granny could draw, and you. Why don’t you draw me something instead.”

I really hope she comes around, as I would love to have a drawing from both of them. And I would prefer it if I didn’t have to wait ’til she’s dead to find her drawings hidden in a box somewhere…

If your house caught fire and you could only save one thing, which item would you pick?
(For the sake of discussion, let’s assume all living residents are safely outside, so don’t pick your spouse or dog or something like that.)

I left my heart in Gothenburg

So I’ve been travelling again. This time it was a week long trip with work to Gothenburg! It’s on the middle of the west coast of the country, and is our second largest after Stockholm. It was my first time there, and let me tell you… I’m in love. Gothenburg May 2015

View over the amusement park Liseberg. That tower thingy is AtmosFear, the tallest free fall attractions in Europe. They put you in a basket, lift you up to the top, and then drop you.
I didn’t go on that monster, just looking on from the ground was more than enough, but I did ride one of the roller coasters.

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg Gothia Towers pool

The hotel next to Liseberg had a glass elevator on the outside of the building. And also an outdoor pool. Also on the outside of the building.
It seems beyond creepy to be swimming in a glass jar 16 stories up in the air… We’ve already decided that next time we’re in town we’re going for a swim in that pool, as a dare.

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg May 2015

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg May 2015 HMS Småland

Down by the harbour lies an old barque from 1909. It’s sailing days are over and it now serves as a floating hotel. It’s very pretty, and huge!

There’s also the Swedish war ship HMS Småland from 1952. She was nowhere near as big as the HMS Belfast that I visited in London, but it’s still an impressive ship.
Just like Belfast, Småland has been retired and turned into a museum. We were allowed to explore it from top to bottom, all the way from the captain’s quarters to the machine room. Even if you’re not into military history, it’s still pretty cool to see how the ship worked and how people lived on it.
And it’s quite the workout too… climbing all those steps and ladders and whatnot is not for the lazy.

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg 2015

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg seals
Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg penguins

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg deer

One of the most beautiful areas has to be Slottskogen, a large park close to the city centre. The landscape is hilly, just as the rest of Gothenburg, with massive leafy trees and lots of little ponds and rivers.

The park is home to many farm animals (they have a petting zoo for the children… and for certain adults who doesn’t have children but still want to pet baby goats) and even some deer. On the top of the highest hill they have a moose pen, but moose are common where I live so we didn’t bother going up there. We see enough of them on the roads here.

A bit more interesting were the harbor seals and the Humboldt penguins. The seals were super cute! They looked so soft and round, I imagine petting one of them would be like petting a hairy balloon.
Lucky for me, the penguins were all gathered inside their house so I got to see them real close. Now I know they look just as adorkable and awkward irl as they do on TV.

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg

Apparently you can’t come here without seeing at least one concert, so Friday night we went to see Blind Guardian playing. The band was amazing and the audience was engaged and energetic, it was magical! Unfortunately I was too excited to remember to take pictures though…

Gothenburg is a great place to be if you like alternative music. The genre of melodic death metal was largely developed there, and people still talk about the “Gothenburg sound”. A whole lot of metal music in general is coming from Gothenburg.

After the concert we popped into one of the many rock n’ roll themed bars to round off the evening. That alone seems amazing, that there isn’t just one but multiple places to go if you want to listen to metal!

Imaginary Karin - Gothenburg May 2015

Stockholm is perhaps more beautiful in general, with the castle and Old Town and the water right in the middle of town, but Gothenburg is a lot more… charming. I think that’s the word. Charming, and artsy, and a bit weird.

The cold winds coming in from the sea, the trams rattling along their tracks, quirky little shops in winding alleys, beautiful old houses clinging to the rocky hills, and hundreds of voices chanting “Valhalla” in a darkened room…

We’re going there again in late September, and I can hardly wait! Next to London, I think this is my new favourite city in the world.

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