London 2013

The river Thames

So we survived our trip to London. The weather sucked but the city was so amazing it didn’t matter!

I took a million photos but since someone *eyes boyfriend* messed with my phone settings they’re no bigger than 640 x 480 px. Although most of the photos are all dark and blurry anyway because of the crappy weather. Well… no point crying over spilled milk, this just means I have to go back there and take new photos!

Click the “read more” to see the rest of the post. It’s quite image heavy and I didn’t want to put them all on the front page due to loading times.
I’ve also uploaded a set to Flickr if you want to see all of the photos.

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Pets.

Zappo and Maja

Aww, look how cute they are sleeping next to each other on the couch.
(Of course the cat got the blanket.)

Zappo and Maja

Huh?

Zappo and Maja

Was that the refrigerator door!?

Zappo and Maja

*ZOOM*

Silly creatures…

London calling

I can’t believe it’s just little over a week until we’re going to London! AAH!

We’ll arrive on Heathrow on Thursday evening (April 11) and our plan home leaves just after noon on Sunday so… that leaves us two full days (Friday and Saturday) + one Thursday evening.
Cathrine warned me of not having enough time to get back to the airport, so I assume most of Sunday will be dedicated to getting ourselves back to Heathrow.

Tate Modern

Tate Modern – our hotel is just a block away so we’ll definitely go there.

London is huge so I don’t expect to see even a quarter of what there is to see, and I don’t want to stress.
I rather see just a few things and have plenty of time to stroll around, than rush to see as much as possible. The city has survived this long, I think it’ll last long enough for me to go back later if I want to.
Most of all I just want to be there, to walk along the streets and see the buildings and the people and just explore. That’s what I’m looking forward to most.

It’s difficult to determine how much time you’ll have as I don’t know how much time anything takes. Google Maps tells me most of the main tourist traps are pretty close together and many of those things, like Big Ben and Westminster Abbey, are just walk-bys.

On the other hand I don’t have many “have to”s, the only things I feel like I ABSOLUTELY NEED to see are Tate Modern and Tower of London.

Churchill War Rooms and HMS Belfast will probably get a visit too since Markus is nuts about military history.

(Love this post by Sarai btw, I feel even more inspired now!)

Tower of London

Tower of London – there’s no way I’ll miss this!

Another issue will be figuring out what clothes to pack. Up here it’s still pretty much winter in the beginning of Apil, but down there I assume it will be more spring-like? An umbrella is a must though, in England rain is to be expected.

So… any last minute tips or advice?

Easter rooster

Imaginary Karin - easter drawing 2013

In celebration of Easter and the upcoming spring, I doodled a rooster. Although he looks a lot more menacing than intended… XD

Whatever, happy Easter!

Turning thirty!

Dirty thirty! Dirty thirty!

So, today is my 30th birthday! There’s no denying it now, I’m an adult.
As long as you’re a 20-something you can sort of hide behind your youth, like it’s ok to not have everything figured out because you’re still so young. I always thought that by the time I hit 30 I’d have my shit together, for real… but I don’t know. I’m less confused now than I was at 20, but I’m still not feeling very grown-up.

I was afraid I might develop a 30 year crisis, but honestly it felt worse last year when I turned 29. Then it was like “OMG my last year as a 20-something! My youth is over!” Now that I actually am 30… it’s no big deal.
I might still colour my hair purple and get a bunch of tattoos, but that’s something I’ve always wanted but never could afford so it’s not a crisis. More like a “yay, I finally have money” thing.

Anyway, I had a nice day.
They sang for me at work (sweet but awkwaaaard!) and when I got home Markus had made me a cake:

Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake

Chocolate cake filled with bananas and chocolate mousse, covered with whipped cream and white marzipan. Yum!

I wasn’t expecting any presents as we’re planning on going on a shopping spree in London, but he had bought one anyway: a wooden wrist watch from WeWood! They make beautiful watches made entirely from wood, and they also plant one tree for every sold watch.

WeWOOD wrist watch

As if that wasn’t enough Markus took me out to dinner on Saturday night. We had a seven course dinner at what is probably the fanciest restaurant in town.
I didn’t think to bring my phone or camera so I didn’t take any pictures of the dishes, but it was quite an experience. They specializes in Nordic food so their menu is pretty special. Among other things they served salmon, Icelandic lobster, fried boar and ice-cream made of Arctic raspberries.

This birthday celebration has been really drawn out, it’s like it goes on forever. I already celebrated with Markus parents, then again this weekend + today, and next weekend I’ll probably go to my parents and celebrate once again. I’m about so set a record for number of birthday cakes received.
But I’m not complaining, one can never have too much cake, haha!

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