Monday, August 26, 2013

Late August Sun

My dad came home from Beijing this weekend, and after an intense 10-day work week he really needed some R&R. And the gods of Stockholm graced us with amazing weather to welcome him home. The ONLY way to spend warm sunny days in Stockholm in my eyes is spending it on Djurgården. It's the old royal park just east of where I live and its beautiful and we weren't the only ones enjoying the last glimpses of Summer. sad as it does make me Swedish summer isn't that long of an engagement, winter steals the show and a much longer love affair occurs from about September-March. Anyways, here are some photos that my dad took with his camera (so tech-savvy these days!) and I've got my busan back (boyfriend's dog)

The walk ended with burgers at Strandbryggan, if you've followed my blog a while you know I never say no to an opportunity to go there, I love the vibe and just everything about the place (except certain fellow customers)

...oh and I actually don't like their big boat they have moored right in front of the best place to sit - it blocks the view and makes you feel shut in a little corner. not good Strandbryggan! Show it off somewhere else please

Now I'm off to watch the VMA's re-run on swedish MTV - Justin Timberlake right now, AMAZING! 

Tomorrow I'm heading out to Filip's country house with my boyfriend and friend Andre to set up for his birthday-crayfish party - more about that when I get back!

Friday, August 16, 2013

Flashback Friday

I came across one of The Londoner's old blog posts about her year of 2012. She wrote about how it started out tough, but she made a conscious decision to make it better for herself and while elbow deep in math's notes it really (and without sounding like a complete plonker) spoke  to me. It just made sense. My gap year has been one of the best experiences, working and earning my own money, traveling and spending a year as a break from school. I am taking another year off before beginning school and one of the reason's why is because I plan on studying Business at university, and to do that there is a lot of math involved. I didn't put in enough effort in school, and I'm taking this year as my chance to make it better and prepare myself for uni. 

There are so many things that are easily forgotten when it comes to memories, you make a new one and you're so quick to forget older ones, so I got inspired to look through my iPhoto and my iPhone to revisit some of my experiences of the past year and a half.

We traveled to Shanghai

Summer of 2012 started with graduation

There's me in the middle yelling and holding my shoes, what was I thinking 6 inch heels?? Oh well, I looked fab ;)

Summerburst House music festival at Stockholm Stadion

If this doesn't look like summer in Stockholm, I don't know what will: 

Gustav and I ventured over to Dubrovnik, Croatia for our first ever proper holiday together

I visited my friends and family in Kullavik on the west coast of Sweden... and cuddled with kitties

And enjoyed days of "strålande sol" or "Beaming sunshine" (doesn't sound as good in English, sorry guys)

And in return, they visited me when the summer ended, and the fall began. Fall is quite pretty in Stockholm too I guess. Here on Djurgården with *my* pup Busan.

The winter of 2012 was spent with these little ladies. And a bunch of parties.

I had a surge of fitness goals and went on powerwalks at the crack of dawn, which by the way is at around 8AM during the winter.

These boys drank me under the table

A friend of my boyfriends is the photographer at ROSE, snapped us looking fresh

I spent New Year's in London, 
and here's me in front of my old apartment in Kensington.

My perfect London shot, I'm not trying to show off but I'm pretty impressed with this picture

In March we went to my boyfriend's families house in the French alpes. He spent 5 weeks in Whistler Canada becoming a ski instructor, so he used his new skills on me, a total newbie at skiing.

In April, we had been together for 3 years, so to celebrate we spent a long weekend in Rome, Italy.

We rented an apartment in the coziest little square that was so real it made me feel a little italian.

My best friend in the entire world, Anna graduated from high school, it was the best weekend of the entire year and I had so much fun.

My parents threw a cocktail party and Anna and Johan came up to Stockholm to visit

Summer on a plate, cheesecake + swedish strawberries

The rest of the summer I've already shown you, how 'bout that for Flashback friday? Looking back at all the memories of this year, I CANNOT wait to get started with gap year #2