Tuesday, December 31, 2013

And so 2013 ends.



People laugh when I whip out my paper diary. Maybe it's because I don't just get it out I whip it out? I digress. Everyone these days only uses their phones for a calendar and diary, but I prefer to write things down. Don't get me wrong I use my phone too...I just have double diaries...ok now I'm starting to sound odd...

Anyway I love having my paper diary because I can look back on the year and all my little drawings and thoughts and remember the amazing things I did.

Here are some photographs of my favourite pages in my diary.






I also keep a lot of mementoes inside my diary for safe keeping...


So Bring on 2014, another year another diary, this time it's yellow!


Monday, December 30, 2013

Stockholm and Going Home from the iPhone

Here are a few fun snaps from my iPhone during our stay in Stockholm and on my Long, so so so long journey home.

Crossing over to Sweden by bus


New friends and Aquavit
Stockholms underground wins

Sneaky expensive purchases

That Banana
Lost my shit at seeing these in real life

mmmm minttu

Some really REALLY good burgers 
Last dinner together in Stockholm



And so my trip began to end. Got on a train to Stockholm airport and I was alone. 36 hours of travel alone.

On the train to the airport

View from the plane from Stockholm to London

This is what 8 hours of waiting to check in at Heathrow looks like.
More than halfway through my trip home I got to Singapore...to discover Andrew and Gaetan were also in Singapore on their way to Scandinavia, here's a photo Andrew took of us all gross from hours of travel. We ended up chatting for the hours waiting for our connecting flights and walked from terminal one to three, thats a long walk.


And then I was thrown back into reality and work the next day.Thanks to Brian and Steph and anyone else we met along the way, it was fantastic.x

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Stockholm - Part 2

During our stay in Stockholm we ventured out onto a ferry, we decided to go to Grinda, as it was about an hours boat ride away. We had one of the most spectacular days of our trip.









A little Gem we discovered in Stockholm was Herman's Cafe, an all vegetarian buffet. There are no words to describe how delicious and how full we were after that experience.



We also ventured out to Skansen Museum and Zoo, and although it was in the off season we still got to see lots of animals and spend too long looking at these adorable Lynx cubs.




Friday, December 27, 2013

Stockholm - Part 1

Stockholm, Sweden was my last stop on my wonderful 4 week holiday.

The city is just so beautiful. We stayed on Södermalm which is kind of regarded as the more "trendy" part of Stockholm very Fitzroy. Architecturally though, I fell in love with Gamla Stan the old town. So many beautiful alleyways to get lost in.






Whilst we were there, there was a pop art exhibition on, I got so excited it was one of the best exhibitions I've ever seen. All my favourite artists were featured in one space BAH.




Quick cinnamon bun coffee break, the Modern Art Museum of Stockholm was an extremely big space.




Sunday, December 22, 2013

Oslo - Wool, art and many Freudian statues

After leaving iceland at a god awful hour of the morning that shouldn't even be classified as morning, we took a plane to Oslo, Norway.

This was the shortest stay of my adventure and with a Steph not at 100% we spent most of our time at our leisure taking in the sights of this place. Oslo is said to be one of the most expensive places in the world, they weren't lying. But it didn't ruin anything.


One of the places in Oslo I was most looking forward to visit was the newly opened Pickles store!
Yes I realise this is just a wool store but I've been buying their wool for a while now and getting to see it where it came from is kind of special. Plus the store was beautiful!




As we spent the couple of days we had in Oslo wandering around we found some interesting sights.

Concrete bag street art

Immature Nicole giggled at the word "Slutt"

Social commentary

Ermmm??

We visited the Oslo Opera house, which could easily give Syndey a run for its money. You could walk all the way up to the top and you got some spectacular views.



Vigelandsparken Sculpture Park was something Brian was really interested in seeing, with no real knowledge of this park besides, weird sculptures everywhere off we went.

And oh my, freud would have a field day...

Yep, his little penis is golden because people think it's lucky to rub it....Apparently this little boy has been stolen multiple times


The only way I can describe this is a "Giant phallic Orgy"

One of the most exciting places we visited was the Astrup Fearnley Museum.
It's a modern art museum full of various different artist and works over the decades.
It has one of the most interesting and diverse collection I've seen in a while.