01.02.2017 | No Comments

VSCO Roundup #23 – January 2017

In January I spent a weekend in Bremen, took long walks in and around Dortmund, and saw some ducks sliding around on a frozen lake. Also I read lots of news. And worried. A lot.

31.01.2017 | No Comments

Snow

Here’s the last post from my trip to Jokkmokk. It’s about snow.

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30.01.2017 | 2 Comments

Jokkmokk – Modes of Transport

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29.01.2017 | No Comments

Downtown Jokkmokk

Jokkmokk Pride, I guess. 🌈👊

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Jokkmokk’s pretty small, there are less than 3,000 inhabitants. So strolling through the city is quite a short pleasure, but it is one nevertheless. The whole city is covered in snow, not even the sidewalks are cleared. The streets are wide and light and the buildings are painted in beautiful colors. There are huge candles everywhere and in front of shops they have iron baskets with a real fire inside. (Something that would be completely impossible in Germany).

I was quite surprised by the rainbow flag in the middle of town – wouldn’t have expected that in a really tiny town at the end of the world. But it’s good to see that there obviously is queer life around the arctic circle. (Well – or I’m getting it all wrong and someone just liked that rainbow sticker. ;-))

My favorite photo is the one where the yellow snow perfectly matches the color of the building.

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11.01.2017 | 1 Comment

A walk around Talvatis

Funny things happen when you go on a walk at -24 °C (-11 °F). At first your nose starts tickling because the hair inside freezes, then you get tiny ice clumps on your eyelashes and eyebrows. Hair that’s sticking out of your beanie freezes as well. You could probably break yourself a new haircut (hairbreak?).

That’s what I learned when I took a walk around Talvatis, a lake in Jokkmokk. I also learned that even though sunrise is at 10 and sunset at 1, it’s not as dark as one would think. (Okay, it’s probably worse on cloudy days …) It’s like dawn and dusk merging into another for hours and the light is incredible.

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05.01.2017 | 1 Comment

Aurora Borealis in Jokkmokk

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Of course I had hoped to see some northern lights during my trip, but as it was a very short one I knew the chances weren’t especially good. So I was incredibly happy when in the first evening someone came into the dining room and yelled “Northern lights!” I put on several layers of clothes in no time (actually I wished I could dress that fast on a regular workday morning …) and went out to the lake. I had seen northern lights once before, and back then the activity was very slow and barely visible for the human eye. This time was completely different. The lights were bright, the green hue was clearly visible, they were large and moving rapidly. The sky changed so quickly that I could hardly keep up with taking photos. And besides I was very, very busy staring up in the sky, mouth wide open, shouting “Oh my God, this is so amazing!” over and over.

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04.01.2017 | No Comments

Dogsledding in Jokkmokk

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My stay in Jokkmokk, Sweden, was very short but one of the best trips I ever took. One reason for that was a ride on a dog sled – my first one ever, and hopefully not the last. I was assigned to a group that should start their ride at 1 in the afternoon – that’s when the sun goes down. I was quite annoyed by this at first, but there sure were some advantages: Atmospheric campfire in the dark! Clear and starry sky with an almost full moon! Snow sparkling in our mushers’ headlights!

But it was almost impossible to take any photos. During the ride I could neither take a single picture nor use my GoPro. I was stuck in the back of the sled and I was wearing two pairs of gloves (and two pairs of socks and long johns and a down jacket and a thermo overall and a balaclava and a beanie and …), so even if I would have been able to grab my camera, there would have been no chance to press the shutter release button.

I tried again when we stopped for a campfire and coffee and grilled sausages. But it was so dark already that I had to put the camera on the ground for a longer exposure time and so all the photos are blurry, grainy, and mostly show legs. But I like them anyway. :-)

Thanks to Matti and Stina from Jokkmokkguiderna, who were fantastic hosts!

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CAN WE GO NOW? I ALREADY HAVE MY RACING GLASSES ON!

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31.12.2016 | No Comments

VSCO Roundup #22 – December 2016

Hello world!

02.12.2016 | No Comments

VSCO Roundup #21 – November 2016

Lots of things happened in November. I went to see Placebo (I’m obviously at that age now where I attend 20 year anniversary shows and nag half the time that the band should play their old stuff because that was so much better). I won a huge pile of shit on a fairground (literally) and I went to London for a few days. And then I took a holiday from the holidays and spent a day in Brighton. (Beach! Beautiful weather! A giant donut!)

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01.11.2016 | No Comments

VSCO Roundup #20 – October 2016

Last month I took walks in beautiful autumnal woods, visited cute animals, and went to see three great women perform their fantastic music: Aurora, Regina Spektor and Kate Tempest. There’s no picture of the latter one, because she asked the audience to leave their phones in their pockets, and when rappers tell you to do something, you obey, right?

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