Architecture, Design, Everyday, German, Germany, Home, Photography

Sometimes dreams are constant, but with alterations.

As of lately, the heavens have opened up and let out all of the tears, who knows if summer is already over? The return of the wet shoe season, the socks are having their own little “pool party” inside. Eventually, I am thinking some pairs more up to the rain task, wouldn’t be so bad.

All of my Brezel cravings been diligently met through a Backstube in Oslo, naturally, a wet Brezel moment strolling down Skippergata assumingly one super teary day. I waited underneath something of shelter, but in vain, as when you cry sometimes you cry some more.

You know what I miss, the bigger city feel, the feeling of getting lost in a new neighborhood and when the neighborhood does not feel like the “whole city.” This 1910 side-street Kurfürstendamm loft is exactly after my own cup of tea, the older the better. I’ve been stocking up on German magazines and language tools, lately. Wanna try another Franzbrötchen at Friedrichstrasse, and let the laptop rest for a change.

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Aker Brygge, Akershus festning, Architecture, Capital, City, Design, Europe, Everyday, Frognerparken, Kampen, Oslo, Outdoors, Photography, Sagene, Tøyen, Ullevål Hageby, Vippetangen, Westye Egebergs gate

Typing while it rains, the newfound luxury of something new.

Feels like ages ago when my first Mac broke down, just a few months though, you know when you’ve built a relationship and it just ends in a moment of surprise. That’s how it felt like. All these libraries visited instead to browse and to be educated on a variety of topics. It shows, my black boots are faded, I’m gonna keep them that way as a reminder of all the walking.

All the occasions where I stood under trees waiting for the rain to stop, one moment in particular at a cemetery when the rain slowly transformed into a sunny feel. When a moment feels like an eternity and you just wait, then the sun appears, what a transformation.

I have this beautiful brick church I use to sit by while drinking something hot and eating cinnamon rolls. It is surrounded by older houses, very charming and a great retreat from the modern structures by the Opera.

While the computer broke down, I got to live a little more vintage by spending the evenings filled with books. One thing I learned, you get to read tons.

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Images by: Kajsa J. Andersen

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Berlin, Casual Day, Everyday, Germany, History, Personal, Photography, USA, Winter

Between a bloody duvet and mega dorm, looking towards Friedrichstrasse

Nowadays the road to my dreams seems long, like the dreams of the people who lived in “Ørkenen Sur,” where everyday life is of little glamour and its all about making it to the next one. Several Norwegians ended up in “Ørkenen Sur” around the time of the Great Depression, making homes on a landfill site in Brooklyn.

For some the hopes of wealth and prosperity instead ended up being quite reversed, and going back to Norway could have been a defeat and instead chose to stay. Between a bloody duvet and a mega dorm in Berlin, the return to Oslo it hasn´t exactly been the cure, perhaps though the ever-changing days in Berlin made me more prepared to meet more.

While I was sitting inside the Starbucks by the subway station Friedrichstrasse, I was very much reminded of dreams I´ve tried to bury both a little out of fright and also if I deserved it. Nonetheless, having dreams and pursuing them two different stories. east-river-below-brooklyn-bridge-1941

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Images via businessinsider.com, Photo: Courtesy of Charles W. Cushman Photograph Collection / Indiana University Archives

Documentary “Ørkenen Sur” NRK click here

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Berlin, Capital, City, Germany, Personal, Photography, Stroll, Travel, Walking

From one morning waking up in the East

The wall nowadays only scattered in pieces around the city, still there is that East flair here and there. In the evening yesterday I took a brief halt outside the DDR museum on some bench structure, the majestic Berliner Dom and the River Spree were a haunting sight. Were I sat, it was pretty cold too, the Berliner Dom looked even bigger. It´s one of those buildings you can just look at, and never get tired of.

Berlin is a city with their layered history intact to see, a little old, a little Soviet and a little new. I often ponder on the thought what might have been if World War Two had not taken place, from the images seen perhaps it was a little more Paris, who knows? img_4923
Image by: Kajsa J. Andersen

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Abroad, Accommodation, Architecture, Beauty, Capital, Casual Day, Europe, Everyday, Germany, Personal, Photography, Stroll, Travel

The sunny side of Oranienburger Strasse

Three nights in a row woken up at Oranienburger Strasse, staying at the lovely Generator Berlin Mitte. Years ago, I used to stay more around U Wittenbergplatz, making it Ku´damm a more natural place of strolling. This time around, I´ve come to find other places of awaken interest. Oranienburger Strasse is also very personal in a sense, me since the age of 13-14 having had an eye for the Jewish cause. The street used to have a more lively Jewish presence before World War Two, it currently is the home of the Neue Synagoge, a marvelous sight.

Far from every Jew is perfect nor an angel, but it´s been an interest for ages. It´s been a wonderful treat strolling from it down to Alexanderplatz or the Museumsinsel in the “morning” (got my own interpretation of what´s morning you could say, I love sleeping in if I can), a few raindrops and just take in the crisp December air. With or without my Jewish interest, this street has become another Berlin favorite. You definitely don´t need that interest to like it. Far from it. img_4872Image by: Kajsa J. Andersen (not a sponsored post)

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Entertainment, Eurovision, Fashion, Inspiration, Menswear, Music, Photography, Russia, Style

You Are The Only One

When Russia last year selected Polina Gagarina to represent the country in Eurovision Song Contest, it made me really excited. Sergey Lazarev for Russia this year, feels exactly the same. When I was in Russia a few years back I visited a small record store in St. Petersburg, it was a little daunting asking for assistance but it had to be done. In my head I thought I pronounced Sergey Lazarev correctly, I was wrong the cashier did not understand. Ended up having to look for it myself.

His song “You Are The Only One” to the contest been on massive repeat, when you have such high expectations it´s great having them met. Very familiar with the rest of his music, some of my favorites are “7 wonders,” “Heartbeat,””Vspominay” and “Naydi Menya.” Who knows what´s going to happen in Eurovision Song Contest? fCwl4N2VqQY

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Architecture, Europe, Greece, History, Photography, Travel

Hellenikon

Originally a 2014 story published in the online edition of International Business Times UK, these pictures of an abandoned Hellenikon airport, Athens are very telling. The airport was built in 1938, used as a Nazi Luftwaffe base during World War Two. Afterwards, by the United States Air Force.

History took it´s course for this airport in 2001 when it closed, to make way for a more modern one prior to the 2004 Olympics. Myself, having never been to this airport I can only use my imagination while looking at the pictures. For former travelers these pictures might have a nostalgic flair, evoking memories like waiting at the gate for the flight. Regardless, they possess a raw quality. athens-ghost-airport

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athens-ghost-airport-6Images and information via: ibtimes.co.uk, credit: Reuters

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