Monday, June 27, 2016

my summer so far + music festivals

Hey there! As I have mentioned before, I feel like things are going well this year and it keeps getting better. I'm working full-time now, which is great for my savings account, and I'm feeling better with both my mental and physical health. I'm feeling more and more confident and content with myself for every month that goes by. Actually feeling this fast progress is great when you have been battling depression, anxiety and whatnot for many years. Go me!!!

In the beginning of June there is always one of the highlights of every year - Sweden Rock Festival! I live pretty close to it so I have been a regular there since high school (I think this was my 7th year or something). There wasn't that many bands that exited me this year, but seeing Queen for the first time was amazing!!!

It was Sweden Rock Festival's 25th year, so they had a poster exhibition. 1996 was a good year in my eyes. 4 of my favourite bands at the same festival! Did you know that SRF started in the boring village I grew up in?

I found this magazine called "Flow" at Schiphol airport while flying home from Amsterdam a few weeks ago. I have totally fallen in love with it! It's a pretty mindfulness-ish magazine, with great articles and just happy & nice stuff. (I'm really in the mood for going on a real "in the nature for days"-hike!!!)

Ett filmklipp publicerat av Matilda (@sugoi_punk)

The weekend after SRF I went to a jazz music & swing festival in the tiny village called Stockamöllan. It's hosted by a famous Swedish jazz musician called Gunhild Carling (& her family). It's inside an old circus tent, which gives it nice and fun feeling, and great bands played there. I'm so happy I had the guts to come there and dance (it was my first dance outside my class group and things are scary when you haven't done them before), because now I want to do it again as soon as possible!!!

Besides bands playing there were dance classes during the day and of course I was there! I started dancing lindy hop last year and I feel like I'm learning pretty quickly! I feel like I learned a lot during this weekend and it was really fun. Learned some shag & balboa moves, dances I never even knew existed before this weekend, haha.

The teachers were very good and very charming! In the video above you can see the teachers Peter Loggins & Katja Hrastar from one of the classes and down below you can see the other 2 teachers, Anni Skoglund & Gasper Hrovat. Great dancers, right?!

I can't wait to see what more this summer has got in store for me - hopefully more dancing opportunities! xx

Sunday, June 12, 2016

my trip to Amsterdam in May

This blog got abandoned because I felt too busy with work and life. I'm suddenly working full-time & it takes a lot of energy. I'm trying to adjust to this new schedule of life. Welcome to the adult life, my mother says.

11 May was my 22nd birthday (I have to remind myself that I am older than 19, it feels weird) and I really wanted to travel somewhere since I'll be working all summer as usual and I asked my parents to join me. We ended up going to Amsterdam - a first time for all of us and we all loved the city. It's a beautiful city with a interesting history and culture. Lovely houses, streets and canals. Also, it was no problem at all being vegan there, but I'll write a separate post about that!

We got lucky with the weather, to say the least... The pictures look kind of gloomy but I'm telling ya - it was the hottest week of this summer! I'm just happy I survived.

We did the usual tourist-sight-seeing things, like visiting Rembrandt's house.

I am so in love with tiny houses, so the house boats that were everywhere was very nice to see! I wouldn't mind doing a airbnb-thing with them next time I visit Amsterdam (because I will definitely visit again!).

A very warm but exited gal on her first night in Amsterdam.

We visited the Jewish Historical Museum on my birthday because apparently there was an exhibition about Amy Winehouse and her jewish roots. They had a lot of her personal belongings there, like family photos, clothes, a few vinyl records from her personal collection, and so on. I wasn't allowed to photograph anything but I bought the book about the exhibition and her - it's her brother that has done all  of it.

It was very interesting to see because I have been a big fan of her since I was in middle school. I felt like I was very close to crying through the whole exhibition. Afterwards we had some vegan (!) ice cream at the museum cafe.

We also visited the Van Gogh museum. It was very interesting as well, to walk around looking at his paintings step by step while reading about how his life evolved and how he felt. He was a very dedicated and passionate artist, but even though he willingly got help for his demons he still killed himself in the end. I admire his passion for his work.

My birthday outfit! Sewn by me, of course.

The pink mini Kånken: a birthday present to myself. #treatyoself

We walked around a bit in Jordaan, which I think (after my first visit) is the coziest part of Amsterdam. I didn't really find any interesting shops on this trip though? For ex. vintage shops. So next time I'll be a little more prepared when it comes to that. Tip: google beforehand if you're looking for something.

That is all for now. I wish I find energy (& remember) to update this blog even though I have a lot on my plate right now. Blogging is too fun to not do, after all! Doei-doei, tot zo!