Sunday, September 30, 2012

Blogging and why we do it

I've been thinking recently about all the blogs I read and all the ones I used to read and how many of them have fallen by the wayside. I still read a lot of blogs which are only updated infrequently because I subscribed to them through Google reader. There is a lot more action over at Twitter, Instagram and Facebook that the humble blog seems to be neglected (or that its popularity has run its course).

For me, I still like having this little spot for me to jot down stuff that I've done and know that I still have a few people I know who still read my blog. I don't feel the need to promote my blog as I'm not trying to sell anything or end up getting any sort of endorsement (although if Georg Jensen ever decides to send me a little something something, just get in contact - my post with the picture of my fusion ring seem to come up A LOT and seems to be the one massive reason why I get new unique visitors).

While I really love getting comments (like proper comments from real people - not spammy crap), it's not a driving force for me to keep blogging. Having this blog reminds me to write. I don't really keep a journal anymore (my angsty tween/teen/young adult life used to consume pages and pages of drama), these days life seem to be bouncing along (not that the BFG thinks I'm less angsty) and I just need to remind myself that I enjoy writing and should be doing more of it.

The blogs I read are varied and include things like, knitting, lifestyle, cooking, design, interior design, knowledge management, information management/library, technology, and pretty much whatever else that catches my fancy. I like to be "in the know". I like looking at pretty pictures and getting a sneak peak into other people's lives. So while bloggers are still blogging, I'll still be reading.

Now for all those people who came here via that picture, here is another one - it's lovely (I still love mine), if you are looking at buying it for yourself, I say go for it. If you are a guy and thinking of buying one for yourself, totally go for it (my mother's diabetes specialist has one as his wedding ring) and if you are a looking to buy one for that someone special, then can I suggest the diamond encrusted (not just embedded) one?

Georg Jensen Fusion ring
Anyway, all this rambling is just to say that I've decided to participate in Blogtoberfest and to set myself a challenge to blog every day this October.

Monday, September 10, 2012

I heart Copenhagen

Bottle recycling

Donating the refund 

Lakes District - Norrebro

Man made lakes

Test Tubes



More Smorrebrod

Illums Boglihus



Sand sculpture exhibition

I was here!
This time round, we decided to end our trip in Denmark. The main reason being, the whole family (as in my sister in law, brother in law and 2 nephews were coming from England) and this is the second time the whole family will be in the one country since our wedding last year. The other reason was so I could shop to my heart's content.

Denmark isn't exactly a shopping mecca as everything is really expensive. It's expensive to eat out, get coffee and just about any service is barely within our fiscal reach. But what is cheap comparatively to Australia is all things made in Denmark. Not that I was going to bring home a Poulson lamp or anything like that (although I did see a vintage one and was sorely tempted), but simple things like the Stelton vacuum jug which retails around $110 AUD, sells for around $60 AUD and it seems very common in all house holds. And for the Masterchef fans out there? Scanpan for $60 AUD? Yes please!

My favourite department store ever is Ilums Borglihus in Copenhagen. It is Scandinavian design heaven. I would have bought heaps more if it wasn't the luggage limitations and the fact that my personal ATM (aka The BFG) and I don't always share the same tastes.

We also decided to stay in an apartment through Airbnb. I would highly recommend it. We got an apartment in Norrebro by the Lakes district and it was so nice to be out of the city centre.

Here is the link to the background to Test Tubes picture. I've been reading Classic Copenhagen for a while (I think since our last trip there in 2010) and was completely stoked when we came across them.

I'm glad Copenhagen is somewhere I can go back to regularly, the only thing is seriously, the distance. 

Friday, September 07, 2012

Malmo - Sweden

Marching band

Malmo train station

Canal cruise

Art installation
These holiday posts are pretty slow coming aren't they? I've been dealing with health issues of a family member (getting to understand the NSW hospital system) and feeling drained each day. So a quick post to remind me of our trip.

We arrived in Copenhagen after leaving Berlin and decided to go to Malmo across the ditch. Apart from accepting both Danish kroner and Swedish kroner, the city itself is quite Danish (apparently a lot of Danes live there as it's cheaper than living in Copenhagen).

The weather was starting to feel very summery and starting to get hot. Most people were sitting outside in the sun  but coming from Australia where I'm now constantly vigilant about not getting sunburnt, we chose to sit inside mostly when we had lunch and seeking shade spots when we were outside.

It was a lovely day trip and one of the interesting things that happened was the train ride from Copenhagen to Malmo. During the Copenhagen leg, all announcements were in Danish (soft guttural sounds) and then as soon as we crossed the Ă˜resund (Danish) or Ă–resund (Swedish), announcements were swtiched to Swedish (same gutteral sounds but sounds a lot harsher - or maybe that was my interpretation as I've heard more Danish than I have Swedish).