We arrived in Oxford early evening and left the next day in the afternoon, so we were there for less than a day. Nevertheless, I like to think that we have seen quite a bit of what the city has to offer. We started off with some quite good pizza and a couple of delicious craft beers. Our guide was Seraina’s childhood friend Mirjam, who lives and studies in Oxford and had invited us to stay at her nice little apartment. The next morning, Mirjam and her boyfriend Adam took us to a restaurant to have some big and delicious breakfast. Later, we were able to have a look at some of the famous universities’ facilities, we visited the Museum of Natural History, we took walks through beautiful green gardens, along rivers and creeks, across little […]
It was last October that Seraina and I went to London with college. Apart from attending Power To The Pixel and visiting Frieze Art Fair, we ate tons of good things, drank too much coffee and surprisingly little beer. We went shopping, visited galleries, museums, the beautiful Columbia Road Flower Market and the busy Brick Lane Market. The first few nights we lived in a wonderful Airbnb apartment in Shoreditch, before moving to a hotel with the other guys. On the following weekend we went to Oxford to visit a good friend of Seraina’s, before coming back to London for a day and visit Priya, whom I’d met in Gothenburg a year ago.
Yesterday, I have received three rolls of film’s scans from the amazing Carmencita Film Lab. And these guys did an amazing job, as they always do. On these rolls are photographs from many different places in five countries I have visited during the last couple of months. We’ll start with some photos from Azerbaijan’s capital Baku. I traveled to this bizarre dichotomy of modern architecture and rundown back alleys for a few days last summer to visit a football game. I was accompanied by my old Pentax K1000 and a roll of Superia X-tra 400, one of my favorite color negative films.
Kødbyen is Copenhagen’s Meatpacking District turned creative neighborhood. Among other things, it comprises art galleries, coffee shops, bars and restaurants. Read about the highlights here.
Finding decent coffee in Copenhagen is not too difficult a task. My intention was finding the best one though (which, admittedly, wasn’t all that hard either.) So here we go: The Coffee Collective, best coffee in Copenhagen.
They have three locations in the city, I first went to the Jægersborggade one. The café’s setting was simple yet cozy, everything was really focused on the coffee (although they did serve good breakfast too). They roast their coffee right in there for everyone to see.
Torvehallerne (Danish for the market halls) consists of two halls filled with countless food stands. Refreshing smoothies, delicious coffee and tea, exotic spices, tasty sandwiches, gourmet hot dogs, experimental interpretations of dishes from around the world, affordable prices and, of course, free Wi-Fi.
Superfuckingfantastic and beautiful food and great lemonade (as well as probably other beverages). Try one of the delicious quiches and the ginger-mint lemonade. A lemon tart for dessert and you’re in heaven.
Here’s some more in black and white. Those days in Copenhagen marked the end of almost half a year in the North. Good times. I’d really like to go back (over and over again) to see a lot more, discover new places, and visit the ones I miss. Copenhagen was the perfect last stop to slowly end this time.
Before heading home for a few days, I visited another wonderful Nordic city. I’ve been there a couple times before but I think I’d never spent as much time in restaurants and cafés as I did this time (let’s talk about this in a few days). I stayed at Sleep in Heaven hostel for the first time. It’s been recommended to me a couple times before so I was really curious about that place. It really was quite a nice low-budget accommodation in an otherwise expensive city, despite the three-level bunk beds that were sort of scary. It was situated next to a cozy park in a quiet neighborhood, where I took most of my photos.
Second and last stop in Norway was Bergen, where I fell in love with the old houses that are spread around the city in small groups. Unfortunately, most of the city is different nowadays and the traditional parts are almost gone. Some of the nicest old areas are «Knøsesmauet», «Byggen» (tourist hotspot) and the area at the foot of the hill «Fløyen», near the funicular. I went up the hill too to enjoy the views. Instead of taking the funi, though, I chose to walk up, only takes about 45 minutes and is well worth it.