Just like that, the new year has begun. Reason enough to look back on some of 2016’s highlights. A lot of travels, a lot of work, a very busy year. Yet, it was filled with great moments and produced good memories. So many things have happened and changed in my life and around it.
In September, Seraina and I went to New York City. It was my first trip there in a while and the first ever trip for Seraina, so I was super excited to take her to all the beautiful places and show her everything I love about this city. Or at least as much as we could fit in two weeks, which was quite a bit. And of course, we had to go and see Times Square, Brooklyn Bridge, Lady Liberty and all the other famous sights as well.
Back in August, my parents were kind enough to let me use their car for a few days so Seraina and I went on a 3-day trip to Italy, visiting four cities and one friend. First stop was the not so touristy but very beautiful city of Bologna, where we found a nice little room right next to the city center. The next day, we had lunch in Florence, before driving on to Siena to visit our dear friend Manuel at his parents’ wonderful country house. This place was magical.
I hadn’t been to New York City since September 2014. This September – two years later – I finally got to go back. Seraina and I bought a super cheap ticket and booked us a nice and cozy Airbnb in Bed-Stuy.
Luckily, we were able to schedule our trip so I could attend NYCWLK 2.0, a photo walk initiated by Johnny and Rebecca Patience. I didn’t attended the walk the previous year, neither have I been to LNDNWLK, so I didn’t really know what to expect. In addition to the walk, they offered a black & white photography and darkroom printing workshop, which I signed up for.
Buy prints from this post. Just a few days after I got back from Lisbon, I went to Paris with Seraina. Eiffel Tower, Montmartre, Le Marais… We did do a little bit of sightseeing, but our main focus was on exploring the city’s excellent and diverse food and coffee scene as well as just relaxing and taking a break. It would be my last time to shoot the Hasselblad for a few months. After we got back, I soon started to work on my web documentary series, which has pretty much taken up all my time. More about this soon.
Even though it’s such a wonderful camera, I haven’t used my Hasselblad more than a couple of times this year, what with all the old stuff I wanted to organize and post. I needed a break. I did shoot a few frames when I was in Lisbon, Portugal, in late January though. I’ll show you the ones that I like.
Lisbon is such a beautiful city. The last (and first) time I visited, I think I only stayed for two days.
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.
So my time in Gothenburg was over. What followed for me were three and a half weeks in Norway and Denmark, before spending a week at home in Switzerland and starting on a whole new adventure. My first stop in Norway was Oslo, only a few hours’ bus ride from Gothenburg. I climbed on the opera house’s roof, cause that’s what tourists do in Oslo.
After my studies in Gothenburg, I went on a trip with a few of my non-Swedish Sweden friends. We were lucky enough to stay for free in a lovely cabin in the woods for a week (actually it was a rather big house with two floors, sauna, a spacious garden with a shed and much more situated right next to a nice little pond). The cabin was situated beautifully in the midst of idyllic Småland, the region which is home to «Pippi Långstrump» («Pippi Longstocking»).
On my very last day in Gothenburg, I took another trip to the Southern Gothenburg Archipelago. This time, the ferry brought me to a car-free island called Styrsö, which is home to about 1500 folks. Most of them seem to own a «flakmoped» – a three-wheeled moped, usually built (or modified rather) on that island, the number one vehicle on there. By the way, I passed another island called «Köpstadsö» with the ferry – its 100 inhabitants’ (it’s 300 in summer) prime means of transport is the wheelbarrow.