Around here: Poppies.

Sunday evening I walked down the street with my camera to capture these beauties. Even though it's my third year here this was the first time I photographed them with my real camera.

Oh how I love this time of year.

Trips in 2014: Gotland.

Since I last updated summer seems to have arrived for real. For over a week now we've been enjoying temperatures above 20 degrees and sunshine every day! It sort of snuck up on me and I feel guilty for not having been able to make the most of it so far, what with being stuck at work most of the week and being bound by various obligations in the evenings. Fortunately the weekends are an entirely different story. Last weekend we went on a mini break to the island of Gotland with our good friends Sara and Oskar.

We hurried home from work on Friday, packed our bags and drove north to Oskarshamn to catch the ferry. The three-hour journey flew by in no time. The ferry restaurant had some of the best burgers we'd ever had...

After dinner I grabbed my camera and went outside to see the sunset. This was my first time seeing it from a ferry and it did not disappoint. I don't even think it would have occured to me to try to catch it a few years ago - getting my camera really has made me more aware of the beauty around me.

We made it to our hotel around midnight and woke up to a warm and sunny Visby. After breakfast we went for a walk around the town to get acquainted with our new surroundings. This was my third time visiting Gotland and Visby, but my first time going during the warmer half of the year. In the past I've only gone there in the autumn/early winter so this was an entirely new experience.

Around noon we left Visby and headed north. Our first stop was the Lummelunda Cave where we went on a guided tour of the caves. It was warm outside so it hadn't occured to me to bring warm clothes but the caves were quite damp and cold - about 8 degrees according to the signs. Being down there was so fascinating that I forgot I was cold though. I took some photos but the light was dim so they're not great and thus you only get a photo of me outside the natural cave entrance (we entered through a man-made entrance a bit further away though).

Our final destination was the little island of Fårö just off north of Gotland, and its rauks (seastacks).

By the evening we were back in Visby where we went for a stroll around the town centre before having dinner at a nice restaurant. (The guys ordered burgers for the third time since leaving the mainland, haha.)

Sunday started out with a bit of rain and stayed cloudy for the rest of the day, but it was still quite warm. Since we had a ferry to catch in the afternoon we stayed in Visby all day, exploring parts we hadn't yet made it to.

We got to try out the traditional Gotland dessert, saffron pancake, and not much later I had saffron and honey icecream. Travelling is the perfect excuse for eating unhealthily ;)

By nine in the evening we were back home in Kalmar, getting ready for work the next day, just as if it'd been a regular weekend. And technically it was just a regular two-day weekend, but it felt much longer because we managed to fit in so much. Gotland is the perfect weekend getaway when you live around here and I sure hope I will get to go back there in the not too distant future.

Photobook pages: Thailand 2013 part 2/2.

Here's the rest of the Thailand pages.

A spread from the evening we had dinner at the Hilltop restaurant in Ao Nang.

The next day we went down to the beach and climbed over the nearby mountain to Pai Plong Bay and found a rather secluded beach. I wish I could have stayed there forever.

Next in line was our outing to Lading Island and Pak Bia Island...

as well as Hong Island.

We had a couple of monkey encounters :)

On our last day in Ao Nang we went to Railay Beach and Phra Nang Cave.

This was our last evening in Ao Nang.

Our last last day in Thailand, spent at the incredible Anantara Si Kao hotel. Read more about the last day and our long journey home here.

Photobook pages: Thailand 2013 part 1/2.

Just as I predicted finishing these pages took quite some time. Here they are at last.

First of all, a spread with some of the iPhone photos I took and various photos that didn’t really fit into the other spreads. (I actually edited the DSLR photos here in Instagram to make them look cohesive.)

Our fantastic hotel, Thai Village Resort in Ao Nang, Krabi.

The first of two spreads of the pool area. We spent so much time there that it deserved two spreads.

I really miss this place.

Sunset on the beach in Ao Nang and various glimpses of our evenings downtown. (Read more about our time in Ao Nang here).

This was the first outing we went on, to Chicken Island, Tup Island & Poda Island. (There’s more about the outings we went on here.

Next up, the Klong Thom Thermal Waterfall and Sa Morakot (Emerald Pool).

Later that same day we went elephant riding :)

Since this is long enough already I will post the second half in another entry.

Around here: Spring in my neighbourhood.

I went for a short walk down the street with my camera this morning. It's cooled down quite a bit since last week, but it's still nice and warm when the sun is out :)

Life lately: April 2014.

Sunrise at the beginning of the month, sunset on Monday.

Watching | Mad Men is back! We also started watching Amy Poehler's show Welcome to Sweden because how could we not? It has Amy Poehler, Aubrey Plaza and Will Ferrell starring in a TV show first aired in Sweden, how cool is that? As for films we watched Last Vegas, Jagten and What Maisie Knew, the latter of which was my favourite. So sweet/heartbreaking.

Listening to | A lot of 50s music lately.

Consuming | Sweets again, although not a crazy amount or anything, other than during Easter of course. And lots of hot dogs now that we've brought out the grill again.

Reading | I started and finished Between the Shades of Gray in April. I have read countless novels set during World War II in Western and Central Europe but this was actually my first time reading a novel set in the USSR which was interesting.

Visiting | My hometown/family practically every weekend.

Enjoying | The almost summery days we were blessed with before it turned colder again, the beauty of spring.

Making | Not so much this month, it was a busy one. I did move my public entries from my LiveJournal to this site, which sure took its time.

Looking forward to | Going to Gotland in two weeks... Also for this period of incredible uncertainty to end.