I’ve always been scared of heights. I also never liked roller coasters. So you probably can imagine that a flying roller coaster would be overkill for me. But I’ve never actually had flight fright. And I also always wanted to ride a helicopter.
I took this picture back in 2015 when I visited a good friend that I had met back in Canada, and who lived in Utrecht at the time, to celebrate New Years in Amsterdam. It was also the first time I traveled with my then new DSLR.
Back in 2015, the first thing I saw of New York City was Penn Station. I have to say, I really don’t liked Penn Station. It was dark, it was ugly and it was dirty.
When I came to Times Square for the first time, my mind changed. I felt like a part of the city. The lights made me feel small and accomplished at the same time. I just love the vibe of a big city. And New York has it’s very own magic. Anything can happen in the city that never sleeps.
When I first came into Vancouver in November 2014, I only had a few days of time to spare.
What what do I use, you may ask, and why?
My camera started malfunctioning after I dropped it in a lake in 2014. (It was a Sony DSC-HX20v)
Even though it still worked (in fact it still does), I wanted to have something new, something better.
But obviously, there are several models and manufacturers to choose from.
My final choosing though was between two Canon DSLRs, a Sony DSLM and a Sony Compact.
Sweden is the largest Scandinavian country that’s completely in Europe (Greenland belongs to Denmark, but isn’t on the European continental shelf). IKEA comes from Sweden. Avicii comes from Sweden. A lot of cool stuff (like the 3point safety belt, from Volvo) come from Sweden.
And I really love the Swedish language.
But I also love the lakes, the people, the food and those little red houses. The nicest cops I ever encountered where Swedish (I just had to ask for directions).
There’s a rich fauna, with quite the possibility of a moose/ deer/ beaver/ badger crossing the road right in front of you. So you better drive carefully. You’d also do better by obeying the speed limits, as there are a lot of random speed controls. And when you pass a stationary radar station, there’s quite the possibility of a mobile one right after the next bend.
There’s also quite a flora going on right beside every road. In most areas, you can just stop and find heaps of berries, ranging from blueberries over raspberries, blackberries and strawberries right where you step. If you’re lucky, you can also find smultron. Smultron are smaller, sweeter Jordgubbars (Strawberries in Swedish), and they are really quite delicious.
There’s also a really nice word for travellers: Resfeber, what pretty much means the anxiety/ angst that you forgot something before you go on a longer journey.
But my favourite Swedish word to day is Livsnjutare (German: Frohnatur). It best describes a person who is drunk with life/ who is a joy junkie.
Here are some pictures:
(A lone moose