This weekend the weather was freezing outside, like fall again. But yesterday and today it has been very warm again. And when I went for a walk in the forests of Rödeby with Lisen and my mom this morning, I quickly got reminded of how green it actually is everywhere. Which in turn reassured me that the summer season is indeed almost here. Yay! :p
Forest and field in Rödeby, Sweden.
Lisen loves to carry her leash around. However, she quickly gets tired of it and just drops it wherever. Like in the middle of the road... Ah, ah Lisen! Come here and pick up your leash girlfriend!
This Thursday I went with my sister on a day trip to Copenhagen, Denmark. Now Denmark is one of those countries that almost feel like a part of Sweden to me. Mainly because I have been there countless times, but also because it's located so close to Sweden. However, what quickly reminds me of that this is not the case is the language barrier. Because even though some Danish words are very similar to Swedish ones, I still find it hard to understand Danish! Not sure how the Danes feel about understanding Swedish though? So even though Denmark feels familiar to me, Danish does not. Lol. Which is why I prefer to speak English with the Danes.
Anyway, it was a long time since my last visit to Denmark and I felt it was about time I took quick trip over there again. So I convinced my sister to tag along with me to Denmark's capital Copenhagen. And the easiest and quickest way to travel there from where I live, in Karlskrona, Sweden, is by train. It takes 3,5 hours, no transfers, which is very convenient as well. So away we went! And below are some pics from our day trip in Copenhagen. :p
Train station Karlskrona. This is the train we traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark with.
Copenhagen, Denmark. Behind the Sightseeing bus is the entrance to Tivoli.
Tivoli is the second oldest amusement park in the world. It first opened in 1843. And every year Tivoli have around 4 million visitors.
Rosenborg Castle. It was the former Danish monarch King Christian IV who ordered this castle to be built. The construction took almost 30 years before it was finished in 1632. Rosenborg Castle is now a museum where you for instance can see the Danish crown jewels.
Here I am at the entrance to Rosenborg castle. I think it looks like an old ghost castle actually, I even got some freaky vibes while I was there. I mean, just look at the scary lion type guard statue in the right pic. Yikes!
This large building is the Town Hall of Copenhagen. It was built during 1892-1905. In this building you can find the worlds most advanced clock, designed by Jens Olsen. This clock has 13 different clockworks that shows the exact time from all over the world and the exact position of all planets.
Creatures we found portrayed around Copenhagen. We saw them on churches, old buildings, fountains or as statues. And I think they look a bit creepy, hehe. Although I don't know what they symbolize? But a few places we found them at were: Top left: Outside Town Hall. Top right: Also on Town Hall. Bottom left: Fountain of creatures on Town Square in Copenhagen. Bottom right: Close up of one of the foutain creatures.
Nyhavn, or "New Port". I love this part of Copenhagen! It's so colorful and has such a lovely historical feel to it.
Nyhavn was founded in 1670-73 by King Frederik V as a gateway from the sea to the old inner city. Back then the canal area reached all the way to the Kings Square, where ships unloaded their cargo and fishermen their daily catch. Many of these wonderful houses are 300 years old.
And you can also find the Longest Bar in Scandinavia here.
The main shopping street in Copenhagen is Strøget, which is one of Europe's longest shopping streets with its 1.1 km (0.684 miles).
And there sure are a lot of things to see, do, shop and eat along Strøget! Like buy souvenirs, watch a headless man, check out world records, bargain flowers and/or eat ice cream! :p
Something I ALWAYS buy home with me from Denmark when I visit are these! Danish pastry, or simply Danish. There are a ton of variations of Danish pastry but my favourite ones are those in the pic. And of course Danish pastry taste best when they are made and bought fresh in Denmark! Yuuummy!!!
Train station Copenhagen. This is where we boarded the train back to Karlskrona, Sweden. And I already look forward to my next visit. :-)
I just got back from watching the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in our lovely little cinema here in Karlskrona this evening. I say little because it is quite a little cinema we have here, hehe. But still, once in a while it's fun to watch a movie on the big screen. :-)
So here is a quick review of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides from me. Now I have seen the other three movies, although I don't remember them all that well... But I found this part to be ok. There were a lot of fight scenes, which is alright, but it felt to me like many of them were designed to simply fit a future computer game. Plus the movie wasn't as funny as the others, not to me at least. However, Johnny Depp was awesome (as always)! Therefore it definitely was, all in all, a watchable movie indeed. I score it 3,5/5 points on my goodness scale. :-p
Here is the enterance to our cinema.
Inside the cinema.
And inside the actual saloon we sat in. (I took the pic during the commercial...) This saloon fits about 62 people and I would guess we were about 20 people in here tonight. Now there is also a 3d version of this movie, so maybe more people chose to watch that one? In any case, it definitely was nice to have a whole row of seats to stretch out on! :p
A few days ago I walked with Lisen up in the nature reserve next to my apartment building. In this nature reserve, called Ekebacken (in Lyckeby, Sweden), is a fenced in area where sheep roam every summer. An area you are allowed to walk through. So when Lisen and I approached it I saw that this years sheep herd had arrived.
Usually sheep run away, or move at least, when they see Lisen coming. But not this time. Well, when they first saw us they started to get up and was about to move. But then they stopped, turned around and looked at us instead. And I felt this connection between us, like they knew we weren't dangerous. Everyone was so calm, including Lisen. So we just stared at each other for a little while before me and Lisen slowly walked away.
And I love moments like this! Interaction with nature and life. Not a word was spoken, but yet so much was said. Beautiful! :-)
Lisen hates to get her teeth brushed!!! Blahhh!!! Although she was a lot more resistant when she was younger than she is today. Not in an aggressive way, just in a sort of - I don't like this so I won't make it easy for you - kinda way. Hehe.
Below are pics from how it looked earlier today during teeth brush time. Game on girlfriend!
But Lisen was pretty good today. She didn't try to pull away too much and I didn't get spattered with too much toothpaste drool either. So all in all, nice doggy! Definitely worthy of a little treat after this ordeal, which she got. :p
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This little guy has been visiting me for a couple of days now. I have pushed him back outside every time he has flown into my apartment, still he keeps on coming back in.
This morning he sat by my window quite still, probably exhausted from, yet again, trying to find a way out. But today I thought - Aha! What a perfect opportunity to practice shooting close ups with my camera, hehe. So I did.
And Mr. Bee was quite the cooperative model for about 14 shots, then he became a bit restless. So I thanked him and let him out, again! And I really hope he doesn't return this time...
About 6 years ago I felt like I desperately needed to make a change in my life. Not an external change, but internal. I had no idea how to make that change though, nor did I have any type of perception of what that change would entail. All I knew was that my way of thinking, living and interacting with people was not how I wanted it to be. I felt like I was stuck in a type of reflex living and simply did what I thought I was supposed to do. Which was functional for a while. Until I could no longer suppress the intensity of unease I felt in every cell of my body.
So finally I let go of everything. My job, apartment, way of living and went on a 6 month trip around the world with my sister. And believe me - I was scared to death! Even though I never admitted it at the time. Because not only did I leave all sort of security I had behind, I also felt a huge responsibility for my little sister on this trip. It was all on me. I was 23 and she was 19 when we took off. First stop was the USA, then Australia followed by a couple of weeks in South Africa.
First lesson Obviously we survived, hehe. But not only that. My sister and I became a lot closer, friends in fact. Which we never really were before. I also got a well needed perspective of what life is all about. Where of one huge life lesson I learned pretty quickly on the trip was that I can't escape how I feel inside. Which is ultimately what creates my outer world. This in turn made me realize that before I could start anything else in my life I had to create an inner peace first. No idea how I would do that though...
But life always gives you what you need. Although it took me a few years to truly understand that inner peace isn't something I can deal with later. I have to actually devote my attention and time into creating it now. It won't just appear one morning. It's a process. And up until about two months ago I had no idea why I even tried to create inner peace so badly. I just felt like it was something I really needed to do.
Then I read "A New Earth" and "The Power of Now" by Eckhart Tolle. (Which I wrote about in my post -->Good Morning. ) Books I had heard about on Oprah, but not really paid anymore attention to. Then one day my sister tells me she bought them. So I read them and had a quite a few aha-moments. It wasn't like I read something all new, more like things made more sense to me after I read these books. It also made it easier and sped up the process of creating my inner peace. Because now I had some tools to work with. Yay!
Changing my world
Although my inner peace and I are not 100 percent connected all the time, it's always with me in the background now. And it's truly a wonderful, calm and happy place to see and experience the world from. A complete opposite from the world I lived in 6 years ago. It also shows me that it is indeed my inner state that creates my outer world. Because as I have changed from within - the world has changed with me. But I haven't changed the world - only how I perceive and interact with it. Which is what truly makes all the difference.
Now, it has taken me 6 years to begin to make some sort of sense out of life and how I can live it to the best of my ability. So these days I feel like a child who has just taken his/hers first steps - Wow, this is so cool! And I want to walk all the time. But it doesn't mean I can walk perfectly, run or even teach anyone else how to walk. What I can do though is share how I learned to take the first step on my spiritual journey.
Besides Tolles books I also recently stumbled across a wonderful documentary called "This Sacred Earth: The 2012 Phenomenon". A lovely documentary by filmmaker Billie Dean about The 2012 Phenomenon (which I find fascinating) as well as about many tings Tolle talk about in his books. Which is why I felt it affected me positively and reassured me that I'm indeed on the right path. So below is the trailer.
And this is my favourite quote from the documentary:
"There is nothing to fear about a date out there. Remember, man is the one who made the dates. The Universe doesn't go on mans time. Time is an illusion anyway, it doesn't really exist. We are probably the only species in the Universe that has found a way to measure something that does not exist."
- Dolores Cannon, past-life regressionist and hypnotherapist, about The 2012 Phenomenon.
This statement made me think about something else I heard, can't remember where though... But imagine if you visited the Earth for the first time and there were no humans on it. Who would you ask "What time is it?".
Earlier today I had a strong craving for Prinsesstårta - Princess Cake. And because I could not find any valid reason to resist it, to the store I went! :p
And this the piece I bought. Not a whole cake, but a smaller version of a Princess Cake. Which is just as yuuummy!!!
I also thought it would be fun to share some facts about Princess Cake. So here we go:
- The first princess cake recipe was published in "Prinsessornas kokbok" (The Princesses cookbook), written by household teacher Jenny Åkerström in the 1930s.
- In her cookbook Jenny first referred to this cake as "Green cake". The name eventually changed into Princess Cake because her students, the princesses Martha, Margaret and Astrid (daughters of Prince Carl and Princess Ingeborg) was said to have been especially fond of this cake.
- A classic Princess Cake is made of sponge cake, whipped cream, custard, mixture of whipped cream and custard, and covered with green marzipan. It's usually decorated with a thin layer of icing sugar on top and a red marzipan rose or something similar.
- Even though most Princess Cake recipes today contain jam, it was not included in the original recipe. A classic Princess Cake should also have whipped cream (not sponge cake) immediately below the marzipan layer.
- Each year approximately 500 000 Princess Cakes are sold in Sweden.