about 2015.

before we party, let’s summarize this past year!! (and by the way, here is 2014, 2013, 2012 and 2011.)

my birthday pt 2.

did you do something this year you’ve never done before? eat oysters! haha.
did you keep any of your new year’s resolutions?
yes! read one book per month, for example.
did any of your friends become parents this year?
not any super close friends. LOTS of facebook friends, apparently, though…
did anyone close to you die?
no. thank god.
what countries did you visit?
started the year in norway and sweden, then spent the whoooole year in the u.s. (mainland and hawaii, which feels like another country though), and ended the year in norway and sweden.

maui.

what celebrity did you fancy the most? errr. i seriously do not know. jocke from movits! and axel from graveyard are my secret crushes. and!! i got to meet them both this year! maybe that’s why.
what 2015 date will you always remember and why? i’m not that attentive to dates, more happenings. but mid-june when i started my internship at apple was a big thing.
were you sick or did you get hurt? no. thank godddd.
what was your best buy? trip to hawaii!
what did you spend most money on? the san francisco rent </3
who is the best new person that you met? siri!!! <3 so happy so happy. and also jens and aleigh!

hardly strictly bluegrass.

what songs will always remind you of 2015? everything justin bieber, apparently.
what did you watch the most? EH nothing. i’m so bad at watching stuff. saw one season of orange is the new black…
this year’s best parties? got to join some great parties at apple this summer! so much fun.
what made you feel good? lovely people. quitting birth control. (but then i had to start again which SUCKED)
did you hate someone you didn’t hate in the beginning of the year? oh, stop it.
biggest musical discovery? i listened even more to ghost this year than before. otherwise …. i don’t think so.
this year’s best film? i’ve seen so few new films this year. i couldn’t tell you. *ashamed*
what did you do on your birthday and how many years did you turn? 24! and i celebrated with like 50 people at el rio!

sunday.

mao

gjorde du något i år som du aldrig gjort förut? åt ostron! haha.
höll du några av dina nyårslöften? ja! till exempel att läsa en bok i månaden i snitt.
blev någon/några av dina vänner föräldrar i år? ingen supernära. MASSA facebookvänner såklart…
dog någon som stod dig nära? nej. tack och lov.
vilka länder besökte du? började i sverige och norge, resten av året i usa (och hawaii då, som känns som ett annat land), och avslutade i norge och sverige med.
vilken kändis var du mest sugen på? hmm. jocke i movits! och axel i graveyard är mina secret crushes. och fick träffa båda i år!! kanske därför-
vilket datum från år 2015 kommer du alltid minnas, och varför? är inte så datumdriven, men i mitten på juni när jag började praktiken på apple kanske? det var stort.
har du varit sjuk eller skadat dig? nej! tack och looov.
bästa köpet? hawaiiresan!
vad spenderade du mest pengar på? san francisco-hyran åh herregudars.
de bästa nya människorna du träffade? siri!!! bästa. även jens och aleigh.
vilka sånger kommer alltid att påminna dig om år 2015? allt av justin bieber typ.
vad har du tittat på? (film, tv, serier ..) alltså ingenting typ. som vanligt. såg en säsong av ointb, hehe.
årets roligaste fester? det var många roliga applefester i somras! pepp.
vad fick dig att må bra? bra människor omkring och att sluta äta p-piller (sen var jag tvungen att börja igen dock. buhuuuu)
hatar du någon nu som du inte hatade i början av året? nej men lägg av.
största musikaliska upptäckten? lyssnade mer på ghost! annars inget speciellt sådär.
årets bästa film? ehhhh jag kollar ju inte på film ….. eh.
vad gjorde du på din födelsedag och hur många år fyllde du? 24! firade med typ 50 pers på el rio!

first hours of sweden and norway.

phew! so, after traveling from san francisco this past friday, i landed in sweden on saturday. i spent the sunday there and then jumped on a plane early monday morning to oslo, where i went to work straight from the airport. it has been so so busy and my jetlag has been UNREAL. but well, let’s check out a few snapshots from stockholm and oslo.

first hours in sweden and norway.

i’m staying at my dad’s who lives 10 minutes subway ride outside the city center, but this sunday i decided to walk to the city. i crossed the liljeholmen bridge and saw the two towers of the hornstull church in the back.

first hours in sweden and norway.

hello tantolunden! i’ve spent so many of my teenage days in this park.

first hours in sweden and norway.

it was kind of early and absolutely no one was out. so quiet and beautiful.

first hours in sweden and norway.

do you guys remember jens? he used to be here on the blog all the time when he was living in san francisco too and us two were hanging out like every single day, but this summer he moved to new york. we were only in stockholm this day simultaneously, so we really had to take the time to hang out.

first hours in sweden and norway.

so that’s what we did. walked and talked for hours, as per usual.

first hours in sweden and norway.

so much catching up to do. babbling, coffee, food, and watching the one mandarin duck amidst the regular ducks and swans at the opera. and the morning after i flew to oslo!

first hours in sweden and norway.

after working my first day at gudrun sjödén (this is my seventh season i work here! so good to be back), i stayed the first night at my colleague caroline. she took care of me despite my crazy jetlag and made soup.

first hours in sweden and norway.

she also made me a crazy hair mask! out of olive oil, lemon, egg, mayonnaise and honey. crazy huh?!

first hours in sweden and norway.

and to end the day, we had tea and reese’s that i brought her from the u.s. on her floor.
such nice first moments back in scandinavia :*

mao

tillbaka i skandinavien! landade i stockholm i lördags, var där i söndags, drog till oslo tidigt på måndagsmorgonen och åkte från flygplatsen direkt in på jobbet. puh. såhär såg mina första ögonblick ut.

spenderade min enda dag i stockholm med att hänga med jens. vi hängde ju prick exakt hela hela tiden innan eftersom han också bodde i san francisco. numera bor han i new york och detta var den enda dagen vi båda var i stockholm samtidigt. så vi tog en lång lång promme, fikade och käkade på max och bara babblade i timmar. fint.

morgonen efter flög jag till oslo och efter min första galna jetlag-dag på jobbet åkte jag hem till gulliga karolina som tog hand om mig. hon lagade linssoppa och gjorde en inpackning på mig gjord på olivolja, honung, ägg, majonnäs och citronsaft. galet ju. vi avslutade med fika på hennes golv.

så bra första ögonblick ju, och så fint att vara tillbaka ändå.

new years resolu …. goals.

goals! because goals feel better achieving than resolutions feel breaking them. resolutions are so out by now anyways. here are my goals for 2016:

books.

♦ read more books than in 2015. this past year, i made a resolution to read one book every month. so, let’s read at least 13 in 2016!

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♦ graduate. but more importantly, …

macbook.

♦ .. get a job. preferably in silicon valley or san francisco. new york could be an option too, i guess.

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♦ have one vegan day a week. after ten years of not eating meat, i’m still pretty damn far away from being a vegan. this would be a great thing in my life, but i’m so scared of failing this??? what’s wrong with me

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♦ do more photo booths!!! there’s never enough photo boothing, but i definitely don’t do this enough.

earth hour.

♦ watch some movies. like, this is weird, but i don’t like watching movies. BUT, i do think that i should. so that’s why.

what do you think, ok goals? and what are yours?

mao

nyårsmål 2016!

♦ läsa fler böcker än 2015 (12).

♦ ta examen.

♦ få jobb. i silicon valley, san francisco eller new york.

♦ ha en vegandag i veckan.

♦ hänga i fler fotobås.

♦ kolla på film. några iallafall.

vad är era?

food 2015: may to august.

i love looking back on the year in foods! part one can be found here. let’s check out my may through august!

may:

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in may, me and siri tried out souvla, the greek hole in the wall in hayes valley. their veggie wrap was soo yummy.

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there was some sort of occasion at johan and axel’s place and we ate chocolate cake.

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me and louise went to jane on fillmore and had a salad. (jane has a lot of great stuff but their salads are not that interesting. zzz)

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and at the end of may, me and jens were on maui and could eat fresh mango from out neighbors’ tree every day!!!

june:

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actually, we didn’t eat as much interesting food on hawaii as you would expect us to. mostly subway ….

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when we came back to san francisco, i mixed my own granola.

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i stayed in the bay area over the summer instead of going back to scandinavia, but luckily, some swedish geniuses had arranged a huge swedish midsummer party in dolores. this is an important swedish celebration — and this midsummer in san francisco might be even more swedish than any midsummer i’ve celebrated back home. all of the swedish specialities were there!

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and before heading down to a party once, me and johan got pizza from the market on market which is like one block away from me.

july:

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one foggy july evening, me, johan and his airbnb guest kyum went to the food truck festival off the grid and had dinner. crème brûlée for dessert!

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tried out pacific catch down on chestnut street where the bowls are huuuuge.

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after a long and sunny day in dolores, we were a bunch who went to the spanish tapas place picaro and shared lots of food and sangria. om nom.

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oh, and then i went all american and went to my first baseball game ever. had to order garlic fries and a HUGE ice cream of course.

august:

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one day in august, there was a huge event for apple’s marketing department where i was interning at the time, and there was so much lovely food! ice cream sandwiches with warm cookies that were made in front of us, for example.

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after walking around and climbing bernal heights with patty one day, we recharged with udon and tempura.

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brunch! top 10 things in life <3333 this one was consumed at eddie’s with johan. salmon patties, hash browns and eggs over easy for me. and coffee ofc!

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i’ll end up this part of the food wrap-up with potato vareniki (russian boiled dumplings) from cinderella café, where me, jens and hampus went after hanging out in golden gate park. loved this super authentic russian place <333

mao

matåret del två av tre! bland annat grekisk wrap, mango direkt från trädet på hawaii, svensk midsommarmat och ryska vareniki. <3

första delen av årets mat finns [här].

my 10 favorite youtube clips.

merry post-christmas! i thought i’d share with you ten of my favorite youtube clips today (so that you have something to watch on you new ipads that you probably got for christmas, yes?).

photoshop has gone too far.

the english language in 24 accents. this is probably one of the clips on youtube i’ve seen most times. it’s 8+ minutes long, but i’m not joking when i’m saying that i know it by heart.

ha så kult på restaurangen. swedish classic.

capucine’s story. the most adorable little french girl telling a whimsical story. just look at her huge eyes.

mean tweets. as featured on jimmy kimmel show. ^this is just one part, but see the whole 20-clip (!) playlist here.

jerry talar spanska. another swedish classic.

bat dad.

pulp fiction kinetic typography. (i know there was an even better one a couple of years ago that is gone now?? this one is great too though.)

angelfiske i sävsjöström. i have watched this over and over with christoffer and we have laughed until we’ve cried. (sorry, non-swedish speakers!!)

prank wars. i don’t think prank #1 is especially funny, but they escalate later. see the whole playlist here.

mao

tio av mina bästa youtubeklipp så att ni ska ha nåt att kolla på på era nya julklapps-ipads!

christmas eve.

christmas eve.

hello from a sunny san francisco christmas!

christmas eve.

me and jens were invited over to siri on christmas eve and took a walk across town to her. i was (a little) christmasy in my poppy red vintage dress, black dr martens, a glitter hairband i bought in miami and forever 21 coat. the tote is from gudrun sjödén where i work when i’m in norway as some of you know.

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hi siri and jens!

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siri had prepared lots of food and snacks! pie, cheese, crackers, salmon, sweets ET CETERA.

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~*love food*~

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heart eye emoji!!

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we drank tea and sat and talked. for like EIGHT hours. and just didn’t realize how time flew. isn’t that insane. we just looked at our watched were like …. ok it’s NINE PM??? but the night didn’t end there. we went a couple of blocks away and had japanese food to end our christmas eve.

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and! by the way, check out the BEAUTIFUL gift that siri gave me:

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a miniature california to hand around my neck!! so lovely. u have been looking for this necklace before. and even more perfect since i’m off to the airport now, and when this post is being published i’m up in the air! so good to have cali close to my heart. <3

hope you’re having wonderful holidays, loves!

mao

min julafton spenderades med jens och siri, två av mina finaste sf-personer. vi begav oss hem till siri som hade preppat med en massa fantastisk mat och fika. och där satt vi och pratade utan att tänka på klockan, tills det hade gått typ ÅTTA timmar. helt galet. och inte tog kvällen slut där, nä, utan då knatade vi helt enkelt ett block bort och käkade japanskt till middag.

så bäst med friendsmas.

och! kolla finfina halsbandet som siri gav mig! ett litet kalifornien att hänga runt halsen! perfekt eftersom jag är på väg till flygplatsen i skrivande stund, och är uppe i luften när detta publiceras. så fint att ha cali nära hjärtat medan jag är i skandinavien.

hoppas ni har fantastiska juldagar ni med. puss.

merry x. ♥

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merry christmas to you all out there!

i hope these holidays will turn out just the way you want them to be, whether it’s with a huge family dinner, out getting drunk with your friends, or maybe just alone in your bed watching netflix and ordering delivery chinese.

as for me, i will celebrate the 24th (the day that we scandinavians celebrate christmas, that is) with fika with siri. and on the 25th, i’m just spending the day cleaning, packing and then the rest of the evening inside an airplane flying back to scandinavia.

and i’m totally fine with that. since i don’t really have a family (just a dad who doesn’t celebrate), i’m not at all interested in christmas, and would rather skip it altogether. christmas is associated with so much anxiety and loneliness for so many. i hope you are all celebrating in that exact manner that you choose.

xx.

vicky

mao

god himla jul på er alla.

jag hoppas den är snäll med er och att ni firar den på det exakta sättet ni har lust med, oavsett om det är med stor middag och familj, på en bar med kompisarna eller ensam i sängen med netflix och hämtmat.

själv ska jag fira den 24e med liten julfika med siri, och så 25e med att städa, packa och sitta på ett plan till skandinavien. inte så pampigt, men det har jag inte lust med heller.

eftersom jag inte riktigt har nån vidare familj (bara en pappa som inte firar), är jag otroligt ointresserad av jul och tycker vi kan skippa den helt. vet att den är förknippad med mycket ångest och ensamhet för så många.

jag hoppas ni har möjlighet att fira den på exakt det sättet ni har lust med.

god jul. <3

wrap-up 2015: may to august.

let’s dive in to part 2 out of 3 of my 2015. read part one here.

may:

birthday celebration.

my birthday was at the end of april, but i celebrated it may 1st at el rio together with lisa who has the same birthday as me. i had so much fun!

saturday, out and about.

hung out quite a bit with lovely patty.

last sunday in sf.

a bunch of us went to the crazy event bay to breakers and went bananas.

the maui sunset.

and suddenly, school was over and me and jens left san francisco for the and a half weeks in hawaii!!

june:

maui/kihei & wailea.

we were still in hawaii well into june and i was so tan by then.

swedish midsummer.

in mid-june, i got a three-month internship at apple!!! wowz. so instead of going back to sweden and norway, i stayed in the bay area. there was a swedish midsummer celebration in dolores park though, so i didn’t miss out!

sf with julia & kevin.

i hung out with julia and kevin who were in town for a while.

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and then SF PRIDE happened! i got to walk in the parade with apple and take selfies with tim cook!!!

july:

4th

i celebrated my first-ever fourth of july in the country! with burgers and fireworks, the american way.

phono del sol.

went to the little (SUPER HIPSTER) festival phono del sol with siri.

saturday in the park.

hung out A LOT with johan and A LOT in my fav park, dolores.

sf giants vs. oakland a's.

and got to go to my first baseball game ever! (it wasn’t that exciting.)

august:

bernal heights with patty.

one day, me and patty went up to bernal heights, took lots of lovely pictures and came across this magic????

urban putt.

me and my apple colleague rhea played mini golf in the mission.

saturday with johan.

i saw a cute goose with shoes. :*

floatopia.

and for brian’s 30th birthday, we were like fifty people who floated down russian river!!! such a crazy way to end august.

mao

andra tredjedelen av mitt sammanfattade 2015! sommaren började med att jag och jens åkte iväg till maui i nästan en månad. när vi kom tillbaka hade jag visst fått praktik på apple (!!), så jag åkte inte tillbaka till skandinavien över sommaren. istället hängde jag här i sf, drack öl i dolores, gick i prideparaden och tog selfies med tim cook, firade 4th of july och flöt nerför en flod. till exempel. <3

11 pictures from my (new) phone.

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SO. as i told you, me and my magazine crew had a big launch party. it was sooo good everything, except my beautiful gold iphone 6 disappeared forever. so sad. but now i have ^this^ one, the lovely rose gold 6s, so let’s be happy about that instead — and let’s look at my first pictures taken with it.

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you all know siri by now, don’t you? she is turning 30 and celebrated this past saturday.

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we were a bunch who started out with cupcakes and cava at wine jar.

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and then we just walked a couple of blocks down to boom boom room.

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i didn’t get a picture of all of us (like 15 people!), but we danced to a live 10-piece funk band and siri brought glow sticks for everyone! yay! hbd ♥

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on sunday, i went out for coffee with jesús.

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at four barrel. love their beautiful sleeves!

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on sunday evening, me and my CREATURA magazine family did the only right thing and had a pizza and drinks party at robert’s place. we’ve been working super hard with the magazine to publish it and hold the launch party (the one where my phone disappeared) and this day was one of the last ones where the whole squad was together, before people are moving away from sf and so on. kind of sad, but also kind of kickass. pizza, vodka and rad people.

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and then monday came, and with it, a freaking HURRICANE. it was raining so so bad.

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so i met up with jesús again and hid from the rain with brunch at mission beach café. their truffle eggs florentine was so so good.

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we walked in the rain for a bit and ended up later at craftsman & wolves for dessert. their crumble muffin with apple and caramelized ginger was TO DIE FOR.

p.s. and so is the iphone 6s camera!! cannot get over how good it is. still sad about my gold 6, but nothing bad that doesn’t bring any good. d.s.

mao

här kommer ett gäng bilder från min nya mobil. min guld-sexa försvann nämligen i fredags när jag och resten av oss på tidningen CREATURA hade vårt launch party. BUHU!!!! (men festen var rolig och lyckad iallafall.)

så! i lördags hade vi party med muffins, cava, funkband och glowsticks för siri som firade 30! på härliga boom boom room. söndagen började med four barrel-kaffe med jesús och fortsatte på kvällen med pizzafest med CREATURA-gänget. vi hade jobbat så hårt för launch partyt i fredags och med att skriva och fixa och trycka tidningen, så vi ville avsluta på topp. och nu flyttar några från gänget iväg över landet (så deppigt), så pizzafest med tranbärsdrinkar en söndag var helt rätt.

sen kom måndag och det regnade helt galet mycket här i sf. jag gömde mig inne på mission beach café för brunch med jesús. deras eggs florentine med tryffel alltså. JA. sen prommade vi genom regnet ett tag och satte oss sen på craftsman & wolves där vi delade på DEN GODASTE muffinsen med äpple och kanderad ingefära. oh lord

så ledsamt med min fina iphone 6. men! inget ont som inte för nåt gott med sig, och kameran på min nya vackra iphone 6s är ju bara för bra.

jacketless in december ☀

with flora in the sunset.

the other day (when it was still sunny and it wasn’t RAINING LIKE CRAZY like it is now), i went out to the sunset. after two years in san francisco, i had still NEVER been in this neighborhood. that’s crazy.

with flora in the sunset.

i was meeting flora for lunch at judahlicious. she got to be my guide around these hoods — and she’s been here for 2 months! compared to my 2 years. kind of funny.

with flora in the sunset.

i was super duper hungry and got their stuffed pita, with like lots of veggie green goo. om nom nom.

with flora in the sunset.

we talked about stupid shit.

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but also laughed about lovely stuff!

with flora in the sunset.

and walked around the neighborhood, looked inside grocery store windows, browsed through super expensive interior stuff and peeked into this little sidewalk mini library <3

♥ sf ♥ flora ♥ veggie food ♥ no jacket in december ♥ life ♥

mao

för ett par dagar sedan när det inte kom en störtflod från himlen som det gör i skrivande stund utan fortfarande var uteservering- och utan jacka-väder mötte jag upp flora i the sunset. under de två åren jag bott i san francisco hade jag ALDRIG varit i detta område. flora, som varit här i två månader (!!) är expert på området, så hon ba guidade mig. så hemla kul.

vi käkade veganskt på judahlicious, kände på dyra prylar i presentbutiker och kikade in i det lilla minibiblioteket som står som en liten holk på sidan av vägen. och var upprörda över dumheter och skrattade över bra saker då, såklart. ♥