Life, Travel

Rome

May 15, 2015

So last weekend was spent with my sister in Rome! ♥

It was quite a drag getting there. The very same day, there was a fire at Fiumicino airport, where we were going to land. So we were kept in the aircraft for over two hours before we finally took off. And three hours later and a bit, we were holding on for our dear lives as the taxi driver zoomed his way into the city. We got glimpses of Rome on our way to the apartment—including the Colosseum, lit-up, streets empty—and we instantly fell in love.

We were lucky to get an Airbnb apartment in the center of it all. We stayed just two minutes away from Campo de Fiori, which is a market during the day and a drinking place during the night. (We had dinner there on our first night and we agreed never to go back.) It was also just a ten-minute walk to the Pantheon, Piazza Venezia and Piazza Navona.

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• Piazza Venezia •

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• The Pantheon •

Piazza Navona

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• Piazza Navona •

The Spanish Steps

• The Spanish Steps •

The next day was spent walking around to see Piazza Venezia, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona, the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain. And the last day was spent biking around to see the Colosseum and then to the Vatican, where the famous St. Peter’s Basilica is. We didn’t bother going in though, as the church was overcrowded with tourists.

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• The Colosseum •

The Arch of Constantine by the Colosseum

• The Arch of Constantine •

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• St. Peter’s Basilica •

But biking along Fiume Tevere (The Tiber river) totally did it for me. There’s nothing I love more than experiencing a new city from two wheels. I feel I then get to experience the city more profound than going on sightseeing tours with guides. There’s something about having to find your own way, in a whole new place, with the help of just a map. And stopping by side cafés and gelaterias(!), tasting pasta and pizza and gelato—that was my climax of our Rome trip last weekend.

Fiume Tevere with St. Peter's Basilica's dome peeking behind

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• Fiume Tevere •

Being lovers of the Italian cuisine, we were in heaven! Janka tried all the Pomodoro she could get her hands on. I was keen on trying authentic Margherita pizza, but after two orders, I decided I didn’t like the wet-styled pizzas (juice from fresh tomatoes), so I just resorted to trying all the Gelato we passed by. My absolute favorite was the Peach flavored gelato at Ristorante Tucci, Piazza Navona.

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• Gelato at Ristorante Tucci •

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• Wine at a side café •

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• Via dei Coronari — a lovely street behind Piazza Navona •

Rome is absolutely stunning. I finally got to visit Italy, and I can’t wait to one day see Venice, Milan and Florence! ♥

Barcelona, Life

Barcelona 2015

February 19, 2015

So a week ago, I flew to Barcelona to spend some time with BZ again. We actually spent my first four days over in Andorra, which is a 3-hour drive from Barcelona, but made our way back down two days ago, and have two more days together before I fly back home to Bergen. Being just a few hours’ flight away from each other, and on the same timezone, has made everything much easier for us.

I have absolutely no idea where I’ll eventually settle down. You see yesterday, I had an interview with one of the best design studios here in Barcelona, all thanks to one of BZ’s colleagues. An opportunity to gain my very first taste in the design industry seemed very promising. I let them know though, that I will have another interview in London(!) on Monday, something which popped up a few days after I knew about the interview here in Barcelona. I was completely over the moon!

All of a sudden, life’s taking on a whole new direction once again and all I can do is to cherish every new moment I’m about to experience. These are big moments of change for me, yet again, and I know better now that life can take on a sudden course. Life is really full of surprises! Luckily for me, they’ve been good ones lately.

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Interior Design

A 17th Century Manor House by Kate Hume

February 7, 2015

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I’m in love with this 17th century manor house in France designed by Kate Hume. I don’t think I’ll ever get tired of teals on an achromatic background. With touches of wood? Perfect.

The wooden beams in the ceiling add an air of magic to this space, don’t you think? I think they make this house especially unique. And add extra character. The way lighting has been integrated in this space is just phenomenal, giving them the opportunity to interact with the rest of the elements: Like an ongoing conversation between object and light.

Then at the end of it all, when you realize the setting of the house, you suddenly understand where the inspiration came from. ♥

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