Best views in Tokyo, to experience the cherry trees bloom, and other fine things;
Chidorigafuchi – the moat outside the Imperial Palace
Hie Jinja – for the contrast of old and new, tall buildings in the background combined with traditional symbols, and in the midst of it… cherry blossom
Time for a summary of 2017. So many things to be thankful for, and so many to worry about. Personally, I have experienced a year of so many overwhelming things that times for reflection have been necessary. The move to a new address, where I have found a new home, a peaceful place where I can relax and enjoy fantastic times with wonderful members of family and friends. The challenge of new assignments at work – thankful for the trust given to me, and for opportunities to be able to make a difference. Travels, to places where I felt truly welcomed; Sochi, Russia – What a fantastic skiing experience! Impressed by all friendly encounters, by the helpful people that crossed my path, by how welcoming the hotel was, also towards four-legged friends of their guests… Siem Reap, Cambodia – Finally I got to see Angkor! In the middle of the chaos of moving home, I took this time-out, and do not regret that decision for a minute. The Vatican – I doubt that it would happen twice, to be invited to experience the humbling event of a “Consistoro”. I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, when Sweden’s first cardinal was inaugurated. Hard to explain in words what it felt like to be there. Astana, Kazakhstan – little had I expected to be so charmed by the experiences in this fascinating place, but I was. Mund, Switzerland – hiking in the mountains like Heidi. Belize – horseback riding in the jungle. London, the UK – Who can turn down an invitation to the Houses of Parliament? I certainly couldn’t, and experienced very interesting discussions during Parliament week. This leads to the many things one can worry about… The world seems to be shaky. There are reasons to open ones eyes to so many things affecting us all. Leaders of the world have agendas that are not always easy to follow. All human beings need hope, and something I would like to remind us of, is the fact that so many countries signed the Paris climate change agreement, and hopefully we can all encourage our leaders to stick to good initiatives like that, and also be better role models ourselves in the process. In an article by The Guardian, Sir David Attenborough points out signs of hope, that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to the way we think around environmental issues. He points out that human beings are out of touch with the natural world, and therefore don’t see the effect we are having. In connection to the Paris agreement, he also mentions however; “I would like to think the reason that political figures can adopt that sort of policy, which they know will be at a cost to their national economies, is that they are beginning to realise that people worldwide wish for that happen because they wish to protect their natural world.” Let us hope he is right! How can we continue to move in the right direction? In my opinion; education, education, education…
2018…the year of the Dog. I was born in the year of the Dog…so what can go wrong?! I am staying positive and passionate, and wish you all the very best for the coming year! Thank you for taking the time to take a look at my blog! I hope that it is a little piece of inspiration, that my pictures can contribute to showing the beauty of the world and make you go; “… and I think to myself, what a wonderful world…”
Happy New Year!
Belize on horseback, and a visit to Tikal in Guatemala… Here’s a little film from this wonderful part of the world
The rythm of this place is amazing! Where do I start? With the food, perhaps, because I think it’s one of few places where the food was great wherever I went. Every single place presented a feast that made me want to go back one day, just for the food!
La Cevicheria – oh, the ceviche here is to die for!
Marzola is another beautiful place! That cheese!
La Mulata – Excellent lunches!
La Cocina de Cartagena – Mmmm, that crab starter!
Another place I have to mention, is the absolutely wonderful place where I stayed, the boutique Hotel Casa Quero. It’s an oasis in the middle of it all. Cosiest atmosphere possible, helpful and friendly staff, convenient location, beautiful rooms, a splash pool with a view from the rooftop, and I could go on and on…
So, where to end a perfect night? Well, at Café del Mar, of course! On top of the old wall, with a breeze from the ocean, with rythms that make you want to dance all night, and drinks that are simply delicious, and a view over both the old town and the skyscrapers of Bocagrande. Can’t go wrong!
During a holiday to Switzerland one is surrounded by such beautiful nature, that it’s hard to try to explain it in words…which is why I have chosen to describe my experiences using my pictures.
These photos were taken while trekking in the south of Switzerland, and the views are from Brig, Naters, Blatten, Mund, Birgisch, and Salwald.
Brig & Naters:
Totally impossible not to love this beauty! After a little scratching behind her ear, she willingly agreed to be in a selfie. 🙂
At Torrlid ‘fäbod’.
Yummie, yummie in my tummie…
How could you possibly Not like this meal? This fantastic crèpe was served at the Led Zep Café in Kep, Cambodia.