Monday, June 28, 2010

Back in Barca

But only for 10 more days..! On the 8th we are moving up north for good. This last 1½ week I'm going to get as much sun as possible, because as you know, sun can be a rare thing up there.

The last weekend in Stockholm we celebrated Midsummer with sill, potatis & snaps (herring, potatoes and shots), grilled meat and Swedish strawberries. We didn't make any maypole but my mom and I picked a lot of flowers. It is an old story that on Midsummer night, you should pick 7 different flowers and jump over 7 järsgårdar (roundpole fences). You should then place the flowers under your pillow and they say that you will dream of the man you are going to marry! Quite cute and we always did it when we were little. This year we just placed the flowers on the table. It was a nice evening!

Roundpole fences (pic from Google)

The flowers

The cake with strawberries, raspberries and blueberries

In the previous post I told you about the light in Sweden and that it almost don't get dark during the night this time of the year. I got some pictures of it this weekend:

This is at 22 (10pm)

and this at 00:30 (12:30am)

Read more about Swedish Midsummer here (scroll down to the Sweden part).

This weekend we also did a small trip to Haga Slott, which is the castle that Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel are going to live in when they return. You are not allowed to take photos of the house, so I'll give you some pictures of the Koppartälten (the "Copper tents") in Haga, which lays next to the castle.

My mom, dad, grandmother, Kasper and Charlie outside the tents

A little faded maypole next to Fjärilshuset (The Butterfly House) in Haga.

And here some mixed pictures from the week:

Charlie enjoying the Swedish weather and climate

My new nail polishes etc

and new pants from MQ, half price!

Oh and I forgott to tell you. Kasper has some things to do in Copenhagen, so I flew back alone to Barcelona today. Since we are living on the fifth floor (without elevator) I couldn't take everything (suitcase, hand luggage, Charlie and his cage) in one turn. When we got out of the taxi, I registererd that some road workers were standing on our street, but I didn't pay any attention to what they where doing because I was busy with all the luggage.. I should have. Because when Charlie and I later went out I, too late, discovered that they had painted new lines for parked cars on the street, right outside our door... In a bright green color.. Charlie now has two green paws and one of my shoes is green under.. IH.

(this is after trying to shower and scratch it away..)

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Stockholm update

As you know I'm in Stockholm right now, and I always have a lot of things to do here, so not much time over for blogging.. But here comes a quick post!

The 21st was the longest day here in Sweden (and the rest of the northern hemisphere) and shortest night, which means that we almost had no night. I think it got dark around 23:30 and light again around 03:00! Lovely, here in Sweden we like the sun and the light, because in the winter the sun rises around 07-08 in the morning and sets again around 15-16 in the afternoon!

Yesterday we had dinner with some friends and watched some football. Today we went to Gröna Lund, which is an amusement park here in Stockholm. My camera has run out of batteries, but I'm going to borrow a charger from my brother so that I can take some pictures of the Midsummer celebrations and post them for you :) Anyway, we rode some roller-coasters, had candy floss and played some games (I won one out of five..). A really nice evening!

And now some nails. I did my nails at the airport because our flight was delayed, and I then stamped them with Konad on the plane. At first I didn't like it, but it grew on me! The Kiko I used under was very very thin and even after 3 coats you could see the nail line, but with stamping on it it got better.

We then did some shopping the other day, and I found some new polishes! One white with some shimmer from Isadora, one baby blue/mint from Viva La Diva and a coral-ish with shimmer from Depend. I also found a Depend cuticle cream, makeup brush from H&M and nail hardener (this one without formaldehyde (which is bad for your nails!)). Well I decided to try out the blue one, because I have been looking for a blue without shimmer. It was very hard to paint with and I had to use a lot of polish, so it took ages for it to dry even if I used my quick-dry-top-coat. This is how it turned out:

A girl in a stand (shooting with corks) in the amusement park today had the same nail polish on her nails, so I got an extra shot! (I missed though..)

Tomorrow my grandmother comes to Stockholm and Friday is Midsummer! I hope I can give you more pictures in the next post.

Glad Midsommar! (Happy Midsummer!)

Sunday, June 20, 2010

The Royal Wedding!

Yesterday was the day of the royal wedding in Sweden between Crown Princess Victoria and her Daniel, and of course we had to see it. Because of the wedding, going with the Stockholm metro was free, so after a ride together with the rest of the city, we came to Gustavs Adolfs torg (a square). There they had put a big screen TV so that the people could see the from inside the church.

Half way trough the wedding, my mom and I tried to elbow us through the crowd, so that we would get a glimpse of the cortege. Because after the wedding, Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel would go in a horse drawn carriage trough Stockholm, ending with a boat ride to the castle. We came quite far and we then had small chairs to stand on. But even with (dirty) tricks, we didn't see the bridal couple because the carriage was very low and all I got on the photos was other cameras and flags.. But then we could advance, standing almost next to the barricades, so when they opened up the bridge in front of the castle, we came in the front row, right after the polices! So when Victoria and Daniel came out an hour later to say hi to the people and wave, we had front row places ;)

I think I have about 180 photos and videos, most of them are pics of the big screen, but the last ones are "real". Can't post all of them but here are some (click to enlarge):

On our way to the metro. The royal palace.

Mom and I waiting for the wedding to begin.
(following pictures from the big screen TV)
Crown Princess Mary and Crown Prince Frederik of Denmark.
Crown Princess Mette-Marit and Crown Prince Haakon of Norway.

Queen Sonja and King Harald of Norway.
Queen Margrethe of Denmark and Prince Henry

Queen Sofia of Spain and Queen Beatrix of Belgium.
Princess Madeleine and Queen Silvia of Sweden.

Daniel's parents.
Daniel Westling (the Prince to be) and Prince Carl-Philip of Sweden

The bride arrives.
Crown Princess Victoria and King Carl Gustav XVI of Sweden

Her dress(!!)
The King hands over Victoria to Daniel

Exchanging rings. Me and mom on our chairs.

The cortege (only the guys on horses, when the wedding couple went by, all I could see was cameras and flags...). The couple (pic from the big screen TV).

Waving. The police lineup before they opened the barricades for the bridge. (now "real" pictures)

Mom and I in the front! Excited :D

The people (behind us) waiting for the Princess and new Prince to come to the castle.
Two blondes with big sunglasses sitting on our chairs, waiting.

The Princess and Prince! The Castle.

The people is cheering and waving.
The couple with the Queen and King of Sweden to the right.

I then have about 50 more pictures from the balcony, but I'll spare you those ;) I also have some videos, but Blogger is not cooperating right now, so you will get them later.

So what did you think of her wedding dress? I think it was amazing and she looked so beautiful! The hair, the crown, the accessories, everything :) Actually everyone looked good, no ugly or weird dress this time. Victoria and Daniel just looked so much in love and I wish them the best!

Have a great week everyone and remember love!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

I love my job!

As you might know, I'm working some as a babysitter here in Barcelona for Swedish and Danish children. So this afternoon I went to Dina, 4 years old. We first played, swam and had a lot of fun in their swimming pool. We then ate Swedish (home made!) meatballs and watched Disney's Aristocats. I mean, how great isn't my job! Can you think of a better one? :)

Adorable Dina in her cool Hello Kitty towel/robe

On my way over there, I saw this ad from an airline (I think it was Spanair) in the metro. They are showing all their destinations on a fictive map, and every city has gotten a little picture. Paris has the Eiffel tower, Copenhagen the little mermaid. And what did they give Stockholm? A snowman. SNOWMAN! Like there is nothing else to see in Stockholm but snow?! It's not even like we have snow all year around (ok, this year was extreme, but normally from December/January to March).. Well well, it wasn't as chocking as the time when I was asked if we had polar bears on the streets..!

And here a pic of Charlie's new collar I wrote about last time: