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The last March in Gothenburg

March 15, 2018

Yesterday when I linked to a picture of my sofa, I got nostalgic and thought it would be fun to go through old pictures from Gothenburg. Decided to start with my last March there. Hey! I took so many pictures back then! And I did so many different things. This picture is from outside of my studio, which I had for a year.

Here is the rose my neighbour and friend Jona planted for me. It was the only plant that survived the move to Berlin (I brought it with me on the airplane). This winter it decided to die, but I’ve kept it in case it all of a sudden wants to start living again. RIP Jona, a dear friend who passed away some years ago.

7 years ago. I look so young. I was. Especially on the inside.

One of my favourite places when I lived in Gothenburg!

I liked to sit there and have a glass of red wine and people watch. And meet up with friends.

Very typical picture of March in Majorna/Kungsladugård, the area I lived in my last years in Gothenburg. I loved it there, had asshole neighbours though, so at home I didn’t feel well all the time.

Johan and I used to eat really great breakfasts on the weekends. He had a job at an office, so we had a common people (haha) routine. Sometimes I miss that routine, now we work almost every day. BUT the freedom we have now when it comes to planning our own time almost always beats having a steady income.

Our Gothenburg flat was tiny, 34 square meters. This is all of it (and a bathroom to the left in the hallway).

This is Johan on his 28th birthday. Next week he’ll be 35.

We celebrated him in our tiny and very homey kitchen.


One of our lunch dates in Linné, the area Johan worked in at the time. Shrimp salad.

Was working on images for a book called Sundays are for Lovers.

Had a date with Johan at our favourite pub The Red Lion, where many of our life decisions were made.

Took a lot of pictures like this on my way to the studio.

My Korean friend Min invited me over for my most exotic meal ever so far. Min was such a sweet friend, I miss her dearly, she also passed away a few years ago.

Hello youngster!

Johan and I were out drinking coffee a lot in Gothenburg. I must have been one of the first people online being so obsessed with taking pictures of coffee and posting them on my blog.

This is Bar Centro, my number 1 favourite place for coffee when I lived in Gothenburg.

Passing through the area Haga on our way homewards. There are some nice antique stores there.

Pit stop at Café Publik, also one of my favourite places back then.

I don’t remember when we really decided it was time to move to Berlin. Not when I saw this sticker, Better in Berlin, that March I guess. But we were talking about it all the time. It might have been when Johan quit his office job later that year.

One day Johan came home with a salmon on his shoulder. I remember laughing a lot seeing him through the kitchen window.

Looks like I wasn’t working, but I was. A lot. Making Wrist Worms, selling my prints, making Neck Worms, collaborating with magazines etc.

This was my studio. Didn’t work a lot there though, I think I made it too proper.

Found this little table (not really a table, but don’t know what it’s called) in a shop, took off the shelf thing and painted it white. It’s in our Berlin hallway now.


That tiny place. We made it so beautiful and we managed to live there together for 5 years without going crazy with each other. That must be love.

Made some sushi and brought with me for lunch in the studio.

Had breakfast with my friend Elisabeth in Haga one morning.

The March light is one of my favourites.

Hello doggos!

Johan was baking a lot of pizza, yesterday he mentioned he will start again. Fingers crossed!

I took a picture of all my polaroids. Many of them are quite nice. Should do something with them.

What it usually looked like in the kitchen. We were hanging out there a lot, cooking, eating, listening to music and drinking nice wines.

I don’t remember it looking this minimalist. Must have been doing some changes?

The bathroom, i loved it!

Was making my own granola which I ate every day when I came back from swimming.

I had a 6 month membership at Hagabadet, the early morning pass when I had the pool almost to myself most of the time. I miss swimming. Need to find a place where I can swim without bothering other people with my fast swimming. This picture shows our grocery store.

The trams in Gothenburg were old and very beautiful. I wonder if they are still in traffic.

Johan was making his Sailors and we ate lots of eggs.

Found this table for like €25 in a second hand shop. I still love it!

Had coffee with Camilla and Morran (RIP). Here we were at our mutual favourite at the time, Doppio in Linné.

Johan and I seldom only had one coffee stop when we hit town, we did our traditional coffee tours and stopped at 2-3 places. This is at Bar Centro in the city center.

The year was 2010.

This must be my longest blog post ever. Did you enjoy it? Should I do something similar again? I’d love to hear your opinion!

This afternoon I’ll post something I feel really excited about! See you.
Sandra x

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  • Reply Mien March 15, 2018 at 11:16 am

    Hey Sandra,

    I love this post 🙂
    I’m always happy to discover how people live, how they decorate their rooms etc. This flat has a very homey feeling!
    The pictures are such a good combination of seasons, both spring and winterfeelings 🙂 I love your eye for detail and colour.
    And nice to see you we’re already making wristworms back then!

    Thank you!

  • Reply Heather March 15, 2018 at 11:43 am

    I loved it! Like hanging out with you for a couple of minutes every day. Thank you!

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:34 pm

      Aw Heather, thank you for visiting!

  • Reply Shira March 15, 2018 at 12:14 pm

    I definitely enjoyed it! your posts always make me feel happy and calm. Beautiful!

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you, Shira!

  • Reply Susan March 15, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    The light is so lovely in Sweden! This was a year or two before I visited Gothenburg and went to lots of these places and met you, feels so long ago now. Snus! I’ve still got that tin somewhere 🙂

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:30 pm

      Cool, Susan!
      But this must have been after we met, because this was my absolute last year in Gothenburg 🙂
      Now I want SNUS!!! <3

  • Reply chiara March 15, 2018 at 2:29 pm

    delightful post!
    not too wordy and full of insightful photos
    you are a generous woman ms sandra juto

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:28 pm

      Chiara, how nice of you to say!

  • Reply Christine Hunt March 15, 2018 at 2:59 pm

    Yes I did enjoy it very much. Just a peek at your old home, what you enjoyed, how things move on. Always enjoy your photos and postings.

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:27 pm

      Thank you, Christine!
      Looking forward to doing a post like this again.

  • Reply Lucy March 15, 2018 at 4:27 pm

    Lovely seeing your photo memories.
    The old trams are still going here in Gothenburg! But there is a set of new trams coming in a couple of years, so they probably won’t be around in the future. Hopefully they go to a museum or something like that.

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:26 pm

      Oh wow, cool that they are still going! I remember when I lived in Gothenburg (for 12 years) there was always talk about new trams, took forever 😉

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  • Reply Elisabeth March 15, 2018 at 5:18 pm

    Så kul att läsa, och minnas Sandra ❤️

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Fasiken vad jag saknar mina kompisar i Göteborg ibland! Kram!

  • Reply Corey March 15, 2018 at 11:09 pm

    What a nice blog post. You are really great about capturing the ‘everyday’ and making it look very special.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 1:25 pm

      Aw, thank you, Corey!

  • Reply Sally March 15, 2018 at 11:35 pm

    Loved this! So wonderful!

  • Reply Judit March 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

    It is always so calming, so pleasant to look at your photos, such a nice mix of outside, inside.
    Please do some more of these!

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 12:03 pm

      Thank you for the encouraging comment, will do more of these then! 🙂

  • Reply Cinzia March 16, 2018 at 2:51 pm

    I loved this post – seeing your photographs always makes me feel inspired, and the accompanying descriptions only make them more enjoyable!

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 12:02 pm

      Thanks a lot! Glad to hear!

  • Reply db March 17, 2018 at 3:09 am

    I have no idea how I found you ~ I think through Camilla (and how did I find her?!!). Ahhh…the internet. I loved seeing that picture of Morran, I loved Camilla’s Morran posts and though I know none of you at all, I love that you share your lives. I miss Morran (RIP indeed). I was thinking earlier this week ~ why do I like this Sandra Juto? She just posts pictures of such mundane things… But I think that is what I LOVE about what you share, it is LIFE, it is finding that special moment in the every day in such a beautiful way. What you see through your lens is unique.

    This post was fun. It is my birthday tomorrow (47!) and when you look back you realize how quickly those good youthful years pass in a blink. People say it and you never believe it, then it happens. I like what you are doing – keep it up!

    It’s easy for us to sit out here in silence and for you to wonder what we are all thinking. My goal this year is to not just hit ‘like’ buttons, but to actually tell people what I like. To actually INTERACT with humans, not scroll like scroll like (aren’t we over that yet?!). Back to blogs like they used to be I say! And maybe that’s why I like what you do too… Thank you.

    • Reply Sandra March 17, 2018 at 11:55 am

      Thank you for your comment, means a lot to me!
      It’s a great idea, to interact more again. That’s why I try to still do this blog, even though it sometimes feels like I talk to no one these days. I love the way blogs used to be, and I hope they will have a come back (I think they will) where it’s more quality than on Instagram for example. OK this post is much quantity and as you say – mundane things. I need it in my life to see that I have a nice life, I tend not to see it sometimes. Especially after years of depression and now struggling with the consequences of that.

      Thank you for visiting!
      Sandra x

  • Reply Anna AJ March 18, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing, Sandra! Really lovely post and beautiful pictures as always!

  • Reply Katrine Blomsholm March 20, 2018 at 9:11 pm

    I loved it!! <3 I have a friend living in Gothenburg, so I go there a couple of times each year. Like Gothenburg so much, it has a special feeling. And you always capture everything so beautiful. Your appartment looked so charming, and that neighbourhood is wonderful.
    Hilsen fra Oslo

  • Reply Diana April 14, 2018 at 12:03 am

    fabulous photos. that’s why i come here. tks

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