Berlin, Friedrichshain, Visiting friends

Visiting Friends: Tenia & Primitiv Bar

June 17, 2019

Primitiv Bar. Where do I start? How many times have I been here the past 8 years? 1000? At least. This is the bar where Johan started working 8 years ago and that’s when I met one of my closest friends – Tenia.

So this is not just a portrait of Tenia, it’s also a portrait of a bar as a friend and friends of the bar.

Tenia is the biggest reason why we all come to hang out there, she’s a pro at bringing good people together.

The same goes for Palina, the owner if this beautiful place. I remember the first time Johan and I passed by this place, we were of course drawn in by the Twin Peaks feeling.

Love.

Mathias, India and Achilleas showed up. This is what they look like when Johan stumbles into the bar.

The back room. I took these pictures on a late afternoon, later in the evenings this place is packed with people.

Johan working on the menus.

Tenia and Palina.

Smoking is allowed except for in front of the bar workers.

Time for André to start his shift. And time for me to stop working – on this night I met a new fabulous person to hang out with, I wonder when we will bump into each other again.

You find Primitiv Bar on Simon-Dach-Strasse 28, it’s open every day. Fridays and Saturdays are wild.

Sweden, Travel

Summer house

June 13, 2019

This is from my dad’s summer house, where we went a couple of times for dinner. Johan spent a night and enjoyed the sauna. Here we’re waiting to eat some grilled pig.

Elvis joined me as well and liked it a lot there.

Here’s from our second dinner date. Lo and Johan in the kitchen.

And Elvis of course.

My dad had made blood dumplings, served with melted butter and bacon.

Elvis scouting the area.

These are my last pictures from May, now time to through the ones from June. Can’t believe almost half of this month has already passed and beginning of July I will be back in Sweden and introduce Nestor and Elvis to each other. Time flies when you’re having fun, they say. I’d say Time flies when you’re getting old.

Sweden, Travel

Luleå

June 13, 2019

When in Luleå, one of my favourite artists Staffan Westerberg had an exhibition opening at Kulturens Hus. It was packed with people so we said Let’s go another day. Didn’t happen of course, but luckily I’ll be back in a few weeks. Can’t believe I was there for 12 days and didn’t meet almost anyone except for the closest ones.

This is us. Alice braiding Johan’s hair and me taking pictures of them. Alice was 1 year old when they met for the first time. Her comment now almost 15 years later was I don’t know anyone who has stayed together for such a long time as the two of you.

Winter coat, beanie and Wrist Worms on when going to the forest with Elvis.

I used to find this so ugly and depressing. Living in another country is good, makes me see Sweden with different eyes. Beautiful sceneries, people who are afraid of everything unfamiliar, how important it is to keep up a nice and tidy facade, delicious food. Etc.

My sister and our brother Elvis.

Hah!

We found some stuff in the forest that we brought back home. Elvis approved.

I guess this old man would love cuddles 24 hours a day.

Finally my blog works properly again (had forgotten to delete the cache in my Firefox…) and I have internet at home again (forgot to pay while in Sweden). Got tons of pictures to share, maybe someone would be interested in a sandwich cake recipe?

Also, the pairs of Wrist Worms which are still available are now €20 per pair. Will start working on the new Wrist Worms logo during the summer and find new colours and materials of yarn. Gonna show you the progress. Fun!

Sweden, Travel

Two weeks in Sweden

June 11, 2019

Hi there, how are you doing?

I have been in Sweden for almost two weeks, got back a week ago to a boiling Berlin. Was going to Sweden to contemplate, but instead I spent 12 days together with my family sharing love. Since I got home, I’ve been meeting friends and this is the first time I sit down properly at my desk since what feels like forever.

So, Sweden? Let’s start with Elvis. What a person, spent every day with him – actually went there to babysit him and the house he lives in. He slept on the floor next to my bed and woke me up in the morning with the loudest bark on the planet and then off to Johan’s side of the bed to give him the same song. When we were up, he went back to sleep. He showed me my new favourite place close to where he lives, a place I had never been when I grew up in Luleå. I remember I hated the woods up there, the most depressing place I could imagine – now I see the woods with completely different eyes. Took some pictures of our adventures that I will share, need to find out what’s wrong with the blog – the blog posting page doesn’t work properly.

Talk soon I hope.

Uncategorized

Something is wrong

May 22, 2019

Hi friends,

Something is wrong with my WordPress and I don’t know how to solve it (yet). Will look into it when I’m in Sweden, about to pop over to babysit my brother Elvis (and celebrate his 11th birthday), spend a lot of time with my family, work on my own projects and try to find out how I want to live my life, cause I’m too often deeply unsatisfied, stressed out and sad. Been talking about it with a bunch of friends who are in the same situation and my friend Ernie put it so well We’re not supposed to live at this age, so no wonder we’re confused. Take care, you all! My plan is to solve this blog so I can show you pictures from Sweden when I’m there and not later. Thank you for being around, it means a lot to still work on this space and know you still come for a visit. Sandra xo

Ps. You can still order Wrist Worms with 33% discount (code SPRING19), but I won’t be able to ship until June 5. You find the ones that are left here. I will start working on the new edition and look forward to showing you the process.

Analog, Travel

Analog La Palma

May 19, 2019

I developed pictures from our trip to the Canary Islands in November, brought 2 disposable cameras with me and some of the pictures turned out lovely. You wanna see?

I guess you do, cause now you’re here. Johan filming. So happy we were invited to this press trip to La Palma and El Hierro. I just realized, I haven’t shared all my pictures. Do you want to see them or is it “too late”? Would be lovely to hear your opinions, sometimes it feels like I don’t know who I address these blog posts to anymore and get a bit confused. Anyway, El Hierro was a dream.

Friends. They didn’t care about me, cause other guests at this café were eating fish.

Coca Cola never looks better than in sunny, hot villages by the sea.

Going to a warm place in November really made the Berlin Winter much easier to stand, what a difference. Hope you’re all good, I had a really shitty weekend – lots of quarrel over here, so daydreaming myself back to this scenery helps a little bit.

Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg, Visiting friends

Visiting Friends: Mark Heinisch

May 18, 2019

This is the door to Badfish Bar in Prenzlauer Berg. Never have I stepped inside and left sober. Yes, once, when I passed by only to use the bathroom. On Wednesday I had a meeting with my friend Mark to take pictures of him behind the bar. How do I know Mark? We met some years ago in the Friedrichshain café Silo, owned by his boyfriend James, where we had an instant crush and decided to become friends.

I got there early to get some daylight, the bar is very dark and cozy. Do you see the illustration of me on Mark’s arm? A result of one of those famous nights in Badfish. You could say we bring out the best and worst in each other. Depends on who you ask.

Badfish has a great selection of booze and slush machines with frozen whiskey sours & margaritas. The bar is like a nighttime kindergarten for grown-ups. Well, isn’t that what bars are in general?

Already tipsy.

Sandra, you need another Guinness!

As proper Guinness as you can get outside of Ireland. Cheers!

Thanks for having me, Mark. I left with 5 pints of Guinness inside of me. By the way, there is a relatively new Badfish in Friedrichshain as well. Great, down-to-earth bars where you meet a lot of fun and interesting people. I have made a lot of friends thanks to those places.

Drink responsibly. Not saying that I do, though.

Berlin, Personal

10 years

May 9, 2019

I can’t believe it – we made it to 10 years of marriage. Stubborn people probably loving each other too much. Last year, we weren’t sure if this was going to happen. Here we are. YAY! On our wedding day we had lunch at Schneeweiss. Most places we went to still exist, so we were thinking of revisiting some of them today. Let’s see what happens.

On our wedding day, we did what we both like the most – taking it as it comes. Will do the same today. Our wedding cake was this cupcake from Cupcake.

A picture of me that Johan took at Wohnzimmer, where we had a drink.

Coffee at Bonanza Coffee in Prenzlauer Berg.

Hope you’re all doing well, I’m off to the shower and then out and about with Johan by my side. Gonna start with… coffee, right?

Food, Home

Simple things

May 6, 2019

Have you been eating anything particularly good lately? I made this lentil curry (was freebasing, so no recipe unfortunately) and it turned out very tasty. Had lots of garlic, coriander/cilantro and garam masala.

Still love this wallpaper so much. Here is a blog post from when we put it up a little more than a year ago.

Never getting tired of pasta with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Simple and quick, I just take a can of tomatoes and mix in oregano, garlic, chili flakes, salt & pepper and before adding the pasta, I stir some creme fraiche into the tomato sauce. Love the acidity combined with the creaminess of the mozzarella. Sometimes I let the sauce cook much longer, which of course makes a huge difference.

69 pairs of Wrist Worms left right now. ALL Wrist Worms are 33% off with code SPRING19 and you find them here. I will search for new colours and qualities and redesign the logo for Fall 2019, so these are the last ones from the previous collection. Looking forward to something new. So happy to know they are warming frozen hands in so many different countries, thank you all <3

Berlin, Café, Friedrichshain

Breakfast for once

May 5, 2019

Hello, hi. Woke up this morning and snoozed for a couple of hours, been having a cold the past few days so needed some extra sleep. Before going to bed, Johan asked me to help him with some typography work today. Woke up hungry and said Let’s eat breakfast for once and I’ll help you at the café.

Cappuccino and freshly squeezed orange juice + typography work.

At our local favourite café La Tazza d’Oro (the golden cup). Gyllene Koppen in Swedish (I miss writing in Swedish).

Everything tasted like vacation, we started pretending we were somewhere else and ended up in Buenos Aires.

Breakfast would be a lie, this turned out to be our lunch as we took it very slow at home before heading out. This is something I try to practise – to stay home and take it more easy in the morning instead of jumping in my shoes and rush out five minutes after I wake up. I think it makes me more relaxed but it also makes me slower and less hyper active (which probably is good for the person who lives with me, but haven’t figured out yet if it’s good for me when it comes to efficiency during the rest of the day).

Ok enough jibbering, having a nice weekend, are you?