Sketching with Marie

Sketching with Marie

So it goes when sketching becomes a tool for meeting people and networking. I had met Marie Flood some months ago, during the exhibition at Martas Café. She was there as part of a fanzine market and we talked about meeting afterwards to sketch together. And we did, during a sunny afternoon - way too sunny for this latitude. We sought the relief of shade and the comfort of caffeine and talked for hours about art, architecture, people and ourselves before we even laid pen on paper. When we finally did, I was happy…Read more
Faux olde towne

Faux olde towne

Jakriborg is a neigbourhood in Hjärup, a suburb of Lund. Whoever glances at it from the passing train might find it very old and well-preserved in its quaintness. It's not! It's deceiving and mischievous. It's the trickster's doing. It was actually built in the 90s by realtors Jakri AB as a pastiche of medieval building styles backed by modern building techniques - below these impressively high gables you can occasionally find a concrete base with underground parking. The streets were designed to mimic medieval vernacular urbanism, with curvy streets and narrow alleys but it all comes out…Read more
SFI

SFI

SFI, or Svenska för invandrare is the swedish language course that all communal schools for adults provide to immigrants - free of charge. If you have a swedish ID, you get to get classes. It's not easy to get out of work two times a week to cycle to the boundaries of the city for a two-and-a-half hours of classes, but the teachers there make it feel as smooth and easy-going as possible. Plus, you get to meet people from all over the world. In the last class of the term, a few days ago, the…Read more
Mingling with the danes

Mingling with the danes

One place we had never been in on our previous visits to Copenhagen was The Black Diamond, the modern extension to the Royal Library of Copenhagen. As a public building, it catalyzes people's relationship with the water, as it provides an outdoor living room under its protruding black glass volume. It was late in the afternoon, and having wandered the gigantic hallways of the library and having checked the exhibitions that were there, we were just about to call it a day and return to Lund. Outside we were approached by two friendly…Read more
On Utzon’s trail

On Utzon’s trail

Susan was the best of hosts! We discovered her house in Airbnb, it lay fifty meters from the shoreline and less than a thousand from Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. She immediately made us feel at home, she already had recommendations for our dinner - a quaint little restaurant in the Nivå harbour - booked a table, lent us bikes and we were on our way. Back home after a solid and delicious Danish burger, she offered us tea and wonderful conversation until midnight. In the morning, after a sunny breakfast that she'd left…Read more
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