Easter back home

Easter back home

Easter is one of my main family holidays (Christmas being the other), and apart from a few I have always spend Easter at my mothers cabin in Lyngen just outside of Tromsø where I grew up.

Lyngen being one of the top selections of free ride skiing in the world (totally subjective of course…) I always find tremendous peace and the opportunity to really recharge my batteries being back there.

My mother has insisted in keeping the cabin without electricity and water, so heating the cabin with the fireplace and getting snow to melt for water to wash the dishes, really means that ones focus is being shifted for a few days.

This year I was so lucky to be accompanied by my friend and her husband, which just made my yearly Easter- getaway even better.

As the cherry on the top we even had AMAZING weather the entire time- what more can one ask for?

I mean, you cannot ask for anything else than this view!

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My mom 😀 ❤
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Even had the time to read a bit, LOVE the Napolitan novels by Elena Ferrante. I feel they give me a bit better understanding of Italy and the cultural bias.
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The view from the balcony ❤
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I don’t look that happy, but I were…:)

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You can just feel the fresh air in this picture

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The obligatory ‘roasting sausages on the fire outside for lunch’ picture!

Can’t wait til next year again 🙂

Thames running 

I finally (after 4 trips to London) found the energy and motivation to also work out the two days I was there. 

I love running as it takes you around, is good exercise, does not require too much equipment AND kick triggers the ever so great endorphin rush ❤ 
So, as we were staying close to the river Thames that became my choice of path. 
Additional bonuses: great weather and sunset !

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Happy runner !

Just had to show the hotels’ great breakfast! 

Always chai latte or Frappuccino from Starbucks

Weekend shopping 

Just had to do a teeny tiny bit of shopping, I felt i deserved it (… as one does…) after putting my 1k in investments, paying all my bills and still having some left for savings- needs to spend all her money– just kidding, bought cheap stuff;)

 

Obviously starting with the most exciting one, a skip rope and an elastic band… anyone said work- out junkie…?


I just had to buy this skirt as it has the most beautiful burgundy color that matches my Choos (that I bought earlier) perfectly. On sale from Zara- gotta love it!
The shoes just deserved a close- up with the skirt ❤
Oh and I bought some lovely flowers, it just have to be good feng shui to have living things in the apt- or at least good for the air inside.. until I kill them…
So cute
Oh, and my BF forced me to buy a basil plant also- lovely thought, I love basil.. but these things die at normal peoples homes, so let’s see if this ones survives long with me…
Had to take a picture with the plant and the GREAT Winnie the Pooh quote (in Norwegian) ‘yes, please- both’. Got it from a dear friend years ago- needs to be in my house forever 😉

And tomorrow morning, off to London. Like insanely early… at 7.35 is my flight…

 

‘Birthday’ Sunday in Milan

We have made it a tradition to go to California Bakery every time one of us has a birthday, and since mine was last week, there we went! If you ever are in Milan- THAT is the place to get brunch! Their granola is to DIE for…but I went for an omelet and my man for pancakes, eggs and salmon- MAN it was amazing!!

 

There are multiple locations in Milan, this one was in Corso Como 🙂

 

How cute is this?
LOOK at those cakes, I have never tasted them, feel it would be too much of opening a Pandoras box… if you know what I mean?!
Bringing me my cappuccino before I ate, they did both make fun of me for that one…
mmmmmm ❤
I had the veggies …they were good… 😉
Sooooooooooo good ❤ ❤ ❤

And then, afterwards- since we were in the area- we went to the coolest store in the world, where they have the biggest collection of random stuff… and a TON of gooood smelling thingys! High- Tech ❤  Right across the street from Eataly in Corso Como 🙂

 

All the pretty Moleskine notebooks ❤ !
So many good smells going on here!!

All in all, a great Sunday- except from the normal ritual of leaving my bf on the train back south and me going back home again to prepare for the week ahead…

Five day tour

We are doing a five- day tour in Europe these days with work, which today lead us to Berlin. From Brussels yesterday to Beelin today, Paris tomorrow, London Thursday and then Barconal before heading home to Italy again. 

On the way to our company plane

Our fabolous footwear buyer on the stairs to our plane

Had a GREAT day in Berlin- got to meet all of our store managers in GAS- awesome people! 

Good night Berlin! 

Such a great view from my hotel room, straight to Alexanderplatz and the tower!

Oh, and on another note- ran with my boss’ boss today- 13 km in 1.04- yes:)! 

I have some more pictures I will post later 😉 

Tennis, hailstorm and then some! 

We wanted to go play tennis today and had booked a court outside at 12… That’s about 30 minutes after the most insane thunderstorm started, so we rescheduled until 3 and inside…
I practiced yoga, we had lunch- and then we started walking towards the tennis venue.
Around 2 minutes after we had arrived this happened…

HAIL STORM in June… In Italy…no words, I have no words!!

Luckily it only lasted for like 3 minutes, but still…

Tennis we played;) 


And then of course ‘after-match’ with wine and grapes!! Gewürztraminer I tell you!! Best wine out there (probably loaded with sugar)!! 
Shameless selfie in the elevator…

And now- Portugal vs Croatia! Love football ❤

My journey- Yoga

It all started when I was 18, I singed up for a weekend of learning yoga in my hometown of Tromsø. This was in 1999 so we didn’t have Yoga centers etc, and I was probably one of few who were interested in this.

But the weekend was actually a great start to yoga, as it really taught me some great basics like how to breathe, positions and that yoga is in fact a journey and the aim is not to be the best, but to improve. If you know it, you say ‘yoga practice’ and not ‘yoga training‘.

 

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After that it became a bit off and on for many years, I have always loved it, but more as a supplement to what I would classify as ‘proper’ training (i.e spinning, running, lifting weights etc). The love was still there but I didn’t feel ‘the burn’.

JIVAMUKTI YOGA IN BERLIN (read more about Jivamukti HERE)

Where I truly started to LOVE Yoga was at Jivamukti Yoga in Berlin when I lived there to do my internship for three months. For two of them I did Yoga pretty much every single day.

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I had tried Yoga at multiple Yoga centers in Milan (where I was living to study for my MBA), even the one Anna Dello Russo goes to, and it just didn’t do it for me. One of them even ‘corrected’ me so much that my knee went out a bit. So, I entered Jivamukti in Berlin on a whim, and this is the first thing that meets you when you enter- all organic, all natural, vegan food- and I normally eat chicken, egg and fish- so that was not important to me, but it set such a lovely frame to the place.

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So I entered and started taking some classes, in the beginning I wasn’t that into the chanting, but at the end- it just made sense. So one of the things I really, really miss about Berlin is that Jivamukti Yoga center. Their instructors are also amazing, light- hearted, from all over the world and the fact that they had a trans-person in the reception, just made me love the place even more- the openness!

I haven’t really dug into the spiritual belief of Jivamukti yoga, so my insight into that is a bit ‘short’ to put a disclaimer here. However, I do agree that sometimes Ashtanga Yoga can be a bit ‘too rough’ on knees and joints, and I need to be a bit attentive to my knees (being a Capricorn always eager to climb…), and for example Bikram Yoga (which I have also practiced) is an artificial heating of your body, which is something you should do from the inside with your breath (there are also some speculations about Bikram himself, but I will not go into that).

Going forward to today I have not practiced a lot of Yoga since I left Berlin two years ago, but as I now found some promising classes online I will get into it again.

I also feel that my body needs it a bit. After years of lifting wights I feel heavy and rigid. And I really want to feel light and agile. Which I why I am now re-entering into yoga again. Every day for just 30 minutes, and then two/three times a week I do a full practice of 1,5 hours.

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If you want some more inspiration about Jivamukti you can read HERE – this might be sponsored, I don’t know, but it sums up a bit what I feel at least.

Namaste