SMK is one of my absolute favorite photo spots in Copenhagen. Therefore, I was more than excited to be able to see this springs major exhibition Sonja Ferlov Mancoba’s “No-one creates alone” in a preview event hosted by Patriksson Communication. The art exhibition was accompanied by special sounds created by Master Fatman and Jonas Visti adding a whole new level of experience to the exhibition. Very recommendable.
I just booked a trip to Miami in December. Actually, it is the first work trip, that I will be going on with my new job, which is why I am utterly excited. My team and I will be there an entire week for a very exciting project. Of course, I can’t say anything about that part of the trip at the moment. What I can say is that we will also attend Art Basel, which is actually one of the reasons why we are having this project in Miami. Art Basel is one of the most important art shows in the Americas, and the place to be for not only the art industry, but also for the fashion creatives.
I look very much forward to spending a week in Miami, a place in the U.S. I have not been to, yet. My plan is to take one extra day to explore the city, so please hit me up with any tips you might have.
Even though this universe is mostly dedicated my traveling heart, I cannot help also showing you some aspects of my life in Copenhagen, especially my “new” job and my “new” home. So I hope you will enjoy that this space is not strictly a travel site, but kept a causal sphere for everything I like to share. ;)
On September 1 I started a new job within my company. A job that I had been longing for, for a long time, and worked really hard to get. At times it was frustrating and I have been at the edge of feeling super stressed, as I had taken on so much extra tasks to show that I am right for the job. Now it has been sealed and signed - what a relieve - and you are “looking” at the new ‘Event & Project Manager’ at CIFF. I am so happy with my new tasks, the new title and the opportunities, as well as challenges that go along with it. This is the beginning of a pretty amazing journey. The past few weeks have already been exciting, and one of the highlights was the Baum und Pferdgarten SS19 collection preview event my colleague took me to:
The showroom is one of the most stunning rooms I have seen in Copenhagen, very majestic, furnished with colorful chairs and sofas, as well as with exceptional beautiful wallpaper suiting the new collection, which also represents a colorful universe, very well. Furthermore, Helle Høgsbro Krag curated a beautiful brunch table into the last detail. I mean, just look at that statement flower bouquet. The baked goods came from Lille Bakery - a place that has been on my personal wishlist for quiet a while, and now I know that I have missed out, and the bakery is even higher on the must-visit list. All in all, a very well executed, thoughtful and detail-oriented, yet casual event.
EXPLORING FASHION PHOTOGRAPHY
A couple of week's ago, on a cloudy sunday - surprisingly in the string of the many beautiful summer days - I took my friends to see Gl Strand, which houses inside a charming, authentic Copenhagener building.
Inside, on 3 floors of classical exhibition space, Gl Strand takes you on an impressive tour through the archives of Vogue's most prominent fashion photographs by leading the worlds leading photographers.
After delving around enjoying the art and the atmosphere and to end the experience with proper manners, one should not miss out on sipping a cool glass of white wine in the courtyard.
fun fact: The carpets have been specially designed for this very exhibition, and they are quite something. Check out the exhibition until the 2nd of September.
The other day was the second time I came to visit and enjoy breakfast at Hyggestund, Mikkeller's contribution to the hygge-hype around the morning meal. Except they serve breakfast all all day.
The menu is anything but boring. I would though recommend not to be on a diet, as you will find a lot of heavy, delicious food laughing at your face. We tried to diversify our picks and chose the waffle breakfast, which also includes eggs and bacon, the chia porridge with fruit (I guess we needed that for our consciousness) and 2 kind of donuts, which were so special I can honestly not tell you what was in it, one of them had something to do with beer. The winner was the pancake with sirup - an american classic! What you will not find on the menu, are lots of fancy coffee lattes. They serve filter coffee - period - for 40 kr, which first made me choke, but then I learned it includes free refill, and since I can drink 3-4 cups I guess the price is legitimate. :)
Hyggestund is located in one these charming Vesterbro building you would die to live in, and on good days you can also sit outside on beer benches. But on cold cloudy days Hyggestund invites you to sit inside in a cosy, yet simple atmosphere with a clear color fable, which also makes it a treat if you are into "instagrammable" places.
3 reasons to go to Hyggestund:
- If you are not on a diet ;)
- In fact if you are having a complete hangover and just need some greasy fried chicken and donuts to get over it again, this is the perfect spot
- If you love a cosy atmosphere, want to experience "hygge" and just want to hang out with friends all day eating breakfast (refill on filter coffee all day)
When in Palma do not miss out on finding a rooftop overlooking the city, it is simply magical. Searching the internet, I stumbled across the Sant Francesc Hotel Singular, which supposedly should have one of the best rooftop terraces in Palma. Since I have only experienced this one, I cannot say if it is THE best, but what I can say is, that on this very rooftop terrace, I had one of the best nights in Palma. It was the perfect cocktail of delicious drinks in a stylish atmosphere, an amazing view over Sant Francesc Basilica, great company, amazing light and smooth music surrounding us. It was one of those nights that I wished would last forever.
The rooftop terrace is perched above a luxury hotel situated inside a former Mallorcan mansion from 1860s in probably the best downtown location in Palma. Walking in feels very prestigious, and you almost get the sense of trespassing. However, unless you are wearing beach sandals just continue to the elevator which will take you to the top floor. You will instantly be met by a breathtaking view over the historical part of Palma, a true Terracotta heaven covered in natural glow.
If you are hungry, you can order some sushi from the restaurant, but simply sipping a drink will do it, too. Prices are, as you can imagine, on the higher end.
Since my entire family went on a ski vacation over Easter, I had to come up with my own plans for the holidays. Luckily, I still have plenty of things on my Copenhagen bucket list, so it was basically closing my eyes and pointing the finger at the list. However, there were a few things that were extremely high on the wish list: visiting museums! So therefore my Easter became all about experiencing the cultural aspects of Copenhagen. On friday, I finally got to take a trip Arken the Museum for Modern Art, which has also been high on my "creativity list". The weather was beyond amazing, clear sky, only a slight breeze and for the first time it was possible to feel Spring in the air. Perfect day!
Arken is located in Ishøj and very easy accessible by public transport. From Ishøj station it is roughly a 15 minutes walk to the museum guided by signs. You can also take the bus (if you are lazy or well if it rains). Furthermore, Arken is located by the sea, so when you are done being cultural, you can also go for a nice walk by the beach.
Besides hosting some really interesting exhibitions, Arken is a true dream for every photographer. I actually enjoyed photographing the space and the surroundings the most, even though I must say that I was very fond of Ugo Rondinone’s dreamscape of 45 lifelike clowns, portraying a single person's day in 45 acts. I don't know there was just something about the play with melancholy, and how he though of capturing how we, humans, actually put on this clown-like role. We are suppose to act happy and cheerful all the time, but then again there will always be those stages of silent moments in between the acts where we need to "rest" and just "be" before putting on the next show.
The other exhibition that really caught my interest was Alphonse Mucha’s sensuous and seductive images of plants, women and ornaments, which amongst others were used as posters and in advertisement, while making a huge impression on on the city of Paris around 1900. His style is highly recognizable, his mission somehow very noble:
...the power of beauty should be spread out into every corner of the city, every cell of every human being. A kind of beauty therapy for city dwellers. - ARKEN
I got myself a little postcard souvenir, which I framed already, As soon as I have found a good spot in my home, I will show it to you. ;)
After visiting the exhibitions and almost running out of battery on our cameras, we went for quick detour to the beach, before settling down and enjoying the afternoon sun with a glass of wine at the closely located café Ka'nalu.
You can read more about Arken and the current exhibitions here, and I hope the pictures triggered a desire to visit this very beautiful art museum. For me, I can only say that it was pleasure and one of my best day trips around Copenhagen so far.
Pictures were taken with Canon 760D + 24mm lens by me & with Fuji x-t20 by Toke
The first place in Copenhagen I moved into was a shared apartment located at the end of Vesterbrogade, right before Frederiksberg Have. I loved this place for various reasons, especially because it gave my life in Copenhagen a specific turn. However, another reason was the convenient area right between hip Vesterbro and the rather posh Frederiksberg. At some point, Frede & Vester's moved into a little venue across the street, and I quickly started a routine of getting coffee and a "bolle med ost" (a bun with cheese) on-the-go on my way to university. While this is now more than 3 years ago and I have moved away in the meantime, I still sometimes wondered if the little coffee place still existed. It turned out it does, and even better they opened up a new place more centered in Frederiksberg. So today, I went by to check it out, and the best word that comes to my mind is Instagram-Heaven.
Frede & Vester's has a very classic breakfast and lunch menu. The serve vegan buns (I guess that counts as classic by now), omelets, (very delicious) croissants, sandwiches, juices, cakes and coffees. I actually have this thing that I love a hard boiled egg for breakfast, yet it is surprising how many cafés screw that up, even though they say it is not a problem. Well, Frede & Vester's passed the test. :)
It was quiet empty for a sunday, which of course was great for me, because I could walk around taking pictures of every corner. The whole café has been decorated by Studio K, who is also the master-creator behind Mikkeller & Friends on Stefansgade, and the results can definitely be seen. It is like a color explosion from floor to ceiling, while decorated with so much love for detail and many cosy elements (such as plants, cushions, candles,...), which makes for a warm atmosphere.
Frede & Vester's is a must if you need to kickstart a grey day or simply need a boost of colorful, but also highly contrast-noise ratio on a sunday morning. I am surprised that this very photogenic place, which also serves some of the best buns I have tasted so far, is not all over Instagram, yet.
FREDE & VESTER'S
Smallegade 22, 2000 Frederiksberg
It is not a secret that I love traveling. But unless, I have done a collaboration with a destination, all my travels have been purely for pleasure. Nevertheless, in the process of taking my travel blog even more serious, attending travel conferences became a must. It is a way to get under the skin of the industry, learn from experts and find potential partners. So, in the beginning of the year I did some deeper research on which events I want to focus on, and in that attempt stumbled across Berlin Travel Festival, which was to be held for the first time in March. The 3 day-long festival combining talks/workshops, exhibitors from different part of the world and a trend lab for professionals, got me instantly curious. Before I knew it I had booked the plane ticket and approached the festival organization for more information.
When I told my friends and family about the trip to Berlin, they pretty much all ask the same questions. What the heck is a travel festival? Why would you want to go to such an event?
OKAY, SO LET ME QUICKLY EXPLAIN WHAT A TRAVEL FESTIVAL IS? :)
Berlin Travel Festival is a combination of talks, musical performances, food tastings, workshops and an experience area divided into different travel themes, such as Culture Journeys, Weekenders, Outdoor Escapes and Ocean Life. The festival speaks to a niche type of travel consumers, namely the new generation of travel enthusiasts, explorers, globetrotters, nomads and creative people with a broad mindset, who not just travel because they need a break from their day job, but rather because of an intrinsic motivation, curiosity, a challenge and maybe an escape from social structures. This is also the mindset of the participating brands, who all innovative and visionary in their own way, aiming to find creative solutions that speak to the demands of this new type of travel consumer. Berlin Travel Festival provides an "offline platform in the new online world" where both parties can meet, network, discuss, explore and learn from each other.
So, you can see this type of event is of particular interest for a person like me, a self proclaimed travel blogger. :D BUT there is a reason why this was a called a festival and not a trade show, because it does cater to anyone curious about traveling.
5 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO BERLIN TRAVEL FESTIVAL EVEN IF YOU ARE NOT A TRAVEL PROFESSIONAL
1. A GLIMPSE BEHIND THE (TRAVEL-) SCENE
The consumer landscape of travel is rapidly changing. We travel to see, explore, understand and experience the world outside our homes, and even though we travel more, we have also become more selective when it comes to what kind brands/destination we chose to still this hunger for adventure, escape, cultural encounters and so on. But how do the brands and destination actually adapt to this constant change? How do they segment their consumers, and what do they do to understand what drives travelers today? How have they adapted and developed themselves? How do they embrace this challenge of an ever-changing landscape and what types of solutions do they create to meet the ever growing expectations of todays traveler? This is the sort of glimpse behind the scene you get, when visiting Berlin Travel Festival. Personally, coming from a tourism-focused study, I find this area utterly interesting, and I am sure, that it is of interest to you, even without a major in tourism or a travel related professional background.
2. FINDING INSPIRATION AND NEW PERSPECTIVES
Hand on heart - how much do you know about Vanlife, location independent lifestyle, slow travel, cannabis tourism, mindfulness retreats, curated art tours? The experience area consisted of 4 different travel themes: Culture Journeys, Weekenders, Outdoor Escapes and Ocean Life. Have a look at the exhibition area here to see which destinations, brands, hotels were represented in each area. For my sake, I feel in love with the concept of Where About Now, a specialized travel provider for contemporary art trips, accompanied by an online journal. This trip to Israel has been added to my bucket list.
3. OPPORTUNITIES TO NETWORK
Personally, I think it is great to attend event solely for the purpose of networking. You simply never know who you end of talking to and what opportunities may arise from such an encounter. While talking to the co-founder of EyeEm, another "visitor" joined our conversation and we ended up having a long discussion about Instagram. It turned out that he was in the travel industry himself and started his own business of small neighborhood focused walking travel guides. We continued the chat over a cup of coffee, and got a peak behind his business model and his future plans. Hopefully, this can turn into a collaboration in the near future.
4. REFLECTIONS ON OWN TRAVEL BEHAVIOR
One of the big topics within the travel sphere is sustainable traveling. We all like to think of ourselves as conscious aware, taking care of the planet, making smart choices. But how much do we actually know? There were quiet a few talks centered around sustainability. For instance, Pepi de Boissieu spoke about the heritage of 5 superfoods in her talk "forbidden food", Nicolai Duda informed about the affect of human behavior at the beach on the maritime wildlife and presented his campaignwork "Sea Shepherd" and Milena Glimbovski showed how sustainable travel starts with packing "right". It does not hurt to start reflecting about your own travel behavior, and events like this can be some sort of eye opener.
5. YOU TRY SOMETHING NEW
Do you know how to build a skateboard? Do you know how to create a travel journal? Do you know how to cook an entire meal on camping equipment? These are just a few examples of the things you were able to try during the festival. I, myself, attended the "Hand im Glück" travel journal DYI workshop and became totally convinced that I should spend more time at home working on travel journals. Actually, I have one old scrapbook from a Hawaii trip I did in 2006, and I love opening this cheesy book to remind myself of some carefree days on the other side of the globe. Especially, in our digitalized world a physical travel journal gives you value on a new sentimental way.
So, what do you think? Would you want to visit Berlin Travel Festival next time, and get inspired for your next trip, or maybe a new way of traveling?