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Entries of year 2014

Gothenburg Christmas lights

When you suddenly notice that the entire city has been lit up like a Christmas tree, you realize that it’s that time of year again. As I walked around to explore the lit areas and compare them to the efforts of previous years, it struck me that this has been going on for ten years.

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Autumn in Stockholm

Suddenly I find myself spending the autumn months in Stockholm, a cold but beautiful city. Even though I’ve been here countless times during the last 30 years, I still find new places and I love exploring the crooked alleys and hidden paths lurking around the corners.

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The forests of Öland

I spent the weekend on the beautiful island Öland, in the eastern part of Sweden. Among other things I found the time to wander through the forests of Halltorp, famous for the relict oak trees some of which are estimated to be 500 years old. Most of the old trees were chopped down in 1918, but a few are preserved and it feels like walking among the Ents of Tolkien lore.

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Memories of Brazil

Footage from Rio de Janeiro and other cities in Brazil can be seen all over the news these days, due to the FIFA World Cup, which brings back many fond memories. Ten years ago I visited this beautiful country, from the sprawling urban jungles of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo to the soothingly tranquil Ubatuba, Paraty and more.

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Paris, je t’aime

I’m back in the city of lights. Paris, one of the cities I love returning to. During the nineties I got lost in the northeastern suburbs. During the 00s I sang from the stage of Moulin Rouge and imitated Quasimodo the hunchback in Place des Vosges. For some strange reason they decided to let me back in and here I am.

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The sound of Salzburg

"It is based on the true story of Maria von Trapp, even though I suspect she didn’t go singing alone in the mountain ranges."

The fairytale castles of Sintra

"The Portuguese town of Sintra is famous for many beautiful castles. Palácio Nacional da Pena is arguably the most stunning of the lot. "

Aliens in Nevada and New Mexico

"We turned around and went down another dirt road, past countless Joshua trees until our car was covered in dirt and we finally arrived at the Front Gate of Area 51."

A journey through Iran

"I woke up freezing on a Persian rug with aching back. Behind a corner I saw the damned rooster that kept me awake during many hours."

Good morning Montenegro

"One would almost think that all this secrecy was made on purpose to keep the hordes of tourists away. Let them all perish in the crowds of Dubrovnik while the people of Montenegro can enjoy their beautiful country on their own. Or something like that."

Reliving history in Washington D.C.

"As I entered the heavily guarded Rotunda in the center, some of the most famous documents in the world laid before me."