vinter i visby del II

Godmorgon, dag 2 i Visby!

Efter en lång, lat frukost (vi är bra på dem) pallrade vi oss ut i snön och begav oss till ...

... pulkabacken! Ja, Nordergravar alltså.

Så hi-me-la härligt att vara ute och leka i snön. Föräldrarna som stod still och tittade på sina barn som lekte, vad de måste ha frusit?

Jag skratt-tjöt mest hela tiden. Ibland gick det sådär med pulkaåkningen. :)

När vi hade fått nog promenerade vi in i stan igen.

Lite tröttare men lika glada.

Sedan myste vi in oss med bullar och varm choklad och uppenbarligen tittade vi på något roligt, men jag har glömt vad. :)

Sedan blev det kväll på Black Sheep Arms.

Paperwhite | Storm

vinter i visby del I

För två veckor sedan tillbringade jag en helg i ett snöigt, intagande vackert Visby ...

... tillsammans med de här tre tokfånarna. Johanna gör ju sin praktik där den här våren, och vi vill inte vara utan henne för länge, så vi åkte dit och hälsade på.

Jag var rättså galen med kameran hela helgen. Så mycket snö överallt! Och tystnaden och alla pastellfärger som poppade mot det vita och grå, jag fick inte nog. Här är första dagen där:

Direkt när vi kom dit på torsdagen gick vi och köpte pulkor till dagen efter. :)

Och när vi inte var ute på långpromenad tillbringade vi rätt mycket tid med att gosa och hänga och slappa inomhus.

På kvällen fick vi allt gå ut på en promenad till. Det är liksom sånt vi gör: går ut och går. Det var ungefär var vi alla hade räknat med skulle hända den här helgen. :)

Det var strålande vackert överallt även på natten.

Angie Stone | More Than A Woman

an introduction

OH HAI all of Liam's friends and family! I'm super embarrassed that you are apparently reading my blog now! But since you're here, I might as well introduce myself. (Well, I've actually been planning to make a new introduction post for a while, since I've noticed a lot of new readers (yay!), but I sort of haven't gotten around to it ... Why not now? :))

Here goes:

Hi! I'm Kristin!

I'm a mostly self employed singing teacher, blues singer and photographer from Gothenburg, Sweden. I run two pop choirs for adults, give singing lessons, sing the blues with my bands the Sky is Crying and the Gentle Sorrows (here's what I sound like), and photograph weddings and portraits and dance events. I don't work a lot, because I value time and freedom more than money (yes, I belong to the small and privileged part of the world that can say a thing like that), but when I do work, I like it a lot. Liam calls me a creative bum, I guess that's pretty accurate. :)

So somehow I've managed to arrange a life for me where I get to work with the things I love the most - music and photography - and I'm still surprised by it almost every day. (How did I get here?!) I always considered myself someone who is a little bit good at a lot of things, rather than very good at a few things. I did, however, manage to get good enough at music in general to get into the Academy of Music and Drama to get myself a proper degree in music, yay! My job is exactly as fun and cool as it sounds (at least I think so, but then I am a total music geek and music is MY FAVOURITE THING) and it makes me happy almost every day.

I also do a lot of dancing. Like, a lot a lot. :) Blues dancing is my main passion, with balboa and lindy hop following close behind. I teach blues dancing and organise events in my local scene, and spend more money on travelling around Europe to dance than I like to admit. :) Here's me blues dancing!

I'm passionate. Or I'm not. There's no in between. I love it, or I don't. I'm annoyingly intense, but I'm not boring. And I'm very rarely bored. There's just so much that's interesting in life, you know? And beautiful! This insane beauty that surrounds me every day! I want to eat it. I'm almost always happy. I've asked myself why I'm so happy most of the time, and have found the answer: privilege, luck and therapy. I also have the best friends IN THE WORLD. Truly.

Speaking of happy, I only do the fun things and none of the boring things. That is not true. I do boring things if things go really bad if I don't. I.e. I do my laundry, but I'll wear my clothes until they fall apart rather than go shopping for new clothes (because boring!). And I pay my rent, I do my taxes, but I don't vacuum clean. I wish this was an exaggeration. It is not. I leave everything until the last minute and I'm always late, but not late enough to make my friends hate me, and somehow, I've always managed to keep my jobs.

I was born in Gothenburg and have lived there my whole life (except for a year in France after high school, and a few years away at different music schools). It's because it's my favourite place in the world; big enough to have everything I need (all the culture!), and small enough to not feel like a "big city" with miles and miles before you see trees and sea and lakes.

Other favourites: Hiking in the mountains, travelling, breakfast, autumn, words and languages, books and libraries, bright colours, intersectional feminism, oranges, stars, hot chocolate, art museums (modern art especially; my favourite artwork is Gleaming Lights of the Souls by Yayoi Kusama), ice cream, morning walks, any walks, board games, frost, gift wrap, swimming in the sea, parks and gardens, scents with clear or light blue or light green or silver bottles, ALL THE FEELINGS.

Most of the time I look like this:

I also look like this:

So that's that, pretty much!

Also: I'll take really good care of Liam, I promise. I love him.

double shot of blues & fusion in valencia

Two weeks ago, I went to Valencia for Double Shot of Blues & Fusion, a weekend of intense blues dancing and feelings and fun and love. I can't even begin to describe everything that happened in just three days, and I don't want to, but here are the photos:

I didn't see as much of Valencia as I would have wanted - you never really do when you travel for dancing, unless you stay for a few days extra - but what I saw, I really liked. Of course, the sunshine and the feeling of spring in the air might have something to do with that.

On Friday night I had dinner with Liam and Miranda, who is one of Liams' best friends and rapidly becoming a good friend of mine, too. I love it so much when that happens. And obviously, Liam does too: he barely talked at all during dinner (which is rare ...), and said afterwards that he just wanted to listen and enjoy mine and Miranda's conversation. <3

Rosie stopped by just in time for dessert!

Then we went dancing, and omg, dancing was so good in Valencia. Everyone was there! I did spend a huge amount of time dancing with Liam, but he's just too good ... We agreed that we can't continue to do events like this, because we'll have no dance friends left after a while, but so far, people have been incredibly nice about our ridiculous behavior.

Hugs happened, too.

We barely saw our airbnb hosts because of the weird dance weekender sleep schedule, but every morning when we woke up, they had prepared a beautiful breakfast for us in the kitchen. And as you know, breakfast is the way to this girl's heart.

There were classes! And some great ones, too; here with Dan & Jenny, and Ruth & Mike.

The Saturday venue was beautiful. My knowledge of Spanish is limited to what I can guess from French and Latin, but I think this was some kind of opera house? Anyway, I loved it. And I had such great dances.

Also, I made finals in the invitational mix & match! And I had so, so much fun. I got to dance with Samuel, Trevor and Dáire in the finals; I had a blast, and as usual, all the nervousness disappeared as soon as I walked out on stage. And the day after, I found out that I got 3rd place! I don't really understand it? This is one of the biggest blues dance festivals in Europe, and not only did I make finals, but I placed? What is happening?!?! I feel flattered and thrilled and simply overjoyed. I must be doing something right. You can see the finals here if you want; my spotlight is at 7:12.

(Just as the finals were about to start, I was stood next to Anna, and must have looked a little down, because she asked how I was feeling. - I wish my Swedish support crew was here, but I can't see them, I said, scanning the crowd. - It doesn't matter, your UK support crew is here, she said and squeezed my arm. And I really felt it. <3)

such cute boyfriend omg very wow

In the break between classes on Sunday, I had coffee! (Sort of coffee.) For the first time in my life! People have tried to get me to like coffee for ages. Why didn't they just pour a bottle of Bailey's in it from the start?

Massage happened, too.

On Sunday night, I had dinner with my friend Andrew (sitting outside eating tapas, without a jacket, in February? Yes please). It can be really difficult to get that kind of thing to happen at a dance event - you want to spend quality time with all your dance friends who live in other places, and at the same time there's so much happening with classes and naps and plans and everything else that needs to fit in a weekend - so it's nice that we made it happen this time. He's an all around lovely person, and I'm really happy we got to spend some time together.

Sunday was another lovely dance night. Stefano Ronchi played late night (by which I mean early morning) and it was so very beautiful.

Also, I handed Gordon, who happened to be a person within reach (sorry Gordon), my camera to take a few photos of me and my love:

I'm so lucky to get to share this life with him.

Lars Danielsson | Liberetto