Published September 20, 2017 by mint&berry

Es ist ein klarer Herbstmorgen. Der letzte Tag des Spätsommers ist gefühlt nur knapp eine Woche her. Das besondere Licht dieser Jahreszeit erfüllt den frühen Morgenhimmel als ich aus der U-Bahn steige. Ich nehme einen tiefen Atemzug, genieße die frische Luft. Dann drehe ich mich einige Male im Kreis, die Augen auf den blauen Positionspunkt auf Google Maps gerichtet und versuche mich zu orientieren. Ich finde meinen Weg zum ersten Treffpunkt heute und bin sogar zu früh. Street Artist @eulenheulen aus der Schweiz ist mir trotzdem zuvorgekommen und sitzt schon in der Sonne an der Brücke; die Strahlen spiegeln sich im Wasser der Spree unter uns.

Two typhoons and a cuppa

Luckily, the typhoon passed Hong Kong with just enough distance to allow for the ferry between Kwoloon and Hong Kong Island to continue business as usual on that first day. Unlike the fourth day, when everything shut down. Even the malls. I think that's when you know things are bad.

Published November 19 2016, Scandinavia Standard

It’s confidence and restless energy are intoxicating. It has never cared what others might think of it, instead it waltzes on, always on the verge of becoming. Berlin doesn’t settle, Berlin doesn’t play it safe. And so the adventurous can’t help but flock to it and make it into what David Bowie called “ The greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine”. 

Published September 10 2016, Scandinavia Standard

The Daugava river rises in the Valdai Hills where it begins its 1020 km journey through Russia, Belarus, and Latvia, passing no fewer than 24 cities on the way with tongue-tying names such as ‘Beshankovichy’ or ‘Daugavpils’, until it reaches the banks of Riga. 

I didn’t have to travel quite as far to see the Latvian capital - but I can see why the Daugava does. 

Sustainable Fashion Brands in Scandinavia

Published July 16 2016, Scandinavia Standard

I grew up going shopping with my mother, a former fashion designer. As we’d stroll down the aisles she’d expertly point out all the pieces’ shortcomings:

“100% polyester. Forget it. Doesn’t allow your skin to breathe.”
“One wash and this top is going to be all over the place.”
“This is hardly sewn together properly.”
“Badly cut.”

Published June 9 2016, Scandinavia Standard

Over the past decades, sustainability has become trendy. And whether implemented out of conviction or marketing purposes, I’m happy we’ve begun fixing our living environment.

Denmark has long been perceived to be one of the world’s greenest countries and in many aspects rightly so. Windmills, bike culture, and organic food in schools and the workplace jump to mind. When it comes to the issue of waste, however, it falls far behind some of its fellow European countries.

A Perfect Swedish Afternoon at Solhaga Stenungnsbageri

Published May 12 2016, Scandinavia Standard

It’s a lazy day during the school holidays. I’m swaying in the hammock in the garden of our country cottage, turning pages in one of Astrid Lindgren’s Pippi Longstocking stories. Bees, buzz above the bushes of lilac, joined by the silent flutter of colourful butterflies. That’s the idyllic memory of my childhood that envelops me as I sit in front of the red and white painted Solhaga Bakery in Slöinge.