Monday, September 8, 2014

After 9 years, 9 days in Southern Spain

Karlbergskanalen, Kungsholmen, Stockholm  |  After 9 years, 9 days in Southern Spain on a feathery *nest  |
Nine years ago I was mentally set on spending a month traveling around Spain between college graduation and beginning my career. Spain made more sense than any other European country since I had studied Spanish all through middle and high school, plus a semester in college.

Yet just before purchasing the ticket, and for a combination of reasons, my arrival airport changed from Barcelona to Rome.

And then on my last stop in a chic hillside town in Sicily, I met R.

Meaning that almost all of my non-work trips to Europe since then have been to Italy or Sweden. And I never made it to Spain.

But, I'm about to change that.

Following in the tradition of birthday adventures I've been adamant about keeping up the last few years, we've just landed in the south of Spain for a road trip adventure! We'll be there for 10 nights and 9 full days driving around the coast of Andalucia and I'm hoping against hope it's everything I've always imagined it would be (and that it's not too hot!).

While I'm beyond excited to be off, I also love knowing I'll be coming back to this beautiful city.

P.S. I won't be posting anything here while we're away, but as long as I can find Wi-Fi I'll be sharing  pictures on Instagram. See you there now, and back here later this month!

P.P.S. Coincidentally, last week I published a post about a dinner at Restaurant Andalucia (and why I'll probably always be a city dweller) for View Stockholm.

One year ago:
Bittersweet &
Waltzing waterfront walks &
Sicilia Selvaggia, Wild Sicily &
End of summer pullover
Blogger Tricks

Monday, September 1, 2014

Peeking out

View of Gamla Stan & Södermalm from Kungsholmen  |  Peeking out on afeathery*nest  |
Notice something different?

Take a look up. All the way up to your address bar.

I finally bought my own domain!

I'd been thinking that since I've (surprisingly) kept this up for almost two years now, perhaps it was time to make it all nice and official.

And that's not all...

A few fortuitous encounters happened because of my Instagram feed (which I made "public", but still anonymous, a few months ago) and this (anonymous/private) blog after moving to Stockholm. Like: a tourism organization for the city found me via my photographs and asked if I'd like to write about my experiences as a new expat in Stockholm on their site.

Of course I said yes.

Which brings me to the the next little surprise.

While I don't know who all of you are (although I see your digital footprints—thanks for visiting!), maybe you'd like to know who I am? If you've been curious about what comes after the "J", head on over to my updated About page. You'll also see a link to my writing gig for View Stockholm there (and if you happen to like what you read on their site, I'd love if you would share and like the posts).

Starting off my favorite season with a bang, eh?

P.S. Please update your feed readers & Bloglovin'!

One year ago:
Lavender and peppermint muscle-relaxing boo-boo balm &
Dante's layette

Friday, August 29, 2014

A reset of sorts

Hammarby Sjöstad outdoor gym utegym  |  A reset of sorts on afeathery*nest  |
It's that time of year again—when everything starts anew, for me at least.

And in the name of resets, shifts, and the like, I'm going to spend some time this weekend doing a little behind-the-scenes re-jiggering of my online life.

In case I somehow bring down the Internet by doing so, or at least my little corner of it, and you don't hear anything from me next week via your bookmarks, feed readers or email subscriptions, do a little Googling and I'm sure you'll find me again.

Till then, a few tidbits that I've found or have been on my mind lately:

+ + +

Wine that doubles as a dessert:
I've discovered a wine that tastes and smells just like a chokladboll! You know how much I love those little chocolatey, nutty, espresso-laced balls of deliciousness, so this was quite a find. If you're from Sweden or have had the delight of eating one and want it in a glass, or if you're not / haven't but have wondered what I was gushing about, please try and find Diemersfontein's Coffee Pinotage from South Africa.

While I pride myself on multi-tastking well, I probably shouldn't:
"Every day we’re assaulted with facts, pseudofacts, news feeds and jibber-jabber, coming from all directions...Every status update you read on Facebook, every tweet or text message you get from a friend, is competing for resources in your brain with important things like whether to put your savings in stocks or bonds, where you left your passport or how best to reconcile with a close friend you just had an argument with.
..If you want to be more productive and creative, and to have more energy, the science dictates that you should partition your day into project periods. Your social networking should be done during a designated time, not as constant interruptions to your day.
— "Hit the reset button in your brain", The New York Times

Exercising in public:
I'm not one to get my training in at the gym or in group classes—I'd much rather prefer to do all that at home, sometimes with candles lit, or else just during the natural course of my day, but I was always a little intrigued every time I passed one of Stockholm's utegyms, or, outdoor gyms. They looked so raw and real and the fact that they're always in pretty pockets of greenery helped up the interest factor. When a new one was installed right behind our apartment (pictured at the top of this post), I had to try it. Besides a much older lady and myself, all the other people there were men and women accompanied by babies in strollers. There's something pretty amazing about seeing a woman lifting weights while her child amuses itself and looks on placidly. I'll definitely go back.

One year ago:
El Martinez &
Citrusy tweaks for you and your kitchen &
Slothful sleuthing