Today is a special day in Swedenland: It’s the first sunday out of four before Christmas. We had some friends over to celebrate it.
We had gone to bed at 3 AM this morning after a late concert photoshoot but managed to clean the house and have brunch with scones (HALLELUJAH) before the guests arrived. We’re lacking the classic adventsljusstake so this is our alternative advent-candle; the owl (i just drawed a “1” with a red pen on the candle, hehe)
After having glögg and saffron buns we left the sofa for some serious business…
The Aussie started to do Australia…
Guido and Matilda were sticking to the traditional figures…
A wine bottle is handy when you don’t have a rolling pin.
en gumma och en gubbe.
Nick’s work of art in progress…
FIlippa did hearts and pigs.
Me, I had to do a bicycle of course. Ok it looks funny here but hold on…
When all were baked it was time to decorate them…
The decorating is always the best part (besides from eating the dough)
Lady with yellow shoes about to be eaten.
Hello christmas tree!
What a great arvo! Here are some of the cookies we made.
And guess what! The first snow of the season is falling in this moment!! YEOW!
When I’m in Berlin me and my friends love to take group photos in one of all those old photo booths… Funnily enough, now there’s a web page where you can do it online, in La Photocabine. Then you can save it, print it, share it or post it as a real postcard. It’s not the same of course. But best part is, you don’t have to put in any coins and it doesn’t ever smell of wee!
Me, taking photos of one of my favourite t-shirts:
I know there must be lots of good bicycle stories out there. If you’ve got a special, crazy, different, especially nice, funny or even sad bike memory, please share it with me. Send it by clicking on the “send me your story” under the header. Write on, in Swedish or English, and name is optional so it can be completely anonymous!!
One fun thing tho would be to know city and age… but of course, it’s optional.
People riding bicycles are happier than people sitting on bus and car seats. I won’t make a list today of “why”. But simply put: It’s not in the human beings nature to sit through life. (And, like all other animals on earth, the human beings love a little sense of freedom and don’t like to be trapped in a cage.)
And if this applies to cyclists in general, there’s definitely something about people with cargo bikes. They seem so satisfied with life!
What’s the secret? They’ve not only figured out that the bicycle makes them happier, but also that cycling and kids work great together. What kid doesn’t like to have the front row seat? But the very key to it all probably is: They don’t succumb to the norms. They beat the old saying "when you have kids you gotta have a car"-thing. They’ve given the finger to the gas stations, they stay fit (and the pedalling charges all the feel-good hormones like serotonine and dopamine and lowers the stressing ones), they load the box with groceries whenever, and they laugh all the way to the bank.
So, of course they’re satisfied.
Here are some photos that Joanna, a girl I met in the street the other day, sent to me. First photo is of her kid Juno in their cargo bike. Juno is 2.5 years old and is already learning how to cycle herself.
PAPILLIONAIRE BICYCLES makes Australia roll the european way.
Ever thought of trying something new in your life?
A few weeks ago i got an e-mail from an Aussie guy named Alan. Alan left his career in corporate finance to follow his creative ideas. In other words, he started to design bicycles and opened up a bike store. He and his sister now run the brand - Papillionaire Bicycles - in Melbourne. He wondered if I’d like to make guest posts on their blog. With my passion for cycling and the land Down Under, it was hard to resist. See my first post here (and read Alan’s kind comments on my work!)
Alan and I had a great chat about his journey, I hope you enjoy it and finds his story inspiring:
Tell me about Papillionaire!
- I started Papillionaire only a couple of years ago now. I run it together with my sister, we have mechanics and store assistants who work with us, and a close friend of mine does the web design. We’ve been growing pretty strongly with the boom in cycling culture in Australia. So we’re planning on opening up in New Zealand, and will hopefully try the US market in the near future.
What’s your personal story?
- I’ve been very into cycling since I was a kid. My dad’s a road cycling enthusiast. And so I’ve always ridden bikes. But when I moved out of home (long time ago now - I’m 27), I started riding more and more as way to get around. I’ve traveled alot as well, as many Aussies do, and travelling through Europe really opened my eyes to how amazing cycling can be for a city, and for the lifestyles of the people within. It’s something I really want to help develop further in Australia, and a lot of people are behind the movement here these days.
So that’s pretty much my story. I’m also very into fiction writing, I write a lot.
If you would give some advices to people who are thinking of trying a new path in their lives… (like your career swap) what would they be?
- I think I’ve rarely regretted taking a risk, even when I fall flat on my arse. Rather, I tend to regret the times I’ve played it safe because I’m too scared to take a chance. That’s not to say there aren’t times when you’re better off saying ‘no’ to an opportunity. But I’m yet to have developed the foresight to know when those are. I think in the end, if you work truly hard, and you’re passionate and educated about what you’re doing, you’ll have a good chance of success. Then the rest is down to luck!
That is so true. Thanks heaps Alan! I’m glad our paths crossed, It’s great how Internet brings continents, people and ideas closer. Hope I get to go to Melbourne the next time I’m in Oz to try out a Papillionaire and to whisle down the street with you guys.
The two behind the brand: Nicola (who left her job as a lawyer) and Alan (+ very cute dog)
‘‘We both really wanted to be creative but our parents made us do finance and law so we did our token four years and moved on.’’ - Nicola in The Sydney Morning Herald.
————————————————————————————————————- P.S: Be the nerd you are and stay curious. And if you feel that you’re in the dreamer but not the doer state, why don’t you like this project; Project of How. They’re in the making of a platform for sharing insights, methods and learnings about creative processes. Great initiative me thinks, and they might be a part of the catalyst you need!