onsdag 29 februari 2012

Random



Found this online...very true!
 This is Segun and Max, they are my friends dogs. They are extremly friendly and quite wild. I have known Max since he was a puppy and the problem is that even now when he weighs 45-50kgs he think he is. He will try to jump into your lap.

måndag 27 februari 2012

Good evening ladies and gentleman

New haircut


again...


I know this baking thing is getting out of control… I just really enjoy it so much.
If you are in the neighborhood, come over for a “fika”.  Fika is a very traditional Swedish thing that we do 1-3 times a day.
First at 10, then at 3pm and then sometimes after dinner. It means that we have coffee and something sweet to it. Can be a cinnamon roll or a cookie or just a small piece of chocolate.

I went grocery shopping Saturday afternoon and came across eatable flowers, I just had to get them! 

lördag 25 februari 2012

Red?

I bought this coke in Lagos, it doesn't really show in the picture but it had a orange/red kind of color and very see-through. The seal wasn't broken so it probably came like that from the factory.

torsdag 23 februari 2012

Happy birthday little princess!

 I have gotten a few comments regarding that my blog has a bigger focus on food these days… Do you mind?
I love food and feel I don’t nearly spend enough time baking and cooking.

Yesterday I baked cupcakes, not knowing what a special day it is today! We have a new princess in Sweden!
We will now, (most likely) have two generations of queens on our throne. Congratulations to us! 

måndag 20 februari 2012

Joburg Oasis


Close to the house in Joburg there is a Hilton hotel. They have a lovely pool with a tranquil area with a fish pound and a garden.
You can of course enjoy drinks and food by the pool. This is a nice oasis in a quite busy city, breathe, relax, bring a book. 

fredag 17 februari 2012

Everyday luxury


I could eat this every day, cheese and salted cured meats. Especially cheese is very high up on my "favorite food list" The worse they smell, the better they taste. Some toast and butter to complete the equation.

torsdag 16 februari 2012

Lagos for me...

If something is going on, EVERYONE wants to see what’s going on. In this specific case the police had stopped an Okada (motorbike) in traffic.
They gave him a fine but he claimed he didn’t have any money and stripped naked to prove it. 

Guys hanging out of taxi-buses and carrying things on their head

And people wonder why we have so many power cuts?

tisdag 14 februari 2012

Sunset





I really like sunsets, especially if they are very colorful. These ones are all from Lagos taken with my phone when in traffic.
I don’t know why really but in Lagos the sunsets seems to be more intense than in other places of the world.

Do you guys have a dream destination? Where do you want to travel? I always dreamed of Bahamas before. We went there last year and it was unfortunately much more commercial than I expected. But of course extremely beautiful and the bluest ocean I have ever seen.

måndag 13 februari 2012

Patio



I’m doing new patio furniture covers for our terrace, and I found this amazing fabric this weekend.
The perfect mix of Africa and Archipelago. I really miss the ocean when I’m inland so this will at least give me some “ocean feeling”.

I’ll show you the end result when it’s done.

söndag 12 februari 2012

Lazy Sunday


I’m having a lazy Sunday afternoon, enjoying some coffee and working in the shade. It’s been incredible hot here today and I just can’t be in the sun.
A friend asked why all Swedish people turn their heads towards the sun. For you Swedish people reading this blog, that needs no explanation but for you other people reading, the sun is so scarce in Sweden so we feel that as soon as there is any sun out we need to take advantage of it. My African friends are still very confused of why anyone would ever want to be in the sun if there is shade available… 

fredag 10 februari 2012

Statue


This is the statue that I carried across Africa, first Nigeria-Kenya then Kenya-South Africa.
Now it rests on the staircase in my house.
When bringing things like this out from Nigeria you need to have a certificate that you get from the National Museum, entitling you to bring out national treasure.
I sent my driver with the statue to the museum to get the certificate, they will write down what the piece of art is about. For example when bringing out a painting they will write down the motive and what it is painted in. For this statue I read on the description, “Wooden statue engaged in various activities”.

torsdag 9 februari 2012

Chocolate


I decided to treat myself to some chocolate the other day and went down to our local chocolate-shop and bought a handful of pralines to enjoy.

onsdag 8 februari 2012

Ankara accessories


These necklaces and bracelets are from Nigeria. Covered in typical West African fabric, Ankara. Adds some color to any outfit.

tisdag 7 februari 2012

Rice paper


Yesterday for supper I prepared rice paper.
Cut carrots and other vegetables that you might like. Prepare chicken mince, beef or other meat. Small pieces.
Soak the rice paper in water for 1 minute, until soft.
Put the food inside and roll. Simple, delicious and perfect snack!
The good thing is that you can put basically anything inside them.

måndag 6 februari 2012

Nairobi



I went to Kenya and had the opportunity to stay at an amazing hotel called Sankara in the Westlands area of Nairobi.
The rooms where really nice with a view and windows from floor to ceiling. I have had very particular sleeping patterns the last couple of weeks, waking up in very odd hours of the night.My first night here I woke up after 5, just in time to see the sunrise over Nairobi. Another thing that is amazing with this hotel is the breakfast! I love hotel breakfasts (who doesn’t??) and this one have easily slipped in on my top 3 breakfast experiences
. One of the pictures are borrowed from Sankaras webpage.

onsdag 1 februari 2012

Travel in style


Something I picked up when I moved to Nigeria is that Nigerians like to travel with A LOT of luggage, you wouldn’t believe it if you saw it! Well, since I’ve been here for some time now I have started to notice that my luggage is getting heavier and heavier each time I travel.
This time I traveled with 1 tall wooden sculpture and a huge wooden piece of art that didn’t fit into my barbeque grill bag that I use when traveling (in style).

I couldn’t carry both the sculpture and the art thingy so I had to check one of them in, the wood thingy almost fitted to into my bag so I decided to pack it the best I could and then buy a “Ghana must go” to put over it for protection. I started to wrap my package at the airport, you can’t do it before because customs and some other people needs to check your bag first.  Anyway, when I’m done the lady that works in the check-in that has seen my whole circus act says that Kenyan Airways don’t allow multi colored bags… So what she is basically saying is that my bag is ugly so the other bags will make fun of it?
After some negotiation she agrees that I can turn the Ghana must go inside out, then all of a sudden it white! Perfect, see, I travel in style!





See below for some pictures I took as proof on the way to the airport...