This weekend two good friends of mine came to visit Stockholm. While in town they had decided to try out zorbing. I came along to watch the whole spectacle.
I saw the two of them gracefully (more or less ) climb into the gigantic plastic orb and then be taken up the hill on the loading platform of a four-wheeler. I didn’t think it looked that much of a deal. They didn’t go very high up the hill and the down slope was not really that steep. I waited at the foot of the hill and then suddenly the orb started its journey down. After a whole lot of screaming and laughing my friends stepped out of the orb.
-Now it’s your go! they said with a smirk.
What choice did I have but to take their place, crawl into the orb and be taken up the hill by the four-wheeler? I guess it was a good thing I didn’t have much time to reflect over what I had gotten myself into. I won’t tell you what it was like. Instead I’ll share this video with you and let you hear my scream of agony.
We all have to pee, even the Royals. Last week, this ”wedding loo” was delivered at the Royal Palace by Swedish bathroom and porcelain manufacturer Gustavsberg. “For better or for worse” says the heart-shaped sign in Swedish.
Asked the press woman at Gustavsberg if she knew where exactly this wedding toilet was going to end up, but she did not know. Near the Haga Palace, one could assume?
Just watched Robyn’s latest video, “Dancing On My Own.” Perfect way to start the day after far too little sleep. (Due to very nice but slightly excessive, for some, after work mingle at the boss’s last night.) Typically Robynesque beat, which makes it hard to sit still – even here at the desk. Hard not to tap, tap, tap the desk annoyingly.
I think Robyn is great. Cool, confident, independent. And humble. She was on the Swedish–Norwegian talk show Skavlan a few weeks ago. Skavlan: “How big are you in the United States?” Robyn: “Not that big at all, actually.” She goes on to explain that she’s only sold about half as many albums over there as in Sweden, but that it doesn’t bother her. Obviously I don’t know if she’s honest, but she does seem very down to earth. Amazingly so, considering that she’s been a pop star since she was 16. She will release three albums in 2010 – all from her own label, Konichiwa Records.
As the day for the Royal Wedding gets closer and closer I can’t help to speculate about which photographer Crown Princess Victoria and Mr. Daniel Westling (or more likely the Royal Court!) have chosen to perpetuate the Royal Wedding Day. Of course they won’t be having much trouble with their wedding NOT being documented enough – Swedish as well as international media will most likely cover the event second by second.
Scanpix is the official image agency during the Royal Wedding and there is a good chance their photographer Henrik Montgomery, who shot the couple’s engagement photo, is the one getting the prestigious mission to make the wedding portrait. Henrik Montgomery, by the way, got the award for best Swedish picture 2010. But there are also some rumors saying that another possible candidate for the job is the fashion photographer Mikael Jansson, who took the portrait pictures for the slide show presented at the Swedish Royal Court web page. If you are interested in following the progress of the wedding and the hysteria surrounding it, The Local has a special Royal Wedding Blog.
Whoever gets the honor to take Victoria and Daniel’s wedding portrait, I’d still like to highlight another successful Swedish wedding photographer. Jonas Peterson is originally from Gothenburg but now lives in Australia. Some time ago he decided to leave a splendid career within the PR industry to go for his passion whole-heartedly and became a full-time photographer, specializing in weddings. He shoots the weddings in a very personal and intimate way, capturing all the memorable little moments, and I think he always manages to tell a story with his pictures. Jonas is blogging about his amazing job and also shares some of his everyday life, and there, among his magical photos you can dream away for a little while. I for one know who I would choose to shoot my wedding if I were a bit more anxious to get married!
Want an unobstructed view over Stockholm and a unique trip there? The Ericsson Globe is the way to go. Skyview is a funicular railway that takes you to the very top of the worlds largest hemispherical building. The Globe has hosted a lot of events over the years, so it’s kind of funny to find yourself on top of it for the first time. If you’re into hockey you might remember the World Cup of Hockey that took place here in ’96 and ’04. A hockey fan or not—the view was just great. At first you’re at bit confused over directions and then you find some of the landmarks like The Stockholm City Hall. Let alone the weather (we’re been spoiled with an early summer lately) and a somewhat cloudy sky, the scant 20 minutes were gone in the blink of an eye. I managed to shoot a panoramic film clip and took some pictures. Enjoy!
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