Architecture, Capital, City, Europe, Germany, Knowledge, Oslo, Society, Stroll, Summer, Sun, Weekend

City Summer

Pondered upon the Munich shooting on the conflicting narratives, what to believe is the narrative closest to the truth. Five years ago my capital Oslo (Utøya) suffered a bomb blast, and only two days after I went to see the damage. One theory in the Munich shooting links it to Anders B. Breivik according to the investigators  (a claim sounding modified according to this Tagesschau article) while CNN reportedly had an eyewitness “Loretta” describing the shooter having said “Allahu Akbar.”

Makes you wonder which is correct or if there is more to the story. Sentiments of empathy for the victims aside, pondering upon the narratives offers reflection. It´s a little early to have a precise opinion from my point of view, however welcomes more in-depth information on what appears to have been a planned shooting. There might be graphic content in the links. For more updates @KajsaJAndersen on Twitter.
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Architecture, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Casual Day, Clouds, Design, Nature, Outdoors, Politics

Spring Is In The Air

With the flare-up of tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan in the Nagorno-Karabakh area, I have revisited this conflict I wrote a paper about once. Azerbaijani Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov said it was Armenian provocations on April 2nd which began this latest round, he even points out the illegal presence of Armenian troops in an AZERTAC interview.

Through a 1994 report from Human Rights Watch I have come to the same conclusion, Nagorno-Kabarnakh is legally belonging to Azerbaijan. Armenian presence traced to Artsakh (Nagorno-Karabakh today) is true, however I base political opinions on current events rather than historical ones. Reasoning with all the historical events between Artsakh and today, where do you draw the line?
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Entertainment, Eurovision, Fashion, Inspiration, Menswear, Music, Photography, Russia, Style

You Are The Only One

When Russia last year selected Polina Gagarina to represent the country in Eurovision Song Contest, it made me really excited. Sergey Lazarev for Russia this year, feels exactly the same. When I was in Russia a few years back I visited a small record store in St. Petersburg, it was a little daunting asking for assistance but it had to be done. In my head I thought I pronounced Sergey Lazarev correctly, I was wrong the cashier did not understand. Ended up having to look for it myself.

His song “You Are The Only One” to the contest been on massive repeat, when you have such high expectations it´s great having them met. Very familiar with the rest of his music, some of my favorites are “7 wonders,” “Heartbeat,””Vspominay” and “Naydi Menya.” Who knows what´s going to happen in Eurovision Song Contest? fCwl4N2VqQY

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Casual Day, City, Europe, Everyday, Norway, Oslo, Outdoors, Stroll, Walking

Mittens and boots

February is coming, gone through a very cold period and staying inside been the natural choice. It´s been the kind of cold no layers of warm clothes could have embraced, most likely you would end up cold. This weekend the temperatures increased, you can witness the change from crisp powder snow to a more moist consistency. Admit it´s rather nice having yet another winter month behind, spring is such a lovely season up north. Watching the flowers blossom, look forward to the wonderful sight. IMG_2362Cookies

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Entertainment, Europe, German, Germany, History, Politics

A Walkman and a chair

Capitalism vs. communism, or the power play between the US and the former Soviet Union. That is the theme of the German series “Deutschland 83,” which I just started watching (some graphic content). It´s revolving around Martin Rauch whom leaves his East German home, to infiltrate the West German army. Halfway into it, wonderful acting by the cast.

A person like myself who have no recollection of the Cold War period, it´s difficult to understand this particular political conflict. Remnants could of course be traced in the political sphere at present time, “Deutschland 83” however describes a tale of the technological progression of the past. The Walkman, forbidden literature and 99 Luftballons are all contributing to setting the mood.
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Architecture, Europe, Greece, History, Photography, Travel

Hellenikon

Originally a 2014 story published in the online edition of International Business Times UK, these pictures of an abandoned Hellenikon airport, Athens are very telling. The airport was built in 1938, used as a Nazi Luftwaffe base during World War Two. Afterwards, by the United States Air Force.

History took it´s course for this airport in 2001 when it closed, to make way for a more modern one prior to the 2004 Olympics. Myself, having never been to this airport I can only use my imagination while looking at the pictures. For former travelers these pictures might have a nostalgic flair, evoking memories like waiting at the gate for the flight. Regardless, they possess a raw quality. athens-ghost-airport

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City, Fall, Norway, Oslo, Outside, Sunset, Walking

Sunset and the city

Wandering among Christmas decorations wearing a black, chic coat gave a pre-taste of December. The air cold but still friendly enough for some time outside admiring the different shades of fall, indeed a nice treat. Numerous leaves decorated the sidewalks with their summer coat tossed away, opting for a fresh yellow and brown hue.

It all ended blissfully gazing towards the sunset sitting down at my favorite spot in the city, together with many strangers capturing it on their phones and cameras. Fall is not as bad when admiring such a sight, little needed for a moment of happiness. A sunset is really all it takes.
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