Spring is in the air

February 15, 2015

At first glance, you’d think finding an apartment in Helsinki is the easiest thing ever, while it’s easier than Stockholm by far, we’ve so far come up empty. Thankfully Idean is doing a great deal to help us, they’ve contacted multiple landlords and been to a couple of viewings so far.

What makes the whole thing a bit less stressful is that I know we can get an apartment, but both me and Paulina are set on finding something that is near my office and is an apartment that we’d like to live in for at least a couple of years. But if we won’t be able to find anything that fits our criteria, I’m confident that we won’t be homeless (there are lots of available apartments, but not that many that we’re interested in).

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Meanwhile, here in Stockholm, spring is in the air, the days are getting a lot longer, the air is warmer, and the sun has been out on multiple occasions this week. I decided to take a walk around my neighbourhood, this will be the last spring in Stockholm, and I want to enjoy it as much as possible.

We’ve lived in Årstadal for the last two years, and it’s been great, the neighbourhood is as clam as any, it’s well connected being near both the subway, the tramway and the commuter trains.

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Årstadal, Stockholm

On the subject of public transportation, SL, in all their wisdom, has launched a new campaign, promoting their travel card. What they have multiple different posters, but my favourite one is the car that looks like a subway cart (pictured below). The text is freely translated to “Test drive our cheapest model. Private leasing from 790 sek per month.”.

I really like the way SL promotes their products, I’ve written about it before, when they used the “Doge” internet meme, plastered all around the subway stations.

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I don’t know what it is, but I can’t enough of SL’s great ads

Reaching the Explore page on Flickr

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Last week I visited the Army museum in Stockholm. When I was there I took this one picture that I initially thought of not publishing. I haven’t followed Fotosondag in a couple of months, but somehow I decided to check what that week’s word was, and it was “Färglöst” (“Colorless”). So I flipped through Lightroom to the picture, took down the saturation a bit, upped the clarity on added some noise, and finally uploaded it with the correct tags.

A couple of hours later, my inbox had pretty much drowned in mail from Flickr. During the next two days I received hundreds of updates from Flickr, apparently, the image had reach the Explore page on Flickr, and by doing so it had reached critical mass. In some ways I’m pretty happy about it, but I could’ve survived without the mail spam.

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