INSPIRATION

Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen I love to be inspired. Today I visited a friend’s house and this is what she had on her table, a tulip taken right up from the dirt with the flower bulb hanging on to it. And when I left I got one as a present, and here it is in […]

THE BLACKBIRD IS SINGING

I am sitting on my balcony happily  listening to how my favorite bird, the blackbird (svartrost), trills out its joyous notes on the lawn. When I hear this twitter I know the summer is just around the corner. Just watch and listen to this and you know what I mean. The blackbird with its shiny […]

ME AND MY PENS

      Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Some have passion for fashion, I have passion for stationery. It does sound a bit “out there”, but nevertheless it is the truth. A colorful pen with a good grip makes me happy, a black pad, pencil and a eraser I put out on my desk for decoration. Buying […]

SALAMANCA – THE GOLDEN CITY!

I am in Salamanca this week with my students who are studying Spanish all taken by this small and stunningly beautiful student-filled city in northwestern Spain close to Portuguese border. It has an incredible architecture, actually it is considered one of the most spectacular Renaissance cities in Europe, and thanks to its clear and pure […]

IN LOVE WITH THE LIBRARY IN SALAMANCA

  Today I visited the old library at the University of Salamanca which is considered to be one of the most beautiful libraries in the western world. This picture is taken by the Turkish architect and fine art photographer Ahmet Ertug based in Istanbul, and the photo is one out of many in his famous […]

GUERNICA AND PICASSO

Guernica is a city situated in northern Spain. The painting Guernica was created by Pablo Picasso in response to German and Italian bombing of the city in 1937 during the Spanish Civil War. The picture measures almost 8 x 4 meters and although I have seen it before, standing here in Madrid with my students […]

QUINO’S GUERNICIA

Quino is a favorite of my mine. The Argentine cartoonist Joaquín Salvador Lavado, better known by his pen name Quino (born 17th of July 1932) is famous for his comic and often political strips. More about him here. You can purchase his book from here.

A NEW DAY

  Photo: Kristin Bae Mysen Watching how these people are waking up with the sun in the picture “A new day”, reminds me of being more present in my own day. The picture is made by the Norwegian painter Else Hagen and is hanging in my livingroom. More about her in an article I have […]