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GoPro Time Lapse @ Nyhavn Copenhagen

A time lapse video filmed with a GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition at 0,5 sec, 7MP.
I will return to do another one when there’s more people. I will be making LOTS of cool timelapses around Copenhagen this summer, so make sure to check in once in a while : )

GoPro @ Copenhagen Distortion 2014

Distortion street party 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark video.
Shot with GoPro Hero3+ Black Edition 720p 100fps allowing for some pretty cool slow motion.

Christianshavn Bridge


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Christianshavn Canal in the Fall


This area is not far from the city centre. In fact you can walk there from the main walking street in about 15 minutes. Definitely worth a visit as it is one of Copenhagen’s most beautiful and charming neighbourhoods with it’s canals and old, colourful houses. This is also where you’ll find Christiania, another visitor must-see! Click below to view this spot on a map : ) Continue reading

Flagging Leg on Christianshavn

Flagging-leg-web-2In Denmark we love to flag. It’s a tradition that comes to life any chance it gets. Whether it’s New Years Eve, the queens birthday, someone returning from a trip abroad (if you don’t believe me check out this ad Coca-Cola made with people flagging at Copenhagen Airport http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mLzYav-1JI) or just because you have a fake leg lying around, the red and white “Dannebrog” is always present at any occasion and celebration. All official government buildings are to decorate their outside walls with the national flag of the kingdom of Denmark on certain days, by law! If Good Friday happens to fall on a same day at one of the royal birthdays we only fly at half mast. There you have it! Click “continue reading” below to see it on the map.


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Colourful buildings on Christianshavn, Copenhagen


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Hanging out in by the canal

Chilling out in by the canal

Beatutiful Fall / Autumn day in Copenhagen, Denmark. Click below for map : )

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Street Photography: Bricks


Out exploring the city yesterday, this is what I found… Made me giggle : )

Flea Market Finds – Vintage Desk Lamp

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Summer means lots of flea markets going on around Copenhagen.

You can find the most amazing things, often way cheaper than at thrift stores, because you are mostly dealing with people who are happy to get rid of their used things.

I got this old retro brown table lamp (on the left) for under $3… Great find!  It’s standing on a couple of cigar boxes I got from the local wine and cigar store. Most of the books and the lamp on the right were given away for free at the local exchange centre.

Happy hunting : )

Neptune Fountain in Gdansk, Poland



Gdansk is a beautiful city. I feel blessed that I have two grandmothers living in the very centre of the Old Town, few seconds away from Dlugi Targ (Long Market), the city’s main walking street. Every year when I visit them I am amazed by the beauty of the city. Definitely worth a visit.

Helium Balloons in Old Garage

Balloons-webThis is something I found wandering through the courtyards of Gdansk, Poland and I felt kind of moved by it for some reason

Bird in Line at the Pharmacy


One of the funniest things I’ve ever seen… (maybe he was suffering from the bird flu) Only in Poland 😀

Colorful Industrial Scene in Gdansk, Poland


On my recent trip to Poland I took my grandma on a water tram ride. The boat sailed from the Old Town city centre to Westerplatte through some amazing industrial landscapes of the Stocznia Gdanska shipyard (where the whole Solidarity movement began) . Not something you see every day…

Copenhagen Panorama From Above

Copenhagen-From-Above-02I took this picture from the 13th story of the building where I live. It is taken in the Østerbro area facing south. In the full sized picture you can actually see the strait on the left, the coast of Sweden and the Øresundsbron (the bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden). As you can see there are not many tall buildings in Copenhagen, so I feel really privileged to have access to this view any time.

Tycho Brahe Planetarium, Copenhagen

Tycho-Brahe's-PlanetariumNamed after the Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe this architectually unique building from 1989 is primarily used as a movie theatre. It rests at the southern corner of St. Jørgen’s Lake lake in Vesterbro, Copenhagen. The canvas in this movie theatre is 1000 m2 (10,764 sq ft) and curved and in front of it you can enjoy numerious beautifully filmed IMAX and 3D movies. It is an extreme experience that makes you feel like you could fall out of your chair anytime.

1 Love : )

1loveI found this in a container. Made me smile, so I thought I’d share ; ) Have a beautiful day wherever you are…


Østerbro, Copenhagen Flower Mural

Copenhagen-Mural-03So I went out today and photographed another mural in my neighbourhood. I’m not sure if this is technically a mural since it’s not painted directly on the building, but on boards that are mounted to the wall. Regardless, I think it’s pretty cool and always puts me in a good mood when I pass by : )


Copenhagen Mural 02: Nordhavn, Østerbro

Copenhagen-Mural-02This mural is located in Copenhagen’s Østerbro quarter, where I live. It can be found beneath the tracks near Nordhavn Station. On the other side of the tracks is the harbour that is represented in this different piece of street art. As you can probably tell we love our bikes! The symbol on the train indicates the “bike wagon”. You can bring your bike with you for free, except during rush hour when you can’t bring it at all. Also along the tracks is a bike lane free of stop signals : )

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Awesome Mural in Nørrebro, Copenhagen



This is one of Copenhagen’s many cool murals located in the city’s Nørrebro quarter. If you take the time to look around and go down unknown streets you can find some amazing street art.

I love riding my bike through the very different parts of Copenhagen, finding places I never knew existed and discovering their treasures, may it be a cute little coffee shop or some great street art.

I will definitely be posting more of these. I already have a bunch on my phone camera so that I remember what I found and where. Now I just need to return with my real camera and shoot some proper photos.

I bet that whichever city you live in also holds some cool street art. Sometimes it’s good fun to play tourist in your home town. So go explore and have fun : )

Colorful LP Cover Art Display


I love the art on old LP record covers. Here’s an inexpensive way to reuse them and bring some colour and an unique kind of music art display into your home. Go through your local thrift stores (or flea markets) and browse for cool  covers that inspire you and place them in a fitting easel. I have six of these sitting in this easel and switch between them according to my mood. (also this is a great way to put those old records to use without damaging them)

There you go, easy as that – an ever changing, completely unique art exhibit to spice up your home : )

Simple & Creamy Guacamole Recipe

I have a thing for avocados, and I enjoy using guacamole as dip for my tortilla chips, nachos, and as a healthy spread in my sandwiches, tortilla wraps and quesadillas. People use various ingredients in their guacamole, but I really like mine best simple with very few ingredients, and if you get the right ripe avocados, with an almost oily and creamy consistency, I believe that all you need is:


Salt & Pepper to taste

(Paprika (optional))

I like mine a bit chunky, so I just use a butter knife to scrape it into a bowl, then I add salt and pepper and stir with a spoon. If you like yours uniform and very creamy you can put it through a food processor.

My Hummus Recipe


I love hummus. It’s very quick and easy to make and doesn’t require many ingredients. It can be used as a healthy dip for vegetables and tortilla chips or as a spread in sandwiches and wraps. This is how I make it, but feel free to use more or less of any ingredient, it has to be right for YOU : )

1 can of garbanzo beans (chickpeas)

4 garlic cloves

1/4 cup (0,6 dl) of the liquid from the chickpeas

1 tsp tahini paste
2 tsp lemon juice
1 tbsp olive oil
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp ground coriander
A little Ground pepper
(You can use olive oil, paprika, parsley, sesame seeds to decorate)

Process all ingredients but garbanzo beans until well processed. Add the garbanzo beans and process until almost the desired consistency. Taste for salt, pepper and lemon and process until done. Transfer to a dish, decorate and serve right away or chilled.

If you like your hummus very creamy you can add a little more fluid and process it more.
I hope you’ll like it as much as I do : )

Cool Vintage Suitcase End Table


Just another reduce/reuse/recycle interior design idea. I got a great deal on this suitcase at a local flea market and decided to use it as a side table and to keep my dvd’s and cd’s in it. I love these old retro things they have their own history and soul : )

Mango Sorbet


This 1 ingredient recipe is so simple you won’t believe it! Mango pureed and frozen in an ice cream maker. I was really surprised at how well it turned out and how tasty is was – and it only took me 20 minutes!! Great spontaneous dessert that has to be tried. One mango yields about 4 balls.

Colourful Postcard Art Display


I found this used postcard rack at the “exchange centre” of my local recycling yard. You’re not allowed to take anything from the yard, but they have put up a container where people put the things they think are too good to just throw away, and then anyone is free to take them. It’s a pretty great concept. My initial thought was to sell it online, but I remembered that I had a bunch of “go-cards” lying around that I was collecting for another project, so picked some out that I thought were fun and colourful and arranged them on the rack. I thought it looked great and added some colour play so I decided to keep it for a while : )

Postcard-Decor-06Another  cool thing about this display is that it can be ever changing as you shift between new shapes and colours.

Alternative Radiator Book Case


I think it’s really cool when people find alternative and creative ways to use the things in our homes that we’d rather see hidden, and think we can all agree that a radiator is not the prettiest thing in the world. The other day I noticed that the space between the “ribs” is about the thickness of a regular book, so since I’d rather put on an extra sweater than turn on the radiator I decided to try and see what it’d look like, and I think that it really made it come to life and turned it into something completely different.

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Papaya Salad!


This was actually the first papaya I ever bought and ended up making this delicious salad:

Papaya (of course)
Fresh whole basil leaves
Green Beans
Red onion

Then you can make some dressing and pour it on top. I just took some oil mixed with lots of dried herbs, lemon juice and garlic and it turned out great!

As for the rest of the papaya, I removed the seeds, scooped some ice cream onto it and ate the papaya with ice cream straight from the shell. Yummy : )

Happy Chia!!


Chia is a cute little seed that can be added to your juices, smoothies, bread, cookies, granola bars, cereal, on top of your salads or meals AND it can be used to make fun and delicious chia pudding and jello! When it comes in contact with fluids it can expand to up to 10x it’s size and than has a gel like consistency. I will probably post some recipes later.
I’ve begun to add it to my breakfast yoghurt along with oats and some Goji berries.. This picture I took last year when I was eating all raw and would add it to my green smoothies.

Chia seeds are a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids which makes it a great supplement to a vegan and vegetarian diet.
Search the web for other nutritional facts, I’m no expert : )

Delicious Filling Broccoli/Mango Salad


This salad is all RAW and super filling. The ingredients are:

lemon juice
Pomegranate seeds to break the colour
Yellow Bell Pepper (optional)

For a twist of something different you can try adding a little apple cider vinegar
AND if you’re really courageous: garlic ; ) but mainly if serving it with dinner.
You can make out the ratio from the picture
(I have been really bad at remembering to write recipes as I make the food)


Copenhagen Airport with a Pinhole Camera


This photo was taken at Copenhagen Airport with a pinhole camera, which is basically a cardboard box with a piece of photographic paper attached to one of the walls on the inside (in a darkroom), a tiny hole on the opposite wall  that is covered until exposure. I’m not sure, but I think this one was exposed for 15 minutes.

The funniest part was my friend and I trying to get permission from security to shoot inside the airport and they insisted on looking inside the box (which of course would have ruined the picture) and then looked at us as if we were crazy when we tried to explain that this large cardboard box was actually a camera. They didn’t buy it and politely sent us outside to do our thing : )

My Chest X-Ray


Pretty awesome! And fascinating!

(The picture of course is copyrighted) but you can buy it on here on Dreamstime : )

I heart Copenhagen: København K Thrift store


København K is a huge thrift store hidden in the back of a courtyard at the very centre of Copenhagen. They deal in the more “high end” clothing and accessories, and are not a non-profit charity organisation, which means that the items you’ll find in the store are carefully picked (unlike charity thrift shops that take in anything as long as it’s wearable). This of course also means pretty high prices for previously owned things, but still, you get great value and quality for a lot less than you would pay the same thing, new in a store. Definitely worth checking out if you visit or live in Copenhagen.


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City Walks



Today I actually stopped a guy on the street and asked if I could photograph his feet! That’s a new one, even for me! But that’s the cool thing about hitting the streets with your camera. You notice things, little moments, while most people just walk by, and you feel deeply connected to someone for a short while, and then take a little piece of them home, caught in a photograph. And most people love the fact that a total stranger is taking interest in them, and seeing something special about them.

If you like taking pictures, you should seriously consider trying this. It’s super rewarding. And maybe you find it intimidating at first, but don’t worry, I still do sometimes, but then I just bring my camera anyway and walk around noticing the moments. This is good exersize even if you don’t take your camera out once!

Now go out, explore and have some fun!

Love, Jessie

Self Portrait


This is a self portrait taken last summer in a store called Dora. I wandered around taking pictures for quite a while. It’s an interior design store but it looked more like an art exhibit. The owner’s mother was there that day and was really nice, letting me photograph as much as I wanted. I have a lot more photos from there that I will probably post later.

Bicycle Workshop


It reads: “Love for your Bike”
(I was praying for someone wearing anything yellow to ride by!)

Clothing Line


Another charming thing about those courtyards, the clothes hanging out to dry. And look at those primary colours!

Hidden Art Studio


These are some snapshots I took at an art studio/gallery that I was invited into after sneaking into one of Copenhagen’s countless old courtyards. The paint on the easel was a piece of art in itself. The artist said that he’d been working on it for 15 years, and back then it had already been started by another artist. Imagine the history stored in those layers of paint! Incredible.

Watering Cans


Watering cans in one of Copenhagen’s courtyards

Copenhagen Street Portrait


I passed this guy and his dog on the street and just couldn’t help but turn around and ask for a picture.
He just nodded and carelessly returned to smoking his joint. Only the dog kept a careful eye on me. I mean, his bare feet in those shoes and that sweater from a completely different time. It was just a perfect moment…


Insanely expensive, but they have the coolest industrial interior design, over-sized lamps, spots and fans. Located in Copenhagen’s Vesterbro Quarter.


Inspiration for a spring snack.
We’ve got to get back in the game and start regaining some strength after a long dark winter (Especially here in the North (writing from Copenhagen))

Great Juicy Summer salad (with oranges!!!)


This couldn’t be easier. Grab some fresh spinach, slice that red onion, pick a couple of sweet juicy oranges, and bam!

Deliciousness : )

Fresh Tabouleh


So this is the RAW cousin to the traditional bulgur tabouleh salad. Veeeeeery easy.

The ingredients are:

Sunflower Seeds (chopped to the size of bulgur)
Red onion
Salt & Pepper
A little bit of lemon juice

Avocado Rings !!

This was one of my absolute favourites back when I was eating raw! It’s crazy easy to make especially if you make some extra nut mixture one and save it for another time : ) It was also a big hit with friends and family as a side dish or snack.

4 Avocados
½ cup Hazelnuts
½ cup Walnuts
½ cup Sesame seeds
½ cup Herbs (basil, oregano, thyme)
Salt, pepper, paprika, onion powder to taste

Process the hazelnuts and walnuts in a food processor until crumbly
(make sure to process it well, if the pieces are to big they won’t stick)
Place the crumbled nuts in a bowl and add the rest of the ingredients.
Mix well.

I like to cut my  avocado’s in circles by cutting around the pit and then
carefully removing each circle, but if it’s too much trouble or
you’re in a hurry you can slice your cado’s any way you like : )

(note: avocado turns brown quite fast, so you don’t want to wait to long before eating/serving)


Raw Avocado Burrito Wrap


This is for inspiration, but super easy to make. It’s basically chunky guacamole with chopped red and yellow bell pepper and scallions, seasoned and wrapped in pointy red cabbage (works well with any flexible cabbage or lettuce).

Vintage Camera Book End


This is a fun way to use an old film camera! They are just beautiful and deserve to be displayed : ) This way it also serves another purpose.

You can get an old camera at any flea market and probably at some thrift stores (or ask someone from an older generation, there’s a good chance they have one of these lying around or buried somewhere in the attic and wouldn’t mind passing it on)


Vietnam – The People

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Amazing country, beautiful and inspiring people : )

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Badass Old 60’s Radio as Furniture : )



I will call it the “Best Find of 2012” AND… It’s actually working perfectly!

Turn Your Old Shirts into Fun New Pillows


This is just a great way to put your own touch to your home interior. It’s fast, easy and cheap, and is way more interesting than most of the pillows you’ll find at the store. This way you can have it just the way you like it and know that it is one of a kind.



I just learned how to use a sewing machine. This was my first project and I cannot believe how incredibly easy it was! You can use your own or search your local thrift stores or flea markets for some great used tees, sweaters, shirts, zippers, buttons and other cool things and make your own awesome pillowcases : ) I have many more pillows to go so I’m really looking forward to the spring/summer flea markets.

Have fun!!