The past months I have been really good at going to exhibitions, attending lectures and discussions and simply education myself and embracing some of my interest a little more.
The news that Lena Dunham will end the series Girls after next season might not come as a shock but I did feel a pinch of relief when I found out about this newsletter. Not that I have any doubt that we will not see and hear a lot more from her even though the Girls series is over.
Lenny Letter - a newsletter curated by Lena Dunham and
It's a website / newsletter circling around topics such as feminism, style, health, politics and friendship.
I just went through my mailbox and unsubscribed a bunch of stupid newsletters and deleted most of them and now only want the ones that make sense and teach me something. Maybe make me think and provoke me a little bit or make me sad or even happy. Maybe this is something that makes your everyday better as well?
Right now this is my favourite article.
Illustration below are borrowed form the website - Lenny Letter.
Where to stay - when you visit Japan.
I asked myself this question a numerous times before I left.
I am a planner - so I bought guides, browsed blogs, spoke and wrote to everyone I knew who had spent time in Japan and had a small dream about maybe spending a night at the Park Hyatt Tokyo. Because well it was my lost in translation trip - after all. I had a strict budget but unfortunately I have in my older years turned into a hotel facist.
Which made this matter even more difficult. When I have traveled for work or on holidays. I always avoid the big impersonal, overpriced chains. I don't care for room service, big mostly very impersonal rooms bore me to death. I don't want a bathrobe or a tub of my own - I want personality and well though through design. I loved the Mama Shelter in Paris - free movies, Kiehls product in the bathroom and pizza room service - what is there not to like? I adore Sub Karaköy in Istanbul where they greet me with my name when I enter and ask if I want some chai. They even cook me a sandwhich at 1 in the morning after a very long day with meetings. It has become my home in Istanbul after numerous business trips there. The Excelsior in Thessaloniki is a dream. Exactly what you feel like - and teh breakfast is amazing. If you ever have to spend time in Budapest which I do not recommend the only way to survive is booking Gerloczy. Completely perfect. Free minibar - a burlesque - very velvet heavy feel and simply so true to what I hope used to be Hungary.
I also don't share my hotel favourites with everyone - so count yourself lucky :)
You guys might be thinking why not Airbnb - well since I didn't want to risk having to spend time with someone I didn't feel comfortable with for almost two weeks and what I found for a single person was either huge and expensive or in the wrong neighborhood.
The neighborhood is another thing - how too choose? Because Tokyo is so big you will spend time on transportation either way and I didn't really mind this. So I started to search for small, design and boutique hotels. Only to learn that Japan are not famous for their boutique hotels. I wrote to the few I found - which were already booked. I wrote to a small family run bed and breakfast thing I had been recommended but they were also booked. Bear in mind I was like 3 month ahead - so I was thinking that I didn't have to rush. Finally I stumbled on this quirky website - Kangaroo Hotel. The website hadn't been updated or so it seamed for quite some time. But I wrote them and fell in love with them. They were helpful, sweet and seemed like the perfect match. And they were so cheap. It was in a complete opposite area than what I had planned but that turned out to be just perfect.
The room was tiny ! Shared bathrooms - but super clean. I loved the functional design and the room had just what I needed. A clean bed, a fridge, a window, concrete walls with muji hangers and aircon and the staff was so helpfull and nice. They translated small notes to sign language and drew maps for me. My perfect base for two weeks by myself. I could hang out in my room if I felt like being on my own or sit in their over crowded - not so minimalist lobby and listen to them play some of the zillion instruments. The area was authentic - with a bunch of typical japanese middle class houses. Good public transportation connections and 7/11 on every 2nd. corner. AN amazing traditional Japanese coffee roaster as well - so it was all I could have asked for.
For the few days I was spending on Kyoto - I just left my big bags at the small Hotel and packed a back pack. This was so nice - and the two days at the 9 hour hotel - with their design cubicles was amazing.
So different - in the middle of booming shopping and skyscraper on one side - if you walked down the other side it was traditional Japanese wooden houses and just around the corner this amazing food court. My designer heart pounded - I could absolutely imagine living like this on a permanent base.
If you ever get the chance - try it out.
So relaxing to sleep in your own hub ! Where only light awakes you. Sorry though for the poor American girl who did not understand the concept and refused to leave her bag at the reception - luggage spot. She didn't get to experience what was my best night sleep in my life I think. So pretty - felt like sleeping inside a Muji store.
2015 is a wrap - let's go 2016.
My man just said he could already feel it - 2016 will be a great year. The past few days I have escaped - I will get back on track in the new years eve. So many things on my mind I have to conquer. First new years eve with sweet friends, nice food and plenty of bubbles.
Long windy walks and honest conversations.
Last years list is here - and the one from 2014 is here. I just read through them and I am not quite sure if I acchieved all the stuff I was planning on for 2015. The past year feels really blurry and I have a hard time wrapping my head around it. I have decided not to - just let it go.
These lists tend to repeat themselves and the pressure feels too big. The constant theme in my mind right now is to focus on the simple things in life. I will try to communicate better and more clear. What are my hopes and expectations. What do I really want. So let's simplify it this year.
My 2016 looks like this:
1. Spend more time with friends
2. Eat more cheese
3. Smile more
5. Find a job
6. Save money for our new home
7. Do more yoga
8. Have more honest conversations with my family