I went to San Francisco back in January, for a conference, and was lucky enough to be able to stick around for a whole week, meeting old friends, making new ones. It was pretty great. The weather was glorious all the time. It was a bit chilly in the morning, but boy, no comparison to the winter we had back home. Sun and blue skies all day long, glorious sunrises and sunsets, an ocean in between. Easy to forget any worries whatsoever.
Here are some impressions of San Francisco this time around. Obviously there was lots of coffee being had, but I’ll get to that later.
I spent two days in Copenhagen for a conference, and although I didn’t get to see any representative parts of the city, I managed to squeeze in a photo walk in between sessions. Conveniently, the Coffee Collective was pretty close by, so I had a target for my walk. Hope I get to see the city center next time, though I already liked what I saw on my walk.
So many bikes in Copenhagen, I love it. There’s a lot in Berlin, but Copenhagen (and Amsterdam of course) are way ahead. Proper bike lanes everywhere, and really everyone is on their bikes, and there’s bike racks everywhere, bike shops too, duh.
I’ve had their coffee quite a few times before, courtesy of The Barn in Berlin, but I finally had an opportunity to visit their mothership. I was only in Copenhagen for two days for a conference, but the venue thankfully was conveniently close to the, back then, only Coffee Collective shop/roastery, where Klaus Thomsen himself is standing at the roaster, roasting away, producing some of the best coffee beans in all of Europe. Their Panama La Esmeralda is just outstanding, hands down, one of my favorite coffees of all time.
Coffee Collective is in my current European top three, which is basically a tie between Square Mile, Tim Wendelboe and them. They just opened a new shop in Copenhagen, but this is still their roastery, and a must-visit location if you’re a coffee connoisseur visiting Copenhagen.
It’s a nice little shop, where you wait for your coffee standing right next to the roaster. Of course you can buy their excellent coffee beans as well. I’d recommend getting their tasting package for a starters. A pretty good price for four bags of coffee.
In their shop they make a mean AeroPress, definitely a must have for the filtered coffee admirer.
After a nice and beautiful day out in London we were about ready to get into a more comfortable pace with drinks and dinner. We met up with Charlotte and Brian at the Princess Louise Pub for drinks. That pub is seriously old school, with little walled-off chambers for small groups of people all around the bar.
Afterwards we went on to Great Queen Street, which is conveniently located in Great Queen Street, no confusion here. We had artichokes as a pre-dinner snack. My vegetarian options were a bit limited, but I wouldn’t expect it any other way in the UK, to be honest. Not a bad thing, it just didn’t surprise me.
Unfortunately I started to get a little bit tired, must’ve been the enormous jet lag. Astrid managed to power through like a champ, even though she got up at 4:45 am. In all, it was a great day. Always great to meet new and old Flickr friends in other cities. The following day I spent most of the time conferencing, but managed to walk around a bit in the venue’s neighborhood.
To be continued…
Two weeks ago I visited London for the first time. I was invited to speak at a conference, but being the Flickr nerd I am, I planned in a little extra time for walking around with my camera. As chance had it my friend Astrid was in town on the very same day, so obviously we had to meet up to experience a good number of Flickr moments together. There was a whole lot of coffee involved, but more on that in a later blog post.
If you care for this kind of information, I brought my Canon Canonet QL17, a Polaroid SX-70 and a Holga, which I never used on this trip. It was mostly the Canonet, and I went through four rolls of cross-processed cheap film goodness in total.
We first met up with famapa. Getting there from my hotel was no easy feat, since apparently some 15 bus lines have to squeeze through Oxford Street at some point, so that it took me about 20 minutes to move for about 100 meters. Oxford Street itself must be avoided at all costs too, it’s just crowded with what feels like millions of people. No idea what they’re all doing there, but there you go.
We headed down into Soho, where we took a first little break at Fernandez & Wells, part bakery and part coffee shop. Good stuff in there, both in coffee and food. We walked around Soho and then Covent Garden for a whole lot, taking a break here and there, as it was quite a beautiful and warm day in London.
To be continued…