While I was in San Francisco friends took me out of town for a great little road trip down the coast to Santa Cruz. It was a pretty much perfect Saturday, we stopped at beaches along the coast and had a great time. It was my favorite day of the whole week being in San Francisco. Just hanging out, driving along the coast, it was a first for me in the States, and it was beautiful.
On the way…
* we had the best sandwich in the world in Half Moon Bay
* bought goat lotion at a goat farm
* tasted lots of incredibly tasting goat cheese at aforementioned goat farm
* had coffee at Verve Coffee in Santa Cruz (PS: awesome!)
* watched the sunset from a cliff in Santa Cruz
* walked the dogs a lot, they quite enjoyed themselves too
* almost froze to death putting our feet in the Pacific Ocean
* I stared at the ocean a lot. I just really love the ocean, it’s a beauty
* watched a dude play guitar on a cliff above a beach
* smelled weed in Santa Cruz
* ended the day with an excellent burrito
Thanks for taking me on this great little road trip, Corey, Jana and Rick!
When I arrived in Toronto I met up with a friend and Toronto legend, Pete, and he handed me his Fuji Natura Classica, together with a roll of Fuji Superia 1600 film and asked me to finish the roll while I’m in Toronto.
If you haven’t heard of the Natura Classica (sold in Japan only unfortunately), it’s a neat little film camera that tries its best to get a good light combination into the picture, even with dark shadows and bright sunlight in the picture at the same time. And I gotta say, it does a pretty good job.
Supposably you can even through in the flash as a fill-in, and use it indoors to get as much natural light into a picture as possible while not making everything look blown out, but I haven’t gotten around to trying that, because the weather in Toronto was outstandingly awesome while I was there.
Unfortunately the Natura Classica is a bit expensive, Lomography sells it for $ 299, which is not too bad compared to the prices you get on eBay for direct imports from Asia. I’d definitely get one if I had that money to spare. It’s beautifully light and takes very nice pictures. It’s no Contax T2, but a great camera to carry around all the time.
I spent most of my first day walking around Toronto, taking pictures here and there, and sitting on the harbour front, video-chatting with Mari and J. It was a pretty good day. Obviously I visited some coffee shops, but more on that later. More pictures below.
This year’s summer in Berlin was crap. It was nonexistent. It’s pretty sad, because we all love summer at The Germans’ house. Thankfully, in September, we had a couple of weeks of beautiful weather. One Sunday we headed out for a bike ride and ended up cycling a good chunk of the Berliner Mauerweg, a bicycle track that takes you all around Berlin along what used to be the wall.
The particular leg we rode along consist mostly of smooth asphalt, with no cars in sight, just pedestrians and other cyclists here and there. It’s perfect for workout too, I did my share of long bike rides here, it takes you straight down to Schönefeld airport, adding up to almost 50km return. If you’re curious, you can find the leg of the Wall Trail I’m referring to here. My favorite path for cycling workout for sure. Shame it’s now almost too cold for long bike rides.
While the Mamiya C33 is not a camera that you carry around lightly, because, well, it’s not light at all, I like to use it very much. It is incredibly sharp when you get the focus right, and the blur is wonderfully soft, and the bellows allow focussing up to only a few centimeters away from the lens. So I get it out from time to time to shoot a roll of film at home. Because, why the hell not?
The roll is already a bit older, because I’m a lazy bum who’s way behind with scanning film. The late summer we had in September was most excellent, and so was our little trip to London. Photos and a coffee coming up.
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.