A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

A California Coast Road Trip

Santa Cruz Sunset

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!

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A Little Bit of San Francisco

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San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco

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San Francisco

San Francisco

San Francisco

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.

Around Toronto with the Fuji Natura Classica

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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.

Challenge accepted.

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.

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toronto II

Copenhagen

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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.

Coffee Collective in Copenhagen

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Copenhagen II

Copenhagen II

Copenhagen II

Copenhagen II

Copenhagen II

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.