After rain comes soul

After a very rainy and quit cold day, Saturday, I was going back and forth about going to an outdoor concert. But about half an hour before the concert started, it stopped raining.

I am so glad we went – LEON BRIDGES voice was amazing live. And he obviously have a huge fan base in Columbus, because it was a sold out concert. Express Live, where the concert was held, had a nice backdrop with the buildings of downtown in the background. One of them with a cheerful message to the Columbus Blue Jackets (who unfortunately lost in the playoffs to Boston Bruins yesterday).

I first heard Leon Bridges song, River, in the HBO tv-show Big Little Lies and just fell in love with his neo-soul style. But I got a new favorite after the concert, “Georgia To Texas”. I mean…

Drinks with a view

I am so curious to see what Columbus will look like in a couple of years. There are new buildings popping up all the time.

As I wrote last week we went to a new restaurant called DelMar. The same owner also opened a rooftop bar in the same building. After celebrating Cinco De Mayo with some guacamole and margaritas at Bakersfield, we went to check it out. Apparently we weren’t the only ones, looks like the people of Columbus have been longing for a place like this, because it was packed.

Lincoln Social Rooftop | 711 N High St, Columbus, OH 43215

April highlights

Except the Game of Thrones premiere and the fact that spring arrived in Columbus and we got to enjoy a month of full bloom, here are some of my highlights from this month….

CCAD Art Fair – This art fair displays students art work from the Columbus College of Art and Design. You could buy anything from paintings, jewelry, prints, clothes, dolls – they had it all.

Lindey’s – One of our favorite restaurants in German Village. This was our season premiere, rosé lunch at their patio!

Ohio Theater – Columbus Ballet Met performed the story of Cinderella. My second time at the Ohio Theater. It’s such a beautiful building. And the show was amazing. They had really nailed the setting and the dancers were so talented. You weren’t allowed to take any pictures during the show, but here’s a little sample.

Costa Rica – My “spring break” trip to Santa Teresa will be a memory for life. I mean…. what’s not to love – palm trees, no makeup, walking barefoot for a week, the most amazing sunsets, and of course, the fact that I got to learn how to surf!!!

Del Mar SoCal Kitchen – Another Cameron Mitchell Restaurant opened last week. Inspired by the Southern Californian kitchen. Cameron Mitchell is a big name in the restaurant business here in Columbus. Only in the Short North area he own’s four of the restaurants. I really liked the vibe on this one. It was a little more high end, and the food was delicious.

Clintonville Farmers’ Market

Today was the 2019 opening day of Clintonville Farmers’ Market.

Every Saturday from April – October you’ll find fresh food made with love at the market. ❤️

It’s still quit early in the season for most of the vegetables, so it was mostly greens sold at the market today. But I found some herbs to plant on my balcony. 🌱😊

Pura Vida in Costa Rica

What a week!! I am slowly processing all the amazing things I got to experience during my trip to Santa Teresa, Costa Rica, last week. I will let the pictures speak for themselves, but here’s a short recap…

I’d booked one week of surf camp with Lapoint. A week at the camp included surf lessons, yoga, volleyball tournament, beach clean up, great local food, a lot of chill time by the pool and getting to know amazing people from all around the world.

If you’ve ever thought about going on a surf trip, I can truly recommend going to this spot. The instructors were great and the conditions (from what people told me) were one of the best to start your surf career on. 😉 And how about that sunset!?!? People were not at home binge watching Netflix, they were at the beach watching that amazing light!

Book recommendation and a dream coming true!

Columbus is finally waking up and I couldn’t be more happy about it. What a crazy power the sun and the warm temperatures have on my mood. I’ve been sitting outside all morning, reading and just enjoying the warm weather, 20 degrees celsius!! Flowers are blooming, people are walking and smiling at each other and the birds are singing. What a difference!

I am only half way through this book “To Shake the Sleeping Self”, by Jedidiah Jenkins, but I really have to recommend it. It’s a beautifully written journal about Jedidiahs own journey, from Oregon to Patagonia by bicycle. A physical but also a psychological journey of living a life with no regrets. His writing feels like poetry at some times. Like this for example;

“I have learned this for certain: if discontent is your disease, travel is medicine. It resensitizes. It opens you up to see outside the patterns you follow. Because new places require new learning. It forces your childlike self back into action.”

I just think it’s a great book, I guess I relate with him because he is in his 30’s, but also because I share his thoughts on living a life through an exploring mind. Moving to Columbus has really set our minds into being more open. Noticing new things because you have to. You are trying to figure out how to fit in to this new place, so you pay attention to every little detail.

I always learn the most and grow the most when I find myself in new places with new challenges. It can be hard, and you can question your decision a lot, but in the end of the day I’ve never regretted putting myself in those positions. So on it goes….

Checking out the waves before our surf lesson in Byron Bay, 2007.

On Sunday I am going on another adventure, that will be all about new learning. I am going to Costa Rica for a week of surfing!!! So excited!!! Can’t believe I get to do this. Honestly, it has been a dream of mine ever since I backpacked in Australia 2007. I took one day of surf lesson then and I’ve been wanting to do it again ever since. I will probably be the oldest one in the camp so I’m trying to work on my surf lingo – awesome/epic/no worries/that’s cool haha

So stay tuned for more travel explorations!

A night at the museum

Across the river from our home, there’s this beautiful building that we passed by a million times. It’s the center of science and industry – COSI.

Going to museums of this kind usually means, a lot of kids running around screaming. So it’s not our favorite activity to visit places like this. But when I read that there was going to be a 21+ event called “After dark – whodunnit Mystery murder” I figured we would give it a go.

The plot was that there had been a murder at the museum and you were given a piece of paper with information about the possible rooms, objects and persons suspected in the murder case. Your mission was to solve the case by walking around and gather information.

A great idea but it took us over an hour to figure out what we were supposed to do. Americans are usually pretty good at coordinating and communication but this night the staff forgot about it. And I thought it would be a little more exclusive event, but there were so many people. We had to stand in line for check in for 20 minutes, we skipped the line to the bar because it was crazy long and then there were lines in to some of the exhibitions at the museum…. Let’s just say we were not impressed. But hey, no we been to the center at least. 🤷‍♀️😅

As I said the place is like a 10 minute walk from our apartment, so when we were about to walk home it was raining but we figured it wouldn’t be that bad. We were wrong… 😂

Hey Arnold!

This weekend we went to Arnold Sports Festival!

Every year people travel from all over the world to participate at Arnold Sports Festival. It’s a multi-sport event consisting of professional bodybuilding, strongman, fitness, figure and bikini contestant.

Arnold Sports Festival is held all over the world, but the main event takes place here in Columbus, Ohio in late February or early March every year. A four day event, with 20,000 athletes from 80 nations and 200,000 spectators!

I think I wrote shortly about it last year, but we never visited the event then. There is a statue of Arnold Schwarzenegger outside the convention center in town and people love to line up to it and take photos. This weekend you can see the real deal (if you were lucky). Apparently Arnold visit the event every year.

We decided to go, partly because a friend of ours were competing in Crossfit, but also for the people watching! And the later one was crazy! I don’t think I ever been to a place that had so many people with bad spray tans – people with pimples all over their bodies because of the steroids they eat – people waddling when they were walking, because their muscles were just to big – and the overall excitement about showing your body!

I don’t know what we were thinking when we got dressed, but me and Andreas were the only two people in that building who’d chosen to wear shirts for the event. Everyone else was wearing sports gear, or college sweaters with prints. We were obviously the outsiders!! HAHA

If you are in town during this event, you should really visit it. But going once is enough for me. Not really my kind of crowd.

Btw not the same topic, but before the event I kept on saying Hey Arnold! but Andreas did not catch the reference to the old Nickelodeon show. And I felt so much younger then him for a moment HAHA
That’s the reference to this posts headline…

We did it again…

we spent a weekend in Chicago!

I’m a bit hooked on this town. It’s a great escape if you want some city pulse and change of scenery.

Since it was our fourth visit to Chicago we decided to branch out from downtown and explore other neighborhoods. This decision took us to Wicker park and Bucktown. The neighborhoods are known for its local hipster culture, art community and food scene. We had a great day strolling around and eating an amazing brunch at The Bongo Room.

For dinner we had booked the highly reviewed, Michelin restaurant, Elske. Elske means love in Danish. And the danish/Scandinavian influence on the menu and setting was really present. We tried their tasting menu and it was amazing! For drinks we were recommended to try their Orange wine. I never heard about orange wine before, it almost tasted like rosé. Simply described its like white wine but produced like red. I really liked it, so a good option if you’re a fan of rosé. 🙂

We ended our night with a drink at Soho House.

Saturday was a grey and rainy day, so we walked around downtown. I did some shopping and Andreas patiently waited around. Then we drove to an old friend of Andreas, who lives in Chicago with his American wife. They hadn’t seen each other for 20 years so it was a nice reunion. And they were so nice to us. Making us a delicious dinner and we got to stay over in their lovely house, close to the Wicker park area.

Another great weekend in this very Windy City.

Happy V-day Columbus

You’re dating the city? – Miranda Hobbs
About 18 years. It’s getting serious. I think I’m in love. – Carrie Bradshaw

So many amazing quotes to be found in the tv-show, Sex and the City ❤

I’ve only lived in Columbus for a little more then a year, and I can relate to Carries’ quote. At first, when we got here, it was like being in a new relationship, a honeymoon phase. Everything is exciting and you are exploring and discovering all the great things you didn’t know exist.

After a while you start getting settled and you start having a routine based living. Going to the same places, taking the same route to the store. Even a thing like, experiencing every season in this town, is no longer a new thing. Totally normal, and also a wonderful.

But it made me wonder – am I starting to take my relationship with the city for granted? (*satc) 😉

I want to give my Valentine’s card to Columbus. For the journey we had so far and for the future that’s ahead of us!