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!

A British valentine´s dinner

A little throwback picture from our trip to London, 2016. Andreas will be away for work on Valentine’s Day so we celebrated with dinner last night instead. If you read my post about our valentine traditions last year, you know we always cook dinner at home and we always have a theme on our menu. We take turn on choosing a country and what course/courses you want to make. This year it was Andreas turn and as you might have guessed he chose the British kitchen.

The pictures doesn’t really give the food justice. But I think we really nailed it this year! I was in charge of the pre-course and dessert.

British Valentine Menu

Pre-course/ Nibbles: Cheese and Bacon Swirls. Served with Gin & Tonic garnished with a slice of lemon.

Main course: Gordon Ramseys steak and chips with a red onion and thyme sauce. Served with Gin & Tonic garnished with a slice of blood orange.

Dessert: Trifle cake with lemoncurd. Served with Sparkling Muscato.

Top 3 from my weekend

Life in the age of Rembrandt

The latest exhibition at Columbus Museum of Art. “For the first time in America, a comprehensive selection of masterpieces from the Golden Age Dutch painting in the 17th century from the Dordrecht Museum in the Netherlands”. CMOA

Beautiful paintings, and beautiful framework!

The movie BlacKkKlansman

I finally watched the movie BlacKkKlansman. And what a story! “Ron Stallworth, an African American police officer from Colorado Springs, CO, successfully manages to infiltrate the local Ku Klux Klan branch with the help of a Jewish surrogate who eventually becomes its leader. Based on actual events.” – IMDB

61st GRAMMY Awards

Love, love, love – American award shows. SO much more entertaining then the Swedish ones. The outfits, performances and often political statements – they got it all! Last night the 61st GRAMMY award was held and I saw it all. Everything from the red carpet, to the show, to the Instagram and twitter live feed. My favorite moments of the show must have been the tribute to Dolly Parton. And Alicia Keys opening speech, were she was joined at stage by the super women Lady Gaga, Jada Pinkett Smith, Jennifer Lopez and Michelle Obama!

Just give me some merch and I’ll cheer for you

Is it already Tuesday!? The weekend flew by and so did Monday apparently. The past weekend was a great one. After my last post about being stuck in the apartment, due to flue and polar vortex, I’ve slowly started to get my energy back!

The weekend started with a cozy Friday dinner. I’ve been wanting to try to make hummus for a while, so my Friday mission was to do so. My first batch was okay. There is definitely room for improvement!

Saturday I meet up with a friend at Staufs in German Village. The place was packed with people! I guess drinking coffee is a great way to spend a snowy Saturday.

After 3 cups of coffee I went home to change and start prepping for Scandinavian Heritage Night with Columbus Blue Jacket. There are a lots of Scandinavian players and staff working for Columbus Blue Jackets. So the sales manager (from Finland) had invited Scandinavian clubs from all over Ohio to a pre-mingle event before the CBJ vs St.Louis game.

People had driven from all over Ohio to attend, and we ended up having a great time. Connecting with some new friends. 🙂

Can we please forward to summer?! Thanks!

I am really starting to long for some warmer weather. Slowly recovering from, what feels like, a never ending cold. With a cough that makes my stomach muscles sore! And upon that, Polar Vortex is hitting Midwest with the coldest temperatures in three years!

I never heard of the term Polar Vortex before, and apparently it’s only started to be a popularized term in the past few years. What it means is that an expansive area of low pressure and cold conditions excist at the top and bottom of the world at the poles, and this time of the year arctic blasts tend to invade our region. Yey!

So right now it’s hard to be Curious in Columbus. But as the sign say “good vibes only”, focus on the positive! So why not share some of my activities from the past week…

Music on repeat

I just love discovering new artists through NPR – Music Tiny Desk Concert. But at the moment I’m sticking with two of my favorite concerts Leon Bridges and Mac Miller.

Another favorite is the Swedish singer Linnea Henriksson, who participated in a Swedish tv show last fall and made an amazing cover that even made me cry when I heard it the first time – listen to it here.

And a song that’s been on repeat in our home since we got back from Sweden – ROBYN, with her latest track “Honey“. I think they played it at least 10 times a day at the Swedish radio station I was listening to back home.

What I read at the moment

GRIT – The POWER of PASSION and PERSEVERANCE with Angela Duckworth. -“Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn’t the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Her theory of “grit” as a predictor of success.” Watch her TED-talk and you’ll get an idea of what the book is about.

And talking about a great TED-talk. Last fall I read Hans Roslings Factfulness. And I recommend it to everyone. It’s one of those books you can read more then once, just because its so damn good! If you haven’t seen his TED-talk, do it now!

Binge watching

I love documentaries so of course I had to watch the one about FYRE Festival on Netflix. The story is CRAZY but also very interesting, especially being a student of event marketing this semester 🙂

Last night we finally saw the last episode of “The Haunting of Hill House“. This one seriously gave me nightmares. Even if it was a great horror tv serie I’m glad that it’s over HAHA

Stay warm!! XOX Carolin …ok I also started watching Gossip Girl again, I guess #ThingsYouDoWhenYouCantLeaveTheApartment – right?! 🙂

Birthday celebration x2

A late Happy Birthday tribute to my husband, Andreas! Last weekend we celebrated his 35th birthday. It became a very low key celebration, with breakfast in bed, Netflix marathon and dinner at the Watershed Distillery.

Fortunately we got to celebrate with friends, back in Stockholm before we left. I arranged a very last minute surprise dinner. Although it was last minute, we ended up being 15 people! It was a great night, eating pizza and drinking lots of prosecco, and I think I managed to actually surprise him!

Winter wonderland

My second post of the year will be a very Swedish thing – commentating the weather. The last couple of days have been freezing cold (-17 celsius/ -10 fahrenheit) You know, when it hurts to breathe, kinda cold.

At least the sun has been shining so I managed to snap some pictures of the beautiful snowy landscape!

I still find it crazy that people don’t have to change to winter tires. I was out driving the other day and I saw two cars spin around on the highway. And a couple of them just being parked in the ditch. At least we have four-wheel drive on our car, but I prefer not to drive if I don’t have to on days like this.

Time to go back!

After a month (!!) away from Columbus, it’s time to go back tomorrow.

Stockholm has been treating us good. We’ve been hanging out with friends and family non-stop and we’ve enjoyed every second. But now I’m really excited about getting back to my routines and not having all my clothes in a suitcase 😝

Bye bye Stockholm – see you in May!