Weekend with Mom~

Satsuki left on Thursday morning, and then my Mom arrived later in the evening. We had planned a long weekend full of food, shopping and just chilling at home. We managed to check two of those things. Not much shopping were done at all. The fashion at Zara and H&M, for example, were just horrible haha. We mostly tried to find the most ugly garment and then laughed together at it. But yeah we've been having a great time together. But now it's Monday and back to....something, I guess. Here some pics from the past weekend. 

Mammis <3

A day in Uppsala

Yesterday, me, Satsuki and Sofia went to Uppsala! Satsuki have been wanting to go there and we haven't been there in a minute, (it's been 3 years since I was there last time!) so why not! We got ready and got on the train to Uppsala and arrived at around 10:00. The first thing we did was visiting the cathedral. Because it's boss af.

Then we went to Gustavianum just opposite of the cathedral and looked around a bit. Quite cool...I liked the stuff about astronomy the most I think hehe. 

After that, we were feeling a bit peckish and went to have lunch and fika at a café. We had found a café on foursquare which was highly recommended called "Güntherska Hovkonditori & Schweizeri", and yes.....it was lit!

We sat there and enjoyed some good sandwhiches and pastries for a while, before heading to the botanical garden. It was actually pretty big....definitely not the biggest I've been to but still...very nice!

We walked around and looked at flowers and stuff until it was time to head back to the station. We spent around 5 h there in total and had such a great time! Satsuki was really happy and glad that we went there, which makes the travelling time and fee (84 kr one way ticket.....) worth it! 

Fall and falafel

I feel like the fall is here for now. It's always bittersweet in a way...but I am so down for fall clothes and such! Bring me ALL THE BURGUNDY COLORED STUFF!  
Since Wednesday, I've been having Satsuki staying here at my place. She is gonna stay here until Thursday next week, and even though she is busy doing interviews etc for Uni, we still get to spend alot of time together. It's just awesome. And I get to practice my Japanese which OH my god I am in a desperate need of.
Yesterday we met for lunch, after one of her interviews, at Falloumi on Ringvägen by Skanstull station. I've been hearing alot of good stuff about that place and yes....it was the bomb! Super good falafel and even better halloumi in a tasty pita with hummus and vegetables. Dreamy. 

Satsuki <3 

And how's the French going then, you might ask? Well, the first part of my grammar course is just awful... like, grammar terminology etc. It just won't stick, you know. I get the conjucations etc but the TERMS ITSELF...nope. But on a positive note, I can feel my French understanding getting better each day. It's almost scary. I hope it won't push out my Japanese or the little Korean I've managed to pick up lately...that would suck.

Pizza & Video games

Yesterday I went to Anton's place to see him AFTER HIM BEING AWAY FOR ALMOST 3 months! How insane?! We catched up, played some video games (a crazy Shonen Jump fighting game and LEGO Marvel" and shared a pizza. It was so chill and fun, like it always is with Anton. I am so happy he is back in town! 

Anton's new TV is huge...a bit jealous haha.



A taste of the North

Today I had lunch together with Sofia, Satsuki (who's back in Sweden, if only for a short time) and a new friend, Keichiro. We went to "Knut" a restaurant that serves Northern Swedish food! We went there together with Satsuki and her little brother back in January and so we decided to go back there now and introduce THE NORTH (lol) to Keichiro. It was very difficult to decide on what to eat, but in the end I went with "viltbiffar" and mushroom sauce. It was suuuuper good. We sat there for a few hours and chatted and talked about Sweden and Japan etc. It felt so effortless to just hang out with Satsuki again...not like it's been almost 3 months since we last saw her. And it was really nice to meet Keichiro too! 

After getting back home....what did I even do?? I read a bit, worked on my CV...ugh. I feel so restless. I wanna play video games but I finished The Last of Us yesterday...hmmm. 

Post GoT season 7 finale feels

Yesterday, me and Sofia watched the season finale of GoT. It was wild. We sat here half screaming and about to lose our shit. I am so ready for the final season! I've kinda decided to rewatch the earlier seasons this fall to refresh my memory a bit as well as make free some space on my harddrive haha (I got ALL the episodes, and they take up over 150G...). So yeah.
I had a nice weekend too btw. I spent Saturday evening with Iris. We cooked some mushroom risotto and had dessert and snacks and then watched a movie. It was super nice.
Luxery mazarin with rasbs and whipped cream~
Tonight (Tuesday) I met up with Maja. Finally had some time to catch up for real. And booooi did we have some catching up to do. Always a good time with her. 
Besides that....nothing much happening. My french courses started this week...been checking those out online etc. And I am gonna start reading "La Petite Bijou" later...not sure I am looking forward to that. I'd rather keep reading HP3 in Japanese. I only have like 200 pages left!

A luxary Friday

Today I was totally spoiled by my soulmate, Sofia, who I spend the morning and day with. She took me for breakfast at Weiner Caféet which was reaaally nice! The atmosphere there is so luxurious and classic, right there on Biblioteksgatan. We both had eggs benedict (obvi) and then a chocolate croissant and tea. So yummy.


Then we strolled around and looked through some stores there on Biblioteksgatan and swatched are hands full at Sephora. Which is a given, to be honest. Then we walked up through Gallerian to Åhléns and then walked down Drottninggatan. Then we took the subway to St. Eriksplan and had fika at Sophies Canelé. We've had their breakfast before (which was insane) but not actually tasted their canelés...which is what they're known for lol. So we took one each, Sofia took one with lemon (and something) and I took the original one with vanilla and rum. AND I KNOOOW what you're thinking...rum, really?? Well let me tell you, you could barely taste the rum. Trust me. But anyways, the canelés....were like nothing I've ever tasted before! Caramelized and crispy on the outside, and soft, almost pudding-like on the inside, they're were truly special. But I really liked them! So we sat there, chatting about whatnot and then around 15 ish we splitted up after a suuuper nice day together. I really needed a day like this <3  
Look at this little cutie! 

Game arcade etc

On Friday evening I met up with Dena at Odenplan after her shift had ended, to head to a game arcade! She had been there before with her brother, but it was my first time there! We almost forgot to show ID at the door (lol) but once inside we headed directly to the arcade part of the establishment (there were also a bar and pool tables). The arcade part wasn't all too big, but had many cool machines! We bought some tokens and started off by playing Bishi Bashi! That game...is insane. Then we played some taiko (japanese drums) and Mario Go cart...and then some more taiko haha! I love that game so much (even though I suck at it). We played some anime songs as well as some classics. Super fun.

Btw these are NOT the taiko we played, but cool game nonetheless!
On the next day we stayed in bed half the day and then had lunch at Ni Hao at St. Eriksplan. I've said it before and I'll say it again, I LOVE THAT PLACE. Their food is so good and the staff is super friendly. After lunch we went to Anna to chat and chill. Always a good time. Then later that evening Dena went back to Umeå.... I'm sad to see her leave but we've spent alot of great time together in Sthlm this summer. It's gonna feels weird not being able to see here several times a week....  

Dena's face after dropping some yakitori on the floor for the 2nd time.

Totoro in the park

Yesterday I went to the Film Festival's outdoors cinema! I met up with Tove and two of her friends and we sat and chilled for a few hours before the movie started. The movie they were showing yesterday was My Neighbour Totoro! I haven't seen it in like....9 years maybe? It's insane. And then, just when the movie started, Maja joined us as well! She's gonna be here in Sthlm now all until the end of October <3 It was a nice evening~

When I arrived at 18:30, there were already a lot of people there!

More people...

Tove :D

Majaaa :D 

All over the place

I had such a nice day yesterday with Dena, and we went all over the place together! We went to a second hand store in Spånga (super cool and BIG), went back to the city for me to FINALLY try the ice cream burger at King Scoopa, then went to Liljeholmen, then back home, then up again to Hornstull to buy some take out dinner and then back home again. Such a random and nice day.

An ice cream burger (true rocky road ice cream with marshmallows and peanuts, salted caramel sauce AND a chocolate chip cookie. All that goodness inside a sugary donut and warmed in a waffle iron. Bless)



So yesterday I had my last day at work. Feels good but at the same time....not good. We'll see what will happen the upcoming weeks...I'll figure it out somewhow.
So today I had a tea time date with Iris in her new apartment. It's close to St. Eriksplan and is ABSOLUTELY dreamy. And with the easy connection between us with the no 4 bus I simply dropped by there around 13:00 and we just sat and TALKED. While sipping about 1 litre of tea of course. It was super nice. 
I'm feeling a bit slow due to the storm passing Stockholm and had to take something for the headache but I'm gonna try to be a bit productive before calling it the night...but I'd rather just curl up in my armchair and watch Descendants of the Sun (on ep 8 now! It's really good!). 


I have no idea why I haven't blogged at all these past few weeks. It just..didn't happen. 
It's not that I haven't been doing stuff (Ina was here visiting which was amaze, I've hanged out with Dena alot which is always epic, I've been working etc) but I just...didn't find the drive to blog. Huh. 
I think one major part of this is that I haven't been taking any pics with my camera lately. Pictures from my phone is just not the same, you know. So that's another thing...ah well. I should get back to the routine and blog like I usually do. I'll work on that. Now I am gonna see Antman since I haven't seen it before and it's FRIDAAAY.

Seoul 2017 pt. 5

On our 12th day in Seoul, we went to Insadong to visit a temple and then we had a dolsot bibimbap lunch in that area. Then we headed to Apgujong and went to Cafe Mula, one of my top most hyped cafés. So much white and marble. We shared their King Size Matcha Tiramisu which was really good. After that we headed to Eungbong to climb Eungbong san (a small mountain? a large hill? who knows). It was really nice! To round the day off we headed to Gangnam for Indian food! On our 13th day, our last full day in Seoul, we headed to Myeongdong to pick up some last things and have lunch at YG's restaurant. We'd heard that their fried chicken would be insane...and the rumors were true. Probs the best fried chicken I've had in my entire life. Then we went back to our apartment and packed our bags etc and went to bed early. The next day we woke up at 4:00 in the morning and then headed to the airport and then...went back home :) 
THUS CONCLUDES our Japan & Korea trip! It took a while to post it all but, better late than never! It was such an amazing trip and I'll never forget it. But now I can return to blog about life here in Sthlm, which won't be as exciting as travelling but whatevs. Back to reality FOR REAL now!

Seoul 2017 pt. 4

On our 10th day in Seoul we went to Time Square mall in Yeongdeungpo. That's where Amber and Luna shot their "Wave" music video!! The mall was super nice with a lot of shops and cool restaurants. We had lunch at a Japanese restaurant just for the lolz. Later we went to Banana Tree, in Sinsa (or rather between Sinsa and Apgujong I think...) and had their famous potted pudding and cotton candy latte. On our 11th day we visited Namdaemun market and then walked along Seoullo 7017 towards Seoul station. Then we visited a museum close to Gyeongbokgung and when we exited the museum they were changing the guards at the gate! The timing!! Then we went for fika at a Innisfree café and then went to Insadong and had mandu for dinner. 

Seoul 2017 pt. 3

We spent our seventh day in Hondae. We had brunch at a cool place called Ugly Stove and then I went to my hair appointment to perm my hair! It took about 3 ½ hours and then we met up again for dinner (ribs and cheese omg). After dinner we went to a very hyped café called Creamfields, which was like...goals. On our eighth day we visited Namsan Tower, enjoyed a fika at Passion5 in Itaewon, visited the war memorial of Korea, had a quick stop at Ehwa Women's University and then finished the day off with a huge melon bingsu! On our ninth day we visited COEX mall and SM Town. It was crazy. Then in the evening we had Korean BBQ again and then dessert at Billy Angel (maybe my fave?! I wanna go there every day </3). 

Hiya! My name is Johanna (also known as Loui), born 1991 and raised in the northern part of the beautiful country Sweden. I want to see the world and learn about new cultures and languages. I moved to Kyoto, Japan, to study Japanese in the fall of 2011 and moved back to Sweden in March 2013. I am currently studying Global Development at Stockholm University and this blog will enable all of you to take part of the daily adventures of The Life Of Loui.
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