Iceland in the winter

I’ve always thought of Iceland as a magic place. I’ve had so many romantic notions about the nature and the people. Those kind of ideas always leave you disappointed, but when I went there with Lena for my 30th birthday 6 years ago, it was just as magic as I had dreamt. Iceland is simply an amazing, otherwordly place, and if you are European and you live your life without getting on a flight to Reykjavik, you’re missing out.

My harddrive holds an enormous backlog of photos I need to sort through, edit, and put up on the blog. For years I felt overwhelmed by it, and I actually stopped taking pictures for a while. I’ve been back in the game since I went to Morocco, and tonight I decided to upload some of the stuff I shot in Iceland. Looking back at the pictures I took there, I just have to conclude I’m a better photographer now than I was then.

Iceland 2010.

Instant vacation – just add water

It is often said that when starting a vacation it takes a long time to wind down and learn how to relax again. This year I’m surprised how quickly I got used to not going to work. Vacation began, and as soon as the new week started I had already switched modes. I don’t know if this is vacation mode, whatever that is, but this surely isn’t day job mode.

Perhaps it is because the last couple of months have been pretty far removed from normal work weeks for me anyway. Sure, I’ve been busy working on getting the game ready for its release, but I’ve also travelled around with a group of colleagues presenting the game to journalists. I went to Los Angeles for pre-E3, then London for the BFG event, and then I soon returned to Los Angeles for E3.

It becomes this separate reality where you travel to new places, have these unusual and focused experiences of demoing the game and being interviewed about it, and hang out with a group of people (from other Bethesda teams) that you only ever see in this alternate reality.

I’m in Bavaria this first week of vacation, and this too is its own separate reality. Bavaria holds many of the clichés about traditional German culture, and it does so in stunningly beautiful landscapes, with its hills and valleys and neverending green fields.

But it rains. It rains and it’s cold, and the weather forecast tells us that the climate intends to continue behaving like this for the remainder of the week we’ve planned to stay here. Yet it isn’t really much of a problem. I have my books, and I have my iPad and my wireless keyboard that I’m writing these words on. It’s all I need right now (oh, and Coca-Cola, which I bought a lot of yesterday).

Vacation. It’s good.

The Moscow Subway

The subway of Moscow is unlike any other subway in the world. Almost every station has a different look, and the differences are not subtle – and neither is the architecture. Where else can you visit subway stations that looks like ballrooms, or space ships from a 1960’s movie? If you know me it should be no surprise that I took a lot of pictures of them when I was there last year, and now I’ve finally uploaded them. Have  a look.