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Woke up in Shoreditch


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Friday in London! We woke up around 6am today – a standard habit for me while I’m traveling to Europe. I don’t know whether its the time difference, or the sunlight, or the pure excitement of being here, but I can’t sleep in until a decent hour no matter how late I go to sleep at night. Either way it works well for me, because I have time to work out and check off some work before the day starts.

Our hotel is as beautiful as last time we stayed here. Shoreditch House is perfectly located in the centre of Shoreditch. I can’t wait to go check out some of the stores in this area, and I’m also dying to go back to Notting Hill. One of my favourite stores is located there – Raey. We’ve not figured out when it makes sense to go that side, but we will. I will!

What else? We need to start thinking about some sort of engagement celebration when we’re back, and of course, when and where to have our wedding. I wouldn’t consider myself very stereotypically ‘girly’, but when it comes to my wedding, I’ve dreamed, fantasised and planned every shape and form of it for like…ever. Right now we’re looking at getting married as soon as November, but we may also wait for another year. So many decisions to make, but I promise I will keep you guys in the loop here on the blog throughout all the decision making. It’s important for me to finalise a date and place soon though, so all my close friends and family can have the ability to be there. I ain’t getting married without my girlfriends! (Also I can’t even believe I’m getting married!!)

I have a meeting this afternoon with a Swedish company that’s based here, and tonight Saif and I are going back to one of our favourite restaurants in London – Barrafina.

Have a lovely, sunny Friday afternoon!

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Lifestyle, Travel

Blogging while traveling


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The last few weeks have been overwhelming and exciting, to say the least. I had the opportunity to spend 2.5 weeks back home with my family, while also working and getting my new company up and running. It’s a luxury I never imagined I’d be able to have, but that I’m incredibly grateful for.

A lot of you have asked me for recommendations for Stockholm and Copenhagen this summer. I have worked out a long list of recommendations the way I did for London – I think I’m going to get a bit more serious on the blogging while traveling piece. The only thing that stops me, honestly, is the fact that its so time consuming to upload photos from the camera, to the phone, to the laptop, to the blog. For some reason my FujiFilm doesn’t connect to my new MacBook. Does anyone have the same problem? It wasn’t working when I was using my old MacBook Air either…

I’m traveling to London in June for some meetings and some fun, and I would love your recommendations on some good coffee shops or daytime restaurants that are good to work out of. I don’t mind noise and big crowds as long as there are plugpoints, wifi and good coffee. Preferred areas are Notting Hill (love!) and Shoreditch – but I’m flexible. I’m staying at Soho House in Shoreditch by the way, so I guess that will also serve well as a temporary office.

If any of you missed my London guide from our last trip, have a look here! I think I’ll try to keep building on that too, while I’m away.

Lifestyle, Thoughts

To update you…


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AHH, where to start?

Here are some brief snapshots of what’s been going on in my life since I last updated you. I think the last time I updated you was from Goa, so my sincere apologies for that. What can I say? It’s been manic. No excuses though! And like I said, brief update…

First…

Got back to Bombay from a wonderful weekend in Goa celebrating a close friends 30th birthday, cleaned out my desk at work, handed over the apartment-key to my landlord, and officially called South Mumbai quits. I’m sorry all you South Mumbai’ers, but…YESSSSS! Frickin relieved. Hello Bandra!

 

Then…

…flew back home. Well, took a flight from Mumbai to Frankfurt, and from Frankfurt to Milan. Went from Milan by car, to Turino, for a quick meeting and a short and sweet lunch. From there, back to Milan, wrapped up a five hour wait at the airport over a couple of glasses of wine, and flew to Copenhagen, then train to Sweden from there that same night. HOME SWEET HOME.

…spent four wonderful days back at my moms house, before I hopped on the train to Stockholm that following Monday morning. The weather was (IS) frickin incredible, 30 degrees Celsius (?!) and I fell in love with the city all over again. Is it OK for me to say that Stockholm is by far my most favourite city in the world, or is that selfish? Considering I’m Swedish, I mean.

…had some great meetings with clients there – because hey, I’m an entrepreneur now!!! – and met up with some old friends while I was in town. My oldest friend, Elin, happened to be in LA this particular week (sad). I managed to squeeze in lunch with Therese and Philip, and stayed with Nina and her boyfriend for three days, before Saif showed up. We  took our their new speedboat, drank rose in Fjäderholmarna, and had a meeting with one of our favourite Swedish brands on Thursday, before we got back on a six hour train + bus ride back to the southern Swedish countryside.

…on Friday WE GOT ENGAGED. Do I need to say more? Yes, I know you want me to say more, but you’re going to have to hold your horses for my next post. I’ll make it a separate one. Let’s just say, Friday May 18th is forever going to be the best day of my life. We came back to my hometown, and Saif proposed to me in what he knows is my sacred, happy place, where I am calm and relaxed and surrounded by those I love and love me back. I can’t contain my excitement, and could go on and on, so going to cut myself off here before I do…

…after a brief yet special weekend together, Saif left Sweden on Sunday for one week’s work across France and Italy. I’m back home for a few more days, and in a way its been the best thing ever. I’ve had so much time to catch up with everyone who’s been calling and messaging. Time to work, plan for my company set up, and my return. Pinterest about weddings, and doing up a home. Yes – did I say we’re doing up a home and moving there by end of the year? Gosh.

 

So – 2018, so far so good! So good, I almost feel scared to embrace it all. Almost like I’m scared too much good will eventually get balanced out with something less good. Pessimist/anxious person at heart, I guess. Shutting that part of my brain down for a moment and enjoying life for what it is: so, so wonderful.

Lots of love to you guys. I promise – I’m back now!

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