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How are you guys today? Full speed ahead, or longing for the week-end? We’ve been blessed with awesome weather, too much of it in fact - around 30°C (that’s around 85 Fahrenheit for you, my American friends). We’re definitely doing our best to make the most of it, with after works mid-week (I know!) and long evening strolls.


You can get some glimpses into that on my Instagram, I hope you follow me there :-)?


Have a great week! 


Haiku Tuesday: Wisteria Flowers

Wisteria by Mihaela Limberea www.limberea.com



I came weary, seeking an inn -

When lo, these wisteria flowers!



by Basho


Translation by Asataro Miyamori



Palms Silhouettes at Palais Namaskar

Palms Silhouettes at Palais Namaskar, Marrakech


Palms Silhouettes at Palais Namaskar, Marrakech (Morocco).


Photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS.


Summer Evening in Stockholm


Summer Evening in Stockholm, Sweden


Photo taken with Canon EOS 5D Mark III and Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM lens in Stockholm, Sweden.


Haiku Tuesday: At Yamei’s House


Bamboo at the Tokyo Imperial Garden


How cool are these Saga bamboos!

A picture of refreshing air!



by Basho


Translation by Asataro Miyamori



Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm

Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


One of the highlights of our Stockholm trip (pictures coming up soon, pinky promise!) was the Yayoi Kusama retrospective exhibition In Infinity at the Moderna Museum. Yayoi Kusama is one of my favorites artists, and I planned this trip as soon as I’ve learned about it. The exhibition ends soon on September 11th, so if you’re interested (and in the neighbourhood), you may want to hurry up.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Kusama’s replica wears one of the bags she designed for Louis Vuitton a few years ago, together with Marc Jacobs. And don’t you just love those sunglasses?


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


The Japanese artist is best known for her polka dots, infinite nets and mirror rooms, moving freely between various media such as painting, collage, performance art and environmental installations - all displayed in her characteristic psychedelic colors, repetition and patterns. She appointed herself the ”Priestess of Polka Dots” - what’s there not to love I ask?


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Kusama, born in 1929, and still going strong, works every day in her studio in Tokyo. She has taken residence into a mental hospital in 1977, by choice, and walks to the studio that is nearby to work.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


I feel how truly wonderful life is, and I tremble with an undying fascination for the world of art, the only place that gives me hope and makes life worthwhile. And no matter how I may suffer for my art, I will have no regrets. This is the way I have always lived my life, and it is the way I shall go on living it” (Yayoi Kusama).


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


You can find more Kusama artworks, articles and and interviews on my Pinterest board.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Kusama explained her apparent fascination with pumpkins as due to their human features and unpretentious appearance.


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


We made sure to be at the museum very early, i.e. as soon as it opened, to avoid the crowds. This proved to be a good idea as when we left, you could barely move in these rooms! 


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


Yayoi Kusama Exhibition Stockholm


All the pictures are taken with my cell phone I’m afraid. I didn’t think you’d be allowed to take photos, so I didn’t actually bring the camera. Very frustrating, I can tell you! But I’m happy I had the opportunity to see all her awesome artworks anyway.


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Once you’re done with the museum, you can take a coffee break on the terrace of the museum's restaurant. The restaurant is pretty boring, but the terrace has a lovely view over Stockholm.


Stockholm, Sweden www.limberea.com


The building on the right side is the Vasa Museum - you can make that your next stop, it’s truly fascinating! A museum over a ship that sank in 1628 on her maiden voyage, not far from the harbor, and that’s been salvaged almost intact. Apparently the most visited museum in Scandinavia!


If you look carefully, you can see the ship’s masts emerging throguh the roof of the building. Very cool and well worth the visit!


Friday Favorites

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It’s Friday! This week went by so quickly, even though it seemed so long on Monday. I’ll check out for the week-end soon but I wanted to share with you a few of my favorite things I found on Internet. Happy Friday!


New Olympic Athletes Crafted from Layered Paper by Raya Sader Bujana


Favorite Artwork - this beautiful paper sculpture by the Barcelona-based artist Raja Sader Bujana. She created a number of new paper sculptures on the Olympics theme, and they are just awesome! They are available as limited edition Giclee prints in her online shop


Olympic Runners Who Came Last After Helping Each Other Get Moved To The Finals


Favorite Olympics Moment - Two 5.000-meter runners helping each other and getting moved to the finals. Abbey D’Agostino (USA) and Nikki Hamblin (New Zealand) collided during the race and fell to the ground.  When Abbey D’Agostino noticed that  Nikki Hamblin was hurt, she stopped to help Nikki and encourage her to finish the race. Eventually both got moved to the finals. Now that’s the true Olympic spirit! 



Here you can see the video.


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Favorite Photo to celebrate the World Photography Day on August 19th - this fabulous photo of a heron at Hudson Springs Park in Hudson, Ohio by Robert Blair. You can see more of Robert Blair wonderful photos on his 500PX gallery.


Have a great week-end everyone!


Throwback Thursday: Golden Light

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Time again for Throwback Thursday - we jump back almost four years when we were still living in Sweden. This was shot just outside our house on Lidingö.

I sense some melancholy setting in when I see this …  Thank God tomorrow is Friday! I’m planning a Friday Favorites post and I know it’ll cheer me up (and hopefully you too).


Haiku Tuesday: Lightning

Storm - Mihaela Limberea Blog on www.limberea.com


How noble he who realizes not,

From lightning-flashes, life is wain!


by Basho (1644 - 1694)

Translated by Asataro Miyamori


Back to School

Green Grass - Mihaela Limberea Blog on www.limberea.com


Most people are now back to school or work … me too! Quite a shock to get up earlier in the morning, let me tell you, even for an early bird like me. I thought I’ve heard a collective sigh actually, so I’m not alone! I was mentally prepared but I was still overwhelmed when I opened my e-mail inbox; some thousand e-mails in three weeks! Why wasn’t everybody on vacation I ask? Is this some conspiracy against people who go on vacation? ”On vacation for weeks? Let’s send you some e-mails to show you we’ve missed you”. To add insult to injury, it started raining as soon as I got up. Minette, who had came in for a pit stop, jumped on the couch and promptly went to sleep.


Wanderweg - Mihaela Limberea Blog on www.limberea.com


At lunch I laced my walking shoes and out of the door I went, to get some fresh air, stretch myself and, honestly, get away from those e-mails, even for a few minutes. Had the camera with me to distract myself. It has started to look a lot like autumn already which was a bit disheartning. Or maybe it was the thousand e-mails, who knows?


Path in the woods - Mihaela Limberea Blog on www.limberea.com


It’s always so good to go out even for a short walk, it makes a great difference when working all day (and well into evening). It had rained in the morning and the air was fresh and crisp, perfect for a stroll.


Golden Grass - Mihaela Limberea Blog on www.limberea.com


I just love the way the rain drops glitter in the sun, don’t you?


Enchanted Forest - Mihaela Limberea Blog on www.limberea.com


The light at the end of the tunnel ha, ha! Did you also go back to school or work? Fared any better? Feel free to share!


Shine On

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I went to town to buy some green plants för the home office and came back with the white tray and the cup you see above. (And yes, a few plants too … eventually).


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Quite cute, isn’t it? The tray is from Depot.


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The cup is from H&M Home. The small gold dotted plate (I LOVE polka dots!) is not from H&M, even though one could swear it is - it perfectly matches the cup! I found it at Depot. Perfect for adding the small biscotti to the coffee.


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I matched the new acquisitions with the scented candle from Grand Hotel Stockholm where we stayed during our trip to Sweden last month (I’ll post a special Stockholm post in a few days).


I’ll head for the couch now, time for more Olympics! What are you doing this Saturday evening?


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If you haven’t lived under a rock, you’re probably aware that the Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Are you guys watching the Olympics? What sports are you interested in?


Number one on my list is women’s artistic gymnastics - the individual all around final is today so I’ll be parked in front of the TV tonight! Gymnastics over, I’ll concentrate on athletics - it finally starts tomorrow!!



Today’s tip: the Cat Olympics! You’re welcome!


Haiku Tuesday: The Quails

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The quails are chirping in the dusk

Aware the hawks’ eyes are now dim.


by Basho


Translation by Asataro Miyamori


Golden Light & A New Start

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Don’t you just love that liquid gold light of a late summer evening? My husband and I went for a walk yesterday evening. I had been writing all day and was quite stiff, hence the walk. I hadn’t planned on bringing the camera (enough work for one day), but at the last moment I grabbed the camera. Who knew what I could find, right?


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And voilà! The most wonderful golden light … and, unexpectedly, no people to walk into my frame. My husband was not as excited though. What started like one of our regular walks transformed somehow into a photo expedition. Which means no conversation or normal pace is possible since I’d be completely wrapped in my own world and would just run back and forth to find the perfect angle, the best light and so on … you get the idea. I’ve promised him we’d go for a nice walk tonight, and I will not bring the camera. I didn’t say anything about the mobile phone though ...


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Well, so that was the golden light. What about the new start I was hinting about in the title? Am I moving to Zanzibar and open a yoga studio? Start painting? Open an animal shelter?


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Nothing so radical, even though I wouldn't swear about taking up painting or the animal shelter (maybe in the future). I’m just ready for a new start, really ready. I feel I’m in a good place right here, right now. 

As you’ve probably noticed, I was really gone this last year - I can see now that I was really close to hitting the wall. I’ve been working a lot, too much in fact, and the new book I was working on was slow moving. Or not moving at all eventually. In the end I was so fed up with everything that I didn’t have any energy left and I couldn’t care less about my job, my book, photography, friends, trips … you name it. In a way it was a good pause as now I’m really hungry again, hungry for new experiences, new trips, new books ...


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Yep, I’m working on a new book. I’ve decided to put the other one on hold as it requires too much effort at the moment, probably two to three years as I have to do a lot of research. This one should be done in about one year; my goal is to have a first revised draft by September next year.

I don’t feel ready to talk about it at this stage yet, I’ve just started (five thousands words so far) and I want to be sure which way I’m going. I’m so excited!!! About the new book, about the blog, new photo projects … it’s good to be back. I’ve missed you, guys!


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