Walk it London

Oh how I love Bank Holiday weekend. Not only is the lie-in on Sunday morning sweeter, with the knowledge that one gets to do it all over again the next morning. After last night’s Eurovision party at my house, where I was channeling GaGa in honour of the 55th Eurovision Song Contest taking place in my home country, I woke up with restless feet. Feet that wanted to put on good walking shoes and get out and enjoy the sunny, but windy day.

Elisa GaGa

After some contemplation I decided to head for Regent’s Park, one of London’s green lungs which is a beautiful sight when bathed in sunshine. I love walking in London, discovering hidden gems of the city I have called home for a total of five years.  My London native friends are often amazed by my knowledge of the city. Walking, exploring the city and its streets, became a favourite past-time of mine when I first moved back after a stint in Norway in 2008. At this point I was living in King’s Cross and inbetween searching for a job and doing internships, I would often spend a couple of hours a day walking down to the Thames through Clerkenwell and the City, across Tower Bridge and then along Southbank and back home again. Not only did this get me out of the flat, it also kept me from being bored out of my brain. I also used to slot in some cultural education, stopping by the Tate Modern or the British Museum on my walks.

Regent’s Park

Walking in London has become even more fun with MapMyWalk, a site that lets you record your walks and measure it. Today I walked 7.39 miles!! Walking will also hopefully help me complete the 5km Boutique Run I’ve signed up for.

Now off to place my tired feet in a soothing foot bath.

Elisa xx

Kreativ blogger

I haven’t been as active on here lately as I would have wanted. Without going  into too much detail, mostly because I can’t (just yet), let’s just say it’s been a hectic couple of weeks. So when an email popped into my inbox the other day, saying that Little M of Mummy’s Busy World fame had given me the Kreativ Blogger Award (I wonder if his mami might have had something to do with it..) I was all smiles. Thanks Little M!

The Rules Are:

  • You must thank the person who has given you the award.
  • Copy the logo and place it on your blog
  • Link the person who has nominated you for the award
  • Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting
  • Nominate other Kreativ Bloggers
  • Post links to the blogs you nominate
  • Let the nominated victims bloggers know they have been tagged

Seven things about me that you might find interesting:

1. At 19 I moved to Perugia, Italy, where I spent a year eating, drinking and dancing my way through life for a year. I still count this as one of my best years to date. I did also study Italian at the Universita per Stranieri, but haven’t spoken it for years and years. Can anyone please direct me to a good evening course in London??

2. I was born and raised Norwegian, but when you meet me I sound extremely English. I have many times had to show people my driver’s license to show them that I am in fact Norwegian.

3. Speaking of my driver’s license. On the photo I look like a emo goth (thanks verybusymama) with extremely black & curly hair. Nowadays I have settled for a bottle blonde (my very own mix of it too!) and straight hair as often as I can.

4. I have a slight obsession with Lady GaGa at the moment. Since I am the one choosing the music in the office, I often play her music again and again and again and again…

5. Back in the Northern Country, among the hills and fjords, my family owns and run (to my knowledge) the last beer shop in the country. Yes it’s a shop, completely dedicated to beer. Most of it Norwegian produce, but there are some imported goods too. If you fancy paying it a visit, hurry up! It may not be there that much longer since it was made legal to sell beer in supermarkets a couple of years ago.

6. I grew up above the Arctic Circle. Where the summer nights are never ending and the winter nights are dark and cold…

7. I love food. Food glorious food! I can make pretty much anything if you give me a recipe, and it will usually taste pretty damn good if I may say so myself.

Now it’s my time to share this award, and I would like to nominate Millie who blogged her way through her training to the 2010 London Marathon. Read My Long and Winding Road and feel inspired!

The online self – What is in a name?

Recently my friend’s Twitter account got hacked into. Whoever the hacker was immediately started following random people, people who my friend would never herself follow. So she had to change her password, but also asked “does this mean I have to change my name too? I really like my Twitter name. It goes with my blog..” This got me thinking: what is really in an online name?

With the rise of social media such as Facebook and Twitter and the popularity of blogs, I wonder how much thought people put into their e-names. Is it a well considered choice or just a name that stuck after being picked at random?

Personally I have had two Twitter names before settling for my current one (although I’m thinking about changing it again), created several blogs (on different hosting sites) and set up countless email accounts – just because I haven’t been able to decide on which way I wanted to go.

Some people will add the place they work, the industry or a particular interest in their names (especially on Twitter). This is a way to show the world what they are all about, whether it is working in media or saying that they care about all things ‘eco’. Others simply choose to keep their real names. Either way, pseudonym or not, it all comes back to one thing: creating one’s online brand.

To me it was important to go with a name that worked for both personal and professional networking – a name that wouldn’t come back to haunt me. So, across all the social media networks I belong to, I’ve chosen to use some kind of variation of my name.

What’s your brand?

If you were wondering, my friend decided to keep her Twitter name in the end – even if she doubted it for one evening – as she had already started to create her “online brand”.

Follow me on Twitter @eedvardsen for my daily observations and thoughts.

Nordica goes to… the Cotswolds.

In the five years I’ve lived in the city, I can’t say I’ve ventured outside of the Greater London area much. To be honest, counting the couple of trips I’ve had to go on through work, I have really not been exploring the Great British Isles as much as I should have. And I’m a passionate traveller! To be fair, in the past two years I have visited Lisbon, Rome, Northern Norway, Paris & Tokyo.

So, to change that (and to celebrate 2 years of togetherness) this May Bank Holiday weekend, The Boy and I decided to go to the Cotswolds. After much thought, we ended up deciding on Tewkesbury – only to find that it is not actually in the Cotswolds… But it did have a Food & Drink festival, with James Martin doing a cooking demonstration.

So Saturday morning, off we set to the lovely hillsides of typically English heart of England. Driving through the green, rural countryside almost made me a bit nostalgic – thinking back to my childhood, growing up in the North of Norway.

The stay was very pleasant – rain included – and The Boy and I contributed to the local economy by eating and drinking our way through the weekend. We did buy a lot of treats to bring back to friends and family too!

Unfortunately as most good things, the weekend ended far to soon and before we knew it we were back in London. But after a weekend of no tweets, emails or access to the online world (no signal on my iPhone all weekend – thanks O2) it was good to be back.