Welcome to the Blog

Welcome to the space where I share what I am up to. (scroll below this for the latest post)

On this blog I post my latest photos, music I am discovering, thoughts that cross my mind, work-related issues, travels and other randomness. It’s like a personal diary that I share with those interested in what I do – but also where I archive memories for myself. Things in here can be serious or not – mostly they are just random updates. Anyhow, I’m here – so if you want to get in touch or ask a question, feel free to send me an email via the contact form!

Enjoy! :)

My 7 months with the Red Cross family: Greece

Lesvos, Greece
I travelled to many places with the IFRC as Regional Community Engagement Delegate (so, coordinating the way the red cross interacts with, informs, and collects feedback from refugees – across Europe) – but I definitely spent the most of my time visiting refugee camps in Greece. I started off my contract by immediately being deployed to the island Lesvos – where most people were arriving at the time. I also went several times to the north of Greece, to Idomeni and different locations around Thessaloniki and Athens. The job was difficult and very demanding, but also very rewarding – I had the opportunity to meet with amazing refugee volunteers, and the Greek people was extraordinarily hospitable and helpful in this very difficult situation.

And then, as a great bonus, there were all the colleagues and staff from partner organisations that I got to work closely with – engaged, passionate and hard-working people. Work-wise, it was both the most demanding and inspiring assignment I’ve had so far, with true solidarity at its core.

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Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos, Greece
Lesvos, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Nea Kavala Refugee Camp
Nea Kavala Refugee Camp
Idomeni, Greece
Idomeni, Greece
Nea Kavala Refugee camp
Nea Kavala Refugee camp
Nea Kavala Refugee camp
Nea Kavala Refugee camp
Nea Kavala Refugee camp
Nea Kavala Refugee camp
Cherso refugee camp
Cherso refugee camp
Cherso refugee camp
Cherso refugee camp
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Cherso refugee camp
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My 7 months with the Red Cross family: Other missions

Macedonia

I didn’t get photos of all the workshops, missions and travels I did with the IFRC, but here are some of them. I had the opportunity to visit some of the Red Crescent community centres in Turkey’s Ankara, Konya and Istanbul, I got to visit different camps in Macedonia, I did presentations in Sofia, Budapest, and Vienna, I participated in the Regional Disaster Response Team training in Bulgaria, and I took part in a global workshop to define the first Red Cross Red Crescent movement guide for community engagement and accountability. An intense learning period, definitely.

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Macedonia
Ankara, Turkey
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7 months in Budapest

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I haven’t been hiding, I’ve just been very busy.

My time in Budapest on a very interesting mission is coming to an end, and I am leaving the city tomorrow – ready to take on a new challenge and new adventure, this time in Stockholm, Sweden. (After a couple of weeks of travelling.) I have photos and stories to share and will do so at some point soon – but first a quick shout out to those who sent emails asking what happened with the blog – I’m very much okay! And a big thank you to Budapest for embracing me with its enchanting architecture, great food and long walks. A true gem in the heart of Europe. Even being here, in such a great city, the job has still been responsible for most of the pleasure these last couple of months, it’s been wonderfully enriching and I can’t wait to tell you about it.

Photo taken with my new Minox35ML, I’m trying this analog thing now. :)

UPDATE: Posts will slowly but surely start appearing under this post. Because I like things to come in chronological order. :) Don’t miss!)

A bit of life in Budapest

So, in theory I lived in Budapest for 7 months – but I spent many of those weeks on mission with work so in the end it was mostly about packing and re-packing.

While I was in the city though, I was often excited about the fact that friends now could visit me (and bring Swedish snacks), about the access to great food experiences – and I happened to be around for both Balaton Sound music festival and Budapest pride. I found a community of “secret dining” at Zoltan18 where I went a couple of times to have a first class dinner around a table with 20 strangers, hung out with a group of med students and other new friends, went for art exhibitions and concerts, and had the best colleagues one could ask for.

Being back in Europe was very special. I could move around more freely, I had access to things and people, I felt like I was transitioning into finally settling down. And I finally bought that vinyl player. So symbolic!

I chose not to extend my contract in Budapest as a new opportunity came up that was a better option for me – I was a bit sad about not getting more time in the city, but I felt I definitely made the best out of my time in one of Europe’s most gorgeous and wallet-friendly cities.

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Budapest Pride 2016
Budapest Pride 2016
Budapest Pride 2016
Budapest Pride 2016
Budapest Pride 2016
Budapest Pride 2016
Balaton Sound 2016
Balaton Sound 2016
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10 jours au Liban

Some photos from when I in June decided to become good friends with solitude again, and travelled to Beirut by myself. I had wanted to visit for a long time, and no friends were really able to join – so I went anyway, and had an absolutely fantastic time with the most hospitable people I’ve ever met, many of whom became friends.

I stayed at Staybridge suites, an apartment hotel with great staff, great location and an absolutely fabulous rooftop pool where I really found the headspace I needed from some of the most intense months of work ever for me. I strolled alone around the city, I took some time to read, to swim to sit in the sun. To be alone. It didn’t take long before I found my new friends at the hotel though. Less than a day actually. Among them was Maja, a polish girl I met in the elevator who also happened to be alone in Beirut. And Marwan and his friends, who became the best possible Lebanon guides. There were also a bunch of other strangers who always prove to be courteous, friendly and great.

Needless to say, there was a lot of dancing. And I can hands down say that of all the cities in the world that I’ve danced in – Beirut nightlife wins. Sunrise and all.

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