You know they say that the days are long but the years are short? Well, this summer has really felt like that. How can it be September already? The leaves are turning here in Stockholm, even though we still have warm weather, and I’m already receiving emails about Christmas. Seriously. So, to banish thoughts of the festive season, here are my August favourites.
♥ I’ve been using packing cubes for a while now, but I’m determined to become an even more efficient packer. So I hit up YouTube for some info and came across Carly Cristman’s packing vid. And then I got sucked down the rabbit hole of watching all of her recent videos – she’s so entertaining.
♥ We’re now halfway through watching Aranyelet on HBO. It’s a Hungarian remake of a Finnish tv series about a lifelong criminal who decides to go clean and the impact this has on his family. We really love it so far. It’s interesting to me how differently Husband and I are watching it, though. Hungarian is his mother tongue and so he’s getting a lot of the humour in the language that just cannot translate into the subtitles. I, on the other hand, understand many of the cultural references and can spot lots of the locations in Budapest. But even if you’ve never visited, I think the series would appeal – it’s just great.
♥ We tried mastiha at my cousin’s wedding on Mykonos at the end of the month and just loved it. In fact, we loved it so much that we bought a bottle to take home with us. Now we just need to hope it is not one of those drinks that always tastes better on holiday. You know the ones that end up lurking at the back of your drinks cupboard for years.
♥ And speaking of drinks, I am trying to work out how to recreate the wonderful hibiscus G&T I had at Wahaca in London. I think I need to get some hibiscus syrup to achieve it. It was so delicious with the sweetness of the hibiscus, the bitterness of the gin and crispness of the cucumber. Yum!
♥ I’ve rediscovered my Swedish Hasbeens and am loving them all over again. I don’t know why I stopped wearing them but they have been on rotation more and more this summer. They are looking a little beaten up these days but I think that just adds to their charm.
What have you been up to during August? Any new discoveries?0