The thing about rugby

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“You’re really aggressive”
Hi, I’m Ylva. Im a girl. I play rugby, I don’t like sweets, I rarely wear lipstick, I like boxing, weight training and crossfit and I want to learn how to shoot. I’m still a girl thought, I assure you. Yes, even thought I can squat heavy and catch a ball.

“Are you sure you should squat with that much weight on the bar?”
“I can see your triceps muscles, that’s kind of manly don’t you think?”
“Why don’t you learn how to paint instead of learn how to shoot?”

Oh, hi, person I don’t know. I didn’t realise that what I was doing all this time is the opposite of your idea of feminine, could you please tell me exactly how I can transform into a lovely, quiet sweet-smiling little flower? I’m longing for your approval.

Recently I’ve gotten more and more sick of comments like these. Today I heard from someone that since I play rugby I must have a destructive nature. Destructive. Let’s think about that word for a second. If you know rugby, you know that it promotes values that are the exact opposite of destructive. Ever heard of a rugby hooligan? Didn’t think so. Rugby people are some of the friendliest people I know, and playing demands true team effort and fosters creativity, empathy and control. I play because I love my team and I love the sport, not because I have a secret longing to break peoples necks. You’re telling me that playing rugby isn’t feminine enough? Well, tough shit, I guess I’m a man then.

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Sunday activities

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I accidentally found myself at the set of The Hobbit

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Swiss nature

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We tend to not appreciate what we have, don’t you think?

Hemmablind. It’s a Swedish term expressing the act to not cherish the environment which you call “home”. When I lived in Sweden there were some moment of absolute bliss and wonder for nature, but mostly what I saw was rain, mud, darkness and ice. Now I live in a city surrounded by breathtaking alps and a lake blue as the summer sky. You might think that I have been running out the door every weekend to take in these wonders but instead I’ve stayed in bed and watched netflix. However lately I have decided to stop wasting my time on fleeting moments of entertainment and instead have some real experiences (because we only live once, remember?).

So yesterday, though tired and cozy in bed, I got up at 9 am and joined my dad and a friend for a hike up the Pilatus. And guess what, I didn’t regret a single moment of it (whaaaaaat) even though it was cold and absolutely exhausting. In the end of the hike we hooked ourselves up to some gear and did a 20m free-fall jump from a pine tree. Beat that, bed!

Surfing in Sri Lanka – beautiful Drivethru

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all images taken from Drivethru

At work, not bored but without motivation, looking forward to going to Switzerland this weekend and seeing everybody again. Usually I don’t think Mondays are that bad but today I’m a little sick of the cold and the rain that seem to constantly be present in this country.

I might also be a bit drifty because J and I recently booked two weeks of surfing in Sri Lanka! It’s in a place called Drivethru, a surfing resort located literally in the middle of nowhere and it’s one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen. Aaand what do you do when you long for holidays? You google and google and google til your eyes pop out and you feel like you would give your right arm (not leg, I need that for surfing) to jump on a bus and go to the airport right now. As this unfortunately isn’t possible and due to lack of better ideas, I threw together a collage to dream a little instead.

THE GOOGLE AND YOUTUBE OFFICES IN NYC

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Hey guys! Today I woke up with a crazy headache so I had to skip my early morning spinning-pass. It’s a shame that I wasted a morning but on the other hand I gave it all in yesterday’s Transformer (basically HIIT but with more focus on strength) class.

I still have million of photos from New York so I thought I‘d tell the tale of the visit to the Google and YouTube headquarters!

I did an earlier post on food in New York where I mentioned a place called Johny’s Luncheonette. Well, when we were there we randomly started speaking to this guy next to us. We bonded a bit over the American obsession of coffee and over the fact that he was Australian and it was his first time in the Luncheonette. When asked what he does he answered that he was recently headhunted for a top position (I can’t give away the exact one) by Google all the way from Australia! So naturally I FREAK OUT and start asking a million questions about the offices (since it’s commonly known that Google has some of the coolest offices in the world) and the sleeping rooms, playing rooms, gardens, beehive-shaped cubicles, egg-shaped nap capsules. The guy sensed my enthusiasm (some girl jumping up and down by the mention of a name, who wouldn’t?) and invited us over for a private tour! By this time I was so exited I could hardly sit still. I asked some more questions and in the end we decided on the time and place.

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The day arrived and we met our guy outside Chelsea Market. We were taken to the office building, given guest passes and after passing all the necessary security barriers we headed up to one of the bigger restaurants. And guys, the food is FREE! I had no idea it was like this but apparently Google provides every one of its employees with breakfast, snacks, lunch and dinner if they wish. And it’s gooood food. After lunch we had a frozen yogurt and went out on the balcony, the view over New York was absolutely stunning. Then we were shown around the whole building, we saw beehives where you could nap, vast landscapes of smart and stylish cubicles, high-tech meetings rooms, gardens, a common-room designed as an alpine hut, gaming rooms and even racer tracks for the office scooters! You name it – it was there!

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some of the decor inside the offices..

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the view from the top of the Google building!

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Afterwards the guy had some time left and decoded to also quickly take us to the YouTube offices in the building vis-á-vis. We only saw the lobby and some offices but it was also really cool! The walls of the lobby were continuously flashing with live updates from YouTube and the desk of the receptionist looked like something out of a Futurama-movie. Everything was fast-paced and sleek, just like you would imagine it, but at the same time strangely down to earth. Eventually our guide had to go to a meeting so we said our last thank-you and was left inside the Chelsea Market, still numb from all of the impressions we’d had.

This is exactly why I like speaking to strangers. If my sister and I would have been stuck-up bitches and ignored the friendly Aussie at the bar, had we have had this experience? NO. Lesson of the day my friends: don’t be afraid to get to know new people and don’t be afraid to make random plans.

THE SECOND-HAND JEANS JACKET

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The second hand bomber-style jeans jacket is a new personal favourite of mine! ❤ It’s perfect for the summer – wear it over a tulle or silk dress and get some exiting contrasts in your outfit that works both when getting some cocktails in that chic bar down the street and at a picnic in the park. I also like to layer it, below I used it as a casually-strolling-the-streets-of-new-york outfit over a basic grey t-shirt, jeans and sneakers and it was perfect. Wrap a scarf around your shoulders and you’re good to face the temperamentful New York spring weather!

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Sweden is cold and rainy but damn its cozy to sit inside and listen to the weather. Thursday looks like we’ll get some sun and let’s HOPE for that since my mum and I are planning to go sailing. 😀

See you later! xx

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FOOD HEAVEN NYC

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The different buildings and areas in New York are pretty and all, but WHAT ABOUT THE FOOD? Before we left I searched and searched after good bars/restaurants/cafes/places but all I found were the generic places, and well, I wanted something.. LOCAL. When my sister and I were there we spent most of our money on food and drinks so allow me to give you some tips!

PANCAKES

Let’s just face it, pancakes are a no-brainer, you just HAVE to have some when you’re in New York. Good Enough to Eat on Upper West side is an american-style restaurant specialising in the “dine at grandmas house” – feeling. It’s comfy, serves seasonal food and has amazing breakfasts!

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This one, the Lumber Jack, is for when you’re really hungry (or hmm.. hungover), you get two pancakes with strawberry butter on the side, two massive slices of bacon and scrambled eggs. I had no idea it was so massive so I also asked them to add some banana and walnuts. Amazing!

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These are the normal pancakes, also served with strawberry butter on the side. You get three massive ones and if you order coffee the refills are free!

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Johny’s Luncheonette is another place with great food. It’s basically a hole in the wall, my sister and I actually walked past it when we were looking for the place EVEN THOUGH we saw the sign. It’s probably the coolest places I’ve been to for breakfast and if you’re looking for the “real” NYC experience this is where you should go! There’s 2 or 3 tiny tables and a bar with ca 10 seats and the kitchen right behind it. The food is cooked in front of you and it contributes to the 1980’s american diner experience.

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Above you can see their Greek pita (great if you’re not into sweet breakfasts) and their blueberry and banana pancakes are the best I’ve ever had!

BAGELS

Bagels for breakfast, bagels for lunch, snack-bagles and bagels as drunken-on-the-way-home-food. BAGELS ALL THE WAY.
.. Ok so if you didn’t already realise I’m crazy about NYC bagels. The classic cream cheese is great but my favourite is the so called “lox” – cream cheese MIXED with smoked salmon. Mmmmmm… (isn’t is lunch time soon?)

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DUMPLINGS

Feel like some cheap, great and greasy street food?
Step 1: go outside. Step 2: locate a street stand with asian food (there’s almost one on every corner). Step 3: order the vegetable dumplings. Step 4: have a mouth-gasm and die on the spot.

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LOBSTER ROLL

The lobster roll is one of the more expensive choices for the street-takeaway-food-style. This ons is from Luke’s Lobster in Plaza’s food hall on Upper West. You have to pay 15 dollars for this goodness which is quite expensive, but for a one-time-lunch it’s SO worth it.

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CUPCAKES

Left: red velvet cupcake with cream cheese topping from a mysterious unknown cafe in The Village.

Right: red velvet cupcake-icecream-sandwich with cream cheese filling from a stand at the High Line park. A MUST-HAVE. You like cupcakes? Desserts? Chocolate? Sandwiches? Ice cream? This is all in one.

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TAKE-AWAY

A great option for take-away will always be Wholefoods salad bar, especially if it’s sunny and you can sit down in a park somewhere! Like the lobster roll it’s more on the expensive side of a take-away lunch but its also very, very good. Some personal favourites include the mint/wasabi marinated tofu, the falafel and the marinated kale.

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The cheeesecake above is also from Wholefoods. If you’ve had the salad before I suggest to go with the smaller size because its quite heavy! They also have blueberry, oreo or vanilla flavours.

SIT DOWN CELEB WATCHING

If you want to have a well-deserved break with some celebrity watching after strolling around the High Line, there no better place than Café Gitane. Try their chili-avocado toast and their blue cheese with walnuts and honey for a truly amazing culinary experience! Their un-sweetened lemonade is not bad either..

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FOOD MARKET 

Of all of the food markets New York has to offer, Eataly is probably one of the most exiting ones. It specialises in gourmet Italian cuisine and has a wide variety of vegetables, meat, cheese, pasta, oil, wine.. The list goes on. Because of it’s downtown location right off the 5th Avenue is convenient for shoppers and it’s close to famous buildings like the Flatiron so there’s lots around to see.

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all types of meat, mushrooms, vegetables and fruit you can imagen..

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..most of it organic!

PIZZA

HOW GOOD is a slice of pizza when you’re on the way home from an evening in smoky jazzbars and fancy hotel rooftops? Stop, don’t answer, that was a rhetorical question. Everyone knows it’s the best. Maybe it doesn’t quite show in the picture but this slice is MASSIVE. You basically get them all over the place and they. are. amazing. They are cheap with a usual price of 1-5 dollars.

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BURGER

Of course we had to get burgers in New York. And of course we had to get them with curly fries. And.. OF COURSE we had to get them with margaritas (Hello? Margarita Monday? Genius). These babies are from Flight 151, an aeroplane-themed bar/restaurant in Chelsea. The burgers were great but it was A LOT of food and we had tight cocktail-outfits on, so if you’re planning to go somewhere to look fabulous, I recommend not being in a rush anywhere in order to let your system process the yummyness.

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MARGARITAS

Finally, the most important topic – where can you find kick-ass cocktails?? The margaritas we had at Flight 151 were good but not amazing. However, lucky for you we found t-h-e b-e-s-t margaritas in New York, NO exaggeration. Where? Underneath the Brooklyn Bridge on the Manhattan side there’s a restaurant hidden in the wall called Cowgirl Seahorse with an odd but charming cowboy&pirate theme. Food: (looks) great, Margaritas: AMAZING. Worth finding.

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MANHATTAN

The concept of having a Manhattan on Manhattan started to interest me ever since I booked the New York flights, and after a few weeks it turned into an obsession to find the BEST Manhattan on Manhattan. I managed to try a few different ones, and I the best by FAR was from Ed’s Chowder House in the Empire Hotel. DAY-UM I could have had 10 of those (well, not really but you know what I mean). Next time I’ll update you on my little project.

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the amazing Manhattan and a Thyme-vodka-lemon, Ed’s Chowder House – yum!
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So there you have it people. I hope you enjoyed this and I hope it was helpful for y’all traveling to New York soon! I’m already planning my next research-trip so I’ll be updating the list soon.

See you latero! xxx ❤