28 december, 2013

New sketcher in the block

A few weeks ago I took the liberty of welcoming Thomas, the sketcher, to our digital abode. Although he doesn't live in Skåne, he comes by and sketches often, and has such a good time when he is around here that I couldn't refuse the membership in the blog. This was the last of a few nights he spent in Lund, while travelling to the north of Sweden. Today, he's bound southward, hoping to spend a couple more - and hopefully productive - days here.

At Ariman, he, Patrícia and I met Kenton, the architect (in the middle) whom we both worked with. He runs a small architecture office right behind Lunds Domkyrka.

21 december, 2013

Innerstaden av Lund


One of the many advantages of working in a family restaurant is having access to the making-of of many special yummies! The restaurant is closed for the weekends, so, in this particular summer weekend it was the stage for home-made pickles manufacturing. One of the disadvantages of watching the process unfold is that there is always extra labour for a pair of hands. Under the circumstances, a sketching pair of hands is a free pair of hands. Still, I managed to scrape off these quick ones.

The recipe:
- stuff dozens of jars with dill, garlic, bay leaves, chilli, white radishes, mustard seeds and black pepper;
- jam the cucumbers into the jars, as tight as they can get;
- fill with vinegar and salt broth.

13 december, 2013

Malmö Festivalen

With the summer at its peak, Skåne is greeted by Malmö Festivalen, a cultural mix-pot of music, theater, dancing, workshops, food! The stars of swedish music are greeted in stages set up in the town's largest squares. Other interesting events go on at more reserved places. The hip-hop battle semifinals took place at Altonaparken. There, solo challengers disputed the chance at the final face-to-face with an opponent dancing in the same style. The arena was formed by the people that were cheering, sitting on the ground or upon lighting posts and advertising boards.

Food was for all tastes. For us, the chorizo and korvtjock with potatissalad, at the Malmö FF stand, were the right choice!

24 november, 2013

Thomas the sketcher

Our dear friend Thomas comes from the Netherlands. Occasionally he visits the southern tip of Sweden and stays over for a few days. His visit is always good-humoured and welcome. He is also a sketcher, but a passionate architecture graduate first!

Here, he was getting ready to leave to his new hometown to pursue his studies further and hopefully to get a job somewhere where good architecture is being created. His bulky backpack took over half the seats of our table in a Malmö coffee joint near the trainstation.

02 november, 2013

Ven! För att sommaren är kort

So, after a busy summer in Portugal, and with a few days still to enjoy sunny Skåne, Patrícia and I decided we should get to know that pearl on the Öresund. We rented a couple of bikes upon arrival and off we went around the island!

Midway across the island, we had time to relax and have a decent picnic, drenched in wine that we had brought from the homeland. Afterwards it was time to get acquainted with the astronomer Tycho Brahe and his observatory in Uraniborg.

With the golden wheat fields, Ven kind of reminds me of Alentejo, back home, but with water all around! (misspelled Denmark there...)

On our way back to Landskrona, the ferry almost got us sleeping on the deck, with all the biking and the rocking of the waves... Trevlig dag!

04 augusti, 2013

03 augusti, 2013


En av ingångarna till friluftsområdet här i staden. Dungen (det är absolut ingen skog) bjuder på några kilometer stigar och motionsspår och kallas Björket. I Svenska Akademiens ordlista hittar jag björk, björks, björken, björkens, björkar, björkars, björkarna och björkarnas, men inte björket. Antagligen blev motionsdungen döpt av en utlänning som inte behärskade svenska språket. Till exempel den där danske fetknoppen som på 1600-talet grundade hela Kristianstad.

02 augusti, 2013

On the other side of the river

I Tivoliparken som är Kristianstads svar på Bois de Boulogne kan man på andra sidan Helge River se hur Naturum tornar upp sig ur grönskan likt en jättelik krokodil med robothuvud. Allt fångat för hand, på plats och i tung tusch som det lätt blir när man skissar i motljus.

27 juli, 2013


Kristianstad tar i så det knakar inför nästa års 400-årsjubileum. Överallt i city bygger man nytt. Men inte nog med det. På tekniska kontoret är man orolig för att det betonggrå vattentornet från 1965 kommer att förstöra feststämningen. Istället för att låta den 53 meter höga svampen vara ett monument över den tid då den byggdes, vill kommunen ”försköna” byggnaden med antingen konstfärdig belysning eller med ett utanpåliggande vattenfall. I lokalpressen ville en insändare att den skulle målas orange. Uppenbarligen skäms man för vattentornet som i klart väder syns miltals över slätten.

24 juli, 2013

Hot hospital

The hospital in Kristianstad sunbathing in the current warm weather.

26 juni, 2013

Midsommar sketching

It was the first midsommar we spent in Skåne, or in Sweden for that matter. Back home, midsommar doesn't exist. Of course the summer solstice exists, but people just don't mind it so much. So it was an exotic exciting episode for us portuguese in Skåne!

The 20th greeted us with a travel to Ales Stenar, a marvelous landscape by the sea, overlooking a small fishing village (which kinda reminded me of the scottish village in Local Hero). The special thing about this place is the iron age megalithic monument erected upon the green pasture cliff. It's a prehistoric calendar in all it's glory. A group of tens of people gathered there to verify the exactitude of the key stone marking the solstice sunset, and to watch some Ystads band singing traditional midsommar songs in acapella.

The next afternoon, midsommarsafton, was spent mingling with some good people, eating good food, drinking beer and Aquavit (yummy!), playing ball, freesbee and kubb. The night went long with board games indoors.

This holiday, we should definitely export back home!

Älgar, sälar och människor

From a short trip to Västergötland.

Slottsskogen, Göteborg: the lazy moose harvest the precious march sunrays in this huge park located quite close to the town's center.

The seals glide through the waters of an open air water tank. I wonder if they will stay there for the summer.

From Slottsskogen, a nice walk is perfectly fine to get to the city center, where the humans do the same as their animal counterparts, upon the steps leading down to the canal's water, under a sun which is, if not omnipresent, at least scorching and glaring.

 This is a country obsessed by the sun. I'm only beginning to understand why.

The day after, we were harvesting sunlight by a lake in Västra Frölunda, while having warm tea. It was only later that I realized (thanks to Google Maps) that the "lake" was in fact the mouth of a discreet stream going to the Kattegatt.

06 mars, 2013

End of Winter, Lund

Some drawings from Lund
From February - beginning of March 2013

 Tunaparken from my window at Thomanders väg
before the snow melted away

Snow melting in Skrylle, the recreational area east of Lund
where walking the pathways in the woods is very popular

 "After walk" in Skrylle, first Really sunny day 2013

Katsura, the japanese tree in the Botanical Gardens, Lund
March 6, 2013

28 februari, 2013


 A few days ago I was invited by Erik to watch a rehearsal and video recording of his band Trixiia. I thought it would be cool to have a sketched record of the event also. The pop-band has a unusual line-up: 3 violins, 1 cello, a bass guitar, percussion and a sweet voice.
 There was a rich lode of sketching subjects all around! From the make-up activities...
 ... to the sound checking, a team of sketchers would have their hands full! I decided to turn the warm up of my pens into a kind of making-of reportage. It wasn't easy, as there was lots of movement about.
 Until finally the recording started. With about 15 people watching, Trixiia recorded the material for their first music video! Looking forward for the result!

18 februari, 2013

Inside out

Why do I look so different every time I draw a self portrait? I think the answer is that I do not draw what I look like but how I feel at that moment. I draw the inside instead of the outside so to speak. That would explain why there is such a big difference between the drawings I have done of myself. Another possible explanation is that I am a lousy drawer.

17 februari, 2013

Tall trees

Tall is the Swedish word for Pinetree. Quite fittingly since these two specimen were quite big. I found them both in Hässleholm’s equivalent to Central Park: Möllerödsområdet.

16 februari, 2013

Black on white

This morning I woke up early to the smell of burnt wood. I checked the stove in the kitchen and went back to bed. Later I learned that a crofter’s cottage at the folk museum had caught fire during the night. In the afternoon I went over and made this quick sketch. The charred remains made a stark contrast to the snow. While the adjacent cottage had only been scorched the little old building that was made in the 17th century burned to the ground.

14 februari, 2013

Important stuff

Here are two very important facilities in my apartment: my zafu and the ADSL outlet. They help me keep in touch both with the outer and the inner world. Sort of.

11 februari, 2013

Helg kalas

As the week draws (no pun intended) to an end, party planning arrangements are made. Indoor parties - in a contrast to my homeland - seem to be quite popular in Skåne.
Friday, at a friend's apartment in Lund, there was some hard DJing and dancing all night long!
English remained the lingua franca for the evening, as people from at least seven countries were present, including Sweden!
Saturday, at Malmö, in a funny-looking cilindrical building, a birthday party took place. As the previous one, this one also resembled a UN meeting. I lost count of the countries of origin present. We all crossed out our places of origin lie in a world map hung on the wall. Pretty soon, there were tens of crosses scattered all around Europe (and one in Africa!).
Turned out some of the nice people there were musicians (and even one other sketcher), and soon, banded together in a Swedish-Russian band started to improvise some Swedish traditional music, which tended to sound quite klezmer at some point - jättekul!