Last night we got to see a lunar eclipse here in Hawaii. The moon disappeared in Earth’s shadow and became a beautiful, but eery shade of orange and red.  These photos don’t do it justice, but NASA has some really nice photos on their websites. Such a beautiful sight!

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I’m feeling nostalgic, so I dug up this video I made from last year’s Hove-festival. The image quality has deteriorated for some reason, but the video still makes me long for a real festival summer again. #thefeels

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To take concert photos is one of the things I love the most in this world. Trying to capture the artists on stage, capture their essence and conveying it through a single glimpse in time, is a really arduous task. But the results, if successful, are often quite amazing.

This Monday, famous rock photographer Bob Gruen is visiting HPU to premiere the documentary of his life. Through-out his career he’s captured the likes of Led Zeppelin, John Lennon, The Rolling Stones and David Bowie, so to meet this man in person will be nothing short of inspiring.

Last summer I covered no less than 4 festivals, and several different concerts, and these are some of the photos that came out of that work. Hopefully, after meeting with Bob Gruen, the photos I shoot at my next music gig will be even more inspired.

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Today I am 25.

A milestone, I’ve been told. I’m going to celebrate it with night class, two bags of Doritos and a couple of episodes of Leverage. Perfect Friday!

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Before I moved to Hawaii I honestly thought that the only places you could find crêperies where in France, mostly on street corner or in Alpine villages. A warm crêpe with Nutella has stifled my hunger more than once after a long day in the slopes. But apparently, you can find crêpe everywhere, especially in Hawaii. Here are my two favorite places to find delicious savory and sweet crêpes on Oahu.

Le Crêpe Café – This is my lunch spot at school, a place I visit so frequently that I am on first-name basis with just about every person who works there. For some reason I still have a hard time deciding what to eat just about every time I stop by because it’s all delicious. If you are looking for a healthy, savory lunch crêpe I will recommend L’Italien and Tsunami, they both taste great. For more sweet, desert-like crêpe, Honey Lovers is a favorite, and Chunky Monkey always works its magic whenever I want something really over-the-top (nutella, peanut butter and banana).

The paninis and salads are pretty good too.

1160 Fort Street Mall, Downtown

Crêpes No Ka Oi - In Kailua and looking for breakfast/brunch? Stop by Crêpes No Kai Oi. Cute shop filled with Japanese tourists that serve you your crêpe in no time at all. I have only been there once, but the Temptation in Paradise (crêpe with cinnamon apples and brown sugar) was deilicious! They also serve really great coffee.

131 Hekili St, Kailua

Do you like crêpe, or do you prefer Norwegian/American pancackes?

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On Saturday morning in Hong Kong, we took the bus to Stanley and spent the day at the pier eating delicious snacks that we bought at a supermarket nearby. Cheeses, plums, sausage, chips and beer helped heal the damages of friday night’s fun in the streets of Lan Kwai Fong. Stanley is a very beautiful part of Hong Kong island, and absolutely worth the trip!

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After standing in line for the new H&M store on Kalakaua (finally! Now can we get Zara to Hawaii, please?) for 3 hours, we drove out to Alan Davis Beach on the south-east shore to jump from the pole and test my new Outex. What is Outex you ask? A relatively cheap way of bringing your DSLR into the water to document every part of life in Hawaii. I have tested it twice, and I’m pretty sure I’m in love. Also pretty sure I should have bought it a year ago!

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Yesterday we rented kayaks and paddled out to Mokulua island outside of Lanikai in Kailua. This has been on my to do-list for a while, usually involving bringing a grill and food, and spending the day on the islands, but the weather conditions (and the fact that we didn’t start paddling out until 2PM) made it into a good work-out and test run for next time!

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The day before I left for Chicago I replaced my trusted but awfully rusty iPhone 4S with the 5S. One of my favorite parts of the new one is the camera, and so I took it out for a spin today while taking a street art walk through Kaka’ako. The area just hosted street art festival POW WOW for the fifth year in a row (I read that somewhere, but don’t quote me on that number), where street artists from all over the world come to Hawaii to make the neighborhood beautiful.

Kaka’ako is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Honolulu, with cool stores, cafes and specialty shops. Home to my favorite lunch spot Fresh Cafe and candy-store-camera-shop Treehouse.

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Just came home from a wonderful weekend in Chicago. Trine, Tarjei, Anders and I hosted the annual meeting for ANSA USA and passed on our responsibilities to a new board elected at the meeting. It’s only been a year since this weekend in San Francisco meant the beginning of my ANSA USA-career, and what a year it has been. And now I’m done. I will have to find a new hobby now that I have so much free time on my hands.

Anyhow, although the trip to Chicago was short and filled with work, I still got to do some city roaming, and found some favorites I would like to share with you in case you find yourself in Chicago and in search for a good place to hang out after dinner.

Howl at the Moon – $10 cover charge, but oh-so worth it. We went there on Friday evening and got to experience one of the most awesome dual piano battles I have ever seen. 2 pianos, 1 synth, 4 singers/piano-players, a drummer and two tip jars were placed in the middle of the club, which was packed with people dancing and singing. You request a song on a piece of paper, and hand it in with whatever you’re willing to pay to have it played by either of the pianist. The result is bad-ass and beautiful covers of everything from Nicki Minaj, Westlife and Tupac, to Johnny Cash, The Rolling Stones and Spice Girls (my request). A must.

26 W Hubbard St

Citizen Bar – It was cold in Chicago this weekend, but I imagine this place is great in the summer when they open the patio outside. Drinks are good, shots are good (and dangerous), snacks are good and the place looks fresh in a minimalistic, contemporary American kind of way. Great for those evenings when you just want to go out to sit and talk and drink. The flatscreens on the walls show sports and sports bloopers, and  makes for some good entertainment.

364 W Erie St

The Signature Longue - At the top of the John Hancock Center. Two floors above the sky deck, and one floor above the ridiculously expensive restaurant (think Norwegian prizes). The drinks are expensive, but you really only need one (the gin tonics were good) while you’re admiring the stunning view of the city. We went here for a drink before dinner on Saturday, and Chicago by night really does compete with New York in splendor. Also, a drink here is cheaper then the ticket to the observation deck ($15) and let’s you enjoy the view behind floor to ceiling windows instead of outside in gushing cold wind behind barriers that ruin the view.

875 N Michigan Ave

What are your Chicago favorites?

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