Music right now

Lately I’m enjoying the album “What Color is Love” by Terry Callier.

It is hard to define a single genre that this album belongs to. “What Color is Love” is an elegant collection of folk, funk, jazz and blues. Callier’s tender lyrics and passionate voice are beautiful elements that give the album continuity. Maybe this makes the album so interesting to listen to, over and over again, from start to finish.

At the same time, these songs are very comforting. Perfect for cold, rainy spring days in Oslo.

You Goin’ to Miss Your Candyman was funny enough my gateway song to this album. I first heard the song on a Late Night Tales compilation, made by the Cinematic Orchestra. (The Late Night Tales compilations are a great way to discover new favourites and are small gems in themselves.)

A garden break in Lisbon

At this very same time last year, me and my friend Michelle went for a conference trip to Lisbon. We decided to spend a couple of extra days to enjoy the city.

I did an exchange semester in Lisbon a while back, so the trip was a lovely reunion with the city. I remember long walks admiring the tiled buildings, the river, eating Pastel de Nata and overlooking sunsets from the old town, Alfama.

This time I had a little more money and a very close friend with me. Michelle and I rented a gorgeous French-style apartment, which was close to the seafood restaurants, small shops and not too far away from the main square of Lisbon. My favourite part of this little trip was of course – the botanical garden.

As you may know I have a soft spot for everything green. Even more when it is exotic, accompanied by colourful peacocks and surrounding old terracotta buildings. The botanical garden is really worth a visit if you are in Lisbon.

And if you are in town, I also recommend: