I've mentioned that I love flying before and I've shared pictures of majestic sights and patterns HERE, but there’s so much more when it comes to my passion for flying.
Another thing I love about it is how near I get to clouds, my favorite part is when the airplane flights through them. Ever since I can remember clouds have been one of my favorite things created by Mother Nature. Clouds are constantly changing; adapting after the atmosphere. They are shape shifters, flexible and powerful, and with a creative mind they can take a form of anything. For me, they are a metaphor of infinite possibilities.

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I remember this one time I took a selfie with Austin Carlile (ex singer of Of Mice & Men) after an interview I did with him. He put on a bright mouth-full-of-teeth smile and I put on my kind of smile, the one that many don’t even see as one. After the first selfie he asked me to smile on the next one. After the second one he still seemed unpleased with my way of smiling and he made some kind of remark about looking happy. And right there, right then I tried again to smile even more, still avoiding faking big smile with my teeth showing because I’m extremely uncomfortable with that. He still thought I didn’t looked like I was having fun. Well, he was right. I didn’t have fun at that point since faking a smile is one of the most awkward things I know. I know he wasn’t trying to make me feel uncomfortable, but that’s exactly how I felt.
This wasn’t the first or last time something like that happened. I’ve had people, men and women, friends, family and strangers ask me to smile under different circumstances. Normally it has happened when there was a picture being taken, but also in clubs, bars, and on the streets. When people ask me to smile, it just makes me want to smile less. I don’t want any body policing enforced on me. Nowadays I smile when I want to smile, not when someone tells me to.

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We had a storm here yesterday. The Los Angeles River (the one you've probably seen in many Hollywood movies, such as Grease) become an actual river, there was some serious mudslide and flooding at some freeways, and there's a sinkhole in Studio City that swallowed two cars (!!!). Today the weather is back to normal, like none of the craziness had happened and there's only this rainbow left as a remainder of yesterday.

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I really enjoy writing and reading lists, so here's one with 10 facts about my favorite topic: me!

  1. I’m trilingual. I speak three languages fluently; Swedish, Polish and English. I do understand some simple German, Spanish/Italian and Ukrainian as well.
  2. I start to sing and dance randomly whenever I feel like it. I feel like my life would be so much better if it was a musical. Also, it makes me happier. But don't worry I just do it in front of people I feel REALLY comfortable with.
  3. I’m a bad singer. Which makes the fact above even more entertaining.
  4. I’m a thinker. I got open mind, curiosity and head full of ideas. I love being forced to think outside the box, analyze the surroundings and I have a strong attention to detail. I also love to learn. That’s the good part. The bad part is that, like many other thinkers, I’m afraid to actually put those ideas into effect. Since I analyze a lot, there’s always many cons of a situation or idea that I can come up with and that makes me afraid. That’s why I sometimes need the doers to push me.
  5. I don’t feel like I belong in only one place. That’s why it’s hard for me to answer when people ask me “Where do you feel most at home?” or “Do you want to stay here forever?”. I feel at home wherever I am. The only thing I need is feeling of safety, people I like, and things (that I like) to do.
  6. My closet is 98% black clothes. I love black. Black is whatever you want it to be: sexy, classy, fresh, cool… You name it! The other 2% is mostly pink (my training clothes).
  7. I’m an ambivert. I’m neither an introvert nor an extrovert. I’m an ambivert. Social settings don’t make me uncomfortable, but if I’m being around people too much I get tired. Some people see me as highly social, other think I’m a quiet one. Sometimes I like being the center of attention, but I don’t like it to last. Small talk isn’t uncomfortable for me, but it does get boring pretty quickly. I can get lost in a conversation for hours just as easily as I can lose myself in my own thoughts. I feel drained when I spend too much time around other people, yet too much time alone leaves me bored. When it comes to trusting people, sometimes I dive right in without thinking for a second and other times I’m super skeptical.
  8. I joke a lot. Like writing that my favorite topic is “me”, or saying that the only way I could feel safe driving around L.A. was if I was driving a tank. I joke mostly about my friends and myself. Usually people get the jokes and love it, other times they just think that I’m completely delusional. Oh well, you can’t win them all.
  9. I’m watching too many TV-series. I actually need an app to hold track of all the shows. That says a lot, doesn’t it?
  10. I've lived in three different countries. I was born in Poland, moved to Sweden as a kid and now I live in USA (Los Angeles, If you missed that part, haha). 

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Yesterday I saw (and took pictures of) one of my favorite bands, White Lies. If you haven’t heard of them before you should definitely check them out! I don’t even want to go into trying to explain why they are so great because you should just experience the music instead, however I will tell you that the singer has a magical voice and they have fantastic lyrics. I always say that great music make you feel something, and that's exactly what White Lies music does to me.

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No matter how much I love L.A. there are times when I feel a bit homesick. When that happened I used to go with Freddy and Sanna to IKEA, but now that I’ve discovered Olsons Scandinavian Delicatessen I’m definitely going to go there instead. The place is so cute, and the staff is so friendly and helpful! And the food, oh my, it really is made with love! Everything lays in the details, the homemade lingon-vinaigrette, the home baked semlor and pies! It felt so unusual being there, hearing people talking Swedish (both staff and customers) and seeing the food I miss (like the beet salad!)… It felt like I was suddenly teleported back to Sweden and I loved it!

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Love, the greatest mystery of all time. The ultimate prize in life. What would the world be without love? No books about great romances, no feel good movies about the girl getting the boy (or vice versa), no mythological wars started because of that one woman… Love is great and powerful, everyone knows that, but do we need a day to celebrate it?

Since love is everywhere, everyday, it is a bit strange that we have a huge celebration just this specific day in February. Let me explain. Celebrating someone’s birthday isn’t weird; you celebrate the day of their birth. Celebrating United States Independence Day on July 4th isn’t weird either, it was after all 4th of July that the adoption of the Declaration of Independence happened. Two hundred something years ago, yes, but still on the July 4th. This kind of celebration makes sense. Then you have celebration like the Swedish Midsommarafton (unchristian version of Saint John’s Eve) that’s a bit fuzzier and doesn’t have a specific date. It does however have a history of being a fertility festival and celebrating the beginning of the summer with things like a “midsummer pole” that is essentially just a huge symbol of a penis, covered in flowers, that everyone dances around. I’m not going to say that it isn’t weird, but it still kind of makes sense. Celebrating the beginning of the summer-part that is, dancing around a flower-penis definitely is a bit bizarre, haha.
Did I lose you there for a bit? Still traumatized by the mental picture of people dancing around a penis? No? Ok, let’s move on. Everyone knows that Valentine’s Day is about love. But is it really? Saint Valentine wasn’t really one person. There were several martyrs named Valentine, oh and there was that one priest as well. Does it sound romantic and sexy yet? Not really, right? There’s no real evidence of any link of St. Valentine’s Day and any romantic celebrations, but it has somehow (marketing effort, duh!) spread all over the world and makes a lot of people go nuts. People get stressed out trying to prove their undying love, and the ones that don’t have a significant one feel unloved. That’s where I come back to the “one day of celebration of something that should be appreciated everyday”-part. Every day should be a day to express your love. You shouldn’t need a specific day to express your feelings; you should always treat your beloved ones with as much love and adoration as people do on Valentine’s Day. Flowers and chocolates can be given on any other day, and it would probably be even more appreciated when your beloved one know it’s a spontaneous act of love and not a forced one.

With all that being said, even though I take the whole day VERY lightly (I’m still buying myself a heart-formed doughnut because I love myself, duh!) I recognize the people that don’t. Social norms are hard to break for some, and as an act of love I tell them that I love them. Because they still need that recognition and attention on this specific day to feel special and loved. Even though I said I loved them as late as yesterday.

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Runyon Canyon is my favorite hike for several reasons. First of all, it’s a city hike so you don’t have to sit in traffic for hours to get there. Besides that, it’s green, got a great view over the city, the whole hike takes just about 40min, and there’s a lot topless guys (save the best for the last, right? haha). I tried to get snaps of them as well, but it was hard to get a good picture of hot sweaty strangers without looking like a total creep… Maybe next time!

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Yesterday I saw a band I listened to when I was hanging out with my "emo" friends. I was never a "heavy make-up, weird hair-color" person (even though I might have wished that I was at that time, haha) but I did listen to emo music and I hang out with "emos". One of my best years to be honest! I even dated one, even though he was kind of on his way out from that style, haha.
At that time almost everyone I knew listened to Alesana and loved the band. But eventually everyone grow up and I moved on with my musical style. At least that was what I thought. Yesterday was so much fun! I couldn't help but smile when I saw how much fun the guys in Alesana still have on stage. They were joking, dancing, jumping, moshing, crowd surfing and giving us the best live experience you can ask for. It was fun, engaging and cute. Yes, cute! I can't really put a finger on what made it cute, maybe just the overall good energy, or maybe just the fact that I'm still not completely over emo-guys. Who knows? Who cares! I'm just happy that I went and I hope to see them play live soon again!

​P.S. All the pictures can be seen here.

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 Roku Sunset is a Japanese fusion restaurant in West Hollywood. I love the modern interior with Japanese twist, especially the bonsai trees I didn’t get on the pictures (whoops, haha). The food was good, especially the sushi. It might actually be the best sushi I've had here in LA. The service wasn’t flawless though, I got annoyed when they served just one of us an appetizer and let the other one wait for a few minutes before she got hers, the same happened with the main dishes. Why would they let the other person wait? It slightly ruined my experience there! 

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