The last Saturday of Spring is a special Saturday in Ljubljana. Every possible event is scheduled for it. But really, how could it not be? Practically everyone buggers off to the coast or something like it on the following weekend and they don’t really come back until the end of August, so they use this Saturday for a last get together with friends. Last Saturday was no different. Well, one thing was better. The weather was fantastic! So of course we decided to document it for you.

We started off early (let’s just say that’s a matter of perspective) in Park Tabor. Športno društvo Tabor organized another garage sale in the park. They’re doing a great job – and it shows, there’s more people attending every event.

Next stop was Pogačarjev trg. You could smell the burgers waaay before that. The first Pivo & Burger Fest of the year was just starting. I’m consistently amazed at the number of new microbreweries that are showing up every year. A hundred meters away on Stritarjeva ulica people were worshiping a different kind of drink. Ljubljanska vinska pot is all about wine.

The first of the arts & crafts markets was happening at Gornji trg. Artish is a leading craft market in Ljubljana and is still doing a great job with its colorful and inspirational group of Slovenian crafters. The rival Art Market was set up on the other side of the river at Breg.

A bike ride away at the newly (mostly) car free Trg prekomorskih brigad the inaugural Šiška Open wasn’t yet in full swing, however there was still a lot to do. Plus eat the necessary hodok from Lepa Žoga. As we had more to do, we unfortunately missed the evening happening. A shame, but hopefully this will become an annual event.

We caught up with Parada ponosa at Slovenska ulica. The 17th Ljubljana Pride parade was colorful and loud to say the least.

The last stop of the day was at Muzejska četrt Metelkova. Poletna muzejska noč (Summer Museum Night) was in full swing by the time we got there. We chose Slovene Ethnographic Museum this year and weren’t disappointed.

There was a lot more happening in the city throughout the day, but this was the most we could handle. But hey, there’s always next year!

Chip by a Swedish brand Minus tio is a stylish yet modest coat rack, that has everything you need from a coat rack in a hallway, but without the fuss. It has a shelf-basket inspired by the traditional Swedish chip basket they use when picking mushrooms.

Their products reflect Scandinavian aesthetic and heritage and are thought thru to the final detail.

I like the simple things in life. And this coat rack is just that. Simple but it does it’s job. And that’s it. Beautiful, right?

via: Design Milk

Yet another great new band from Los Angeles just released this video this week. The Regrettes that take a not-so-subtle swipe at Donald Trump in Seashore, are not really out of high school yet – the frontwoman Lydia Night is barely 16. They just released an album in January and they’re coming to Europe in the fall. Can’t wait!

The Regrettes – Seashore (album: Feel Your Feelings Fool!, 2017)

So, I’m not sure if you noticed, but Heidi was missing for a few weeks. Travelling around Scandinavia. Now that we’re back and we gathered our thoughts it’s time to share some wisdom with you.

The first thing is Swedish fika. You gotta love a country that has a special word for a moment to slow down and appreciate the good things in life while drinking a cup of good coffee accompanied by a delicious pastry. Yes fika is all that. You can do fika or have fika. You can do it alone or with friends, at home or on a train. It doesn’t matter as long as you are able to take some time off and enjoy the moment.

Coffee & pastry

I guess for Swedes, fika is nothing special, it’s just a moment in a day, but I’m really enchanted by the tradition. It seems a simple coffee break just got promoted and became a lifestyle. That is fika. And it’s great.

For a more scientific explanation of fika see video below.

Louis Berry really has everything he needs to be a teenage heartthrob. And he makes some great music reminiscent of the legendary Johnny Cash. I just hope he adds some variety to his album (it’s supposed to come out in 2018), ’cause things are getting a little bit repetitive. Just sayin’. Anyways, he really deserves a spot on your heavy rotation playlist.

Louis Berry – She Wants Me (single, 2017)