It’s that time of the month for another round of Blogger Dossiers, featuring Karin! She blogs at Imaginary Karin and is active on Twitter and Instagram. I’ve been reading her blog for a couple of years now. Her love for the outdoors along with all the other geeky hobbies make her an interesting blogger. I also love the artworks she does. Get to know her better with this post!
My name is Karin, I’m 33, and live in Sweden. I’m a blogger, artist, web developer, gamer, and just a general geek girl. I’m also a massive nature and animal lover, i.e. an Internet addict who actually likes being outdoors and away from technology.
Picking a travel destination feels a bit cliché, but I’m gonna do it anyway.
I’ve always had a thing for Scotland and the Highlands, and in July 2015 I finally got to go there in person. We stayed in Edinburgh which is such a cool city. I fell completely in love with it during the week we lived there. And then we travelled up into the Highlands, as far north as Fort Augustus by the southern end of Loch Ness. I didn’t get to see Nessie, but the landscape was more than enough. I’ve never seen anything like the Highlands before, the rocky treeless hills and deep glens were beyond beautiful.
Scotland is probably my favourite of all places I’ve been to. It was a dream come true and I’m dying to go back there again!
You sure? You know I’m into metal, right? ;)
I’ve been listening to a lot of In Flames recently. They released a new album last autumn and The End is my favourite song from it. The video is pretty meh, but the song is great!
Coffee Break Conversation
What’s the funniest story about your pets?
I don’t actually have a lot of funny stories about them. I mean, they’re always hilarious, but it’s just small everyday things. Like the cat holding long conversations about things obviously very important to her, but nobody else understands (she’s very talkative), or falling off furniture and trying to look like she meant it, or the dog just . . . being himself.
I love watching Zaphod trying to run in snow or on the ice. You know that scene in Disney’s Bambi? He looks exactly like that! XD Or how he always sleep in completely twisted positions with his eyes partly open and his tongue out. It looks like he’s dead and his spine is broken, or at least like he’s severely brain-damaged. The whippet is supposed to be a graceful and elegant breed, but honestly, most of the time they’re just weird and derpy.
The snake is funny when she falls off the branches in her terrarium and hits the water bowl. It makes a huge splash and looks ridiculous. Or when she tries to eat her food (rats) backwards or sideways instead of starting from the head like she’s supposed to. How corn snakes even survive in the wild is a mystery to me . . .
If someone were to visit Sweden, and money and time wasn’t an issue, where would you take them as a tour guide?
Oh wow, I would need like a full year to show everything! The thing about Sweden is that it’s a completely different country depending on which part you visit, and if you go in the summer or the winter.
Up north are the mountains and the wilderness, with the midnight sun in the summer and dark snowy winters when you can see the aurora borealis. Down south are where all big cities are and where most people live — they also have short mild winters with very little snow, if any at all.
I’m from the north end myself, so of course I’d like to take this imaginary person on a winter adventure. Probably to Kiruna, the northernmost town in the country.
Up there you can ride snowmobiles or go dog sledging, see the mountains, make a fire somewhere and cook food, listen to the silence and of course: watch the auroras.
I’ve seen the northern lights every winter of my life, but I’m still as fascinated by them as I was as a child. They are truly magical, and it never gets old. They’re not always super big and bright, but even a small aurora is still fascinating and almost hypnotising to watch. If you ever have a chance to see them, go for it! The pictures and videos do not make them do justice!
Outside Kiruna is also the famous Icehotel of Jukkasjärvi. It’s exactly what it says it is: a hotel made entirely of ice and snow. Every summer it melts away and every winter they rebuild it. Artists and architects come from all over the world to build fantastic sculptures and decorations for every room, so it’s a real work of art. There are other similar projects in other countries around the world, but the one in Sweden is the original. It’s fully functional as a hotel, too, so you can sleep in one of the rooms, on a bed of snow with a reindeer fur as a blanket. Sounds nice, doesn’t it?
Who are your art influences?
My favourite artist is John Bauer, a Swedish artist famous for his illustrations of trolls and faeries. His style is beautiful and ethereal, truly like something from another world.
There are so many talented artists I love and aspire to be like, I couldn’t possibly list all of them. But I want to mention Tove Jansson, Hans Arnold, Amy Brown, Heather “Kyoht” Luterman, and Christy “Goldenwolf” Grandjean. Google them — they’re all amazing!
Where do you see yourself in five years?
I know everyone says that in order to be successful you should make goals and plans and such, but I’m honestly a bit afraid of that. I feel that if I try to imagine too much of my future, or plan ahead too much, I might jinx it or subconsciously self-sabotage or something? It’s a weird hangup, especially since I don’t actually believe in jinxes and destinies and such.
That said, I do have some loose plans and dreams. My boyfriend and I are working towards buying a house and getting married, so hopefully, I’ll have both a house and a husband within five years. I’ll probably have a second dog, too. :)
What is one of your quirks?
I’m very left-handed — my right hand is basically useless — except when it comes to computers. Back when I was in school and first started using computers, they all had the mouse on the right side and I didn’t know you could change that. So I struggled in awkward silence, and by the time I learned you can actually change which side you put the mouse on, I had already trained my right hand to work it perfectly. These days I can switch seamlessly between using my left and right hand, usually without even changing the settings as my left hand can simply use the middle finger to “left click”.
Quite useful actually, and it always raises people’s eyebrows when stuff is in the way or something, and I just pull the mouse to the other side and continue working. “How do you do that?” ;D