En helg i återträffsanda!

 
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Jag har haft en jättebra långhelg som verkligen gått i återföreningens anda. Jag har nämligen träffat mina närmaste vänner och som jag längtat efter det!
 
I torsdags träffade jag Liselott som även fyllde år då och hon bjöd mig på födelsedagsbrunch! Väldigt mysigt men framförallt väldigt givmilt av dig att ställa dig och baka bröd, göra smoothie och fruktsallad till mig på din födelsedag! Det var inte bara brunchen som var bra det var också  väldigt härligt och kul att få prata ikapp om allt som hänt de senaste månaderna. Välbehövlig träff!
 
Efter besöket hos Liselott mellanlandade jag hos min syster i Göteborg innan jag dagen efter tog tåget till Norrköping och Ebba. Hos Linnea blev jag även där bortskämd med god mat, denna gång i form av laxmiddag och toastfrukost dagen efter. Jag nattade i Göteborg för att tåget till Norrköping avgick ganska tidigt på morgonen och jag ville sova lite längre än till 6fm hehe
 
Framme i Norrköping mötte jag Ebba på gymmet av alla ställen. En go efterlängtad kram och sen köttade vi bål haha.. vi kanske inte körde vårt mest effektiva pass men båda två hade träningsvärk i magen resten av helgen! 
 
Det var dock inget som hämmade vårt tennisspelande eller sittningssittande.. ja just det, min första sittning! Ebba bjöd med mig på en av alla sittningar de har och jag hade jättekul! Det var så mycket som hände hela tiden att det var svårt att hänga med men alla runt omkring guidade mig rätt så jag skötte mig nog helt okej. Dagen efter var Ebba och jag sjukt trötta. Vi låg i sängen tills strax efter elva och då fick vi stressa oss upp för att klockan tolv var det brunchdags, och det med Fanny och Andrea!
 
Ni hör ju hur många bra ting min helg innehöll!
 
Nu befinner jag mig i Sjusjøen, det är min andra dag här och mitt andra skidpass är gjort. Är helt slut redan men jag ska faktiskt ut en andra gång idag. Det är så häftigt mycket snö här att det måste dokumenteras och det är det jag ska göra i eftermiddag. Jag är här med IFK och för er som följt min planering anar ugglor i mossen för detta var inte det jag planerat, helt rätt! Planen är ändrad! Det blev detta istället för sälen! Kul för mig!

Jul igen och planer för de kommande dagarna

 
 
 
Eftersom jag inte var hemma under julen iår, och fick uppleva den på "normalt" vis, med snö och julgran, så har jag fått en sådan julfeeling nu när det helt plötsligt är vitt och kallt runt omkring mig. Det är så mysigt! Jag njuter verkligen av att hasa omkring i pyjamas och tofflor och dricka te på mornarna. En till aspekt till varför jag fått julfeeling tror jag beror på att vårt uterum är klart och mamma har inrett det som en norsk hytte, alltså i fjällstugestil, vilket jag associerar med julen.
 
Jag uppskattar att jag fått möjligheten att uppleva lite snö då jag inte har gjort det ordentligt på över ett år. Vi har så mycket snö att det till och med finns pistade skidspår!  Jag har vait ute två dagar i rad och bara njutit av friskheten. Nästa vecka blir dock ännu mera snö för min del. Jag ska nämligen till Sälenfjällen på skidsemester med pappa och hans jobbarkompisar. Jag hoppas på fint väder och många timmar i spåren! 
 
Innan dess är det en helg och helgdagarna ska jag tillblinga i Norrköping. Jajjamän, det är Ebba jag ska hälsa på men vi kommer även att hänga med Fanny och Andrea så det blir en Hallsbergsreunion!! Åh vad jag längtar tills jag får krama om dem, så längesedan nu!
 
Veckoplanering 
 
♦ Fredag: Åka till Norrköping, träna och träffa Ebba
♦ Lördag: Norrköping med Ebba, sittning och utgång
♦ Söndag: Bakisbrunchreunion! samt åka till Göteborg och Linni
♦ Måndag: Träna, antagningsprover
♦ Tisdag: Kanske jobba på Hovhultskolan
♦ Onsdag: Åka till Sälen!
 

Ma Van Joni!

 
 
This is ma van, tha van that I rented in Christchurch and travelled around with in NZ. Isn’t it charming!? I really fancy it! It’s an old car with only five gears, no sepcial features like pace keeper or cup holders, but it has a kitchen, a bed and and an aux so it’s more than comfterble to live in for a couple of days.
 
The biggest con with it was that it litterly ate petrol like a hungry cross country skier... I think I paid gasoline for over 3000 Swedish krona, not fun at all. Rent a modern one if you're thinking of doing this kind a trip! 
 
The biggest pros with it was that it was comfy to drive even tho it was soooo slow uphill and scary in the beginning, but after a day I was all in it. If you travel alone like I did there's a lot of space and a doubble bed, big pros! 
 
 
 

Whitsundays & thoughts about being home again

 
Hey guys! I know I haven't told you about my hole NZ-trip yet, but yesterday I finished this video from my sailing cruise to Whitsundays and I wanted to show you it! ...So my last big adventure in Australia was to visit Whitsundays National Park to see the worlds sixth most beautiful beach, Whitheaven. I stayed two nights on a big katamaran with 30 other people from all over the world and the ages from 18 up til 60. It was a good mix and we bacame a good gang who snorkled around in the blue, blue water. And yes the beach was beautiful!
 
The major things we did was to snorkle, eat, tan, and hang out on Whitheaven. It was a very relaxed trip and a good ending on my adventure to Australia. It was so nice. I love being out on the sea and be able to jump into the ocean whenever I want to, get a tan whenever I like and eat good food. I can relly recomend you to do sucha trip if you ever get the opportunity.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Now, I've been home for four days but it actually doesn't feels like I'm home yet. It's like I'm on vacation in my own house, but I like it. I have a lot to deal with that's keeping me busy. If I hadn't had that, I would be begging of going back Due to my will of starting to study this Autumn I have to do a lot of applyment tests... This is not something you manage to do during one day, this is something that takes time and need patiens. Therefore I'm quite happy to be home so that I'm able to do this properly. It feels good that I can give myself the time I need to finish it in a good way. I also look for jobs and now I can train how I want to, so there's a lot of pros of being home again. My adventure in Australia is now over and it ended right in time. "Finish on top" and that's what I did! 
 
I'm really happy that I left Sweden for Australia alone. To be out in the world by yourself is scary but it is also the best thing you can do. You're able to do what ever you feel like and none can stop you. It gives you a feeling of freedom that is unbeatable, seriously it's the best feeling ever. I've lernt so much during these three mounth. Yes I've improved my english but that's not interesting. The interestning part is the one that is about myself, me as a person and how I work. 
 
I've realised that I'm much more vounreble but also stronger that I thought. I've lernt to deal with feelings and problems that you're so unprepered for to face. I've lernt to appreciate my life. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Sailing trip Whitsundays | Nikon D90 | Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8

Update from The city of Queens

 
 
After my dreamy stay in Wanaka I drove to Queenstown. There's a lot going on in Queenstown, backpackers everywhere who is skydiving, ziplining or climbing mountains. I was the one who climbed mountains, but that happened on my second day in the town. The first day I strolled around in the city looking for internet to be able to plan my next move and what to do the coming days. I found some and decided to stay the night by Moke Lake a 40 min drive outside the city, wake up and then in the morning head back in to Queenstown to climb Mt Lomond.
 
I left for Moke Lake after I had finished the pizza you can see on the first picture. It was deliciuos and exactly what I needed after my climb up to Roy's Peak in the morning. The restaurant where I sat was a picturesque one. The house was an old stone house with the walls covered by grey slate (skiffer). The floor was covered with bricks and the tables was made of big, wide woodblocks. I sat outside faceing the sun and listening to the sound of the city. It was a good moment. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
So this is Lake Moke, and these pictures is taken early in the morning. The way here was a narrow and bumpy sand road, and I thought everything in the van was broken when I reached my camping spot. Luckily nothing was damaged and luckily I woke up with the sun so I had the opportunity to see this magical scenery and eat my breakfast watching the sun rise behind the mountains. 
 
The day continued with georgous sceneries on my way up to the peak of Mt Lomond. I started to walk but it went so slow so I started to run instead. And seriously I ran almost the whole way up and that with my Kånken ryggsäck fully packed with my camera, food and clothes... Good training! It took me 1.5 hour to run up and on the way down it only took med 40min! What a difference haha! But it says a lot of how steep the climb was. 
 
Found a friend on my way up
 
On the top of Mt Lomond | Nikon D90 | Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
 
I can really recomend to run down the peaks, it's actually much easier than to walk. At least that's what I think and It feels like my knees doesn't need to work that hard as they do if I walk. Only me? Well that was my tip for today, more mountain tips next time ;) 
 
 
And by the way, this was my parking spot in Queenstown. I had my own curtain made of willows and here I'm sitting eating lunch right after I came down from Mt Lomond. Self made hotpot out of coconut milk, greencurry pasta with broccoli and carrots nomnom. 

New Zealand pt 3, Wanaka

 
Hey! In between all emotional thoughts about leaving Australia I want to continue to tell you about my trip to NZ. Last time I left you hanging was after my stay in Mt cook. Now I’m in Wanaka and that’s a place that I really came to like. 
 
In Wanaka you find New Zealand’s most photographed tree, a tree that grows all on its own out in "Lake Wanaka". It’s not a super sepecial tree but it’s placed very beautifully in the lake with all the mountains in the background. It has become an icon for Wanaka so of course I went to see it. I even parked my van on the beach right to it to stay the night there. Turist javisst!
 
 
 
An other thing that Wanaka is known for is the mountains around the lake and especially Roy’s Peak. To climb Roy’s Peak takes 5-6hours with return and it’s a hike of 16km where your climb over 1000 meters. I did this 3 o’clock in the morning. Why you might wonder but the answer is quite easy... the sunrise of course! I wanted to catch the sunrise on top of the peak. I wanted to see the world light up from above and to capture it with my camera. As I told you in the first NZ-blog-episode I wanted to give myself time to do my photographing and this was one such a thing.
 
To combine a physical activity and the possibility to capture amazing photos makes me very excited. When I run around with my camera I have a big smile on my face and feel happy that I just did/do the things I love.  This what was happened after I climbed Roy’s Peak and saw the sunlight shine through the clouds and light up the scenery. Magical moment and I ran around all lyric taking photos. But it was freezing cold and even though I wore five layers on my upper body I found it difficult stay warm. Down again the heat was real. It was sweating hot so I decided to take a bath in Lake Wanaka, work on my tan and eat my brekkie by the beach. A perfect morning.
 
 
 
Just as I enjoyed my own company in the sun, listening to music I got interrupted... and that not by anyone...  When I was sitting/lying in my chair with closed eyes I here someone excuses himself for disturbing me with a bad Asian English accent. It turns out to be a curious Data Professor from China who strolled by my van on his morning walk through Wanaka. This meeting is one of the funniest and random I experienced.. this chines professor asks me if the van is mine, if I travel alone and what I do... when I answer him that I’ve rented the van and travel around it all alone trough New Zealand his face expresses impressment and astonishment and then he repeats himself several times by saying "All alone! You travel all alone! Only one! Only one!"
 
His reaction was the cutest ever and he continued with saying "chines people would never travel alone, never!" Then he disappeared but after 5 minutes he was back but now with one of his friends and now he asked me if he could take a photo with me. "Yes of course" I answered, so now a Chines Data Professor has a picture of himself with me dressed in bikini lying in a chair with my van in the background. Life is funny sometimes! 
 
Roys Peak, Wanaka | Nikon D90 | Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 
 
 
Ps. I'm in Sweden now!!

Hey Sweden, I’m coming for you

 
It's weird but it’s true, tonight I will board the plane that will take me back to Sweden. It’s so surreal and I haven’t really get that I’m actually leaving. It feels so weird to leave everything that I built up here in Australia.
 
I will miss my friends and all our routines and spontaneous happenings. I will miss the weather, to be able to leave the house without even thinking of taking a jacket with me. I will miss to explore new places, try new food and meet new people. I will miss Australia.
 
My 4,5 month adventure ended up in 3 and I think that is a major reason to why I don’t really get that I will leave tonight, tonight!! Gosh it’s happening... even though I wasn’t able to study photography I feel that the trip has given me a lot. I’m disappointed but also not disappointed. I’ve seen magical places and met some incredible people and to just travel alone and do this is something that has made me a more thankful and self confident person and that is something that I really appreciate.
 
Now I have a long journey a head of me back to Sweden. 22:25 my plane to Abu Dhabi departs. In Abu Dhabi I change plane and fly to London where I change plane again and this time to Stockholm. 27 hours later and I’m in Sweden, but far away from home. In Stockholm I will have to take the train to Gothenburg and there I hope someone from my family will pick me up and take me to Uddevalla. A trip of 34 hours if I stick to the plan. 34 hours and then back to real life. So surreal. 
 
See you in Sweden

New Zealand pt 2

 
Me | by Flynn Graham

Efter att jag lämnat Elin på flygplatsen i Christchurch siktade jag in mig på att ta mig till Aroaki/Mount Cook National Park. Av lite googlande på nätet hade jag klurat ut att det skulle finnas fina vandringsleder, berg och glaciärer att skåda där vilket kändes som rätt miljö för mig. Fortfarande nervös och med alla kroppens delar på helspänn puttrade jag fram på vägarna mot målet. Påvägen åkte jag förbi den "kända" sjön Lake Tekapo där jag gjorde mitt första fika- och fotostopp. Det hade ösregnat hela vägen fram till sjön men när jag fikat klart på min brownie lättade trycket, solen kom fram lite och den annars gråa sjön bytte skepnad och visade sitt blåa vackra vatten, vilken tur jag hade! 
 
Lake Tekapo | Nikon D90 | Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8
 
Vattnet var verkligen så blått! Häftig kontrast till det annars färglösa landskapet. Efter drygt 3-4 timmars körande nådde jag mitt mål och regnet hade kommit ikapp mig igen... Det jag hade tänkt skulle bli en fin solskenstur bland höga berg blev en lätt joggingtur till en utav "Tasman Glaciärerna" i området med noll vy över bergen. Iklädd min nyinköpta vattentäta överdragsjacka och gopron i sport-bhn fick jag ändå en behaglig tur. Fast den där glaciären var inte mycket att se haha... Bäst av allt var att jag träffade några nya fotovänner i änden av vandringsleden. Jag blev helt plötsligt modell (se första bilden) och fick sällskap för resten utav kvällen. 
 
 
Tillbaka från löpturen tog regnet i ordentligt. Som tur var fanns det ett stort hus där en fick laga mat och "värma" sig i. Det var verkligen ingen värme i där men jag slapp stå ute i rusket och huttra. Fixade till en sallad, mer än så hade jag inte lust med att laga haha. Till sent på kvällen satt jag och värmde händerna över gasolköket med mina nyfunna vänner och pratade foto såklart. Bra start på resan trots oväder och en frusen kropp. Nästa stopp road tripen blev Wanaka men det får ni veta mer om nästa gång! Vi hörs! 

Ps, imorgon flyger jag till Whitsundays! Sista resan på hela resan och på torsdag lämnar jag Australien för gott, shit, det är redan över!


New Zealand!

Hey Guys! I'm back from New Zealand! 
 
What an adventure it has been! I started early in the morning here in Brissie by taking the flight to Christchurch at 8am the 29 of January. I landed in a sunny, but not sweaty, New Zealand at 3 o'clock local time. I found my way to the hostel where I spent my first night, made som dinner and when the sun almost had disappeared on the sky, I finally met Elin! 
 
It was so nice to meet her and talk to her about everything and nothing at all, just to get a little bit of Sweden (and her of course) was just what I needed. We decided what to do our two next days to geather and we started with picking up the camping van and then we headed to Arthurs Pass. I was very nervous about driving the van beacuse it was an old manual car and I had to sit and drive on the opposit side of what I'm used to. Scary, but it went all good! 
 
Arthurs Pass is a little, little village located NW from Christchurch, but it's also a big National Park with great mountains and hiking tracks. Both Elin and I felt a bit tired when we arrived so we decided to just go for an easy run to a waterfall... It ended up in a long run over two hours haha. Typical I would say if you're out exploring. We ran (read climbed) up a mountain called Mt Aicken and on the two middle pictures you can see a glimpse of our route. Beautiful sceneries!! We ended the day with a home cooked meal and then we slept good all night until 8.30 the next morning. 
 
Back to Christchurch to participate in out first Rogaining event. On our way we stopped to check out a cave and run on a super cool map (left bottom picture). Run or run, we ran slowly and uneaven, our legs and minds wasn't with us at all... We both felt sick but everything turned when the start signal went off for the rogaining! Rogaining is like orienteering but here you decide by your own wich controls you will run to. The thing is to get as much points as possible and every control has it's value. You have to think and be smart, shall you run to the closest that isn't worth as much as the ones further away? Elin and I did a mix and I have no idea if we where good or not but it was really fun and challenging in the hilly terrain. 
 
Like the "cream on the mash" as we say in Swedish we finished our last day to geather by taking a bath in the ocean meanwhile the sun disappeared behind the mountains. Cold water but our bodies where still hot after the run so it became a perfect combination. 
 
The first of February we hugged each other good bye and I began to travel through New Zealand on my own. More about that next time, love.