Monthly Archives: August 2009

Brief update from Sweden

Still on holiday in Sweden as you probably noticed. Have visited my parents in Närke, Sweeties parents also in Närke and then back to the west coast again for Martin and Leo’s wedding in Gothenburg. Today I have just arrived back in Halmstad pheew too much travelling. Still not looking forward to going home to London on my own on Tuesday 😦

The wedding was fab, going to update more on that with pictures later. Have to develope the pictures first as Sweetie forgot to check the battery in his digital camera and left the charger in Halmstad so we bought a disposable camera instead 🙂 It was so funny as everyone was laughing at the noise my camera made…come on we all used to do this just a few years ago, remember? 😀

Note to self; “Will buy digital camera on Wednesday and not rely on others!”

Have thought up two pet projects to keep me occupied in the evenings and weekends when I am alone;

1. Will pimp my PC, way to slow and noisy at the moment. New memory, fix the fan and get rid of shit on the hard drive…nope have not done this before but come on how hard can it be??? I think easy peasy. Will also download Skype to call Sweetie in Sweden cheaper or for free 🙂

2. This one you will see when I get my camera if you keep reading my blog 🙂

In Swedish
Uppdaterar inte så mycket eftersom jag fortfarande är på semester i Sverige, vi har haft mycket att göra, Halmstad 3 dagar, mina föräldrar i Närke 2 dagar, sötnos föräldrar i Närke 1 dag. Sedan ner till Göteborg för bröllop i 2 dagar…Grattis Martin och Leo. Och nu idag tillbaka till Halmstad. Pust har åkt lite för mycket fram och tillbaka. På tisdag åker jag hem till London själv 😦 ser inte fram emot det.

Ska skriva mer om bröllopet och uppdatera med bilder, men det får vänta eftersom sötnos inte ladda batteriet i sin digital kamera. Måste därför framkalla filmen först, alla fnissade åt min kameras ljud när jag drog upp filmen i kyrkan…men hallå ni har ju också ägt en sådan kamera bara några år tillbaka 😡

Men ska köpa egen digital kamera på onsdag så jag inte behöver vara beroende av andras kameror.

Har två hobbyprojekt på gångs för att fylla min tid på kvällar och helger;

1. Ska fixa datorn, fläkten låter för mycket och minnet är för dåligt så den är superseg. Ska därför köpa mer minne, rensa bort skit från hårddisken och fixa fläkten. Samt ladda ner bättre program och Skype så jag kan prata med sötnos i Sverige billigare… Lär inte vara så svårt.

2. Om ni fortsätter läsa efter att jag skaffat en kamera så kommer denna att märkas 🙂

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What a weekend!

Went to work as normal on Friday trying to get through as much as possible to be able to enjoy my holiday instead of thinking of work. Went fairly well.
Rushed on my lunch break to get a present finished for my Sweetie and then of home at 4-5ish.

Dinings sushiFlat looked like world war III had broken out, Sweetie was packing all his stuff 🙂 We had a table booked at 18.30 in one of our favourite restaurants Dinings The food and service was as lovely as always.

After that a brief visit to a friend and her sweet cats before of home for more packing. We were finished at around twelve when we went to bed for three hours worth of sleep (two in the end as sweeties watch was one hour ahead).

The trip to Stanstead Airport was easy nothing went wrong, at the airport we had to pay extra for our heavy luggage but that was expected 😉 Easyjet is soooo much better then Ryanair I can’t even describe the difference with words. Landed ok in Copenhagen and got on the 11.11 Gothenburg train, still can’t believe how smooth everything went. Markus picked us up at the station and drove us to the field where Buffy played their last american football game of the season. They won 🙂 and all were invited to a BBQ at Buffy’s place me and sweetie are staying. It was really nice but me and sweet was a bit to tired to fully join in and went to bed 12ish when the rest went to party in town. Appherently lots of pranks went on during the night when they came back but we were spared, apart from early in the morning when on guy was looking for the toilet and opened every door in the house.

Sunday wad an easy day we slept in, ate breakfast (yes me, I ate breakfast), me, sweet and Buffy went into town to eat with sweetie’s friends Joel and Lena (Lena is also going to study in Halmstad). Then Buffy gave us a little guide tour of his farm and his local running track. We later tested the running track which is 5.07 km a decent short run.

After the run we watched Eagle Eye, which was a completely ok movie and then of to bed.

So it has been a good weekend but I am sad, when the holiday is over I am goin to be returning on my own 😦

In Swedish
Fredagen var full av stress och packning men vi han med en sista måltid på Dinings vårat favvo Sushi ställe.

Resan gick väldigt bra, Easyjet är så mycket bättre än Ryanair, Köpenhamns flygplats är supersmidig och ska man till Sverige så tar man bara rätt sida av tågspåren så kommer man direkt till Halmstad utan att byta tåg. Väl där så hämtade Markus oss vid stationen, vi tittade på när Buffy spelade amerikansk fotboll. De vann och hade en av slutnings BBQ hemma hos Buffy där vi bor för tillfället.

Söndagen var lat, sov in, åt frukost sen åkte jag, sötnos och Buffy in till stan för att äta med sötnos vänner Joel och Lena, Lena börjar också plugga i Halmstad nu.

Efter det lite sight seeing sen testade vi Buffys spring runda på 5.07 km och avslutade kvällen med filmen Eagle Eye.

Väldigt trevlig helg men ganska så jobbigt, vet ju att jag kommer flyga hem ensam 😦

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Mixed feelings :/

Today we have had a beautiful day and work was ok…But I have not been able to enjoy it, a friend of mine is not well, an ex has had a minor car accident and Sweetie is moving to Sweden this week.

Had to go for a little walk on my lunch break today as all this made me really restless. It was nice then to bump in to Miss Onsite and be able to vent a bit.

I think I need just a bit of sleep and relaxation and which hopefully I will get next week in Sweden.

In Swedish
Känner mig lite låg och rastlös just nu. En vän mår inte bra, ett ex hade en bilolycka och Sötnos flyttar till Sverige på lördag. På lunchen så gick jag omkring lite och stötte på Miss Onsite, ddet var trevligt att bara få prata lite.

Tror lite sömn och avslappning är rätta medicinen och förhoppningsvis så får jag lite sånt på semestern i Sverige nästa vecka.

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I’m so going to climb again…

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I really loved this weekends climbing course and am looking forward to my next climb. I gave Sweetie a climbing course for christmas as it is really difficult to get things for him (and yes it is difficult for us to find time to do stuff together..it is August now). The beginners climbing course is £99 for 6 hours worth of climbing with one instructor on four people, harness and shoe hire is inclusive. The course can be done on a few weekday evenings or on in a weekend. As we had so little time we did the intensive weekend course so 3 hours on Saturday morning and 3 hours on Sunday morning. It was brilliant and we were so lucky not all that booked the course showed up, which means me and Sweetie on one instructor alone 🙂 And a brilliant instructor too he was, so if ever there ask for Mark E.

The climbing centre is huge, 103 lines with some rope climbs and other lead climbs. The difficulties varies a lot and the heights vary from 7 to 13 metres so there is something for everyone to climb, beginner or pro. More pictures and information about the climbs and the centre can be found here Westways climbing centre and here UK Climbing Wall Guide.

This is absolutely something I can recommend, only tip is if you have the time do the weekday evenings. Why? You are using muscles you normally don’t use so the day after your muscles are going to hurt. You will get more out of the climbs if you are not in pain. Also the instructors prefer you to leave a bit of time in between because then they can really see how much you remember from your course, as it is not difficult remembering things from the day before.

As Sweetie is moving and I can’t climb on my own it is brilliant that you can hire a staff member to do your belay it is only £15 belay hire + £5 for harness and shoes and £9.75 peak time for the climbing session itself.

In the course you will learn how to use the harness, how to tie in and how to belay your partner. Belaying is making sure the rope is tight so your partner won’t fall and that you can lower him slowly and controlled at the end of the climb. Then you learn climbing techniques and obviously you get to climb a fair bit and practice falling.

So a 10 out of 10 for fun and a 10 out of 10 for value for money.

In Swedish
Om du känner för att klättra så är Westways definitivt värt tiden och priset. £99 för en 6 timmars nybörjar kurs, i detta ingår hyra av skor och sele. Det är fyra nybörjare på varje instruktör och man får lära sig hur man knyter fast sig, säkrar sin partner, klättringstekniker och hur man trillar.

Klättringscentret är stort, 103 leder med topprepsklättring och ledklättring. Svårigheterna varierar mycket och höjderna varierar från 7 till 13 meter så det finns något för alla klättrar, nybörjare som proffs. Mer bilder och info finns här Westways climbing centre och här UK Climbing Wall Guide.

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OUCH!

Yesterday was a good day albeit a tad stressful. Had a lovely time at
lovely Anna’s and also meet lovely Cecilia and Matilda I have read their blogs for long so it almost felt as I knew them already. Later on
Vivi turned up, have read her blog too 🙂
It was so nice and a shame to leave so early but I was already booked up for the evening.

The Pipeline’s launch was nice but I missed the Swedish canape’s 😦 oh well have to go there an try their Swedish menu properly this week 🙂 I managed to catch the second to last tube home, three minutes later and I would have been forced to take he bus.

So after such a hectic day and not getting into bed until 3ish something we had to go up way too early to finish the climbing course at Westways climbing centre. It was as brilliant as yesterday and went very well but all muscles were sore from the day before so it was hard work, more about the climbing another time.

After we went to GBK to eat lovely burgers and chips, Sweetie had the Kiwiburger and I ate the Blue cheese one.

By the time we got home every muscle in my body was sore and we were so tired we took an afternoon nap for two hours…LOL not something we usually do but so needed 🙂

Still in pain now especially in my back, hands and under arms…But it was worth it 😀

In Swedish
Träffade Anna, Cecilia, Matilda och Vivi för första gången på Annas trevliga födelsedagsfest. Eftersom jag läst deras bloggar så kändes det som att vi redan kände varandra. Tyvärr var jag ju tvungen att gå tidigt.

The Pipeline’s var trevligt men jag missade de svenska kanaperna, men ska dit och prova den svenska menyn snart 🙂

Gjorde andra delen av klätterkursen idag på Westways climbing centre. fortfarande lika kul men träningsvärken är inte att leka med. Efter en snabb Blå mögelost och Kiwiburgare burgare på GBK så åkte vi hem och tog en eftermiddags lur på två timmar eftersom vi var helt slut.

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Busy day :)

Busy, busy today, up before 9 despite late night to get ready for three hours of climbing at Westways climbing centre. It was great fun and we are going back to finish the course tomorrow 😀

Have just had a shower and finished some yummy Nandos chicken and soon I am of to Anna’s for birthday celebrations.

But my night doesn’t stop there, Oh no it doesn’t….After that I am of to the Pipeline’s launch party.

Not going to drink much though as I am back climbing tomorrow morning 🙂

In swedish
Fullt up idag har gjort första delan på vår klätterkurs på Westways climbing centre. Har just duchat och ätit kyckling från Nandos och snart ska fira Annas födelsedag.

Men kvällen slutar inte där för sen ska jag till the Pipeline’s öppningsfest.

Men jag ska ta’t lugnt med alkohol för vill inte klättra bakis 🙂

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Football and Mexican food

Yesterday we had a sleep in and in the afternoon Sweetie and I went to our local pub The Harcourt Arms for some Allsvensk football. It was a nice day and a few of our friends were there as well. But what always annoys me is that I am the only girl regularly watching football there, come on there must be some other Swedish girls supporting a team in Allsvenskan!?! Just check their schedule for when your team plays and come a long.

In the evening we finally managed to eat at Crazy Homies Mexican restaurant, we have been trying for about a year. It is the closest thing to Mexican food I have had since I was in Mexico, so I do believe the chefs have actually been in Mexico if they are not from there unlike plenty of other Mexican restaurant in London. Don’t get me wrong I like a few of the other Mexican restaurants as well but it ain’t authentic Mexican food they serve. So the food was nice but it was expensive and small portions. The ambience was really nice apart from the disgusting woman next to us.

In Swedish
Kollade på Allsvensk fotboll med sötnos på The Harcourt Arms. Det var en trevlig dag och ganska många vänner var där. Men tycker det är konstigt att det bara är jag som tjej som kollar på Allsvensk fotboll, kom igen det måste ju finnas fler svenska tjejer i London som hejar på något svenskt fotbollslag.

Sen på kvällen gick vi till Crazy Homies en Mexikansk restaurang som vi försökt gå till flera gånger det senaste året men aldrig lyckats. Det var det mest liknande Mexikansk mat jag har ätit utanför Mexikos gränser, det var gott men dyrt och små portioner.

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