Pictures from Barcelona!!

Finally, the pictures from Barcelona are here and uploaded to the original posts. They can be found on these following links (or just go to the Spain category). Enjoy, almost 5 months later!

Barcelona: From warm summer to cold spring
La Rambla
La Sagrada Familia
Platja de la Nova Icaria
Parc Güell
Platja del Bogatell
Borta bra men hemma bäst

Pictures from Kiruna!!

Finally, the pictures from Kiruna are here and uploaded to the original posts. They can be found on these two links. Enjoy, almost 8 months later!

Icehotel in Kiruna

Skiing in Luossavaara

Nintendo Switch press release

Yesterday was a pretty cool day. Jesper’s mom’s husband had called in to a radio program and won two tickets to the press release of the new Nintendo Switch press release. He couldn’t go (I guess?), so we got the tickets and got to see and play on the new console one day before the public. The real pre launch party is today and tomorrow and I have heard that the lines are sick to get in! Perks of being there yesterday, it wasn’t overly packed, everyone got a goodie bag and we all have a chance of winning one Switch. And Jesper and I have a bigger chance to win than most since we are 2 of 20 (the people from the radio contest) who can win, while the other “normal VIP’s” have a much smaller chance to win. Let’s all cross our fingers that we win.

The new console is a very cool little thing. You can pick it apart and play it in several different ways. Either as its own console, without the TV, or you can connect it to the TV and play on the small hand controls which are normally placed on the side of the screen. Or you can buy external controls, bigger ones and connect it to the TV and play. Or build your own bigger handcontrol with the two smaller one. Many possibilities.

There were not too many games to try yesterday, but the new Zelda was there and set up, Super Mario Kart 8 deluxe, Arms, Splatoon 2, 1-2 Switch, Super Bomberman R, Snipperclips, and another one which I don’t remember. The point of Super Bomberman R was to place bombs and kill the other players on a field. I won once at that one. That game was played on the small hand controls and it was hard, even for me who has small hands. You also used those small ones, but in another angle when playing arms, which was a pretty cool boxing game where the arms could be extended very very much. I had a very hard time clicking on the two buttons on top when you went into frenzy (fury?) mode, and even though you didn’t use the buttons in front of you, I still felt like they were in the way. Otherwise, it was a fun game.

In this version of Splatoon it was possible to play many people together, which you can’t in Splatoon 1 (I don’t think at least, we have tried on our Wii U, but couldn’t get it to work with multiplayer). It was hard with the gyroscope, but still fun.

The weirdest games I have ever seen was one which was in 1-2 Switch (many small party games, kinda like Wii Party). The only thing you did was milking a cow. Very weird and random.

Food was served at the event and we also saw a celebrity, Lasse Kronér, if I am not completely mistaken, haha! It was a fun event, and after seeing the crazy lines which were today, I feel VIP who missed that.

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Review of “The Tales of Beedle the Bard” by J. K. Rowling

hogwarts-library-03-the-tales-of-beedle-the-bard-j-k-rowlingTitle: The Tales of Beedle the Bard
Author: J. K. Rowling
Series: Hogwarts Library #3
Genre: Fantasy
Pages: 109
Published: 2008, Bloomsbury
My Grade: 4 out of 5 fairytales

GOODREADS’ DESCRIPTION

The Tales of Beedle the Bard, a Wizarding classic, first came to Muggle readers’ attention in the book known as Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Now, thanks to Hermione Granger’s new translation from the ancient runes, we present this stunning edition with an introduction, notes, and illustrations by J. K. Rowling, and extensive commentary by Albus Dumbledore. Never before have Muggles been privy to these richly imaginative tales: “The Wizard and the Hopping Pot,” “The Fountain of Fair Fortune,” “The Warlock’s Hairy Heart,” “Babbitty Rabbitty and Her Cackling Stump,” and of course, “The Tale of the Three Brothers.” But not only are they the equal of fairy tales we now know and love, reading them gives new insight into the world of Harry Potter.

 

MY REVIEW

Out of all the short books from J. K. Rowling (Hogwarts Library and Pottermore Presents) I think The Tales of Beedle the Bard is my favorite. The four short wizard fairytales were entertaining and nothing at all like the fairytales we muggles grew up with. Like with the other short books, it was easy and entertaining and a good pause between heavy books.

I give it 4 out of 5 and recommend anyone to read it since it is not really connected to Harry Potter (except maybe the last fairytale “The Tale of the Three Brothers”.

Evening swim

Two very very long day at work are over and I can’t put words on how tired I am. 9.5h of work both days and now in the beginning those days completely killed my feet. They hurt so bad the last hour today I couldn’t stand up more than I really really had to. Today I also only had two breaks (usually during long days there are three) so I had one three-hour long period of just working without breaks. That was rough and also the longest we can work without breaks. I’m glad I only work 6 hours tomorrow.

Snapchat--2190016857145699440The weather has been amazing the past few days. That means sweaty at work, but it also means breaks out in the sun (while working at Balderado).

Yesterday I was at Balderado. I wasn’t too happy since it was a really long day. I have three attractions there so I spent a total of 4.5 hours on Spinnrock. Sure, it is a pretty nice one, but 4.5 hours is way way too long.

After work today Axel and Leo picked me up and we went to Rådasjön for a late night swim. We jumped in the water at 10 pm then went for a walk and got eaten by mosquitos. It was a fun evening, and now I am ridiculously tired and should probably go to bed so I am rested and prepared for my “Friday” tomorrow. Can’t wait for two days off!

Snapchat-9186518937329934293 10pm where we jumped in. Okay, I was the only one who jumped, the other two “badkrukor” slowly slowly walked in, haha.PANO_20150704_230400This panorama would have been better if I didn’t move the phone… This photo was taken at 11pm.

Dive #6 – La Jolla Cove Outer Reef

This post used to contain pictures, but due to new storage limitations from WordPress, I had to fix the problem and decided to create a new blog that works as an archive for all the posts from my two years in California. This full post can be found here.

Last day in California with no sureness of when my return will be. That’s not good, and it makes this leaving harder than the last. Even if I look forward to go back home, I am still very sad to leave. Mixed feelings to say the least.

My last day started with a dive in the kelp forest. Today there was a third guy with us, he was from Germany. First we snorkeled for half an hour out to the forest, descended and started swimming to the more densely forested area. It was cold, and I was already shivering on the surface and it was even colder at the bottom. Bottom temperature today was only 53F (13C) and that made the whole dive not very enjoyable. But it was still cool to dive through the kelp. Total bottom time today was 59 minutes, but we were in the water for longer because of the snorkeling tour out. It took a long while before I could feel my feet again and even longer before I was warm.

We didn’t see any sharks today unfortunately. But we did see a banded ray, a giant black sea bass (only 40lbs though), lots of the orange fishes, the tuna crabs, and the other fish I can’t remember the names of, sea lions and I also saw a blue starfish. I am too tired to go through all the videos to try and find a good screenshot of the ray, sea bass and starfish. I will post them another day if I remember it.

I bought a chai latte on the way home, and once there I pretty much just took the poolcard and hung out at the pool for about four hours. I read some, I think I napped some, and then at 5pm Anna came. I haven’t seen her since I left a year and a half ago. We talked for an hour before we both had to leave.

Dinner with the family, then packing, all my suitcases are less than 23kgs, everything except my computer is packed and I am all ready to go. I looked through the pictures from today too, and all of them were okay today. I just didn’t look through the videos yet. Today the pictures got better, maybe I was trying to hold it more steadily while under water.

I am definitely going to bed now. 4 hours of sleep, awesome!

DCIM100GOPROGOPR0003. Lots of tuna crabs.DCIM100GOPROG0010017. A seagull from under the surface.DCIM100GOPROGOPR0004. Two freeloaders on the instructor, haha!DCIM100GOPROG0030108. Most of the pictures looked similar.DCIM100GOPROG0030135. DCIM100GOPROG0040228. DCIM100GOPROG0040233. DCIM100GOPROG0060437. DCIM100GOPROG0060464. It was a completely different dive today, and it was really cool!DCIM100GOPROG0060496. DCIM100GOPROG0060497. Snapshot - 100 Snapshot - 103 Snapshot - 106 Snapshot - 108 Snapshot - 109-112Sea lion playing in the seagrass when we were heading out of the water. The water in there were so much warmer.

Au pairing and guns

This post used to contain pictures, but due to new storage limitations from WordPress, I had to fix the problem and decided to create a new blog that works as an archive for all the posts from my two years in California. This full post can be found here.

Today was exactly like a day two summers ago, when I was an au pair in this amazing family. It was like the past two years never happened and I just continued doing the au pair thing. I left bed at 11am after falling asleep at 3 last night. I started the day with playing Super Mario Bros on the Wii with the kids. My hostmom left to do errands for their upcoming Hawaii trip so I had the kids all to myself all day. It was a great day! First we played some Wii, and then soon thereafter it was lunchtime. And of course, they wanted Swedish pancakes, and it was like I have been doing that once a week the past two years as well. Turned out perfect.

Right after that we went out with the dog, Maya. The girl was on her bike and the boy had a friend with him and they were collecting sticks on the way. We were out there for about 45 minutes, and that was the only time they wanted to be outside today. I wish they would have wanted to go to the pool or something since it was the most beautiful day of the week and my second to last day in California. But well well.

Then the boys were out in the yard playing, and we were just hanging out for a bit before the neighbor had to go home and the boy and I played chess while the girl baked muffins. She then left for soccer practice and the boy and I played Battleship until my hostmom came home. And that’s when I left to go meet up with Andy, a guy from the Mission Beach volleyball gang. We had a very American evening together with first gunshooting at an indoor range, then In N Out for dinner (one last time) and then to Dave and Buster (Chuck E Cheese for adults) where we played arcade games until midnight when I had to go home so I would get some sleep before my early scuba dive tomorrow.

Shooting a gun is something I have always wanted to try, even if I don’t like guns and don’t agree with the constitution that everyone here has a right to own a gun. But it was still something I wanted to try so I could see what the fuss was all about. He brought four guns, two handguns and two rifles. I had him write down the names of them because there is no way that I would have remembered. The first one was a rifle .45 carbine, second was called AR 15, third HK .45 compact, and the last one was a .357 magnum revolver. My favorite was the .45 carbine, not too powerful, easy to aim with. The revolver was pretty fun too. The small and “normal-looking” gun was so powerful that it was scary to shoot with, haha!

After shooting about 2 rounds with each gun my arms were spaghetti and I was pretty much done, haha!

IMG_20150618_204323 AR 15.IMG_20150618_203955HK 45 compact, the very powerful but small gun.

We were planning on going to the County Fair, but we decided to go to In N Out and Dave and Buster instead. That was also fun! I’ve never really played arcade games like that before, and I have to say that I sucked at most of it, haha! I was pretty good at skeeball after a couple of tries, and of course I am pretty decent at Mario Kart.

It was a long and fun day, and tomorrow will be even longer. I am super stoked about the dive, and then I will babysit the kids for a bit, and pack. Last day in California tomorrow. It’s sad…