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Gender Studies
Even though I am going to miss learning about the different cultures of the people in Papa New Guinea… listning and analysing hiphop music during lectures is surely not what I was expecting.
However right from the start it feels a much closer subject to my main subject than Anthropology, specially because of the fact that there is an entire course about crime against women, which I wont be studying during this term, but it exists as part of gender studies. Even though Anthropology was certainly an interesting time and I treasure the knowledge and experience it has given me, not to mention the wonderful people I met.

Missing travels..
With all this sedentary student-life comes the longing for travels, I miss traveling and correcting people about the fact that there are no polar bears in Sweden! Seriously some people believe that there are polar bears roaming the streets of Swedish cities lol... I miss meeting new people from all over the world, and learning all about their adventures. However reading about feminism and queer theory while drinking my favourite coffee isin’t all that bad either. One of the first things I learned which I surprisingly did not know is that females in Sweden, first got the right’s to vote in 1921 which means it haven’t even been 100 years yet... Somehow it seems disturbing to consider we haven’t made it further than that, for example equal pay. Even though Sweden have one of the least differences in pay between the genders, males still earn more. A change need to be made! I work for and believe in the future!


Student Life is about Saving Money!
Despite missing the Nomadic life I once lived, 2017 seems to be starting out great so far, and I hope it continues!

The total cost of literature for this term was half of what I paid for a four week course last term however this course is an eight week course so there is some money left over to buy some new strings for my guitar. 😃
Also very happy about the fact that I only have to be on campus twice a week, specially because of the fact that I commute to Stockholm University.

THUMBS UP (ALMOST) GREAT NEWS!
The greatest news is however that I am definitely hitting puberty this year or as it is called transformative-puberty, it still might be a while because everything must run it's natural course. I definitely look forward to not being stuck in an inter-depression-state so yeah GREAT NEWS! 😃

Thanks for reading!

/ JJ

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At least this year I actually took it upon myself to christmas decorate my apartment. However considering how all alone I am, it kind of looks sad and pathetic even though the idea was to cheer myself up. Unfortunately I am usually very sad around the holidays, not having a family to celebrate with and all, but I have made it for 25 years so I guess I am stronger than I thought..

Volunteer Work

I will not be sulking during the entire holiday, for the 3rd year in a row now, I will be doing volunteer work, just because I am down on life it doesn’t mean I cannot help people in third world countries get some food and medicine to them. and so, 24-26th of Dec, I will be in Stockholm doing that and then the aim is to try and keep my mind off of things by keeping myself as busy as possible, so music, video games, reading something and catching up on lots and lots of Netflix not to mention bulking some at the gym. --> I wish my friends were here so I can hang with them but they are half away across the country or on the other side of the Atlantic. ....sometimes I wish they didn’t move but at the same time I am so proud of them for being ambitious and following up with their dreams!

The Sequel to The Last of Us...

.... Is promised to come out 2017 so at least I have something to look forward to next year! Not to mention, hopefully this is the year I finally hit puberty. lol

Winter in Sweden

It was 6 degrees celsius today in Västerås so it doesn’t look like it is going to snow on Christmas Eve.. Luckily we have managed to have a few snow days this December and I am quiet certain that sometime in January-Mars cold air will appear. The cold I am not very fond of however for me, it can snow a bit more.. Please! 

These photo’s where taken in Västerås with my iPhone and even with the low quality you can see how amazing it looks. Contrary to everyone in my surrounding complaining about snow, I love it, at least when it looks like this and you can make snow balls out of it. I can understand the complains about slippery ground and then when the temperature goes above zero celsius, snow and ice transforms to a gnarly and troublesome sludgy substance.. so in short words winter might be beautiful in Sweden but not for it’s entire period. As far as these photo’s go I am very happy to be living in a country where it snows!

Help me take care of the environment in order for some of us to be abel to continue enjoying snow. *_* : P

Happy Holidays!

/ JJ

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The absolute first thing I did at the convention as ManOfSteel, was sit on the Ironthrone of course! All though it looked really funny when Clark Kent claimed the throne. 😂

This was my first time at Kistamässan I can only compare it to last year where it was held at FriendsArena. According to my friend who has been to all Comic Con's held in Sweden, from the very beginning in 2014. According to her, she preferred the one that was held in Solna at FriendsArena 2015. I don't know what she had experienced the first time but it wasn't all that crowded during the time we were there today, so for me that part was fine. However FriendsArena had much more space to offer and somehow the event felt more comfortable to roam about.

Besides games Call of Duty Infinite Warfare, Titanfalls 2, and old Games like Super Mario on Nintendo 64 you could also sign up and try the latest Virtual Reality Games !!! I am not going to talk much about the cool games you can try out but more about arriving there on Friday, (the first day) because on Saturday basically all the cool collectibles were sold out. Seriously everything I wanted to buy was sold out... 😢

Meeting Batman was a pleasure but then I walked into some Superman-Poser, and it was like "who the fuck is this guy?" and "why the fuck is he taller than me?" 😝

All jokes aside though it was a really fun experience yet again. You get to meet magnificent artist's and their passion for creating art. Such as these crafts of video-game characters from Tomb Raider you see above. Absolutely mind blowing to think a person made them, not a 3D printer or a machine but --> Hand-Made collectibles you can buy, as in OneOfAKind! There were other artists too such as drawing, sewing and make-up among others.. Not to mention celebrities such as Jason Isaacs mostly known for his role as Lucius Malfoy from Harry Potter, Ricky Whittle known as Lincoln from The 100 and Mehcad Brooks from Supergirl among other's where there signing autographs.

Oh and I was also attacked by a Zombie... Don't worry, I didn't get bitten!
Her make-up though, my god it was Amazing!

I know... most of the photo's are of me because apparently I am so photo-genetic. 😌 But I did manage to get one of my friend holding a book of Who-oology of course and some tragic event-photo's, I call them tragic because they where taken with my iPhone and I really really want to buy a really good camera to document my adventures like a true explorer, but all in good times mate.

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Situated in The Capital of Scandinavia, Stockholm Of Course! Now I myself I am not particularly into shopping, when I actually need new clothes then I become in the mood for shopping. Mostly because I see no reason in buying more clothes than I actually need, I am a guy of convenience! However I did need a jacket so when my friend really wanted to go I thought it would be a fun idea, both to look for a warm jacket and make an interesting blogpost.

The Mall itself is quite big but not as big as I would have thought. A mall in Västerås (smaller city in Sweden) is about the same size. It is quite fancy though for a regular mall. The interior design and hardware floors. It is three floors but the third floor is mainly entertainment, so basically two floors of shopping. Most of the stores in MOS are stores you can pretty much find in the rest of Stockholm or any other big city in Sweden like Jack & Jones, H&M and Stadium etc.. There isin't anything particularly special about the mall save for the fact that if you are a shopping-enthusiast it might be easier to have several stores all in one place.

The only special store I found in MOS that I actually do not know if it exists somewhere else in Stockholm, maybe it does but either way Disney Store is a -->must stop by if you are in MOS. Just say'n!

This is the Jacket that hopefully will keep me warm all winter, it looks light but it is not and either way I know thanks to the Military that one should lawyer to remain warm in the winter. However if it is get's really really cold I might have to take out my parka jacket and I'd rather not, it is so big and I feel like I am twice my size in it and everyone have to make room for me to get through. 😝

​We had a nice burger at some place, I think it was named Egon. I am not a 100% sure though. Anyway it was a good burger, next time I might choose Vargårda however. Later when we had walked all over the place we decided to have a fika or a Frozen Yoghurt. Now as far as sugar goes I rarely consume it but I like it, either way, I have a problem with milk products and it sucks because this thing was DELICIOUS I tell you and I got sick after eating it. 😥 I keep trying what I can and cannot eat and as far as dairy goes and it seems that if it is cold like milk, cream, yoghurt, cheesecake, ice cream etc.. than I cannot eat it, but if it is heated up in the oven or like a latte it is perfectly acceptable for tummy. I hate this! I really hate this condition, basically everything that taste's good has dairy in it! So yes this tasty yoghurt really wasn't worth feeling unwell for the rest of the evening but now I know I wont be consuming that ever again. / Some cries but I will live! Haha..

Thanks for reading! 
Have A Nice Day! 

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It is funny how at some point in life I couldn't even imagine myself being fit, just as at some point in my life I couldn't imagine myself studying further than high school. Now working out is sort of apart of my life. Working out, for me has become a core for my well being it helps a lot with my gender-crisis as well (which is moving forward btw, yay!). I realise I have more energy than before and not to mention I can eat more haha. 

Working out helps me study better, it raises my concentration levels. The two subject's I am studying are very interesting and the more I learn, the more I get into them and the more relaxed I become about exams. Key point is actually learning how "I learn" and that I actually learn very differently from other's, but I have taken in a few tips and ideas from other fellow students, for example "how to take notes" and how to be more organised about the core important knowledge. I also think that the fact that I like reading, and absorbing new knowledge is an aid for me to succeed at exams. Studying at university is not only a challenge for me but also a great new experience and I cannot wait to experience more of it, and get the competence I need to do what I aim to do in life, and keep learning of course for I will never be done. 

Note on working out: Either way my future travel plans serves me well to stay fit, I have a lot of exploring left to do! 

Thank you for reading!
Have a great day!

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I managed to forget to take a photo of the hotel itself but it is located in Gamla Stan (Old Town) at adress Skeppsbron 22. Lucky for us, it is above a party floor but it was sound proof according to the staff however no parties where going on so I cannot give a reference on that. This is where we over-stayed for Pride. 

The hotel didin't exactly have a nice view, so if that is what you are looking for than don't hold your breath! However it was a great hotel for those only looking to take a shower and sleep, the beds are not that bad, the rooms and bathrooms are fresh and clean, it is an old building that gives off an antique atmosphere, they provide clean sheets and towels, good service and friendly staff. Not to mention we arrived there earlier than they expected us too so they gave us a different available room which had four twin-beds instead of two which was our original booking. Free Wi-Fi, and the booking includes a wholesome fresh breakfast between 8-11. I guess the only complaint I would make is that the windows are not very sound proof to traffic. But all in ALL the Hotel get's a very good recommendation from me specially for the fact that we only paid 439SEK/person per night.

Yeah me and my friend are a happy bunch! One thing I forgot to mention about the City during Pride or Pride City is that companies hand out so many free things, we got free Cold Vegan Coffee Drinks (the one in the photo), juice boxes, toothpaste, fannypack, metals that we could carve in our names on, condoms, lubricant, coffee, bracelets, small pride flags, popcorn, lollipops and the list is quite long but our bags started to get so full that we actually had to start saying "no thank you, our bags are full!" lol

During our stay we also spontaneously went and saw the movie The Legend of Tarzan in theatre. In Stockholm's Sf Bio they sold Cheddar flavoured popcorn which were AWESOME and I wish they sold them here in Västerås. The movie was worth watching and it was a great idea because our feet were really sore from walking so much all over Stockholm City.

And of course I said hello to my buddy Nemo and his dad Marlin while at it! They where off looking for Dory who apparently was lost at sea. xD

Have a great day!

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​Some people were lucky, they could watch the parade dance from their balconies live! 

Stockholm Pride Parade was new to both of us, so we just squeezed ourselves into the crowd and thought if we were asked to move back we would. We stood between group Numbers 20-21 but somehow later needed up walking ahead to 15 or something. (The guy with the hat in the first photo looks a little like Stan Lee) lol

Hosting the pride parade in the capital of Scandinavia I thought somehow it would be bigger regardless of the fact that it was actually huge and attracts over half a million people every year (~45-50k to the parade) and growing. Somehow I thought the hoopla would be more extreme but mostly it was drunk people dancing and expressing themselves freely which all in itself one cannot complain about in anyway because after all that is what Pride is all about; care, happiness and the freedom to be oneself! So in a small summary I had a great time and it is definitely a recommended pride to attend, the only thing I would do differently the second time I (hopefully) attend Pride is too find out more about timing because like I said we arrived in Pride Park the 29th of July 2016 and it was desserted of people.

Unluckily it started to rain towards the end of the Parade, I always bring an umbrella with me anywhere I go, I live in Sweden so it is a good idea to always be prepared but my friend had to buy a rain-repellant poncho but it did not matter we got wet anyway. The funny part is that we were so hungry after dancing in the parade that we had ourselves burger's while it rained, and since the food stands did not provide shelter for the sitting areas I literarily sat and ate with one hand while I held the umbrella in the other hand, and my friend sat in her poncho. 

The Pride Parade evening was enclosed with non other than Ruby Rose, and to be honest I had never heard of her until I watched Orange is the New Black and let's just say that as a musician myself she makes a way better actress than DJ. I still do not understand what the hoopla was all about, she looks good but not THAT good and for some unknown reason she was very popular because she attracted a huge crowd. Whatever the crowd was there for, it wasn't her talent because DJ-wise I wouldn't say she has much talent and it is quite tragic because being a DJ is not that difficult. lol I am assuming she doesn't need to be good as long as the crowd adores her she will just keeping trying to entertain. The party itself though was amazing, I don't think I have danced that much in a while. I don't think I have danced with that many strangers all in one night either. The final part get's applauds and stars and rainbows too, because it was a magnificent way to end it all!

Pride 30th of July, 2016

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Arriving in Stockholm, it was wonderful to see how colourful all the Pride Flag's made the City!

You can cash in your tickets for a passage bracelet at any of the station's, we choose the nearest one in the city Pride House because we were hoping to catch the free festivalbus that drives the passengers to Pride Park & Pride Ung which where located at Östermalms IP. However our phones didn't lead us very well to the location of the Festival bus and we ended up walking all the way to the station, but it wasn't that bad only 35-40min walk from Stockholm Central. Pride Park, Pride Ung and Kinky Kvarteret were all stationed behind GIH (Gymnastik och -Idrottshögskolan) and very near the Soccer Stadium.

The first things we did was actually eat Festival Food because we were so hungry from the walk. And of course decorate ourselves with the Pride Colours, well at least I did with a very neat rainbow tie, also I totally ignored my no sugar diet and had myself a delicious ice cream. 

Pride Park had a certain glare about it. For some reason when we arrived at ~17:00 we assumed there would be much more people there but as you see in the photo's: we walked around assuming we arrived at the wrong moment. Either way later Rickard Söderberg who presented himself as a gay-tenor got on stage and he presented the Opera Sing-A-Long singers for the evening which started at 19:00. The Opera Sing-A-Long didn't draw itself much of a crowd but unfortunately opera doesn't appeal to everyone.

The huge disappointment was that when me and my friend wanted to go to a lecture we had been speaking about on the bus to Stockholm and were excited to listen to and learn a few things, when we got to the entrance of Pride Ung which is translated "Pride Youth" we were denied access because one of the volunteers said he smelled alcohol on my breath and security warned them not to let anybody in under the influence. As much as I understand and stand behind those rules, I hadn't had a sip of alcohol which basically means I was denied access based on his assumption, something I rate negatively because I really really was looking forward to the lecture, I had questions ready too. If those are the rules than they should have equipment to test one's alcohol level's! That was not okay! 

Happy Pride! July 2016

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​I video taped a few pieces of clips on the way up to Trolltunga just to give a sort of feeling of what it is like to hike in the mountains of Norway. Unfortunately the image is very bad, I filmed it with my phone and it is quite shaky but this is what the hike looked like at some occasions. 

Enjoy! 


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From Odda our drive started at 05:10 and we arrived in Oslo at 11:20 with only two stops along the way, so back to civilisation my first priority was a cup of hot delicious coffee. It was like I hadn't had coffee in years when I only stayed away from it for three days so that I wouldn't have to visit nature more than I have to while hiking up to Trolltunga.

We did not have any plans for Oslo, just went to check it out so we did not seek out tourism in any way that would require us paying. We strolled to the Opera House and there were a lot of construction going on so these photo's above where the only viable once. Apparently a gigantic library is being built right next to the Opera House so one day I might visit that library seeing how I love books, knowledge and well the place that stores them... Libraries!

After viewing the Castle or Schlottet as Norwegians pronounce it which again is funny, don't blame me for knowing Swedish, I am amused. lol (On the photo you can see Christian holding his phone) because believe it or not he had just gotten Pokemon Go and was looking for Pokemon's by the castle. It was an entire Pokemon madness the entire trip and I had to wait until I got back to Sweden to download the app. Anyway, we went to T.G.I Fridays which btw we should have in Sweden! 

​This is an 800g double burger known was Warrior's Burger and I will have you know for once I could not finish a meal. It had fries on the side too, I mean I thought I was a beast but I guess not. Oh well at least me and Christian accepted the challenge. Amanda had something else that looked tasty as well, specially the drink flamboyantly in my favourite colour, Awesome! 

As for Oslo itself, it doesn't differ much from Stockholm and there is nothing noticeable or worth mentioning about the city, but then again we did not look. I am sure there are attractions and tourism spots, we just didn't bother going there. Basically after the hike it was like our bodies where made out of clay and moving forward was agonising. One thing that did seem to differ from our capital in Sweden is that Oslo have much more modern architecture than Stockholm does, it is clear that the state invested a lot of money in new construction recently. 

Have a nice day! 

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