Okay so I haven't been good at updating this blog but here I am!
People insinuate that I am insane for getting up at 5:30AM to go to the gym but here is the thing, the earlier the better because it sharpens the mind for all daily struggles. I workout almost everyday 7-9AM and I workout military-style which means strength, endurance, speed, balance & stamina. Now people can call me crazy if they like but seeing how I am always alert and focused, not to mention all the endorphins excising releases which keeps a person upbeat and cheery. So if it makes me crazy, than I am very happy being crazy and getting up for an almost always empty gym. I mean no one will fight me for the bench press!
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I just finished writing my home exam and words cannot express the pain of deleting and re-writing over a 1000 words… but hopefully it will be worth it!
Ever since I began University I have learned how I used to tend to sell myself short. I am getting remarkable grades, I wondered wether it was because I comprehend english much better than most other students or because I really like reading so I am used to absorbing a lot of text in a short time. I think however it is mainly because I am applying myself and taking studies very seriously.
"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself to be a fool.”
- William Shakespeare
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..
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Have A Nice Day!
To be quite fair, a typical weekend for me also involves having costumers which I did not have this weekend which is both relaxing and unfortunate because I need to pay my bills, haha. I am sure it will work itself out though, I live on the conditions of "it will work itself out!" because it will! Anyway I thought it would be fun to write a blog post about a typical weekend for me, feel free to read all about it. : )
Friday started with a long run, now that season allergies are gone (pollen) I can run outside again which is refreshing and less boring than running on a treadmill. I ran for 14km and ended up on the other side of town, I should have planned ahead because when I got there I realised I had no energy left to run back so I took the bus home. haha.
I spent most of Friday studying, I even read from the book that was meant for the pervious module because apparently my brain is open for that knowledge (after the exam). Brains?! Until my friend came and we game-d and had ourselves some snacks, as you see I really really like Sweet Colourful Berries!
The gaming part was mostly just my friend playing video games in my recliner chair while I cozied up with a blanket reading the chapters I need to read. And taking over to play sometimes, now THIS, this is how I like to study! Because taking a few breaks in between reading and doing something else makes the studying part move faster, not to mention the reloading of the brain makes me not have to repeat as much. I am still learning more and more ways to study more efficiently.
Who says you can't study while cooking yourself some dinner?
When my friend left I cleaned my apartment, did the laundry and some house shores etc. Then returned to study slash cooking dinner. Besides the berries and the mushrooms that grow during autumn, I specially like this season because it is dark enough to light candles, and cold enough to drink hot beverages and when you go outside, it is not too warm and not too cold, not to mention everything is magnificently colourful 🍁👌--> however it has been quite a bit windy this year, I hope the wind will calm itself down a bit.
The morning started with half a day's hike through the woods with 10kg vest around my torso and 10kg backpack, with my another friend. We hiked for 8km, which in comparison to 22km upwards to Trolltunga was pretty much (nothing) but we were pretty damn hungry after the hike so we went straight for sushi, and I had myself a delicious Flying Salmon!
Then we went to his place to shower etc, and he had four Siberian Kittens at his place for a week who'm are so cute and fluffy that I considered kidnapping them and taking them home with me. But I didn't haha, my friend's brother and his girlfriend came over and we played a really fun Board Game!
And as always the majority asked me too cook because my food is usually "made both healthy and delicious" to quote them, there was chicken to go with it btw which I forgot to take a photo of the meal when I had finished cooking it, probably because I couldn't wait to eat it heh...
It was a lovely evening in the surrounding of fun people!
After I go to the gym for upper body training today (in about 30min), I will be going to some coffee-house to study again, I just get so bored studying it at my apartment, it is dead silent and that get's depressing really fast and I can't seem to focus not to mention I rarely say "No" to coffee. Also. Later I have an LGBTQ meeting, and I need to make lunch-boxes for the week, in the evening I will be watching the last four episodes of Fear The Walking Dead (hopefully) with my friend, otherwise alone (cries)/sarcasm lol
All in all, I have had a great weekend, too much studying maybe but mostly I am seriously lucky to have such wonderful friends, for someone who is a few family members short, I could not be more grateful for these lovely characters in my life!
On an other note. While cleaning I found my box of souvenirs and pennies I have brought with me from all the places I have visited which was a bit of comfort, considering how slow this whole gender-thing is going... It reminded me how many places I have yet to visit and to keep pushing forward because regardless of my state right now, I actually love life and it's infinite mysteries.
I guess the funniest souvenir ever, was brining back Kangaroo Ball's from Australia which believe it or not was the most sold item in souviner-shops in Brisbane. They are however not real, it is constructed Kangaroo testicles haha, it even has a key-chain and everything. 😂
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Have a good one!
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!
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Have a great day!
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
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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
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
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.