Heal the world

Hej hej allihopa!

Sverige ses ofta som ett föregångsland när det gäller barns rättig­heter. Men trots att vi var bland de första att skriva under barn­konven­tionen har barn i Sverige inte full­ständiga rättig­­heter. Barn i Sverige har idag ingen möjlighet att få upprättelse om deras rättig­heter kränks – ett viktigt tillägg till barn­konven­tionen som Sverige valt att inte anta.

Costa Rica är ett av de länder som har antagit det tredje tilläggs­proto­kollet och sett till att barn kan utkräva sina rättig­heter om de kränks. Det är dags att Sverige vaknar upp och inför en fulls­tändig barn­konven­tion. Nu tar vi hjälp och inspiration av barn i Costa Rica och uppmanar svenska folket: #wakeupsuecos! Barn i Sverige har rätt till en fullständig barnkonvention, precis som barnen i Costa Rica.

Ta ställning för barnen och skriv under för att en fullständig barnkonvention ska införas: https://unicef.se/wakeupsuecos?confirmation=1

Läs och titta gärna på följande för mer insikt: 

Artikel: "Barn i Sverige måste kunna få upprättelse: http://www.svt.se/opinion/article10618685.svt

Vad menar vi med en fullständig konvention?: https://www.facebook.com/UNICEF-Sverige/videos/10153827729380951/

Tillsammans kan vi få fler att skriva under för att barn i Sverige ska få fullständiga rättigheter. Tack för att du är med! 

Hälsningar från barn: https://www.facebook.com/UNICEF-Sverige/videos/10153824799740951/

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Heal the world

Varje dag, året om kränks och utnyttjas barn medan omvärlden tittar på – eller bort. Så skulle det inte behöva vara. Alla har vi ett val. Antingen gör du ingenting – eller så gör du någonting. Tillsammans kan vi förändra förutsättningarna för miljontals barn världen över.

Det går att skydda barn mot våld, övergrepp och exploatering. Det går att ge dem trygghet, utbildning och mat för dagen. Och det går att befria barn från ett liv som soldat, gatubarn eller prostituerad.

UNICEF, världens ledande barnrättsorganisation, finns på plats i regeringskorridorer, slumområden, flyktingläger och avlägsna byar och arbetar dygnet runt för att ALLA barn ska få den barndom som de har rätt till. Det handlar om så självklara saker som till exempel rent vatten, vaccin mot dödliga sjukdomar, bra hälsovård, skola och skydd mot våld, övergrepp och diskriminering.

På unicef.se kan du vara med och kämpa för varenda unge, eller sprid budskapet du också genom att blogga, twittra eller "facebooka" om barns rättigheter.

Vi kanske inte kan förändra världen idag, men allt stort börjar med något litet.

Du kan göra större skillnad än du tror.

Kämpa för varenda unge!


Smutsigt vatten dödar fler barn än krig.
Photo: UNICEF/Georgina Cranston

Många barn i Etiopien har förlorat en eller båda sina föräldrar.
Photo: UNICEF/Kate Holt

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Nature, Personal

For the third time I got to go to what I call my Winterland, which is up in the Swedish mountain. I had a five day trip which was the perfect amount of time for me to relax, clear my head, reload and go for long hikes. I must say that I have underestimated the Swedish landscape and will from now on try to explore my country some more.

Theses days have mostly been spent out in the nature, pushing my self to get up some steep mountains and just walking around taking pictures. As well as eating good food accompanied with great talks.The best day was on Sunday, when I left home at 1 pm and returned at 10 pm same day. I walked the entire day with only some short food breaks AND a bath on the top of the mountain! I had such warm and fantastic weather, so when I saw the water spots upon the top when feeling hot and thirsty I just needed to jump in. And with no people in sight for miles, I stripped down to my underwear and did so. It was not deep at all, but so refreshing. I felt alive and so happy that day, especially at that moment. And it was a moment well needed for me. Because since coming back home to Sweden it was at first a high tempo, seeing friends and family and then working. But a few days in the vacation, I felt so restless and didn't feel at home. So in the spare of the moment, I headed to Winterland which I know brings magic to my soul. And so it did!

A lot of things has happened since I got back to Sweden, some great some less good. However, this long weekend reminded me of how strong I am and that all will be well in the end. And that life is wonderful in its own twisted little way. The entire weekend just gave me goosebumps and butterflies in my stomach. Not because of anyone or anything particular, but because I'm here alive and I'm standing in the sun smiling and feeling hopeful. I know that some doesn't get me and my emotions about being on the top of a mountain and all the reflection I do up there, but just try it yourself. You'll see what it's all about. Up there, all the small daily issues just seems so petty and I realize what truly matters. And that is to be happy, stay positive and take life by force. Because at the end of the day, all I want to do is to stand in sun and smile... to whatever life brings me.



My paitings

~ Alma - Karma ~

Now you're breaking hearts in the dark.
You play your games with your cards.
You will taste your poison in the end.
You should've let me go, cause now I'ma let you know.
For every night, you let me here on my own.
For every reason I believed in, every lie that you told.
For every fight, you let me here on my own
For every reason...

I bring the karma.
You better run run run yeah, it's coming your way.
I bring the karma.
You better run run yeah, that bitch don't play.
I bring the karma to your game,
you better run run run...




Two weeks have past since I got back home. And I most say it feels better then expected. Before coming home I felt a bit nervous, nervous about how I would feel about being home, about meeting certain people and about how much I would miss China. Because even if I was longing to come home, there was certain things Sweden can't provide. But all together I'm happy to be back and the nervousness cooled down after a week, thanks to spending time with people I love and treasure. And these weeks have been intense, in a good way though, so there wasn't any room for anything but joy.

I started of with taking care of practical stuff, which weirdly got to be things that made me smile. Like going to the supermarket or making calls just made me feel so excited, because it wasn't a hassle anymore. That people could understand me and I them, or having a fridge to fill or a toilet that wouldn't clog just made me so happy and grateful. Never will I take those little things for granted again.

But the very best part of being home have been to see my family and friends. It started of with chill time with the family and a three day party weekend, since there was a summer festival gong on in my city. Happy people everywhere, music, summer weather and meeting new people. It was the perfect start for coming back home. And spending time with my close friends, made me realize how much they matter and that those who I matter to will always be there. And that is also something I learned in China, that no matter the distance, a good friend will not let that be a factor that comes between you.

Another thing that I've been wanting to do, is to work. I've already accomplished one full work week and it have been so much fun. I'm lucky to be working at a summer day camp for children and it barely feel like working. I'm having such a great time since I get to play with children, being out in the sun, bathing and going to museum, Karlsgatan. The children are all so adorable in their own special ways. And even though they are young the are caring and so much fun to be around. One day when being out on an island, I got to have a spa moment by covering myself with blue mud that they brought up from the bottom of the sea. Really something to recommend if going to Östra holmen, Västerås.

And not forget about food, which is an important part of traveling and coming back home. I have had some big cravings while in China for Swedish food and other dishes that couldn't been found there. Funny though, once back here I've been cooking my favorite Chinese's dish several times. But I'm gonna be here for a while, so I've got pleanty of time to eat. However, my major cravings for kebab, tacos and chicken Caesar sallad have been satisfied. And I got to try octopus tentacle for the first time when having dinner with miss I. The appearance of tentacles has always been repulsive to me, but I gave it a go to discover that's it's pretty tasty.

And then came the weekend with a BBQ to celebrate my dad that turned 70 years old on Wednesday. It was just a simple gathering with a typical Swedish BBQ and it was delicious. Haven't felt this full in a long time. I sure have missed eating meat, since I didn't dare to eat much meat in China since it always was bony and unchewable. And the overall hygienic in some restaurants or food places just made me loose my appetite which made me not want to eat meat and at times made not eat at all. But step by step I'm geting my appetite and hunger back, which is needed so I can get the strength back in my muscles after months of slacking.

The BBQ wasn't about the food though, its was about one of the most important men in my life, my father and my safeness. Throughout the years we have become closer and I don't know where I would have been without his support. He is there for me and I can always count on him to help me reach my goals. I wish I could have given him so much more, but my father is a man of simplicity so I believe that he was pleased. Can't wait for us to go on the whiskey tasting that we gave him, to have a father and daughter day when we can enjoy a common interested ♡

After the BBQ I got to spend some time with my energy soldiers, my niece and nephew. These kiddos sure knows how to make e smile and forget about the world for a while. And the little mister gave me the biggest laugh I've had in a long time, while playing a Swedish game called "kubb". I almost got hit by one of the blocks, but I managed to jump back. And I said: Lucky me that I saw that one coming, otherwise you would have hit me. Little mister: Yes; then then you would have got it on your fanny. Me: Fanny!?! Little mister: Yes, pussy. Me: Pussy!? Him again: Yes, that's the fanny. Three years old and already having knowledge about this, and also thinking he is teaching me about the different synonyms just cracks me up. Children can be so forward and open, which can be adorable at times.

And then came the weekend we been waiting for, Power Big Meet. A big car event taking place each year in my city and people all over from Sweden and from other countries comes. One of the best; Miss S and I was supposed to look at the cruising cars, maybe ride along with some friends and just stay up all night like last year. However, the weather was boring and rainy and none of us was really in a party mood. Maybe the previously weekend had gave me what I needed for a while. And none of the people we knew came this year, so we got some great quality time instead. So many details to catch up on and still we probably didn't went through everything that has happened since I've been away. But luckily... we have all the time in the world.

These two weeks have been fantastic and I'm more then happy to be home. To have friends and family close by and to have the comfort I am used to is great. And everything I've learned and experienced in China, which have changed my point of view on certain things and also changed me, have stayed consistent. The serenity I found in China is still with me ♡



I must start to say that it's such a nice feeling to hear the captain speak Swedish at the plane back to Europe! So, me and my luggage, that weighs far more than me, is on its way back home to Sweden. Really need to learn how to pack before next trip though.

Not really sure what to write in this post, which is unusual, I always knows what to say. But I felt that one last post from this journey should be done. I was meant to write while waiting in the lounge before boarding the plane, but I had such a lovely company by two fellas from Indiana, USA. Which was nice, since it totally took away my flying anxiety by making me forget that I would soon enter a plane.

I almost lost track of time to leave the lounge, due to really interesting conversations. It's so much fun to meet new people, so much energy. But I got to the plane for last call. And while I was rushing to the gate I saw how my SAS plane was standing there, ready to take me to Copenhagen, where I'll have my layover before coming back home to Sweden. It was a bittersweet feeling. Because seeing these familiar letters means that my time in China is actually over, but also I'm finally getting home. Home to the things I've missed, the civilization which I'm used to and to some people I want to hug.

Everything has more or less gone smoothly and I'm now up in the air on SAS airlines. However, I got stuck in security check for about half an hour. They ran my stuff through the scan over and over again, and saying something about keys. And I was like, I don't have any keys. Until I finally realized that my pocket knife was still in my backpack. Oops! Oh well, no harm done. Just lost some time.

And while I was sitting waiting for the plane to take of, which of course was delayed, the emotions came. The tears ran down my cheeks, tears of sadness but mostly tears of relief. Even though you will be missed China, it's like Dorothy said: "There's no place like home".

This coming week will be such a joy and I'm looking forward to all the plans I've made ♡

But for now, I'll enjoy COLD white wine, wonderful crew that speaks Swedish (got a bit emotional from that) and a Swedish movie "A man that's called Ove". Ove, within seconds expressed something that I've been wanting to say so many times here, in the country with no queues, but haven't been able to due to the lack of not being able to speak Chinese. "The queue starts behind me". Hahah! Seeing this just made me laugh out loud.




It's been a journey, to say at least, to have been here in China for three months. Much have I learned and some have I changed. And to have the opportunity to end it with one week at a hotel with pool, in Beijing, before departure is a blessing. To just be able to do some reflection, recreation and recharging has done me good.

These days here have been great, just what I wished for. Of course, with my luck, it has to be some bumps. So after one night, I changed room. The reason, please don't laugh, but wifi was not working. Some of you won't be surprised at all though. Besides from that, all is good now and this hotel has it all! I'm more or less living in my white robe. I use it to go to my morning swim, to tan at the pool and to the sauna.

I had plans to go to Xian to see the terracotta Warriors, visit the summer palace and another mountain. But after arriving here I just felt too lazy to go anywhere. The Splash recreation club at the hotel is where I want to be. All I wish for is some downtime to get my thoughts and feelings together before coming home. And the gym, the pool and the sauna is just what I need to do so. It's where I spend most of my time these days.

However, I did leave the area for some shopping at a big outlet, Surprise outlet. It kind of reminded me of Stockholm Quality outlet, which made me long for home. And there was very few people there, which I normally love when shopping, but not today. I didn't find anything to buy, which is ok since I already shopped so much that I had to buy extra luggage on the flight back home. But walking around there just made me feel lonely. Still, I'm glad that this feeling occurred, because it made me feel ready to come back home. And it will make it easier to leave and feel at peace with this journey ending.




Saying goodnight for the last time in Jinan... tomorrow I'll wake up to take my bags and leave. And say goodbye to this city and the life I've created here.

When I first arrived here I never could have imagine that I would be sad when leaving. In the beginning the daily life here, the culture struggles and the headache due to language difficulties just made me long for the comfortableness and routines back home. But somewhere midway it all changed. I made friends, got routines and an understanding of the culture which all together made me feel at peace.

It's with both sadness and joy I'm watching this beautiful sunset. Sad to be leaving and sad to end this fulfilling journey. However, thankful that I got chosen to go here! And the feelings of joy regarding everything I experience and learned, the people I met and the changes I made with myself is what I'm holding on too. And the joy to soon see some people I missed!
Feeling blessed ✮



Walking up the stairs on the mountain behind campus, to my tanning spot, I pass paths that goes in other directions. I always wandered where they led. Never had the time to explore until now. So on Sunday I packed my bag and went for a little hike.

There was so many directions to choose by all the time, but I always stayed to the left and made sure to get as high up as possible. This mountain had so many beautiful aspects, especially the carvings in the stones. So cool and cute!

The path I choose took me to the other side of the mountain which was close to the south entrance of Thousand Buddha mountain. Haven't seen that side of the mountain, so I entered. Glad for that, since I discover new beautiful aspect that I hadn't seen the last times I was there. And also this entrance is less crowded and opens up to more paths that is not stairs. As you noticed, I like it to be more natural and more of a climb than a walk.

Tuesday evening, time for the last dinner in Jinan. The international students and I went to Malenas to have pizza. I had a crispy pizza which was absolutely delicious. Wish I could find these ones back home. So if you have had one, please do tell.

It was a calm evening but filled with nice conversations. A perfect goodbye dinner. However, I hate goodbyes and rather say see you next time. And I truly hope to see these people another time in another place. Because my travels won't stop here...




So all my four papers that had to be written is done and handed in. And the hardest one has already been graded. That feels nice since it's just a week left in Jinan. So I can spend time having fun and to make the most of it and enjoy each day and finishing my "Jinan bucket list". ♡

At Thursday I wanted to spend the day with Evelyn, one of our study buddies. I would say she's the one that has helped me out here the most and the one I've got to know the most. So it was so nice to have a day with her, away from school and then take her to dinner to show my appreciation.

The day started with Korean lunch to get energy for a trip back to Buddha mountain. That place is so wonderful but so big, so this time I got to see some other scenarios. And the best part, we ran into bumper cars!!! Both just looked at each other when we saw them and shouted that we love them. And then started running toward them! I can't remember when I laughed this much, it felt so liberating. Never stop being childish! It so much fun to act like a kid from time to time.

The day ended with Japanese dinner by the river, where we not only shared great food but also great conversations. It's interesting how much you can learn about somebody and get new impressions from getting into deep conversations. Evelyn is a modern girl that I wish all the luck to, in order to fulfill here dreams and goals!

Yesterday's mission was a mountain, Huashan mountain in Jinan, which I spotted several weeks ago when standing on top of Buddha mountain. It's not a very famous mountain but I just I knew I had to stand on that top, so I took the buss over there.

At first I thought this mountain was like the others I've been to, that the stairs is the only way up. However, on the top I discovered that are so many small paths to go on, to reach different stones that are cool to stand on. So I left the main path and wandered of. The freedom feeling is a bit stronger when being so close to the edge.

However, this wasn't enough for me. And I wished I had knew this from the beginning. So I started to climb down a bit, and then up another path and so on a few times. Until I decided to climb all the way down. At first, it went well. But, the heat and lack of proper breakfast might have got to me a bit. I find my self to be a bit dizzy so I slowed down a bit.

But then came the tough part. I didn't find a clear path to follow and just didn't feel to climb all the way back up to the take the stairs down. I looked for a way down but could only find a gap in the mountain where I could press my legs towards on side and press my back towards the other, and slowly get down. It was only about two meters, but I couldn't had jumped since there was a new edge just one meter from when I got down. And it just continued to get harder to get down and my solving skills got worse because I felt lightheaded. At some points I actually was afraid, and realized that if I would fall, I would hit my head and no one find me immediately. I'm not being overdramatic I must add, which I now I can be.
I remembered a conversation with my mum just a few days earlier, when she asked me if I go alone to these mountains and that I should be careful. And my reply was "yeah I'm by myself. But there are always people around and I'm going on stairs mostly and on given tracks. So no worries". Sorry mum, somethings just are intriguing. But next time, I'll make sure to have company.

Not going into more details, but I admit that there were times when it wasn't fun anymore and I wished to press the reset button. Holding back the tears and relying on upper body strength, since I couldn't always reach somewhere to put my feet, I managed to get down with just a few scratches and sore hands. Yes, I am to curious for my own good at times. But thank God for giving me the strength and braveness to challenge myself.

At Saturday Rob, an international student, and I went to Baotu springs and Five dragoon pools in Jinan. Have been wanting to go there for a long time, but just never came around to do so. It was a really nice and cute with a lot of springs with tons of fishes in them. Really colorful and beautiful!

We had a quick lunch and then I headed of to Daming lake. I had been there before, but it was on an internship day when I was really sick. So I didn't really enjoyed it to the fullest. It's so beautiful and I really wish we could have these landscapes back home. I just strolled around and felt at peace with everything.

"I will not waste my days
Making up all kinds of ways
To worry 'bout all the things
That will not happen to me
So I just let go
Of what I know I don't know
And I know I only do this by
Living in the moment
Living my life
Easy and breezy
With peace in my mind
With peace in my heart
With peace in my soul
Wherever I'm going,
I'm already home
Living in the moment"

~ Jason Mraz - Living In The Moment