Hola amigos!
Quick update from paradise. Nadine and Kathi has up and left me (but not before introducing me to banana beach), amazing Linda 43 from Visby has joined the league, and Sara is expected this Sunday. The sun is scorching, the thunder deafening, and the Internet failing. It still rains once in a blue moon but we make the most of it. We cooked some traditional Swedish food for the kids as well, meatballs with mashed potatoes, cream sauce, and lingonberries. It was nice for a change. More Wakeboarding, running, and muay-thai. So, in short, everything is quite fabulous. And I am going to miss it. So. So. Bad. Only 16 days left now.

I'll keep you posted as the end draws nearer.
See you later, alligator!

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"You're gone and I gotta stay high all the time"
Sorry to say it but I might be suffering from post project depression after my week with Hanna and I've done my best to keep busy. And I have definitely succeeded. Wakeboarding one day, sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur the next.
Actually I went KL so I wouldn't get deported from Thailand, but details,  details. I flew there at 8 am and arrived back at 9 pm, and in that short window of time I did my best to see it all - and did so from the roof of a hop-on-hop-off bus. All of the tourist spots covered? Oh yes! And although the man in the security back in Phuket was VERY suspicious to say the least, he must have decided I looked harmless enough to be set loose on the streets of Phuket once again.
I have also taken on a new hobby - the hitting and kicking, and elbowing and kneeing of alternating big bags of sand and small but extremely muscular men (needless to say aloud that I prefer the latter) called Muay-Thai or Thai boxing.
"Hey learn some muay-thai for exercise and self defense!"
"Great, now I can neither run nor fight!"
I swear, two days in a row on the mat; my chins are swollen to the degree that I can't walk and I can't straighten my arms. At least they were right about the work out being hard-core.
Otherwise everything is back to normal and all my (old) cuts and bruises have healed.

See you later, alligator

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Hello party people!
Well hello all non party people as well I suppose...
Let's just agree on "hello guys" , shall we?
I'm back at the Barnhem after a week of amazing adventures and a fantastic friend, that even made hot showers and real beds fade in comparison. Let me take you through it day by day.

Sunday the 30th - ARRIVAL
After running around the airport like a complete scatterbrain for about an hour in the rain I found the right exit (and I'm not going to tell you that it was the only one for it would make me look even more like a no-brainer... ) But then there she was. With bags under her eyes, hair they stood in all directions, and a thick knitted scarf (don't ask me why), in short, the picture Swedish sophisticated grace... Haha or not!
(Please notice the very nice sign)

Monday
🎶 Raindrops keeps falling from the sky...🎶
...so why not take a cab straight across Phuket to a gigantic mall-ish, only to realize that you have arrived in party part of Phuket number 1 on Halloween afternoon /evening. Normal bars, Go-go bars, strip clubs. I must say that I didn't really feel like it was our crowd. But try something new every day, isn't that what they say?

Tuesday
The one positive thing I can say about the weather is that it is constant and at least warm despite the rain. But as a little rain has never killed someone, let the adventures begin. On Tuesday they consisted of driving the scooter to the airport, finding a buss into Phuket Town, switch there for a buss to Chalong Bay, and touring of the Wat Chalong temples. Followed by a short taxi ride to the top of a mountain and the Big Buddha. To sum it up in one word: spectacular.

Wednesday
Sun-day on the beach in the morning, work in the afternoon. Hanna belonged like a stinking foot in an old pair of sneakers, and since a picture apparently says more than a thousand words I will spare you the essay.

Thursday and Vera-forces-Hanna-to-hike-up-a-waterfall-day
As the weather allowed it we took the chance and headed out to Bang Pae Waterfalls and the GRP. You can definitely spend your Thursdays in worse ways and in worse company. The hike ended in the obligatory photo-shoot I am slightly embarrassed to admit, and viewed below is the selected the cream de la cream.
In the evening we left for Chillva market, and I am proud to pronounce that I drove all the way (about 45 minutes). Good food, nice shops, and a relaxed atmosphere - that is until all hell broke lose just over our heads. Told not to drive in the storm, we were trapped at the market for a couple of hours, until we could finally drive home, all wet in the whipping rain with no gas. Hanna thought we would be stranded on the highway, though I knew better. Take a moment to appreciate the luxury of a scolding shower if you have it.

Friday
Once again one of those rainy days. And when we say rainy in Thailand we don't mean a few drizzling drops, but bucket after bucket of lukewarm water being poured over your head, effectively and completely drenching everything and everyone. So what better to do then a long brunch on a rooftop overlooking the stormy sea and then to cuddle back into bed with Netflix? When a lazy day turns into a stary night nothing wraps the whole thing up like a midnight stroll on the rain-washed beach.

Saturday
Swapping the starlit sky for a clear blue one, we started the day at the beach. Though Hanna's tan needed some serious work there is simply just to much to see to spend an entire day doing "nothing', so I forced her back onto the buss and into old Phuket Town. After getting completely lost due to equal lack of sense of direction we hitched a ride to the weekend night market. Though there is a lot to see and buy, I mainly go there for the food to be completely honest, plus you can't go home without having been there.

Sunday...
Instead of facing the fact that this was our last day together with heavy hearts we decided to make the most of the time we had left, and what says Thailand more then snorkeling? So that is what we did.  We saw a Nemo and a Dory, and even a Gill, plus a million other fishes and sea creatures.

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Hola fellows!
The day is finally upon us. The day of Hanna's arrival!!! Right now I'm sitting in my room eating breakfast, waiting for enough time to pass so I can pick up Hanna at the airport. 9.50. Listening to The Hungergames, again. Audio books for the win. I feel like a kid on Christmas, waiting for Santa to come.
Apart from eagerly anticipating this day, not much has happened. My sinuses was swollen for a day or two, but that's minor. The big news (or big and big... at least the biggest) is that Kathi and I went to the wakeboard park close by. SO. MUCH. FUN! We took an introduction course for wire wakeboard or as we call it Faceplanting 101. To be fair I wasn't that bad, I actually made it on the first try, but I made my share of epic splashes. It was trickier than I thought it would be and after about 3 hours, with blisters in our hands and trembling legs we made our way home, but I am already planning my next visit.
Gotta dash to the airport now.
Hasta la vista!

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You have got to be kidding me...!?! From infected cut, to another one, then an infected mosquito bite, I am now upgrading to random allergy attack taking the form of long angry red slashes along the length of my arms like claw marks traced with burn-like blisters. On both arms... And right leg... At least I know the way to the best (and most expensive) hospital in Phuket. And know the doctor. And all the nurses - no matter what shift. Yay! Lucky me...
Anyhow, hi!
Very calm over here. Very! But it is nice, you get time to try new things and reflect on culture and its clashes.
Yesterday I tried real yoga for (as good as) the first time. Apparently I am "a natural yogi". Haha! Very doubtful about that. I felt like a semi-flexible refrigerator; but it was incredibly enjoyable, and I will definitely do it again.
As for the culture reflexion. I like pretty much everything about Thailand and it's people, but there is a tiny thing that simply just, you know? - grosses me out! The spitting! Well it is not the spitting in itself, although that is disgusting enough, it is the gurgling, snorting, gathering of phlegm and mucus. EEEWWW!!!! Stop stop STOP IT! In the grander scheme of things I guess it is a minor problem. But still, EEEWWW!
Oh, and I can stay in the country for a while longer, so that's nice.
That is pretty much it.
See you later, alligator!

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Hallåj!
Today Da and Naa was sincerely asked it I were their mother. We were sitting next in the back of the truck, Da in lap and with Naa next to me with my arm slung around him, talking about the week, so I guess we looked kind of homie and family like. But still? I have mixed emotions about it. 1. They are super cute and apparently they seem to feel safe and secure with me - fantastic 2. Do I look like I could have two 7 years old kids? Huh?
The kids currently have a month long break and most of them have just disappeared. Maybe not disappeared, they have gone home but still they are not here. Out numbers have shrunken from 31 to 12...it empty. On the other hand you grow really close to the kids that do stay (mentioned above). So this week we have gone swimming, walking, and gone kick-boxing; so now when they fight they actually knows how to hit hard... great. 
My foot has decided to stay attached for a while longer, so that's nice.
That's it I think, at least for now. Stay tuned for the latest.
See you later, alligator!

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Drama, drama, drama... Will it ever end?
You've all heard me complain about my foot before, but now it has finally driven me to become an addiction, popping pills and shooting up and what not. Not voluntarily, and purely magically of course but still. The new thing has "nothing" to do with the old once but is a brand new thing (on the same foot... -.- maybe I should be grateful for this way I can at least stand on one leg) and it is a *drumroll * - mosquitoe bite that got infected. I freaking mosquitoe bite! During the night it turned my foot into a black balloon of excruciating pain. I mean only I could possibly manage to infect a mosquitoe bite. So on Saturday, the day of the long excepted grand re-opening of the Barnhem, I could not walk and probably looked like the world's most unhappy person. After eating amazing food and waving Kalle, Lovisa, Eva, and the others who are biking around the world to raise money for the Barnhem Hans was kind enough to take me to the local health clinic where I was told I had a mild infection and got some pills of slightly unknown character. I took them all... The next day it was worse. So Bangkok Hospital Phuket here I come. This is a high class private hospital made for the elite and westerners, I here they directly put me in a wheelchair and gave me the strongest antibiotics they could intravenously. So you see, my foot is quite literally killing me. At this point I've traveled back and forth for 5 days getting my antibiotic kicks.
Along my pain the vegetarian festival is taking place, sporting exotic activities such as showers in boiling water, stab yourself in the back with an ax, walk on actual burning coal, or stick ad many knives as you can in your cheeks, ears, or anywhere. Oh, and you're not limited to only knives you can take knitting sticks, glass, or why not a bike handle? Sound like fun. Maybe I should join them? With my luck just image the FUN I could have!
Gotta get back to my pills now
See you later, alligator!

My foot (Saturday and not at its worst...) 

Grand Re-opening

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Greetings dear everyone!
Internet has been a no-show for the last week sooo... along with the sun... So my Thursday and Friday off was pretty long. But there were grains of gold in the general coal, like when Kathi, Nadine, and I had lunch at the coffee shop, or when I dragged Nadine with me to the Indy Night Market, which was super cozy! Saturday we moved. The new buildings are finished and we all got new rooms. I like the old one better... Then we got a visit from God when the monks from the temple came to bless the new renovations before the grand re-opening 1st of October. That was interesting. Then the new lawn came, in bits of 1 square meter pieces which we puzzled together.
On Monday I went to the Wat Chalong temple. It was huge and beautiful, and well worth the lengthy buss ride there, plus the 5 km walk as the bus didn't stop. Oh well, what to do?
See you later, alligator!

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I am living in a construction project.
The Barnhem is currently redoing pretty much everything, and right now it is the lawns turn. Or, lawn and lawn. First it was turned into a mud field, in which we had to dig up sticks and rocks from. Inevitably it turned into mud war. Then it was, still is, turned into our very own sand beach, all that is missing is a pool. Sounds nice? It is not. I have sand everywhere, and i mean EVERYWHERE, in places where sand should never be, like in my ears and in the water boiler.
Sunday was fun day. We took the kids to a fundraising event at the wake board park, where they had to help give and raise money for the rehabilitation of one of the world's best wake boarders, who recently lost one of his legs in a wake board accident.We got to see this man getting upp in a wake board again, only 4 months after the accident.The kids, like everyone else, needs to learn that they too must give, not only receive, and know the joy of selflessness.  Both educational and entertaining. 

Today is a lazy Netflix kind of day. I have a mild cold and it is raining cats and dogs, so I am taking an advice given Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love - "Il dolce far niente" ; the sweetness of doing nothing.
See you later, alligator

Fall scooter collection - 16

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Hey Y'all!
This Monday I had my first cup of coffee since my arrival, and it was divine. Strengthened by the familiarity and the buzzing caffeine in my veins I decided to set off on a real adventure - Phuket Town. I had previously asked around about busses but gotten more than a little vague answers, like "I think there might be busses... somewhere" or "I think there was a volunteer who took the bus a few years ago". Great! Thank you, that helped... So first adventure: see if there was a buss and where it stopped. I walked to the police station right outside and tried to asked about it. None of the 7 persons I tried spoke English, but as I stood there at a loss a bus came. Yay! So I took that one to bus terminal 2 and switched to the local bus into town. Nemas probemas. The next few hours I spent waking about town, having no real clue as to what to do, but the addlement streets, alleys, and markets soon had me lost and intrigued. By chance I stumbled into the streets of Old Phuket Town, which I really wanted to see. If you ever find yourself in Phuket, go there! It is adorably pretty and quaint. However, still a bit unsure I prefer to be home before dark, so I set off for home at about 5 a clock. Figured I could take the same way home. Haha, so I thought. I got back to bus terminal 2, but there I was stopped.
"No busses to Nai Yang."
"But I came from there. "
" No, no, no busses! "
So, they put me on the bus back into town again to make a switch there towards Muang Mai and Nai Yang. And so I did. Only on that bus -" no go there". What?!? I had to go to the airport, wait for 30 minutes, and follow the bus back. It made a stop fairly close to home a fearing that it would not stop again I hastily jumped off. I started to walk in the darkness, when I scooter pulled up beside me. "Where are you going? Want a ride?"
Yes please!
After 3 hours, finding a mystery bus, walking along the highway in the dark, and hitchhiking with a stranger on a scooter I was home. How can it be that NO ONE speaks English?
What then? Work, work, work all week. Then today. I drove to Bang Pae Waterfalls and the Gibbon Rehabilitation Project. The waterfall is 15 meters and Thailand's biggest and most beautiful, and I naturally took a swim in it. After I made my way to the Gibbon center. Read up on it, time is running out. I then came home so that I would be able to live stream the Sweden - Russia (American football) game. But no. You can't live stream from abroad it seems... This is possibly the first time I wish I was home, if only for the weekend. I so wanted to be on that team, and I would have had I not come here. I was given a spot, which I had to turn down. I have missed people and wished them to be here but never that I was home. But today I did. Anyway. It was a great day!
See you later, alligator!

Phuket Town

Street Art

School Time

Bang Pae Waterfalls and The GRP
+ side tour

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