Malta, here we come!

Yesterday I finally got the okay from my boss that I could take two days off of work. Well, I can’t only blame my boss. We had talked about it, but then I forgot to put it in the computer system and when I remembered it last week I didn’t get a replay until now. But anyway, I have tomorrow and friday off. So last night I booked a flight to Malta.

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This trip has kind of been planned (without doing any actual planning, if you understand what I mean) for a month or two, and during this time my brother has been talking about coming with me. He hasn’t been sure though, so I was actually quite surprised (pleasantly so) when he today decided to come with me. It’ll be the first time we travel together.

So we’re taking the car down to the airport tomorrow at 6.30 am. Early morning, but it’ll be worth it! 

A year later and it’s time again!

A few days ago it was one year since we started school in Rangsit Thailand. It’s crazy how fast time flies! And I still haven’t sorted through all photos I took during last year, so I couldn’t easily find any pictures from the first few days in Rangsit, but here are some random photos anyway.

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Now, with it being three months since I left Thailand and the university in Rangsit it’s time to start studying again. This time in Sweden though, and only as a part time student (while working full time). I just started the Master of Public Health Science Program at a university close to where I live. However, I will be a distance/online student. The entire program is a program without any physical classes or meet ups. Which is fantastic since it’s four years of studying and I don’t know how long I’ll be staying here. But now I can study from anywhere in the world.

Planning a diving trip

Since I just started my job I can’t take any vacation days this summer. In Sweden we get 2 vacation days for every month we work, and since I’m working 6 months, I get 12 vacation days. I want to use them to go diving. But my plan is to use two weeks (or maybe 1,5 week) in November or December and go to Mexico or somewhere else warm and sunny where I can spend some time on the beach as well as diving.

That leaves me with a couple of days that I would like to take in the end of August (but I think that’s difficult, people aren’t back from their summer vacations yet so I might not get the days off) or the beginning of September. With only a long weekend off, I can’t travel very far, but I would like to dive in somewhat warm water (Norway and the UK feel too cold…). When I’ve done my “best diving in Europe” searches on Google one country keep popping up on the list: Malta.

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The problem is now to figure out which dive center to go with. There’s so many! Do anyone have any experience with diving in Malta? I’ll take all the tips and ideas I can get.

Swedish thrillers

If there’s something Sweden is good at, it’s making thrillers. Swedish author Henning Mankell has written my favorite detective book series, and those books have resulted in over 30 movies. I was so happy to see that they had released a third season now.

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So this is the movie my sister and I are watching now. In english the title would be translated into “missing” or “lost”. Seems like a good movie this far!

The Wallander series has been remade by English BBC, but I have to say that I’m not a fan of British Kurt Wallander. All he does is crying and drinking? Not sure what’s up with that.

Anyway, back to focusing on the movie!

Weekend in Stockholm

Last weekend I went to Stockholm to visit friends and my goddaughter. Since I don’t have any vacation this summer, I could only go during the weekend. I left work early and took the 2 pm train south. The train was actually in time (which is unusual for being Swedish trains, believe it or not) and everything went smoothly.

Saturday I spent playing with my goddaughter and it was so much fun. I will never understand how children can have so much energy, it’s impossible to keep up with them! We went to two different playgrounds, we played with cars, and the kitchen, and water and painted… When she had gone to bed and we were watching football I almost fell asleep sitting up. Had to go to bed during halftime, haha.

Sunday I was heading back home again. I had booked a bus ticket since the train had been too expensive to book earlier that day. After breakfast I headed to the metro to catch the train to the central station, that’s where I hit trouble. The train came 13 minutes late and I ended up arriving at one end of the central station at 10.14 and the bus left from the other end at 10.15. I hurried to try to catch the bus incase it was late, but when I came to the busstation side of the station my bus had disappeared from the sign with all departing busses, so I couldn’t even go see if it was still there.

Anyway, I found a rather “cheap” last minute train ticket so it was okay. That was the first time I ever missed a bus/train/flight, and I guess statistically I was just getting closer and closer to the day I would miss something. And it was a rather good day to miss the bus, compared to what it could have been. I was only heading home, after a weekend away. It could have been on the way down when I would have come down to Stockholm way too late instead, or could have been me missing a flight going abroad.

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I ended up spending a few hours at a café, reading and people watching. Could have been worse, but of course it would have been better if I had been in time for the bus, or if I could have spent the extra time with my friends.

But overall I had a great weekend. So much fun seeing my friends and my goddaughter, and her younger sister of course (who’s too young to play but so cute and happy all the time). One of the best things with being back in Sweden is to be close to my friends and family again.

Random thoughts

Did I tell you about the hours I spent on the train station in Bangkok watching the filming of a Thailand’s Got Thailand intro? I was there hours before my train to the south left because I wanted to be sure I got a ticket (I was heading to Phuket for my diving trip) and was forced to watch the recording of the intro time and time again. It looks like it’s all shoot in one sequence, but let me tell you it isn’t. And no reactions are spontaneous, incase you were wondering.

Anyway, I just suddenly remembered it and started looking for it. It’s the first intro thing in the following video. Don’t ask me how I suddenly got thinking about it. It was easy to find though…