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Karin Persson - Munich 2011 - plane

The north Swedish archipelago, viewed from the plane

I’m back! Munich was awesome, such a beautiful and interesting city! I’m definitely in love :heart:
I will post about it properly in a few days, right now I’m to tired to do anything. The plane landed yesterday evening and I’ve been working all day today, I have tons of photos to go through and I still haven’t unpacked my bag.
But like I said, I had a great time and I got home in one piece :D So I’ll see you in a while!

Munich in 3, 2, 1…

Munich subway

Munich subway, photo from Stock Xchng


I can’t believe my trip to Munich is only 3 days away! 8O For months I’ve thought to myself that it’s faaaar in the future and that there’s plenty of time to worry about it later on. Well, guess what – the future is here.

The journey begins 05.00 on Friday morning. (I get tired just writing it… I will most likely be in zombie mode for most of the day I’m afraid.) Then we will first spend 2 hours in a car driving to the airport which is in another city 2 hours north of here. Then we’ll take a plane down to Stockholm and in Stockholm we’ll take another plane to Germany. Sorry, I mean Bavaria :) We’ll probably be in Munich some time after 12.00 and we’ll be back on Monday evening.

And I have SERIOUS travelling fever!

I check the weather sites several times a day, currently they claim it will be cloudy but warm Friday and Saturday, rainy on Sunday and Monday. (Baaw.) I keep making lists in my head of stuff I want/need to bring with me. I keep checking that my passport and tickets are where I left them (still on the shelf in the bookcase, phew). Thank the gods we’re only going for a weekend, I don’t know how I’d react if we were to be away for a whole week :roll:

But in my defence it’s been 13 years since the last time I travelled abroad, so I think I’m allowed to get a little agitated :P

Walpurgis Night

Today is Beltane but here in Sweden we have a tradition of celebrating things on the eve before the holiday in question, so we did the celebrating on Saturday. It’s actually a national holiday here called Walpurgis Night and is (used to be) a celebration of spring and the sun’s return to the North. Nowadays it usually just means massive bonfires, fireworks and barbecue parties outdoors.

My Beltane fire

Me and Markus did barbecue and we could hear lots of fireworks from the balcony, but no bonfire though. We had been out geocaching for hours (only found one. bah.) so we couldn’t be arsed to go see any of the fires. I lit a candle and had a glass of wine and was content with that :)

Did anyone else celebrate anything this weekend? I know 1st of May means something in lots of other places.

Geocaching

“Geocaching is a high-tech treasure hunting game played throughout the world by adventure seekers equipped with GPS devices. The basic idea is to locate hidden containers, called geocaches, outdoors and then share your experiences online. A geocacher can place a geocache in the world, pinpoint its location using GPS technology and then share the geocache’s existence and location online. Anyone with a GPS device can then try to locate the geocache.”

// Geocaching.com

A while ago Shannon posted about Geocaching and I thought it sounded just plain awesome. I love maps and I love scavenger hunts and such. I actually used to compete in orienteering as a teen. Surely geocaching would fit me perfectly :)

So, I checked Geocaching.com for caches in my town. I didn’t really think I would find anything since living up here, in a small town in north Sweden, means you’re always hundreds of miles away from anything remotely interesting and exciting. But I was wrong! There are lots of caches here! My jaw dropped when I saw that there’s one in the woods just a few minutes from my building 8O

I pitched the idea to Markus who also thought it sounded great. So this Saturday we decided on two caches we wanted to find and went on our first cache hunt! We don’t have a GPS device, but figured Google Maps and a printer would work. The caches didn’t seem too difficult to find.
We actually found the first one only a few minutes after arriving at the location. I was thrilled when we opened the container and signed it, like we were a part of a secret society or something! Especially with the whole “trying to look normal in front of the muggles” business :P Yeah, non-geocachers are called muggles. As corny as it sounds I actually think it’s hilarious.

Took a little barbecue break between caches


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