The Year In Review 2009, part 2. My personal year of 2009

For the sixth consecutive year, it is now time for my Year In Review. A former can be found here on the blog, the former is actually available on Lunarstorm, for those of you who have it. That was where I published it sooner.

This year, however, chronicle divided into two parts. The first part came yesterday, with news and stuff like a normal chronicle usually have. Here is now my own, personal instead.

Contents

  • My 2009
  • Some photos
  • My guesses about 2009 - how did they go?
  • My guesses of 2010




Whoa, where do I begin. It has happened a lot this year, but I will go through it chronologically, I think.

The year started with that I was to finish my studies in journalism at Gothenburg University. Elin and I were doing our final project about Iceland which we had begun with in the fall. We completed it with editing, reviews, and everything that should be done. I was very pleased with our results, and I think that Elin was also.
Then we would read the work of others, and after tough audits and reviews of everyone's work it was over. My studies in journalism college were over, and I got my Bachelor's degree. But most of all: I was finished. What should I do now?

I had already registerd for a class in International Relations. I had planned to do it just to have something to do while I was looking for something else. It was quite interesting to read, but a lot more studying than what it had been in the past few years on the journalism education.

However, I met many great new friends there. Hung out with Johan and Dominik. But above all, I got a good friend who meant a lot to me in the spring. She wants to be known as "Stabben". She lived just one bus stop from me so we met many times and watched movies and studied. But even more contact we kept through MSN actually. We sat and watched the same television programs throughout the afternoon and commented on them. Then we sat up half the night and discussed everything and nothing. We often got very crazy and totally fuzzy. We had a lot of fun.

Me, Katta, Carro and Linda went on roadtrip up to Umeå to visit Andreas. It was a long way to drive, but we had great fun. "Wheeeere’s the soap, grandpa?"

Eearly in the spring we began to campaign for the European elections. In The Moderate Youth Leauge in Gothenburg we did campaign a lot and it was very intense until the elections in June. There was much to do, but lots of fun. Made many new friends there as well, and met most of the candidates for EU Parliament also. But it also felt somehow just as a warm-up before the "real" election that will be in 2010.

The summer I worked on Hallandsposten. Had hoped to work as a reporter but it became editor again. Had lots of fun, however, especially with so many lovely co-workers. Quite a few woolly days and nights with Thomas, Maria, Dalila, Hanna, the photographers and everyone else. I just have to to say character crackers, Brüno, snails and hedgehogs. Okay, the rest of you won’t udnerstand waht I'm talking about, but it makes enough sense for those at “the daycare center” :)

During spring and summer, I had more and more abandoned the idea of finding a job and was instead more focused on doing what I have always wanted to do: go to America and study. In the spring I checked through several options. Katy who I met in the U.S. in 2008 helped me to look up possibilities for studying at Oklahoma University (Sooners!) But I also checked other other things. Daniel would go to Washington with an organization called IBS. I checked them up and saw that they had journalism studies in California. That’s not too bad, I thought. So I applied. And I came in! Was very pleased with this.

During spring and summer it was a lot to prepare for my move to Santa Barbara. This meant the application for a visa, applying for money from the government, go to the American Embassy in Stockholm and get the visa, buy new bags, clothes and lots more.

Then came at last August, and I was to move to the U.S. to study. My dream had come true! It would be absolutely fantastic, I had imagined. And it really has.

Much of what has happened, I have written in the blog already, so I do not take up everything. But some of it are still here.

When I flew to the U.S., it was a lot of stress and hassle, but I got there. In my house waited three Swedes who I came to live with in the fall: Jocke, Andreas and Emil. We have worked out very well together, and had great fun, lots of nice partying and together taught us about the life in Santa Barbara.

We quickly learned to know the other Swedes who were there. Partly because IBS arranged meetings for us Swedes, but also because it was most Swedes in SB at the time. The Americans were still on summer holiday at the beginning, so it was easy to get in contact with Swedes.

Two Americans moved into our house. Our house, I can mention, it has sucked. Flood, mold, rats, non-functioning washing machine / TV / internet are just some of the problems we had. And the area has not been any nice either.

But otherwise, I am as happy as anyone can be. I like everything else, the weather, the city, the country, the school, the education, the college life, the people.
The weather!
Six days in total as it has been raining during the time I was there, the rest have been sunny. In the beginning we were on the beach all the time, but then came the school to take more and more time.
The city!
Santa Barbara is a small town the size of Halmstad, but with more fun stuff to do. And you can sunbathe, swim, shop and do a lot of other things. One can also bike or walk wherever you want to go, it is good. I also usually a few times a week am out running along the beach at sunset. A fantastic feeling and something I had imagined before I came here. And it is as wonderful as I thought.
The country!
It is really cool to live in California and the United States. Much is different, but most are good. Fun to talk English, too.
The school!
An incredibly beautiful located school (even if the hill is tough to climb) and good class rooms for the most part and very good staff. The cafeteria is also good.
The education!
Although I have a bachelor's degree in journalism, I have learned an awful lot during the first semester, which is a very good grade for the school. We have had very good teachers, fun assignments, good standards for ourselves and not too much to study. There have been many hand-in-ssignments, but not so much to sit down and plow through thick books, which I know some others have had.
In the Photo Journalism class, there are two cool things that I particularly liked. Once we were at the fire department’s training facilities where they set things on fire, drove the fire truck, went into buldings woth smoke divers and such, just because we would have to take pictures. And we also had a police officer visiting us and showed his weapon and made an arrest - just because we would have to take pictures.
At the journalism class it was the most fun to follow the mayoral election in November. We had to go around to the various victory celebrations / moarning parties and talking with old and new mayor, and those who have been elected to the City Council.
College Life!
It's amazing to live college life, and what is almost cooler is that most of it are actually like in college films, especially parties. People are drinking from red plastic cups, there are beer kegs, good looking people and a awesome atmosphere.
Halloween must be experienced in the U.S.! Several days of celebration where everyone is dressed up, and as different things every day. It was really fun that everyone really went in to get a great costume. I myself was ninja and Raphael from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
The people!
There are so many wonderful people everywhere in Santa Barbara. I've got so many friends and many very close friends. It is never boring. In the beginning it was mostly Swedish I was hanging with. Maria  and Maria as I had most of the classes with, and Steffi, and the other girls from their houses. Johanna and the other from Chapala has been very cool to hang with. The lovely guys from Victoria (where I moved last week before I went home!) and so crazy people on Garden: P
As the fall continued, I began to socialize more and more with Americans. Above all, I would like to thank Cecily, Lauren and Elyse for everything this fall, and I hope we will have as much fun for spring.

The year ended with the guys I moved in with (plus/minus a few) went to Los Angeles for a few days before we went home for Christmas holidays. Christmas in Sweden (with snow!) I celebrated in Getinge with my parents. Days before and after, I have been around like a scalded rat to meet so many friends I can during the weeks I'm here. It's been stressful, but great fun to see people again. However, I long back to Santa Barbara.

This year I have also been good at blogging. This fall, I have written quite a lot in the blog. Want to thank all my readers for this year, and hope that you continue to follow my adventures even in 2010t. It's also fun to get comments, and it's great that you both commented on the blog, on Facebook or directly to me on msn.

The year has given me an enormous amount of experience, new learnings, new friends and a good life. 2009 has probably been my best year so far.

 

Some photos from this year

 

Graduation from the School of Journalism in Gothenburg in January


The gang up in Umeå in april


Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and me during the election to European Parliament in June


Easter party at Carro's



Sunset in Santa Barbara



Beachvolely at the beach in Santa Barbara



The beach in Carpinteria



The Swedes from our house at a Halloween party



Me at Halloween as Raphael



Fire fighter, the photo is taken during a class in photo journalism



Me at the beach

 


My guesses about 2009


From last year's chronicle

  • Victoria and Daniel gets engaged, maybe even get married.

Hah! It was precisely so! They got engaged. Am I awesome or am I awesome?

  • The Sweden Democrats may (unfortunately) win a couple of seats in the European Parliament elections

Ok, there ends my awesomeness. No Sweden Democrats in the EU, however, the Pirate Party.

  • Obama makes a good first year as president

To win the Nobel Peace Prize is pretty good. He decided on the closure of Guantanamo and commenced its work on his health care reform. Hard to say if he had a good year, probably too early to say.

  • Måns Zelmerlöv wins Melodifestivalen

Nope, Malena Ernman did.

  • Swedish election campaign kicks off in 2009 and there will be many political duels (and disgrace) in the fall.

Politics-talk is it all the time. Have not known of the Swedish election-temperature when I was over there.

  • During the Swedish Presidency of the EU, it will be a few protests, but not so as in Gothenburg in 2001.

The protests came in Copenhagen during the climate summit instead

  • I'm moving.

I did

  • HBK wins the national championships in soccer!

It was not really so, unfortunately.



Okay, I sucked on the guesses.

But I will not give up. Here are my guesses for 2010:

 

Guesses about 2010

  • Sweden fails in Olympic hockey, but good in many other sports in the Olympics
  • I will get a great job this summer
  • The liberal-conservative alliance wins the Swedish election, but must enlist the help of the Green Party to gain a majority.
  • During the World Cup in South Africa is an attack of any kind
  • I will win a lot of money in Las Vegas
  • New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup!
  • Anna Anka gets her own talk show
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wants to run for president in 2012



That's it for this year. Hope you have a good time tonight with straight, good food, drink, dance, singing and everything else you might find. We hear 2010!

The Year In Review 2009, part 1. News year

For the sixth consecutive year, it is now time for my Year In Review. The last one can be found here on the blog (only in Swedish, though), the other ones are available on Lunarstorm, for those of you who have it. That was where I published it before. They are only in Swedish, though. 

This year, however, I split it into two parts. Here is my short Year In Review about news, entertainment and sports. My pesonal Year In Review about me, and guesses about 2009 and 2010 is coming tomorrow.

I guess this Y.I.R. is leaning more to Swedish events in some cases.


Contents of this Y.I.R.

News year 2009
Entertainment year 2009
2009 in sports

Bonus!
A very brief chronicle of the 00s


NEWS YEAR 2009

Swedish Crown Princess Victoria got engaged to Daniel. Later also Princess Madeleine got engaged with Jonas.

During the year the talk was the lot of the swine flu. Or at least in Sweden. There was war headlines in the papers as soon as someone fell ill. In the U.S., it has not been so. There they understand that it is more rare than when people die in the ordinary flu each year.

Large forest fires raging outside Los Angeles. Large areas were destroyed and many died.

Much has been about Saab in Sweden. General Motors does not want it and first Swedish sports car manufacturer Koenigsegg was to buy them. But then they pulled out and no one wanted them. Dutch Spyker tried, but GM got tired and decided to close down Saab as brand.

In Copenhagen, world leaders tried to come up with a new climate change agreement that would supersede the Kyoto Protocol. But even though they were there for several days, they came not up to anything good. A major failure of the entire world's heads of state and government.

During the summer, it was election in Iran. The oposition were silenced, but protests continued throughout the summer in Tehran. Many were killed, but the world started listening to the people of Iran.

ENTERTAINMENT

In Melodifestivalen (the swedish entry for Eurovision Song Contest) the Grotesco comedy gang made all of Russia angry when they did a song called Tingaliin that contained a lot of Russian stereotypes.

The competition itself was won by Malena Ernman with an opera song. In the European final it went to hell as usual, and Norway won with a violin playing ‘gutt’ and a magical fairytale-song.

Very many celebrities died this year. That Michael Jackson died was the great event which affected the whole world and all the media and entertainment industry wide. Others who died were among others:
Patrick Swayze, Ingemar Johansson, Brittany Murphy, Earl Alfredius, Farrah Fawcett, Walter Cronkite, Ted Kennedy, Uffe Larsson

Some good songs
Lady Gaga - Bad Romance
Flipsyde - When It Was Good
Britney Spears - If U Seek Amy

Good films this year
Avatar, Zombieland, Inglorious Bastards, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

SPORTS

Not a good year when it comes to sports. AIK won the Swedish soccer championship! Such a terrible thing ...

Sweden failed to reach the World Cup. For the first time since 1998 that we are not in a major championship. Big time fail.

Helena Jonsson won the World Cup in biathlon.

Sarah Sjoström took both a few world records and gold in swimming

Zlatan Ibrahmovic has been really awesome this year. He was both top scorer and won the Italian championship with Inter before he was sold to FC Barcelona. There he is best of all the scoring and leading the league too.

Pittsburgh Penguins won the Stanley Cup


BONUS!

Chronicle of 00s


I like this decade. It has been good music, TV shows and movies. A very important and cool thing has been the Internet's definitive distribution and that everyone uses it the way you want. In the 90s the internet was still new and complicated and ugly. Now it's a natural part of life and people would not survive long without Facebook, YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, blogs and everything else. All social functions, hotels, traveling agencies, schools, everything would go under without internet. Damn cool, and it is important for ordinary people during the 00s.
Here's a little walk through of the years for both me and the news.

2000
What did I do, it was so long ago! Joined in eight / ninth grade and there it didn’t happened so much.


In the world George W. Bush won over Al Gore in the presidential election, and it has probably been one of the things that most influenced the decade. How would the world be  today with Gore as president 01-09? Newspaper Expressen said it quite well: it would perhaps not necessarily have been better - but it would have been different.

2001
I started high school and a new life took off. I liked high school, it was fun. I also started with judo. I also had my first job. In the summer I worked a couple of weeks at Liljas Bil, a car dealer and repair shop, in Nybro.


But what came to affect the world all the most this year was obviously the 9/11 attacks Tuesday, September 11th. Two planes crashed into the World Trade Center so that the towers collapsed, one crashed in Pennsylvania and one in the Pentagon. Thousands of people died. Since then, the world has never been the same. The war on terror has influenced everything that happened after that. One can not travel as easily, governments are taking more and more liberties and surveillance society has seen a new spring. Then if it is good or not remains to be seen. A direct consequence was that the U.S. started the war in Afghanistan later this year.
In Sweden, demonstrators destroyed half of Gothenburg in riots on the Avenue during the EU summit and the Bush visit.

2002
Our football team went to Italy to train, play football and partying. It was fun. Otherwise, it happened not so much this year for me.


The euro was introduced on currency in many European countries for real, and not just as electronic money.

2003
I turned 18 and got my driving licence. I and Mange went to Cyprus for a week's vacation with sun, sand and partying. First of many trips like that I came to do in the coming years.


U.S. started a war in Iraq that they never seem to finish. This was to find weapons of mass destruction, they say, but a few like that they never found.
In Sweden, Foreign Minister Anna Lindh was stabbed to death, a sad day in our history.
Sweden voted in a few days later wheter or not we were to adopt the Euro here. Unfortunately, the people voted no.

2004
2004 saw many changes for me. I graduated from high school and was leaving the security of  that life. Pulled into the military service immediately after graduation. Very big change. It was tough, especially mentally, but I do not regret that I did. A really good experience.


In Sweden, the media throughout the year almost only focused on a murder in Knutby, who had a lot of intrigue involved. Murder, jealousy, sex, religious sects, lies and much more.
In Madrid terrorist attacks on trains killed over 200.
The year ended with a massive tsunami caused by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean. Several hundred thousand people died. Over 550 Swedes among them.

2005
I left the army and went out to island hopping in Greece with Mange.
In the fall I started at Halmstad University and studied Political Science.


In January Sweden was hit by the hurricane Gudrun, which had major consequences. 17 people died. As a member of the army I helped with the rescue and searching for people.
Some 50 people died in London after the terrorist attacks in the subway and on buses.
The Pope died.


2006
Very many new things to me. I moved out and went to Gothenburg, where I had entered the journalism program at the University of Gothenburg. Got a place of my own for the first time and lived in a studnet apartment in 19 squares meters at Studiegången in Björkekärr.
I also went to the U.S. for the first time. At last I had come to New York on vacation!


There were elections in Sweden and there was change of government. The liberal/conservative alliance won and Fredrik Reinfeldt took over as prime minister.


2007
Nothing special this year. Went to Greece with Padde.


2008
First half, I had a internship at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs. Had a wonderful time with writing texts, shoot pictures, take care of the state visit and assist the ministers. Had our large Iraq conference in May where I was to shoot photos and see some of the most powerful politicians in the world. Great fun to live in Stockholm (Solna) too.

You can se photos from the Iraq conference here:

http://www.sweden.gov.se/sb/d/10674


Made several trips during the fall. Poland, the United States and Iceland were some of the places I visited.


Most of the year was about U.S. Presidential election. Barack Obama ran his slogans on Change and Yes We Can and won over John McCain and became America's first colored president.
The financial crisis also struck down hard, and have still not completely ended.
Many natural disasters occurred with earthquakes and cyclones in Burma and China.


2009
I moved to Santa Barbara in California! A big change for me, as has been the fun all the time. This the studying, college life, partying, sunbathing, swimming and making friends for life.


People in Sweden was afraid of swine flu, but in the USA people didn’t feel the same fear.
Michael Jackson (and many other celebrities) died, which affected much of the entertainemnt life.

All grades are set

Now I have to brag about myself. I have recieved the grades in all my classes. Some of them I thought I was doing well in, but others I was worried about. But now came the last grade – and I got an A in all my classes!

 

Woohoo!

So this is a good indication of that I have kept my studying and spare time activities/partying on a good level. That’s nice.

Hockey and interview

Here is another entry. Have two things to talk about.

 

1

Today I got a call from the locan newspaper Hallandsposten. I will be interviewd tomorrrow about the fact that I’m turning 25 in february. It will be an article for the People & Family Section that will run on my birthday, February 2. But then I’m in America so they will do the interview already now. Since I have been working on that paper I hope I get to meet some old friends and that not all of them are out on jobs.

 

2

I have bought hocke tickets. I will attend my life’s first game with the New York Rangers!!! And even better: it’s a rivalry game!

January 12th I will watch the Rangers crush New Jersey Devils in Madison Square garden. I almost can’t believe it. I’m so excited tight now. It will be so freakin awesome.

 

This is what it will look like many times when Blueshirts pulverize the Devils from  New Jersey.

Christmas, Avatar and stuff like that.

 

I hope you all had a great Christmas. Apparently I have had a little break from blog-writing for a couple of days. I’m sorry. So here comes a little sum-up of what I have been doing and what is to come.

 

The Christmas (which we in Swede  celebrate on Christmas Eve, not Day) was very pleasant. It was just me, mom, dad and my cat Missan. We had snow för the first time in  Getinge for many years. We ate a lot of deliscious food, got nice gifts, saw the most impotants TV shows (Donald Duck, Can You Whistle Johanna and Svensson,Svensson) and then Christmas candy, drinks and other nice things.

 

Some photos (a lot more on Facebook)

 

Christmas tree

 

Christmas food

 

The fire place with Christmas decorations

 

Glögg

 

 

Christmas Day is ususal in Sweden (and especially in smaller cities) the day when everybody goes out in the evening to meet all the people that have returned “home” for Christmas. But this year, for the first time in many years I did nothing.

 

Saturday I met Anton. We had a real fun day with recordings of new episodes of our radio show Captain Sun.  As we usual do we made a song, and this time about young Swedish fashion bloggers. They will hate us if they ver hear it. Let’s see if we ever publish it, or any of our other old songs for that matter. We also played Lips. It is a game similar to Singstar, but for Xbox 360. It was very funny and me, Anton and Ida sang for many hours that night. (beer was involved, I might have to add). And then we went to the pub Three Hearts.

 

Sunday I met a lot of people. First some old friends from Muf Halland.  Evelina, Sonny, Lundholm and a new guy, Mikael. Fun to meet again and sit and talk for a couple of hours.

 

But the meeting-a-lot-of-people-day wasn’t over. It was Christmas dinner at Andreas place and the whole gang was there. Lindskog, Birgersson, Svenne, Katta, Carro, Linda, Nina, Emelie and Bettan.

 

Everybody brought different things for everybody to eat, and we had such a nice evening with cooking, eating, talking, playing games and more. And then we went to the movies to see Avatar.

 

Oh! My! God! It was such an incredible movie, one of the best I’ve ever seen. It was freakingly beautiful, a good story and all awesome. Unfortunatly we didn’t see it i 3D. But when I get back to America me and Jocke will hopefully see it on an Imax theater. Cause I will absolutly see it again.

 

The grade? Everything else than 5 Na’vis out of possible 5 is out of the question.

 

 

This upcoming week I will mostly relax and await New Years. The drinks are already bouth, now I just have the fireworks left.

 

Today I have booked my tickets to America. I let my cheapness go before the convinience. I will fly from Copenhagen to London in the evening on January 10th. Then I will wait there until the morning to take a plane to Dublin and from there go to NYC where I will have a few days of nice vacation. A tricky trip, but I save 3000 SEK ($450) by doing that. And I will see Great Britain and Ireland for the first time too. Even if it’s just the airports.

 

Soon it is New Years and you can all look forward to my Year In Review! It is the sixth year in a row that I’ll do that. It has only been in Swedish before, but now i will make one in English too. It is about my year and also what has happend around the world. And also, you will all get a little bonus with my review of the last decade that also comes to an end by Thursday.

 

Review of 2008 (Swedish only)

http://johanhammerby.blogg.se/2008/december/arskronika-2008.html