Year-In-Review Chronicle 2010

It’s back! For like the seventh year in a row or something like that, here is the year chronicle, so it's cool to do this again. As always, I make two parts, one for myself and one for the news years. Since I'm going to have Cecily over from the US over New Year’s this year I will leave it a few days before the year is over.


  • My 2010
  • News Year 2010
  • Sports and entertainment year 2010
  • My guesses for 2010
  • My guesses for 2011

My 2010
Wow, so much I've been through this year. Been a background dancer on American television, a parachute jump, celebrating Spring Break in Mexico, been to a Catholic wedding in Brazil, lived in a ghost ship, bought my first car, was on cheerleading competitions, gambled away money in Vegas, has written cover stories, seen New York Rangers play in Madison Square Garden and so much more.
But we start well chronologically.

After a cold Christmas in Sweden, I went to New York a few days by myself. Though I did not get there directly. A hell journey like no other took place during the chaotic days. During the whole time I wrote down my thoughts about everything that happened. It is probably the most entertaining blog post I've ever written. One can see how I go from positive to more and more desperate and sad. Here is the post.
But I finally came to New York and could have some wonderful days to myself where I went around town, taking pictures, shopped, watched hockey in the Garden and was featured on television. It was totally sick. I went to a recording of a talk show to have something to do, and it ended with me standing and dancing on stage behind Ke$ha to her song Tik Tok. Really fun, and it has amused my friends this year too, when they have watched the clip on YouTube.


Hockey in the Garden


Views of the Big Apple

After NY, I took a weekend to visit Daniel in Washington DC. Glad to see the city for the second time, and to meet Daniel again.

Spring in Santa Barbara has meant a lot of cheerleading. Since Cecily and Lauren have been all around and competed, I've been with them and cheered and took pictures. It was originally thought that I would come along to their first competition, which was in Anaheim, and take pictures and write about it for the school newspaper, where I had started that semester. I went on to accompany the team more than that time, and finally I had been involved in all their competitions in the spring, in Anaheim, Long Beach and Irvine. I became friends with many members of the team, and they appreciated that I was with and took pictures of them.

The team before the first competition, in Anaheim

I also got to be into cheer, in Irvine

For Cecily's birthday was the competition in Long Beach, and then we were a gang that went and lived there all weekend, and stayed at the old WWII-ship Queen Mary. Old cool boat that is said to be haunted. Very cool anyway, and a fun weekend.

Outside Queen Mary in Long Beach

Has fulfilled a lifelong dream of ours. I did a skydive! Me, Jocke and Sahar did it as a ploy to Sahara's birthday, and it was so amazingly friggin awesome. Unfortunately I have no pictures of it.

The next big, really cool thing in the spring was spring break. 12 of us came from SB down to Cancun in Mexico for sunbathing, swimming and partying around the clock. Awesome fun all the time, and really party 24-7.






Was also at a journalist conference, JACC, with people from the school newspaper. A long weekend with a lot of fun stuff journalist and you got to know several classmates much better.


Me, Paige and Maria A at JACC

My parents would come and visit in April. But because the volcano Eyafjallajökull in Iceland erupted and formed a large ash cloud over Europe and all flights were stopped in a few weeks. Mom and dad did not come, but, however, could go a bit later. They went to visit in May, and we were around in both Santa Barbara and Los Angeles and Hollywood.

In the spring I was feeling worse and worse to think that I would go back to Sweden after the spring semester. Therefore, I began slowly to plan for not going back, and finally I decided: I stayed for another year. It was a really good decision, and I have not regretted it one second that I made that decision. Therefore, it was quite fun to be on school graduation, which otherwise is for those who do not come back. But I came back to the fall =)

When I got home I found out that my grandmother had just died. Very sad, but not entirely unexpected since she had been ill for some time.

Otherwise in the summer, I worked almost all the time. From the first day to the very last, literally. I quit as page editor of Hallandsposten just a few hours before my plane went from Copenhagen.

Other stuff I've done this summer is to go on my first wedding. Emma proudly married in Kvibille with her girlfriend from Norway.


Emma and Peggy's wedding

Was also down in Malmö for a reunion with people from Santa Barbara.

The fall in Santa Barbara has been very chill. Just the right amount to do in school. I've had a lot of responsibility on the school newspaper as well. Have been dealing with a lot of elections that have been in school when the new or old school board would be elected. Many scandals and other things happened during the election campaign, and it finally turned out that everyone who was incumbent had to go.
I have also had many other great things to write about in the fall, and had many stuff on the front page. It feels good, I have to say.

Moved into a new place for this semester, which is so much better than the others I have stayed at. Lives with Ola, whom I've known from before. During the fall also lived Christoffer and Lidia who later moved to Brazil to get married. In moved Nima that I lived with in Victoria this spring.


Christoffer, Lidia, me and Ola, we who lived together most of the fall

The most eventful month of this year was October. Several trips and many fun events. Among other things, I bought a car for the first time in my life. It was Veronica who would go back to Sweden after the semester and when we talked about that I wanted a car and she needed to get rid of her so it was a perfect opportunity. So now I am the proud owner of Bruce, a Buick LeSabre from 1992, gold and just überawesome.



Later in October it was time for one of fall’s first big journeys. Together with Christoffer and Lidia, I went to Las Vegas! They lived there previously and had a complaint so we got a suite for free. We stayed at the Tropicana, which is located on The Strip, and we partied and gabled and went sightseeing over the weekend.


On the top of Stratosphere

Before a party in Vegas

On Sunday we did something really cool. We flew to the Grand Canyon. It was probably the coolest thing I've ever seen in my entire life. That kind of incredible gorges and mountains and just absolutely breathtaking. It is impossible to describe, it must be experienced.


By Grand Canyon

Then at the end of the month it was time for Halloween, which I for the third consecutive year, celebrated in the United States. Where it should be celebrated, because it's really cool to be there then. Lots of things from Thursday to Sunday. Celebrations and costumes, though on Friday I went with Cecily, Lauren and Vaios to the Six Flags amusement park that has some of the world’s coolest roller coasters, and to honor the day there was a Halloween theme and ghosts and zombies walked around in Park and frightened people.



My two outfits this year were Zorro and Playboy photographer


The new gang at Oceano: Johan, Ola, Nima (plus Alexsandra who was visiting)

In November I for the first time got to celebrate a real American Thanksgiving. I went up north to Cecily's mother and experience this family holiday for real, and eat all the good that belongs to, and see the area where Cecily grew up.



Vaios, Virginia, Cecily and me


The turkey at Thanksgiving

I left SB very early this year, in order to go to Brazil. Christoffer and Lidia were supposed to get married, and I was at the wedding. We were a total of nine friends and family from his side, and we had a really fun week with the wedding party, sun, swimming, party, water park, dining and a lot of fun. An amazing experience to be part of a Brazilian wedding, although the country is not as cool.



Lidia and Christoffer


Ola and Krsitian partying at the wedding


The year ended with a lot of snow, cold and travel problems in Sweden. A nice Christmas with family, and then a visit from Cecily at the conclusion of 2010. A good year again, where I have done so sick a lot of fun, visited a lot of places and spent time with my friends. An incredible 2009 was followed by an equally amazing in 2010, so now I have high hopes but low expectations about what 2011 will bring.

Chronicle of the news year 2010

Natural disasters and princess wedding
There are two things which it was brought up the most of the year. In Sweden, the wedding of Crown Princess Victoria and (now) Prince Daniel. It was a perfect wedding with beautiful weather and a lot of guests from Europe's royal families and celebrities.
However, Princess Madeleine broke her engagement when her clueless boyfriend Jonas who cheated in the mountains.
There have been several major earthquakes in 2010. Worst was the beginning of the year in Haiti, where about 200 000 people died and the large share of the capital was destroyed.
Even in Chile, it was a great earthquake. Later in the year it was the collapse of a mine and about 30 miners were trapped. They sat there for a couple months, but were later rescued and all were safe and sound.
Turkey had an earthquake, like Mexico.
In Iceland, the volcano Eyafjallajökul had an outbreak in April, and covered all of Europe under an ash cloud. In doing so, no airplanes could lift for several weeks and all of Europe, and then the whole world, became paralyzed.


During the summer there were several large natural disasters, floods in Pakistan and China, and huge forest fires in Russia. The year ended with the extreme cold, which again forced the most of Europe's flights to stand still.
In the Gulf of Mexico, an oil rig blew up far offshore. It was leaking oil and became the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. BP has since tried to rectify this, but they are very unpopular now.
There were elections in Sweden. The Alliance could continue to govern, but with the help of others, when they did not get a majority. But since the xenophobic Sweden Democrats came into the parliament has the other parties agreed to try to help each other so that the SD will not have too much power. The Moderates did well in elections, but so did not the Social Democrats. Mona Sahlin has said that she resigns, and work is now underway to find a successor.
There were also elections in Britain, and where the Tories won, and David Cameron became new prime minister.
Sweden abolished both the compulsory student union, 50 öre coins and general conscription for the military.
The last combat troops left Iraq, and now there are only peacekeeping troops. It has also been determined that the troops should leave Afghanistan by 2014.
North Korea attacked South Korea in November. Nothing more happened there, but people are worried that something is going on. North Korean leader Kim Jong-Il has begun to appear less and less in favor of his son, Kim Jong-un.
In Sweden, a suicide bomber blew himself and his car up on Drottninggatan in Stockholm in December. He killed no other, but injured a couple, but there was very little debate that we now have had terrorism in Sweden.
A major attack occurred in Moscow's subway in March, where 38 died.
A major tragedy was when a Polish airplane crashed in Russia. On board were the president, most of the government, almost all important people in Poland and many others. Some 90 high-ranking people were killed, but it is not certain yet if it was an accident or an attack.
During the year the website Wikileaks released various secret documents that reveal the different military sanctuaries and diplomatic relations. Site founder Julian Assange is hunted in Sweden for alleged sexual offenses.

Sweden did well with a lot of medals in the Olympics in Vancouver. Hockey team was not so good.
The World Cup was in South Africa, and the biggest topic of conversation was the instruments, the vuvuzelas, which the crowd blew in the whole time and created a sound that sounded something like an insect swarm throughout the games. Spain won, as the oracle Paul the Octopus guessed. He guessed right on all the games during the World Cup and became a celebrity.
An Original Six team won the Stanley Cup, the Chicago Blackhawks. The league's best player and winner of the NHL season was: Henrik Sedin. Very unexpected.
Togo's national football team was subjected to an attack and all the players except one were killed.

Sweden sent an really crappy song for the Eurovision Song Contest, and missed the finals for the first time ever. The winner was Germany.
The Swedish Millennium films have been popular in the U.S.. The most popular television program was the reality show Jersey Shore, which I like. It was a Swedish version this summer, which sucked.

Some great songs:
Ke$ha: Tik Tok, Take It Off
Katy Perry: California Gurls
Salem Al Fakir: Keep on Walking
Ludacris: How Low
Robyn: Dancing on My Own
Key of Awesome: Tik Tok/Glitter Puke, Bad Romance, California Gurls (parodies)

Dead celebrities:
Leslie Nielsen, Martin Ljung, Octopus Paul, Michael Reuterswärd, Lech Kaczynski (Poland's president, along with some 90 others of Poland's top film), Tony Curtis.

Guesses about 2010 - how did it go?
Sweden fails in Olympic hockey, but good in many other branches
Kinda how it went really
I will get a great job this summer
No, I was the editor again. But if my bosses are reading this: it was a great job.
The Alliance wins the election, but must enlist the help of the Green Party to gain a majority.
Something like, but not directly stated that it comes from MP
During the World Cup in South Africa is an attack of any kind
It happened a little before, against Togo
I win a lot of money in Las Vegas
Ha, lost most, but had fun anyway
New York Rangers win the Stanley Cup!
Chicago became the winner
Anna Anka gets a talk show
She has received a lot of their own programs. Not just a talk show, but she talks a lot of the programs she has
Arnold Schwarzenegger says he wants to run for presidential elections 2012
Nope, not at all.

So-so I thought it went. So here are my guesses for 2011:

  • I get a job in the U.S.
  • I will travel around a lot in California
  • Melody Club or Danny to win the Eurovision Song Contest
  • Mikael Damberg will take over the Social Democrats
  • The election campaign kicks off for presidential elections in the United States in 2012, and Sarah Palin becomes the Republican candidate large.

There you go, there you have it too. Now it's New Year a few days, and then another great year. On 12 I go back to the U.S., but we heard enough on the blog before then. For now, you can have a good time and a Happy New Year!

Merry Chritmas!

I’m sorry that it hasn’t been that many blog entries lately. But it has been Christmas, so I hope that you forgive me.

Damn it, it’s cold in Sweden! Shit, it’s not healthy. And I also got ill the first days here, but now it’s all fine.

I will now write my annual year-in-review. It has to be done by Wednesday, cause then Cecily comes here, visiting from America. Then I have no time to write long blog entries, cause then we gonna run all around Sweden.

I have had time to meet a lot of friends. Had lunch with Josefin last week and this afternoon I have had coffee with Evelina. Always as fun to meet.

Saturday we had a big reunion with the Getinge Crew. So much fun. We started at Daniel’s place, and everyone was there; Jocke, Svenne, Mange and Lindskog. So fun with food and games, and then we all went bowling.


Now I will write my chronicle. There you will get so much to read. We’ll keep in touch.


For now you can see the movie by Jocke from the spring, where I play the main role:


Good and bad in Brazil, but a onderful wedding

Now I’m in Sweden after an amazing week with many happenings in Brazil. Wedding, beach days, sun, bath, parties, ineffective Brazilians, shootings, language problems and catholic moms is just some of the things I have experienced. Many both negative and positive things during a fantastic vacation week in a country I don’t want to come back to.


Let’s start with the wedding, since that is the whole reason why I got there in the first place. It was my former roommates Christoffer and Lidia that were to get married in her hometown of Fortaleza. Since Brazilian women are only allowed to marry once in a lifetime (at least in the church) the family and friends put all their efforts into that. And how they had put their efforts, it was a fairy tale wedding with everything that is required. As Christoffer’s dad said, the wedding planner probably had watched to many movies, cause every little detail there is was there. A little girl who carried in the rings, a waterfall of roses falling over them when they left the church, silverware with their names, everybody arranged according to height, and thousand other stuff. Everything was perfect into the smallest detail (since I’ve lived with Chris I have also heard the price discussions, and this was not cheap).

But everything was perfect, and so, so beautiful. Lidia was so pretty, the pries was really good (Irish!), the ceremony had enough length, and then the dinner and party. The dinner we didn’t think that much about, compared to the party =)

I had one assignment, or actually two. In the church, me and a Brazilian boy were to read a part of the Bible. First him in Portuguese, and then me in English. Not until right before the ceremony I was told which passage I was to read, so I couldn’t rehearse, but it went well anyway.



Lidia and her grandpa

The Kiss

Mrs and Mr Nyman




My second assignment was to take photos (big surprise, huh?). When we got to the dinner there was first hundreds of official photos that was to be taken of Chris and Lidia by the official photographers. Since I have taken good photos of them before and they liked it, I was asked to join the other official photographers. So along with them I took hundreds of photos, and they became just as good as those from the official photographers. I gave all of them to Chris and Lidia a couple of days later.



The nice couple


Swedish guys and Lidia


Swedish guys


The party was so much fun; everybody went all in. Not in the start, but once we Swedes and Norwegians showed them how things are done we got everybody going. Wildest on the dance floor was probably the bride and groom’s parents and aunts. We had so much fun, and everybody danced with everybody. An open bar that was emptied was also a good grade for the party ;)




There wasn’t that many from Christoffer’s side at this trip. We have been nine in total. From Santa Barbara came me and Ola. Chris’ two childhood friends Kristian and Andreas came, as did Andreas’ girlfriend from America. Then Chris’ parents. His mom is from Norway, so the people from her isde was a bunch of jolly Norwegians. Aunt + husband plus a close friend to the family. All of us have stuck together this week and had the time of our lives. We have been like a big family that has done trips, ate and partied together.

Among other things we went to a big water park Monday. We had so much fun, and also the elderly came along in the wildest slides. The worst one was Insano. 41 meters tall and a water slide that basically went straight down, or at least 50 degrees angle.


Insano - I rode that!


The elderly partied with us a lot, but not all the time. Saturday, us kids went to a big festival at a beach with over 15 000 people, and everybody had the same clothes, which you got along with the tickets. We were a bunch of about 15 people that slept in one of Lidia’s relative’s  cabin out in the countryside close to the festival. We slept in hammocks and inflatable mattresses out on the patio and we woke up at seven in the morning when the parents came and gave us fresh coconuts from the garden and showed us how you make cashew nuts, which is a kinda complicated process from taken the FRUIT and then have the nuts.

We have also spent a lot of time with Lidia’s relatives. Brazilian families are together all the time. And they talk to you all the time. In Portuguese. It doesn’t matter if you doesn’t understand anything, they keep on talking.

So is it for everybody. No one knows any English. We have learned some Portuguese. One of the most common expressions is “sautchi” (don’t know the spelling). It means Cheers! The other one is “sim”. It means yes. From that you can come pretty far…

But I can say that you should watch out for Brazilian families when you meet girls. A very good tip.


The weather has been very nice. It has been mostly overcast, and also rained some days, and that has been so perfect. Those days the temperature has been around 30C/80F. When there is pure sunshine you couldn’t be outdoors. Fortaleza is right beneath the equator and it is whole bit above 40/100 when it’s sun, and it is impossible to move. With the overcast it has been a perfect heat.


The beach


So far everything sounds all good.

But how about the negative stuff? They have actually been quite many.

The heat was a problem, but not as big as the other things. No one knows any English. And that is not just among regular people. Cab drivers, hotel staff, airport employees, no one speaks English. In our gang there has only been Lidia and her friend Mariana who know both English and Portuguese, so they have been our interpreters during the week. But often you can’t be understood. And don’t try to speak Spanish, cause they hate that almost as much as they hate Americans.

The ineffectiveness. Nothing works. Nothing is the way it’s said to be, everything is so complicated, people doesn’t care about anything, they couldn’t care less if something is working or not or if something is wrong. Especially when it comes to times. We Scandinavians have all week used the expression Brazilian Time. You always have to add an extra half hour, at least, when you have decided on a time. And there is not two clocks that are the same. And no airplanes ever leaves on time.

Not feeling safe. I have not been able to wear my necklace of watch during this week. It is not safe, and we have been warned by many people. I was planning on going out on the beach outside our hotel and take some pictures, but the hotel staff stopped me and told me that if I go out there with my camera I will be assaulted immediately. If you’re a gringo you can never walk alone. Not even in the nice neighborhoods. And you can’t rely on the Police, they are so amazingly corrupt.

This was shown from its worst spot during the festival we went to. Two in our gang got their cameras stolen, and some money disappeared as well, all from pocket thieves. But the worst thing was that there was a settlement between two people on the festival and one of the guys shot and killed the other guy. In the middle of the festival area.

The country is also very poor. There are so big areas of slum, favelas and shed villages.


So how is it now if you add everything? Well, the week has been so much fun and the wedding was amazing. The weather has been great, and I have gained a whole lot of new friends. But one reason it went so well was that we were busy all the time, we had activities planned and almost always hung out with people from there. If we hadn’t had that, I would not recommend people to go on vacation there. It is just too complicated. Nothing works, no one understands you, and it is not safe to be outside. I’ thinking about going there to the FIFA Soccer World Cup 2014 (some games will be played in Fortaleza) but then live with people I got to know now (we have already got invitations) and only hang out with them all the time.

Beside that I will not return to Brazil I’ll just have to live on the beautiful memories I have from this trip and appreciate everything nice I have experienced.


Stressful last day

Wow, I’ve had so much to do this weekend. But I managed to get most of it done. And in a few hours I'm leaving.


Three days of Christmas celebration. I wrote about the party Friday. Saturday the school’s International Student Office arranged for every international student to come and eat Christmas food in a nicely decorated cafeteria.

Yesterday Sunday, we did just like the last year, and had a Christmas party at Cecily’s place. Food, candy, cookies, Christmas movie and presents, and we had so much fun and it was really nice.



Dancing gingerbread man with suspiscious singing marshmallows. Yep, it is.

Christmas spirit with my new presents, the shirt and the watch =)



Today was my last day in school and I had two finals within a couple of hours. First communication, which was kinda tricky, but that was what everybody said, so that is nice. So I think it went well.

After that I had my English final, and that went really well. It felt like I knew it all, and I had good things to write, so hopefully I will get an A on that. But I think I will get a B in both those classes. But that is all right, considering how much studying it has been for those two. I now have left to do my final in the photography class, but that is online, so I will probably do it either on the bus towards LAX or at the airport in Miami. Doing a final in Miami. Doesn’t sound all too bad =)


I have went around so much today, doing all kinds of errands. Bought stuff for Christoffer and Lidia, cleaned, did laundry, printed stuff at school, turned in my photos, called the stupid electricity company, and ordered tickets to Sweden. It’s now set that I leave from LAX as soon as I get there from Brazil Ded. 16. I will land in Gothenburg the 17th, at 6.10 PM. Then I will go back to Santa Barbara Jan. 12.

Within almost a month I will do two trips, but with all the stopovers, it comes up to a total of 10 flights. To use tabloid language: here is the whole list:


  • 7 december, Los Angeles – Miami
  • 7-8 december, Miami – Rio
  • 8 december, Rio – Fortaleza
  • 15 december, Fortaleza – Sao Paulo
  • 15-16 december, Sao Paulo – New York
  • 16 december, New York – Los Angeles
  • 16-17 december, Los Angeles – London
  • 17 december, London – Göteborg
  • 12 januari, Göteborg – London
  • 12 januari, London – Los Angeles


The most important thing for you in Sweden to know is that I will arrive at Landvetter 12/17 6.10pm. Otherwise there is not that much more now. I don’t know if I will blog while I’m in Brazil. Will take tons of pictures that I will upload later. Don’t know if I will be online on Facebook either. From when I leave Miami I will turn off my American phone and switch to the Swedish one, so if there is an emergency, please use that number.


So, we’ll either hear soon, or in a couple of weeks. We’ll find out. Anyhow, have a good time everybody. Sweden: it’s gonna be real fun to come home and visiting, and Santa Barbara: I already miss you and the people here, despite that I haven’t left yet.



Christmas feeling and finals

The last real school week for this semester is now over. There has been much to do, and a lot of studying. Next week I have two finals, both on Monday, in Communication and English.  For English I also have a book report on Into The Wild. Also, two photo portfolios, but I have already printed the photos and uploaded the digital versions, so all I have to do is to hand them in to the teacher. That’s all I have left to do school wise. Btw, here is my last article this semester.


There is so much Christmas spirit here now. Yes, it is perfectly possible to have Christmas spirit among palm trees and beaches. State Street has a lot of lights and decorations, and every day you see more and more houses putting up decorations in their gardens. The shops have Christmas songs playing, and selling different Christmassy things and Starbucks has their Christmas flavors with Gingerbread and peppermint.


Christmas on State Street


Yesterday there was a Swedish Christmas party. A lot of Swedes are going home for good, so therefore Therese, Therese and Sandra arranged a big party, with loads of food bought at IKEA. Meat balls, “prince wieners”, Christmas ham, crisp bread with caviar, pickled herring, gingerbread house, chocolate and a lot of other delicious stuff. But no schnapps, so I had to drink gin. Then we had dinner, games and drinks. A very nice evening, but it’s sad that some of the people, I might not see ever again.



Christmas food!


Sandra, Oscar and Erika are fighting for the last chairs in a game of Musical Chairs


Gingerbread house



Tomorrow is the next Christmas thing, dinner and handing out presents with Cecily and Lauren. Good news is that Cecily’s knee is getting better, and she might not need the surgery until summer. That means that she probably can go to Sweden over New Years!


Tuesday morning I’m leaving Santa Barbara and heads to Brazil. I will have one more blog entry before that, giving the last info about stuff.