I’m homesick

For a few days I have been working in Varberg in northern Halland. It’s interesting with a change of scenery, but it’s hard to get there. Luckily it’s just for three days.

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I’m feeling homesick. Home to Santa Barbara.


It’s not just a feeling that you can have after a vacation, like “oh, it was so nice there, I’d love to go back some day”.


It’s way worse. I’m so insanely homesick. I want to be there. Not here.


I lived the perfect life. I did what I liked, it was a wonderful town, the area, awesome weather, amazing friends, everything was great and I was living the dream.


I have wonderful friends here too, but right now it’s just tough. Everyday I see friends writing on facebook about how they are going back to Santa Barbara. I’m really happy for them, but mostly jealous.


There isa new feature on Facebook where you can see what you wrote as a status update this very day X years ago. Today I saw this (some of it translated from Swedish):


On This Day In 2009


Johan Hammerby

veridis quo with daft punk is the best song I've heard in like forever!!!!!!
August 17, 2009 at 12:42pm · Like ·

Jocke Filip Olsson Schafer likes this.


Jocke Filip Olsson Schafer: i like!!!
August 17, 2009 at 12:43pm · Like

Sebastian Hutter: it's only been around for 8 years... :) but it's better to be late that not coming at all ;)
August 17, 2009 at 3:41pm · Like



The time is set on Swedish time zone, so it was actually written at 3:42 a.m. I remember it. We were having a ginormous party in our house at Wentworth Ave., which we used to back then. It was the week before school started. Many people had went home or passed out. I was still up with Jocke and a few others, and we were half superdrunk, half passed out. Jocke started the song Veridis Quo on the big-ass tv. I thought it was so wonderful.

I have many times written about how sucky Wentworth was. It was a horrible place. But right now I long back to that night. It was just in the beginning of my American adventure, the beginning of a new life. The beginning of the two best years of my life.



Friends in Stockholm and Tall Ships in Halmstad

It was so freakin awesome in Stockholm. A few intensive days with a lot of nice reunions, all with people I got to know in foreign lands the past two years.


The first days, I spend with Ola and Mariana. They met at the wedding in Brazil, and she is in Sweden for a month this summer. It was really nice to see them both again.


We went out both Thursday and Friday. Friday we also had time to have a guided tour at the Royal family’s home, the Castle of Drottningholm, and also have dinner with Ola’s family out on the island Ekerö.



Outside Ola's apartment we found a glowing-in-the-dark playground, where we played after a night out

I appreciate the art treasure of Drottningholm



Saturday I went in to the town and met Gaby. It was so nice to see her again. We was first at her place and then went shopping. In the evening  we went to Saltsjöbaden to attend a party with Maria T, another one from Santa Barbara. Another SB person, Emmelie, was also there, as well as lots of other people.  It was a great night with bbq and monster drinks.


In the Sunday I got to see Sahar well before I went home by bus. So in total I met six people that I got to know at different times and stages of my life in the US.



In Halmstad there has been the Tall Ships Races. It is a big competition with really big ships, but also a ginormous event in Halmstad. At the newspaper we have written about it for months now. I worked all week, and I spent my entire Saturday at the event, walking around in the sun. It was really nice, and luckily the weather was as well.


Photo: Emma Gustafsson/Hallandsposten


Another fun thing with my articles, was one I wrote about the feared traffic chaos that was to occur because of the event. Damn, people got mad! Not at me or the article it self, but the fact that there will be lines and traffic problems, so there were so many angry comments, I think over 60. Pretty funny.


Here is the link, but it’s only in Swedish I’m afraid.



Today is the last day of my nine-days-in-a-row-shift. Then I have one day off. My last day of work this summer is Sunday. Then I don’t know what’s gonna happen. I do know one thing, though. I miss Santa Barbara so much. But that, I will write about longer in an upcoming post.