October 31, 2010
February 6, 2010
Why do I keep going to cold places? WHY? Because they are awesome that is why!
I am staying at my friends house in Sweden about 20 minutes from a place called Göteburg, the nations second largest capital. Incase I need to restate this, it is DAMN COLD here. Seriously, it was -12 centigrade at one point, but it is now a “sensible” -3.
It is so cool here though, everyone here is so nice, and my friend set me up in a room with a nice media centre, so when I´m not out freezing my butt off, I´m quite comfortable watching TV here. Something you realise when you travel, and have nothing to do for hours on end, is that TV in other countries is SO MUCH BETTER. There is a channel here “Kanal 6” it has the maddest shows. I have it on all the time when I´m not out or sleeping.
Sweden is a beautiful country. Beautiful people, beautiful snow, very relaxed atmosphere and it has some very nice scenery. You can just sit there and stare all day. We went to a lake at the bottom of a mountain. The lake was frozen over and covered with about 2 inches of snow, there where pathways carved from the snow where people where running around the lake, the mountain was covered with Christmas trees (cedar trees I think?) that where also covered with snow, just beautiful! I am in love with the scenery!
Driving here is on the opposite side to Australia, and 4WDs and other big cars seem to be popular, probably due to the snow. I have never seen a bus do a burnout before Sweden, but there is a first time for everything I guess. It was pretty cool, I was walking around, then I hear a burnout, turn around and there is a bus, smoking it up like crazy. The passengers seemed pretty unfazed by their large 8 wheel bus spinning on the road. It even went a little sideways when it took off. Unfortunately I had no camera at the time, as we where simply taking a walk to the shops.
Every road here looks like it belongs in a rally circuit, and I love my rally driving :D Although, surprisingly, it is not as big here as in the other Scandinavian countries.
I am going to France and Amsterdam soon, so excited :D
January 31, 2010
Well today was my first REAL day in London! I went out with the family, we had a decent amount of fun!
We visited Big Ben, took a nice half hour ride on the London Eye (the big Ferris Wheel thing) and we walked around in general! It was so dang fun!
We saw so many cars, buildings, people and attractions, all of which were damn beautiful! London is pretty cool, and my sister is in LOVE with it! She wants to move here permanently :)
January 30, 2010
Just touched down in Heathrow, its a nice enough place. The airline company destroyed two of our bags and lost another one :( Damn hippies!
Otherwise London is pretty nice. We are staying at an apartment we rented for a week, which incidentally used to be the old MI6 (007 guys) building. Really, I’m sleeping where 007 used to chill :D
Otherwise the rest of my day was spent hunting down food that I can eat, then cooking it.
Hope to post much more now that I’m actually in Europe!
You can see the building to the right, the curvy one connected to the tall one :) It was too cold to take pictures, so I’m linking from good ol’ Wikipedia!
January 12, 2010
Man the BEST thing about Iraq is the mosques!
And the rust mobile :D
Will continue his later…
I have been in Iraq for the past couple of days. It has been quite the experience.
Driving in Iraq is pretty chaotic. People here don’t know what indicators, brake lights or the over the shoulder technique are. All they know is the accelerator and the horn.
There is a general state of chaos here. Everyone just does their own thing. There is no real form of government, control or anything. Technically there is, but there are still no rules to regulate everything. Road rules are to shit. I was in a Coaster (bigger than a van, smaller than a normal WestBus bus) that was supposed to seat 20, it had 30 in it. We where rocketing past everyone (our driver was a little nuts) at about 150km/h weaving through traffic on the WORST roads I’ve ever seen past other traffic. At one point this crazy bus was chasing a cop car (Iraqi Special Forces no less).
The people here are the most resilient I’ve seen. Most here joke about death as if it were commonplace, which it is. When I was last here the population was under 20 million. In 16 years it has jumped to 37 million. Thats after 2 or 3 wars, and the one that is on now. The Iraqi people just kept doing their thing (working, marrying early and having a whole bunch of kids).
From what I have heard, the things here have been improving steadyly for the past couple of years. I am surprised to see lots of nice, new cars (even cars we don’t have or won’t get for a while). I even saw a fully modified turbo Mitsubishi Eclipse. Technology is quite good here. They have something similar to the NextG network, but only up to 1Mbps, but no ADSL or any real infastructure for wired, normal home internet. I am posting this from an Internet Cafe style thing.
The other thing I’ve noticed here is the amount of Chinese technology. All those things off one can buy off eBay or random markets (like knockoff MP3 players and whatnot) these guys have, in varying degrees of quality. Some of the stuff is so well made, but still a knockoff. Iraqi’s generally only buy Japanese, German and American products, whether it be a car, clothes, medicine or technology. These are considered to be good products, where as Chinese stuff is considered pretty crap, even though this new influx of Chinese stuff is pretty darn good, better than the Chinese knockoffs that we get.
January 2, 2010
I have arrived at Dubai (finally)!
The plane ride was fairly uneventful, 14:30 hours thou! This was made better by the new ICE entertainment system they have on the Emirates planes, they have every show on TV and heaps of new movies and music, so it makes the trip very easy :D
The thing i didn’t like was the airplane windows :( Below you can see them cracking over time :( They were perfectly clear when i went on board!
Otherwise Dubai is pretty nice. At Maccas here (everything is halal :D:D:D) they have a new burger called the McRoyal (or McRoyle) it is the nicest Maccas burger ever! Seriously its good, Aussie Maccas should get it!
Dubai is very nice, but a little overrated i think! The buildings and cars are BEAUTIFUL, the shops are nice, the people are friendly in general, but at the end of the day, you still know ur in the middle of the desert.
I have no internet time remaining, so i shall say goodnight to you all, i will write again when i can, for i am heading to Iraq in about 12 hours! ACTIVE WAR ZONE! WOO!
November 25, 2009
It is the 26th of November and my trip to Iraq, Dubai and Europe is going to start on the 31st of December. Or so the plan says anyway. The aim of this site is to keep all my friends and family more or less updated as to what is happening with this trip. I will be posting pictures, maybe videos, whatever I have, when I have internet connection. Stay tuned…