Hints of mainstream

Omens that may indirectly confirm the support of NFC in the upcoming iteration of iPhones, about to be unveiled in an hour or so: NFC enable billboard ads freshly installed in a commute train station of Stockholm. Once you enable NFC on your (Android, as today) phone, by touching on the NFC badge on the billboard, …

You are what you eat

Bear meatballs, from Meatballs For The People. I taste good.

Back to school

First module of the course in astrophotography tonight at Magnethuset, the headquarter of STAR, Stockholms Amatörastronomer. Last time I took astrophoto was in 1997(!): Hale-Bopp was in the centre of the lens of an analog 50mm camera with a now out-of-production 3200ISO colour reversal film. After almost twenty years, during which I didn’t practise any astrophoto …

Summer over the city

Last (?) days of an unusual long Swedish Summer, 24°C today as well: we decided to have a hike up to Hammarbybacken, an artificial hill not far from the city centre which becomes a city ski slope in wintertime and a mountain bike track in summertime. From up here you can enjoy a great view all …

Evidence of belonging

It’s a very nice feeling to come back home and find the voting card for the incoming Swedish elections* (September 14th) in the mail: a pleasant evidence of belonging here. *Since we got no Swedish citizenship (yet – but it will come, in due time…), we are not allowed to vote the Parliament, but we can …

Heart of a pork

NSFV! Not Safe For Vegetarians! With Francesco back to work after the summer vacation, we got back to our habitual late night dinners. Tonight we are featuring braised pork heart with chanterelles and finely chopped red onions. The allyring nutrition facts of the heart of pork (pretty lean meat high in proteins, vitamins and other …

Voting at the discoteque

It’s voting season in Sweden (in a few weeks Swedes will be asked to vote those who will represent them in the parliament, counties and municipalities), but still it’s quite surprising to see that this voting fever has affected the usual saturday night as well. Debaser Hornstull Strand has run four saturday night parties christened as “Demokratiskt Dansgolvet” …

A new temple in town

Being knowledge my religion, I was pretty happy today to take part to the official opening of a new temple: it’s Kista Bibliotek, which becomes the second largest library in Stockholm. Together with the other comrades of CoderDojo, we handled an area equipped with computers where visiting kids could come for learning how to do computer programs. …

Sometimes I come back

Exactly one year and two days ago I slipped pretty miserably on my left wrist, misplacing a bunch of ligaments that required a surgery, six weeks plaster and rehab. Today I finally came back to my kick boxing training and I couldn’t possibly be deader, sweatier and happier. I’m sure my story will inspire billions of people …

The Zombie Invasion

“When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.“ Pictures and video from the annual Stockholm Zombie Walk: a horde of zombies reached our beloved island of Södermalm by subway and then walked all the (short) way from Mariatorget to Fatbursparken. Enjoy the picture here: … and the video here: Ironically …

The Beauty of Pride

153 groups made by 60.000+ marching in the parade, 600.000+ enjoying the parade at the sides of the streets of Stockholm, all gathered to celebrate its openness through its biggest street party. Numbers can’t explain the awesomeness of Stockholm Pride, you have to experience it by yourself. This year’s was my seventh time, I can’t really get enough …

The proudest week

The week of Stockholm Pride 2014 has just started: as if Stockholm was not enough LGBTQI…-friendly 365 days a year, during this week the city pushes the limits of its openness to higher levels. As every year, buses has started to run with rainbow flags on top of their windshields and rainbow flags wave on …

Artipelag

An art gallery built within the beautiful nature of the archipelago of Stockholm – it couldn’t get a fitter name than Artipelag. Concrete, glass and wood on top on a cliff (with its peak integrated inside the building), surrounded by water and pine trees, hosting temporary exhibitions, a fine restaurant and congress halls. Stockholm got itself a …

True Sport

We were in Göteborg when the FIFA World Cup ended, but that was almost outshone by another soccer event that was had just started in the city: the Gothia Cup. It’s a youth football tournament held every year in Göteborg, with 37.000+ teenagers, both boys and girls, 1600+ team coming from more than 70 countries around …

Swedish Car Porn, part II: SAAB

This car was built in 1947 and it is the very first car built by SAAB. The influence of its sister company specialised in aeronautics is smashing. If you happen to be in Göteborg and are into cars and have a half day off, then you should definitely take a train to Trollhättan (45 mins ride) …

Swedish Car Porn, part I: Volvo

If you happen to be in Göteborg and are into cars, a visit to the Volvo Museum is a must. Taking advantage of a cloudy day, I got myself to this museum full of history, technology and style. It was very interesting to go through all the history of the Swedish car maker, whose goal is to …

Upside down

When in Liseberg, the amusement park of Göteborg, don’t miss to experience a ride on Helix, the park’s newest roller coaster – by far the best I’ve ever done, Odin only knows how I managed to curse only twice during the two minuts ride. Check this video I found on YouTube which made with a GoPro.

Veni, vidi, Volvo

After 1330km of roadtrip it was time to return our rented car, a Volvo V40 D3 Cross Country. It has been a great companion, fuel efficient and silent, making us enjoy every meter on the road. The name “Volvo” comes from the Latin and it means “to roll” : surely we have rolled a memorable trip …