Trips


Spring basically is non-existant it goes straight from winter to summer.  I went to Stockholm with Per this past Saturday and we hung out a bit. It was probably the best day in Stockholm since I’ve been here. Well, out of the times I went. It was dare I say HOT…but I’m pretty sure the temperature when I left said 59 fahrenheit. Since when has 59F ever been hot? Well, hot enough for us to buy yummy lemon sorbet ❤ I haven’t tasted lemon “italian ice” in foreeever. (III- Talian Perface, haha~) It was sooo nice and it was nice to just walk around. We kind of wanted to go to the amusement park but couldn’t. 😦 It was funny, they have a unicorn ride which reminded me of Charlie the unicorn haha~

But anyway, this post was just to state how unbelievably nice the weather was~!  Later that night we went back and I watched Eurovision, because I can’t be in Europe and NOT watch it. But seriously? Norway won? It should have been Iceland, she was really good!

I’ll be heading to Stockholm again on…possibly Friday to hang out..though not with Per, since he’s going to Scotland! This time it will be with Sevfriend and maybe others, dunno yet~

On Saturday I plaaanned to meet up with Peter in Stockholm before he went back to Blekinge~ He had like a 6 hour ferry-train layover so wandering around commensed. 😀 It sucked though because I was super late, I hate trains on weekends and holidays. I was over an hour late, but I would have been on time if Peter didn’t say he was getting in later. Tsktsk~

So, I eventually got there and after much texting we decided to meet at the big hole in the floor. At first I thought it was the one by where gimpy pigeon was, but then I remebered the “main” big hole in the floor in centralstation that was next to the Christmas tree at well…Christmas.  Anyway~! I met up with him, which is funny because I saw him first by his dorky hat and he was facing the wrong way so…you know, I kicked his leg.  Because that is the Nicole-way to greet people! 😀

Through most of this we found out we were directionally challenged and even went to look at that stupid map mom and I looked at. No good! The best thing about this was…it wasn’t awkward or strange at all, at least not to me.  I was completely comfortable and normal.  Rambled and naturally ungraceful. Everything was very…normal!  For awhile we mostly went into random goofy stores after finding “Checkered Square” looking for a gift for his sister or something, which he never ended up buying! Tsktsk~ We went to the SF Bookstore, which actually wasn’t all science fiction. They had some cute phonestraps in there, which would have been nice to know before I bought 3 in Scotland. =_=;  We also went into a store with a different assortment of swords and other…things. Like dream catchers and very uh…suggestive statues. I mean honestly, who would buy a statue like that…? HONESTLY!

I think what I learned from going into these stops is that Iam more of a klutz than I thought, or maybe Stockholm just has random bumps in the ground. Yeah. That’s it. 🙂

Anyway! We were getting hungry, so I decided to call Emil since he should be up by then, probably…right?  Haha, he was, but only for 30 mins.! Sooo, while we waited for him to get ready, we went to a little cafe and had yummy caaake. Cake that is so dense…it’s so tiny, but makes you way too full! And it’s chocolatey~ Yumyumyum~  Mucho dorky convos happened and I saw his Svenska Spel ID which made me laugh cause he had goofy hair. GOOFY I tell you. Like…Bill Gates dorky.

After an hour we called Emil and met him at the emo stairs. Both of these boys are shorter than I thought I might add~ Or maybe my shoes gave me some leverage. 8D Emil is definitly spacey and I didn’t really know what to say by then, so it got quieter. So sad~ We went to the food court due to Emil’s idea. BAD CHOICE. It was crowded and just…ahhh~! Think Tuttle’s food court…compact and with more people and underground. It was like a school dining hall kind of. x_X

So, we talked more and left and wandered more. I like that…haha~ Aaaand then we had to see Peter off to Blekinge at 6:20 something.  Sooo after Peter left,my train wasn’t going to be there until 7:11.  So! Emil and I walked and talked about randomnesss…like the PM getting shot on the street we were walking on, his favorite place to get spring rolls, etc etc~ Raaandomness until I had to go catch my train. 😦

So yes! I hope we play this game again and WHEN we do, it should be nicer out and I’ll take more pictures. I knew I would get in that mind set of only taking pictures a little bit. I should stop caring and just snapsnasnap!!! So yeah! Emil is in Stockholm so I can prob. go bug him whenever I guess aaand Peter is in Visby now sooo that’s closer than Blekinge so uh…yeah! I expect more adventures before I leave~  If it doesn’t happen, oh well…I’ll be back. >=D

I have a hitting problem as well~ But they kept teasing, they deserved any bruises they got. ;p

I know I forgot to post a lot of what happened on Saturday, but it’s 1am now and I’m sleeeepy and have class tomorrow. :<

So, momface and I just got back from Italy the other day.  I took some notes while we were there in hopes that I wouldn’t forget parts of the trip or what have you.

DAY 1

First, at Skavsta we had some dramas at the airport because the Swedish check-in people are anal about stupid crap.  We didn’t have our boarding number with us at the time, and yes that is our fault, BUT she had a computer right there. All she would of had to of done was look it up instead of sending us to some help desk when we’re already late-ish because the check-in was giving glitches and all.  Luckily, the lady at the help desk or whatever checked us in even though she’s not supposed to.  So we ran and checked our baggage to a lady that was from Louisville, Kentucky.  That was amusing, then ran to our gate. However, not before some Swedish stewardess lady tried to tell mom she could only have one carry on.  Yes, we know this rule, BUT I don’t think medical equipment counts as a carry on.  So, I glared at them and told them the check-in people had no problem with it! So after saying that to two of the anal Swedish-lady workers, we got on the plane. Funnily, our plane was delayed almost an hour because there was fog in Rome.  I would have been really upset if we didn’t make the plane and we then found it was just chilling out on the runway.  Mom and I couldn’t sit by each other because we were one of the last peoples on the plane, sooo yeah.

Once we arrived in Italy we didn’t even have to go through customs.  Which, confused me because we had to when I went to Scotland and…well…isn’t that strange?  So, yeah no Italy stamp in my passport. How sad.

The first day we just kind of wandered around on our own and saw some unique sights, like the cat sanctuary, which is this little…place of ruins that’s gated in the middle of town…where cats live.  I heard later that they put them there because they were hanging out at the colosseum and people probably didn’t want that.

We ate our first delicious meal at Rosso-something or other.  It was really good, tasted different, obviously…but it was delicious! You can never go wrong with Italian food, especially Italian food in Italy!

We went to Piazza Navona which is a little shopping market thing and it has kind of started to rain by then, but we were just walking and some guy screams at me: “Hey! You lost!  You lost!…You looost!” and I just kind of stare at this Italian guy as I walk on, but I turn around thinking maybe I dropped something…there was nothing there, so I turn back to the guy and he says, “You lost my heart~” with this cheeky grin and wink.  Like, I thought that only happened in movies, so I thought it was pretty funny. Living up those stereotypes haha~

Oh, but speaking of the rain.  There were so many people out trying to sell umbrellas.  It reminded me of the Caribbean with the women going “Braid your hair?! Braid your hair?!” except this time it was “Umbrella?! Umbrella?!”

We went back to our hotel, which was…salmon colored inside haha.  They had super tiny elevators which I imagine would freak claustrophobic people out something serious. The beds were HORRIBLE. They were extremely hard, like you were laying on the floor with no bed and the pillows felt like bags of sand, they were hard and so heavy.  I had neck and back pains the whole week because of that. 😦

That night we also watched the Benjamin Button movie, which was pretty interesting… though a bit sad at the end.

DAY 2

We got up a bit late, even though we went to bed early.  Like 10pm early.  So that was kind of a bummer.

We took the Green Light Tours on the ‘Imperial Rome Tour’ and got to see the Colosseum, Circus Maximus, the Roman Forum, St. Paul’s Basilica, among other things.  It was really interesting and our tour guide actually knew a lot of stuff.  I amusingly got to brush up on my Japanese since part of the tour was done by a Japanese lady for the Japanese couple on the bus.  Wasn’t expecting that in Rome.

After the tour we went shopping a bit and got a Rome magnet for our magnet collection on our fridge at home. Haha~ Aaand we ate some more fooods and ICE CREAM! (gelato?) Which was the main theme of the week, really.

DAY 3

Mom and I both started to get sick.  We bought some medicine the night before at a pharmacy, but yeah neither of us knew what was in it haha.  I think the city really just…made us catch something.  I’m not sure if that’s what happened for mom, but I know I’m personally used to the fresh air of Sweden and well…Rome isn’t really clean.  It seems like everyone smokes and the pollution is so bad that it’s even screwing up paint on buildings and making the colosseum turn black to put it into some perspective.

This day we went to the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain, which was sooo pretty!  We also went to the Vatican that evening.  It’s really pretty at night and they still had a nativity scene up and a massive Christmas tree in the center in front of St. Peter’s Basilica.

Went to more shops and wandered some more haha.

DAY 4

We spent the first part of the morning/afternoon looking for Eternity Tours and failed.  So, we took the metro (our favorite form of transportation in Rome) to the Vatican.  We did an audio tour of the museum and this SKANK tour guide, touring a group, freaked out at mom and I because we were looking at a painting she was showing her tour group.  It was RIDICULOUS.  We didn’t know that the 20 or so pictures around the garden (?) were of the same picture, or we wouldn’t have went to look, but they were at the closest one, so we went to it.  Oooh, I wanted to punch her in the throat!  But, anyway! We went to see the Sistine Chapel, which was super pretty…but mom and I don’t really care much for museums, so after we accomplished that we kind of bailed on the “modern” parts of the museum.

So again, we went to the Colosseum and just missed it before it closed…so we didn’t get to go inside aaand that was sad.  Aaand we went to get fooodage and by that time I was feeling extremely sick.  My head was hot, my stomach and throat hurt, it was just no good.  So mom insisted I go back to the roooom, so I went back and just kind of chillaxed, trying to feel a bit better…which was hard on those crap beds! Grrr.  But, it luckily was late by then so I didn’t feel like I was missing too much as mom went off on a bus adventure.

DAY 5

We left the airport yesterday aaand yeah.  The guy who checked us in for Ryanair, totally did NOT weigh our baggage or check our ID or ANYTHING really.  The guys in Rome are super laidback about the rules it seems, unlike the girls in Sweden. Man!  Champino (sp) airport was definitely a cluster though.  So unorganized and ahhh! I miss the queues in Sweden. I love lines. I LOVE THEM.

So, when we got into Stockholm after the bus ride from Skavsta, mom took Arlanda Express to the hotel and I took the 5:11 SJ train to Uppsala. I had to wait about an hour after mom had already left because the trains were all running on holiday schedule I guess?  Because of the epiphany? WTF is that? The first time I ever even heard of the holiday was MAYBE two weeks ago?  And Sweden is soooo ATHIEST what is that nonsense?  I mean in Jesusland USA we don’t celebrate it, but they do here? What the heck?  So, that was annoying, it was also stressful because that meant Uppsala buses were also on holiday schedule. But, I managed to get back to my room and swap out mine and mom’s stuff, then I went baaack to the train station and lucky for me all the trains to Arlanda were on a NORMAL schedule, so I got there by 8 o’clock.  So, yes.  I hung out in the hotel with mom for the night and we watched Mythbusters and talked and stuff…

TODAY

Then today, we woke up aaand got ready and all.  Had some pastaaa (even though I had half a bowl left…couldn’t eat any more D: ) and said byebye to mom as she went back to the states. Sooo, she should be arriving at around 11ish in Atlanta, and then in Ohio at around 2am.  My time of course, not EST.

So, yes!  I’ve been keeping busy all afternoon and I’m still uploading videos of our trip to my Youtube account.  I need to upload our many pictures too, but I’m worried I’m going to lose them all.  Pray that I don’t. D:

http://www.youtube.com/nikkygeneration

So, today was supposed to be a good relaxing day in Skavsta, instead it turned into chaos.  Everything was fine and dandy until we got onto the train to Skavsta at 2:40, when mom realized we didn’t have her purse as our bag.  I’m really hoping it’s somewhere on the train.  We jumped off the train and I ran upstairs to central station lobbyland or whatever to where we were sitting in hopes of finding it, no luck.  So, we asked around and asked the infomation people. Nothing.  Mom had that thing glued to her practically so I don’t see how it could’ve gotten stolen but sometime between the benches in the lobby down to the train, it disappeared.  I checked under the seats and I didn’t see it, but maybe it got kicked further or something? I just hope it’s on the train and is found by tomorrow. We need to call and see tomorrow, or I may have someone else do it for me…but yeah, no good.  It had mom’s credit cards, video camera, regular camera, DS, and like 40~60 dollars in US cash and like 100 sek, which isn’t THAT much.  But, still. It scks. We already called and got the cards cancelled and other than that there’s not much we can do.  We finally got to Skavsta at like 7.  We’re still going to Italy still and will use my credit card.  I hope things get better from here on out.  That’d be great.

Oh and the lady at Forex at Skavsta was amazingly nice, seriously 🙂 She should get an award for being so awesome.

Wow.  Just…wow.  Mom and I went down to the city for New Years and let me tell you…Stockholm has Red White & Boom and Time Square New Years beat out in the fireworks department.  The big fireworks are banned in the states, but they’re definitely legal here!  People were shooting bottle rockets and stuff from their hands and I was just waiting for me or someone to get hit with one.  And I really do mean they were coming from everywhere.  Huge fireworks.  I hid behind a pole, behind mom and even behind a bus.  We were standing near Gamla Stan and kind of near Slussen…kind of.  People were crazy though.  One guy shot a rocket straight out to the water instead of into the sky, and it darted across the water, hit a building and it CAUGHT ON FIRE.  Mom got most of that on her video camera, but I think I caught the very end of it…they got it out after a minute or two, but hearing the people scream from across the water was just freaky.  I mean, could you imagine this bright red missile flying at you? Can you IMAGINE?!

There was also this drunk guy there causing a major scene. First he broke a bottle, then he like knocked over a christmas tree thing, then he drug a trashcan to the water and threw it in.  He was about to throw a cart in as well, but some guy tried to stop him and there was a mini-fight but the girls (his daughters I think) tried to break him away from crazy item throwing man.  I think he threw the cart into the water too… Then he went to this old guy and ranted to him, poor old guy missed most of the “real” fireworks from when midnight came.  They were the biggest fireworks I’ve ever seen! Amazing~~!

On the train ride home I almost caught puked on.  Some obnoxious boy was falling over on me and he kept doing those belches that come right before puke.  So I was like pushing people to go, especially my mom.  And NO ONE was moving fast enough.  I really thought I was gonna get puked on, but I managed to get off the train and this guy like fell into the door…he was super duper trashed.  I was really creeped when he was like litterally falling on me…like I felt him all on my back and *shivers* creeeepy!

Anyway I’ll upload videos as soon as I figure out a YT name…

Last night mom and I got lost in Stockholm because for some reason there we both have no sense of direction~  It was pretty interesting walking around for about an hour and we eventually found our restaurant and had dinner. Yummy~

When we got home I downloaded ‘Revolutionary Road’, happy we didn’t pay to see it.  It was fine and all, but not something I would have wanted to pay 11 dollars for, you know?  And it’s definitely no Titanic. Haha~

Today we were supposed to go to Uppsala, but the sun is already going down…don’t know if we are now or not. Aaahh~

I’ve been pretty lazy at updating this and it’s midnight right now so I still don’t really feel like updating. BUT, my mom is here and that’s super duper exciting~!

We’re currently staying at the Rica Talk Hotel until New Years night, when we go to another place closer to the airport so we can make our flight to Italy on the 2nd. Fun fun!  I’ve had fun here so far, even though the first two days were kind of vegetable days of watching movies.  All the places were closed here so our Xmas dinner consisted of a hamburger…rofl.

Yesterday we met up with Per and Suyin in Stockholm city, our hotel is about a 10 min trainride outside of the city.  That was a lot of fun, because I got to introduce my friends to my mom. 🙂 We took a lot of nice pictures and stuff, which I manged to lose today.  It was pretty devesating actually.  The pictures on mom’s camera were really good and I went to upload them and all the pictures were corrupt.  Hopefully a camera store can fix it, because I couldn’t recover them without them looking all corrupt and stuff.  I have a few from my camera, but they’re not good or anything. Mine were mostly random ones of Suyin, Per and myself being dorks the other day…I was relying on mom’s camera. 😦 Sad-times!

We went to Stockholm city today as welll and I’ve had my first dinner at a restaurant, yummy chicken pasta! I also got some boots and a pink and grey scarf. Pretty pretty~ Hopefully these new boots will be epic and I won’t slip around.  🙂

But yes, I’ll try to keep notes and stuff for the next few days and keep this updated, before everything is meshed together~

Also, apparently my goat burned down. 😦

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