Up and about early this morn, I dragged my travel companion to IHOP for some proper brekkie. Knowing his need for walking, walking and more walking, I knew I needed it.
Once brekkie was done we started our trek towards the strip. You see, we are staying in a big hotel with a view and a casino, a cheap big hotel with a casino. That mean we live in downtown Las Vegas rather than right smack in the middle and with a 30 minute (might have been more) walk to get there.
We do live next door to an Elvis chapel though.
So now I’ve seen all the important casinos.
I’ve tried some local brews.
Accidentally had lunch at Markie Mark’s restaurant.
Then a long walk back (while Mr Grumpy II kept walking to find some Las Vegas sign) in scorching heat. Sometimes taking the time to figure out the buss or jump into a taxi might be worth it, especially if it’s 40 degrees outside. The heat in combination with lack of sleep made me a very unhappy camper. After a long cold shower it was totally nap time.
Had a couple of lovely hours sleeping this afternoon. Always good to get your energy back so you can enjoy the pool bar and gambling without passing out.
A bit before midnight, and not much broker than before the casino, it’s now time for bed. Tomorrow it’s time for the helicopter, probably what I’ve been looking forward to the most with this trip.
…or a temple, or this thing I put loads of coffee, nicotine and whatever food that I like in.
Ah, well. Sleeping until noon yesterday made it hard for me to go to sleep last night, and it wasn’t until 5 am this morning that I finally managed to pass out.
I was so sure that I would sleep the whole day away today, instead I woke up a little bit before 11 am (so only half of the day, ok) to some fantastic weather.
I’ve been wanting to get started with my running for some time now, and this weather gave me no excuses. I mean below freezing point only mean more clothes and run faster so you don’t freeze.
I chucked down a smoothie and then headed out.
It’s getting easier and easier to get back into the running since my big quit smoking and replacing it with running session I did back in 2016. The hard bit is to keep it up, especially with the Swedish weather that’s very unpredictable. And trust me, there will be no running in Swedish winter rain, I will never be THAT dedicated.
I will try to stick to the training plan that I found, it starts of easy and get tougher and thougher as I go. It’s a 12 week plan for running 10k. I want to be able to do it in under an hour (got to have a plan, right?), so lets see what I can do.
After this start to the day, I’m pretty sure I will let myself not do anything else today even if I do have a long list of things I want to get done…
I’m sure most of you have heard that Sweden gets dark in the winter. Really, really dark.
It gets depressing and it is one of the reasons that I like going on vacation in November, somewhere sunny and warm that helps me recharge my batteries.
Unfortunately it’s not only the weather that gets dark during winter, I find that Swedish people also have a tendency to wear dark clothes. Black jackets and black shoes are a very common sight, and that just makes it more depressing in my mind.
So I’m refusing the dark!
I had to go buy new grown-up shoes last week as most of the ones I have are the legacy from my old dress-code days in Denmark (here I need to point out that I haven’t worked in Denmark since 2012) and they are getting old and worn out. Anyhow, I found me some non-black…
Since I’m not a big fan of shoe shopping, I’m real happy that I found a brand that suit my needs, Dasia, as I only need to visit the one shoe shop and try on a limited amount of shoes. Rock on!
Since before I already have me a non-black winter jacket. Pink rules!!!
And yes, that picture is taken in the elevator mirror at work…I heard that’s how real bloggers do it!
I got to sleep until I woke up, no alarm clock. I got to take my time waking up and getting ready to get out of the house, no one chasing me to do stuff.
I’m in a place where it’s warm and the sun is shining.
I got coffee and a sandwich in peace and quiet.
I got beer and reading books at beer o’clock.
I got lovely company and fab food in the afternoon.
I had a lovely walk around with nice company before an amazing dinner on the terrace, outside, in November!!
I LOVE this place ma peeps, think I wanna stay forever.
I want to start out with mentioning that not only did I bring coffee from home today, I was also at work at 8:30, so no oversleeping (if you dont count the flagged 6am run, hope the best neighbour on the planet can forgive me).
Walking to work this sunny morning also gave me the positive thought of the day.
However the best part of the day was doing something I never done before, go-carting.
It was organized by the mentor program that I’m involved in so it also meant I could feel young again hanging out with my 14 year old mentee.
If you live in Sweden I highly recommend that you give it a try as it’s real interesting and fun while doing a good deed. You can find more info on http://www.mentor.se, or send me a message and I’ll tell you all about it.
Peace out ma peeps, see you tomorrow!
This morning I woke up at five am to make my 5:15 taxi that took me to the airport for a very early flight. This far I’ve had one morning a week like this since I started my new job and I’m starting to get worried about my status as “as far from a morning person that one could be”.
Today I didn’t get lucky with a direct flight and a very short stop in the capital made me miss home as I left a very sunny Malmö to be met by this;
Arriving at my final destination ment blue skyes though, so not too bad, the wind is absolutely nuts so not too bad to be stuck inside all day.
After yet another long day I headed to the hotel that is quite nice and had an evening meal included and what a meal.
A very happy camper missed the chance of a massage by ten minutes, as I didn’t realize there was a Spa attached to the hotel until I was waiting for the elevator after dinner. That would have been super nice, if I ever come back though I know, and I have a discount voucher. For now I’m crashed out on bed waiting for the TV evening to get started, Bones then NCIS then NCIS Los Angeles and then bed. Have another long day ahead of me tomorrow.
Friday morning saw my mother and the exchange student still in town, thus yet another hotel breakfast for me, and you aint hearing me complaining about it! I wish I could eat hotel breakfast every weekend, but I guess it would loose it’s charm if I did.The plan for the day was to see the famous Turning Torso and if possible go on another Canal tour, it’s been years since I went on the one here in Malmö so I was looking forward to that as well. But first, the walk to the Torso. The area around the Torso is absolutely beautiful, the Torso is more cool than beautiful and that might be the reason for me not taking a picture of it on this particular day. To be honest, I’m not sure that I have taken any pictures of it at all so if you are curios I suggest a google search for “Turning Torso Malmö” (you are more than welcome to do a copy paste).
We took the long route walking back from the waterfront towards the canal boats where we bought our ticket and booked our picnic basket. There was a bit of a wait before it was time for the boat to leave, which we efficiently filled with ice cream. Note, this wasn’t any old scoop ice cream, this was some real good Italian stuff.What about this picnic basket you might wonder. Well, the canal boats in Malmö includes a picnic basket in their service. I love it beacuse you get coffee in a thermos and proper porcelain mugs rather than in a paper takeaway cup. This day I even managed to take some pictures of the scenery, and hey I got one of the Turning Torso as well! Once the tour was over we walked the exchange student through the city so that she could meet one of here sisters host families from when she was an exchange student here in Sweden. While she did that I took advantage of the fact that mother took the car down and had her give me a ride to the grocery store. It’s so nice when you can do a big shop and not have to fit it all on to your bike and then try to bike it all home.
The visit then came to an end. I have to say that the exchange student was real lucky with the weather as both Copenhagen and Malmö showed their nice and sunny selfs, can’t say it’s always like that.12