Jojo Utomlands

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It is one of the biggest operations in Swedish industrial history when the most northern city in Sweden will be moved because of the ore industry. The ore that comes from Kiruna is one of the strongest in the world and most of it gets exported to China. You see the mine on the left side with the big blue sign and on the right side the city center with the red old church, municipality and shops. The area inside the red tape is in the risk zone and will be moved first more below as you can see in the second picture.

Second photo: In the area where you see two blue signs on the right will be the new place for a new town municipality. The buildings body will be completely new, but the clock tower will remain and but on the new buildning. The church will also be moved as saved as it is. Contructions of new buildnings and neighborhoods has already started. New municipality will have a round form.

On the third photo you can see the size of the mine above and how large the ore body is under the earth. If you visit Kiruna do not miss the daily guided half day tour to the mine. It is an amazing experience.

The move of my lovely home town will take approximately 55 years. Everything to get the good iron under the city!

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Det är en av de största operationerna i svenska industrihistorien när den nordligaste staden i Sverige kommer att flyttas på grund av malmindustrin. Malmen som kommer från Kiruna är en av de starkaste i världen och det mesta exporteras till Kina. Du ser gruvan på vänster sida med den stora blå skylten och på höger sida stadens centrum med den röda gamla kyrka, kommunen och butiker. Området innanför röda linjen är i riskzonen och kommer att flyttas först neråt som du kan se i den andra bilden.

Bild 2: I det område där du ser två blå skyltar till höger kommer att bli den nya platsen för stadshuset. Byggnaden kommer att vara helt ny, men klocktornet kommer att monteras på de nya byggnaden. Kyrkan kommer också att flyttas och bevaras som den är. Konstruktionen av nya stadshuset och bostadsområden har redan börjat. Nya stadshuset kommer att ha en rund form.

På den tredje bilden kan du se storleken på gruvan ovan och hur stor den är under jorden. Om du besöker Kiruna missa inte den guidade halvdagsturen till gruvan. Det är en fantastisk upplevelse.

Flytten av min underbara hemstad kommer att ta cirka 55 år. Allt för att få tag på malmen under staden!

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So it is time to leave Sicily for couple of weeks. Travelling to several countries for friends and work, then home to Lapland to spend some time with family. It will take me approximately a week to stop cheek kissing people and start greeting with the hand. People will have a smile on ther face as I speak swedish with italian hand gestures. I need lots of patience in the traffic as it goes slower and people respect the traffic rules. And I have to remember to pay the bill in restaurants and bars (not just stand up and leave), as in Sicily I have paid only twice in eight years. Men usually pays here. So see you next year in Sicily again!

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Så det är dags att lämna Sicilien för några veckor. Ska resa till flera länder för vänner och arbete, sedan hem till Lappland för att tillbringa tid med familjen. Det tar mig ungefär en vecka att sluta kindpussa människor och börja hälsa med handen igen. Människor kommer att ha ett leende på sina ansikten då jag talar svenska med italienska gester. Jag behöver massor av tålamod i trafiken då det går långsammare och folk respekterar trafikreglerna . Och jag måste komma ihåg att betala notan på restauranger och barer (inte bara ställa mig upp och gå), eftersom på Sicilien har jag betalat endast två gånger på åtta år. Männen betalar vanligtvis här. Så vi ses nästa år på Sicilien igen!
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Bara på engelska kära svenskar, använd Google för översättning

I felt very safe travelling alone in Israel and followed the security rules given by the swedish embassy and also my local friends. I went to Jerusalem to visit all the places we have heard of and seen in the news. I went by bus from Tel Aviv and in Jerusalem took a taxi to the old city of Jerusalem. I was recommended not to take the tram nor bus as there was recently two stabbings on two jewish men in the new tram. Please go early because in the morning it is nice to walk almost alone here.

The old town is divided in Christian, Jewsih, Orthodox and Arabic area. The arabic area was closed for visitors and the guards could not tell for how long, but I got to see the other areas. The old city is filled with markets, religious places, restaurants ecc. It is a perfect vision how a world could live in peace side by side with different religions, but unfortunately that is not the case.

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The most famous wall in the world, The Western Wall, also called the Wailing Wall. It is an amazing feeling having my own hand touching so much history.  Women and men are of course divided here (every religion is good dividing people), but it was an experience to see so devoted people.

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In the Christian area you can visit the place where they say Jesus is buried. It is inside the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

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From the David Tower by the Jaffa Gate you get an amazing view over the Old Town and also the modern part of Jerusalem, all the way over to the Mount of Olives. A strange thing I saw from there was the swedish flag at the Swedish Christian Study Center.IMG_3018IMG_3038IMG_303720151113_114258IMG_3039

 

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Only in English - Endast på engelska denna gång. Klipp länken, gå in på Google translate, klistra in och få en ok översättning på svenska 🙂

I decided to make one dream trip come true and went to Israel to see the country with my own eyes. I went there with atheist eyes and free political mind. I also bought several books about Israel because many of the authors somehow manage to sneak in their point of view with religion and politics, so having couple og versions with you, you get different perspectives.

I started the first day in Tel Aviv, the city is a great example that shows how different Israel really is and you meet people from all over the world. I started my walk from Rabin square towards Rothschild Boulevard: IMG_2973
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And passed the house where Israels independency was declared 1948:

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Then I turned towards Carmel Market where also the city changed rapidly:

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Here I found a 2 euro Falafel in a hole in the wall before I started my walk toward the oldest jewish area in Israel, Neve Tzedek.

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Neve Tzedek became my favorite area in Tel Aviv where modern houses blends with old houses and sky scrapers fills the sky. No one is moved away because the modern world is growing.

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Then I walked to the famous Jaffa area, it is the so called Middle East of Tel Aviv and has became an artistic area. Here I also saw why many people, who has visited this country, says Israel is the only true democracy in the world. While the mosque let their prayer echo in the neighborhood, a man dressed in typical jewish clothes passed it and just by the corner tourists were having a beer.

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From this area I jumped on the city tours bus that took three hours and completed the tour, passing the Sorona area with amazing restaurants and shops, to the unversity area with a great view over Tel Aviv:

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Then I jumped off the bus by the luxury hotels by the beach and show no fear just going straight into one of the hotels, passed the guard like I been living there since days, found the elevators to get a great shot over the most famous beach areas in the world. Pushed the highest number in the elevator, got into a fancy lounch bar and thought what the heck, I order some champange a buffet so no one askes questions. The problem was when I wanted to pay, they said it was free for guests and I felt so ashamed and could not say I just got in for the view so I left as tip what I managed to figure out what champange and afternoon buffet costs in places like this. But I got nice shots and left a superhappy waiter behind:

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Tel Aviv is one of the most fashinating cities I ever visited and never felt so safe in my life.

More Israel to come...

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Kiruna, Lapland (Sweden) is where I am born. I left Lapland when I was 15 years old to study fashion. Lapland has many natural ecosystems where the nature and animals live together. You can still drink the water in many lakes and rivers. During our stay we went with dog sled and visited the Icehotel in Jukkasjärvi. It was very exotic for hubby to see a totally different world. Right now the area is in a period kalled Kaamos which means that the sun does not rise for approximately one month. We were there just days before and enjoyed some sun for 2,5 hours.

The Icehotel was in construction. They fly in different artists from all over the world and they make their ice rooms according to their ideas. The suite in the Icehotel costs this year 1,300 euro/night and champagne is served in ice glasses. The waiting list is two years for the room.

I miss Lapland, it is such a unique place.

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Copenhagen is the capital of Denmark and you reach Sweden in just couple of minutes by train. We stayed three days in Copenhagen, I for work and hubby as a tourist.
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Ströget by night. Main city empty of people in the evening. But here you find cosy retaurants and bars. It is the main shopping street and you see the high life standard of Copenhagen because it is filled with high class design shops.
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Copenhagen is a city for bikers. This is the bike parking by the central station. People take the bike no matter what weather and the city is calm thanks to less car traffic.
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Pengebar = Moneybar. A fun ATM in the city.

Istegdade below is a calm street by day, but by night is is a party street. Shortly to say here you can have sex, get drunk as hell and wake up with a tattoo you do not remember buying.

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This is by the side entrance to Cristiania. We were not allowed to take photos inside the area, but it was nice to visit Cristiania and see the reality.
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Nyhavn is one of my favorite places. It is a beautiful area in central Copenhagen filled with pubs. Here you can sit outside all year around.
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I guess christmas started officially in Copenhagen. This is a hotel covered with lights!

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This is the first and oldest traffic light in Berlin. An employee sat in the tower and switched from red to green manually.

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Detta är det första och äldsta trafikljuset i Berlin. En anställd satt i tornet och bytte från rött till grönt manuellt.
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