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FBI Visit

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

What a day it was! While half of Stockholm were having Halloween parties, our neighborhood got a visit by FBI, I got a pair of beautiful earrings almost as a present, and in the night, I met Jesus…

First thing first: two black Mercedes vans (only one on the picture) at the riding school just around the corner, 150 meters or so from my place:

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I couldn’t believe my eyes! Yes, the letters FBI on the vans!

Shocked as I was, I went closer, for that was my way to the bus, and what did I see:

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Real Estate Construction Industry, in Pitea

One more pearl of Swedish language usage :-)

(And the real FBI should simply ignore my previous post, about the $43 trillion debt lawsuit in the US)

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Drottningholm at twilight

Monday, October 29th, 2012

A quick trip to Drottningholm, the residence of King of Sweden.

A couple of days ago, on my way to town I got off the bus and walked back one stop to shoot a few pics – it was worth, wasn’t it? :-)

If you have time for a few more clicks, you can view them larger and have a breathtaking experience, enjoy! (On the photo’s page: Actions => View all sizes)

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And if you visit Stockholm and you have 2 hours to kill, Drottningholm is a must see. To get there, you take the green metro line to Brommaplan (direction: Hasselby strand), and a number of buses go there, it’s only 3 stops.

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Ford for Sale

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Got up early in the morning and took a walk in almost rainy Viking Land – I should expect my millions coming. So let’s do some business! Here is a Ford for sale:

Ford for sale - 1. Photo: Andrea Gerak

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Dalarna, Sweden. Photo: Andrea Gerak

And you can find it here:
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Look at this one too:

Your Dream Car?

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Party!!!

Thursday, September 6th, 2012

On Sunday a very non-Swedish thing happened in Viking Land: a party.

Our new neighbors threw a house warming party right next day after moving in. The usual story: ageing Swede got a beautiful young lady from Thailand. While this in itself, why it is a usual story for Swedish men to export women into a country where there are probably more single gals than anywhere else, would deserve a full essay, here I only wanna give you a little impression of how to let your hair down when you have a small, international crowd.

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First of all, there was food, drink, food and drink. Mike, a Libanese man around 60, made sure that everyone’s plates and glasses were full, at all times. He himself mostly drank of the bottles: simply pouring the wine down his throat, without swallowing.

Then there was MUSIC. That’s quite something, for in the past one year since I am at this place, I heard music in the area maybe 10 times only. Of which 4 was some organized event on the next islands.

Here we had a couple of CDs from Dubai: Arabic music with modern touch. Actually I did like the one with 4 gay male singers, they sounded 100x more masculine then most of the straight boy bands of Western pop music…

So we had Arabic music from a JVC ghetto blaster, gotta hear Bedouine songs at the table performed by Mike who didn’t only have a huge potbelly but a great voice as well, we watched and learned a little belly dancing from a Libanese girl, a traditional dance from the Syrian-Turkish border from a guy from Syria, and of course I did a song or two – Hungarian folk songs from Slovakia which they loved.

Yeah, we had also a bit of bottle dance, which is normal for Hungarian female folk dancers except that this wine bottle was very narrow and tall, almost full.

All of us had a wonderful time – maybe except for the belly dancer’s gorgeous daughter who would rather hide in a car and read a book. For me personally (beside seeing how my little songs that no-one understood a word of, were touching hearts), the most wonderful experience was to see my landlord, his wife, brother and his wife, all four hearing impaired, having great fun, enjoying the music, the live songs, and dancing crazy! They have been saying all the time (perhaps in their entire life?), that they prefer to associate with deaf people, because of the barriers in communication with others.

Well, it seems that sometimes it’s much easier to jump over some borders, whether they be physical or only in one’s mind – I hope you don’t mind me getting slightly philosophical, even about a party :-)

Ps: yes, I do perform as a singer or dancer for private, corporate, community etc events, find out more on my website

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Happy Easter!

Monday, April 9th, 2012

Spring at Stenhamra Stenbrott. Photo: Andrea Gerak

Wishing you a happy Easter and a happy Spring with this little recording I made yesterday, on an excursion at this beautiful place here, just outside Stockholm, at Stenhamra Stenbrott.

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Winter on the lake – 2

Tuesday, March 6th, 2012

After being a bit sick and dealing with a lot of other stuff, back here with my blogs.

A little more snow & ice, before it goes away – but March in Sweden doesn’t mean spring, it is normally end of April when I put away my winter coat…

Continuing from last time when I showed you one of my favorite hiding places by the lake (this is from my Nature photo blog), now we actually go out to the open “water”:

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Some more gorgeous pictures, if you click on this one.

This is definitely one thing to do around Stockholm in the winter: walk on the frozen lakes – and even better, if you have a pair of skates…

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Bus trip to Björkvik – 1

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

It was such a gorgeous, sunny Sunday, although cold and also windy at times.

Originally, I thought I would go out to the Archipelago ang get some sea breeze, but instead I decided to take a shorter trip only and discover Viking Land a bit more.

So now I went all the way to the farthest tip of Färingsö island, to Björkvik. By the way, in Sweden there are 57 settlements with this name… you can identify this one by that it belongs to Ekerö municipality.

It’s a nice trip if you want to see more of the Stockholm area than just the city. Take the blue bus 176 from Brommaplan to the end station Stenhamra Solsidan, then change to the red 317. That one doesn’t have a busy schedule to say the least, but if you have no luck with catching a connection, you can walk one or two (or more…) stops, instead of waiting.

A good couple of pictures in my photo blog, click on this one:

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Winter on the lake – 1

Monday, February 6th, 2012

Oh yay, winter is here. there is a lot of fuzz about the weather in the media, chaos, havoc and all that reported – I would assume that the temperature and snow which is not even strange for Central Europe, shouldn’t be a problem in Scandinavia, and the public transport companies and so on should be well prepared to handle it, but it is apparently not so.

Or perhaps it is  only such a big deal according to the media – weather is always a good subject. Here, on one of the islands of Mälaren, I only experienced any problem on Friday early evening, when I had to wait 1 hour for the bus from Brommaplan.

Anyway, why not enjoy Winter Wonderland, if it’s here?

Friday was one very cold but gorgeous day out here in Viking Land. I simply had to go out to my hiding place by the lake.

On the way:

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At the lake:

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Saturday morning

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

I was watching the horses from the window, while listening to a few of my friends on All Aboard The Blues, (Vol.1) CD. Perfect!

Click on the link above to hear song samples while you are looking at the photos; you can hear some of the most splendid, Stockholm based international blues musicians: Big Walker, James Bradley Jr, Jair-Rohm Parker Wells or Brian Kramer.) Click on the photos to view them larger.

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Have a great weekend!

More Music:                       More Winter:                   More Viking Land:
Elisabeth Kontomanou at Huddinge Jazz 2010 - 6 Vasa museum, Stockholm Autumn morning - #1

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Sunset from Varberg

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Just found lots of photos from the past few years, on DVDs – or better to say: now I have a laptop that can handle DVDs, so I am happy about having an access to some of my precious darlings, like these ones:

Sunset from Varberg - 1. Photo: Andrea Gerak

Sunset from Varberg - 2. Photo: Andrea Gerak

They look better in a larger size

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