The climbfish have now evolved to cover my life in the US - including very exiting life in downtown Baltimore (aka the wire) and ocean research expeditions with NOAA. I don't promise frequent updates but I will try and cover the most and least exiting times here. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Welcome to Baltimore

Secret wedding on the Swedish Ship Götheborg, June 6
Spring turned to summer and I finished my last day at work at Marin Miljöanalys. After a couple of nice but too short summer weeks in Sweden I packed my bags and left to Baltimore in the US. Why leave a great Swedish summer for a hot stinking city you might ask (I did anyway)... 1. My newly wedded wife(!), Anna Larsson just started studying a master in Public Health at Johns Hopkins which will keep her/us in Baltimore for the next year, and 2. I got a chance to work for NOAA as mapping personal on their reaserch ship Okeanos Explorer, which make me feel very privileged and excited.

My roadbike and the view from Federal Hill overlooking downtown and the harbour, Aug 14th

 I spend the last 3 weeks getting set up in Baltimore (just bumming around really),  Baltimore is a much cooler city then what I had heard beforehand and since I got my bike I have had some good weeks here exploring the city and settling into the town. Me and my bike made lots of new bike friends, here bikers stick together and take care of one another as I soon discovered. In addition to deadly biking in a city made for cars, there are also some quit nice hiking opportunities around the city, and a good river for trout fishing 35 min from downtown, gunpowder river (conveniently close to "pretty boy dam").  

Enjoying a swim together with plastic and dead bodies at Patasco river, exiting to see whats next down the stream!
All is really quit good, there a a few annoying things, mostly concerning laws and rules in the US, the most upsetting one so far is that your not allowed to swim in any lakes in Maryland except for controlled swimming areas, as the owner of the lake is responsible for the peoples safety, madness from an outdoor lovers perspective.

Anyway, Ive had it with Baltimore for now, I just arrived to Key West today where I will spend the next 5 days camping, fishing and freediving before I board Okeanos Explorer on Sunday afternoon. Tomorrow morning I leave my hostel and head for Long Key State Park, cant wait!
Straight off the airport and out to the most southern point of the US to watch the sunset and take a swim in the hot water, I like it!

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