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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Monday, December 17, 2012

BMore Xmas

Short video with some clips from Hampden 34th Street and the Christmas parade on the Avenue.
The password to watch the film is "tomten" (having some issues managing my vimeo videos at the moment)

Christmas celebration are in full force in our neighborhood Hampden. Lights in every house and Santas driving around in cars and motorcycles... 3 blocks away from us is "The wonder on 34th Street", were the residents have gone slightly crazy on the decorations, and its drawing hords of people every day of the week since it started in late November, on Saturday nights you would think there is a rock concert on the area judging from all the people, but it is simply an effect of 34th street.

My kind of parade
Baltimores Roller Skate Girls in their best Xmas outfits
Even the Mayer took a spin on the annual Christmas parade on the Avenue

Lots of old American cars out on the roads
Bambi American size
The Wonder on 34th Street. My first interactive 360 Panorama Image (you can pan around in the image, zoom out first and it looks better). There are rooms for improvement but its a start!

Anna visiting one of the houses on 34th street
Weel Cap Christmas Tree
Better post my letter soon! (isn't there an email address these days?)

Happy Holiday!  Time to find my elf costume

Saturday, December 1, 2012


Winter is here, or is it?
Snow in the Appalachian mountains of Western Maryland and ice cold winds on the coast. You would almost think winter is here. But no, tomorrow we will have 20 C / 68F and sunshine again. Oh Bmore!

Camping in Savage River with Trevor, and the Canoe! Great wilderness area out there.
An old friend
Trevor is improving his flyfishing, but still got some skills to work on...
Now to the important part. Sr Kågesten came to visit from Sweden for 10 days over thanksgiving. Very exiting! Also, the first person to come and stay in our basement. Turns out it is very handy to have your dad living in the basement, lots of things got done that I have been putting off for a while (accomplishments include fixing our fence and stirring the compost... now that I think about it I should have made him do more work, have to be better prepared next time he comes around!).
First time for dad in the Baltimore/DC area so we did some sightseeing, and went to lots of good places to eat and drink.
Anna and dad sharing their common passion, their ipad,
after a filling brunch at Woodberry kitchen
Tasty apples at the Mt Vernon Farmers Market conveniently situated under the highway 
Dad making new friends, I turned around and
found him selling chocolate at a stand... 
Bob explaining the rules at the Annual thanksgiving American Football game  
Two clueless teams running around chasing the ball like lost turkeys
Bob serving their home made Glögg (kind of a mulled whine).
Very traditionally Swedish, and dangerously  tasty 
Dad digging in to the delicious thanksgiving food served by Bob wife Michael 
After some very heavy eating activities on Thanksgiving (I almost had to throw up because I ate to much of the delicious desert..) we picked ourself together, packed the car and the canoe (you always have to bring the canoe), and headed for the coast for a few days to walk off the food.

Sea level rise having turning car into boats in Annapolis
Sleepy horses welcoming us in the Chincoteague wilderness 
Wilderness (meaning a gravel road instead of a paved one) Walk 
Sleepy lunch in the sun 
MC Anna
Who are these people?
Due to Sandy we found an amazing amount of beautiful conk shells on
the beach, some  were still alive and feeling sorry for them I threw them back
in the ocean, poor little (tasty) snails!
Its cold.. But if you want lunch you have to dip your feet
Another guy grabbing a snack
Dad trying to spot sweden on the other side 
Bird paradise (if it wasn't so damn cold that is)
An alternative way to explore the wilderness and spot some birds at sunset
Morning swim
Small, clean and very refreshing (freezing)
Thanks dad for coming over! I almost forget just how much I miss my family over here. The basement is now awaiting who ever want to come over next!