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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Sunday, January 27, 2013

Armageddon! my # have been heard

Trevor desperately trying to put his ass on fire earlier this evening
Wow! Here I go complaining about the lack of snow and then it happens, Baltimore gets thrown right into Arctic winter (more then 1 cm of snow on the grounds = complete chaos). Just one week ago we were eating brunch outside in DC in T-shirt only, celebrating President Obamas Inauguration, and now it is down jacket on and pretty damn cold even by Swedish standards.
After a whole year of waiting in vain, my pirate ship finally get to set sail
for the first time, even-though it is but a pond.
Of course I had to take advantage, especially as Anna went to Philly on an all girls weekend and left me to make my own plans, so I teamed up with Trevor to drive 3 hours to  a random hostel in the middle of nowhere in Pennsylvania, cosy but little creepy as we are the only ones staying here (who ate the others?), to ski the infamous Seven Springs resort today and tomorrow. And after a couple of hours night skiing today I must say it is better then I though it would be, but when I compare with my trip to Colorado this time last year I get a little sad. It is great to be able to explore winter activities even with Baltimore as the base, an unexpected bonus, and tomorrow wait fresh snow and sunshine! 

Me, Anna, with Ben, Kinsey and Saskia having Mimosas
for Brunch during Inauguration weekend in DC.
Getting ready for the traditional Inauguration Ball (tacky version)
Anna with a happy random person we met trying to find a spot on the Mall
The crowd going crazy for any camera that appeared to be broadcasting..

We were quickly picking up the required flag waving skills. Especially when Obama
mentioned "making it easier for foreign engineers and students" (pretty spot on!)
The national sport of flag waving, and then some
Anna transformed to a Neanderthal version during a brief visit
to the National History Museum. I particularly like the hairstyle
Anna was getting a little to excited about the stones in there -
pay grade slightly over what you make researching coral reefs
A fine trash tribute on the street,
 he sure got some stuff to work with the next 4 years
My daily commute just got slightly dicier... (not to speak of the train delays, and the people driving.. they are terrible!) On Wednesday the forecast say 20 deg C, and then back to snow storm on Friday again. Wacky!
Next coming up: Baltimore Ravens playing Superbowl next weekend! (no I have not followed the games at all, but could not avoid noticing this event for all my ignorance). Now sleep, tomorrow ski every penny out of that expensive lift ticket

Friday, January 18, 2013

It's so 2012

...Christmas that is. Though, it is great to look back to the two holiday weeks we just spend in Sweden. Damn good to see family and friends again, and snow - not so surprisingly I got bitten by the snow virus, and now back in DC I can think of nothing else. I would give anything to have a snowy big mountain in the outskirts of Baltimore. NOAA actually promised a snowstorm yesterday but it was a cruel false alarm. Not a flake in sight and a sunny inauguration weekend coming up. 

Sled transport on my last leg traveling to homeland
Lots of snow and Elfs
Stor Sis and her 3 dwarfs
What I actually came for
Swedish Traditions not so different from the American, eat eat eat 
Poor Pig, but so tasty! 
Once Christmas was done it was time for some hunting with the boys
(read drinking and playing cards) out on our farm.
No Electricity, no heat, just simple candles and lots and lots of fire wood
Well, we did give the hunting a shot to
Water in plenty but took some time to ingest
Olle,  Erik and Linus enjoying the view and grilled hot dogs
Me and Anna had managed to get both our families together for a ski week in
Långberget, Värmland, to celebrate New Year together  
Lill Sis and Dad taking a spin at the Hotel Bar. Röck än råll!
Anna snuggling up with her parents in their camper
Enjoying my Swedish coffee and the setting sun (which is most of the day up here) 
Volvo, Woods, Snow and a Camper.
Långberget "Mountain"
Anna and her original ski instructor (aka Pappa Jan)
Oliver flying down the slopes in V style
Alex putting on an impressive endurance display to try and beat uncle G
3 Year old Wille fighting for victory

Fuel stop. Carrots. Banana. Go!
Most of the day, it is really like night time... Not all is bad being
back in the US with about 3 more hours of daylight
present, bags, check!
 2013. I still have troubles saying it. I think it will be a year with lots of... work. That kind of sucks. Then again, in about a month it is time to pack my bags and go down to Puerto Rico again for a few weeks of field work in the Caribbean. And it looks like there will be plenty of more travels this year too. If it could only snow in the mountains around here it really wouldn't be to bad. #Give.Me.Snow.Now.