Alohaaaaaaaaah.

Posted by jswt | Posted in General, USA - Hawaii - Kona | Posted on 29-11-2009

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So a few days of true vacation are doing us well…
Real well.

My sis lives in Kona, Hawaii and our family hops over for an early xmas and it lined up well with the travel schedules and some convieniently preplanned January romancing that led to this trip’s highlight: meeting my new niece. She’s little, and adorable and it’s fantastic to be meeting her at this age, where there’s just so much ahead…

Crafty webmanship landed us the greatest little oceanfront cottage at a bizarrely low rate (Tip: Low season = until Dec 13th… prices for flights and accom triple from 14th thru xmas). I’ve never been anywhere that’s quite this waterfront, as the deck literally is out over the ocean. It’s made us not so hugely eager to go sightseeing, as we’re pretty well off just napping and mai-tai’ing on the deck.

There’s a couple breaks right off the deck, and I spent the first couple days watching surfers gliding by until I’d had enough of the voyeurism and headed over to the Kona Boys surf shop across the street. They hooked me up with lessons, and whether it was the instructors or the years of snowboarding, something triggered and I was riding after my second wave. Went out again the next day for a bit, and the surf shop said that they’ll hook me up with another free day of riding for taking a lesson with em… Hoping the surf’s back up tomorrow to go play some more… Seriously loving it.

Chris had made the request that we check out the volcano as he’d never seen it, so we trekked over and up there yesterday. If you can manage to dodge the hordes of frightening bustour folk (USA! USA! USA!), this place’ll blow your mind. It’s jawdroppingly cool to see the size and scope of the whole thing up there, and put the power into perspective. Standing at the edge of a MASSIVE caldera with a lot of craters within (one even just started bubbling again) is an easy way to blow your mind. We hiked 1000 feet into a lava tube and found pitch darkness heavier than I knew possible. We wandered through a lava field where there’s over 23,000 petroglyphs. And it’s humbling to see the flows everywhere from different timeframes and you can see at times where it’s just eaten whatever’s in it’s path.

It’s kind of a way of explaining the overwhelming church-heaviness of this island though… I mean, whatever choice someone makes or whatever word they choose to apply to it is their business, but it’s pretty hard to doubt the interconnectedness and infinite beauty of the chaotic cacophony that is our world when confronted directly with the forces which continue to create the planet up to and including this moment.

Anyways – won’t be online much this week, but thought I’d throw some pix into my external memory pool before I head back to… uhm… Blissfully chilled out nothing 🙂

Into the silence…

Posted by jswt | Posted in General | Posted on 09-11-2009

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I’m settling back into the homefront, but need to add one last thing before I go silent…

Yesterday, I had a 5hr layover in LHR Terminal 3 that was it’s standard mayhem and chaos.

(For anyone who’s never been thru London Heathrow, there’s hundreds of gates and thousands upon thousands of people waiting for flights in a giant waiting chamber which amplifies everyone’s pushiness because it’s the UK and no one knows if they should walk on the right or left and it’s just an antsy aggro mess).

In the UK, I guess they celebrate rememberance day on Sunday the 8th, because at 10:58am an announcement was made about the 2 minutes of silence appropaching at 11am. Everything continued along as it’s pushy hustle and bustle, until a chime rang at 11 and a silence fell through the whole place. Not a kind of semi-polite-lets-continue-along-our-business-quietly type of silence, but a complete and total freezeframe of people stopped in their tracks not moving, and no one saying a word through the entire building.

It was 2 minutes of complete wonderful amazement that so many people could pause in unification like that, and even though we were reflecting upon those lost at war and the undesirable savages of battle, I felt joy well up in my chest at both the synchronization of society and my luck at random presence of something so powerful.

[exit to home life]

Gothenburg: “We’re not Stockholm!”

Posted by jswt | Posted in General, Sweden - Gothenburg | Posted on 07-11-2009

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We’ve been in Gothenburg, Sweden this past week which is a pretty meh city and hasn’t had me too inspired to write about it.

They’re really trying hard to get out of the shadow of Stockholm and are more than eager to tell you over and over how great their city is and how great their restaurants are. Unfortunately for them, they’ve kind of gone highend without developing any soul – there’s some michelin starred restaurants here, but there’s no fine casual scene… clubs are of the pretentious table service variety… and overall, the city just feels very… bland.

I mean, to put it in perspective it’s still *way* better than the suburban US cities we were in earlier this year, and the hotel’s really nice (yay to free beer in the sauna!), and after looking under a lot of rocks did manage to find some spirit in the old part of town and spent a fantatstic afternoon thriftshopping w/ C… And there was a bit of a shoppingwank at my favorite denim company’s flagship store

But… yeah…
I just realized the only good thing I have to say about this place is that the shopping was good.

The week w/ chris has been nice though, and I guess that it’s been a good week to just catch up on work, hit the gym, lay low, and catch up on sleep.

Flying home tomorrow for a couple weeks, and though my week in Copenhagen was eternally dreamy, I’m not gonna miss or be eager to come back to Gothenburg.

And to end this note and leg of the trippinz, I’d just like to take a moment to beam on a proud uncle-y note, and welcome to this world my new niece who was born last night (congrats T&J!)

Copenhagen wrapup

Posted by jswt | Posted in Audio, Denmark - Copenhagen, General | Posted on 07-11-2009

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So, I’m pretty sure looking back on it that Copenhagen is my new favorite city that I’ve visited… as someone said the other day: “Copenhagen is one of those cities that you’re allowed to be an adult. If you want to go have a beer, go right ahead. No one’s going to tell you not to, because you’re responsible for your decisions. Be a grownup, and have fun”. That pretty much sums it up.

The halloween party was pretty fantastic and epic… 31,000 people all in white… good tunes… a fun night out fo’sure.

Favorite set of the night went to Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso(download the set here), which had the place bouncing something silly.

Party ended @ 3am, cabs were impossible and it was about an hour walk back to the hotel but it was really cool – wandering the streets as the sun came up while clusters of white dressed people floated around in the darkness like spirits…

Yeah.
I liked Copenhagen a lot, and hope to get back there one day.