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05 September 2010 @ 06:25 pm

Barcelona 2010

This summer I went to Barcelona for a week, partly since my travel partner and I had gotten a travel coupon from United after we had been delayed on our trip home from the States last year. We had been discussing about where we wanted to go, and finally we both agreed on Barcelona in Spain. I kept a journal while I was there, and have finally gotten around to translate most of it into English, so I can share it with my friends here :) The rest is yet to come at some point! ;)

Wednesday August 4, 2010.

04.20 am is way too early to get up in the morning, but it’s evened out by the fact that my vacation in Barcelona starts today. I got ready in time for when I had booked my cab to arrive, and on the way to Aalborg airport we picked up my travel buddy. We got to Barcelona without any problems, even though the plane we were supposed to fly on from Copenhagen got switched out due to technical difficulties, which caused an about 1 hour delay, but that wasn’t bad at all.

Without much trouble we caught a cab outside the airport, and after about 25 minutes we got to the hotel, and checked in without any problems. It was a rather nice hotel, I’ve seen worse, but I haven’t seen that many that was better (it was also a 4 * hotel after all)

After check in we went looking for a place to eat, and found what looked like a nice place. It was a chain restaurant called Gino’s, with Italian inspired food, which was rather good at the price. After our late lunch, we started walking towards the city center in search of Las Ramblas. We also managed to find it without getting lost, and we only had to look at our map twice to get there! It was very nice to walk around and look at buildings and all other different things there. The trip back to the hotel we also made on foot, and since we didn’t go the same way back, it felt rather long, and we also went a small detour.

Dinner that night was at a sandwich bar not far from the hotel, which wasn’t very good, so we would not go there again, that was for sure!

Thursday

In our research on-line, and also through some of my friends and family, we had been recommended the “hop on – hop off” bus tour. We picked up a brochure about in at the hotel, and after having looked closer at it, decided that we would buy a two day ticket, since it covered most of the places we wanted to go, so we could use it for transport those two days. They have three routes around Barcelona, and two of them lasts about two hours, and the third last about 40 minutes. After breakfast (again a bad choice of place and food) we hopped on the red route (2 of the 3 routes had a stop close to our hotel, which was very convenient) and rode it all the way around. We were lucky enough to get to sit upstairs, which was great for most of the trip, there was a short period where it rained a bit, but it didn’t last that long.

After having done the first circle on the red route, we continued on it until we came to Poble Espanyol (the Spanish Village). It’s a “village” which was constructed back in 1929 for the International Exhibition, built in the same style as villages usually were built in Spain. In the buildings they have different eating places, art and crafts shops, art workshops and also a glassblowing workshop. Since we were hungry, we soon found a place to eat. They have many restaurants in Barcelona with a menu of the day, where you get 3 dishes for a good price, and we also found that here. We decided to test the sangria out, and it was a good choice since we both liked it, and we had it at least daily on the rest of our trip! 

After having had lunch, we walked around the village and looked at the great architecture and in the different shops and workshops. They also had a sculpture garden and a small museum with works by Picasso. It was a very nice place, and I can highly recommend it.

After the village we got back on the bus again, but it was only for a short trip, before we got to Telefèric de Montjuic which is a cable car that brings you to the top of Montjuic (which actually means ”Jew Mountain” since there used to be a Jewish cemetery on the mountain). It was a very nice ride up to the top of the mountain, where there was an old military fort with a great view over the city and the harbor. After having walked around the fort, we walked down the mountain a bit, before getting on the cable car again, about halfway down.

Again we jumped on the bus, until we got to a stop not too far from Las Ramblas. We then explored the area on foot again, and this time we were a bit unlucky, because as we were walking down a street, there suddenly were what we thought was ladies of the night, because there was  a lot of them, and they were rather skimpy dressed!

We did however get away from that area without any problems and also found a nice place where we sat down to get a drink and enjoy the great weather. After our drink we continued along Las Ramblas to Plaça Catalunya, where we got on the red line bus again, and rode it until we got to the stop at the hotel. At the hotel we cleaned up a bit, before heading out to Gino’s again for a light dinner, since we weren’t that hungry. And the evening ended not too late, because we were both tired, and needed to relax and get a good nights sleep.

Friday

Friday started with breakfast at a bakery/café we had found the day before when we got off the hop on – hop off bus. It was a pretty plain but actually rather tasty breakfast with some great orange juice, and we both agreed that it most likely wouldn’t be the last time we ate there.

We got back on the bus after breakfast, and rode the red route to Barcelona’s Aquarium. It was rather nice to walk around and look at the different settings they had for the fish and all other different creatures of the ocean. They also had a basin, in which they had a glass tube at the bottom that you can walk through, and look at the fish, sharks and different kinds of rays.

After the aquarium we got back on the bus until it got to Port Olímpic (the Olympic harbor during the 1992 Olympic Games) where we changed to the green route on the hop on – hop off bus. It was the shortest route, which took about 40 minutes, where we got around a newer part of the city. When we got back to Port Olímpic, we got off the bus again, and went down to the harbor area to find something to hear. There were a few restaurants that had outside seating with a view over the harbor, so we picked one, where we had a pretty good paella, but it didn’t taste as good as one I had had some years earlier when I were in Malaga. After lunch we took a little walk around the harbor, before we got back on the bus to Plaça Catalunya, where we switched to the blue line on the bus route. That line passed by La Sagrada Familia, which is Gaudi’s amazing incomplete church, that they are still building on, and hope to finish in 20 years time! We had planned to get off at the church, but there were a long line to get into it, so we decided to stay on the bus. The bus later came to a the Tramvia Blau tram. It runs part of the way op the Tibidabo, which is an old amusement park, and we thought it would be fun to ride it. It wasn’t that unique since the tram was pretty new, and only decorated to look like an old one. After we rode the tram down again, it was back on the bus around Barcelona. We both agreed that the red line was the most interesting to ride, since there wasn’t that far between the interesting places.

We got off the bus at the stop close to our hotel, and since we both needed to get our legs exercised a bit, we went to an English book shop that we had found by coincidence on our first day in Barcelona. We both found a couple of books there that we wanted before we headed back to the hotel.

We had a little siesta at the hotel, before we went down to the restaurant in the hotel for dinner. Most restaurants have a siesta after lunch, and don’t open again until 7.30 – 8.00 pm, and we saw that it was mostly tourists that came there at that time. If you want to eat at the same time as the Spaniards, you probably wouldn’t get there before 9.00 pm, so we tried to get used to a late dinner. After we had dinner we went out and found a bar not far from the hotel, were we could sit on the sidewalk and have a drink. It was a very nice evening, and we both enjoyed relaxing with a drink, before we headed back to the hotel sometime after 11.00 pm.

Saturday

Since we didn’t get to visit La Sagrada Familia on Friday, we started the day by taking a taxi to it, since we really wanted to see it. But when we arrived there, the queue was just as long as the day before (halfway around the church). So after having looked at our map, we took a quick decision and headed for Parc de la Ciutadella (the Citadel park), which we also had on our list. It’s a very nice park with both a Zoo, and a Natural Science Museum. There’s also La Cascade, which is a big and amazing fountain and waterfall. It was a pleasure to walk around in the park, and find nice surprises here and there, like a stone mammoth. The museums were unfortunately closed, and the Zoo a bit too expensive in our opinion. But we still had a nice time there.

Once we had seen what we wanted to see in the park, we headed towards La Ramblas again, and we then passed through the La Ribera quarter. By coincidence we came by the Piccaso museum, which we didn’t visit, and also by Santa María del Mar, which is a beautiful gothic church. During our further expedition we also came by a nice place for lunch, before we were back at La Ramblas again. Once there, we visited the Boqueria marked, that have all kind of Spanish specialties, and a lot of people visiting and shopping there.

We then headed back to the hotel, since we had booked tickets on the Night time bus around Barcelona, which takes you around Barcelona after sunset, so you can see the lights and colors of the famous buildings there. The tour started at 21.30, and we had to be there 20 minutes before that. Even though we were there in plenty of time, it still took a while before we got going, since they needed to get hold of two more busses, than the two they started out with, to accommodate all that wanted to go. Again we rode on double decker busses, and they made sure that everybody could sit on the top deck, so we all had a great view. I really liked that about the company.

It was amazing to ride around Barcelona, and see all the lights at night. We also made a stop so we could enjoy the lights and sounds of the Montjuic Magic Fountain. The tour ended shortly after midnight, and we went to get a bite to eat at a Spanish fast food chain, which wasn’t very good. We both agreed that we had tried it, and we didn’t want to do that again. Then we went back to the hotel, and at 2.00 it was lights out.


 
 
Kenn
16 June 2010 @ 09:10 am

Ever since I watched the movie Once Were Warriors, I've had a big interest in the Maori. I have to admit that I find their tattoos very interesting, and the fact that generally for you to get a Maori tattoo, the artist have to spend time with you, and get to know you, before they can make your tattoo makes it seem so much more personal.

Another thing about the Maori that I find interesting, is their Haka. Haka is a traditional dance by the Maori, and is among others used as a war dance.

The Haka is also used by the New Zealand All Blacks (New Zealands National Rugby team) before they start a match, and I will admit that every time I see it, is still sends shivers down my back. You can read much more about the All Blacks Haka here, and there are also a few videos where you can see them preform it.
 
 
Kenn
27 October 2009 @ 08:38 pm

The adventures of the gallivanting Dane

USA 2009
 

Part 2 

Tuesday September 15th, 2009

 

Another day of traveling! We were picked up at the hotel at 8.40 in the morning. We had booked seats on a Super Shuttle, and they had confirmed they would pick us up at that time, and they were there on time, so no worries there. We also got to the airport on time, and once we were checked in, we went to our gate, and relaxed and looked around a bit before we had to depart for Dallas.

 

The flight went smooth and on time, and luckily enough our luggage also arrived with us, so all we had to do was to proceed to the rental car company and pick up our car. The agent couldn’t find our reservation at first, but apparently he did find it, since we got a car and everything!

After about 2½ - 3 hours drive we arrived at my friends, without getting lost at all, so her directions were perfect! My friends were very kind to carry our heavy bags to our rooms, which were so kind of them. We then had a nice lasagna for dinner, and just hung around and relaxed for the evening, before we headed to bed, a bit tired after the traveling and not sleeping that much the night before.

 

Wednesday September 16th, 2009

 

After a good night sleep, I got up and showered, and then went downstairs and just sat and chatted with my friend Katie, while her hubby was at work, and my friend was showering.  After a short while their two dogs came in from roaming around outside (my friends live in the country side, and have a big plot of land where the dogs can run free), and they craved and got some petting and attention.

 

Suddenly without any warning at all one of the dogs fell to the floor and started cramping. We quickly got to our feet and Katie tried to calm it down. It didn’t last much more than a minute, before the other dog did the same, and I then tried to help out.  Katie made a call to the vet, and she got the message to bring them in at once. So the three of us got the dogs into Katie’s car, and off she went, to get there as soon as possible.

 

My friend and I stayed at the house, and just ate and hung around reading while we waited for Katie to get back. Around 2 hours later she finally got back, and when we went out to meet her, she was pulling a big plastic bag out of her car. In it was one of their dogs, that hadn’t made it; it had actually died shortly before she got to the vet. Their second dog was still at the vet, but it looked like it was going to make it.

 

It turned out that somebody that put out hamburger meat heavily laced with strychnine grain and rat poison. Once Katie got to the vet, they had cut open the dog, and found out what he had eaten, which helped them save the other dogs life.

 

Shortly after Katie had arrived Puc (her husband) got there as well, and after a little while we went and buried the dog in one of its favorite spots in their back yard. If you want to read more about it, head to Katies journal and read Dewey’s story.

After this heartbreaking episode, we went into Abilene, and made a stop at the vet to visit the other dog, Ginger, and she was doing great under the circumstances. And to be honest, that was quite a relief!

 

Once we had had lunch, we went to the Air force base, Puc is in the Air force and works there, and we were allowed onto it, so we could go and look at all the airplanes that lined the road into the base. As a plane freak I loved it, and it was fun to see those planes up close and personal.

 

After having been around town, we went back to the vet and picked up Ginger (the other dog) and went back home. Ginger was doing good, and the vet was sure she would be OK going home.

 

Thursday September 17th, 2009

 

After having been around Abilene for a bit, we left for Dublin (Texas) to visit Dublin Dr. Pepper. As a Dr. Pepper fan, it was fun to visit it, and I have to say that the staff they had there was great, and very friendly. And my friend who never had tasted Dr. Pepper is a fan now as well! On the way to Dublin we stopped by a Dairy Queen, since my friend wanted a milkshake, and Katie and Puc mean that they have the best milkshakes, and we can only agree with them!

 

After Dublin Dr. Pepper, we went to visit a couple of Katie and Puc’s friends, Wanda and Bob. They are very nice people, and we had a great evening with great conversation, good food and wine, and also some very nice homemade dandelion wine, which was a first for me, but something I wouldn’t mind trying again. 

 

Friday September 18th, 2009

 

Puc had to be on the base for part of the day, so Lone (my friend), Katie, and I went into Abilene mid morning, where we went to see the local library (Lone is a librarian and thought it would be interesting to see an American library). We also went to eat lunch at a place named “Hickory Street Café”, which Katie had heard should be good, and it was very good food! We all had dessert, and I had my first ever slice of key lime pie, and it was oh so good! Afterwards we went and visited the National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, which had a cool exhibition of popup books. Afterwards we went off to Frontier Texas!, which was a very good museum.

 

After that we went and met up with Puc at a mall, where Lone and I did a bit of shopping, and we also visited a cool comic book store. Afterwards we headed to a Mexican restaurant named Abuelo's, where we met up with some friends of Katie and Puc. We had a good evening with nice people and very good food, before we headed back to the house.

 

Saturday September 19th, 2009

 

Katie and Puc had arranged a BBQ with some of their friends, so we started out with going shopping, where both Lone and I went along, just to help out a bit, and I also wanted to buy some razor blades, since they are about half price over there, compared to Denmark.

 

Once we had shopped, we went back to the house, and then the afternoon went with preparing for the BBQ. In the evening we were joined by the couple we went out with Friday, and some more of their friends. It was interesting and fun to hang around and talk about difference between Denmark and the US. There was lots of great food and beer (I must say, I really like beer from the Shiner brewery!) The last two people left sometime after midnight, and then it was time to head to bed.

 

Sunday September 20th, 2009.

 

Our last full day in Texas. We started out by doing some dished and such from the day before, had a brunch, and then in the early afternoon we left for Dallas, where there was a hotel room waiting. We found the hotel, almost without problems, once we figured out that we were driving in the wrong direction on one of the highways outside Dallas ;) They didn’t have a room ready for us, but after a bit of confusion, they told us it would be ready in 15 minutes, so they sent us to the bar with a couple of drink coupons. We didn’t have to wait long before we were told the room was ready, so we headed up to it, but for some reason the key didn’t work, so I went back down again. The service was so good, that he recoded the keys, and went up with me to check it worked, which it did.

 

After spending just a short time in the room, we went out and headed to a Cheesecake Factory restaurant. I find their food very good, and their Cheesecake amazing. And we didn’t get disappointed at all! And it just so happened that there was a Barnes and Nobles bookstore next to the restaurant, so we spent some time there, before we went back to the hotel.

 

Monday September 21st, 2009.

 

Time to go home. We got up and left the hotel, so we would be at the airport in good time. We didn’t have any problem getting to the airport and dropping off the rental car, and getting to the terminal, where we had to check in. Check in went without any problems, but our plane was already at that point delayed by 1 hour, so it was going to be a bit close in Washington DC, where we would be changing plane to Denmark.

 

We landed ½ and hour before our connection left Washington, but since they didn’t have a gate free for us, we had to wait for around 15 minutes before we got to the gate, and then they had problems with the door, so it felt like it took forever for them to open it. We rushed through the airport, and arrived at out gate, which was closed shortly before we got there, we could actually see the plane parked out on the tarmac, so that was very annoying!

 

We went back to a United service counter, and after waiting in line for 20 minutes, the United guy couldn’t figure out how to rebook us onto another plane! So we were sent to another terminal, and another line that went for 30 minutes before it was our turn. There we were rebooked to Copenhagen, but via Frankfurt. She booked us so we had a 5 (!) hour layover in Frankfurt, even though I asked if she was sure there wasn’t an earlier connection, but no there’s only one connection between Frankfurt and Copenhagen daily! So we got rebooked to that flight, and then we went to the gate and got something to eat. I then went on-line and checked flights between Frankfurt and Copenhagen, and found out that there was a flight 45 minutes after we arrived, and 3 hours after we arrived, which didn’t surprise me. So I went back to the counter, and talked to another United person, and she was very competent and rebooked us to the flight 3 hours after our arrival in Frankfurt, since we couldn’t make the 45 minutes later connection.

 

The rest of the trip home went without any problems, and once we had been via Frankfurt, Copenhagen and then on the train, we got home around 7 hours delayed. Lone was lucky enough to be able to get off the train 3 hour before me, since she lives closer to Copenhagen, and the last part of the trip felt like it lasted forever. But once I was home I felt that it had been a great trip, and it went without too many problems.

 
 
Kenn
21 October 2009 @ 06:36 pm

The adventures of the gallivanting Dane

USA 2009

So last year I was talking to a friend of mine, after her recent trip to LA and Las Vegas, and I mentioned that I was thinking about going to the New York sometime in 2009. She mentioned that she might be interested in joining me, if I would like to have company. So we started to talk about it, and after some talks, and me contacting friends I have in the States, we agreed on going a trip where we went to New York City, stayed there 5 nights, and then flying to Texas, and stayed there for 6 night, visiting friends I have there, before flying back home.

Wednesday September 9th 2009.

Finally it was time to leave for my trip, the bag was packed, and I was ready to go. So my 2009 trip started at around 1.30 pm, where a friend of mine drove me to the train station here in Aalborg, from where I would catch a train to Copenhagen. The train departed on time, and after around 2½ hours, my friend who was traveling with me, jumped on the train, before it continued to Copenhagen. We arrived at the main train station in Copenhagen on time, but the train we were going to jump on to our final destination was a bit delayed, but luckily there’s one every 10 minutes, so the wait wasn’t too long.

Once we got to the last train station, we went outside looking for the hotel that was supposed to be close to the train station. We hadn’t looked around for very long, before a gentleman came up to us saying “you look like you’re looking for a hotel?” Which of course we did, so he pointed it out to us, and then left in the other direction. We got to the hotel, and after having checked in, left shortly after for our dinner.

I had booked a table at Fuego (which is and Argentinean restaurant), where we would be eating for free, since I had won a nice amount of money to spend at a gourmet restaurant. Except for the starters, which tasted most of dough, the meal and wine was great, and we had a very nice evening there.

Thursday September 10th 2009.

After a somewhat restless night we got up in the morning, had breakfast, took a little walk and then packed our bags and checked out, before heading back to the train station for a short train ride to Copenhagen airport. At the airport we checked in, and since my bag was close to the limit per suitcase, I asked if it was OK to have more than 23 kg in once suitcase when we went home, if I only had one bag, and not the 2 * 23 kg’s that are allowed. She told us that there was a chance I would get charged, so at that point I decided to buy a cheap sports bag once we got the NYC, since I knew I would want to bring extra stuff home with me!!

The flight to Newark was uneventful, and after the first 4-5 hours, it started to feel rather long. But we finally got there, and after about 1 hour we had gotten through immigration and customs and had gotten our bags. We had booked seats on a shuttle to take us to our Hotel, and we found it and got on it without any problems at all. So after about another hour we had checked into our hotel, and rather quickly went out to find something to eat. 

Our hotel was one block off Times Square, so we were located very central in the city, and we quickly found a TGI Fridays, were we had a good dinner. After dinner we went searching for a book shop, and after I asked in a shop, we managed to find a Borders close to Central Park, where we spent an hour or so, and each emerged from there with about 5 or 6 books! We then walked back to the hotel, where we rested and read some, before it was lights out at around 9 pm, since we both were very tired!

Friday September 11th 2009.

The day started with breakfast across the street at a café, where the food was OK, but one of the servers was a real bitch, more or less shouting at a customer, when there was something wrong with an order. After that we went to the American Museum of Natural History. There we joined part of a tour, which was good to start with, but aft the end got somewhat long winded, so we decided to leave it. Parts of the museum was great, especially the dioramas in the hall of ocean life (where there also is a model of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling, very impressive), Hall of North American Mammals and Hall of African Mammals was very impressive. They had put a lot of effort into making the models of the animals look like they were in their natural setting.
 
After spending about 4-5 hours there, we went back to Times Square where we met some friends of mine who had come down from Boston, and we had a very late lunch before we went off to The Sony Wonder Technology Lab, which was rather interesting, even though we had to rush a bit through it.
 
We then went out for dinner, and afterward my friends went off to their hotel, and so did my friend and I, since we were still a bit jet lagged, and a bit wet since we had been out in the rain as well (yes it rained most of that day)
 
Saturday September 12th 2009.
 
We started out wanting to visit New York Public Library, but once we got there, there was a sign that said it was closed, even though it was supposed to be open. So we decided to go shopping. We then tried to catch an E subway train to the World Trade Center station, so we could go shopping at the Century 21 department store. But after having waited for a while, we didn't want to wait any more, so we went back to the book shop, did some more shopping, before heading back to the hotel to drop off our stuff, and met my friends for lunch. After lunch we went on a 3-Hr Full Island Cruise around Manhattan. Since there was a high tide in one of the rivers we should have sailed on, they had to change it into a 3 hour sightseeing cruise, but we still got to see most of what we were supposed to see, and it was very interesting.
 
We again went out to dinner with my friends afterward, before they headed back to their hotel and we did the same. Luckily it didn't rain to much that day, but it was still overcast most of the day.
 
Sunday September 13th 2009.
 
We woke up to a great weather, and after breakfast we walked up to Central Park, and through part of it, to our destination The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The experience of it is hard to put into words, since it's an amazing museum. The art isn't what I thought it would be. To me art is mostly paintings, but oh was I wrong. They have so many different things there, and the around 6 hours we were there was amazing, even though there was way to many impressions for one visit. The perfect way to visit it, is to be able to spend 2 or more days there. If you go there, don't miss the roof top terrace with a view of Central Park.
 
This evening we went to Restaurant Row, and after having looked at the menu's at the different restaurants, we went for Asian food. The food was great and so was the wine. Again the portions were a bit big, so we had to send some food back, which wasn't the first or last time on our trip ;-). After dinner we headed to Empire State Building (it's open most nights until late), to get a night time view over New York City. Even though it was a bit expensive (20$ a person), and there were many people up there, it was an amazing view over the city. And since there were so many people wanting to get down with the lifts at the same time, we were allowed to go down 6 floors on the stairs, to the larger elevator banks.
 
Monday September 14th 2009.
 
We started the day out by going to the Pedal Pusher Bike Shop, (it was a bit hard to figure out the way to it, but we finally got there), where we rented a couple of bikes, and headed to Central Park. We did a full circle of Central Park on the road there, and it was a great ride on a day with great weather. The bike shop was a great deal compared to the prices you pay if you rent the bikes in the park, and even though we had the bikes for a bit more than an hour, we still only paid for one hour. So I can highly recommend the place, even though the bikes aren't the newest ones, they work great.
 
On our way back to the hotel we stopped at the New York Public Library, where we did get to see some of it, but the 1st floor was closed due to the fashion week that was going on while we were there.
 
We then went on the Century 21, where my friend got some great deals on clothes, and I got a great deal on a sports bag. After that we located the Bodyshop on Times Square, where I stocked up on some of their products, since I could save around 25% compared to Denmark.
 
The last evening in the Big Apple we went to a restaurant with a New Orleans theme, and again had some good food. Afterward we went for a drink, and back to the hotel to pack our suitcases, so we were ready to leave the day after.

 
 
Kenn
03 July 2009 @ 08:27 pm


[info]nursemae posted her response to the WORDS challenge a couple of days ago, and I asked her to give me 5 words, so here are her words, and my response to them :)

Star Trek
Oh yes, I have a love for Star Trek. I can remember that I did see some Sci Fi when I was a kid, I recall watching Space 1999, but that’s about it. Then when I was in the beginning of my 20’s I one day caught Star Trek: The Next Generation on TV, and I was hooked. They only showed a season or two on Danish TV, but then I found out that it was possible to watch it on German. And I was so hooked that I watched it even though it was synchronized into German (which I understood without any problems, after spending a year in a German boarding school)!

A friend and I who both love Star Trek, once talked about it, and we both agreed that the reason we like it, is because it shows faith in the future, and that people are able to overcome all their problems, and work together for a better place to live.

I have since discovered much more great Sci Fi, but Star Trek is still my first love, and Deep Space 9 is by far my favorite, followed closely by Babylon 5.

Movies
Another of my loves! I have wide taste in movies, and don’t only go for one genre. So I can watch and enjoy almost all kind of movies such as: chick flicks; action, romance, drama, comedy and a mixture of all of those. A good movie is the kind that keeps me occupied, and when I look at my clock, 2 hours have suddenly gone by. I can also re-watch good movies several times. The last couple of years I’ve wanted to put Schindles List on again, but I recall it being such a strong movie, that I think I have to be in the right mood to watch it. I also have a bit of a DVD collection, and my latest investment have been a flat screen TV, and a Blu Ray player, so now I can get an incredible movie experience at home with surround sound as well :)

Carnivale
The carnival here in Aalborg is much fun to go watch, and I love the people/groups that put a lot of work into their costumes, and performance. But alas many of the people who are in the parade are drunk, and don’t do that good a job of it, and it’s boring to watch them more or less stumble through the parade. Now one day it would be amazing to go and experience the carnival in Rio de Janeiro, I’m sure that’s amazing.

Spanking
I loathe it when people spank kids, and punish them. I’ve such pleased that it’s against the law to hit your kids in Denmark. It’s not right to let your hands talk, if you can’t reason with your kid. Nothing good comes of it, that’s my opinion.

Now erotic spankings, well that’s just plain hot!!! I love to let my hand caress a bare willing ass, and alter between spanks and caresses, always trying to switch tempo and rhythm, to vary the experience ;)

Books
Another of my loves. To me reading is a kind of escape into another world. I often say that I’ve inherited my love of books from my mom, because she loves to read just as much as I do. Again read many different kinds of books, but on top of my list is thriller’s, and I also enjoy some fantasy as well. I’m currently reading Terry Goodkind’s Sword of Truth series, and am on the 6th book in the series. It’s just so well written, that I have a hard time to put it down.

I remember that I also read when I was a kid. I still recall that the first book I read all by myself was Astrid Lindgren’s “The Brothers Lionheart”, when I was in the 2nd or 3rd grade, many moons ago. One of the things I have a hard time to get rid off is my books, even though I might have read some of them several times, I do save them, and will often give them a reread. I currently did some spring cleaning on my bookshelves, and packed down 85 books in two storage boxes that are under my couch. And I even put it into system, and made a list of the books that’s in each box, and stuck it onto it!

 
 
 
Kenn
I thought abuot this the other day while I was out driving, and there was a tune on the radio that reminded me about a special event. So here's what you do.

1. Find some tunes that you connect with something special
2. Go to youtube, or other places that host videos, and find the tunes
3. Share them here on LJ with your friend, with a short description about what the tune reminds you off.

I've found two myself so far. More might be added!

1. Opus - Live is Life


This goes back to the spring of 1985, and I have fond memories of it being blasted out from an open window the the courtard in the German languaged boarding school I went to that year

2. Uncle Kracker - Follow Me


This tune was all over the radios one fall when I went to visit some friends in Atlanta in November 2001.
 
 
Kenn
23 April 2009 @ 12:54 pm


Well not exactly, but I do feel like I've been to quite a few places in the world, and to be honest, can't wait to September for my next trip :)

A friend and I will board the train on September 9th, I'll start out in my city, and when we get to her city, she'll jump on the same train. The destination for the train will be Copenhagen, where we'll spend the rest of the day, and then stay overnight in a hotel, before we depart from
Copenhagen airport at 12.20, and arrive in Newark, USA at 14.45 on September 10th. From Newark airport we head to New York City, where we will stay at The Milford Plaza until September 15th.

We have compiled at list of places we would like to go while we are in NYC, but we do know that we might not see all places on the list, but it's nice to have some options :) The places we would like to see are:

On September 15th we then leave NYC for Newark airport, where we board a plane at noon towards Dallas. After we have arrived in Dallas we pick up a rental car, and head west (more or less from what I recall) and end up close to Abilene where we'll be house guests to a friend I have there. It've been a couple of years ago since I last saw her and her husband, so it'll be good to connect with them, and just hang out and enjoy live.

On September 20th we head back to Dallas, and stay overnight before leaving for Denmark the next day at 11.50 via Dulles international airport, and arrive at 7.15 on September 22nd in Copenhagen. From there we'll catch a train back to our cities in Denmark, most likely filled with new impressions to last us for a while.

If you happen to know of any nice places to eat and go out for drinks in NYC do feel free to let me know, it's always good to have options :)

 
 
Kenn
30 March 2009 @ 11:19 pm
Per nursemae  direction, I am succumbing to this meme today:

1) Comment to this and I will give you 3 people.
2) Post this meme with your answers.
3) Provide pictures and the names of 3 people.
4) Label which you would marry, shag, and throw off a cliff.

I got: Nichelle Nichols, Milla Jovovich and Katee Sackhoff  (yes it's a sci fi theme!)

1. Throw off a cliff

If she's sporting this look, Milla. I prefer a woman who looks way more feminine ;)

2. Shag

Looking like that, she could easily lure me to bed.

3. Marry

She rides a space fighter, how cool is that! She could take me for a joy ride all the time, and I would never tire of it ;)


 
 
Kenn
09 December 2008 @ 10:59 pm

Snagged from Cor.

This is the list of the top 100 grossing movies of all time. Bold what you've seen.

Titanic (1997)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Shrek 2 (2004)
E. T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Spider-Man (2002)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Spider-Man 2 (2004)
The Passion of the Christ (2004)
Jurassic Park (1993)
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
Finding Nemo (2003)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Lion King (1994)
Shrek the Third (2007)
Transformers (2007)
Iron Man (2008)
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007)
Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983)
Independence Day (1996)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
The Sixth Sense (1999)
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007)
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005)
Home Alone (1990)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Meet the Fockers (2004)
Shrek (2001)
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (2002)
The Incredibles (2004)
Dr. Seuss' How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000)
Jaws (1975)
I Am Legend (2007)
Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Batman (1989)
Night at the Museum (2006)
Men in Black (1997)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Cars (2006)
Bruce Almighty (2003)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Twister (1996)
My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
Ghostbusters (1984)
Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
War of the Worlds (2005)
Cast Away (2000)
The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
Signs (2002)
Hancock (2008)
The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)
Rush Hour 2 (2001)
WALL·E (2008)
National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
King Kong (2005)
Ghost (1990)
The Da Vinci Code (2006)
Aladdin (1992)
Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Mission: Impossible 2 (2000)
Kung Fu Panda (2008)
X2: X-Men United (2003)
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
Back to the Future (1985)
300 (2006)
Wedding Crashers (2005)
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005)
Ratatouille (2007)
Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)
Batman Begins (2005)
Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Mummy Returns (2001)
Armageddon (1998)
Superman Returns (2006)
Gone With the Wind (1939)
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Happy Feet (2006)
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Ice Age: The Meltdown (2006)
Madagascar (2005)
Toy Story (1995)
Men in Black II (2002)
Gladiator (2000)
The Day After Tomorrow (2004)
Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)


11 that I haven't seen, it doesn't surprise me I've seen so many of them, and I have to admit that I do have a lot of them on dvd as well! I'm a bit of a film fan as it is ;-)
 
 
Kenn
11 November 2008 @ 09:58 pm

If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for? Answer me, then post to your own journal and see how many crimes you get accused of.

;) Snagged from smokinmilkmaid  via chaotic4life