Japanese Wedding

Well, I do keep uploading videos to my Youtube Channel, but I’m not catching up by posting them here. I’ll have to go step by step!

This is the video of a Japanese wedding I recorded when I visited Tokyo in the Summer of 2011. For me it was a great experience to get to see an event of this kind, from such a different culture.

Enjoy!

P.S.: Sorry, the quality of the recording is quite bad, but 4 years ago… that’s the equipment I had!

Nature around Lappis

I’ve actually been making a few videos with old material, and I thought that aside from uploading to Youtube, I wanted to have them also in the blog!

So, here comes a new one…

I recorded this video in 2010, with my Canon S60, so that’s to blame for the poor quality in audio and video!

The location of this video is Lappkärrsberget, or commonly known as Lappis, a student neighborhood in Stockholm that is both close by Stockholm University and the Royal Institute of Technology and that is surrounded by nature, making it a really amazing place to live!

I hope you enjoy it!

Valborg in Skansen

Valborg is one of the most important festivities in Sweden, although it’s common to plenty Centro-European and Nordic countries. It is commonly known as Valpurgis Night in English speaking countries.

The festivity and its name comes from Saint Walpurga and its canonization in May 1, ca. 870. She was born un the United Kingdom, and greatly helped to evangelize the Germans.

In Uppsala, the common celebration is to go raftin in the Fyris river with funny homemade while having a light breakfast of strawberries and champagne. After that, there are gatherings in parks with music and a lot of party.

In Stockholm, probably the most famous way to celebrate it is to go to Skansen (an open air museum and zoo), to a day of concerts and live music from different choirs and orchestras of the city, and to end everything with a huge bonfire.

Valborg

Well, the bonfires are not only from Skansen, and neither only from Stockholm or Sweden, as probably it’s the most common way to celebrate Walpurgis Night everywhere. Kind of similar to how the Noche de San Juan is celebrated in Spain.

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Stockholm's Medieval Market 2010

During April 10 and 11, and for the second year in a row (although I wasn’t here last year to check it, hehe) in Kungsträdgården Park, it was celebrated the Stockholm’s Medieval Market (Medeltidsmarknad).

Smith

Although the park itself is quite big, the area occupied by the Medieval Market was not very extensive. Anyway, there was a stage for live music, an archery field, a dozen shops of medieval-related stuff and a craftsmen shop in which they were forging metal, a guy with a horse on which children could ride, etc.

But the most important thing was, of course, the atmosphere, which was great, as it was full of people with costumes, some even with armors, making it very easy for people to get in the medieval mood.

Knight

Also, I have to say that it this event really marked the coming of the good weather… finally! :D

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Things Accomplished in 2009

OK, I know it comes with a small delay, but… what to do :D

Things I wanted to do that I’ve accomplished:

  • Continue reading in English: I had less time than other years to read, but my list of books read (mostly in English) keeps growing steadily.
  • Continue writing in English (and improve my skills!): Although you haven’t seen it here, I’ve written a lot in English, and I can say that my skills are still improving :D
  • Continue doing exercise regularly: It hasn’t been completely regularly, but I can say that I have done a lot of exercise during this year.
  • Begin a Master of Science in a foreign country (preferably, Sweden :D ): Well, I began a 2-year Master of Science in Systems, Controls and Robotics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) of Stockholm!
  • Travel to at least one foreign country I haven’t been in yet (this is getting harder each year, hehe):
  • Spain.
  • Italy.
  • Netherlands (New).
  • France.
  • Austria.
  • Slovakia.
  • Hungary.
  • Sweden.
  • Be at least as happy as in 2007: Or more :).

Things I wanted to do that I haven’t accomplished:

  • Do some windsurfing: I’m a disaster :D
  • Do some scuba diving: See previous comment.
  • Study seriously a language (Spanish and English are not valid): I tried to go back to French and toyed a little bit with Hungarian, but I couldn’t do much.
  • Get a certificate of that language: Nope.
  • Get the ITIL: I didn’t have time.
  • Get a license for driving motorcycles: If you have been in my car, you’ll be happy I didn’t tried to get this one :D Also, with the car driving license I have I can drive small motorcycles in Spain :D

Unexpected extras: I don’t know… lots of stuff, but I feel lazy to try to write down :D

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Echoes From the Past

So… why has mrithail.com been abandoned all this time? Well, the answer to that question basically is that I’ve been really busy with my real life. And this doesn’t mean that I will post regularly, just that I felt that I wanted to write again a little bit, but we will see how this goes :)

You know that I have always written with a real huge delay, some times even of half year or so, so I don’t really know if I will go in depth about the events that have happened since my trip to Amsterdam, so I guess I’ll just do a quick comment in here.

In the travelling part, I have gone to Paris (France), Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia) and like 5 or 6 times to Budapest (Hungary). Oh, and in August I moved to Stockholm (Sweden).

The reason why I moved to Stockholm, and why I’ve been too busy to write, is that I got selected at the Royal Institute of Technology (Kungliga Tekniska högskolan) to study a 2-years Master of Science in Systems, Control and Robotics. And I have to say that I’m very happy about this, although it meant leaving behind family, friends, even my job, and beginning from scratch in a new place.

And… well, once again, this is all for now :D

Spenót Gombóc - Spinach Balls

A new post? Is it a mirage? Well, maybe… we will see :D

Spenot Gomboc

Ingredients for Spenót Gombóc:

  • 450 grams of spinach or spinach puree.
  • 1 egg.
  • 1.5 mug of grated cheese.
  • 1/2 mug of flour (or 1/4 mug of flour and 1/4 mug of semolina).
  • 1/4 kg cottage cheese.
  • 1.5 garlic teeth.
  • Sour cream.
  • Salt.

Directions for Spenót Gombóc: If instead of spinach puree you are using fresh spinach, use a blender to triturate them. Then, in a bowl, mix the spinach with the egg (that should be whisked), the flour, half of the grated cheese, the cottage cheese, the garlic (mashed) and some salt.

After it’s been mixed, let it rest for 10 minutes, and then make small balls with the mixture. They have to be between 3 and 4 cm. in diameter, so, you should be getting around 15 balls with the amounts specified before.

In a big pot, put water to boil, and introduce the balls. When they are ready, they will let you know, because from that moment they will begin to float in the water.

For serving the balls, put them in a plate, and cover them with sour cream and the rest of the grated cheese.

And… that’s all for now :)

Stockholm-Arlanda Airport's Survival Kit

Maybe, one of the few things you don’t want to hear while traveling to Stockholm, is “Mr. Hernandez your luggage is at Amsterdam”. Anyway, this kind of things happens sometimes, and you have to cope with them.

While hearing this, I was also handed a survival kit from the Stockholm-Arlanda Airport. By the way, I don’t think I’m as big as for getting a XXL t-shirt, but…

Care Collection 1

The kit contains the following:

  • A blue bag containing the rest or the items.

  • A white t-shirt.

  • A pair of blue socks.

  • A comb.

  • A safety razor.

  • Shaving cream.

  • Moisturiser.

  • A tooth brush.

  • Tooth paste.

  • Deodorant.

  • Make-up remover.

  • Laundry washing liquid.

Care Collection 2

It surprises me that the pack doesn’t include any kind of briefs. But at least it has the nice detail of including liquid for doing the laundry.

Fortunately in my hand luggage I was carrying clothes for 2 days (like always) and anyway, they brought my luggage from the airport to my new home that same night, at 23:00.

Maybe soon, I’ll explain also how to deal with a completely unusable bed. It was like that when I arrived, I promise, it has nothing to do with the XXL t-shirt :D

Broken Bed

By the way, I’m already in Stockholm… neat beginning, eh? :P