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2400 year old tombs and upper part of Paphos

We like to explore historical landmarks, to have a glimpse of past times and get a feeling of how life was back then. The King of Tombs is one of the places in Paphos where you can travel back in time for a moment. This was one of the last things we did before we left Cyprus. 

Vi tycker om att utforska historisk mark för att få en glimt av svunna tider och få en känsla av hur livet kunde var då. “The Tombs of the Kings” är en av de platser i Paphos där du kan resa tillbaka i tiden ett ögonblick. Detta var en av de sista sakerna vi gjorde innan vi lämnade Cypern.

Our last days i Cyprus were spent walking around the upper part of Paphos and exploring an archaeological site unveiling 2400-year old tombs.

Paphos has a several kilometer long beach walk stretching from the airport to the King of Tombs and it’s perfects for walks or taking a run and look at the scenery. We found a stranded ship standing on a coral reef.

It is MV Demetrios II, a Honduran-flagged cargo ship going from Greece to Syria, that had the misfortune of being stranded at the coast of Cyprus.

There is several beaches along the beach walk and we also found a fotball field.

Good that they have placed a sign about rip currents and what to do if you’ll ever find yourself stuck in one.

Took a sneak photo of Pontus while he was focused on his inner thoughts.

There something about seeing the ocean and go in to your own mind.

We hiked up a small hill where we got a good view over Paphos.

We ended our time in Paphos with going to an archaeological site with 2400 year-old tombs. The title is misleading, it was not Kings that where buried here, but aristocrats before and during the Hellenistic period (400-300 B.C).

it is an ongoing excavation and they do not know much about the history behind this Necropolis.

The tombs are replicas of the aristocrats living houses, so the tombs are like going in to a upper class house from 2400 years ago.

There are some man-made caves in the rocks above ground.

But most of the tomb houses are below ground level.

Some tombs are less excavated than others.

and in others you can see detailed designs and find artefacts.

More pictures from the necropolis can be found below.


We left Cyprus for Greece, but we both love Cyprus so we will definitely come back here!

Christmas and New year’s eve in Paphos

We spent the last two weeks of 2017 in Paphos,  a quiet city in the southwest of Cyprus. Here, you will breathe antiquity and you will stumble upon archaeological sites here and there around the city. It is also a place filled with British expats, mostly older people, that live here during the winter months. We had the holidays coming up, so we mostly enjoyed the calmness that laid over Paphos and we didn’t do much during the last two weeks of 2017. However, we did explore our vicinity on foot and of course we took our camera with us and we ended the year by going to the cinema.

De sista två veckorna i 2017 spenderade vi i Paphos, en lugn stad i sydvästra Cypern. Här kan du verkligen andas in antiken och man nästan snubblar över arkeologiska platser här och där runt omkring i staden. Det är också en plats fylld med brittiska expats, mestadels äldre människor, som bor här under vintermånaderna. Vi hade helgdagar som kom upp, så vi njöt mest av lugnet som låg över Paphos och vi gjorde inte mycket under de två sista veckorna i 2017. Dock utforskade vi vårt närområde till fots, självklart tog vi med vår kamera, och vi avslutade året med att gå på bio.

We decided to spend Christmas and New year’s eve here in Paphos.

The weather was fantastic just before Christmas, so we decided to wait for Christmas on the beach.

Ulrika was the first one in! Temperature like a Swedish lake during the summer.

We also started with intermittent fasting so our breakfasts or brunches were enjoyed on our balcony.

We also took long walks or runs to explore Paphos.

We found Nautilus anchored at the harbor of Paphos and we looked for captain Nemo, but we couldn’t find him.

We found a peculiar tree in Paphos. Could either be an art installation or a mythical/religious thing.

Paphos has even more peculiar things going in the city, We don’t know if they are building a roller coaster around archaeological sites or if this is a really advanced and huge art installation.

We tried a Cypriotic Meze platter, delicious local dishes with everything from vegetables to different meat dishes. This was just the first part of our night eating out.

Paphos by night when the bigger night clubs are closed for the season.

They had decorated the harbor for Christmas.

Our Christmas Eve, the day we celebrate Christmas, started with lunch, we had found Abbas Herring (Sill) in the local super market so Pontus got “Sillunch” for Christmas.

And After Eight-chocolate to our coffee.

No traditional Donald Duck, but we found strawberries, so we had strawberry with ice cream for dessert after an Indian Chicken Madras dinner. Whisky and coffee ended our Christmas celebration this year.

We did have Benjamin Syrsa (Jiminy Cricket) as a guest. He liked Pontus shoulder very much.

Christmas eve sunset from our balcony.

The weather got worse after Christmas. but it was nice just to take long walks and trying to capture mother nature in action.

The waves got higher and it created a violent, but beautiful scenery.

We’ve noticed that Cyprus is trying to be friends with as many countries as possible. There are a lot of Russian investors here, along with British and American personnel (military) that have set up private British and American Schools on this island. We haven’t seen any signs of China here, but we wouldn’t be surprised if they also are investing in Cyprus.

We walked over 10 kilometers this day and we didn’t get wet once, so our rain cloud-avoiding skill is still intact.

We went to see a movie during boxing week and we love countries that do not dub every English-speaking movie they have in their cinemas. We’ve been to the cinema in Jakarta and Bali (Indonesia,) and Acapulco (Mexico) and we didn’t have to be afraid of not understanding the movies, because they just put subtitles on the movies.

The cinema in Paphos was located inside a shopping mall.

We saw the latest Star Wars movie and we both liked it very much.

This happens if you run Windows on your computer, ” Potentially harmful software detected”.

Pop corn is mandatory if we go to the cinema.

9 Euro to see a movie here on Cyprus, half price compared to Sweden and twice as expensive compared to Indonesia.

Then it was time to welcome 2018 and we spent the last evening of the year 2017 eating a three-course dinner at our favorite place in Paphos ending with a Cypriotic dessert we don’t know the name of, but it tasted like Baklava with rose water.

2017 – To Live Free in an Unfree World

We have done a summary of our 2017. Our third year living as nomads! Our motto is to live free in an unfree world and this year consisted of taking several steps towards that motto.
One of the things we did was to reduce our packing down to 7 kg per person, which means that our belongings now fits in two carry-on backpacks so we don’t have to check in any luggage while commuting with 99% of the worlds airlines (the last 1% has even more restrictive carry-on rules). It was easy for us to downsize, after three years of travel we know what things we use and what kind of clothes we need.

2017 brought us to Asia and Europe exploring 15 countries, seven of which we visited for the first time. We attended Bitcoin meet ups in several countries and attended three Libertarian Conferences this year, so it was a good year of liberty for us.

More about our 2017 will be posted with the pictures below.

Vi har gjort en sammanfattning av vårt 2017. Vårt tredje år som nomader! Vårt motto är att leva fria i en ofri värld och 2017 bestod av att ta flera steg mot det mottot.
En av de saker vi gjorde var att minska vår packning till 7 kg per person vilket innebär att våra tillhörigheter nu passar i två ryggsäckar, så vi behöver inte checka in något bagage medan vi pendlar med något av 99% av världens alla flygbolag (den sista 1%-en har mer restriktiva handbagageregler). Det var lätt för oss att minska på våra tillhörigheter, efter tre-års resande har vi nu kunskap om vilka saker vi använder och vilka slags kläder vi behöver.

2017 förde oss till Asien och Europa där vi har utforskat 15 länder, varav sju länder som vi inte besökt tidigare. Vi deltog i Bitcoinmöten i flera länder och deltog i tre libertarianska konferenser i år, så det var ett bra år för frihet för oss.

Mer om vårt 2017 kommer att läggas ut med bilderna nedan.

The first thing we did in 2017 was to visit Malta and explore the tiny island in the Mediterranean Sea.

We visited our friends at and while on Malta and they were the main reason we came to the island.

Bangkok was our next stop and we attended their weekly Bitcoin meet up. We were impressed with the number of people showing up to the Bangkok Satoshi Square meet up. The Swedes were of course the first ones there 🙂

We ended up doing a 4 day/4 night live-aboard dive trip around the Similan and Surin Islands, with stops at Richelieu rock, Koh Bon and Ko Tachai.

13 dives later and two happy souls came back to Khao Lak.

Our friends Karin and Patrik decided to come visit us in Thailand before we left for Bali.

Here we spent our days in our lovely accommodation just outside of Ubud in Bali.

When we think of Ubud we also think about the great Bitcoin community that can be found here.

We also got new friends here Daniel and Rebecca, they are both inspiring persons. Daniel is one of the founders of Mullvad, a VPN-service run by Ancaps, and Rebecca, who is starting up a location-independent, transparent  and open-source research center.

It was also the year Ulrika’s family came to visit us in Indonesia. We spent our days together on Gili Air, Lombok and Bali.

We did some diving around the Gili Islands and Mats dived with us at Turtle Heaven.

We did a short stop in Singapore visiting our friend Stefan and a home/cafe for abandoned cats before travelling to Turkey.

We did a transit in Iran and Ulrika was forced to have a towel on her head to be able to change aircrafts. It was an interesting experience that we choose to do to get as cheap tickets as possible to get closer to Europe.


We tried to see as much as possible in Istanbul and one of our goals was to see Hagia Sofia.

King’s Landing (Dubrovnik) and Croatia was our next stop and here we could visit our friend Linda who was stationed here at the time.

We spent a few days in Ljublana, Slovenia, a beautiful city in Europe. Spending the summer in Europe was a good choice by us.

We continued north and visited our friends Tobias and Sussi in Graz. They showed us the city and the lovely Austrian white wines.

We continued to our friends Sandra and Markus in Riezlern and they really tested our limits with the famous Hindelanger Klettersteig. Ulrikas big toe nail is still blue almost six months after this adventure.

We had an adventurous time  together on mountain bikes exploring the surroundings of the Alp village.

We ended our time with Sandra and Markus with a stunning view from Hoher Ifen.

We accidentally stepped in to a nudity beach/park in the middle of Munich fully-dressed.

We continued visiting friends in Europe and our next stop was to visit Michi in Bamberg for a few days.

Michi had of course set up so his local bouldering place accepted bitcoin.

We continued to Berlin and learned about the cold war.

Next we were back on Malta for the 2017 version of Corax Conference, we can really recommend buying a remote ticket if you want to listen to the talks given by Professor Hans-Herman Hoppe, Jeff Deist, Adam Kokesh, Julia Borowski,  Matthew Reece and many more!

Love Pontus sneaky picture of HHH and Sofias revealing smile!

We did take time to do two dives around Gozo, the smaller island north of Malta main island. We got the opportunity to see the Azure window that fell into the sea in beginning of 2017.

Then it was time to travel to our favorite place – Paralelni Polis in Prague. It is one of the major hubs for cryptoanarchy that we know of. This place only accepts bitcoin and litecoin as mediums of exchange and rejects using Fiat-currencies, just like us.

The Czech Republic had gotten Bitcoin fever, so we appeared on Czech public tv as background people.

Our main reason to be here was to take care of our favorite nomadic and unschooled boys Henry and Winston while we were waiting for their little brother Edward to join us.

Finally, the long awaited member of the King family was here. We got the amazing experience of being part of the home-birth of Edward Satoshi King. We will treasure the memory forever.

We said good bye to the King family and met up vid Nanok, another Bitcoin person from Sweden,  in Budapest.

We also explored Budapest and got to experience thermal baths and a pinball museum.

We came back to Prague for Hacker’s Congress 2017, one of our favorite conferences to attend.  We also got the chance to hold a Bitcoin meetup the same week at Paralelni Polis talking about life nomadic with bitcoin and our reasons to opt-out from the current economic system.

We visited Sweden for family reasons and we took the opportunity to attend the ESFL regional conference in Stockholm. Our main reason to attend was to get the chance to meet one of the speakers, Assistant Professor Per Bylund.

We ended 2017 going to Cyprus and meeting up with Robert, another freedom-minded, expat Swede.

Christmas and New year’s eve will be spent here on Cyprus! The circle of 2017 is  closing, we started the year on one Mediterranean island, Malta, and we end 2017 on a second Mediterranean island.

Our first year as nomads was spent in Asia, our second year in Central America and our third year mostly in Europe!

We look forward to what 2018  and our fourth year as nomads will bring us! Happy new year everyone!

Freedom-minded meeting in Limassol

We like meeting up with Libertarians and/or Bitcoin enthusiasts wherever we go and in Limassol we got the opportunity to meet with a Swedish freedom-minded person, Robert. Robert is the person behind the blog Avancemang and you can also see his political illustrations here and there, for instance in the newspaper Göteborgsposten and other places. 

Just before we met Robert we both listened to the newly started podcast from the Classical Libertarian Party where Robert was the first guest to have a conversation with another well-known Swedish Libertarian blogger and a candidate for the Liberatarian Party, Erik or Pophöger. Yes, Sweden does have one Libertarian Party, but it is tiny. 

Vi gillar att träffa frihetliga människor och/eller Bitcoinentusiaster vart vi än kommer och i Limassol fick vi möjlighet att träffa en svensk frihetligt sinnad person, Robert. Robert är personen bakom bloggen Avancemang och du kan också se hans politiska illustrationer här och där, till exempel i Göteborgsposten och på andra ställen.

Strax innan vi träffade Robert lyssnade vi båda på den nystartade podcasten från Klassiska Liberala Partiet (KLP) där Robert var den första gästen att prata med en annan känd svensk libertarianbloggare och en kandidat till för KLP, Erik eller Pophöger. Ja, Sverige har ett Libertarianskt parti, men det är litet. Podcasten verkar lovande så det ska bli spännande att se hur den utvecklar sig.

Robert was one of the reasons we decided to go to Limassol and we finally got a chance to meet for lunch and talk about everything from politics, education, expat life and cryptocurrencies.

We wanted to send a message to Pophöger (a political, Swedish blog persona), but we only manage to get this less flattering picture. Hej Erik!

We lived near this egg-shaped building and we only had a few minutes-walk to the beach in Limassol.

Empty beach and perfect for morning runs.

We also used the out-door gym at the Limassol Promenade. It is so much nicer to work out when you are in a warmer climate.

Limassol is also lovely to explore by foot and we really like the Promenade.

There are several art installations along the Promenade, for example the artificial lake, which you can’t jump in to, the warning signs claim that you can get electrocuted if you do.

Other art installations are less lethal. Also a lot of big ships  are anchored along the coast of Limassol.

It looks like some of the ships are involved in building something just off the coast of Limassol, but we don’t know what.

Is it going to be an artificiall island or are they looking for something?

We found a giant Christmas tree among all the palm trees and leafy trees.

Limassol Promenade from the harbour side.

The harbour consists of two parts – the old harbour,

And the new harbour.

There are a lot of nicer restaurants and shops at the new harbour. Off season for tourists so it was quite empty.

There is an newly built artificial island with expensive houses next to the new harbour. The Cypriots are building like crazy and we saw a lot of advertising of future luxury homes and flat complexes that were in the progress of being built.

We walked through the old town of Limassol, but it was a tourist trap, so we didn’t stay there for long.

It is lovely to see fruit trees in peoples gardens, even in a bigger city like Limassol. Imagine just to go outside in the morning and grab a couple of oranges.

We can’t complain about the Cypriotic food. Sheftalia, pictured here, is a traditional Cypriotic dish. It is a sausage wthout skin. Instead the ingredients are wrapped by either caul fat or omentum (the membrane that surrounds the stomach of pig or lamb). We ate it with lots of salad in a Pita bread.

The Greek-Cypriotic part of Cyprus is really like Greece. On our walk we passed the Grivas Digenis Mausoleum, where Georgios Grivas is buried. General Georgios Grivas was the leader of the EOKA guerrilla organisation and the EOKA B paramilitary organisation, that fought for getting rid of the British colonial rule and annex Cyprus to Greece.

Then it was time for us to leave Limassol for where we decided to celebrate Christmas this year, Paphos.
You can find more pictures from Limassol in the slide show below.


Kyriazis Medical Museum and Merry Yule to you all!

We visited the Kyriazis medical Museum, which displays medical artifacts used by the medical doctors here in Larnaca from ancient times until the 20th century. We found this private museum using our favorite site for finding things to do around the world, Atlas Obscura.

We are also getting into the Yule feelings here on Cyprus so we will end our blog post with a Yule card from us 🙂

Vi besökte Kyriazis Medicinmuseum, som visar upp medicinska artefakter använda av läkare här i Larnaca från antikens dagar fram till 1900-talet. Vi hittade den här privata sevärdheten med hjälp av vår favoritsida för att hitta saker att göra runt om i världen, Atlas Obscura.

Vi kommer också in i julkänslorna här på Cypern så vi kommer att avsluta vår bloggpost med ett julkort från oss 🙂

Larnaca had a festival which included street art and bubbles and we passed the street where they where setting everything up when we were heading to the private medical museum.

Preparations for the festival later in the evening.

It was local artists that showed of their painting skills.

We also found an outdoor book exchange. We like these kind of things.

This was our mission that day and this is a private collector who open up his doors to the collection twice a week (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 9 AM to 12.30),
You’ll find medical items, books and old documents showing the practice and history of Cypriotic medicine from antiquity to the 20th century.

The museum was founded in 2011 by Marios Kyriazis, who had inherited these artifacts from his grandfather and great-grandfather. This is a donation-based museum, so there is no entrance fee.

You’ll find small notes describing some of the artifacts in the museum.

On old crib from the hospital.

And an old dentist chair can be found here.

As well as more ancient medical tools.

There is even old documents with description of recipes to determine if the patient is going to live or die.

or how to treat epilepsy.

and even how to always have money in your pockets.

On old microscope – still functional today.

Aspirine pills from 1935.

We found interesting adds as well. More pictures from the museum will be displayed in the slideshow below.


Tomorrow is the big day during Christmas for us Swedes, its the day you watch Donald duck at 3 pm, eating a “Christmas table” (julbord) and Santa will show up just after dark to give out presents to children and grown ups. We will have our own kind of Christmas here on Cyprus.

Have a lovely and peaceful Yule everyone!

Cyprus and Larnaca in December

We decided to travel to Larnaca  on Cyprus for some time for reflection and recovery after a few months of lovely, but intense social gatherings. Our first week here was all about enjoying the increased number of sun hours per day and walking around our neighborhood with our camera.  We haven’t been to Cyprus before, so we were looking forward to see what kind of architecture style they have and explore their food culture. We heard that the peak season for grapes is December in Cyprus, so we were looking forward to taste grapes and of course olives. 

Vi bestämde oss att resa till Larnaca på Cypern för att få tid till reflektion och återhämtning efter några månader av härliga, men intensiva sociala sammankomster. Vår första vecka här handlade om att njuta av det ökade antalet soltimmar per dag som vi fick och promenera runt i vårt grannskap med vår kamera. Vi har inte varit på Cypern förut, så vi såg fram emot att se vilken typ av arkitekturstil de har här och utforska deras matkultur. Vi hörde att högsäsong för druvor är december på Cypern, så vi såg fram emot att smaka druvor och, naturligtvis, oliver.

This island is what we are exploring right now – Cyprus.

The sun is shining for more than a couple of hours per day, that’s what we wanted right now. The weather in Cyprus is perfect for us, 20 degrees during the day and 10-15 degrees during night time.

The beach in Larnaca, a few people jumped into the water, but the rest of us were satisfied just to touch the water.

The birds didn’t even look like they enjoyed the water, but it was not that cold – like an average Swedish lake during summer.

Christmas is coming and it is noticeable here, mostly an orthodox Catholic island, where the contrast between Christmas ornaments and palm trees is nice.

We found a christmas tree, the Larnaca people are decorating the town for christmas.

The first week here came with a little bit of bad weather, but it didn’t matter to us, we just relaxed and picked up our camera again. This was the view from our accommodation.

It is lovely to explore a place when you have more sun hours during the day that gives you a natural light making it much more fun to take pictures.

There are plenty of classcial buildings in Larnaca. This is one of the few more futuristic buildings we could find.

Other buildings looked more like this.

It is low season for tourism in Cyprus right now and some of the shops and restaurants were closed. However, there is a big expat group consisting of older British people and Russian investors as far as we’ve seen here, so there is some commerce around.

Visiting a place during low season is perfect for us. No crowds and often the local people have time to talk. It is much easier to walk around and notice things like a wall of flowers if there isn’t a lot of tourists in your way.

One of the things to see here is the Church of Saint Lazarus, a church built in the 9th century.

The level of graffiti on the island was higher than we expected. Apparently, this phenomena has risen during the last couple of years and it is probably the increased number of domestic football hooligans on the island according to a person living full time on the island.

We’re ending this blog post with an abandoned land in Larnaca that looked pretty dystopic during a sunset which created really strange colors. It felt like you were placed inside a computer game for a moment.

Budapest by foot and a pinball museum

Now it is time for us to write about our last days in Budapest and pictures from our walks around the city. The last thing we did was to visit the famous Pinball Museum, with cool arcade games, even games from the early 1900’s.
The update here is quite sparse right now, while we are hanging out with near and dear to us, but our backlog is decreasing and soon we will be right on track again and somewhere else in the world.

Nu är det dags för oss att skriva om våra sista dagar i Budapest och visa bilder från våra promenader runt staden. Det sista vi gjorde var att besöka det berömda Pinball-museet, med coola arkadspel, till och med spel från början av 1900-talet. Uppdateringen här är ganska sparsam just nu, medan vi hänger med nära och kära till oss, men vårt eftersläp minskar och snart kommer vi att vara mer i fas igen och någon annanstans i världen.

The shoes on the Danube Promenade is a memorial of the 20 000 Jews that were executed here during the world war II. The victims were forced to remove their shoes before they were shot and falling in to the river.

You can feel the tides of history walking around in Budapest.

Just walking around in Budapest is interesting. We passed a lot of spectacular buildings, this one is the Hungarian Parliament Building. It is built in a Gothic revival style and stood finished in 1904.

The public transportation system works well here, but in some cities it is just nicer to walk around and Budapest is one of them.

We walked across the Danube river using the first permanent bridge, opened in 1849, across the river to the Buda side of the city

Buda Castle can be found on the Buda side of Budapest. The first castle to stand on Castle hill was completed in 1265, but the Baroque palace standing here today was built between 1749 and 1769.

We got a great vied over the Danube river and Gellert hill from the Chain bridge.

The sun was about to set and it covered Budapest in pink light that we managed to capture with our camera. We captured more buildings and art work on picture that we show in the slide show below.


We love the central European kitchen, so Ulrika’s eyes were glittering when she got to eat Lángos in Hungary.

We also tried the Chimney cake (Kürtőskalács or Trdelnik), a spit cake with cinnamon and sugar stuffed with ice cream!

The last thing we did in Budapest was to visit the Pinball Museum, which is an awesome museum where you can try all the games you want if you have purchased an entry ticket for 3000 HUF (~10 Euro).

There are a lot of Arcade games here from the early 1900’s to more modern ones.

The earlier mechanical arcade games are still working so you can play them as well.

The classic Pac Man game. More pictures from the Pinball Museum can be found in the slide show below.


Thermal baths, a fake Transylvanian castle and the Magyars

Budapest is known for its natural springs. There are 118 springs in the area pumping up over 70 million liters of thermal water per day and that’s why there are so many thermal baths here.  They claim that the thermal baths, with its high concentration of minerals and salts, are good for different medical conditions, so perhaps this is why they are so popular. We spent an afternoon combining steam saunas with differently temperated baths and we loved it. 

We also encountered a fake Transylvanian  castle close by and ended up at the Heroe’s square in Budapest. The origin of the Hungarian people or the Magyars are very interesting. They are steppe people from central Asia and they found their way to Europe in the 10th century and settled here on a flatland surrounded by mountains. “Geography now”  has made a short introduction to Hungary that we can highly recommend if you want to learn more about Hungary and its people.

Budapest är känt för sina naturliga källor. Det finns 118 källor i området som pumpar upp över 70 miljoner liter termiskt vatten per dag och det är därför det finns så många termiska bad här. De hävdar att de termiska baden, med hög koncentration av mineraler och salter, är bra för olika medicinska åkommor, så det är kanske därför baden är så populära här. Vi tillbringade en eftermiddag vid ett sådant bad där vi kombinerade ångbastur med olika tempererade bad och vi älskade det.

Vi hittade också ett falskt transsylvaniskt slott i närheten av badet och hamnade på Hjältarnas torg i Budapest. Ursprunget till det ungerska folket eller Magyars är mycket intressant. De är steppfolk från Centralasien och de hittade till Europa på 900-talet och bosatte sig i ett platt landskap omgiven av berg. “Geography Now” har gjort en kort introduktion till Ungern som vi kan rekommendera om du vill lära dig mer om Ungern och dess folk.

Experiencing one of the many thermal baths in Budapest felt like a must do thing for us. We decided to go to the largest medicinal bath in Europe, the Széchenyi thermal bath.

You can take the metro to this thermal baths and one of the metro stops we passed to get there had a really funny name if you can read Swedish (Bajsa means to poop in Swedish).

We must say that the public transportation system in Budapest is good. The city is stretched out in all directions, but it is easy to get around with a little bit of help from google maps. You can even travel to Mexikoi here, but we wanted to get off at Széchenyi fürdö.

Széchenyi thermal bath during an early autumn afternoon in 2017. The thermal baths opened its doors  on 16 June 1913 and has since then expanded a bit and today you’ll find 3 outdoor and 15 indoor pools and 10 saunas inside this Neo-barouqe designed building.

You can choose different types of changing rooms and of course pay different entrance fees depending on if you want a changing cabin or just a locker.

We chose a cabin to share.

We’ve seen this clever electronic locking system both here in Hungary and in the Czech Republic.

Then it was time to try all the pools and saunas they had to offer. Most of the thermal baths are located in the yellow part of the building opposite of the pool.

The water is heated by two wells that are over 1000 meter deep and the temperatures ranging from 18 degrees Celsius to 38 degrees. More pictures from this place can be found below.


Széchenyi thermal bath are located in the City Park of Budapest.

Here we found a number of sculptures depicting (in)famous world politicians.

And we also found a real fake Transylvanian castle!

This castle, called the Vajdahunyad Castle, was designed by Ignác Alpár in 1896 and the castle was originally constructed out of just wood and cardboard. The intention of the cardboard castle was only to be a temporary exhibition to celebrate that it was one thousand years since the medieval Magyars first settled on the plains of Pannonia, the start of the Hungarian peoples existence in Europe. The attraction proved to be such a success and loved by the Hungarian people that a permanent structure was built in 1904.

Nowadays, parts of the castle are housing the Hungarian Agricultural Museum. More Pictures of the city park and castle can be found below.


Between Vajdahunyad Castle and Hősök tere (The Heroes’ Square) lies a big pond, which is turned into an ice rink during the winter months. The ice rink opened in 1870 and is one of the oldest ice rinks in Europe, but is used by humans in, and next to, boats during the summer.

The millenial memorial monument at the Heroe’s square and the tomb of the unknown soldier.

The column are flanked by the seven chieftains of the Magyars (Hungarians), which was the leaders of the seven tribes of the Magyars originally from the Ural mountains in Russia, who arrived to the Carpathian Basin in 895 AD (today’s Hungary).

Two colonnades with statues from later leaders of Hungary surrounds the Heroe’s square.

Then we continued our exploration of Budapest, that will be part three of Budapest, which will hopefully come soon.

Budapest, a hidden library and a fellow Swedish bitcoiner

We left for Budapest after our first round to Prague to assist our friends, the King family, when Edward Satoshi King was about to enter the world. Budapest has been a city we’ve been waiting for a chance to visit, and now it was time for us to see this place.  We use the website Atlas Obscura to find places worth visiting when we arrive to a new place and that’s why we  ended up in Ervin Szabós library, a hidden gem in Budapest. We also went up on Gellért Hill – the view of Budapest and the Danube river are magnificent from the top.

We were fortunate to be in Budapest at the same time as another fellow Swedish Bitcoiner, Nanok Bie, the Editor-in-chief of We met up for dinner and we had a lot to talk about. Thank you Nanok for pleasant evening!

Vi åkte till Budapest efter vår första tur till Prag när vi var där för att hjälpa våra vänner, Kingfamiljen, när Edward Satoshi King skulle komma till världen. Budapest har varit en stad som vi har väntat på en chans att besöka och nu var det dags för oss att se den omtalande staden. Vi använder webbsidan “Atlas Obscura” för att hitta platser som är värda att besöka när vi kommer till en ny plats och därför slutade det med att vi bland annat besökte Ervin Szabós biblioteket, en dold pärla i Budapest. Vi åkte också upp på “Gellért Hill” –  utsikten över Budapest och Donaufloden är magnifik från toppen.

Vi hade också turen att vara i Budapest samtidigt som en annan svensk bitcoin-entusiast, Nanok Bie, chefredaktören för Vi åt middag honom och vi hade mycket att prata om. Tack Nanok för en trevlig kväll!

The mighty Danube (or Donau), the second longest river in Europe that divides Buda and Pest – the capital of Hungary. Budapest was our next home for a few weeks after we left Prague.

Gellért Hotel is where you want to get of if you want to walk up on Gellért Hill to get an amazing view over Budapest. This hotel opened its doors in 1912 and it is famous for its thermal baths .

The Liberty bridge stands in front of the Gellért  Hotel and is one of the bridges connecting Buda with the Pest side of Budapest.

It is a short, but steep walk up on Gellért Hill. The hill is named after Saint Gerard who was thrown to his death here in the 11th century.

We passed the most awesome playground we’ve seen so far during our travels. Take your children here if you’re in town.

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South part of Buda from Gellért Hill.

You’ll find the Citadella, a fortress built in the 1850’s, and the Liberty statue on top of Gellért Hill. The Liberty Statue was erected in remembrance of what was then referred to as the Soviet “liberation” of Hungary during World War II. The first inscription stated “To the memory of the liberating Soviet heroes the grateful Hungarian people 1945”. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, the Hungarians changed the inscription to “To the memory of those all who sacrificed their lives for the independence, freedom, and prosperity of Hungary” .

The Danube river originate in South Germany and then flows through 10 different countries (Germany, Austria, Slovakia, Hungary, Croatia, Serbia, Bulgaria, Romania, Moldova and Ukraine) before ending in the Black Sea.

Pontus took a picture of Ulrika at one of the viewpoints on Gellért Hill. From this place you see the Pest part of Budapest. Budapest is one of the most densely populated cities in the EU. There aren’t so many tall buildings here, but the city seems to stretch far out in to the horizon.

The Citadella was not open when we went there, so after enjoying the view we walked back down through the Jubileumi Park.

The Gellért Hotel from the side and the Gellért square where the tram and bus stops are.

We were fortunate to end up having dinner with another fellow Swedish bitcoiner our first night in Budapest. Nanok Bie is a journalist and currently Editor-in-Chief at, so we talked about whats going on in the cryptocurrency world and of course the bubble that separates Sweden from the rest of the world. We had a lovely evening and we hope to meet Nanok again somewhere else in the world.

We use the website Atlas Obscura to find unexpected places to explore and in Budapest we found out about Ervin Szabós library from that site. The library is described as “a 19th century aristocrat’s mansion, turned into a library, hidden in a modern library” and it is exactly what it is.

You’ll find Ervin Szabós library tucked in the 4th floor in a rather dull “modern” library and you wouldn’t know it was there if you didn’t know about it beforehand.

The City Council purchased the building in 1931 and converted the palace rooms into reading rooms that is still used today.

There are five different rooms to explore, all built by a well-known Hungarian aristocrat, Count Frigyes Wenckheim at the end of the 19th century. The building is called the Wenckheim Palace, but the library was named after the director of the library, Ervin Szabó, a librarian and anarcho-syndicalist, who became a leader of the Hungarian anti-war movement during the first world war.

You can find both old an newer books, here but most of the books from Wenckheim’s time have been moved elsewhere or destroyed. More pictures from the library can be found in the slide show below.





Hacker’s Congress 2017, Paralelni Polis

Our visit to Prague this time was for the Hacker’s congress at Paralelni Polis, where we also held a presentation at a bitcoin meet up a few days before the conference started. We had really high expectations, because we visited last years version of Hacker’s congress and we had a really interesting and inspiring time, so we didn’t expect less for this year’s version. Hacker’s congress covers more topics than cryptography and programming – it is about finding freedom in an unfree world and how you can hack your life to become the greater you. A few of the talks are available at World Crypto Network if you are interested.

Vårt besök i Prag den här gången var för den årliga “Hacker’s Congress” vid Paralelni Polis, där vi också höll i ett föredrag på ett bitcoinmöte några dagar innan konferensen startade. Vi hade väldigt stora förväntningar, då vi besökte förra årets version av “Hacker’s Congress” som var otroligt bra och inspirerande, så vi förväntade oss inte mindre för årets version. “Hacker’s Congress” täcker fler ämnen än kryptografi och programmering – det handlar om att hitta frihet i en ofri värld och hur du kan hacka ditt liv för att bli ett större du. Några av föreläsningarna finns tillgängliga på World Crypto Network för dig som är intresserad.

It was time for the 2017 version of Hacker’s Congress and these were the topics covered during the Congress.

The Hacker’s Congress was held at our favorite place in Prague, Paralelni Polis which means parallel city in English.

This year 5% of the attendants were Swedish, and we have met many of them before, so we went out for dinner with a few of the Swedes. One of them brought a really nice cap to the table!

Adam Back was one of the speakers talking about Bicoin and he devoted his talk to the scalability and fungibility problems of bitcoin. His talk is one of the recorded talks uploded to the World Crypto Network hosted by Tone Vays.

Tone Vays was another speaker who mainly focused on talking about the history of the Bitcoin price. We’ve heard this before at Anarchapulco 2016 so it was not so much new things for us.

Pamela Morgan made people start thinking about what will happen with your cryptocurrencies when you die.

Peter Todd was here taking about Proof of Work and what a blockchain and mining are trying to prevent. Really good talk.

Giacomo Zucco had a great talk about the antifragility of bitcoin.

Hacker’s Congress is a three day conference and you can only pay for food and beverages in bitcoin and litecoin. No Fiat-money here!

Julia Tourianski a.k.a brave the world, had a talk about what she’s learned about people after she discovered bitcoin.

Jeffrey Tucker had an interesting talk over Skype about bitcoin and Austrian economics, which is in line with how we see bitcoin.

In the breaks, we tested Paralelni Polis own beer.

Our focus was bitcoin, but other topics was also interesting for us. Pavol Luptak talked about the possibilities with the new technologies available.

Paul Rosenberg talked about bio hacking and the CRISPR-technique.

Juraj Bednar had an inspiring talk about positive libertarianism or how to be free in an unfree world.

And Arto Bendiken had a highly interesting talk about anarchy and tribalism – Ulrika thought that this was one of the best speeches at this year’s Hacker’s Congress.

You could try the new fashion make up at the Hacker’s congress so you can avoid the face recognition algorithms in a public space, It is not for avoiding face detection algorithms, for that you need scarf and sunglasses etc to cover up you face.

Panel discussions on different topics were also on the agenda. Here, Smuggler, Frank Braun, Jim Bell. Paul Rosenberg and Joerg Platzer about the impact of cryptoanarchy and decentralization to our future.

Lastly, the crew of Hacker’s Congress said goodbye and welcomed us to the next year’s version of HCPP.

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