Ankor på vift

A freedom-oriented travel blog

Category: Anarkokapitalism (page 1 of 3)

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.

Life nomadic with Bitcoin and an unschooling family

We got invited to hold a lecture about our nomadic lifestyle and why we want to opt out from the current economic system at the Bitcoin meet up here in Prague. We gladly accepted and below you can watch the whole lecture and the Q&A afterwards. It was really fun to see that so many were interested in hearing about the nomadic lifestyle we have and why we want to opt out from the current economic system.

We have also spent time with the King family that uses unschooling to help their kids learn about the world and life, so we also want to show you a few pictures from inside such a cool family. Caroline is also one of the persons behind the Prague Worldschooling-group, so check out what they are up to.


Vi blev inbjudna att hålla en föreläsning om vår nomadiska livsstil och varför vi vill opta ut från det nuvarande ekonomiska systemet på Paralelni Polis här i Prag under ett Bitcoin meetup. Vi accepterade inbjudan gladligen och nedanför kan du titta på hela föreläsningen, samt frågestunden efteråt. Det var jättekul att se att så många var intresserade av att höra om den nomadiska livsstilen vi har och varför vi vill opta ut från det nuvarande ekonomiska systemet i världen.

Vi har också spenderat tid med Kingfamiljen som använder “unschooling” för att hjälpa sina barn att lära sig om världen och livet, så vi vill också visa dig några bilder från insidan av en sådan cool familj. Caroline är också en av personerna bakom Prags “Worldschooling”-grupp, så kika gärna på vad de gör.

 

 

This is a few of the unschooling books that are used to teach the kids. You won’t find these kind of topics in the Swedish state curriculum.

Winston is using these cards to teach his youngest brother the periodic table, but we think that Edward is a little bit to young for that. Also not a thing you would see in a Swedish classroom for 7-year olds.

We also wanted to help to educate the kids and when Henry and Winston showed interest in climbing we brought them to the boulder bar here in Prague.

They advanced quickly so now they are having rope climbing lessons!

We also introduced them to zombie hide and seek so we had to have som breaks just resting on the mattress.

Take every question you get from a child as a learning opportunity. Here Ulrika talks about how animals have different defense systems during our bouldering session.

Virtual reality is another thing we tried with the King children.

And we showed them how to build your own microscope with your smartphone and a laserpointer.

a wasps eye up close

A close up on a human thumb.

the root of a strand of hair

Close up on brave boys sacrifice for science – learning about the blood system.

Through Atlas Obscura, we found an underground alchemy lab that where only re-discovered after a massive flooding 2002. So we thought that this would be an interesting thing for the boys to look at.

Atlas Obscura is a great website that we use to find interesting things to see and do.

The secret alchemy lab is from the 16th century and they were built for the king Rudolf II for the purpose to try to make gold and to make the legendary philosopher’s stone.

They also made different elixirs to prolong life, make you healthy or become more happy. There was a whole room underground dedicated to dry the “magical” herbs.

From the laboratory, there are long, underground tunnels connecting the laboratory to the castle and other places in Prague.

A sign from King Rudolf II where he gives the scientist the approval to run the alchemy lab.

They sell elixirs that are prepared by a local monastery under strict conditions according to their original recipes. More pictures from the lab can be found below.

 

We also went to the Magical cavern in Prague, a painting gallery by the artist Reon Argondian. He turned his home into the Kingdom of Argondia and he also sells the paintings that are on display.

The paintings shows the magical creatures living in the Kingdom of Argondia.

They also have sculptures, who seems to have an apetite for small children :). More pictures from the Magical cavern can be seen below.

 

Paralelni Polis, Cryptocurrencies and Steampunk in Prague

Paralelni Polis is a place where we feel comfortable in and it is the center of Bitcoin-activity here in Prague. We spent our days in Prague with the King family or sitting here in this place with our computers. We just let our pictures speak this time, so enjoy the cryptocurrency world in Prague and our visit to a really cool, steampunk-inspired bar!


Paralelni Polis är en plats där vi känner oss hemma och det är centrum för Bitcoinaktiviteten här i Prag. Vi tillbringade våra dagar i Prag med Kingfamiljen eller så satt vi på PP med våra datorer. Vi låter våra bilder tala denna gång, så njut av kryptovalutavärlden i Prag och vårt besök på en riktigt cool, steampunkinspirerad bar!

Paralelni Polis is another reason why we like Prague so much. Here is where the Institute of Cryptoanarchy is located and where the Hacker’s Congress 2017 will be held in a few weeks. We will  be there, will you :)?

Close up on the sign outside the entrace.

Paralelni Polis accepts only bitcoin and litecoin, so you have to hold some cryptocurrency or change fiat money to real money at the atm inside the cafe when you want to buy any food or drinks here.

Coffee, beer and internet access is all we need 🙂

Paralelni Polis hosts regular Bitcoin meet ups, mostly in Czech. Occasionally there are English-speaking meet ups, like this one where a really cool it-woman, named Gili, talked about traveling the world, how to live of only cryptocurrencies while not having any bank accounts. It was awesome to meet and speak with Gili and hope that we will meet somewhere else in the world.
We will also hold an English-speaking Bitcoin meetup here on October 3rd, so come by and say hello to us if your’e in Prague!

Bitcoin is hot in Czech Republic so we got to appear on Czech national TV, in the background (can you spot us?), when they had a half-hour long programme about Bitcoin. They aired live from Paralelni Polis, so they wanted us to look busy meantime 🙂 Thanks Rebecca for the screenshot!

We also met up with Daniel, a fellow Cor.ax-conference attendee. We introduced him to Paralelni Polis, the King family and Bitcoin, and it was nice to get to know each other here in Prague.

Alza.cz is i huge electronic retailer that has just started to accept bitcoin as payment. They even have a Bitcoin atm, so we took Daniel here so he could get his first bitcoins.

At Alza you can buy everything from kitchenware, mobile phones to Tesla cars. If you buy anything with bitcoin, then be aware that you need to wait for one confirmation for smaller cheaper stuff to six confirmations if you purchase more expensive stuff. We can recommend to either buy online first or go to the Vietnamese market next door to have lunch while your’e waiting.

If you’re not into cars, then perhaps electric motorbikes would interest you. They also have a game room and a VR-corner, so there is no problem to spend a few hours inside this store.

Daniel stayed a few days in Prague and we went out for dinner during his last night in Prague and then we thought that we would check out a cool, steampunk-inspired bar here in Holešovice. From the outside the Cross Club (the name of the bar) looks like a tiny bar with a small outdoor seating area, but we were so wrong.

The cross club just blew us away, with its interior design and lightning. It is spread out like a labyrinth on several floors with different dance floors, a pinball room and bars. This is a DJ-booth on one of the dance floors.

One of the bars at Cross Club. This night club is a really cool experience that we can recommend if you come to Prague!

The outdoor area we first saw is just a tiny part of the night club. There is so much to explore here and you find cozy corners everywhere, so Ulrika thought that this night club was well-suited for introverts, not so much open areas and you can easily find a booth or a corner where you can get away from people 🙂 Daniel took a picture of us together (Thank you Daniel for the picture!). More pictures from Cross Club can be found in the slide show below

 

We hanged out with the King boys so that their parents could prepare for the coming birth, and it was Winston and Henry who showed us the way to another cafe in Prague, where they also accept bitcoin as payment.

The boys were eager to show us all the games the cafe have and the cool interior of the place.

We ordered fika and played Monopoly here, but “A Maze in Tchaiovna”-cafe offers a lot of different things from poetry nights, Ted-talk nights, free Language lessons etc to more adults only activities. Just check out their schedule online!

Absolutely love to see this sign! It is also lovely to see how interested Winston and Henry are in crypto-currencies and how much they understand. Henry created his own bitcoin-wallet necklace with his public and private key printed on the back, of course BIP-38 secured 😉 He was so proud of it so Ulrika had to make a short movie of him with his very own bitcoin-wallet. Then it was time for Edward to meet his family, but more of that in our next blog post.

Here are som links, if you want to take a closer look on anything we written about in this blog post:

The Corax Conference 2017

Corax Conference 2017 blew us away! Ever since we heard about the 2016 conference, we knew that we wanted to attend this year’s version and we bought our tickets before the first speakers even were announced. When the first line of speakers finally were revealed, we knew that we were in for a treat. Corax conference aimed to cover most viewpoints existing under the big umbrella called Libertarianism and we think that they did a really good job attracting diverse speakers from different standpoints. Most interesting was to hear from Professor Hans-Herman Hoppe and his clarification of his and his predecessor Murray Rothbard’s visions of Libertarianism.  We highly recommend purchasing a remote ticket so you can listen to his and the rest of the speakers talks from the Corax conference.

However, the most controversial talk of the conference was surprisingly Jeff Deist’s speech, which was broadcasted from Mises University, and we can’t understand why really. We can highly recommend listening to Tom Woods show episode 966, where you’ll find the whole speech and good points from Tom Woods, really explaining why this speech is nothing more than highlighting the importance of decentralization.   

Ulrika also thought that talking to and listening to Julie Borowski was especially fun, since she has been following Julies work on Youtube for several years now. That’s why she gets the honor of being on the first picture in this blog post. More about the conference can be read in the figure texts.  We had a fantastic week on Malta, so thanks to Bubb.la/Cor.ax for making this happen!


Coraxkonferensen 2017 fick oss att tappa andan av glädje och lärdomar. Ända sedan vi hörde om 2016 års konferens visste vi att vi ville delta i årets version och därför köpte vi våra biljetter innan de första talarna ens hade tillkännagivits. När den första raden av talare äntligen presenterades visste vi att vi skulle få vara med om en enastående tillställning. Coraxkonferensen syftar till att täcka de flesta delarna under det stora paraplyet som kallas Libertarianism och vi anser att de gjorde ett riktigt bra jobb. Höjdpunkten var att höra från professor Hans-Herman Hoppe där hans förtydligande av hans och hans föregångare Murray Rothbards visioner av Libertarianismen var väldigt klargörande. Vi rekommenderar starkt att du köper en fjärrbiljett så att du kan lyssna på Hans-Herman Hoppe och resten av föreläsningarna från Coraxkonferensen.

Den mest kontroversiella föreläsningen på konferensen var överraskande nog Jeff Deists tal som sändes från Mises Universitetet. Vi kan starkt rekommendera att lyssna på avsnitt 966 av “the Tom Woods show” där du hittar hela talet, samt bra poänger från Tom Woods, som verkligen förklarar varför detta tal inte är något annat än ett framhävande av vikten av decentralisering.

Ulrika uppskattade också att få chansen att prata med och lyssna på Julie Borowski, eftersom hon har följt Julies arbete på Youtube i flera år nu. Därför får Julie äran att vara med på den första bilden i det här blogginlägget :). Mer om konferensen kan läsas i figurtexterna eller lyssna på sammanfattningar från både radio bubb.la och radio frihetligt. Vi hade iallafall en otroligt bra vecka på Malta, så stort tack till Bubb.la/Cor.ax för anordnandet av detta!

Julie Borowski, one of the speakers that Ulrika was looking forward to listen to. Her Libertarian Youtube-channel is funny and makes Libertarian viewpoints accessible on topics that are discussed today. Libertarianism in social media was her main topic during this conference.

Sofia and Martin, the founders of bubb.la and Cor.ax, made this conference happen. There aren’t any conferences in the world that gather speakers from such different stand-points that can be found under the big umbrella called Libertarianism, so we didn’ẗ want to miss this for the world.

The main speaker was the legendary Professor Hans-Herman Hoppe, a rare sight on the international speaker scene. We feel blessed to have had the opportunity to listen to his current viewpoint.

Adam Kokesh, the NOT president of the USA 2020, was also a speaker on the conference. We had the pleasure of listening to Adam last year on the Anarchapulco conference in Acapulco. He will do a European tour 2018 and he will come to Sweden, so don’t miss him when he comes to your country!

Matthew Reece, writer on the Zeroth Position, had a great lecture about the neo-reactionary and the alt-right movement. Highly informative.

This is Corax conference for us. Matthew Reece and Adam Kokesh wouldn’t be invited to the same conferences in the US, but here they could meet and have a discussion on stage, a rare event in the Libertarian movement. Unfortunately, Adam had to leave early so we just have to look forward to the next time Matthew and Adam can meet on stage.

Jeff Deist, the president of the Mises Institute  in the US, held an interesting lecture on decentralization for both us and the Mises University with the help of Skype and cameras. It was one of the best speeches we listened to and it was also one of the most controversial apparently. We highly recommend you to listen to the Tom Woods episode linked above in the text, if you want to learn more about what Jeff actually said. Also in the picture, Hans-Herman Hoppe waving to the Mises University attendants.

Brendan O’Neill, a Marxist-Libertarian journalist from Spiked online. He talked about his case for a Libertarian-marxism, but we found it confused and we didn’t agree with his advocacy for democracy.

Bubb.las own doomster ;), Johnny Mellgren, held a spot on lecture about the next financial crisis.

Other speakers were not familiar to us, but were very interesting. Moritz Bierling held two lectures during the conference. The first one was a Jordan Peterson-inspired lecture about SYSO – Sorting YourSelf Out, instead of the degenerative YOLO (You only live ones)-view of life.

The second lecture was about the internet phenomenon memes and trolling, and what it means.

We got good laughs from his lecture. We were really bad at taking photos, so we don’t have any pictures from the Lichtenstein as a Libertarian utopia lecture by Andreas Kohl or the lecture about free economic zones in the world by Simon Sarevski, which is a shame.

We do have one blurry picture of Simon wearing his T-shirt displaying a nice quote by Bastiat.

We found more nice T-shirts worn by other conference attendants.

Dinners and activities were also on the schedule, so we had the chance to talk to each other all night if we wanted.

Or take sneaky pictures on Hoppe! Btw love the look on Sofia’s face when she discovers what Pontus is doing 🙂

We also met friends that we haven’t seen in a long time. We had the pleasure to get to know these guys in Acapulco last year. It was great catching up with Shamus and David on Malta.

We noticed a stricking resemblance between Pontus and Aron Askew, the campaign manager of Adam Kokesh’s presidential campaign.

We also had time to enjoy the cliffs of Malta before we left the conference. Pontus is not naked 😉

Last, but not least, we want to thank Sofia, the organizer of this Conference, for this excellent and well-organized week and we hope to meet you again soon!

Gili Air with Ulrikas family & Swedish Mises-institute article

The Gili Islands was the first stop on our trip with Ulrika’s family. After one night in Kuta, we jumped on a fast boat out to Gili Air for diving and swimming in the ocean. If you follow Ulrika on snapchat, you have probably noticed how much she has been waiting for her family to come to Bali, and now it was time to explore the islands around Bali. It is very easy to move between the islands. Almost every homestay can arrange transportation to different locations on Bali or to other islands nearby. Pictures from Gili Air can be found below.

Ulrika has also translated and modified an episode of one of our favorite podcasts, “The Voluntary Life – episode 274“, into Swedish and had published it at the Swedish Mises-Institute, which is also behind another one of favorite podcasts, Radio Mises, which we highly recommend!


Giliöarna blev det första stoppet som vi tog Ulrikas familj till. Efter en natt i Kuta, så tog vi snabbåtarna ut till Gili Air för att dyka och bada. Ni som följer Ulrika på snapchat har nog märkt hur mycket hon längtat efter att hennes familj ska komma till Bali och nu var det dags att utforska öarna omkring Bali. Det är väldigt lätt att röra sig mellan öarna då nästan varenda homestay också kan ordna transport till olika platser på Bali och andra öar i närheten. Bilder från Gili Air kommer nedan.

Ulrika har även översatt och modifierat ett avsnitt av en av våra favoritpodcasts, “The Voluntary life – avsnitt 274”, till svenska och fått den publicerad på Svenska Mises-institutet, vilka också är grundare till en av våra andra favoritpodcasts, Radio Mises, som vi högt rekommenderar!  

Finally, my family arrived to Bali, but we did not stay long there. Our goal was to take a boat out to the Gili Islands.

The view in Padang Bai, a fishing village from which the fast boats depart to the Gili Islands.

We arrived at Gili Air almost two hours later. There are three Gili islands, which are located near each other. Gili Trawangan, or Gili T, is the party island where a lot of backpackers come to enjoy life and late hours. Gili Meno is the quiet islands, where often honeymooners end up at luxury resorts. Gili Air, is the laid back island, with a relaxed atmosphere and bars.

You can easily travel between the Gili islands with local boats and also get over to the bigger island Lombok.

There are no motor traffic on the islands, so horse and carriage
is the way to get around, together with bicycles and electric scooters.

Our accommodation on the island. The place is called Family Bungalows, which is a set of bungalows with air-conditioning in the middle of the island.

We went to Gili Air for the diving, and we were not disappointed. We chose to dive with 7seas and they were a very customer friendly dive center and they also had good diving gear. Here are we posing with our dive masters Efrin and Francesco, who took us out to incredible dive sites around the three islands.

Gili Air means beach time, and you can snorkel here if you’re not into diving. Ulrika showed Maja how to snorkel here!

Maja and Mats enjoying the warm water. The island is really close to Lombok so you can see the northwest part of Lombok from the beach.

Gili Air has a really relaxed atmosphere in the evenings and interesting bars to hang out in.

Air is really small, only 6.5 kilometers in circumference so it is possible to see the whole island in under an hour. We walked along the coast during low tide and took pictures.

The famous swings in the water at Gili Air.

Hairdresser, snorkeler and mother, Maja has more than one skill.

Evenings were spent talking and laughing.

We had a few lazy days on the beach before we moved on.

We went to an outdoor cinema the last evening on Air, which btw means water in Indonesian, before we took a boat over to Lombok.

Corax Conference on Malta

We are excited for the Corax conference on Malta, which will take place 28-30 July this summer. Ulrika monitored the day of ticket release earlier this winter, so that we would not miss out on the desirable tickets. Only 150 tickets are released to the Corax conference. Cor.ax is the international edition of the Swedish Libertarian news aggregator bubb.la, and we are extremely happy to get hold of two tickets. The first speakers have already been announced and the line up looks very promising. The legendary Hans Hermann Hoppe will be speaking at the conference, as well as Julie Borowski, that Ulrika follows on Youtube and twitter, and Adam Kokesh, that we listened to when we were at Anarchapulco 2016. The reason that the Corax conference takes place in Malta is that the founders of bubb.la /cor.ax, Sofia Arkestål and Martin Eriksson, have migrated to Malta. We visited them this winter before we started our trip in Southeast Asia, and Ulrika has finally edited the pictures from our visit to Malta and uploaded them to the blog. You can see below what is waiting for you if you are going to Malta this summer. It will be very fun to meet more bubb.la and cor.ax people this summer – hope to see you at the Corax Conference!


Vi har siktet på Corax-konferensen den 28-30 juli på Malta i sommar och Ulrika bevakade biljettsläppet tidigare i vinter för att inte vi skulle gå miste om de åtråvärda biljetterna. Endast 150 biljetter släpps till Corax-konferensen. Cor.ax är den internationella varianten av den svenska libertarianska nyhetsaggregatorn bubb.la, och vi är oerhört glada att ha varsin biljett. Första talarna har redan släppts och det ser väldigt lovande ut. Den legendariska Hans Hermann Hoppe är en av talarna, samt Julie Borowski, som Ulrika följer på Youtube och twitter, och Adam Kokesh, som vi lyssnade på när vi var på Anarchapulco 2016. Anledningen till att Corax-konferensen tar plats på Malta är att grundarna till bubb.la/cor.ax, Sofia Arkestål och Martin Eriksson, har migrerat till Malta. Vi hälsade på dem i vintras innan vi begav oss mot Sydostasien och nu har Ulrika äntligen redigerat bilderna och laddat upp dem till bloggen. Nedan kan ni se vad som väntar er om ni också tänkte komma till Malta i sommar. Det kommer bli väldigt roligt att träffa fler bubb.la och cor.ax människor i sommar – hoppas att vi ses på Corax-konferensen!   

Flying to Malta in January 2017.

We left Sweden covered in winter for a bit warmer weather.

Our mission was to explore the island and hang out with the Swedish ancap community on Malta. Here having dinner with a few of them.

First day we walked around in the capital, Valletta, and visited S:t Johns Co-Cathedral, a Baroque church built in 1572. The church is known for the architecture and the paintings by the great artists from that time. The most notable is the oil painting “The Beheading of Saint John the Baptist”, which was created by Caravaggio. We were not allowed to take pictures there, but we can tell you that it was one the most extraordinary paintings we have seen so far. You should go to see both the church and the painting if you’re ever find yourself in Valletta. Below you’ll find a slideshow with more photos from this place.

Photos from S:t Johns Co-Cathedral and Valletta:

 

On our second day on Malta, we decided to try out their public transportation system. The infrastructure on Malta works great and for 1.5 Euro (2 Euro during the summer), you can ride the buses for 2 hours before purchasing another ticket. You pay in cash to the driver and then you sit down and enjoy the ride. The good thing is that you can go almost anywhere on the islands during that time, so we decided to jump on a bus that could take us to the west side of the island.

Our goal today was the Dingli cliffs that Ulrika had spotted while coming in for landing, and she immediately said that she wanted to visit those cliffs. We changed bus in Mdina and our second bus broke down, so we had time for a coffee while waiting for the next bus.

The Dingli Cliffs. Most people watch them from the road, but we’re not most people so we hiked down the limestone rocks to get as close to the edge as possible.

Finally next to the edge and Ulrika is making good use of our new camera. More picture from the Dingli cliffs can be found in the slideshow below.

Photos from the Dingli Cliffs:

 

On our third day on Malta, Sofia felt well enough to come with us to explore Marsaxlokk, a fishing village in the southeast part of Malta.

Seafood was our choice for lunch and it was the best octopus we’ve ever tried.

Most of Malta is beige, so nice coming to Marsaxlokk and seeing all the colorful boats at the harbor.

We also walked along the coast looking at the industrial parts of the harbor.

More pictures from Marsaxlokk and Zejtun can be found in the slideshow below.

Thanks Sofia for a wonderful day.

Photos from Marsaxxlokk and Zejtun:

 

Sliema has a big Swedish expat community living there. Malta has favorable tax system so you’ll find a lot of Swedish people here working in the online casino industry and online loans industry. You’ll find “little Sweden”, a grocery shop with Swedish favorite food brands, including a “lösgodishylla”, a Swedish Pick-n-mix sweets shelf. You’ll find more pictures from the shop in the slideshow below.

The Maltese are mostly Catholic, so you’ll find a lot of churches here. Maltese people are also very fond of cats so in Sliema, you’ll find a park inhabited by street cats that the Maltese people take care of and feed voluntarily.

Paceville is the backpacker place and the party streets, where you find these kind of places.

Photos from Sliema, S:t Julians and Paceville:

 

We returned to Sweden after five days on Malta to plan our present trip. However, we will see the island again in July when the Corax Conference is scheduled!

Freedomfest Stockholm and everyday life in Asia

We have our everyday life in Asia and we are very pleased with it, but we think it’s a shame that we will miss this year’s edition of Freedomfest Stockholm, which will open its doors on Saturday 13th of May this year. Unfortunatley, the event will only be in Swedsih. We have attended several freedom fests over the years and Pontus was also one of the lecturers last year, and we really like that the conference attracts a lot of freedom-minded people in Sweden. Last year we were closer to 170 people attending and it was an incredibly inspiring day to meet with like-minded people around a small waterhole filled with freedom in socialist Sweden.
This year, lectures will be about everything from personal privacy online and how to be a Swedish prepper to the unfree world of Swedish schools, culture in the service of politics, and a speech workshop. However, we will miss Freedomfest this year because we chose to prioritize Asia and Bali instead.

However, we have had the opportunity to get to know one of this year’s speakers at Freedomfest, because he has chosen to settle down in Bali. Daniel, which is his name, is a co-founder to Mullvad, a company that offers VPN service so you can protect your online privacy. He lives here parts of the year together with his daughter T, and Rebecca, the mother to his child. Rebecca is also a very interesting person who is about to start up a transparent research institute named IGDORE based entirely on open-source, and which enables location-independent research without having to pay tremendous sums, known as overhead, to a university from one’s research grants. We have had the pleasure of spending time with all three before their time here in Bali was over for this time, but this is not the last time we will see each other. Our everyday life here will end soon, because Ulrika’s long-awaited family comes to Bali and we will hang out with them. Here are a bunch of pictures of our time living in Kelabang Moding during March and April.


Vi har vårt vardagsliv i Asien och trivs väldigt bra med det, men vi tycker att det är synd att vi kommer missa årets upplaga av Freedomfest Stockholm, som går av stapeln lördagen den 13:e maj. Vi har varit på flera freedomfester genom åren och Pontus var även en av föreläsarna förra året, och vi gillar verkligen att konferensen drar till sig en mängd frihetliga personer i Sverige. Förra året var vi närmare 170 personer och det var en otroligt inspirerande dag att få umgås med likasinnande runt ett litet frihetligt vattenhål i annars socialistiska Sverige.
I år kommer föreläsningar handla om allt från personlig integritet på nätet och hur man kan vara en svensk prepper till ofriheten i svensk skola, kultur i politikens tjänst och talarworkshop. Vi missar dock freedomfest i år då vi valt att prioritera Asien och Bali.

Vi har dock fått möjlighet att lära känna en av årets talare på Freedomfest, då han har valt att bosätta sig på Bali. Daniel är medgrundare till Mullvad, en VPN-tjänst för att skydda din personliga integritet på nätet. Han bor här på Bali delar av året tillsammans med sin dotter T, samt Rebecca som är mamman till dottern. Rebecca är också en väldigt intressant person som håller på att starta upp ett transparent forskningsinstitut vid namn IGDORE baserat helt på open-source och vilket ska möjliggöra platsoberoende forskning utan att behöva betala hiskeliga summor overhead till universitet från ens forskningsmedel. Vi har haft nöjet att umgås med alla tre innan deras tid här på Bali var över för denna gång, men det är inte sista gången vi kommer ses. Nu kommer dock vår vardag strax ta slut, då Ulrikas efterlängtade familj kommer hit och vi ska umgås med dem. Här kommer ett gäng bilder från vår tid boende i Kelabang Moding under Mars och April.

Daniel, T and Rebecca at our place in Kelabang Moding. We had so much to talk about, so we forgot to take photos when we we’re hanging out. Here is a rare photo that Pontus took when Ulrika was cutting fruits.

Ulrika and Rebecca talking over a fika, while T is playing in the play corner at the Down to earth cafe in Ubud.

Just after the Balinese new year celebration (Nyepi) was over, another religious holiday started: Galungan and Kuningan.

Galungan is a ten-day celebration of the victory of dharma over adharma and it is a time when their ancestral spirits come to visit earth. The final day of the celebration is called Kuningan.

Our host family’s Penjor, which is a tall bamboo pole which is decorated with coconut leaves and has an offering at the base. It is suppose to represent a mountain that provides safety and welfare for the family.

Ubud is all about Raw food and vegan-friendly foods.

However, you can find also find restaurants that offers meet. We are cooking our own meals most of the time, and we don’t eat so much meat here. This italian plate from Buonasera was really good.

We have also been to the movie theatre, Paradiso in Ubud. We’ve seen both the Disney movie Moana (with Rebecca and T) and a mystery, sci-fi movie called Coherence, a movie which we can highly recommend.

You can both eat and drink at the movies and the ticket serves as a discount in the restaurant for the full amount of the ticket. They are a vegan organic movie of course!

A cute cat trying to battle a Scooter at our local supermarket.

Ulrika is working on her yoga poses and finally manage to do the crow, a pose she has been thinking about for almost a year.

This is how Ulrika dress up for going to the immigration office to extend our visa. We stopped so Ulrika could take some pictures and Pontus snapped a photo of her and two girls walking home from school.

This is the view Ulrika took a picture of. It is a beautiful place we pass every time we’re going to and from Kelabang Moding. Ulrika loves our new camera.

Our new camera, Sony rx-100, is really useful when shooting in the dark and the only light comes from the moon.

A big moon over Ubud.

Bitcoin + Bali = True

If someone mentions Bitcoin and Bali in the same sentence we immediately think of Ubud and the Bitcoin community here. There are several restaurants, businesses, and co-working spaces around Bali where you can use bitcoin and meet a great group of bitcoin enthusiasts. These people are building solutions to be able to opt out of the current corrupt economic system and contribute to helping people to be part of a healthy and transparent financial system.

In Ubud, the co-working place Hubud is where you’ll find The Filter, a forum and educational place about Bitcoin, the activity can also be followed via their Youtube-channel. On Hubud, you can also find a bitcoin ATM where you can exchange your Indonesian rupiah to bitcoin.
Gary has organized weekly Bitcoin meetings in Hubud co-working space in Ubud for many years and has been a driving force for building a growing Bitcoin community. We met him when we were here 1.5 years ago and now we have the privilege to live in his house while he is away traveling in other parts of the world.

Other bitcoin-friendly co-working spaces in Ubud are The Onion and Outpost. The website bitcoinsinbali.org  gives a good overview of the Bitcoin activity happening on the island. Also Kuta is home to the largest Bitcoin exchange in Indonesia, Bitcoin Indonesia , which has over 270 000 customers.
According to coinmap.org there are over 60 companies in Bali which accept bitcoin as payment, and the website bitislands lists 14 restaurants, 9 service companies, 8 hotels, 2 travel agents, 4 transport companies , 4 clothing and jewelry stores, 2 spas, and 2 adventure agencies that accept bitcoin.

Bitcoin is still small in Bali, but we can see that a lot has happened here in Ubud since we were here 1.5 years ago and it is positive that the ecosystem is growing.
To learn about how bitcoin is different from the present economic system you can read the articles on Pontus educational website
startusingbitcoins.com.


Nämner någon Bitcoin och Bali så tänker vi genast på Ubud och Bitcoin-samhället som finns här.
Det finns ett flertal restauranger, företag och co-working ställen där man kan använda bitcoin och träffa ett härligt gäng bitcoin-entusiaster som bor på Bali. Dessa människor bygger lösningar för att kunna välja bort det nuvarande korrupta ekonomiska systemet och bidrar till att hjälpa människor att vara del i ett sundare och transparent ekonomiskt system.

I Ubud på co-working platsen Hubud finns The Filter, en mötesplats och utbildningplats om Bitcoin, vars aktivitet även kan följas via deras Youtube-kanal. På Hubud finns även en bitcoin bankomat där man kan växla indonesiska rupier till bitcoin.
Gary är en eldsjäl som organiserat Bitcoin-möten varje vecka på Hubud coworking space i Ubud sedan flera år tillbaka och varit en drivande kraft för att bygga upp ett växande Bitcoin-community. Vi träffade honom när vi var här för 1,5 år sedan och nu kunde vi få förmånen att bo i hans hus medans han är iväg och reser i andra delar av världen.

Andra bitcoin-vänliga co-working arbetsutrymmen i Ubud är The Onion och Outpost. Hemsidan bitcoinsinbali.org ger en bra överblick över den Bitcoin-aktivitet som pågår. I Kuta på Bali ligger även Indonesians största bitcoin-valutaväxlingsföretag Bitcoin Indonesia som har över 270 000 kunder.
Enligt coinmap.org finns det drygt 60 företag på Bali som accepterar bitcoin som betalning  och på hemsidan bitislands  listas 14 restauranger, 9 företagstjänsteföretag, 8 hotel, 2 resebyråer, 4 transportföretag, 4 klädes och smyckesbutiker, 2 spa-salonger samt 2 äventyrs- och upplevelseföretag som accepterar bitcoin.

Bitcoin är fortfarande litet i Bali, men vi kan se att mycket har hänt här i Ubud sedan vi var här för 1.5 år sedan och det är positivt att ekosystemet växer.
Om du vill veta mer om hur bitcoin skiljer sig från det nuvarande ekonomiska systemet så kan du se på Pontus föredrag från konferensen Internetdagarna i Sverige november 2016.

The Bitcoin center at Jalan Sugriwa.

We hang out at the Onion where you can eat and use their co-working space by paying with bitcoin.

Look for the orange and white bitcoin sign when you are in Ubud.

The backyard at the Onion.

It’s easy to pay with bitcoin using your mobile wallet of your choice.

On Hubud, you can use the bitcoin ATM to exchange your IDR to bitcoin.

Kismet is a restaurant in Ubud with nice food and the option to settle your bill with bitcoin. Kismet also have good wifi connection, but you’re not allowed to have computers on their dinner tables between 6 pm and 22 pm.

Meet up with the local bitcoin group! Lovely meeting and catching up with you guys!

Satoshi Square – Bangkok Bitcoin meetup

Satoshi Square is the name for Bitcoin-meetups that is occuring all over the world, where Bitcoin enthusiasts meet up to buy and sell Bitcoin between each other, discuss the latest news about Bitcoin and also explain to curious newcomers what Bitcoin is about. The Satoshi Square Bangkok was started by a Swedish Bitcoin-enthusiast, who lives part of the year in Bangkok. Meetups are held every Monday. It is one of the larger Bitcoin-meetups that we have been to, and every time between 20 and 30 people are joining the meetings here in Bangkok, most are expats living here full-time or part of the year, but also a few Thais show up at the meetings.

At this meeting we had the privilege to meet people who got interested in Bitcoin from both through their interest in the technology and through their political ideology, and the discussions went hot on both of these subjects. We met a person who was in to Bitcoin very early. He told us how already in 2010 they understood what bitcoin would entail and just waited for states or mafias trying to hack the Bitcoin-network. David Barnes, the managing director of Bitcoin Co. Ltd., and Chris de Rose, from the Bitcoin Uncensoredpodcast, was there at the meeting. We also finally got to meet Happy George, or Mr. Liberland as he puts it. We heard about him on a Bitcoin meetup in Kuala Lumpur in 2015. If you hang around in the Liberland chat groups you know who he is.

We also got a very nice surprise! Our friend Stefan realized that we were in Bangkok at the same time as him, so he accompanied us to the Satoshi Square meeting. It was awesome to meet him here. He is a Swedish ancap, who lives in Singapore. We can really recommend his Youtube-channel where he compares Sweden and Singapore from an ancap-perspective.

We really recommend that you go to one of the Satoshi square-meetups if you’re visiting Bangkok!


Satoshi Square är en samling av träffar över hela världen där Bitcoin-entusiaster möts upp för att köpa och sälja bitcoin mellan varandra, diskutera de senaste nyheterna om Bitcoin och även förklara för nya nyfikna vad Bitcoin handlar om. Satoshi Square Bangkok är startad av en svensk Bitcoin-entusiast som bor delar av året i Bangkok. Träffarna går av stapeln varje måndag. Det är en av de större Bitcointräffarna vi varit på. Varje gång dyker det upp mellan 20 och 30 personer på träffarna, de flesta är expats som lever här hela eller delar av året, men det brukar även dyka upp några thailändare på träffarna.

På denna träff fick vi förmånen att träffa människor som kommit till Bitcoin både via sitt teknologiska intresse och politiska ideologi och diskussionerna gick varma om båda dessa områden. Vi träffade en person som var väldigt tidig med i Bitcoin som kunde berätta om hur de redan 2010 förstått vad Bitcoin skulle komma att innebära och bara väntade på att stater eller maffior skulle försöka hacka Bitcoin-nätverket. David Barnes, som har Bitcoin Co. Ltd i Thailand,  och Chris de Rose från Bitcoin Uncensored var där på träffen. Vi fick även äntligen träffa HappyGeorge, eller mr Liberland som han själv uttrycker det.  Vi hörde talas om honom redan på en Bitcointräff i Kuala Lumpur 2015. Ni som hänger i Liberland-chattgrupper vet nog vem det är.

Sedan fick vi en väldigt trevlig överraskning! Vår vän Stefan insåg att vi var i Bangkok samtidigt, så han följde med oss på Satoshi Square-träffen. Det var verkligen jättekul att träffa honom här. Han är en svensk anka boendes i Singapore. Vi kan verkligen rekommendera hans Youtube-kanal där han jämför Sverige och Singapore ur ett ankperspektiv.

Är ni i Bangkok så kan vi verkligen rekommendera att ni tar er till en Satoshi square-träff!

 

It is easy to find the meetup point when you have a big sign that shouts out “Bitcoiners here”. It was interesting that four out the six first persons here originated from Sweden.

More people dropped by during the evening, so we had to extend our table!

Ulrika with Happy George himself 🙂

Go Liberland!

 

Pontus pratar Bitcoin / Pontus talks Bitcoin

(Please scroll down to the orange text for the English version)

Novembermörkret faller över Sverige och vi är fortfarande kvar här. Vi har valt att prioritera våra familjer och vänner, så bloggen har legat lite i träda de senaste två månaderna.  Förutom att vi umgås med familj och vänner, så har rapporten “Blockchain – Decentralized Trust” som Pontus författat publicerats och han har hållit två föreläsningar om Bitcoin och blockkedjeteknik de senaste månaderna, där den första videon finns att se längre ned i inlägget och videon från den andra föreläsningen hittar du här. Nu har det blivit klart att han ska hålla en tredje föreläsning på konferensen Internetdagarna. Så vill ni lyssna på när Pontus jämför Bitcoin med fiat-valutor så får ni gärna komma till Internetdagarna i Stockholm den 22:a november. Konferensen Internetdagarna pågår under 21-22 november i Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center (nära centralstationen) och här hittar ni programmet för Bitcoinspåret.

Vi har träffat Bitcoinentusiaster över hela världen, men det blir faktiskt första gången som vi ska få träffa Bitcoinentusiaster i Stockholm.  Vi hoppas att vi kan träffas där!


The November darkness falls over Sweden and we are still here. We have chosen to prioritize our families and friends, so the blog has been a bit on the side the last two months. In addition to spending time with family and friends, the report “Blockchain – Decentralized Trust” which Pontus has authored have been published, and he has held two lectures on Bitcoin and blockchain technology during the recent months, where you can find the video from first lecture further down and the video from the second lecture is available hereIt is now decided that he will hold a third lecture in Sweden on the conference The Internet Days. If you want to hear Pontus compare Bitcoin with fiat currencies you are welcome to come to the Internet days in Stockholm on November 22. The Internet Days conference will be taking place during the 21-22 of November in the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Center (near the central station) and you can find the program for the Bitcoin session here

We have met Bitcoin enthusiasts all over the world, but this will actually be the first time that we will meet Bitcoin enthusiasts in Stockholm. We hope we can meet you there!

Pontus höll den första föreläsningen under Freeedomfest Stockholm i Augusti i år. Den handlade om hur Bitcoin jämför sig mot andra valutor och potentialen för Bitcoin att decentralisera många fler områden än pengar. Pontus held his first lecture at Freeedomfest Stockholm in August this year. It was about how Bitcoin compares to other currencies and the potential for Bitcoin to decentralize many more areas than money.

Pontus höll den första föreläsningen under Freedomfest Stockholm 27 augusti, vilket anordnas av Ludwig von Mises institutet i Sverige. Den handlade om hur Bitcoin jämför sig mot andra valutor och potentialen för Bitcoin att decentralisera många fler områden än pengar. / Pontus held his first lecture at Freedomfest Stockholm, hosted by the Swedish Ludwig von Mises institute on August 27. It was about how Bitcoin compares to other currencies and the potential for Bitcoin to decentralize many more areas than money.

 

Pontus höll sin andra föreläsning när Pontus, Davids och Claudias rapport "Block chain - decentralized trust" skriven på uppdrag av Entrepenörskapsforum publicerades i oktober detta år. Den förelsningenhandlar om blockkedjeteknikens potential och innehåller även en paneldebatt där teknikens risker och möjligheter diskuterades. Föreläsningen kan du hitta här. Pontusheld his second lecture when Pontus, David's and Claudia's report "Block chain - decentralized trust", written for the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, was publiced in October this year. The lecture is about the potential of the block chain technology and also includes a panel discussion where the potential and risks of the technology was discussed. The lecture can be found here.

Pontus höll sin andra föreläsning när Pontus, Davids och Claudias rapport “Block chain – decentralized trust” skriven på uppdrag av Entrepenörskapsforum publicerades i oktober. Den föreläsningen handlar om blockkedjeteknikens potential och innehåller även en paneldebatt där teknikens risker och möjligheter diskuterades. / Pontus held his second lecture when Pontus, David’s and Claudia’s report “Block chain – decentralized trust”, written for the Swedish Entrepreneurship Forum, was published in October. The lecture is about the potential of the block chain technology and also includes a panel discussion where the potential and risks of the technology was discussed.

Rapporten kan även hittas som onlineversion här. The report can also be found as an online version here.

Här finns rapporten som pdf / Here is the report as pdf Blockchain – Decentralized Trust

internetdagarna

Den 22:a november står Pontus åter på scen och ska tala om hur Bitcoin jämför sig mot andra valutor. Denna gång på Internetdagarna i Stockholm. Klicka på bilden för att se hela programmet för konferensen. / Pontus will be back on stage on November 22 and talk about how Bitcoin compares with other currencies. This time the lecture will be held on the Internet Days in Stockholm. Click the image to see the whole program for the conference.

Older posts

© 2017 Ankor på vift

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑