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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 bubb.la and frihetlig.se 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!

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!

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.

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