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One day in Helsinki and Bitcoin-related things

We’ve been busy, but we now felt that it was time to update what we’ve been doing after our stay  in Tallinn and our week 20 ultrasound there. First we spent one day in Helsinki. It was the cheapest option for us when we wanted to travel from Tallinn to Sweden. Ulrika has never set her foot in this neighboring country, and Pontus has never been to Helsinki so we took the opportunity to see the Finnish capital on foot. We calculated that we walked about 15 km this day, so we managed to see a big part of Helsinki. Then there were Bitcoin and freedom-minded meetings on our Sweden agenda, and to meet family and friends. 


Vi har haft fullt upp, men vi känner nu att det var dags att göra en uppdatering om vad vi har sysslat med efter vår tripp till Tallinn och vårt vecka 20 ultraljud där.  Först spenderade vi en dag i Helsingfors. Det var det billigaste alternativet för oss när vi ville åka från Tallinn till Sverige. Ulrika har aldrig satt sin fot i detta grannland och Pontus har heller aldrig varit i just Helsingfors, så vi tog vara på möjligheten att få se den finländska huvudstaden till fots. Vi räknade ut att vi promenerade cirka 15 km denna dag, så vi hann se en hel del av Helsingfors. Därefter var det bitcoin och frihetliga möten på vår Sverigeagenda, samt att träffa familj och vänner.

A bitcoin ATM greeted us when we arrived to Helsinki, so it was easy for us to get the local currency (Euro) here in Finland.  0 confirmations, no need to sign in and give out personal information and we were ready to spend a day in Helsinki. The ATM can be found in the ferry terminal at Västra Hamnen and you can change the language so you don’t have to know Finnish to use it.

The second thing that greeted us in Helsinki was the Bad Bad Boy, the 8.5 meters tall urinating statue.

And a visualization of the mean depth of the Baltic Sea – only 55 meters.

We had taken the morning ferry from Tallinn so the sun was still rising when we came to Helsinki. Ulrika thinks that these sorts of cranes look like dinosaurs.

We found a beach, but it was to cold to jump in.

We took a walk through Kaivopuisto park and found a small hill from where we got a nice view over a few of the islands just outside of Helsinki.

There we also found a memorial for all seafarers and the deceased at sea.

One district in Helsinki is called Ulrikasborg, which translates to Ulrika’s castle in English, so we had to go there. Ullis is a nickname Ulrika and this district have in common.

It was funny that we found Pontus café in Ulrikasborg.

Finland was until 2009 the only country in the world that had Swedish as one of their official languages, since 2009 Swedish is also an official language in Sweden. Therefore, signs etc. in Helsinki have both Swedish and Finnish written on them, like the academic book store in the picture.

Finland has their moomins (by Tove Jansson) and we had to take a picture of one when we where here.

Atlas Obscura got us to see the Pohjola Insurance building – the company that wants to remind their customers that witches, bears, and gnomes are present so you better be insured. The building was built by architect Eliel Saarinen in 1901 and the name “Pohjola” is from the Finnish epic saga called the Kalevala. According to the legend, Pohjola was a Northern region ruled by an evil witch where you could find the roots of the World Tree.

We walked passed Helsinki train station, which has an interesting architecture.

Djurgårdsviken was still covered by ice, when we were here. It looked fragile so we strolled around the lake to get to Berghäll, another district of Helsinki. We used google maps and Atlas Obscura (link to the site can be found in the end) to get around here and we think that we were able to see quite a lot of Helsinki by foot before we had to board the next ferry.

Churches are interesting and we think that the architecture, both exterior and interior, often reflects the culture and the mindset of the people in that country. In Finland, the embellishments and colors are stripped of the church, whereas churches in Central America are much more colorful and full of decorations.

Hanasaari Power Plant is apparently a coal-consuming power plant.

We found a lot of beautiful wooden ships in the Northern harbor. More pictures from Helsinki can be found in the slideshow below.

 

Helsinki Cathedral was one of our last stops on our walk before we left Helsinki.

Skatudden seems like a nice place to chill out during the summer months in Helsinki. Our ferry departed from Skatudden so we had to go to the ferry terminal.

We went with Tallink to Tallinn, but we couldn’t book a ticket back to Sweden at the same time, because we didn’t know how long we needed to stay in Estonia. So when it was time for us to go to Sweden, it was cheaper to take the morning ferry to Helsinki and from there, take the night ferry with Viking Line to Stockholm. This was the reason we had an unexpected, but pleasant, day in Helsinki.

We came to Stockholm the morning after and Gröna Lund, the amusement park, greeted us. Unfortunately, no bitcoin ATM was present here when we came to Stockholm.

Back in Sweden and Pontus had a lecture about Bitcoin and the current economic system at the E-Commerce and Shop Tech fair.

Pontus has been voted in as a member of the board for the Swedish Bitcoin association so that was why he ended up on stage at this kind of fair. Link to the Swedish Bitcoin Association can be found in the end.

We also ended up meeting up with our old Bitcoin meet up group in Linköping.

We were able to attend this years Freedomfest in Stockholm arranged by the Swedish Mises Institute. We were able to meet a lot of like-minded people and the rumor is that the record of attendants was broken this year. One of our favorite lectures this year was the comparison of Sweden and Switzerland and why Sweden is much more vulnerable than Switzerland by Stellan Abrahamsson. All public lectures can be found in the link below (in Swedish).

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.

Pontus pratar Bitcoin / Pontus talks Bitcoin

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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.

Freedomfest Stockholm 2016!

Ulrika kan stolt meddela att Pontus är en av årets talare på Freedomfest 2016 i Stockholm den 27:e augusti! Har ni tid och vill höra mer om frihetliga tankar och om Bitcoin så är ni varmt välkomma till en hel dag med frihetliga föreläsningar! Vår vän Caroline King, som driver bloggen den andra resan, ska prata om frihetligt föräldraskap och Martin Eriksson, grundaren av bubb.la, berättar hur frihetliga nyheter sprider sig över världen! Missa inte heller vår nya vän Martin Jacobsson, som är handen bakom i fablernas land. Flera andra personer står på talarlistan, bland annat personen bakom bloggen läkare utan vänster, samt flera andra intressanta talare! Det ska bli jättekul att ses i Stockholm i augusti!


Ulrika is proud to announce that Pontus is one of this year’s speaker at the Freedom Fest 2016 in Stockholm on the 27th of August! You’re welcome to a full day of freedom lectures, if you have time and want to hear more about libertarian ideas and Bitcoin! Our friend Caroline King, who runs the blog “den andra resan“, will talk about peaceful parenting, and Martin Eriksson, the founder of cor.ax, is going to tell us about how libertarian news are spreading across the world! Do not miss our new friend Martin Jacobson, who is the hand behind “I fablernas land“. Several other people are on this year’s speaker list, including the person behind the blog “Läkare utan vänster“, and several other interesting speakers! It will be great to see you in Stockholm in August!

Caroline och hennes familj träffade vi på Bali för ganska exakt ett år sedan! We met Caroline and her family in Bali exactly a year ago!

Caroline och hennes familj träffade vi på Bali för ganska exakt ett år sedan! We met Caroline and her family in Bali exactly a year ago!

Vi fick möjlighet att bistå Martin med arbetsyta och wifi för inspelning av radio bubb.la i Acapulco tidigare i år! We were able to help Martin with a workspace and wifi for recording of radio bubb.la in Acapulco earlier this year!

Vi fick möjlighet att bistå Martin med arbetsyta och wifi för inspelning av radio bubb.la i Acapulco tidigare i år! We were able to help Martin with a workspace and wifi for recording of radio bubb.la in Acapulco earlier this year!

Pontus och Ulrika på en jättetrevlig bitcointräff i Kuala Lumpur på deras resa med att söka upp Bitcoin-intresserade människor i världen! Pontus and Ulrika at an awesome Bitcoin meetup in Kuala Lumpur on their travel to meet Bitcoin-minded people in the world!

Pontus och Ulrika på en jättetrevlig Bitcointräff i Kuala Lumpur på deras resa med att söka upp Bitcoin-intresserade människor i världen! Pontus and Ulrika at an awesome Bitcoin meetup in Kuala Lumpur on their travel to meet Bitcoin-minded people in the world!

Intensiva dagar i huvudstaden! Intense days in the capital!

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Vi tog tåget ned mot vår huvudstad, Stockholm, för några intensiva dagar där. Vi började med att spendera kvällen hos Gustaf och Karin och prata om allt från artificell intelligens till resa i centralamerika. Vi hann med en hel del i Stockholm under den korta tiden vi var där. Vi träffade en kollega på KTH och hade möte med henne och vi fick uppleva gangsterkvarteren på sveavägen med knivhot vid bordet bredvid oss. Vi kunde vara med på en ank-träff i huvudstaden med många intressanta människor. Vi bodde hos våra älskade vänner Anna och Gabbe och fick umgås med deras barn I och J och vi fick även vara med på I:s 4-årskalas med prinsess- och spindelmannentema! Det har jobbats en del också, så det blev en kort, men intensiv tid i Stockholm innan vi fortsatte vidare söderut!

We took the train down to our capital, Stockholm, for a few intense days there. We started or stay by spending the evening with Gustaf and Karin and talk about everything from artificial intelligence to travel in Central America. We covered a lot in Stockholm during the short time we were there. We met a colleague at KTH and had a meeting with her and we got to experience the gangster quarters at Sveavägen where a knife threat took place at the table next to us. We could meet up with anarcho-capitalists for an ancap-meeting in the capital with a lot of interesting people to talk to. We lived with our dear friends Anna and Gabbe and got to hang out with their kids I and J, and we even got to attend I:s 4-year birthday party that had a princess and Spiderman theme! There has been time for work as well, so it was a short, but intense time in Stockholm before we continued further south!

Tog eftermiddagståget ned mot Stockholm och det var redan mörkt! Took the afternoon train down to Stockholm and it was already dark!

Tog eftermiddagståget ned mot Stockholm och det var redan mörkt! Took the afternoon train down to Stockholm and it was already dark!

Vi hann träffa mysiga Karin och Gustaf ! We got to meet cozy couple Karin and Gustav!

Vi hann träffa mysiga Karin och Gustaf ! We got to meet cozy Karin and Gustaf!

Möte på Kungliga tekniska högskolan! Meeting at the Royal Institute of Technology!

Möte på Kungliga tekniska högskolan (KTH)! Meeting at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH)!

KTH!

KTH!

På promenad i Stockholm! Talking a walk in Stockholm!

På promenad i Stockholm! Taking a walk in Stockholm!

På väg mot Gamla stan för öl och diskussioner! On the way to the old town for beer and discussions!

På väg mot Gamla stan för öl och diskussioner! On our way to the old town for beer and discussions!

Dags för Ankträff! Time for ancap-meeting!

Dags för Ankträff! Time for ancap-meeting!

Vi kunde inte vara med så länge, men de var kul at träffa er som var där samtidigt som oss! We could not stay so long, but it was fun at seeing you who were there at the same time as us!

Vi kunde inte vara med så länge, men de var kul at träffa er som var där samtidigt som oss! We could not stay so long, but it was fun seeing you who were there at the same time as us!

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Vi fick lära oss betydelsen av vissa internskämt som vi inte fattat, exempelvis Ping Cristobal 🙂 We learned the meaning of some internal jokes that we haven’t understood before, such as Ping Cristobal 🙂

Vi hann även med att träffa en av grundarna till nyhetssajten bubb.la! Martin dök upp precis innan vi skulle gå, men det var kul att ses en liten stund. Vi hoppas att vi kanske kan träffa Martin och den andra grundaren av bubb.la, Sofia, nästa år! We also had time to meet one founder of the news site bubb.la! Martin showed up just before we were leaving, but it was nice to see you for a little while. We hope that we might be able to meet Martin and the other founder of bubb.la, Sofia, next year!

Vi hann även med att träffa en av grundarna till nyhetssajten bubb.la (fb-sidan här)! Martin dök upp precis innan vi skulle gå, men det var kul att ses en liten stund. Vi hoppas att vi kanske kan träffa Martin och den andra grundaren av bubb.la, Sofia, nästa år! We also had time to meet one of the founders of the news site bubb.la (fb-page here)! Martin showed up just just before we were leaving, but it was nice to see you for a little while. We hope that we will be able to meet Martin and the other founder of bubb.la, Sofia, next year!

Äntligen fick vi kramas med Anna, Gabbe, I och J! Finally, we were hugging with Anna, Gabbe, I and J!

Äntligen fick vi kramas med Anna, Gabbe, I och J! Finally, we were hugging with Anna, Gabbe, I and J!

Anna, Linda och Ulrika fixade årets julpyssel, som de blev supernöjda över! Anna driver en pysselsida där ni kan spana in kreationen närmare! Anna, Linda and Ulrika created this year's Christmas craft and they were super pleased! Anna runs a crafts webpage where you can check out the creation closer!

Anna, Linda och Ulrika fixade årets julpyssel, som de blev supernöjda över! Anna driver en pysselsida där ni kan spana in kreationen närmare! Anna, Linda and Ulrika created this year’s Christmas craft and they were super pleased! Anna runs a crafts webpage where you can check out the creation closer!

Vi tog en promenad i bromma och besökte beckomberga sjukhus som har varit ett av Europas största mentalsjukhus med 2000 patienter en gång i tiden! We took a walk in Bromma and visited Beckomberga hospital that once was one of Europe's largest mental hospital with 2,000 patients!

Vi tog en promenad i bromma och besökte Beckomberga sjukhus som har varit ett av Europas största mentalsjukhus med 2000 patienter en gång i tiden! We took a walk in Bromma and visited Beckomberga hospital that was once one of Europe’s largest mental hospitals with 2,000 patients!

Födelsedagskalas! Birthday party!

Födelsedagskalas! Birthday party!

I visar upp klänningen vi köpte åt I och J i Indien! I is showing the dress we bought for I and J in India!

I visar upp klänningen vi köpte åt I och J i Indien! I is showing the dress we bought for I and J in India!

Paketöppning! Opening of the birthday gifts!

Paketöppning och hennes syster J hjälper till! Opening of the birthday gifts and her sister J wants to help!

Sista morgonen i Stockholm och vi fick säga hejdå till tjejerna när de skulle till dagis! The last morning in Stockholm and we had to say goodbye to the girls when they were going to kindergarten!

Sista morgonen i Stockholm och vi fick säga hejdå till tjejerna när de skulle till dagis! The last morning in Stockholm and we had to say goodbye to the girls when they were going to kindergarten!

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