It is a little bit more than two weeks until the election takes place here in Sweden and I am a bit curious and to be honest worried about the outcome of it. I have always been more or less interested in politics and this time I think it is no clear winner. From my point of view it feels like people in general are quite tired of Fredrik Reinfeldt (M) and co and at the left wing the leadership and willingness to come up with a concrete agenda about what they can do better than the right hand side and how they are going to do it does not exist. Then we have the constant presecution from media of every step, talk and everything else that the extreme right side party Sverigedemokraterna takes. I think that is so extremley wrong that I do not have words for it. Our elections should be free and then we also has the freedom to select among the candidates no matter of what opionion they hold. Obviously, even though nearly 10% of the popluation agrees with their agenda and thoughts media is doing some kind of which-hunting of the party. Sometimes I am getting so sick of Sweden where everything has to be in between and “lagom”. Instaed why not think that Sverigedemokraterna actually has one or more points on their agenda that are important to discuss and has to be discussed and not put it under the carpet. Apparently it is a need to bring topics like the one about immigration up to discussion and come up with something concrete instaed like the most traditional parties seems to do this election – promisse to not promisse anything. No one will win any votes based on that.
Well, now I will head to todays afterwork activities. First out is the votation course since I will work with the elections also this time and then I am going to SATS to mingle with the weights. Not the heavy ones though, more the crosstrainer, dumbbells and kettlebells.
/ Cheers from Pernilla
I got right into the fall, filled with fall missions and visions as far as I can see. Stockholm is filled with people and things to do again, the air is fresh to breath and it smells like fall. From my point of view this is the absolute best season of the year. But I miss Japan a lot. This Sunday has not been that bad at all though. In the morning I went on a Bodypump class at SATS Tule and it was superfun to lift some weights other than my suitcase up through stairs in the subway or to the overheadcompartment in the plane.
An hour after the first training session I went to the second one – the Adidas tribes training with Runday in Hagaparken. That was a really fun event in true Runday style with quality training. Today the focus was on runners strength and 30 seconds intervalls which was quite tough. But I was everything else than tired after spending yesterday laying down doing nothing in three aircrafts and running a few airport intervals.
Now I look forward to spending a week in Stockholm that hopefully will include a lot of sports which was the only thing I missed in Japan.
/ Pernilla the sporty spice
Here comes a little recap from my last vacation days in Japan. As I wrote before I decided to spend two days in Fukuoka and the second day was beach weather. I googled some nice beaches and started the day at one fantastic one. The whole city felt like Australia but not so far away but with nature from Thailand so it was fab. Really fab.
Then I had a late lunch and something that the japanese are good at making is crepés so I had one with strawberries and ice cream inside. After that I walked, walked and walked even more and a bit more until my feets were to tired to walk more.
On Friday I took the bus to my final destination for this trip, Nagasaki. The busride took two hours but the scenery was great so not a chance to get bored.
Nagasaki was also hot but only 28 degrees and cold winds from the sea so it was comfortable to walk around there. The city center felt very different from the other two places I have visited on this trip. It felt more geuine and authentic. The reason that I went to Nagasaki was to check out the atomic bomb museum and peace park and like the rest things associated with the world wars it was hard to believe it had happened. But worth a visit just to remember.
In the evening I went for a run. I am a sucker for bridges so my goal was to run over the bridge in the background of the picture but unfortunatley I did not found the way there but I got a nice run anyway. After that I went to Mount Inasa which is the highest point in Nagasaki to check out the night view of the city. That was a perfect ending of a see and experience vacation.
Yesterday I flew back home. No dreamliners this time but first an ANA flight from Nagasaki to Haneda, then a LH flight from Haneda to Frankfurt where I bored out already before departure (dayflights home from Japan is the absolute worst way of traveling since you shouldn’t sleep to avoid jetlag) and then a SK flight from Frankfurt to Stockholm. In total it took around 24 hours to fly home and under that time I read Analfabeten, Times magazine, Forbes, Women’s health, Gala, SvD, the LH magazine, some more german magazines, watched Vicky, Christina, Barcelona and some other shows, listned to three CDs, played inflight tetris at least ten times when I reached more than 100 levels each time and starred on the flight moving map. Such an uneventful day so today I need tons of action.
/ Pernilla at home
I flew away from Tokyo Haneda airport this morning with ANA. An airline that I like. Today I liked it a bit more when I saw that there was a Boeing 787-900 dreamliner waiting at the gate to depart to Fukuoka. One of my summermissions was to fly a dreamliner so check on that now. The plane was nothing special though. It was louder than I expected and A380 is still my favorite aircraft followed by 747 but it was very fun to try the dreamliner experience. I will make a longer post about it and ANA another day in my airline category.
So why did I went to Fukuoka then? well, I do not know I just wanted to go here and I have so wanted since 2008 when I was on exchange in South Korea but for no special reason. I just wanted to check this place out. Now I have checked this place out for one day since I arrived 9:30 am and I really, really like it. It is green, friendly people, traditional japanese, located at the water, is surrounded by mountains. Simply said it is just a nice place to be at.
After walking around for lots of hours I changed my sandals to my Adidas boost shoes and checked out the most popular running route and some random places. It was a bit colder to run compared to yesterday, only 28 degrees today so it was comfortable hot. After 7,5 kilometers I was finished and switched to some strength exercises before I walked home. I thought. I walked the completley wrong direction so I got even more sightseeing. Now I am just having this vacations first doing nothing evening and planning my remaining vacation days. I might fly home on Saturday to join Adidas tribes in Hagaparken on Sunday (check out for event info HERE) or I will do one more night out in Tokyo. Tough decision friends…
/ Pernilla in Japan
Yesterday just flew by like the other vacation days here in Japan. After breakfast I performed my first run for this vacation and happened around the grand palace. It was steaming hot and at 9 am when I took off it was 34 degrees. The first two kilometers I just took off like I had stolen something but after the longest training rest since South Africa in May 2013 I looked so much forward to running again so I couldn’t stop. Then I slowed down because it was just too hot. In total I managed 7K and when I got back I was red like a tomatoe.
A shower later I went to Shibuya where the big crosswalk is located to do some shopping with my mum. I had zero.zero space in my suitcase so I was not going to buy something but… I found a few stuff so now I have negative space in my Samsonite. It was too hot to do shopping as well and it felt like my legs were buring just walking from Starbucks to the subway and luckily we had not planed any outdoor activities.
For dinner we went to Itamae, not the place that I love in Stockholm but one in Akasaka just next to our hotel. The sushi was delicious and the bites where huge so I didn’t had to eat anything until lunch today.
As the last activity of the day and my stay with my parents in Tokyo was to visit Tokyo tower. I have been there before but I am not the one who says no to great views of one of my favorite cities. I havn’t been away from Tokyo 24hours yet and I am already missing the place like crazy. I love that city!
/ Pernilla in love with Tokyo
Like most of the time on my vacations there is no time to sleep in. Unfortunatley. This Monday morning we started with having hotel breakfast and then we checked out Tokyo fish market, Tsukiji market that I never been to before just because I do not like to get up early. If it is a real tourist must I am not sure about but it was nice to see the worlds biggest fish market but I hade higher expectations.
Then we took the train to Kamakura, a popular tourist city one hour outside of central Tokyo that had been on my wanna see list for quite a long. And this was not a dissappointment. It was steaming hot, over 30 degrees so it was not a chilly walk today. We checked out one shrine, Tsurugaoka Hachiman-gu, then my quota with shrine visits for this vacation was fullfilled.
After that we continued to walk the hot streets of Kamakura and checked out another place that was a bamboo grove, Hokokuji. And there I took a selfie before moving on to…
One place that I had looked a lot forward to – the beach! I am a true beachfan and I think this is the best you can get close to Tokyo. No swimming for me today but I can tell the water was very warm. In total Kamakura is well worth a visit if you wanna see something beyond the international Tokyo. I did not noted one single western person in Kamakura during the whole day but at the fishmarket it felt like there were just scandinavian and Japanese people.
/ Pernilla on Japan tour
Isn’t it 10 000 steps that are the daily recommended amount to walk? I do at least think so. A city trip vacation means lots and lots of steps and although we have not walked that much today we have managed to sightseeing around for over 20 000 steps already.
The first stop of the day after walking from the hotel in Akasaka was Ginza. The famous shopping district with international stores. This is not a shoppingtrip but I do not mind good buys so I got one nice skirt before we continued to check around.
Then we took the driver less train over to stylish Obidaba to check out their beaches and the Rainbow bridge. It is always great to check out new places and not even my dad that has been in Tokyo close to ten times has been there before. It is steaming hot here, nearly 30 degrees so I would not have minded a swim. Now I will just refurnish myself and then I will met up with some friends from here for dinner and drinks. Most likley I will manage to walk 30 000 steps today which is normal for city vacation days.
/ Pernilla in Japan