Monday, May 26, 2008


Time to plan what to pack in my new shiny backpack

  • Earplugs, in case i have to sleep at loud places
  • Sarong, in case i have to sleep at not very clean places, borrow from Anders.
  • LED flashlight
  • Towel
  • Plastic bags, good for either dirty clothes or things i don't want wet/sandy, got it.
  • Hostel International card, get from STF for 125:-
  • Photo copy of my passport and plane ticket, leave one of each at home too.
  • Note with important phone numbers, takes a short while to write each down
  • Knife
  • VISA card
  • first aid kit
  • Passport
  • Plane ticket
  • Travel Guide (Lonely Planet)
  • Hygiene-related things
    • Toothbrush
    • Compeed
    • Travel tissue packs
    • Wet wipe tissues
    • Toothpaste
    • Deodorant
    • Pincer
    • Alvdeon
    • Hairwax
    • Solid soap
    • Sun block
    • Sun balm, in case i get burned
  • Spork
  • Pens & Paper, always good to have
  • Neckerchief, this can double as sunprotection for the head. Though i will need to buy sunglasses anyway.
  • A good book, will buy this at Pocket shop at either Stockholm Central Station or Arlanda.

  • 3 shirts
  • 3 t-shirts
  • Sandals, got it
  • 1 warm shirt, the desert gets bloody cold at night
  • Bathing shorts, can be used as regular shorts too near the beach but i heard that short pants are unmanly so i should mostly use a pair of long pants.
  • A pair of long loose pants
  • 3 underpants
  • Two pair of socks, shouldn't need more since i plan on spending most of the time in sandals.

Things i haven't yet got
  • Note with important numbers

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tunisia - Preparations pt 1

During the entire spring I've been harassing my friends about taking a trip somewhere, they didn't want to or didnt' have the time/money. I was whining about it to two friends yesterday and they convinced me to go alone, seemed like a pretty good idea, Lately I've been looking around for a new laptop, my current have begun acting up and it's over 2½ years old, which in my 3-year change schedule means it's time to start looking for a new one. But these new SSD discs that have recently begun popping up all over the place, I want one. However I don't want to pay current prices. So I switched a new laptop for a travel to Tunisia. So later yesterday evening I called dad and asked if he could come up with any good reason why I shouldn't go and since he couldn't I bought plane tickets to and from Tunisia. I leave during the evening of June 6 and return late June 13. I'm flying to and from Monastir, a small-ish town near Sousse. Apparently it only takes 20min by cab to Sousse.

Since I only decided yesterday there have been quite a lot to do in preparations. Currently I have bought plane tickets, a backpack good for travelling (50 litres in the big with a attachable smaller 5 litre bag), got my vaccination done and bought a travel guide (Lonely Planet - Tunisia).

Current expenses:
Plane tickets: 2899:-
Vaccines: 600:-
Backpack and lock: 1249:- (this doesn't really count for this trip since I'll be using it for, hopefully, lots of other trips too)
Travel guide: 188:-

Total so far: 4936:- with pack, 3687:- without.
Not too high so far and Tunisia is supposed to be a quite cheap country to live in. Totalling this trip around 10k shouldn't be that hard.

I've begun looking around for what to visit and it seems a southern town, Douz, is quite nice. I really look forward to seeing a desert again. I've seen pictures of what seems to be a very very beautiful mausoleum in Monastir which I look forward to seeing.

Next; what to pack?

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Boiling water, try #14

Some days your brain just isn't up to speed on reality. I put water in the waterboiler to make rice, when it's hot I poured it into the saucepan, only to half-way think that i have to measure it. So i think "I'll just pour it out and measure some of what's left in the boiler"...and begin pouring the water from the saucepan and the boiler. So I pour some new water into the boiler to start over and some rice in the saucepan. Then I somehow forget the water in the boiler and pour some cold water from the pipes into the saucepan with the rice in it. So I decide to skip the whole waterboiler entierly and let the water boil on the stove. Only to five minutes later discover that I turned on the wrong plate...not my brightest moment.