It was a strange time to be in Thailand. Their long reigning and well loved king recently passed, and the entire country is in a state of mourning. There are images and shrines for him everywhere, all over town there are black and white draped cloths, and everyone is wearing black.
The streets are much emptier than usual, bars and clubs are closed, the radio either has nothing on it or traditional Thai music, and their famous outdoor markets are all closed.
3 days ago
My hotel room was on the 43rd floor 😳
4 days ago
I did get to eat some awesome
Thai food! The first night we were dined by a potential partner, who brought us (me, Jeremy, and two of our awesome Thai alumni) to a very fancy restaurant.
The second day, I was in Thailand alone, Jeremy went to Korea while I took more meetings in Bangkok.
That night I met up with our alumni and they took me to the biggest mall in Bangkok - Paragon. Malls are a big deal in Thailand, they have everything you could ever want- food, shopping, ice skating, aquariums, theaters, car dealerships, even hotels.
They took me to a super authentic Thai restaurant (they pointed out I was the only non Thai person there) and we had tons of dishes. One of my favorites was the Tom yum soup :) then they took me to After You, a dessert place so popular in Thailand they went IPO last year. Also, there are Swensen's all over thailand! I had no room for sticky chewy chocolate, but it was tempting.
5 days ago
A very quick stop in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia- just over 24 hours.
My hotel room was 3x the size of my first SF apartment and only cost 60$. Included a living room, kitchen with full table, washer/dryer, full bathroom, king sized bed, and office.
Walked through a market to get dinner with some make school alumni who are living there and working on private contracts, making good money and living very cheap. I couldn't even tell you what I ate, but it was all delicious!
Meetings with private and public school systems in the morning, then off to Bangkok!
Day 1 in HK:
Breakfast at hotel
Lunch at IFC, one of the tallest towers in HK
Met with 10 teachers at ESF (English school foundation) to discuss the best ways to implement computer science in their schools (use make school, duh!)
Dinner for a friends birthday at a Michelin rated Cantonese restaurant. Ended up sitting next to someone who is first cousins with the Stewart's (a family I grew up with and who live in my parents neighborhood!)
Trekked through the rain to a hidden daiquiri bar. I thought it was closed for sure, but Jeremy knocked and someone rushed us in before anyone else could notice! Very cool experience.
Meeting with HQ at 8 am 😑
Dim sum for breakfast with alumni (see pic)
School visit (see pic)
Rushed to airport, ran to gate, plane was late!
On the way to Malaysia right now.
Jeremy speaking to students at an international school about iOS development
Dim sum at a Michelin rated diner in a train station. SO GOOD
7 days ago
Hong Kong from "The Peak"
Made it safe and sound to Hong Kong. The train system is very easy to understand- not only is there English, but the signs in the stations and on the trains are so easy to understand, very direct.
Walked through town a bit to get to my hotel. What a lively place!
Called an Uber to take me to a dinner spot recommended by a colleague. Uber arrived in 1 minute and it's a Tesla model s :) woohoo
9 days ago
Two of Nico's little cousins are puking. Wish me luck, no time to be sick now :/
Was supposed to leave today for Asia, but my trip was delayed a day. Staying one more night in Höllviken. Leaving from Copenhagen tomorrow, first Asia stop- Hong Kong!
Nico is making Swedish meatballs for dinner 😍
12 October 2016
Puerta de Alcalá
Time with Glenn, Carolina, and Mauro in Madrid
8 October 2016
Slept in today, spent time at home with mormor (grandma), and did some shopping with Susanne :) relaxing Saturday!
7 October 2016
Surprise! We're in Texas! Jk we just found the Texas bar 🍻
Göta kanal -
"a Swedish canal constructed in the early 19th century. It formed the backbone of a waterway stretching some 614 km (382 mi), linking a number of lakes and rivers to provide a route from Gothenburg on the west coast to Söderköping on the Baltic Sea via the river Göta älv and the Trollhätte kanal, through the large lakes Vänern and Vättern."
6 October 2016
Gamla stan Linköping (old town of Linköping)
5 October 2016
Sunset at the Malmö train station. On our way to see Susanne!
A million bikes at the train station 🚴🏼
Observation by Nicolai: I am the only brunette in this country 😂
Swedish breakfast: vinkel with smör, mjuk ost, and gurka (Swedish bread with butter, soft cheese, and cucumber) Yum! ☺️
Joakim's house, Höllviken