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We’re so close, I can taste it.

These last few weeks have been super hectic. I’ve simultaneously prepared for a trip across the world, and a move across the country, as well as finishing up my audio engineering course with three big projects.

But now I’ve finally finished it all and I have some downtime tonight before it’s time to sit on a plane and fly to Australia! WOOHOOO! I’M SO EXCITED! (and I just can’t hide it)

The end of term projects might not be that relevant to this blog, but basically, there were two personal music projects and one group film project, where we put sound to a short film.

So, let’s see. Let’s go through what I’ve been up to.

Monday and Tuesday of the last week of school, that is, last week (at the time of writing) were two days of presenting our final projects. The rest of the week was spent looking at other presentations from other courses, like the lighting students, and cleaning the studio etc. And I also packed up all my stuff into boxes. I’ve only lived in a small single room apartment, but I’ve collected a lot more stuff than I brought with me over the last two years, the biggest of which are probably a sofa and a desk, but also studio equipment, musical instruments, a new desktop computer (the old one became a home server) and other knick knacks, like clothes, kitchenware and decorative stuff. Oh, and let’s not forget the box that contained nothing but Harry Potter merch and Kylie’s stuff that she left here last time she was over!

All in all, I ended up with five bigger boxes and half a dozen, if not more, smaller ones. As well as some stuff that went without boxes, like furniture.

Luckily, my brother got his driver’s license just in time to be able to come up and help me get all the stuff down to where my dad lives, which is more or less across the country. So we rented a trailer and he and my mum came up on the weekend, to help me.

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My mum eats a burger on their way up to Haparanda

To avoid getting time off work, we decided to do it on the weekend, so they left early Saturday morning and arrived in Haparanda on Saturday night, at which time we almost immediately set to work packing up my last stuff into boxes, dismantling the furniture (thank you IKEA and your furniture that’s easy to take apart and pack into tight spaces) and load it into the trailer and the back of the car. Luckily I had loaded up with coca cola to provide us with caffeine and energy after the coffee machine was packed away and we managed to get it done in just a few hours.

Since we were on a tight schedule and had calculated that there would be about 17 hours going back down, including a couple stops, we decided to leave straight away after we finished packing (much to Kylie’s panic).

I don’t really know what to say about the roadtrip. It was exhausting, but fun. We spent most of the trip sitting in the car, listening to music. I was awake most of the time, while my brother and my mother took turns driving and resting. We also took a couple of stops to buy food, refuel and have coffees. Which was nice. We also stopped at Högakustenbron, a bridge that had a nice view. So that was cool. Otherwise, it was fun but pretty uneventful.

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On our way back down

The original plan was to go to my dad’s in Skänninge, dump my stuff and then go up to my mum’s in Stockholm, because I needed to be in Stockholm for the flight to Australia. But since my mum left us when we passed Stockholm anyway and it was just me and my brother, and he didn’t have work on the Monday, we ended up staying the night at my dad’s, which was probably the best idea I had in a while, because that allowed us to get the trailer to the return station in time, eat some tacos when we got back, and then sleep in the bed sofa, which we brought from my apartment, so that we were well rested in the morning ready to go back up to Stockholm the next day. It also meant that I got to spend more time with my sisters, which was really fun.

So now I’m sitting here writing a blog post. I’m getting on a plane tomorrow, flying to my beloved Kylie. And it feels almost unreal. I’ve got my bags packed light, with just some clothes, camera, tripod and some toiletries, so that we can load my bags with Kylie’s stuff when we go back.

So the last two days in Stockholm have ben pretty quiet in comparison. I got a haircut and shaved my beard off, which is kinda symbolical actually since the last time I cut my hair or shaved my beard off was just before I moved to Haparanda and started studying Audio Engineering two years ago.

Haircut

In about half hour my brother will arrive and he’ll drive me to the airport in the morning before he start work.

Then I’ll get on the plane. And then I’ll get to meet her again. This time, for the last time. this time there’s no separating again. This time, I’m staing with her, and she’s staying with me. And this time, it’s really, really, for real.

Apartment Update!

Sooo it’s been a while since I moved now, and Kylie has finally gotten her shit together and edited my moving vlog! (I know you’ve been busy with other stuff, sorry :*) But how much has happened since I got here?

Well, turns out there’s a lot! Unfortunately, I don’t think I have any photos of how it looked before, but if you imagine an empty room, you basically get the picture. Also, you can see it at the end of the moving vlog.

So what things have I gotten now? How much better has my life become? There’s two things that have made major differences to my level of comfort here. They are the following:

#1 Proper internet (a minor rant)

You may have heard reports of me having bad internet and so on, well, that was completely true. For the first two months, I had to rely on my phone’s connection, and share that with my PC, which, while it worked fairly well when I was on 3G speeds, mostly worked not that well when I’d passed my 2GB data cap (which took about a day or two) and had to spend the rest of the month surfing at a
speed of about 0.1Mbit/s. Not that fun, especially when you’re trying to make a video call with your girlfriend. Video quality was terrible. I’m actually surprised it worked at all with that
kind of connection.

So of course, one of the first things I did when I’d gotten here was contact my chosen internet provider, Telia, and order broadband through ADSL. They said “sure, we’ll send you a confirmation email of your order” yadda yadda, fast forward a week or so and me not hearing anything. I call their support only to find out that my credit check hadn’t gone through for whatever reason, thank you so much for telling me… I tried again but that time the customer service person I ordered through had the decency to tell me straight away that I hadn’t cleared the check and so then I figured I’d probably have to explore other options.

I went back to comparing different service providers and decided that Tele2 seemed to have the best speed to price ratio, where I could actually get more speed for about the same price as the Telia offer I’d tried previously. Great, I contacted their support, they told me about how I needed to also have a home phone subscription, nothing I didn’t know, and then they wanted to check what speeds I could get at my address. Of course, it couldn’t be found in their database, so they had to contact this other place to get some measurements done which would take a while and they’d get back to me. Now, I don’t exactly remember how many times we contacted each other back and forth, but eventually, I got a text from a company that was going to connect the home phone for me in two days. They arrived the next day and connected it while I was at school, so that was probably the most painless part of the whole process. And big props to them for actually doing it the day before they initially said they would.

Anyway, then a week went by and I heard nothing about the internet I was supposed to be getting. I called support (again) and found out they had no record of me having ordered anything
other than the phone service, so I had to again order the ADSL internet. Then I got the router and stuff about a week later, and as soon as I connected it, I had proper internet. Sooo nice. Took
long enough. Well, took too long actually, but now I finally have enough bandwidth to do everything I use my computer for. Max of 24Mbit/s, but actual speeds seem to be around 20, so
that’s still really good, and I’m very pleased.

#2 Furniture

So my apartment has been really bare, but since I was able to split up my furniture payments, I have finally gotten some nice furniture in here! This wouldn’t have been possible without the following:

  • Free payment plan thing for first home thing from IKEA
  • IKEA being literally only a few hundred meters away
  • A friend who owns a car, because no one will be able to cart a room worth of furniture even just those few hundred meters, since there’s a highway between; the surface on the ground isn’t
    optimised for rolling an IKEA cart across it; etc. I had hard enough carting a single table, more on that later.

So there were three major things I had to get in this one small room. A workstation, a relaxation area and a sleeping area. I actually made a sketchup model of my room to figure out what would fit where and stuff, and the final arrangement matches pretty closely.

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The one major difference is the desk orientation, The desk looks too wide, since the model I used wasn’t properly to scale and was too wide, but the actual desk DID fit because I had measured and knew it should fit, but the 3D model was wrong.

So I had basically everything mapped out how I wanted it before I even started buying anything, and part of me wants to say that there was this big mishap, but, apart from the table
thing, there was nothing. It all fit where I wanted it!

So what is this table thing? Well, long story short, I bought a too big table, because I didn’t have the shopping list with me in the store and so I had to go back and get a refund. To make the
story a little longer, I might add that the guy with the car wasn’t available, so I had to go to IKEA, get one of their flat carts, cart it home (see what I did there?), load the table, cart it back, return old table, get a refund, buy new smaller table and some other stuff I needed like bedding, load it all onto a new cart, cart it all home, while accidentally tipping it over several times because roads aren’t perfectly level and heavy carts with tiny wheels like to go where I don’t want them to go, and there not being a way to strap them in so they’re basically just lying flat on this thing so they fall off very easily, anyway, you get the picture. So I got home with the lot, unloaded the cart, then I had to take the cart back to IKEA. Oh, and I had to walk home again. So that’s six times walking back and forth from IKEA. I think it may have taken me a total of 3 hours, if I remember correctly.

So how did it all actually work out?
Amazingly?
Yes!

I love my new desk and my sofa is pretty good too. It’s also a bed sofa for when Kylie and her mum come over, and has smart storage for bedding underneath.

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I’ll leave you with some more photos of my apartment!

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