Today finally I had some luck with the geocaching. Thanks to a special geocaching GPS app I found not one but two caches today! I’ve been looking for these two for two days but today thanks to the better GPS they weren’t all that hard to find. However I learned not to trust the GPS 100%. The first cache was placed a bit further away than the GPS showed. About three meters or something like that. Still, it was pretty close. After looking at the spot the GPS showed I extended my search area and found it. The second cache was nearby and not too hard to find thanks to the clue I read.
Here’s the happy geocacher with the first cache!
And here’s the second cache.
I went geocaching (read yesterdays post for explanation) again today but sadly I didn’t find any cache today either. First I went looking for the one I looked for yesterday and then I went looking for another one nearby. I’m not giving up though. Going on a treasure hunt like this is way too much fun! Besides, it’s pretty damn good exercise. Today I walked around looking for caches for three hours. Yesterday for two. Since I’m on a diet I’m trying to take a daily one hour walk so this geocaching thing means even more walking.
An interesting part of geocaching is trying to act somewhat normal in front of the “mugglers” (people who don’t know of geocaching) while you’re walking around with your cell phone following gps coordinates or poking around in the grass looking for caches. I searched one area next to a rather big road for quite a while, walking back and forth reading the coordinates, searching the ground. I’m pretty sure I looked rather odd but I decided, what the hell, why care about what people make of this behaviour? I looked so much weirder calibrating the gps (waving the phone around in circles) yesterday anyway!
I’m going geocaching again tomorrow. This is a perfect hobby! Mainly because it’s spring and I love being outside in the spring. It doesn’t even matter what I do, as long as it’s outside. But of course it’s more fun if I have something interesting to occupy myself with. Then there’s of course the exercise aspect of it. Much needed! Haha, can you believe it, I have a outdoor hobby! All my hobbies are things done inside, in solitude. Painting, reading, web designing, writing, sewing. I just wish I had someone to go geocaching with. It would be a lot more fun if I didn’t have to do it alone.
Now I’m going to make dinner. I’m starving! Not too weird considering I’ve been out and about in the sun, at times walking through quite difficult terrain, for three hours.
Today I tried my hands at geocaching. It’s a game of sorts in which “caches” are hidden. Caches are containers with logs and sometimes small things which you can take from the cache when you find it if you replace it with something new. At www.geocaching.com caches from all over the world are listed. Every cache listed have directions how to find it in the form of coordinates. GPS-devices are used to find the exact coordinates and with that the cache.
To my great joy my home city is full of caches so today I tried to find one not too far from where I live. It’s located somewhere on Vebobacken, the highest point in the city, which happens to be a place where I hung out a lot when I lived here the first time around. In other words, a nice place to visit both for the view and the nostalgia. So why not go there and try to find a cache? I didn’t find the cache though. On geocache.com there was a mark on the map for where the cache was supposed to be which didn’t match the coordinates. I walked around in the area for ages, thinking my gps app must be malfunctioning. I understand now that the mark on the map probably wasn’t exactly where the cache was, because that would have been too easy. Once I realized that I walked the way the coordinates pointed instead and when I was ridiculously close to them the battery of my phone died! I must have walked around in the forest for about two hours in total so imagine how disappointed I was when I had to leave the place without having found the cache. I will go back there tomorrow though.
I really do wonder what the “mugglers” (people who don’t know of geocaching) who saw me tought of me. First there was the woman who saw me while I was calibrating my gps app. When you calibrate it you move your phone around in circles. I can only imagine how odd I must have looked standing there making circles in front of me with my phone. Once I saw her I started waving the phone a bit differently, like I had a bad signal and tried to find a place where it got better. Then there was the jogger who jogged up and down the road to the hill a couple of times, just as I was looking through the woods close to the road. He passed me by while I was searching the area looking under rocks and poking piles of leaves with sticks a at the same time as I was comparing the coordinates I had written down on a note to the ones on the cell. I really do wonder what he made out of my odd behaviour.
All in all, my two hours in the woods was a rather disappointing experience since I didn’t find anything, but tomorrow I will. I’m familiar with the gps app now and I think I was really close to the cache when the cell died. I’ll get back to you tomorrow. The cache will be found!
Tomorrow I’m going to call CSN (National Board of Student Aid) and hear about what the possibilities of getting further student loans will be if I drop a class. I know there will be problems if I drop this since it’s a 15 points class which is 50% of what I’m taking this semester and you have to pass 75% of the points you’re taking to get further loans. I’m thinking that when I get the motivation to study back I’ll take another 15 points class without student loans and with that prove I can be trusted with more loans and won’t keep failing. I hope the system works the way I think it works. Otherwise, I don’t know what to do. I just really need a break from school right now. The other class I’m taking I will manage but this one, e-commerce, no. It’s too heavy for me right now. I don’t know what happened with my motivation but it just isn’t there any more. I had planned to take a break from school anyway as soon as this semester was over so this doesn’t really mess with my plans. I just want to have the option to keep studying in the future without too much problems with getting further loans.
I have no idea what I’ll be doing this summer but I’m ok with that. I’m actually kind of excited about some change. I’ve been studying online for almost a year now and I’m sick of it. Being able to plan my school work myself was cool to begin with and online studies means a lot of freedom. In the end it gets very lonely though.
I will continue study some day, maybe in a year or so. There is a college in Västerås so maybe I could go to school for real instead of just online. Funny thing is I took a online class at the college in Västerås when I lived in Hultsfred.
Other than school worries I’ve got back to my daily walks now when spring is here for real and being outside is fun again. I just can’t take walks in the winter. The nature is just too damn depressing. Colourless and dead. In the spring taking walks is a joy with the colours and life returning to the world. I’m going to take a one hour walk every day now and get back to eating healthy like I did last spring and summer. I lost a lot of weight that way and now it’s time to loose some more.
Hello! It’s been a while but I’m back now. I didn’t mean to take a break from my site. It just happened. Weeks became months and I didn’t have time nor energy for blogging. Like most of you probably know I recently moved from Hultsfred back to Västerås, the city I lived in between 1999 and 2004. Packing up my home and then unpacking it was a tedious process. Then I had to decorate my new apartment which included a lot of shopping and some furniture renovations.
The apartment itself has also been undergoing renovations. When I moved in the place looked kind of shitty. The kitchen was absolutely horrible with sloppily painted purple walls, a ugly beige floor, a tiny stove, a malfunctioning fridge and a dirty ceiling. The rest of the apartment was also very dirty since the last tenant didn’t clean it as well as he should have before he moved out. I know my rights as a tenant so I complained about the walls, the fridge and the cleaning to the landlord who had the fridge replaced, the kitchen walls and ceiling painted and the apartment cleaned. I also got a new stove. And I got all of this for free. With the new floor I paid for myself the kitchen is now almost fully renovated.
Kitchen before renovations.
Kitchen after renovations.