No Pain No Gain

The first two weeks of hitting back the gym are done. I used to train since I was 18, but  in the beginning of this year I didn’t have time to do it all over, so I started again now. 🙂 One of the best motivations so far is the lil’ grandpa that works on the reception, who always notices how long I train and the best thing he said to me so far is “Vad duktig du är, du kör hårt, du kommer bli den starkaste tjej!! ” hahaha!

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A Great Experience

I didn’t have time to check out and translate what I saw about Peace and Love Festival on tweets and internet yesterday, so I saw it today on the newspaper. The first sentence I read was “2012 was the last year of Peace and Love festival”. My mind went insane for so many reasons but most of all because I realized what I had managed to do without even knowing it. I managed to go to the last Peace and Love festival , that took place last year in Borlänge. That day was one of the best days of my life. The emotions were way too many and they cannot be expressed in actual words. But I will give it a shot.

The thing is we wanted to see Hoffmaestro live in one of the biggest festivals in this land. I was familiar with Peace and Love  ever since I lived in Greece. I had watched so many videos on youtube by Mando Diao who performed live there so many times. So I didn’t spend any money, but save all of it for there and for the train tickets. We took the train early morning so we were there around 13.00.

When we arrived, we had no idea which direction we should go , so that we find the entrance. I also had no clue that there are 5 different stages. I thought there was only one. So we kept rolling around town, in the little streets of Borlänge for almost 3 hours. There was people everywhere, literally everywhere. The streets, the stores, the balconies, everywhere. Everyone I asked for directions kept saying “follow the crowd”. The thing is that there was crowd everywhere! After almost 3 , 5 hours we find the main entrance, because we had to turn our tickets into bracelets. Once we do that, we are officially in. There was little merchandize stores, music coming from everywhere and food. We waited for the time to pass so that we can take a good place in the crowd before Hoffmaestro start playing. We also saw live around 17.00 Sugarplum Fairy, in  a smaller stage. Around 19.00, the crowd started gathering and I realize that the big moment is about to come. Lighs, stamina, action, a helicopter on the air showing proudly the number of the tickets sold that year on P n’ L and a big screen about to start showing the show. Once Hoffmaestro came out,  jumping and screaming were the main things that were all over the place.

What I didn’t see coming was that, a little while before the show ends, Jerry Hoff comes jumping right next to me. Literally right next to me. I didn’t really see him coming, but I started feeling so much pressure by people pushing me  and pulling me so hard, not in a good way. Then I pull my head up and I see him right in front of me, with two guards holding him from his pants. The only thing I was able to do, was to move my wrist and fingers. So, since I already had the camera in my hands, I press the button and take two pics that will remain in my history. Hahaha! I am so proud of these pictures, like they are something precious along with all the experience. Once the Hoffmaestro show was done, we were about to leave  since we were not going to stay there for the night.

Peace and Love is one of the experiences everyone had to live. While I was leaving , I kept thinking that the next time I go there, it will be because I will be working with some artist that will perform there. I unfortunately won’t have this chance, since this was the last year Peace and Love took place. But what I will always remember is that I managed to go in one of this land’s biggest festivals, seeing two of my favorite bands performing live and know that I managed to do something great for myself and my love for music.

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Sommar!

I found out last night one of the pics from last weekend’s DJ Set at Sommar, on their fanpage on Facebook. 🙂

 

Photo by : Mikaela Pal

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The First Day For The Rest Of Your Life

Today was the last day for the first year in my college class at Projektverkstan / Södra Stockholms Folkhögskola. God, what a year!!! My project (my blog) had a lot of ups and downs, a lot of happiness and excitement , but also a lot of disappointment and tears. I want to believe that the general part of my goal has been succeeded,meaning starting a platform that me and people with the same interests (artists, bloggers, managers, producers, djs) can use to spread, show and embrace the love for music.

I love the fact that I had this class and these classmates to push me when I needed a push, to motivate and help me when I needed help and also to comfort me through my “dark times” when I really needed it. I believe that I  have been on the right track and  have learnt so much under this time, from technical things like how you use Mac, till how important it is to believe in yourself because there is no one else like you in the whole world.

I also got a little surprise, my lovely class and teachers got me presents from their class trip!! I was not able to go because I had my swedish test those days (which I successfully passed!! ) , but they all made me feel special by saying that they have been thinking of me. And this is what matters most.

We were also given back the letters that we had written to ourselves when we first started. The only thing that I will say about mine is that among other things I also wrote “have a couple of tattoos, show some attitude! ” hahaha!!

I hope you all like my effort and “hustle” and  keep liking it as I will try to make it go as far as it can. All artists / producers /managers that might read this, I would love to listen / contact any of you who works with music and has anything to say about my project.

A special thank you to my 2 favorite artists ever Alpis and Christopher from Södrasidan, who have always said good words about my blog and have always shown respect for it.

And also the man who has helped me so much by believing in me and giving me my first work opportunity  but also real and strong advice through the tough times, my special Micheal.

Last but not least all my classmates, boys and girls who have been keeping up with me when I couldn’t talk swedish but still showed respect and support and my lovely teachers Tova, Åke,  Suz and Max that taught me so unbelievably much within these months.

I will see you (most of you) next year! Have a great summer! (Jessica we are going to check out  some shows during summer right?!! )

Må bäst!

Irene / The Urban side

 

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Roadtrip!

A little roadtrip with la familia at Vaxholm today. 😀 That’s a beautiful place I must say, I hadn’t been there before, it reminded me a bit of the greek islands to be honest. 🙂

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