My summary of the awesome year of 2016

On 2017/01/18 by Patrik Appelquist

Normally I don´t like doing what everyone else is doing. For some reason it makes me feel sick and I instinctively want to go the other way. I´m not really sure why but I hate the idea of being just a dead fish following the stream. Today I´m going to do the same thing as everyone else. I´m gonna summarize 2016 and I´m going to do it here. But I´m not gonna do it like a dead fish without his own will. I´m gonna do it like a proud little raft with sails, taking command of the powers of the nature. Ok things are getting unnecessary poetical here, lets just talk about the year 2016! I think it´s nice to spend an hour or two, looking back at a year that passed by, to remember and to appreciate the good things and to learn from the bad. In this blogpost the main focus will be on the good stuff that 2016 offered me.


In general, 2016 was a fucking amazing year for me. One of the best in my life I think. Why? Because things were just great. I mean, everything wasn´t great. I had my fair share of bad stuff as well but overall; I was in a good place, amongst friends and I had so much fun. Maybe I should make a list? A top ten list? Yeah why not! Here we go, in no particular order cuz it´s impossible to rate happenings like these…


  1. Living together with John and Erik.

As you might know I was sharing an apartment with two amazing guys for almost a year on campus in Växjö. I´ve always had a hard time living with people because I´ve always been this super social person that charges my batteries when I get home. And when I got home I needed peace and quiet and time for myself. That was never the case in 2016. Every time I came home I wished that one of the guys would be home to tell me about their day and/or talk about business. Because that´s mainly what we did. We talked business! Believe it or not but John is as big of a business nerd as I am. I have so many funny memories from him / or me bringing home girls to the house and all of a sudden we just couldn´t hold it back and BOM – talking business again. Poor ladies! John was not only a furious and paranoid landlord throwing fruits and vegetables on me leaving the house, he has, in a very short time, also become one of my very best friends lin life. I feel so very blessed because good friends like that, well it just doesn´t happen every year! For that reason, that´s my number one!


  1. Got the driving license for motorcycle

One of the best feelings is the feeling of freedom. And I get that feeling the second I jump on my little 70´s moped. I love that little thing. Rolling down the streets late at night at the furious pace of 30 km/h, feeling the smell of gas and flowers, feeling able of going anywhere, the feeling of owning the world. Or at least owning the street I´m on. Because you don´t get that far driving 30 km/h. And as you know, I love traveling. But it´s complicated traveling on a moped. That´s why I decided to get my driver´s license for the motorcycle. And I fucking did it!


I broke my arm in the beginning of January. I was devastated because me and Adam were about to start a new training related project and the whole project could have been on risk. And it´s quite hard to drive a motorcycle if you´ve got a broken arm as well so I was so worried that it wouldn´t get better before I´d start practicing driving. The arm healed but it took a great deal of time to get good again and I was so happy to get rid of the cast in mars. Even though the cast was gone, all my muscles in the arms were just gone or sleeping since I hadn´t used them for about 3 months. A months later in april I bought my first motorcycle ever. A beautiful Suzuki VX800. That was such a happy moment. I struggled with the pain in my arm, driving on a parking lot on campus, doing circles around cones and practicing driving very very slow. That´s the hard part driving a motorcycle, to drive very slow and keep the balance. I went to that parking lot basically every day. The ironi in the story is that the parking lot is a place where the police students practice driving so it´s crowded with polices. I never had a problem with the law though.


My goal was to get the license before July. I was studying the theory sooo hard for about 3 weeks using an application and on 13th of June I passed the theory test. That was such an amazing day and I was so happy. I had about 10 driving lessons in total and I was fortune enough to meet with a group of friends driving together and they accepted me as their tryout / newbie guy =) Riding with them gave me a lot when I was learning. You need those miles in your body without the instructor behind you talking in the radio all the time. 13th of July I had my driving test. I was so nervous and excited about it. It was a beautiful day, I took my moped down to the place and met up with 2 other students that were about to do the driving test. I first failed one of the steps with a very smal margin. It´s when you´re driving in about 70 km/h and then you need to do a quick turn right to avoid an object and then back left again and round a couple of cones. I got out right a little too late, touched the cone and thought that that was it. I thought I failed the whole thing. But the instructor was cool, he saw I could do it so he gave me another shot and i nailed it. Two hours later I had the drivers license in my hand. I did it! I reached my goal and I had my whole vacation coming up soon. Guess what I did this summer? I shit you not but I drove about 10.000 kilometers this summer. I drove that motorbike almost every day. And that feeling…wow!

  1. Finalist in Venture Cup – Sweden´s bigget business competition

When I was doing my first year at the university (Enterprising and Business Development 2012) I got a job as a business developer for a new project with an investor. We were about to develop a computer game for immigrants learning Swedish. My task was to conceptualise the whole idea to a business and write a kick ass business plan. Which I did! My business plans granted the project about 30.000 Euro from Vinnova and a place in the final of Venture Cup – Sweden´s biggest business competition. That was such a good experience and it led to investors approaching us wanting to invest in Aktiv Svenska (the business). We didn´t win the competition and I fucking hated it. I had a very hard time to appreciate and be happy about going that far whit out winning. I guess it´s the winner in me. But that doesn´t really matter now. I mean, it was basically mission accomplished. I applied to Venture Cup for the possibility to give the project some attention. Which it did, so I´m proud and happy about it now.


patrik appelquist aktiv svenska


  1. Spola Pulvret (Flush the powder)

I´ve actually met another new friend this year. His name is Adam. We met thanks to John at Island of Entrepreneurs (a community for entrepreneurs on campus / our apartment in Växjö. Adam was an aspiring entrepreneur at the time and we talked a lot abut business but also about the gym. We ended up running a project called Spola Pulvret. It was a two months project and our goal was to gain 5kg of pure muscle eating nothing but good food. No supplements or pills. No creatine or protein powder or similar. The general consensus is that you can´t gain more than 2kg of muscle per year. We were about to give the myth a challenge.

patrik appelquist spola pulvret

We got sponsored by Alexander Brorson and David Kallebäck, two lovely guys from Sweden´s international athlete team. They helped us out with a workout plan and some diet directions. We weighed everything we ate. It was horrible. I had to eat 3.000 calories a day. That´s at least 1000 calories more than I usually eat. I remember going to Gothenburg on my motorbike to visit my sister and I had to bring that little scale for weighing food. We didn´t gain 5kg of pure muscle each (we never thought we would, that was just something we said to provoke people) but we gained exactly 5kg of muscles together, in only two months!

patrik appelquist spola pulvret

When we did the last measurements at the clinic, the guys working there were astonished and super impressed by our results. They asked us how the hell we did it and they took copies of our documents to show their students and other athletes. We were more than happy about it =) Not to mention all the extra muscle mass we had here and there 😉


We put it all out there if you want to know how we did it. Visit =) Good luck with them gains!


  1. Planning and facilitating an introduction week for the new companies at the incubator

I was working as a business developer for an incubator during 2016, until september. Did I tell you I´m a business nerd? No I didn´t get fed up with business talking business with John at home or running all of my ventures. I needed more!


One of my (and my colleague´s) tasks at the incubator was to hold an introduction week for the new companies coming into the incubator. That´s a tough challenge. We had two new companies coming in the first round and 5 companies coming in the second time. During this week we give the entrepreneurs a vitamin injection. We break down their business idéa and business plan into pieces and then we build it up again stronger than before. We also teach about how it is being a startup in a business incubator, how to get as much as possible out of it and so on. It´s also a very good opportunity for teambuilding between the new companies and between the new companies and us as business developers.


As a facilitator need to be on your toes all the time, you need to be inspiring, pedagogic, involving and able to pep these entrepreneurs for 5 days straight. The material we had was not much to hang in the christmas tree (Swedish expression). It wasn´t much to cheer for. So me and Joanna did everything from scratch. We planned the whole thing, searched for new and updated material and then executed the introduction week.


I had a blast. It was so challenging and draining and I slept like a baby every night that week. But we did it and we did it well. We got some very nice comments and compliments from the entrepreneurs afterwards that really warmed my heart. A special thanks to Hans Patrik Ristner for your compliment the last day of the week, I very much appreciate it!


  1. I grew a beard

Who would have known that breaking my arm would lead to me growing a beard. I mean obviously it´s fucking hard to shave if you´re right arm is into pieces. The whole beard growing process has been a real struggle. First it looked like shit and it was itching, then it looked okey for a while but it was still itching, then it looked like shit again and it felt like it was all over my face and I could barely sleep, then it felt good. Now we´re friends and it feels like he´s a part of me now. He does his thing on my neck and cheeks and I mind my own business. The only thing we do together is the combing and beard oil lubrication. I trim him down once in a while but just a little bit. We agreed on him growing long. He adds something to my face and since I don´t have any hair on my head, I might just have a long beard instead. Classic? I know, but it suits my lifestyle and people are starting to recognize me by the beard. He will probably follow me through 2017 as well. We´ll see if he´s still around when I write my next new years eve blogpost.



  1. My sister had her first child – I was uncle!

I´ve already written a long blog post about this so I´m gonna keep it short. But this was such a magical time and day for me. So many feelings I can barely describe it. I never thought I´d be that emotionally involved but man, I was a wreck. I was crying and laughing at the same time and I was just so freaking happy. That little person that I didn´t even know, all of a sudden ment so much to me. And the connection we had when I saw her, the baby, Agnes is her name – it was just wow! I´ll never forget when Cecilia (my sister) started crying when I held Agnes one evening. Agnes and I had a very nice moment together playing some kind of peek a boo. That´s one of them super sweet moments of life when you really feel alive. I´m so freaking proud and happy for my sister and her little family. She´s such a lovely mother!


  1. Emilia got a job at Volvo

As a big brother I constantly care and worry about my sisters. More before than now. Life was different when we were younger. It was more volatile. The girls grew up and became young women and they make me prouder and prouder for every year. Emilia left Köping for Gothenburg. That was her first big step of taking control of her life seeking the opportunities. I helped her out with a job and Cecilia helped her out with accommodation. She then managed to get a great job at Volvo and her own apartment by herself by being out there looking for opportunities rather than waiting for the opportunities to come to her. Well done little sister! Just recently she started her own business, a clothing line called Straight Outta Streets. Check it out here! As an entrepreneur I love to see her energy and drive. Good luck and remember that entrepreneurship is like playing football. Every venture is a training session. Don´t expect to play the final of Champions league the first thing you do. Zlatan didn´t. But make sure to go to every training and do your best every time. Then I promise you that success will come =)


  1. Moving to the desert in USA

When October came I sold my lovely moped, my motorbike and basically everything I own, we moved out from the apartment and I quit my job as a business developer. It was finally time for me to go on my next adventure. I´m a laptop entrepreneur. Or at least aspiring laptop entrepreneur. I want to be able to travel and make my money while I´m traveling. And that´s what I´m doing at the moment. The first 3 months I´ve spent in California and in two weeks I´ll be going to Nicaragua. My lovely Nicaragua. I haven´t been there since I worked with the street kids on the garbage dump La Chureca in 2011. I´m looking forward to eating gallo pinto con maduro, surfing, the lovely beaches and weather. I´ll stay there for 3-6 months and then I´ll probably go to Dominican Republic and Brazil.


I´ve had a blast here in Yucca Valley and I´m glad that my friend Adam came along with me. We´ve been living with the adorable ladies Mirelle and Nicole and together we´ve been to so many interesting places and had so many interesting conversations. Grand Canyon, Antilope Canyon, Silicon Valley and Caines place, just to mention a few places I´ve been to since I came here. Since it´s not a vacation, me and Adam has being working pretty hard as well. Starbucks all around California has been our office on a daily basis. Thank you Starbucks for making our lives easier. I really appreciate your green tea and high speed internet! One bad thing with the business me and Adam has together is that our hosting company failed us big time. That made our launch about 6 weeks late and that drained me totally. Luckily we managed to go back to Loopia who saved our asses. I love you Loopia!


I love USA and I love americans! I´ve met so many nice people on this trip. I can highly recommend if you are traveling and like to meet new people. Amazing and just amazing! You meet genuine and super nice people and you borrow their couch or whatever they might have to sleep on, free of charge! Why pay for a sterile hotel where you only meet the staff working there? Try it, you will not get disappointed.


Adam, Mirelle, Nicole, Melissa, Caine and Pixl, Ami and Rob, Regi, Filip, Andrew ,Kathryn and Sonora,Tim, Gary, all our colleagues from Starbucks (the office), the Salvadorian gang member, the paranoid Chinese man, Ana the bus driver and everyone else I´ve met on this trip so far – thank you so much for making my stay great in USA =)


9) Learning new things and new projects

This whole trip is planned to be 12 months in total. It might be longer if i manage to make enough money to be on the road. One thing I´ve started doing is learning about daytrading and technical analysis of stocks. It´s so interesting and the good thing is that I can do it from wherever in the world I am as long as I have a computer. I´m not looking for quick cash here. This is an investment of time in a tool I can use for making some money while on the road. I haven´t started trading on a daily basis yet. I got more stuff to learn before I do that but I´m very excited to start trading once my trading strategy is done.


I also have a few new business ideas that I might try out during 2017. I can´t say more now but I´ll let you know when the time is right =)


10) I don´t know…

Yesterday I cried

On 2016/06/29 by Patrik Appelquist

I could never imagine how emotionally effected I would get about my sister giving birth to her first child. She, my little little lovely sister. Once a little girl, now a grown up woman with a little person that looks like her but isn´t her. As a big brother you´re always worried about your little sisters. And I´ve been so nervous and in the same time excited about her pregnancy and future child. 9 months is a hell of a long time. Or maybe I should say, a long time of hell, according to my sister at least.

Two days ago when I went to bed my sister told me that they were on their way to the hospital. It was about time to deliver. The little thingy had decided to make a late checkout but now, a week over time it was finally due! My sister (Cecilia) and I were communicating via a Facebook chat with our other little sister (Emilia). Cecilia kept us posted more or less live about what was going on at the hospital while I spent some time with good friends watching the amazing football game between Iceland and England. Yes, that epic game when Iceland won and shipped the Englishmen back to their Brexit problems.

Anyhow, I went to sleep early that night. I had an important business meeting the day after. When I woke up my sister had posted the most amazing photo of the most beautiful creature I´ve ever seen. 50 cm and 3,8 kg pure love! I instantly started crying. An explosion of feelings. She said that the baby was all fine.

cissis bebis

I couldn´t think of anything else that day. The business meeting went very good but my mind was somewhere else. I felt a huge desire of telling the whole world about the news. When I entered my office and met my collegue I showed her the picture of the baby. I broke into tears the same second. What the hell! Everytime I said the words ”my sister gave birth today” the tears came rolling.

When I later spoke with my sister on the phone, the baby started crying. I thought I was done crying but the little thingy elicited some more salty waters from my eyes. It was so freaking powerful to hear that little voice. A voice from a little person that my sister and her boyfriend are responsible for. How crazy is that! Good thing I had two of my very best friends in the apartment at the time. They gave me a huge hug and comforted me the very best way possible.

I love you little baby, I will probably cry when we see each other for the first time but after that I promise to be a sunlight in your life. See you soon!


I bought a motorcycle the other day

On 2016/04/10 by Patrik Appelquist

For about five years I´ve been dreaming about having and riding a motorcycle. Two years ago I planned a trip through Europe by motorcycle. I tried to gather a few friends, the plan was to get the license and then go and be gone for about 6 weeks. I don´t necessary love the speed , I love the feeling of freedom when I´m on a bike. That´s why my little moped has served me well. The only problem is that I don´t get very far with it. I want to see the world. With my moped I can see a part of Växjö, tops.

puch maxi moped

I thought about it the other day. I´ve got so many ideas and so much I want to do. And I tell people about all my dreams and ideas because I love to share and I love when people think of me and my dreams and help me realize them by getting me in contact with similar people or sending me links that I might find useful. If people don´t know what you want to do they won´t be able to help you. Tell people about your dreams!

I told people about my motorcycle dreams two years ago. The whole motorcycle thing turned out to be a little too early. The timing wasn´t perfect so I had to put it to wait for a while. Until today. I´m finally a motorcycle owner! Proud and happy as hell. I found a Suzuki VX 800. A woman used to drive it for 17 years until she got a stroke and decided to sell it, to me. It´s in a very good condition and I love it. It´s exactly what I was looking for.

suzuki vx 800

So today I´ve been out practicing driving very slow around cones. It´s a heavy bastard so it´s easier said than done. Good thing I´m used to driving mopeds because the gear and clutch technique is basically the same. My goal is to get the license before august this year. It´s very much doable. The only thing I need is to find more people with the drivers license so that I can practice driving on the streets and not only on the parking lot.

Another very cool thing about this whole motorcycle story is that I actually found a new friend on the way. I used Jodel (like twitter but your anonymous and it´s geographically limited) to find someone who could drive this beauty back home to me. I was so surprised when a guy called Joel actually offered himself to go with me and then drive it the 100 kilometers back home. Joel turned out to be a super friendly and cool guy and we actually got a lot in common. Jodel has never delivered anything like this before and I started to doubt it as a social media, now I don´t. Thanks Jodel and thanks Joel!

The horrible vacuum feeling after graduating from the university

On 2015/08/09 by Patrik Appelquist

I never expected to feel so empty after my graduation from the Linnaeus University here in Växjö Sweden. After three years of knowing what to do, the reality hit me like baseball bat between the eyes. Too many options! The world before my feet. Strategically thinking I should get myself a job as business developer and kick start a career at a promising corporation. It would be awesome to work as a business developer in an organisation helping startups. I´m especially interested in investment analysis, social entrepreneurs and real estate. But I think I might be too picky when it comes to choosing employer. I´m having such a problem doing things I´m not interested in, things that don´t inspire and challenge me enough. I want to believe that the perfect job for me is out there somewhere. I actually applied for, what I believe, is the perfect job for me but unfortunately I was not accepted. It was a position as an investment manager at an non profit investment company investing in social entrepreneurs or social businesses doing good for the society. I have accepted the fact that I have a big need to feel that whatever I do must serve a good purpose for people, society or the world.

The beautiful lake in Växjö during summer

But emotionally and due to my personality as a problem solver and challenge- and freedom junkie I can´t think of anything else but to make a reality of my many business ideas and fun projects. Though I´m always struggling with the balance between the fun and the money In my projects. It seems like I´m (just like Filip and Fredrik) is driven by lust and not so much by the money. I don´t really fancy money as it is but I do value my time and I think life is too short to do things you don´t love doing. And in the world we´re all living in, time is unfortunately money.

The last three years I´ve really come to terms with, and accepted, who I am and what I want from life. I do realize that I´m a lot different to the ”typical swede” and it feels alright, but sometimes I feel lonely being different. I´ve never considered myself different before but I know very few people not wanting to have kids, get married and live the ”Svensson life” or the american dream. I know how I don´t want to live my life and I do think I know how I´d like to live it, but I don´t know how to get there, I can´t really see the road leading to there. I want to find a context that suits me and where I fit in. I don´t want to stay but I don´t know where to go. I say as the Swedish comedians Galenskaparna use to say: ”Man letar å letar efter sin rätta plats, men livet är onumrerat och jag har ju inte ens biljett”.More about how I know I don´t want to live my life and how I want to live my life in a later blogpost.

Feet and headphone cord by the water

The last 8 weeks I´ve been thinking and thinking. Considered all the possibilities, all the opportunities. Frustrated like a five year old with ADD high on sugar I threw all the balls i had in the sky (I know this metaphor might not work in english but use your imagination) and waited for one or another to land and work out for me. I thought about investing in rental properties, buying a rental apartment, going to Los Angels for 3 months, move into an RV or a boat or move to New Zealand and work as a business developer etc etc. I´m sure I will do all of these things when the time is right. First things first and I need to invest my time and money wisely to be able to do what I love doing without having to get a traditional employment. For now I got a whole different plan. It´s so super exciting I almost pee myself. I´ll let you know tomorrow. Buenas noches amig@s!

Vad hade du gjort?

On 2014/02/19 by Patrik Appelquist

Ibland tvivlar jag på mänskligheten men ibland får jag tillbaks hoppet när jag ser sånt här.

Galaxy Note 3 Gold Edition beställd

On 2014/02/11 by Patrik Appelquist

Beställde en Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Gold Edition idag. Det ska bli galet spännande att få lägga vantarna på den ”lille” luren! Sen jag flyttade hem från Nicaragua har jag haft Note 1 som tjänat mig väl, även om batteritiden blev skitdålig med första uppdateringen. Jag älskar den stora skärmen, perfekt för spel, video och anteckningar osv.

Enda anledningen till att jag byter telefon egentligen är för att jag fick ett bra erbjudande från Tele2 om att förlänga mitt abonnemang igen. Faktum är att jag faktiskt kommer att betala mindre per månad framöver. Jag får dock tillgång till mindre antal GB surf förvisso men jag får ändå så jag klarar mig. Abonnemanget blir bara mer anpassat för mina behov. Och så ”får” jag ju en lur på köpet. Fair enough!


Galaxy Note 3 Gold edition

Dokumentärbonanza utlovas

On 2014/02/11 by Patrik Appelquist

Det är många frågor som cirkulerar runt i mitt huvud just nu. Det är en sån period i mitt liv, igen. De kommer och går och jag börjar bli van vid dem. Ofta tas ganska stora beslut i slutändan men innan det måste frågorna diskuteras, stötas och blötas för att så småningom bli besvarade.

Det är tankar som till viss del är existentiella. Jag omformulerar mitt sätt att se på världen och känner ett behov av att definiera nya- och kanske omdefiniera mina gamla åsikter och tankar i relation till den ”nya världen”, för att kunna förhålla mig till den.

Patrik Appelquist

Under de här perioderna är jag som en informationstörstande svamp. Jag suger i mig allt intressant som jag kommer över. Jag diskuterar gärna saker och ibland tenderar diskussioner att övergå till rena debatter. Ibland märker jag hur jag utmanar mina egna åsikter genom att hålla fast vid något som jag kanske egentligen inte tycker men som jag tycker är en intressant synvinkel, bara för att se vad det kan komma ur det och för att förstå andra.

Under de här perioderna läser jag ofta väldigt mycket självbiografier, faktaböcker och tittar på massor av dokumentärer. Och några av dessa tänkte jag dela med mig av i ett par kommande inlägg. Troligtvis kommer jag att skriva en kort kommentar med egna tankar till varje dokumentär. Hoppas det ska smaka, let the game begin, här kommer dokumentärbonanzan!


Nu är 9-3 metoden här!

On 2014/02/07 by Patrik Appelquist

9-3 metoden enligt Patrik Appelquist

Ingen diet!

Nej, 9-3 metoden är inte någon diet som får dig att bli smal på 24 timmar. Den har faktiskt inte alls med vikt och mat att göra. Nej 9-3 metoden uppfanns förra veckan av mig själv faktiskt. Som en lösning på många av mina egna vardagsproblem.


En metod för nattugglor med flowbegär

Du som känner mig vet att jag är en fullfjädrad nattuggla delux. Det är inte helt ovanligt att jag nattsuddar (dygnar) men allt som oftast går jag inte och lägger mig innan 03.00 på natten. Det går liksom inte. Jag blir inte trött förrän runt 01.30 kanske, som tidigast! Men oftast har jag kommit in i någon typ av flow då. Ett flow som alltid infinner sig på småtimmarna av någon konstig anledning! Och det sista jag vill göra är att gå och lägga mig när jag har flow. Därför sitter jag ju uppe till 03, minst! Det är dessutom något härligt med att vara vaken när alla andra sover. Jag älskar ensamheten, tystheten, lugnet och mörkret.


9-3 metoden

En kväll mellan Växjö och Göteborg 

Problemet med att vara nattuggla

Men det är ju inte hållbart att gå och lägga sig klockan 03-04 om nätterna när man ska upp  till universitetet eller jobbet klockan 09 på morgonen. Fem timmar sömn är för mig alldeles för lite. Om jag somnar 03 och inte ställer väckarklockan så sover jag 12-15 timmar utan problem. Ungefär 9 timmar har jag räknat ut att jag behöver. Så det betyder att jag skulle behöva gå och lägga mig runt 23 på kvällen. Och det finns inte på kartan kan jag tala om. Jag tror det är fysiskt omöjligt för mig att somna då.


Nattugglans förlovade lösning på problemet

MEN…nu är lösningen som jag väntat på äntligen här; 9-3 metoden. Metoden som kommer att revolutionera mitt liv! Den uppstod av en slump förra veckan efter att jag dygnat en natt och sedan somnat galet tidigt på kvällen runt 21-tiden. Klockan 03.00 vaknade jag av mig själv. Superutvilad! Jag hade alltså först vart vaken i ca 36 timmar och sen sov jag 6 timmar mellan 9-3 och vaknade utvilad.

Så, utvilad som jag var gick jag upp då, klockan 03 på natten. Det va fortfarande mörkt ute så klart, lugnt och tyst. Skönt! Snabbt kom jag in i det där flowet som jag brukar göra på nätterna. Med den enda skillnaden att; jag hade ju precis gått upp ur sängen. Jag lagade mat, städade och pluggade lite. Normalt sett kan jag inte äta frukost, jag mår ofta illa när jag vaknar och det sista jag tänker på då är mat. Men nu var aptiten enorm så istället för frulle blev det redig mat på en gång. Klockan slog 06.00, nattimmarna var över och morgonen infann sig. Jag tittade på en dokumentär och runt 08.30 stack jag iväg till gymmet. Krubbade lunch klockan 10.30 och pep iväg till skolans bibliotek klockan 12. Det kändes helt sjukt att jag hade hunnit göra så mycket och att jag faktiskt var en fungerande människa på morgonen. Och inte den där zombien som jag annars alltid är mellan 08-12.


Happy hour på sovtimmar fram till 00:00!

Jag pratade med min gode vän Daniel Carlson häromdagen och han berättade något intressant för mig. Han menade nämligen att varje timme man sover innan klockan 00:00 på natten är värda två timmar. Man får alltså två för en, winning! Vilket betyder att jag mellan 9-3 sover 6 timmar i praktiken men i själva verket räknas det som 9 timmar 😉 Fiffigt va?!



Systers hund Hector sover gott



Så, summan av kardemumman är egentligen att 9-3 metoden för med sig en mängd fördelar som egentligen löser många av mina små vardagsproblem.

  1. Jag får den sömnmängden jag behöver (9h).
  2. Jag vaknar ”i tid” och är vaken när resten av människosläktet är det.
  3. Jag får en bättre aptit och äter ett extra mål mat om dagen. Vilket är fint eftersom jag jobbar på att gå upp i vikt.
  4. Morgonaptiten leder troligtvis till att jag kan koncentrera mig bättre i skolan.
  5. Jag får 3 underbara nattimmar med flow.

En månads prövotid inleds

Jag inser också problemet som kan uppstå. Att träffa polare på helgen och behöva gå hem klockan 20.30 för att man ska komma i säng till 21 känns ju lagom skoj. Och jag tror att det är svårt att ställa in rytmen igen om man väl tappat den. Men jag tänker ge det ett försök i en månad ungefär så får vi se hur det har gått. 9-3 metoden är ännu i sin linda. Jag återkommer med fullständiga rapporter så småningom. Ciao så länge.

OS-arbetare fick ett järnrör uppkört i röven!

On 2014/01/30 by Patrik Appelquist

Jag bojkottar OS i Sochi 2014!

Efter att ha sett dagens reportage av Uppdrag granskning har jag bestämt mig för att bojkotta OS 2014. Det känns jättetråkigt, jag älskar vintersport och framförallt hockey. Men du kommer snart att förstå varför.

De senaste veckorna har det talats om allt hyschande kring Putins OS. Rykten började florera om att de utländska OS-arbetare som bygger OS-byn inte får betalt och att villkoren är usla.


Idag slogs sista spiken i kistan. Uppdrag granskning kunde ikväll avslöja hur tiotusentals utländska fattiga byggnadsarbetare har jobbat i månader med OS-byn utan att få betalt. Hur arbetarnas familjer i princip svälter där hemma eftersom deras män inte har några pengar att skicka tillbaks. Många blir dessutom svårt misshandlade, av polisen. Uppdrag granskning träffar Mardiros Demirtjan som berättar hur polisen körde upp ett järnrör i röven på honom tills han gick med på deras krav.

Budgeten är spräckt – bend over!

Allt tyder på att byggföretagen (som ägs av Putins käraste vänner) som ansvarar för bygget vill hålla kostnaderna nere, däremot måste de ju leverera till herr diktator Putin och göra honom glad. Så, därför har byggföretagen inlett ett fördelaktigt samarbete med den eminenta ryska polisen. Det hela är väldigt enkelt och går ut på att byggföretaget anmäler en massa utländska arbetare för stöld, polisen kommer likt en hund på kommando och hämtar de utländska arbetarna och försöker snällt få dem att erkänna de påhittade brotten. När de vägrar erkänna tar polisen till aningen mer oortodoxa metoder. Eller kanske är de väldigt ortodoxa ändå. Jag menar, den rysk-ortodoxa kyrkan och Ryssland som land har ju tidigare visat vad de går för när det kommer till HBT-frågor genom att göra det olagligt och förenat med fängelse att ens förespråka homosexualitet (se dokumentär).


Polisen och SD-manövern

Hur som haver. Ryska polisen gör då en så kallad SD-manöver och tar till järnrören. Men som vi alla vet (eftersom vi tittat på Filip och Fredrik) är ryssarna lite mer ”avantgarde” än oss svenskar, ja kanske till och med än lite galnare än SD-anhängarna. Så, polisen kör upp (detta är ingen metafor) järnröret i röven på de som inte erkänner. Metoden har visat vara sig imponerande, ja nästan förvånansvärt effektiv för att få människor att erkänna saker, ja nästan vad som helst faktiskt.


Efter SD-behandlingen i ändalykten har det hänt att byggarbetare dessutom väljer att skriva på papper som friskriver byggbolagen från de skulder de har till byggarbetarna. Men pappret kan liknas vid ett oneröst avtal. Ja herregud, man ger väl och tar i en relation? Särskilt när man kommit varann så pass nära att man börjat utforska varandras analöppningar (jaha nu var det plötsligt okey att män pillar varandra i rumpan)? På pappret står det nämligen att byggföretaget lovar att dra tillbaks den falska polisanmälan om byggarbetaren signerar det. Och vips så har cirkeln slutits och Putin kan nu bygga en underbart vacker OS-by åt oss att beskåda under våren. Är det inte fantastiskt? Ser du inte fram emot att se våra svenska hjältar skrida fram på marken som byggdes av slavar som blev misshandlade med järnrör uppkörda i röven? Eller får du också en bitter jävla eftersmak i kakhålet? Kanske kan vi ändå trösta oss med att Putins bästa kompisar (dollarmiljardärer sedan tidigare) fick  miljarder skattepengar rätt ner i fickorna för sitt föredömliga upprättande av OS-byn i Sochi.


OS 2014 – till vilket pris?

Hur gärna tittar vi på vintersport år 2014? Vad är OS värt? Kanske är det värt allt. De som anser det kommer att titta på OS-sändningarna. Själv kan jag inte med det. Jag köper det inte. OS i Sochi är redan dyrare än alla tidigare hållna vinter-os tillsammans rent ekonomiskt, men i min värld räcker det egentligen med ett järnrör i röven så är måttet rågat!

Ryssland, kom in i matchen! Putin, behöver du hjälp med att bygga ditt personliga varumärke och samtidigt bygga ett välfungerande land med bra rykte internationellt? Hör av dig till oss studenter på Enterprising and Business Development på Linnéuniversitetet i Växjö, vi har precis avslutat kurser i både hållbar utveckling och jämställdhetsfrågor. Vi kostar ca 2.000 kronor i timmen, endast förskottsbetalning…

En facebookgrupp för de som bojkottar OS 2014 på grund av Rysslands agerande kring uppbyggandet av OS-byn men även på grund av andra orsaker så som landets lagar som förbjuder homosexualitet etc.