Travel Planning

I’m a little disappointed tonight.

I got online at just the right time. I re-set my previous registration. I followed the prompts at just the right time. I tried in both English and Swedish. And I still missed out on tickets for the finals for Melodifestivalen, the Swedish competition leading to Eurovision.

I’m going to be in Stockholm next March, with Melodifestivalen something I really want to attend. And so when I read tickets went on sale tonight at 6.00pm Sydney time, I was ready to go.

Tickets however seem to sell out almost instantly. I’d imagine tickets might become available later. Perhaps a Swedish fan could advise if that’s the case? Or I might need to go looking on the ticket black market? Anyway, I’m sure it will be fine. By hook or by crook I’ll be there.

As I mentioned yesterday, I’ve been umming and ahhing and faffing around for a couple of weeks now, but I’ve finally done it. I’ve booked a flight to Stockholm, arriving March 4 to spend four weeks there.

Unlike the last time, during the summer of last year, it will be a little colder. I’m even hoping there might be some snow, even though I’m generally a “warm climate” kinda guy myself.

Beyond a general idea of “living in Stockholm for a while”, and going to a work-related conference in Copenhagen on March 18 and 19, I’ve yet to work out what I’ll do.

Even though tickets for Melodifestivalen are sold out, I see Sarah Dawn Finer is playing Chinese Theatre during the month, and Bjorn Skiffs is at Circus.

For me the trip is on many levels. I’d like to see, for example, if I could “live” in a colder place than I am used to, where the days are shorter etc. If I can, I’m hoping to live or work in Stockholm for maybe a year. Who knows?

Anyway, I’m gonna be in Sweden/Denmark in March, and maybe elsewhere for a day or two.

Very bloody excited!

Aside from that, it’s been a reasonably eventless day. Well, aside from most of the people I encountered today being in a very silly mood. I blame the weather. It was far too nice a day to remain indoors. Or maybe it’s the phase of the moon?

I was chatting with mate at work who noted the moon had changed, and that probably helps to explain it. Or maybe it’s that time of the year? He updated his Facebook status with “I’m a farm boy trapped in a city – all I want is a vegie patch and chooks”.

“I know how you feel”, I told him. “I’m a Swedish boy trapped in Sydney – all I want is fashionable furniture and clothing, a democratic society and tickets to Melodifestivalen”.


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