28 July 2011

Vacation time is OVER!!

English again~

I'm BACK!! 2 weeks of hot, yummy vacation at my relatives in Portugal has made my skin darker and my butt bigger. Here's a little resume:

Me and Emil lived at my aunts place. She's like the best aunt in the world, with a great laugh and awesome chocolate mousse. I asked her to take us to any medevial castle we passed and had time with, so during the trip we took over 600 pictures of mainly 4 castles; in Leiria, Guimarães, Silves and Almourol. I also met my second cousin Diana who had more castles from France on her computer, so I got 4 or 5 of them on a USB-card! Woohoo!!

This is the Templar Castle in Almourol,
built on an island! So cool!!

So, why this manic collecting of castles, you might ask. Well, let's say I couldn't resist being a total workaholic and make my vacation into a research trip for my upcoming manga project. I have most of it though out now, much thanks to the trip. It's a fantasy story, about princesses and princes... But you need to wait for the details!

Ok, back to the trip.
We visited a lot of my family there, and ate a lot of food. Portugese people like three things alot: football, food and driving. So we ate and drove! Not so much football, but that's ok.
During the two weeks, we ate (if you are vegan, please don't read the rest of this sentence) octupus, squid, clams, shrimps (all sizes), swordfish, crab, codfish rabbit, duck, pig, piglet, cow and chicken. Not only did we try the specialities of Portugal, but also Brasillian Rodizio and Angolan Mouamba. Yumyum!!
So, back in Sweden and time for some hard-core fasting! (just kidding)

Well, all in all, the trip was great.
I had a lot of time to think about my [past and future] projects without having the slitest angst about not drawing or working (actually!). The trip was a mental clensing, in a way.
And I return with even more power and inspiration! I havn't felt like this since the trip to Japan in 2010! I love it!!

Before I leave, I want to recommend you checking out my second cousin David's one man band Noiserv. He does all the music by him self by recrding and repeating the sounds during the live-show, and thus making every show unique. On top of that, he also teamed up with Diana (my other second cousin), that does live drawings to his music at the conserts! It's fantastic to see, both for young and old. I saw them live in Algarve, and it was inspiring!
Check it out:
Noiservs homepage
Noiservs Myspace

Here's some youtube videos with him:

It's just so inspiring with talented and original artists!!
His CD's are avaliable i.e. here.


  1. I really like the music! Am I meet you at Genki? I'm the chinese ninja who took a brooch for free:P(If not maybe your sister)

  2. Yay, I'm glad you do!

    Hm... maybe it was my sister... But great!
    Hope you had a nice con! We did! :D