Time flies by way to quickly during the summer break. To make the most of it I’ve made a bucket list that I will (kinda) try to complete. I will also try to document as many as possible of these and I will probably add more to the list, feel free to come with suggestions 🙂
Here in Gothenburg we have the biggest amusement park in Sweden,
Liseberg, they also have a ferris wheel 🙂 . Universeum is the largest science center in the Nordic region, they have a rainforest with animals, huge aquariums, technology and experiments.
Slottskogen is a large park and also a zoo for mainly swedish animals but they also have penguins 🙂
Kulturkalaset is a huge, week long culture festival. The programme consists of over 1 000 things to do, see and listen to. Opera, art, music, carnival, theatre, literature and films. As well as food culture, local bands and superstars.
So I’ve finally seen Deep Purple! I’ve wanted to see them for years. At least a third of the audience had grey hair but it was still a very nice concert and old people don’t have the energy to push you as much as young people do. 😉 the best part was obviously when they started playing “smoke on the water”, it was like the whole audience had just waited for that moment, but the whole concert was very enjoyable 🙂
I was one of the 55 000 who saw Iron Maiden yesterday. It was probably one of the best days of my life. Further down I’ve written a summary of the concert.
Posters have been up for months
Outfit of the day, got the ticket months ago
About 3 pm, they were gonna let us in at about 5 pm. My boyfriend was really nice and waited with me outside, even though he wasn’t gonna see them.
I bought some overpriced earplugs too from people selling outside the arena
Had 2 cheeseburgers and a bottle of water before they finally let us in.
Had to go through 4 security checks before they even checked the tickets. In the arena you weren’t allowed to run, so I just walked as fast as possible. I didn’t have a inner section ticket, but at least I got the front row at the outer section. We waited 1,5 hours for the first opening act. They sold water and snacks, for cash, that I obviously forgot to bring, it was also very sunny and hot.
The Raven Age was the first opening act, they play heavy/alternative metal. They were a bit too emo-ish for me, but that’s pretty much what I call all metal bands that I don’t really like. They didn’t really get more that some polite applause from the audience either.
The 2nd opening act were Opeth, a progressive/death metal band from Sweden. It’s a band that I actually do listen to sometimes and it was definitely a good show. The lead singer, Mikael, was entertaining and the audience loved him.
Iron Maiden finally entered the stage at 9 pm, they began with “If eternity should fail”, a song from their new album. They continue with “Speed of light”, but the audience still hadn’t really woken up, but when the intro to “Children of the Damned” started playing they really did wake up and the whole arena applauded. They continued with two new songs “Tears of a clown” and “The red and the black”, both heavy and beautiful. The adrenaline really kicked in when “The trooper” started playing and the audience went wild. The atmosphere remains during “Powerslave”. During “Death or Glory” Bruce tells the audience to do the monkey dance and everyone seems to have a fun time. “The book of souls” seems to be one of the most loved new songs, and Eddie runs around the stage trying to catch the band members, until Bruce rips his heart out and the audience cheers. “Hallowed be thy name” and “Fear of the Dark” follows, both classics and you can hear the audience singing just as much as Bruce. Truly a beautiful moment. Iron Maiden continues with “Iron Maiden” and the audience gains new energy. The band leaves the stage and the intro to “The number of the beast” starts playing and the audience goes absolutely crazy, the pyros and lightshow is now at full capacity. Bruce takes a few minutes to just look out over the cheering audience, without saying a single word, and you can definitely see tears in his eyes now. It’s now dark outside, and “ Blood Brothers” starts playing. You can really feel the connection to everyone in the audience with the slow claps and the cheesy but still beautiful view when people all around you use their cellphone light to create an ocean of starry lights. The concert comes to a strong ending with “Wasted Years” and the audience won’t stop cheering. People were cheering and shouting for the band to come back until they started to disassemble the stage.
After the concert there was a great atmosphere and “Always look on the bright side of life” were playing from the speakers.
55 000 people were leaving the arena, you could hear laughter and happy voices.
It usually takes 10 minutes to walk to the station, but this time it took at least 30. Almost everyone at the station were people from the concert and barely anyone had the energy to stand up. I usually don’t like being out late alone, but this time it felt like being surrounded by family. My boyfriend met me at the station were I went off and had a well needed bottle of water with him.
I was starving when I finally got home and my boyfriend was really nice to warm up some food for me. It probably took me 2 minutes to eat.
I definitely needed some ice cream too :), and I fell asleep in a few seconds when I finally went to bed.