June 20, 2012

Midsummer, MTV World Stage and celebrations

Hello everyone!

I honestly don't know how to start this blog post. So many things have happened during past two weeks. I am drinking tea, eating cookies, answering emails and trying to finally relax .

Maybe I should start from the last thing: I passed my final exam at SFI course couple of hours ago. VG on all four parts of the test which means I can start studying SAS now. The test was exactly the same as the one I took for C-level, but a little bit harder. Basically, it is the writing that you need to pay special attention to. I don't think I'll continue with the courses though, because of the next information.
I FINALLY GOT A JOB! After two months of sending emails to the officies I liked, I managed to have 4 interviews in a very short period (3 in the same week). Now I will start a completely new phase of studying/working and I can't wait to tell you more about it. It also means that I will have to start speaking Swedish very soon. It shouldn't be that hard if I am surrounded by it entire day. At least I hope it won't, but we will have to wait and see.
I also worked as an extra in the newest advertisement for Chalmers University where our beloved Abhilash (former president of Chalmers International Reception Committee) is telling a story of his life. Can't wait to see the final product on Study in Sweden website. Maybe they will cut me out, but no matter, it was amazing to see how commercials are made. And people were nice as well, talking about movies and how much we like or dislike Tom Cruz - perfect fika topic. 

So after all of these good news, I need to celebrate I think. And there are so many opportunities to do that this week. Main event - Midsommaren celebration of the longest day of the year. Flowers, drinks, nice weather (hopefully), grill, food, friends, what more can one ask for? Pictures coming soon... 
And tomorrow, there is a free concert at Götaplatsen - MTV World Stage  that starts at 19:30. Four artists will perform, and I cannot wait to here this year's winner of Eurovision Loreen, Nelly Furtado, B.o.B and Tove Styrke.

Have a wonderful start of summer :)

June 13, 2012

Design course at Chalmers: Archipelago - Parametric Pavilion

Hello everyone,

There are so many things I wish to share, but at the moment I have no time and no brain to do so. However, I remembered a post I have drafted a long time ago and wanted to share, but for one reason or another didn't. Until now.

These pictures were taken at the Röhsska Museum, during the process of assembling the pavilion architecture students from Chalmers created during one of the courses, Material and Detail. Here is the "official" explanation of what was happening:

"During the summer of 2012 a pavilion built entirely of precision cut steel is exhibited at Röhsska Museum of Design, Gothenburg, Sweden. With perforations that sift the light and with joints that are put together by hand, it serves as a focus point in the big courtyard while visitors can relax in the shade.

The pavilion is parametrically designed in Grasshopper and Rhino, andloads, sun and shade, and material use has been optimized. Steel sheets of 2 mm have been laser cut and rolled at the factory and then assembled by hand in situ. 

After summer the pavilion will be standing at Chalmers University of Technology during the autumn, after which it is possible to purchase it.The pavilion is a collaboration between Röhsska museum of Design, Chalmers University of Technology and Ribo-verken, and is the result of 33 Architecture students' work during one semester, in the master level class 'Material and Detail'. 

After selecting one initial design, 33 studentshave worked to develop the design, and to turn the project into a pavilion which is safe and constructable. The purpose of the course is to explore digital fabrication and to turn it into a real, built architectural project."

Check out the video now when the pavilion is up and running (credits to the student(s) for making this). And you can read more about it here, in the description of the project on youtube.

June 4, 2012

Regnbågs parade

And yet another chance to see a _gay pride parade_ was wasted.

This last week of May - beginning of June was reserved for a Rainbow festival here in Gothenburg.
Things I know about the event: it is organised and/or sponsored by HBTQ: homosexual, bisexual, transexual and queer people's organisation and usually there is around 8 000 people in the parade while next to 25 000 is watching it. Rarely there are incidents involved with this event, or at least I have not heard about them. People walk from Göteoborgs opera house to the Liseberg amusement park where a big ball is held for all the participants.

The reason why I was so intent on seeing the parade is the fact how much attention it gets in Serbia. I mean, we make such a big thing about it (about it not happening to be precise). So it is in a way strange to see how it makes absolutely no disruption in the way city lives except for halting the traffic for 2 hours.

However, I missed it again this year! Instead of going out on time to catch the parade, I watched an episode of "Dance Moms" - the most stupid show on planet Earth - and ate my lunch with Danka in bed. So instead of pictures from the gay parade, you will see pictures from the Botanical society garden. We went there when we have realised that we missed the show. I cannot say I am sad about it.

By the way, if you are a hardcore fan of point&click adventures like I am, you will understand why I was having flashes of Myth, Egypt, Messenger, Syberia, Machinarium across my mind and in front of my eyes while in the park and the botanical house.

And I got obsessed with these water reflections.

Also with the flowers. I said that the second one will be my wedding bouquet if I ever go crazy and decide to marry.

And my darling friend is the hardest person to photograph ever!!! She is one of those people who look great and then the moment you point the camera in their direction - they make a face or do something stupid and you loose all the magic. So I am super proud of actually having a couple of photos where she looks nice. I am attaching one of those in between moments, the weakest one, just to prove my point.

I am also thinking that it could be an idea for me to do something with the hair if I know I wish to get photographed. Natural drying and Göteborgs wind are not your friends - learn that Ivana!

I will end the post with the result of a quick test I took online. Funny, isn't it?