27 09 15 - 03:51
'll be talking more about what SNI, or "Server Name Indication" actually is later in the post. But first let me go through some of my recent thoughts and happenings to get started. Thanks for reading!
While finding stuff to do in life I have found that it's not really that what we are lacking off. In fact, it's more of a situation where there are too many things to do at the end of the day. That's why I like to look for different solutions to things and be aware of what I am doing. Going ahead in life in passion has become such a sweet spot that I just might never give it up. Especially on the road and traveling, you need to focus on what's important. Otherwise everything just passes by without that valuable experience, known as tripping! So one of my many voyages ended up in a curious situation as I became increasingly aware of internet privacy. Or actually the lack of it. I have very much China to thank for this realization because there things are just a bit different. If you didn't know for example, the government is following what people write on the internet very intentively. So it's a pretty good idea to watch your back so that no one is going to think anything wrong about you.
Yes, it doesn't even matter if you didn't do something wrong there is always a danger with the fact that everything that you type on your computer gets logged somewhere. Now many of us know about VPN technology and other wacky ways to become anonymous on the internet. But as a blog keeper, or an owner of any website pretty much there are certain responsabilities. That is to help protect the privacy of website visitors using SSL certificates. Now many of us are pretty much familiar with this, especially with all the payments that are being made online. If a payment page is not protected with SSL then it's pretty crazy to even insert your credit card details. But it shouldn't just limit to these kinds of shopping websites like Amazon.com for example. Instead, I think even ordinary bloggers should hop in and start supporting the privacy movement on the internet!
That's why I came up with this great solution to have it all for a very low cost indeed, by using what is known as Server Name Indication or in short "SNI". This is a way to have a page SSL protected for a very low cost because you don't need a privay IP address. Traditionally all the solutions were very costly, but finaly there is an answer. I am still kind of getting into it, but hope to engage in this newly discovered method in the near future. But just knowing that there is an affordable answer is a fantastic thing indeed!!!
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19 09 15 - 13:24
All this travel has got me thinking. Or actually, that would be quite mildly put to express how my mind has seen a new light in these very recent years. Travel left me on a road, this road took me on a trip, one that surely will never end. It doesn't mean that I can get settled, but trying to find the perfect thing to do in life.. well, I just think that it can be anything and it is subject to change at any given time. It is this very change that has dominated the theme of my life. Once embraced, it gives you so much that it just never stops giving. Even better, once you have so much yourself.. even as if by itself the giving starts spreading to other people around you. It's one of the most beautiful experiences in life, and I think that it can happen to anyone. Any time. So be warned! ☺
I met a wonderful guy recently, he is from Japan. People in China are not so much into this particular nationality amongst some others that I don't even have to mention. Anyway, I am all about getting people and cultures together. Fighting is just stupid if you ask me. He is the owner of a terrific blog called "Loose Gaijin", which is a pretty funny name. Gaijin means foreigner in Japanese, and why his loose well. His twisted humour only knows!
But there is a similar thing definitely here in China, how people call themselves foreigners by themselves. Of course first you get called one until it because such a funny common day thing that it grows on you. Naturally Loose Gaijin, as well as myself are becoming very integrated in local cultures. That's why the truth is, that we don't really feel as if outsiders or foreigners in any way. Difference is only in the eyes of the one who is looking and for travelers like us, everyone is the same. That is all about the change that I was talking about earlier. No matter how many stereotypes and certain kind of people from a specific culture or group you meet.. no matter what, there is always people who surprise you and are totally different.
That's the best way to look at life. And not just at others, but especially at yourself. Look at yourself from different angles, it's rewarding! The gaijin friend, he sells iTunes gift cards.. now what does that have to do with what he wants to do in life? Probably a whole lot more than he even knows himself. Anyway, I say to you my new friend.. keep on blogging and you will do well. Thanks!
08 10 14 - 08:19
As you should know already, I am right now in Beijing. I have no idea for how long, I never even itended to stay here for so long. But either way, I am loving it and staying. I know the day will come when I move on, but that is not relevant. What is relevant, is the here and now. My enjoynment in this moment.
Perhaps something that I have learned, especially being here in China. Is that, everything is connected. Everything has a reason of why they happen, an outcome which is connected to not just all the people but things as well. Afterall, the material is created by people. None of it would exist, if we would not.
But then there is the third level, which are things that are natural. Those things are here, even if we are not. And it is the origin of everything that is. So in a sense, that is only very much connected as well. We are one they say, I say. "we are connected". Just like the Nokia commercial. Heh, heh.
Anyway, perhaps I felt a little bit extra inspired today after going to the Happy Valley in Beijing. Not only did I brush up and clean the blog a little bit. But also, I started thinking. Yes, once again I was in for the unexpected and went for a "fun innocent day" at the happy valley. Things turned out a little different, as usual.
I bumped into what is known as the "OCT Theatre", which is a place that has been built with money. You can see that from the grand display both outside and the interior which is stunning. Stage is top notch, something I haven't seen so much in Beijing. Well anyway, this show was with no speech. It was only scene after scene, of people dancing, doing coreography, amazing waterfall scene. Lots of things where happening, but just because they were not speaking you were really sucked into this magical world.
The show is based on the Golden Mask Dynasty. I don't know if that is real or not, but it felt more real than ever. I was subdued, I felt enlightened. Because everything was done in such high and precice coreography, that not only the performers were united in one. But especially the audience. I was not watching it alone. I was experiencing the Golden Dynasty together with the whole audience and stage crew.
It's hard to understand before you experience it. But all I can say, that Beijing is full of magical things to experience. And often they are the unexpected. I could not say the same good about the Happy Valley, which was just an ordinary (but impressively big) amusement park. I can understand it's fun for families.. but for me the show was the best exprience of today. And I have been buzzing ever since! Hope it last's :)
See you my friends,
22 09 14 - 11:38
My trip is too fun and looks like I am not leaving China anytime soon. There is a lot to write about, but I simply don't have the time just yet. In other news, I noticed there was a lot of spam comments.. sorry about that. I had to delete all the previous ones, so from now on if you want to leave a comment it's fine but it will be moderated.
And greetings to my dear family, just saying that everything alright. Just remember, that if you don't hear from me for a long time it usually means that I am enjoying and having so much fun. In otherwors, I am just fine! If I would not be, and I would have some problems, I would immeditately contact you guys.
See you later.
Janus from China.
03 08 14 - 05:04
It's been a good couple of weeks so I thought that I would do a little explaining of what has happened so far. Actually it's been more than that, but during traveling you really loose the track of time and often enough.. the last thing on your mind is blogging! However, I always thinking about you guys and especially the family back home. I think I am already so far that it's a state of being right in the middle of my journey. However, this is probably a state that I will be in for a long time to come. I have found comfort in a very non-comforting thing, known as adventure!
Yes, every single day when I wake up.. I have no idea what is going to happen. And yes, I have just recently woken up in the most unlikely of places, China Beijing! It's been a few days here and a treat. As you should know from my previous posts, last time I had access to the internet, it was just before I jumped on a train ride in Moscow. Now that was a ride, a train ride that I will never forget.
Through the land of Russia I visited the most odd and the smallest places in the middle of nowehere. I drank a lot of Vodka and ate some fish. Yes, there was a Russian guy on board who ate nothing but one big fish for the whole duration of a week. For me the diet consistet in all the weirdest thing you could buy from hagglers next to the train. I did a stop over in Mongolia and oh my god. That was so great and the people are just smiling all the time. I think it was contageous because ever since I haven't been able to stop smiling either.
Language barriers can be difficult sometimes, but it is thanks to that smile that I have been able to cross them many times already. Now it's time to test my laughing skills in China and seems to be going very well so far.
I also have to admit that I knew little about Chinese people but I am impressed. You just go to any small business even and you can see how amazingly skillful these people are. Someone told me that if they were born in the same country as me, they would be very lazy and non-motivated. Well, I don't know about that but I know fore sure that the difficulties they have inside a Chinese nation is something that equally thrives them to succeed and fight in life. While I admire this quality in these people so much, there are also the things I don't like for example being too proud and self sentered. And that is I guess the cost of a society that does not promote free thinking.
So yes, there are problems from one side to another. But China is all about putting them behind you, and for example grabbing a bag of popcorn and a ticket to see world famous Beijing acrobatic show that leaves you nothing but hugely impressed! While acrobatics was just one of the great events of my life, and sights in Beijing.. it was most definitely so far the most memorable one. And interestingly enough, I've never even been that fond of acrobatics.. since all we get back in Norway is some circus-like acts that are mainly tilted towards a child audience. But in Beijing, I would be a little cautious to get front row seats to my child! I was right in the middle of the action, and it was definitely enough wild for an adult male such as myself.
Watching the show in Beijing, really made me feel like if these acrobats can do such amazing things, why cant I. Being able to make such incredible feats come true, must be something that makes these people feel contempt. You know, like you that you achieved something in life. For sure, it takes a lifetime to train these things.. and if it's a waste, no one would go to such far lengths to make their dreams come true. Indeed, it must be rewarding and worth the time.. but what it is that I want to do. What dream do I want to make. Perhaps visiting other performing art events in China will give me a glimpse. Meeting people has been very rewarding in seeing how happy people are, but it is simply because they found their thing. My things is watching acrobatics, rather than performing it. Perhaps there is something else, some other ability or feat that I want to show to people around me. It could be, one must venture out and try new things to find out.
Beijing has definitely provided that kind of a stage for me, where I can look at things from a distance.. including myself. The information, abundancy in people and emotions that simply soar through the air is plentiful. It's almost an overload of senses at times. But it's because I am so used to my home country in Norway. In China, things are done different. If I don't like it, I might as well get out of here. Instead I feel like I want to know more even those things that I don't like, because in that way I can discover something about my self.
The acrobatic show in Chaoyang Theatre was just one of the many adventures to be had. Without question, the seed has been planet. The seed to make and do brave things, that I never was before able to. To come this far and travel into the unknown has already been one of those incredible acrobatic achievements!
I love China and Beijing with all the good and bad. And it's really not as black and white as the media might want to give an impression of China. It's actually really happy and nice. Thank you for reading.. and wish me luck in finding my path. Later friends and family!
08 07 14 - 07:23
Wow. The site has been amazing and I've met the most amazing people on the way already. It really makes a trip when you can chat the locals. Finland was fun. Travelin from Helsinki to Moscow was an extraordinary experience. As you know, Finland is a very organized country just as Norway. So you obey the speed limit and such things. But there is one place in the center of the city, where everything changes.
There is a bunch of Russians, holding Russian signs next to different kinds of buses in the city center. No ordinary Finn would ever hop on one of these busses. All of them, are heading to different parts of Russia. Mostly St. Petersburg and Moscow. There are a few kinds, smaller mini buses that are a little bit more expensive, and go directly to Russia. Also there are bigger busses that are dirty cheap, but stop on the way to various shopping malls where Russians do their last minute shopping. I took the small mini buss, which cost me 20euros. While on the high-end of the selection, still classified as rediculously cheap.
The funny part is when you cross the Russian border and the car starts speeding like hel. In fact, we were stopped on the way by the policie. But seems the little fine was worth it, running up and down this route.
Now I am finally in Moscow and it's time to hop on the train, exited!!!
03 07 14 - 17:12
Scandinavia is not that big, so it's fairly easy to move around from country to country by train. I am already in Stockholm and ready to take the ferry to Helsinki. It's been years since I took this crazy love boat to Finland. I don't know if it's going to be like last time, but the atmosphere is quite crazy there. Not too many travelers, more like a boat full of drunk Finns. Scary stuff!
The train trip through Norway and Stockholm was more than relaxing. I always carry one book when I travel, and when it's finished I have a mission to give it to someone who wants it. As well as find a new book to read. This time I am reading a book about backpacking. It's a good read, but I wouldn't recommend it so I won't mention the title here.
I just cant wait to get someplace more exotic and something I am not used to. The boat to Finland will definitely be the first of "exotic experiences" on this trip. Haha. See you guys!!
02 07 14 - 03:46
Well, incredibly enough countries like Russia give a lot of power to those who have money. So as I was pretty late for applying the Russian visa, all I had to do is pay a few extra bucks and I my passport is now equipped with a valid Russian visa. I know it's not cool to spend too much on extra stuff even though you have the money. But sometimes you need to make exceptions. In the future I will try to plan more ahead.
So it's off I go, on my way. Bags are packed and I am taking a train towards Stockholm. From There I will jump on a ferry to Helsinki, Finland. Don't worry mum, I'll take care <3
30 06 14 - 15:48
Now my words have been put to a physical existance. This time, in the form of a train ticket. With the help of my Russian friend I have bought tickets to the "Trans-Siberian Railway" which is a train that takes you from Moscow to Beijing. Of course I will make a few stops in between, but the whole journey itself takes a little over a week. Now, that's quite the distance.
I am also in the process of applying for a Russian VISA. It should come anytime soon, as all you need is to have the bucks and your passport is sorted. The train tickets are awfully expensive if you buy them from a travel agency, but if you get them directly from the Russian railway website.. they are much much cheaper. In total 200 dollars. Now that's cheap for more than a week in a train I said. But then I found out that it used to be half from that before, OMG!
Now there is no turning back and I am getting ready to hop on a train. My luggage will be small as possible so I can be free and enjoy not my obsessions but all the new exiting things that will surround me.
Wish me luck.
29 06 14 - 08:43
Hello everyone. I wanted to announce that I have finally made a decision on what I am going to do. It's not an answer itself, but it's part of the answer. I am going to travel to China through Russia by train. Sounds incredible? I think so too! I will take the path of adventure, without a return ticket. Flights are boring, I will go with a little bag and open mind. I have no idea what I am going to do, or what I will find but that's the whole point anyway.
China here I come!
24 06 14 - 11:30
When I was thinking about which name I should choose for my blog.. somehow the title "do something with your life" was the only thing that would surface in my thoughts. It sounded a bit long, but since it pretty much has been the main topic of my recent existance.. seems there is no other choice but to choose that name.
Anyway, to explain a bit about my background, I am a Norweigan national. I have received a life-time pension, because I have proven to be unfit for work. I have no serious dissabilities, or neither mental illness. The reasons to actually why I received such a status are quite private, at least for the moment. I might reveal some of those details in the future.
However, the Norweigan government is paying me huge money just to be without working. It is so much, that I can travel around the world and do pretty much whatever I want. Yes, for the rest of my life. While many would think this is a dream, it hasn't been as perfect as I thought it would end up being.
Before I was more occupied with work and figuring out how to juggle through this world. Until now, all this has suddenly been resolved moneywise. What's left is the question of what I truly want to do in life. Most importantly, what is it in life that I should do in order to feel that I have really lived, did something worth the life that I have been given.
It's a tough question. I am both happy that I ended up in this situation, but understand that there are many challenges a head of me. I truly want to do something meaningful. Helping people for sure isn't easy.
For now, I have decided to start traveling. Perhaps I will find something on the road. Don't you think so?