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Åcon 6

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Åcon is a small convention where fans from Sweden and Finland, and some from Åland, Norway, Great Brittain and USA, meet for an extended spring weekend of science fiction and a good time in general.

Here's some pictures from the event, about two months late.

The convention, guest of honor Tricia Sullivan and other participants, offered several intersting panel discussions. The first dealt with one of the main topics of Tricias authorship, body and mind and in particular how the limitations of the body may be necessary for the existence of the mind.

Image: Båtcon, fans from Stockholm, Linköping and Gothenburg.
Båtcon, fans from Stockholm, Linköping and Gothenburg.
Image: The first panel: Cheryl Morgan, Markku Soikkeli and Tricia
    Sullivan.
The first panel: Cheryl Morgan, Markku Soikkeli and Tricia Sullivan.

Chocolate tasting

An excursion to Mercedes Chocolaterie is part of the recurring programme of Åcon. This was the first time I attended, but I hope to do it again. Tasty and interesting!

Image: Chocolate tasting
Chocolate tasting
Image: A pleased Crystal Huff.
A pleased Crystal Huff.
Image: Chocolate maker Mercedes shows a chocolate fruit and
      explains.
Chocolate maker Mercedes shows a chocolate fruit and explains.
Image: Cheryl, Katarina and Tricia keenly listening.
Cheryl, Katarina and Tricia keenly listening.
Image: Helena Kiel gets a closeup.
Helena Kiel gets a closeup.
Image: One of the ways to make pralines ...
One of the ways to make pralines ...
Image: Tasty bits pass through a shower of molten chocolate.
Tasty bits pass through a shower of molten chocolate.
Image: The chocolate is dried and excess chocolate is blown away.
The chocolate is dried and excess chocolate is blown away.
Image: Before the chocolate is settled, it can be decorated.
Before the chocolate is settled, it can be decorated.
Image: Most of the excursion participants outside the old post house
      containing the chocolaterie.
Most of the excursion participants outside the old post house containing the chocolaterie.

Bike excursion

I brought my folding bike, mainly because I can. It didn't see to much use, but I did go for a small trip.

Image: Brompton on the lookout.
Brompton on the lookout.
Image: A bird.
A bird.
Image: Mariehamn and convention hotel (the gray building
      slightly right of center) from across the west bay.
Mariehamn and convention hotel (the gray building slightly right of center) from across the west bay.
Image: There are some small hills.
There are some small hills.
Image: Brompton in the wild.
Brompton in the wild.
Image: Mariehamn from across the east bay.
Mariehamn from across the east bay.
Image: Mariehamn library.
Mariehamn library.

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