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Running out of senior high school (gymnasium)

As my godson was ending senior high school I was up for the event in Helsingborg, Sweden. Running out of gymnasium as it is called (freely translated). This is a really big event in Sweden it is a must to one day in life. So if anyone have the chance and are in Sweden beginning of June I recommend to take a look.

Anyhow Diana drove me to the train-station Tuesday morning and left me there, as she could not take off from work due to colleagues who had holiday. I had to go alone this time. So I went by train to Zurich airport which takes me 25 minutes. Everything went smoothly concerning the trip including security and flight.

It was first when I was waiting for my luggage in Copenhagen it stopped a little. This must be one of the slowest airports in the world handing out luggage. Looks good when coming to the belt (It’s written 20 minutes) the last 1  min takes approx 30 minutes though. In the end this time I had a new speed record…. it took only 43 minutes (earlier record was 55 min). Now I knows why they have restaurants in the luggage area. Only airport have seen this on during all my travel.

After receiving my luggage I took the train up to Helsingør in Denmark. From there and beside the train the ferry for Helsingborg, Sweden is leaving. I arrived Sweden 3  pm and headed for the hotel.

Check-in at the hotel and had a shower. Then my parents  picked me up and we drove to my sister which son is my godson and who was to end school the day after. We stopped only to say hello and see you tomorrow.

After we left for my parents place where we had a nice dinner and a good chat. Took the bus back to my hotel about 11 pm and headed for bed 10 and out. The day after I woke up to a blue sky and a wonderful day 30°C. was promised.  Which I love but thought could be quite hot when standing outside the whole day.

I was picked up at apron 12 o’clock by my parents again. We drove to the place where the students for this school was running out of gymnasium. The name of the place was Sundspärlan which is in a nice park.

We did not have much of shade even if it was in a park. Of course were we was waiting not many trees were around.

Later we drove down to Råå Marina for lunch my parents and I. Was nice to take a stroll down there as well after lunch and cool down a little.

Then back downtown for me to make me ready for the evenings event at my sisters place. On my way to the hotel I arrived in the middle of the parade for all students as is common in Sweden.

Back to the hotel and the second shower of the day changing of cloth again. Good that I had two sets of shirts with such a heat.

At 6 pm  I was picked up once more for the ride to my sister and husband for a nice dinner. Here I meet my  own kids as we who came in from Gothenburg for this event. It was wonderful to meet everyone and we had a great and funny evening. The food we shouldn’t forget which was outstanding and made by my sister and her husband.

We where going on until close to midnight before it was time to head back to the hotel again.

Thursday morning at 10 am my home journey started with a short walk down to the ferry. Blue sky and 26-28°C which fitted perfectly to the Swedish national day.

When arriving home Diana was picking me up at Frauenfeld train station which was covered with clouds and a temperature of 17°C.

 

 

Passport challenges at renewal

.My passport was on its way to expire and as it nowadays is mandatory to book a time for renewal of the passport. I thought that I will book a time really good in advance this time. 

What a surprise I had when I realised that it was 4 month waiting time at the Embassy in Bern, Switzerland where I do my passport !!!! 

I didn’t had a clue that there lived so many people in Switzerland. 

Anyhow I come with the smart idea to do it in Sweden as I will be in Helsingborg between the 4th -to6th of June.

Went to the platform where you shall book your time …. and … As well fully booked for the next 3 month in the complete southern Sweden!!! Seems like everyone needs a new passport in Sweden.

Anyhow I thought why not call the Embassy and ask if there might be an error in their booking system. 

The person answered at the Embassy did confirm that they where fully booked and she asked if I shouldn’t travel to Sweden soon and could do it there?  I explained that I had already checked that out but no chance (fully booked). 

Then she asked if I shouldn’t travel to some other country and be close to a Swedish Embassy…  I had to say NO on that suggestion as well. Last she asked if I would travel much for the next months. If there was no chance to wait with a new passport. I had to tell her that I cannot wait either.

Then she gave me the email address direct to responsible person for passports at the Embassy in Bern and told me to explain that I am travel a lot and need my passport and if could help me. 

This I did plus informed here of my next 3 trips which I had booked in plus asked if she could squeeze me in somewhere.

The day-after she answered and told me that I could come when the Embassy was closed for lunch. This I accepted and confirmed direct. I was impressed that the Embassy was so flexible and helpful.

I got my time and the information that I must fill in a document which state that I am Swedish citizen. Thought it strange though I have a Swedish passport already. 

But anyhow that done all other papers filled in. Off I went to the Embassy in Bern and did my passport.

In the end everything went good. Now I am waiting to picking it up at the Swedish consulate in Zurich.

Trip to Mariehamn Åland

Mariehamn, Åland island

I arrived home from Mariehamn late last night where I have been for an exhibition.

Normally it’s not me who’s going on the exhibition’s. But as  they speak Swedish on Åland and I have  some old contacts as well old class mates from university (Marine academy in Gothenburg) who came. It was not much of a choice and an easy decision to go. 

If you attend this kind of exhibition the connections and speaking Swedish is more or less mandatory.

Not because they don’t speak English there. It is more that it’s a more relaxed exhibition than normally, here you chat with everyone “more as friends” even if it is only to say hi. 

As Åland is and Island country it is not that easy to come in and be accepted. But when you are accepted  you have more or less friends or partners for life.

As there are two of us in the company who speaks Swedish (Kristoffer who are sales and Finish citizen and myself a Swedish citizen) It was we who would go. 

Kristoffer know heaps of people in that area as well. All from ship-owners, suppliers and even politicians in the Finish government. We had a really good, interesting and fun time to talk to everyone. 

At the same time we could meet and talk to new people and get new contacts from within the marine business/industry.

The trip/journey in itself makes the visit a must and one of the most beautiful voyages you can do with ship.

I can just recommend to make this wonderful journey between Stockholm to Mariehamn. 

I add some pictures from the voyage / trip to Mariehamn.

My skiing holiday in Austria .

This holiday was unplanned.

When Lasse, a childhood friend called and told me, that he and his son William had rented a house for a week near Zell am See, Austria and asked if I wanted to join. Space was no problem at all. WHY NOT. I did not have to think it over for long.

I had been away on work for a while in USA so no one at work protested. Diana new that I love skiing and that it was 4 years since last time we had our skiing week. So for her was it OK too.

Anyway it was quite some drive there, as I am used to ski in Switzerland where I have maximum 2 hours of drive it was quite boring to drive for 6 hours. Specially when you’re alone in the car.

But I had a clear blue sky during the hole trip which made it OK to drive and when arriving it was super great to meet Lasse and Wille at the house.

They told me that they had arrived just some minutes before me so when I arrived we emptied our cars and went to the closest shop to by some necessary food.

Then back and enjoyed our evening and discussing where to go tomorrow. Lasse had been there before skiing in Kaprun and suggested that we start in those slopes.

The next morning we aimed for Kaprun and after a while we found it and bought lift card and headed up in the gondol-lift.

What a day with blue sky and +5°C, the sun did not soften the snow to much either so we had a great skiing. After a while Lasse told us that we where in another lift system that he wanted.

Not at that high altitude (only 1600 meter). But as the slopes was good and we enjoyed we decided to go for the correct system the day after.

In the evening when we made ourselves a nice diner and around 21:00 we where all ten and out so we headed for the bed.

Next day we had an early rise and was at the correct place to ski at 8:30 in the morning.

It was quite some difference to ski up on over 3000 meter. The snow was a lot different, much softer and still a hard nice slope below it.

A wonderful day we had and again with a blue sky but today the temperature was +14°C down in the valley. So at lunch sitting in the sun and enjoy was fantastic.

The week went on like this and we had blue sky and +12 to 16°C during the day with cold morning with about -2°C. So for use was it skiing until 12:00 then lunch and after that we took it easier and enjoyed the weather at a sunny restaurant or apero ski bar.

I took a few pics during the stay but it is hard to catch the beauty nature and views on a camera.

Anyway I hope you can imaging it with these pictures.

Video Presentation of Luna Azzurra & Marina Di Loano

On our last visit in Loano, over Christmas and New Year, I’ve made a movie about the marina and our yacht.

We thought it might be helpful, if one can see how everything looks like when entering the marina. How it works with the card to open the barrier, the short drive to the boats and where you can park to unload your car (in the “tunnel”, beside the recycling station).

Afterwards you’ll leave the marina area the same way as you came in and park your car. You can choose either the big parking ground beside the marina office, or the underground car park – whatever you like (either are possible).

The movie about Luna Azzurra became a bit wobbly, sorry for that. Nevertheless, it might give you an impression how everything looks like when you’re on board.

Another movie shows how close the facilities with showers and toilets are from Luna Azzurra. Plus how they look like – very clean indeed!

We believe presenting Luna Azzurra and her surrounding like this give one a much better idea, than just photos. Don’t you think?

Texas the Lone Star State

I am right now in West Texas for work. Must say this parts of Texas have its beautiful side and its hmmm not ugly but boring side. 

We where told to stay at a hotel in Midland/Odessa which should be the closest place to live during this time. 

When I was still waiting waiting in Toronto for my flight down to Houston I was informed that this was not the correct hotel. Midland/Odessa was about 2.5 hours drive from where I should work (5 hours rive a day is a little much. 

We had to start searching hotel at once, with help from our US company this was solved….. We still had to take the 2.5 hours drive for two more days. In the end the closest hotel was hmmmm only an hour away (60 miles)…. Not to bad. The name of the town is Fort Stockton.

This part of Texas is quite depressing when you drive through some towns. most of the houses have not received any maintenance the last 40 years it seems.

  

The nature or view is quite boring, just low trees/bushes… On the other side you can drive for almost an hour without seeing any house, That I love.

Together with colleaguesI did some sightseeing when we had a Sunday off. 

After a late breakfast we left around 10:30 and headed west to an old cavalry fort. Town name is Fort Davis. This town is up in the mountains. To come there gives you a wonderful drive through valleys and up and down some nice hilly surrounding.

We would like to visit the museum but as it was closed due to the budget between the president and the government.

Here some info about Fort Davis:

Established in 1854 and serving the Texas frontier until 1891, provided a strategic factor in the defense system of the American Southwest. The Fort’s garrison protected settlers, mail coaches, wagon trains, and travelers enduring the San Antonio-El Paso road, and, until 1861, soldiers stayed busy driving Comanche, Kiowa, and Apaches from the region.

The Fort’s location, at the mouth of a box canyon on the eastern side of the Davis Mountains, provided a suitable advantage for fending off attacks, mustering troops, and staging defenses. Abandoned for a period after the Civil War, the Fort’s primitive structures had little to offer the Ninth U.S. Cavalry who arrived in 1867 to reoccupy the post. In two short years, however, permanent quarters, barracks, a guardhouse, and storehouses were raised and by the end of the 1880s Fort Davis harboured more than 100 structures and quartered more than 400 soldiers, including the famed Buffalo Soldiers.

  

After Fort Davis we drove to a town named Alpine which should be nice and …..

Yes it was but when we where there no one of us knew/remembered what we should look at. The town had a huge university though and it looked really beautiful.

After this we headed for Marfa which are famous for the light play which occurs on clear nights. As for today no one can explain this phenomena.

   

Here some info about the Marfa Light:

Referring to the Marfa Lights View Park east of Marfa, James Bunnell states. “you might just see mysterious orbs of light suddenly appear above desert foliage. These balls of light may remain stationary as they pulse on and off with intensity varying from dim to almost blinding brilliance. Then again, these ghostly lights may dart across the desert…or perform splits and mergers. Light colors are usually yellow-orange but other hues, including green, blue and red are also seen. Marfa Mystery Lights usually fly above desert vegetation but below background mesas.

Then we went to the McDonald Observatory Center which is close to Fort Davis up in the mountains. On our way there we even got stopped by the police due to speeding (I was not the one driving) It was a Georgia guy.  Anyway the drive up there was beautiful and the view when arriving was nice but it was quite cold and everything was closed so we could not go in for a guided tour.

After this we all was tired and went back to our hotel for a 2 hours brake before dinner. It was a wonderful day and it is nice to drive around and see the nature in West Texas.

Keeping a Promise

No, we didn’t forget our promise, to show you a movie from our Sardinia holidays in September.

Although I’ve been travelling the last two weeks and hardly had time to spend some time with our Freja-theCAT site, I finally got around and put together a movie! (Well, Diana was pushing me….)

Some episodes are of course from M&M’s who spent the two weeks with us. The cute gecko for example, which she filmed with her mobile, after a lovely dinner in a restaurant in Santa Maria Navarrese. Gorgeous, thanks again Michi!

I was lucky enough to catch a little ray with my underwater camera – hopefully it’s visible on the movie. I’ve still to learn a lot apparently, but it’s coming slowly.

We can’t wait to do some more movies – especially under water ones….unfortunately, it’ll have to wait until next year. Filming the bathtub might be a bit too boring…. J

Please enjoy the pictures!

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