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Weekend in Tucson, Arizona

As you all might understand of the title I am still in Tucson.

The first week working went just fine and we came as long as we planned in.

As we where ready as far as we could get already before Saturday lunch we went to our hotel made ourselves ready. Then we drove to a subway for some lunch. After lunch we decided to drive out to the air and space museum. So Saturday afternoon was a time to be a tourist and as we are in Tucson we thought why not go seeing the famous aviation museum Pima Air & Space Museum.

After the subway lunch we drove out direct, around 13:00 we where in the museum. It was really a impressive and huge museum with all kind of planes from the start of the aviation era until recently.

There was all kind of private and planes plus most type of war planes and helicopters.

In the en we where really tired after walking around on the ground, it took us 4 hours to pass trough most but still we did miss a lot, as for example the space part of the museum.

On the Sunday we decided to drive up in the mountains which surround Tucson and have a look at the views and the terrain with all the cactuses which grows in Arizona. It was quite impressive to see thes tall cactuses who are several meters high. We where back at the hotel again around 16:00 again and relaxed until diner.

After the Sunday the rest of the crew who should help with our work here arrived.

 

A trip to Tucson, Arizona USA.

I am right now in Tucson Arizona and it is nice to be here, but the organisation to be able to do so was a really hard work.

We have a customer who have asked us to visit since 3 month, but with the corona crisis around the world it is not that simple. Specially as I live in a country that’s on the US list. To enter USA you will need to stay in quarantine for 14 days.

My colleague and I came up with a quick idea to do so.

That was that we travel to Barbados and stay there for 14 days. Perfect as from Barbados to USA no quarantine would be needed… Who would not like to sit in quarantine on Barbados? I wouldn’t mind if I say so.

As we have home office we would be able to work as normal. So no problem there either.

Anyhow our management saw a big problem with this because, how to explain to the upper management why we are sitting on Barbados for 2 weeks!! 

As they did not like to explain this. They contacted a US emigration layer for suggestions instead (wonder what that costed). The emigration layer come up with the idea that we could visit under the National Interest Exemption regulations.

Letters had to be written to explaining why. This took sometime as you can imagine. When we had everything ready it was sent to the US Embassy including copy of passport, visa etc.

Came back was 10 questions which would need some easy and some difficulty answers

Then came the info that I needed to send a copy of birth certificate and passport.

OK next problem to get hold of a new birth certificate I needed to contact Swedish authorities.

When it finally arrived, I send it to the US embassy. A day later I hade an OK and could travel..

Then came the next hurdle. I needed a Covid-19 PCR test…hmmmm. I though that would be easy, As wrong I was. The problem is that the test must be less than 72 hours when arriving USA.

I learned that most laboratory’s was so occupied that I should count 72 hours before I could receive the result. It was only to call around asking. Finally I found a test center who told me, they could ask the laboratory to do it as express, but without promises.

I booked a time with this info and in the end I had my answers after 24 hours. I was negative which was positive. The day after I received my result, off I went.

The flight from Zurich to San Francisco went perfect and on a plane with space of 300+ passengers we where max 30 persons, more or less everyone had its on toilet.

When arriving emigration in San Francisco I was a little worried, would they as well accepted all paperwork. The result was good and I have never before been able to come through emigration quicker (it took maximum 5 minutes then I was out).

On to next plane and in Tucson my colleague from the Netherland was already waiting.

We said hello quick and went to pick up our rental car, then drove to our hotel.

In the end it was a 27 hour trip which was over. tired as we were we had a beer and then it was time from bed.

Woody Plans

At the moment Patrik and I are trying to find a carpenter (one with reasonable prices…).

Our plan is to remove this bench from Luna Azzurra’s salon and replace it with a sideboard.

The lower part of the bench will be kept, though. The idea is that the new furniture will simply be fitted over the existing part. That way it will have a solid plinth, plus we won’t have to think about ugly marks on the flooring.

Last time we were on board, we measured everything and did a draft.

It will be a rather simple cabinet, with two doors towards the galley part. The counter top will have a small rim, so we can safely place something there, a coffee machine for example.

The inside will be equipped with two to three shelfs.

In case we won’t find a carpenter, Patrik will have to build it (luckily he’s a proper handyman 😉). Another challenge is of course, to get hold of the correct type of wood. It must be suitable for the marine air and stand a certain amount of humidity.

The classic type is teak or mahogany. But  I refuse to buy tropical woods, for obvious reasons.

So, we already learned that oak, beech, ash, cherry, birch, walnut and maple are suitable. I would like cherry I think, since it would fit nicely with the rest of the wood in the salon, with its reddish colour.

Cedar would be a very good choice, since it is quite resistant against fungal decay. It’s pretty costly though….

Well, beside other things we’ll be occupied, finding a solution for this project! Doesn’t get boring, that’s for sure 😊

And, hey, I almost forgot: It’s my birthday today! So, let’s open a bottle of prosecco – CHEERS!   🥂

 

Interview with a Virus

Although we all have more than enough of this virus, I thought of doing something different and did an imaginary interview with COVID-19.

This is what came out:

D: Good afternoon and thank you for your time. What should I call you, COVID-19 or CORONA?

C: My pleasure! Well, I simply prefer COVID, otherwise you get the impression that I could be a yellowish drink, in which you might even stuff a slice of lime….*shudder*

D: …. um… but that really exists….

C: Oh really…? Well, anyway, I’m not a drink.

D: Indeed, we have all noticed that much by now. And you are not exactly pretty either. How did you get that look?

C: Ehh… Hello?! Excuse me!

D: Anyway, back to our interview: Where do you come from? Are you even from this earth?

C: I definitely am. But to be honest, I don’t know exactly how I came into being. *plop* and here I was and did not know exactly what I should do now….

So, I just bumped around for a while and had a look at the nearer surroundings. Finally I decided to explore your whole planet.

D: You’ve done quite a lot of mischief, and in a very short time….

C: Well, that was an unfortunate side effect…no idea what happened there.

However, in my wildest dreams I could not imagine how fast I would travel! Swish, and off we went!!! Unbelievable, in just a few months I already made my way around the world several times and experienced a lot!

So I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all!

D: Why thank us? What do you mean?

C: I soon found out that in order to travel I need you people.

Well, and look how many of you there are and at what pace you guys travel around the world. It was child’s play for me to get around in the shortest possible time.

To explore, visit the most remote places and of course get to know you people. You have really made it very easy for me! *chuckle*

D: I am speechless…. Are you saying that we are ourselves to blame for the current situation?

C: I leave this question open. Besides, I have no answer anyway, sorry!

D: And how much longer are you planning to stay?

C: Frankly, I’m getting slightly bored here…. *yawn*

At least your imaginative ideas about how you could protect yourself used to amuse me. Or the more or less original masks you put on. But now…. Oh, I don’t know…

D: Then we can only hope that your boredom will soon be unbearable!

C: Haha, well, how do you say it? Hope dies last….

D: And fortunately we still have plenty of that! In spite of everything I thank you for this interview. Hopefully it was the last one!

C: Good for you guys, and you’re welcome, you’re welcome!

Right, now I’m going to test this yellowish drink with the lime slice… Where did you say one could get something like that……………..?

 

 

Purrs !

Furiends, it’s been a while but now it was my turn again to act as creative writer!

How did you cope during these C-word…-times? It seems it won’t be over soon – far from it!

Well, as for me, luckily it doesn’t affect me really. I still do my naps, get my beloved goodies and have my mum and dad around. Especially my dad, since he is working from home on Mondays and Fridays.

Apparently, it will be more often soon. I heard that he’ll have to drive to the company once a week only.

Suits me, it means I’ll get more goodies if I behave correctly (e.g. rub up against his legs as soon as he gets up)!

What else? Ah, have you seen that my house has a new colour? It looks awesome, doesn’t it? It was me of course, who had the final say!

So, and this weekend I’m all by my own! Mum and dad left yesterday afternoon to meet some friends in the Vosges, a mountain range in France. As far as I know they will be on a camping-site and go for walks…..

Booooring! I’m more than happy to be at home and have some peace and quiet! Plus I have the whole house for myself!

OK, grandma and grandpa are coming this afternoon to check on me and fill up my food and water bowls. AAAAND to spoil me with some goodies (hopefully they won’t forget this very important part)!

Otherwise I most likely will go outside every now and then, to check there is no invader in my garden!

Tomorrow my mum and dad will come home again! Of course I look forward, but “psssssst”, that’s our secret……….

You’re wondering why? Why the whole weekend plan is crossed over? Weeeeell, let me explain:

My dad felt apparently some sort of snuffles on Friday morning…but was it really that, or the C-word?? So he called my mum at work to let her know.

Simultaneously, at her work, the boyfriend of a colleage was tested positive on Thursday. So of course she stayed at home, feeling quite sick. She was booked for a corona test the same day. The result will be available on Monday.

Anyway, my mum and dad decided very spontaneously (and with a heavy heart) to cancel their trip to the Vosges. The risk to infect their friends was simply too high!

Sooo….. there goes my fabolous plan *sigh* 

On the other paw, I hope my dad “just” caught a simple cold! Claws are crossed  =^.^=

So long, my dear furiends!

 

Summer Summary

It’s October and we are amazed how quick this crazy year went so far….. despite Covid-19 and its consequences!

What had sneaked its way quietly and slowly into our lives, suddenly became a massive worldwide pandemic. No-one expected it would last that long! And to this day, scientists are still trying to find the source of it and how to get rid of it again.

What’s the best method to fight it? Sweden had its own way, whereas other countries did the opposite and yet others panicked. And yet, to this day no-one knows which strategy is successful – if ever one exists!

My personal opinion is that we must learn to live with Corona. I believe in nature law and its logical way, that only the strongest survive! And we humans belong to the nature even if it’s not that obvious sometimes! It’s hard of course, especially if you loose a loved one due to this pandemic…. But what’s the alternative?

The future will answer questions and maybe show us a way…

However, I don’t want to write too much about this unpleasant topic! There are still plenty of positive things not to be forgotten, such as the past summer and our time with Luna Azzurra!

As many know, Patrik and I were more than ready to travel to Italy, when it finally was allowed!

That was from 09th  – 12th July and our friends Pascale and Lynn from Luxembourg joined us! We’ve had a fantastic time together, despite Corona and mandatory face masks. After all, we didn’t need a hotel or restaurants, since we could “isolate” ourselves on Luna Azzurra!

The weather was on our side and we enjoyed swimming and anchoring in Punta Crena! Although we only had a few days, it gave a lot and it was fun spending time together!

We even fished an abandoned air mattress out of the water! It was still intact, but disgustingly filthy. It probably was floating around for quite a while. Back at the marina in Loano we happily destroyed and disposed of it! A little bit less pollution in the oceans! (Sadly we have no pictures, we were so occupied to get the damn thing on board!!)

After these days we looked even more forward to our big holidays of course, which were planned for week 33-34. We had a few worries though, if travelling to Italy would still be possible, without ten days quarantine afterwards. Or what would we do, if Italy suddenly was on the “risk list” again, while we were there?

Luckily, our concerns were needless and we enjoyed every single day on Luna Azzurra!

The first few days, my brother André and his two teenage daughters Michèlle and Jacqueline joined us! Again, the weather Gods were on our side and we sailed twice to Punta Crena, once we even stayed overnight! We went swimming, ate splendidly and had a glass of wine or two (or the odd beer for the boys 😉)!

Afterwards, my brother and the girls travelled a bit further in order to spend the following days in a hotel at the beach!

Patrik and I also left the marina and sailed towards France, visiting San Remo, enjoyed anchoring and swimming and lived in the “dolce far niente” mode.

While paddling around on my board I collected all kind of rubbish – amazing how much I got together within a very short time! We even found “Spiderman” (a huge balloon, incl. its string) and were able to get it on board (to be destroyed afterwards).

I know it’s a drop in the bucket, but every piece of plastic less in the oceans is a good thing!

After San Remo we sailed back to Loano, spent two days there, due to uncertain weather conditions. We then went towards Genoa, spent one or more days at the same anchor spot and just enjoyed to travel without hurry.

We came to Varazze and after a couple of days there we returned to Loano. The weather was about to change again and neither of us wanted to experience a stormy journey back.

The decision was paid off by seeing whales (probably pilot whales)! Although, they were quite far away, the magic of this unique experience was incredible!

As everything, also our vacation came to an end and on the 26th of August we were ready for our six hours journey home! Well, ready and ready….not in our minds naturally!

Since then we were busy with our work and doing the last few posts and movies! It was so much fun, experiencing our holidays again, clipping the films, putting them together, choosing the music and find the right words!

It’s Patrik who is responsible for the movies, he became a real expert, I must say 😊 I’m usually doing the long texts which I love a lot!

All right, that was our review of the summer 2020! An unusual one, but not only negative! Less travellers, less airplanes and almost none of the cruising ships left, means less pollution and I bet the environment says “Thank You”.

In my point of view it could stay like this! To close down a bit maybe helped some to catch one’s breath and perhaps was a chance to pause and find to oneself…… ?

It might even help to see a positive side of every misfortune, it possibly has a reason for happening!

 

 

It’s Movie Time – Part Four

Here comes the last movie from our this years sailing adventure!

We hope you enjoyed all parts, as much as we enjoyed doing them

Cheers  & take care 🙂

 

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