We wish you all a very HAPPY EASTER WEEKEND!
….and don’t eat too much chocolate ?
Apr 14 2017
Mar 17 2017
Lately, Patrik raved about the idea to own a new camera!
One, we could take with us to Sardinia!
One, to document our vacation – not only with pictures, but also with short movies!
One, not too big!
One, which even is waterproof!
Well, of course, he wouldn’t purchase four cameras, so he actually found the perfect one, which fulfilled his ideas and he simply couldn’t resist buying it.
It’s a GoPro HERO4 Silver
When I first saw it, I was a bit skeptical, that such a tiny camera should be able to satisfy our demands – I mean, we are talking here the size of just under a cigarette packet!
But, look at the pictures Patrik has made…amazing! Even though he is still learning and testing what it can do.
He mounted it on the rooftop in order to document the fantastic sunrises and sunsets! And he made some movies too…..He even tried it out under water, when we went for a walk last Sunday!
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So, in summary, I believe we will have a lot of fun with this tiny camera. Be ready for some cool pics and movies!
Mar 10 2017
“Life is like a box of chocolates…….” well, who wouldn’t know this legendary sentence?
Once again it proved to be true and, sadly, not in a very charming way.
In November 2016, my boss informed me that my current position will be eliminated.
That was so unexpected and took me totally by surprise. I was devastated, so it took me quite a while to digest the bad news.
Meanwhile, I received the notice with a cancellation period of three month. They really mean it!
Of course I started looking for a new job immediately after I got the message, but apparently – for the job market – I’m slightly too old. You have to be twenty-five, with 20 years working experience and under no circumstances have some salary expectations…tricky, tricky….
Well, well, instead of being disheartened, I now see this new situation as an opportunity to get a step closer to Patrik’s and my dream, called “Freja theCAT”.
Could it be fate?
Of course, we don’t want to rush things without proper planning and we surely don’t want to jump out of the frying pan into the fire.
crazy exciting “sailing idea” popped up in our heads, we have gathered loads of information, read books and blogs, did our sailing training (and still do) and thought about all kind of necessary (and unnecessary) details. But most of all, we never had any doubt about our dream.
So, right now we fancy the idea moving to Malta.
Why Malta? Well, we have been there several times on vacation and fell totally in love with these islands and its people. Then, the language there is English – very practical – , the climate of course and it’s not too far away from Switzerland and Sweden. Which makes it easier to keep in touch with friends and family.
At the moment we are collecting all kind of information about Malta, such as job opportunities, tax system, health insurance, real estate possibilities – it has to be cat friendly of course – and a lot more.
But our next step is to get a rating of our house, after that we know more and can plan further….
Life is exciting, isn’t it? Is that maybe our chance to quit the rat race and finally follow our dream?
Hopefully it is ??
Mar 03 2017
We realised that we have quite a few unpublished recipes, which we would like to share with you.
It takes a good amount of time, to write down all recipes plus get everything ready, including pictures,
We decided to do a recipe post this week.
The result is pretty satisfying, We must say……
We hope you like it too and maybe try one or two of our cooking inspirations!
You’ll find them in detail under the tag “Frejas Galley”, among other recipes, of course.
Be creative and enjoy – bye for now!
Feb 17 2017
Patrik and I realised that we actually need a bit of equipment, when we go sailing in May.
At least some basic stuff.
Amongst other things (such as sailing ), we have learned in Malta, how important it is to have a functional jacket (called “tarpaulin” – stands for pants and jacket). Even when the temperatures are around 25 degrees C or more and the sun is shining, when sailing and getting wet, you quickly start freezing and it’s nice to have a warm water- and wind-tight jacket you can slip into.
Also, a pair of polarizing sunglasses are very important (as I painfully learned) and of course a proper hat (my fake straw hat was torn to shreds after three days…), or some other useful sunprotection for your head.
We even thought about buying our own life vests. I mean then you know at least, in which condition this lifesaving piece is in. Maybe not all charter companies service theirs as they are supposed to (just guessing…).
So, after searching the internet we discovered a trustworthy boat-accessories shop in Switzerland,
which apparently sells all the necessary (and maybe not so necessary, but nice to have) stuff you need on and around a boat. And it was true: From A as an anchor to Z as a zinc anode, one would find everything there …..
The good thing is, a lot of their products are on sale right now. Therefore, we decided to have a look there on Wednesday afternoon and almost couldn’t wait until the day finally arrived!
It was a wonderful and sunny day and it took us about an hour to get there and – Boy! – were we surprised when we walked in: A grand shop with about everything you can wish for…. awesome!
….erm….no, it was not! Except of all kind of clothes and shoes They sell books, maps, all kind of galley equipment, ropes, fenders, tools ….. and of course a lot of lovely deco stuff.
Nevertheless, in the end we’ve found what what we were hoping for!
We even tried on different kind of life vests, but didn’t buy one. The by the way, very kind sales assistant told us. That on charter boats, the safety gear is good maintained. She wouldn’t worry about that. OK then!
But to my own surprise, I bought a pair of sailing pants! It was such a bargain, I couldn’t say “no”. Plus – since I’m a bit superstitious – I believe that HAVING such an item with me, it won’t rain in Sardinia in May. But if I don’t, it surely will be pouring and I would regret, not having bought them, when I had the chance….know what I mean?!
Well, it truly was an exciting week…with Wednesday as its highlight!
We wish you all a wonderful weekend
Jan 27 2017
Well, since Patrik and I did the RYA Day Skipper Tidal course last year. The next logical step is, to charter our own yacht, right?! We are talking about bareboat! Of course we need to practice what we’ve learned so far. We also want to proof to ourselves that we are able to handle a sailing boat – and each other on it.
No doubt about the type of vessel: It has to be a catamaran, in order to finally find out, what a multihull feels like.
So, the first task was to find an area we both like, not too far away from Switzerland, ideally reachable by car. We prefer low season, sunny and hopefully (already or still) reasonably warm weather, with only a modicum of tourists. The Mediterranean around Italy seems perfect, with its beautiful and many islands. Malta is unfortunately too far away to reach by car….
We soon settled for Sardinia, one week by the end of May, since friends of us travel there often and we, therefore, saw many spectacular photos of this isle. Plus it has been on our travel-bucket list for a while.
The good thing with Sardinia is, we can travel by car to either Genova or Livorno and take the ferry from there. Taking the car means, we can take our own bedding with us, plus towels, kitchen-stuff (we actually have a complete camping set, with dishes, glasses and pots) an even some food in the cool box – mainly vegetarian specialties, such as seitan- and/or soy-“meat”, which could be tricky to get in Italy.
Of course, charter boats do provide bedding, towels and kitchen gear, but a) often you have to pay extra for that and b) how clean is is? Yes, I admit, I’m a bit fussy when it comes to “that”. But hey, rather being like that that otherwise!
Anyway, back to searching a charter company, which offers catamarans on Sardinia. Sure enough, we found a choice of companies with suitable yachts – Leopard 384 was our N°. One, or a Lagoon 400 S2. The prices varied roughly between CHF 3’000.- and CHF 4’000.- per week, and each had different “T&C”. Then, there was the jungle about security deposits….
We started contacting the most promising ones (about four or five). First by asking a couple of questions through their chat-service on their websites, then by requesting an offer. Most of all we wanted to make sure, that our RYA certs were valid in Italy for bareboat charter, and – as we would have our car with us – if there was a car park available near the marina.
Soon it became apparent that it was very difficult for some companies to read our emails properly….Some answered not at all to our questions, but sent a copy/paste email back, others sent a 3-page offer with their whole fleet – including the ones, available skippered only *sigh*. Then, we also realized that many of these “Sailing Specialists” could hardly understand English (although one can choose from several communication languages – English was one of them), and Patrik and I doubted soon, if some of them knew what a vessel actually IS. To put it mildly, it was a bit frustrating with some of them.
I think it took over a week until we finally had the necessary answers from two charter companies. We settled eventually for the one. Who offered a Leopard 384 for the right price and service (the other one had a nice Lagoon 400 S2, also for an acceptable amount, but since we love kitties…. =^.^=….).
So, right now, the 50% down payment has been done. So we can concentrate on finding an attractive ferry connection to Sardinia. There you could also get a few surprises, if you don’t read and understand the small print.
I am a bit nervous, I have to confess, but Patrik is so certain and confident. He takes my little doubts away in a whoosh and reassures me that we will take it easy. Just have fun and practice and improve our gained skills.
At the moment he is preparing for the RYA SRC/VHF radio certificate. He is doing that online again – as he did the RYA Day Skipper Tidal theoretical course. For the exam he will have to travel to Constance (just over the border, in Germany, about 30-40 minutes from us) – which will be in March 2017.
It seems we will be well prepared and ready until May – Sardinia, we are coooooomin’ !!
Jan 22 2017
Hi everyone as promised by Odin that some pictures should come from my birthday (Or Birthday weekend). Here they come.
We had a really fun and lovely Friday evening which started with an Aperitif home Michaela & Michael came for a quick toast before we I went down to Restaurant Frohsinn in our village to eat.
At the restaurant we had a lovely dinner. Veggie for Diana and wonderful Ementaler brochette for the rest of us. A Valpolicella Ripasso was served to the dinner.
After the dinner we went home to us again and finished up with a nice Grappa.
The evening after we were invited to Claudia, Mariano & Lara for dinner.
The cheese fondue and a lovely dessert. Made that everyone 25+ hade to take a little power nap.
It have been a most wonderful weekend to become 50 with these lovely friends.
Thank you everyone.