Weekly Photo Challenge: Beginning


Every ship voyage begins at check-in:


Check in ‘counter’ at Viking Line terminal Helsinki

My interpretation of Beginning for this weeks photographic challenge. Here we sit waiting for our turn to check-in. Destination Stockholm & Perry 😉 I actually took this photo for the tail-lights of the car in front. I like the way they climb up the body of the car.

Six Word Saturday: 27.4.2013


Norwegian Breakaway. Wish you were here!

A new start? or Relaunch!

It’s been a while. One whole month give or take a day. Since my last contribution I’ve hopped, skipped and jumped from Helsinki to Hamburg to Bremerhaven to Ponta Delgado to find myself in New York with just enough time for lunch and then off to the airport, arriving in Helsinki in time to go straight to work.

I’m talking a leaf out of El Guapo’s book and adding a music link for each day. Hence the relaunch title. Today I have two songs in mind (lucky you!!!) – the first pertains to my long absence, silence and subsequent return to blogging and is none other than eminem’s Without Me with the extremely catchy ‘guess who’s back’ chorus line. The other musical contribution has been a favourite for longer than I’m able to remember: Goddess on a hiway by  Mercury Rev. This song springs to mind EVERY time I have to drive for any length of time… Today’s drive was close on 400 k’s round trip for a handover meeting. Long day, although the end result was well worth it. The music will hopefully shed some light on how my day (week) has been going…

By the way, I have approximately 10 pages of text to edit and upload from our trip. Not to mention a heap of un-catalogued pictures. THEN I have twenty pages of business plan to edit and upload into the Business Plan … and a couple of related blog entries for my other blog. There’ll be plenty of reading to come in the next few days..

While I contemplate my new countdown and being the boss, I’m also going to point you in the direction of my Pinterest page. Wow, that site is just wonderful. I’ve managed to add and rename a heap of boards and add lots of pins. So much fun! So addictive.

See you soon!

Hello readers!

My very first post!

Earlier I was thinking to post a few posts privately, just to get the hang of this blogging business. Now, after Christmas party # 2 and plenty of good food and wine, I’m thinking along the lines of Nike. You know. JUST DO IT!

So, if you are able to read this later in the day, you’ll know my hesitancy was blown out of the water so to speak.

It’s December 8th, 2011 and we are in the middle of the Christmas party season. From now until the 24th, it is for many people, a never-ending round of party,  work, party, work, party, work, and maybe some sleep thrown in! The most famous and feared of all is the WORK christmas party. It’s a bit like Vegas, what happens at pikkujoulu* stays at pikkujoulu. If you’re unlucky your employer will only settle for dinner and drinks somewhere, while luckier ones might get treated to a show, comedian, magician or if you are really lucky… you’ll get a cruise to a foreign country. To anyone who live outside the Baltic, that sounds extremely exotic. Those of us that live here know that the truth translates to a cruise to either Tallinn in Estonia, or Stockholm Sweden. Pretty routine really.


* Pikkujoulu quite literally translates to ‘little christmas’. There is generally not very much ‘little’ about it, and often the consequences of consuming large amounts of alcohol lead to some embarrassing moments. Hence the habit of holding work Christmas parties on Friday nights to allow the concerned parties some time to recover before facing their work colleagues again.