Monday Motorway Music™, October 16 – Things That Happen While Travelling

All that traveling is getting seriously in the way of both writing and keeping track of what happens where… 😉

The picture above represents an oddity of sorts – the base is a pretty regular self-print TGV train ticket. The scribblings? Done by a friendly SNCF customer service guy at the counter at Gare Montparnasse and represents my changed ticket (after the morning train thing went haywire – don’t ask!)

And it worked flawlessy – conductors and trains and buses (again, don’t ask…) saw it, nodded and smiled. In this modern world of computers…

Writing this in the lounge in CPH – but I did have me some motorway driving this morning!

Let’s Dance – Chris Rea
All That She Wants – Ace of Base
Rette Mich – Nena
Cool Jerk – The Go-Go’s

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Monday Motorway Music™, October 9 – Art On A Wall

Ended up last week with an extra evening to spare in Paris – long story… But even if, with the amount of travel scheduled, an extra night away wasn’t high on my wishlist, Paris isn’t really the worst place to get stuck!

And I even got a room upgrade at the hotel for my being Danish with a South European side – and my, according to the friendly guy behind the counter, excellent French <blush>

After dumping my stuff in the indeed very cosy 6th floor room, I went out for a beer (needed after the day!) and some food. None of which is a challenge on the left bank, close to the Seine and next to Boulevard Saint Michel…

The beer got taken care of in a piano bar with some acceptable music. And these two paintings (above) – that intrigued me. There’s clearly a communication going on or about to – but then, the man and the woman are in different frames. What’s your take?

I like them!

The meal, then – sort of a circle closed. I learned most of my current French in Chambéry in the region of Savoie. And this evening I found myself a Savoyard meal – very classical one, indeed. Tartiflette. Basically potatoes, bacon, some onion and a little garlic and chives. And Reblochon cheese. Yum!

(One discussion of recipes can be found here)

A White from Savoie went well alongside it. And for dessert, I stayed very French and did Tarte Tatin. Altogether a very nice meal. And from there – back to sleep after a long and arduous day. Zzzzz!

Links 2, 3, 4 – Rammstein
Rock DJ – Robbie Williams
Hee I Go Again – Whitesnake
Born To Be Wild – Steppenwolf
Leader of the Pack – Shangra-Las
Highway Star – Deep Purple
Sledgehammer – Bachman Turner Overdrive

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Monday Motorway Music™, October 2 – Concerts and Travels

Actually, the past week was not spent travelling. Which in itself is something peculiar – at least when compared to the coming six weeks that will all feature a trip to somewhere. And back, hopefully 🙂

What was it spent on, then? Music – and preparing for travelling 😉

The photo above is from Saturday’s Diana Krall concert in the Opera in Copenhagen. A fantastic venue – the place is downright beautiful and the sound is perfect as far as I can tell. Which made it a real joy to listen to five so talented and technically excellent musicians.

Tomorrow we’ll change gears – the Rolling Stones in Copenhagen. That we’re going is due to the kids’ efforts – they suggested that we did and spent the time refreshing browsers over and over until they succeeded in getting tickets for the four of us 🙂

And in between all of this, I’ve been running around (well, not literally – I do not run!) and getting all sorts of travel documents set in motion. With the result that I am now the owner of two passports – for the very simple reason that logistics didn’t allow enough time for getting necessary visas and travelling according to plans without at some point being short of a passport when taking off. And that won’t do in this time and day.

 

My iPhone Wallet app for the last couple of months looks like the cavalcade of colours to the left here. I’ve just counted what’s coming – and in six weeks from now, this set will all be pushed down a full screen or more. The current estimate is 18 boarding passes to come – though one or two may not be electronic as that kind of thing won’t work in Russia (you can’t stamp them, you see…)

As to music, it’s predictably been all Diana Krall and the Rolling Stones lately. And that includes today’s drive in windy and rainy gloom. Welcome to October 😉

 

Diana Krall –
Quiet Nights
I don’t Know Enough About You
‘Deed I Do (a very up-tempo version opened the show on Saturday)
Temptation
A Case Of You

Rolling Stones –
Start Me Up (a good guess for an opener tomorrow??)
Beast uf Burden
Miss You
Under My Thumb
Paint It, Black
Brown Sugar

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The light in the night

A light shone at me the other night
It wasn’t strong and it wasn’t constant
Or … it could well have been

And I just saw it like you see a light through foliage

I was drawn to it
It wasn’t far to go to find it
And when I got there
I felt comfortable and at ease in its glow
Like I belonged there or had been there before
Or … found something I didn’t know was there

And then you came out of the light

What happened next was
As simple and expected
As it was quiet and calm and right

I am glad I did and said
What I did and said
It seemed to help
Or … maybe it was simply a timely bit of consolation

But then you smiled and there it was, the light

Just a calm moment
In two rivers of frantic lives that crossed
Leaving each of us to sail down each our own waterway
Just for one moment safer in our boats.

– – – –

I had quite a lot (in fact, way too much and more than expected) time on a flight tonight and here is this, inspired by a short exchange of words between two people I do believe respect each other.
(If you read anything more into it, you’re in your own boat down your own river.)

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Monday Airplane Music™, September 18 – On The Wings Once Again

OK, I am obviously not sitting one the wing itself. At 235 meters per second, I’d think it’d be tough to hold on for long 😉 But looking out from my 19A seat, it almost looks that way…

I touched on this also in August – this Monday does represent the beginning of a regular (read: busy) travel period. Probably 5, maybe 6 or 7 trips, between now and mid-December, including such interesting destinations as Moscow, Sao Paolo and Belfast and maybe also Casablanca and possibly Nairobi and if so, why not Kampala, too? (let’s see about that last one to Africa – the idea’s up but nothing’s been finalised yet).

Phew! But meanwhile, we’re getting there on this trip 🙂

2017-09-18 14_18_46-wifi.norwegian.com_flightmap_ – Google Chrome

And I know that I’ll be with lovely colleagues!

Gimme All Your Lovin’ – ZZ Top
The Way to Your Heart – Soulsister
Wake Me Up Before You GoGo – Wham!
(Shake, Shake, Shake) Shake Your Booty – KC & the Sunshine Band
Dancing In The Street – Matt Bianco

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Monday Motorway Music™, September 11 – Ambience

This is partly inspired by listening to Everything But The Girl’s “Missing” somewhat on repeat in the car – I had  few errands and the song didn’t quite finish on the short stretches between each, so it started over a few times. Not that I mind, I love the song. Not least because of its ambience…

Ambience – which is harder to say than to define – generally is something I value. Restaurants, for example – when I travel, I’d much rather have relatively good food and a brillian ambience in the place than something culinarily stellar but stiff or formal.

The images, I hope, show some ambience. They are from the Darband area in Tehran, Iran – described to us by one of our local colleagues as “in the foothill of the mountains”. Sure was hilly – and a very lively and colourful place. And – we even had good food!

 

(The sharper ones of you will re-find the image in my Instagram feed over there to the right –> 🙂 )

 

 

 

Missing – Everything But The Girl (doh!)
Blinded By The Light – Manfred Mann’s Earth Band
Mig & Charly – CV Jørgensen
Killing Me Softly – Fugees
Drop Dead Beautiful – Six Was Nine
Highway One – Sinne Eeg

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Monday Airplane Music™, September 4 – Flying High And Fine

Not so much motorway driving today. Well, yes – a bit on the way to the airport, but that was in a taxi and vewwy, vewwy early, so it didn’t really involve any music.

But to make up for that, here is a list of songs from seat 3C on OS873 en route VIE-IKA 🙂 And a picture that at least has a little flying critter in it.

We’re riding in style as Lufthansa / Austrian apparently has a service under the Miles and More programme where companies accrue some points. And when you then book an ordinary back-of-the-bus ticket as we have to do, a friendly lady from their account management programme suddenly sends an Email and asks if you want to use a rather tiny amount of the company’s sum of points to sit in business class.

Well, yes, don’t mind if I do 🙂

(Even if we’re not talking wide-body long-distance aircraft lie flat down luxury business class – but still, somewhat better leg space and at the very least a guaranteed empty middle seat in the 3:3 configuration of the Airbus A320 is nice. And the food service also was very appreciable!)

How Come You’re Not Here – P!nk
Heavy Metal Poisoning – Styx
Hallejujah (live) – Paramore
You Shook Me All Night Long – AC/DC
Night Life – Delta Cross Band
Don’t Stand So Close To Me – The Police
Road To Nowhere – Talking Heads

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Tuesday Motorway Music™, August 29 – IT Housekeeping Still Lurking

I did sit in front of the Mac yesterday. But instead of blogging, I was sweating (and swearing, to be honest) over finding a way to map a series of network drives from the new NAS to the Mac in a way to have my internet-based backup recognise them reproducibly, preferably in a way that was as inobtrusive as possible.

Didn’t quite work the way I wanted. I ended up mapping the drives in the most classical, ordinary way – which has Finder windows pop up for them at system start-up. But if I use my other methods, something subtle / under-the-hood stuff apparently changes and the backup lists the files as “missing” when I restart. Hrmpf.

And all that meant that I didn’t get anything written for the Monday. And further, as all that makes for very boring photos (if any), above is a soothing shot of Frigiliana (in Andalucia, Spain) by night. For my nerves as much as anything – and where I was holidaying instead of writing last week 🙂

Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benetar
Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
Dig og mig – Dieters Lieder
Cherry Bomb – Joan Jett & The Blackhearts

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Monday Motorway Music™, August 14 – Some Heavier IT Housekeeping

Yep, the old trustworthy NAS has been replaced with a new shiny one – and with the drop in HDD prices since I bought the first one, the amount of storage also has gone up. Considerably! So now, what used to take up most of the space I had only takes up around 20-25% of the new, roomy thingumyjig 🙂

And even if the new storage device also has a remarkably faster write speed than the old one did, it still takes a solid amount of time to copy over all the old stuff. And then to use some of the plentiful space to make backup copies of important stuff from my Mac.

So that’s how time is spent at the moment. Renewing the IT backbone of the house. But when it’s all done and polished and ready, we’re solidly into 2017 and major overhauls is a thing that can be considered checked off the list for quite some time!

Sådan nogen som os – Poul Krebs
Manic Monday – The Bangles
Rock Me – ABBA
Glemmer Du – Sinne Eeg
You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King
Jeg vil ha’ dig – TV-2
Twilight Birds – Gasolin’

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Monday Motorway Music™, August 7 – Back On The Chain Gang

Church somewhere in Central/slightly Western France

 

I’m sure I have used that headline before – it’s a little too obvious not to, innit? And it’s even a wee bit outdated as I – precisely as predicted on the 11th of last month – had plenty to do with staying awake in the beginning of last week as I was back at work but also battling a week’s worth of scarcity of sleep.

Hey, it’s not my fault that nice people make a good campfire and sit around it so that you end up hitting the sleeping bag at 1:30 am instead of sensibly before midnight, is it? 🙂

But SL2017 was a good camp and the team spirit and community feeling when you are on the upside of 37,000 scouts together is a thing to behold. Truly.

August will provide a bit of respite in terms of travelling – well, apart from another week’s vacation with the family – but I can already now read in the tea leaves that autumn will provide the quite usual amount of travel madness.

So far, the list of certainties and possibilities this side of Christmas looks like this:

  • Spain
  • Russia
  • Brazil
  • North Ireland
  • Kenya & maybe Uganda
  • The US

Lots of flying going to happen, that’s for sure!

I Surrender – Saybia
Elsker dig for evigt – Lars H.U.G.
Hung Up – Madonna
(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight – Cutting Crew
Idle Worship – Paramore

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