Memories from a Seaside waypoint

Fond memories from the Danish west coast

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Myconian waypoints

A summer in Greece…

Mykonos has it all! Beachfun, The food, history, great parties (especially if you happen to be into House music), friendly people…

…and here I give you pictures of some of my memories:

First some pictures from lovely Agios Stefanos. I had a very cozy stay at Paolas Beach Hotel – recommended even though the long stairs to the beach takes som exercise. The tsatziki at Limnios Tavern really was the best (as claimed by a Myconian taxi driver). Only good things can be said about the beach as well, with its nice taverns and cool atmosphere.

Mykonos town, what a place! Love it!

Best tip of the day; for some fabulous food, head to Nice n easy tavern in Little Venice! It just cannot go wrong with that delicious food! Oh, and thank you to all in the staff who made our visits outstanding with your welcoming attitude – all friendly smiles!

Finally, some pictures from the island roundtrip on ATV, visiting some beaches, but not the least, Club Tropicana on Paradise Beach.

Waypoint Hanami

Best views in Tokyo, to experience the cherry trees bloom, and other fine things;

Chidorigafuchi – the moat outside the Imperial Palace

Chidorigafuchi

Hie Jinja – for the contrast of old and new, tall buildings in the background combined with traditional symbols, and in the midst of it… cherry blossom

Hie

Megurogawa

Meguro

Waypoint: skiing in Kazakhstan

Winter, opportunities for skiing, and this year had me choosing the Almaty province of Kazakhstan.

The first resort, Shymbulak, surprised me in many ways, not the least by how conveniently most things worked out, from ski rental to the absence of linguistic problems. I stayed in a wonderful place, Hotel S.N.e.G., where everything was top notch. I was met by the friendliest faces, had a room with the grandest view over the ski slopes and Almaty in the distance, ate excellent food, and in general felt like a princess. Shymbulak has a nice variety of slopes, neatly groomed, and relaxing places where you can hang out, chilling to house music.

Next place – Ak-Bulak – turned out to be exciting for quite another reason, the weather. Heavy snowfall made this little place quite fun. There were easy slopes at the bottom, however more challenges higher up, especially considering the fog that made it difficult to see where the slope actually was…and I ended up skiing together with a friendly guy from the ski patrol.

Elik-Sai is something else! At this powder heaven I became friends with kindred spirits from Almaty with whom I had the best time ever! Thank you Aliya! This hidden gem does not provide its visitors with any modern facilities, however that perfect powder feeling that a lot of us ski freaks long for. The tow lift consisted of a rope, to which you attach your borrowed portable “lift” with a kind of a spanner fastening. After getting off, you tie the “lift” around your waist, bring it with you down, and use it when it’s time to go back up again. (First time for me to see a construction like this.)

Almaty8

A tribute to the Carnival in Venice

In 2011 I experienced the Carnival in Venice, which that year had the theme “Ottocento – da senso a Sissi, la città delle donne”. It’s the time of year for the Carnival again (this year’s theme being “Creativity”). You can decide to visit the carnival as an onlooker, or take purt, wholeheartedly. I opted for the latter, in period style dress and all, and oh what an experience it was!

The accommodation of choice certainly contributed to the feeling of having stepped into a fairy-tale, with its very special atmosphere right on the Grand Canal. Completely swept away, I was in a different century, a parallell universe, if you wish – with two roles; the tourist who takes pictures of all festive attributes surrounding you, and the 19th century Cicci (How convenient that my nickname coincided with Sissi!) who was experiencing another Venice, photographed by those who chose not to participate in the theatre itself. The whole city is your theatre scene!

Look up Al Ponte Antico! It is ineed worth a visit, for the wonderful atmospere, the people, the breakfasts, the location – it has it all!

Holiday waypoint

Time for a summary of 2017. So many things to be thankful for, and so many to worry about. Personally, I have experienced a year of so many overwhelming things that times for reflection have been necessary. The move to a new address, where I have found a new home, a peaceful place where I can relax and enjoy fantastic times with wonderful members of family and friends. The challenge of new assignments at work – thankful for the trust given to me, and for opportunities to be able to make a difference. Travels, to places where I felt truly welcomed; Sochi, Russia – What a fantastic skiing experience! Impressed by all friendly encounters, by the helpful people that crossed my path, by how welcoming the hotel was, also towards four-legged friends of their guests… Siem Reap, Cambodia – Finally I got to see Angkor! In the middle of the chaos of moving home, I took this time-out, and do not regret that decision for a minute. The Vatican – I doubt that it would happen twice, to be invited to experience the humbling event of a “Consistoro”. I was fortunate to be able to participate in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, when Sweden’s first cardinal was inaugurated. Hard to explain in words what it felt like to be there. Astana, Kazakhstan – little had I expected to be so charmed by the experiences in this fascinating place, but I was. Mund, Switzerland – hiking in the mountains like Heidi. Belize – horseback riding in the jungle. London, the UK – Who can turn down an invitation to the Houses of Parliament? I certainly couldn’t, and experienced  very interesting discussions during Parliament week. This leads to the many things one can worry about… The world seems to be shaky. There are reasons to open ones eyes to so many things affecting us all. Leaders of the world have agendas that are not always easy to follow. All human beings need hope, and something I would like to remind us of, is the fact that so many countries signed the Paris climate change agreement, and hopefully we can all encourage our leaders to stick to good initiatives like that, and also be better role models ourselves in the process. In an article by The Guardian, Sir David Attenborough points out signs of hope, that we are moving in the right direction when it comes to the way we think around environmental issues. He points out that human beings are out of touch with the natural world, and therefore don’t see the effect we are having. In connection to the Paris agreement, he also mentions however; “I would like to think the reason that political figures can adopt that sort of policy, which they know will be at a cost to their national economies, is that they are beginning to realise that people worldwide wish for that happen because they wish to protect their natural world.” Let us hope he is right! How can we continue to move in the right direction? In my opinion; education, education, education…

2018…the year of the Dog. I was born in the year of the Dog…so what can go wrong?! I am staying positive and passionate, and wish you all the very best for the coming year! Thank you for taking the time to take a look at my blog! I hope that it is a little piece of inspiration, that my pictures can contribute to showing the beauty of the world and make you go; “… and I think to myself, what a wonderful world…”

Happy New Year!

Amaryllis

Looking back…

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