Category Archives: personal

D18/014 — My time in January 2018

Week 5, 2018
Turku, Finland

It is AMAZING,  today is already 4 of February!

This 4.2. is a beautiful Sunday in Turku, and before heading out, it is time to pragmatically review, my January 2018.

Fact:
– According to toggl I recorded 296:41:22 hrs worked.   How much is that per day?  well, if January had  23 working days, then by dividing 296/23 gives me 12.86 hrs a day.
– I was able to safe money. Yes I also register all my expenses.
– I reach milestones related to work (Ubium & UTU).
– Some details in the house were also achieved, e.g. paints are hanged.

Learned:

Life brings life. I knew this in advance, but I can confirm it now. Being surround by people who transmits life, one gets life. Energy is present, and I need / want this.

Learn to solve:  I like what I am doing, however I am not advancing. I need to focus because at the moment I am walking in circles.  I have an eternal question: what do I want?  which after my PhD defense has been harder to answer….. Now answer the question is not enough, one must take action too….. which brings me to the next challenge: Finalize what I start is challenging, and create new habits.

Much to do still!

— cais

D18/009 — I can do it

Week 2, 2018
Turku, Finland

As yesterday, it is not easy to describe some specific discovery. Well, I discover constantly things about myself, that is for sure.  Those findings are difficult at particular moments to publish them, because one (or at least me) has to digest them.

So, today was the day where most people came back to their routines. Personally, I do not feel I have routines, or my routine is: find myself and purpose, survive in this world while I enjoy the most I can. Consequently, I do not have holidays as I heard people make. Actually I do not remember when was my official holidays, because there is always something to do when I am in a pseudo-holiday.  Simultaneously, I do not have extreme routines, I am flexible as train of event arrive.  Every day is, literary unique and all is knitted together, somehow. In my life, so far, it seems it is more about a control chaos. Therefore each day is different, and ideally I am aiming to fulfill goals. Even though it has taken me several years to re-connect with myself….. that is also a fact!

My discovery of today to be published:  it is possible for me to get up very early and still enjoy the day and overall be able to be productive all the time I am awake.

Honestly it is amazing to realize that: I CAN DO IT!   Some people might said is due to motivation, in inner interest, or outside pressure or…. I do not know.

One thing I know is, for several years I felt a bit stagnant. Unsure of where I want to go. Still is not sure my direction, however I know I am re-connect with myself with myself and I will do my best to finalize that process and keep on moving forward! 🙂

— cais

 

D18/005 Tacos

Week 1, 2018
Turku, Finland

Back in Finland, and while walking on the street I read on the door a restaurant called Taconito the following message: “approved by mexicans”. Naturally, I got curious and visited the place. There were tacos! 🙂

I believe it was important to try them so I bought some to take away.  the first nice suprised is that they gave me the “salsas” to take away as we do at home. That was just lovely.  Later at home, we try them and honestly, there were very good tacos!

So, if you are in Turku and you want to eat good tacos with a good service please visit Taco Nito. This was a very good discovery! 🙂

Tacos at home with the set of salsas aside. DELICIOUS!

— cais

 

D18/001 Hochbunker

Week 1
München, Germany

My first discovery from 2018 was on a familiar path. That is proof that someone one walks without looking or paying attention where one is walking.  We were heading towards Olympia Park, through a familiar path, and I asked to D40Oom what was that:

What is the red building?

I have never paid attention to that round building before, so I was curious to know what is it.
The answer: It is a Hochbunker

Ooooooooh! A new thing for me.

I only have done a fast search on wikipedia about what is a “hochbunker”.  In English I only found hochbunker mention within the page of  “air raid shelter”. The first paragraph of the section related to hochbunker reads:

Hochbunker(s), or “high-rise” bunkers or (blockhouses), were a peculiarly German type of construction, designed to relieve the pressure German authorities were facing to accommodate additional numbers of the population in high-density housing areas, as well as pedestrians on the streets during air raids. In contrast to other shelters, these buildings were considered completely bomb-proof. They also had the advantage of being built upward, which was much cheaper than downward excavation. There were no equivalents of hochbunkers in the cities of the Allied countries.

Also I found a list of hochbunkers in Munich. The particular one on the photo is the one on:

Hochbunker Riesenfeldstraße
?48° 10? 35? ,11° 33? 56?

So, the new word and new concept that I learn today it was hidden in plain sight.

Why is it good to invest in quality – example with Finnair

Week 1, 2016
Joensuu, Finland

Often there is a tension between buying something cheap —   which often is low quality — versus by something with quality, which often is more expensive.  This post delivers an example that quality in a long run is cheaper.

I am a traveler addict. Thus, sometimes my love ones offer me presents to support me in my travels. An example, some years ago, my sister and brother in law gave me as a present a Samsonite suitcase. (THANK YOU!)

I am very pleased with Samsonite, in particular with my suitcase, because it been loyal to me. We have been together (my suitcase and I)  literally in 4 continents, and it has kept with me fully functional.

My loyal suitcase

My loyal suitcase

For this Christmas I flew from Joensuu to Munich, with Finnair, which is one of my favorite airlines. In this journey my lovely suitcase was damaged, and I reported the damage as soon as I saw the problem at the airport.  The personal at the airport was friendly and they indicated me what to do.  Within the instructions was to contact the company Dolfi. Perhaps because we were in Christmas holidays, but after being on the phone for 1hr and 30 min and not be able to talk with anyone I filled all the online form of their website and wait…. wait…. some days later I got an email that my stroller will be refund!… I kindly replied that I was reporting a damaged suitcase not a stroller, then it is when I discovered they were understaffed.

As my trip was reaching its end,  I decided to deal with this in Finland. I trust Finnair and I had the feeling that it should be ok. Then, I travel back to Joensuu with my loyal and wounded Samsung suitcase.

On Monday 2.1. at the evening, I landed in Joensuu and the first thing I did at the airport was to tell my story to the indicated person. Then I got the inciation to go to: “Nahkavalmiestemyynti

On Tuesday 3.1.  I went to Nahkavalmiestemyynti and they offered such a good service.  The personnel reviewed the suitcase and the documents. We saw how much could cost a new Samsonite, equivalent to mine in the store.  Then we followed the rules of the airline as depending of the age of the suitcase you get certain compensation.  My case was as follow: a brand new Samsonite as mine would cost 159€, but I was allow only to get 50% of it that is 79.50€.

My options, as far as I understood,  were:

  • Get the money
  • Buy something with the money given by Finnair
  • Buy something more expensive and complement the difference.

You will have to imagine which option I took, but now let me introduce you my new travel’s partner: Cavalet.

New travel partner

New travel partner

Thank you Finnair and Samsonite to support me on my journeys!  You have expanded the wonderful present of my sister and brother in law with your quality of service!