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Happy New Year everyone!

I haven’t been around my Internet friends much the last week or so. And I’m sorry – but I guess everyone, not just me, have been enjoying Christmas with their family and/or friends.

Today is the last day of 2008. Another year has passed – not an easy year for me, so I’m more than ready for 2009!

As with any other years, there will be laughs, cries, sadness, happiness, hope, confusion and anything else – and that’s life, we better deal with it ­čśë But as I write this, I’m hopeful, having a feeling of that good things are going to happen in my life in 2009. Finishing thesis..at last!, finding a job somewhere, travelling a bit ect. Maybe I’m not going to find the dream job right away, but to say it as it is: I’m ready for any kind of job at the moment!

Apart from all that, there’s something I do have to say, when talking about the last year, and the one to come: THANK you to my cyber friends all around the world! In my times of frustration, you made me smile and feel alive. And I simply cannot wait to March, to meet some of you. I’m counting days, I tell ya’!

Of course I have friends outside cyberspace, and THANK you for 2008 as well! I’m sorry I chose to live so far away from you, and I miss you so much – but see you soon, in 2009!

And THANK you to my family.. or should I say families? The one in Denmark, and my wonderful Faroese family. Your love and support is amazing, and I am more than grateful for having such a caring and wonderful family.

Expressing emotions with words aren’t always easy, but I mean every word in this post, and more than that.

Thank you for 2008, and see you all in 2009!

H A P P Y N E W Y E A R ! ! !

……..oops, one more thing: here’s a beautiful video, that shows how time is flying. A year in 40 seconds!

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Today – the last day of the year, I’m going to write two blog posts. One complaining-post and one oh joy!-post.

Let’s start with the bad news.

I am SO tired of the lies and nonsense being written about the Faroe Islands around the Internet. Lies that even have resulted insulting messages to me, on this blog. Apperantly, I’m a disgrace to the human kind. No less than that. Amazing!

All that because of the whaling in the Faroe Islands. Back in the days, in times of starvation and isolation, the Faroese saw the pilot whales as a gift from God, the difference between starvation/death, and plenty. A village could be dying, as the whales came to their firth, and made a huge difference (of course they had other sources of food, but easy times come and go, you know).

And even nowadays, in times of plenty – people still have this for dinner. So occasionally, when they swim into a firth or bay they are caught. The people of the Faroe Islands have NEVER used ships, going out to sea after them. They were/are always┬átrapped in the firths when they came there.

And how many were caught/are caught then? Back in the days maybe 2000 or so every year.┬áNowadays.. well. In 2008 there were caught 0 whales. That’s far from the quarter of a million, as some Greenpeace folks thinks!! If 48.000 people could eat all that..it would be the fattest nation on Earth!

Why 0, some may ask. The thing is: people have stopped eating it. The meat and blubber is filled with heavy metals, from the polluted oceans. It’s not suitable for human food anymore. I ate a little once, and I got really, really sick.

And I’m puzzled. There’s something I just can’t figure out. That is why an organisation as Greenpeace, doesn’t spend their energy on informing the world about that issue! It’s a much bigger threat to whales and any other specie, big or small, that lives in our oceans.

I know this blog post won’t make any difference. If people really want to believe in lies and misunderstandings, then they will. As a Faroese friend of mine said (or rather grinned) – “get used to it!”

Guess they’re just shrugging it off, as they do with the heavy storms up here, that doesn’t really seem to bother anyone.

I wish I could do the same – but I can’t. People should know the truth, in my humble opinion.

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I’m a night person with big “N”, or I was probably born in a wrong time zone. It’s 4.00 AM and I can’t sleep. So what is better than trying to blog myself to sleep? If I can write the most boring blog post ever, I just might eventually fall asleep. So here’s a lot of un-exciting information.

– My little kitten is doing well. He loves falling asleep between my boyfriend and I, and he sleeps like a baby until we get up.

– I’ve got a song stuck in my head for about a week now: Child of vision, Supertramp/RH. That song is like: if it gets stuck in your head, all you can do is to sing along to your inner stereo for some days.

– Last night – where I actually fell asleep about 2 AM, I dreamt I won the lottery, and the first thing I did, was buying a new clarinet (the one I own is broken and I can’t afford a better one). Not only that: I was jamming with a jazz band all night.

– The winter weather in the Faroe Islands is incredibly bad. Storm and rain. My basement door was smashed again, because I left it open, and the wind kind of ripped it off.

– I saw a pink sheep. The farmers use colours to recognise their sheep, but not that much! I wonder whatever happened. I thought I needed a doctor (or less Irish Coffee) when I saw a pink sheep outside my front door. Who says that living in the Faroe Islands is boring?

Well – I’ll go to bed, and maybe counting pink sheep helps in the process of falling asleep… If I could just go back to dreamland and perform with that band again *sigh*

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Finally! A slideshow that shows exactly why I love living in the Faroe Islands. A slideshow I think everyone should watch.

Because this one is not just a slideshow, it’s made by a skilled and creative woman, Elin Heinesen, who not only collected these photos (and took some of them as well), but also composed this piece of music, and sings as well.

She was inspired to do the video, as the magazine National Geographic Traveler chose the Faroe Islands to be the “best islands” in the world – 522 travel experts rated 111 island communities, and Faroes went no. 1. I wonder how they measure that, but still – the video shows exactly why I love this place so much as I do.

So – enjoy! ­čśÇ

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