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Fast, faster – fastest

So, I’m going to sea – which means – taking more education. It’s going to be tough, as it requires a lot of physical training. Should’t be much of a problem, as I am strong, and I take weekly mountain hikes for fun – but running? That has never been something for me.

I read about what’s required of women seeking admission to the Navy, and in less than a month, I’ll go through some tests. One of them is to run 2000 metres in less than 13 minutes and 45 seconds.

So today I wanted to test myself, and went outside – ready..steady.. GO!!

Uhm.. I’m NOT going to talk about Faroese weather this time, except that the weather was beautiful when I went outside. But few minutes later, just as I was ready to run – the wind started blowing, followed by rain and just as I started running – a hailstorm. Ouch!

But stubborn as I am, I set the clock to 10 minutes – not 13.45 –  and started running to see how far I would get within these ten minutes. The sharp wind and hail wasn’t fun, and I had to run with closed eyes and/or look down.

But I just ran. And when my watch started beeping, I looked up, and found myself 3000 metres out in that valley! The goal was 2000.

With the wind coming from behind this time, I ran home again.

And now – 6 hours after that, not a single muscle in my poor body isn’t sore. 😆

It’s one of those days I feel was a success, and a step closer towards my dream for 2009.

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At New Year, I was SO ready to say goodbye to 2008 – but still wondering if 2009 would be any better.

And now I have realised, that it probably will, because of a huge decision I made less than a week ago.

To change the course of my life, and go to sea as I have always dreamt of, but never thought of as a way for me, just until now.

And today, I went to the post office, sending an application form, for joining the Danish Navy.

Navy? It sounds so…war-ish, doesn’t it? But really, my future job will be to sail the North Atlantic, patrolling the Danish/Faroese/Greenlandic territories, preventing ships to fish illegaly, take action in cases of pollution (ships dumping oil into the seas), and assisting ships in problems.. fortunately, that’s rare.

I love the sea so much. Even though I live in those small islands, surrounded by the endless ocean, I never feel that I live in a small and isolated place. Actually, the few months I tried to live as a big city citizen in Copenhagen, I felt really isolated and almost faded away until I finally settled in the countryside again. 5 months in a big city is more than enough for me.. and Copenhagen isn’t even really big.. but 1 million people around me, and I feel isolated.

What I just try to say is, that to me, the shores of the Faroe Islands isn’t a place where everything stops. It’s the beginning of another world. A wave-y world, that will become my “office” in the future.

I had closed a door years ago, a door to a part of myself, that has now opened up, ready for the challenges of 2009.

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Some may have wondered what I’ve been doing recently – no blog posts since New Year! And not only that – I’ve not been emailing, chatting ect.  a lot.

Here’s why:

I live in the Faroe Islands. That’s awesome! Except…what am I to do here, when I graduate and become a MA (Master of Arts)? I mean – the financial crisis we hear about all the time, is also reality for the Faroe Islands, which means, basically: It’s hard to find a job.

Which brings me back in time, when I was younger and was about to choose my path in this life. What I really wanted to, was to work on a ship on the wide, beautiful ocean. But I didn’t know a lot about this kind of career, so I sticked with what I was familiar with, and closed the door to what I was dreaming about.

So I’ve been hiding in a shell, being concerned, broke and a bit depressive.

That was until I started having weird dreams at night. Let me tell you one of them:

> I was on a large ship, in stormy weather- feeling good, actually. Then my phone rings, and I see on the display, that it’s not a phone number I’m familiar with. I pick it anyway, and someone says “This is the Captain from RIT- 0558, tell me wich course to take!”

I don’t know the answer, and a bit shocked, I just hang up. But just as I do that, I know the answer. I dial up and shout: “Go Northwest!” Then I woke up. <

My phone told me it was 5.58 AM, 2 minutes before the alarm would go, and I thought “well that explains the ship’s number. But what about the RIT?

Dreams like these brought me back to my old dream, and feeling bitter about it because I now live in a country that needs people at sea, I clearly see now, that I took the wrong decision, but predicting the future is not easy.

But as said – I’m out of my shell now! I’ve realised one thing: it’s never too late, to follow a dream!

When I look at the cool ships sailing around the Faroes, patrolling the coast and sea, to catch suspicious looking ships (for example foreign ships fishing illegaly on Faroese/Danish territory), I thought it would be cool to work on one of those – so now I plan joining them!

It’s a one year – even well-paid – education, and I’ll be at sea, working for the Kingdom of Denmark…in the Navy. And there’s a really good chance that I would end on one of the ships of the Faroese Coast Guard.

Do you know what’s really weird? One of those ships patrolling around the Faroes, is named TRITON. Does that explain the RIT in my dream?

Anyway. I’ve realised that it would be perfect for me – I’m physically and mentally very strong, I’m adventourous, I love the sea, and I don’t want to work with books..not for now, at least.

I told my boyfriend about this idea, anxious for what he would say about me being away from home a lot. He is VERY supportive, and as he says “how cool it would be to tell my frends that my fiancé is working at sea!” And it’s not a problem for us, since we don’t have kids.

I don’t know why I never thought of this before. Maybe because no one told me about this option. Maybe because I was afraid to change the course of my life, and become the captain on my own ship, heading from Denmark to the Faroe Islands (northwest!).

If you fill a closet or a drawer with too much, you can no longer close it – and that strange dream I had, was the voice asking me to start cleaning up.. LOL. The door I closed many years ago suddenly opened up, and that’s just awesome.

Now there’s only one thing to be concerned about: Will I pass the test, that would let me into this career? Am I qualified? I know I am, but I’ve learned to take nothing for granted. I’m very optimistic about the future, though.

Wish me luck – prayers are welcome 😉

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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 😉 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 trapped 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. Nowadays.. 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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Coffee time

I just love coffee, and I’ve bought myself a thermo coffee mug/travel mug, that I can use on my hikes or fishing trips. Or wile driving with my boyfriend somewhere. Isn’t that just great? And I’ve even found out that it’s perfect also at home, so my coffee stays hot while I’m working.

And that kind of exciting news is probably not worth blogging about, but to celebrate that I’m now owner of a thermo cup, I took this quiz… what kind of coffee girl I am? yes, I’ve always been wondering about that! (not)


You Are a Plain Ole Cup of Joe


But don’t think plain – instead think, uncomplicatedYou’re a low maintenance kind of girl… who can hang with the guys

Down to earth, easy going, and fun! Yup, that’s you: the friend everyone invites.

And your dependable too. Both for a laugh and a sympathetic ear.

 

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Right behind my house, a beautiful river is flowing. And I love fishing there once in awhile – but guess what happened yesterday; salmons were jumping – an impressive thing to watch. And I was excited to see if I could catch one of them – there were so many. But I didn’t.

That made me wonder why they actually jump, and yesterday, I found the answer: they do it to say: “Nananana I’m right here, I taste really good, but you can’t catch me! nanana…”

I don’t mind that I didn’t caught one, because just watching these beautiful animals was an experience worth writing about. But later – I placed my fishing rod in the sun, to dry it after the trip… and somebody stole it!

So I lost my fishing rod. Guess it’s some of the kids playing around here that did it, but I don’t care who took it. It just annoys me that some people haven’t learnt the difference between “mine” and “somebody else’s”. Grr!

Enough about that – it’s evening, and the sun is shining, and theres not a cloud on the sky. So I’m off to take a long walk in the beautiful green valley where I’m living. Lucky me!

Oh… a picture my boyfriend just took, of the river where I went fishing:

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Well, things may seem chaotic now and then – and last winter was a big mess. But for some reason, as this tests shows, chaotic times doesn’t clutter my mind. Well, what can I say about that, really? Hooray? Guess all those weekend hikes in the mountains of the Faroe Islands and meditation keeps my mind clear.

Talking about that – I was on another hike last weekend, and as always – I’m grateful to live in such a beautiful country, yet, I’m a bit sad that the dark nights are returning. No more midnight sun this year. Hopefully, the returning darkness doesn’t clutter my mind! Because, as I use to say when people are asking me what it’s like to live in the Faroes: summer gladness, autumn sadness – winter madness!

Anyway – thanks to Kathy and Sabine for this one 😉


Your Mind is 3% Cluttered


Your mind is clear, focused, and downright zen like.You have the amazing ability to almost completely control your thoughts.

Are you sure you’re human?

 

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I wrote in my latest post, that I was wishing a cool breeze so much, that I hardly couldn’t wait to get back home to the Faroes. And I was brought to a colder place by plane alright.. in Iceland!

Good old fog, my friend – you haven’t caused any problems in these islands for two months. Nope, you were patiently waiting for me to land there by plane, and so giving me a free vacation in Iceland. A good thing that Ialmost love flying more than anything else, so I enjoyed being in Iceland for a day. And by night, flying to Iceland in the sunset that was becoming sunrise at the same time was magical. Flying in those red and golden coloured clouds over an impressive sea-and landscape;…over the blue ocean, over green valleys and mountains and glaciers… it was so beautiful, that it gave me wet eyes!

Today we finally made it to the Faroes, and the happiness of being home also gave me wet eyes. Oh dear I am sentimental! But beautiful nature, happiness and a little adventure – is there a better combination in the world? Maybe, but not for me. So no wonder if emotions takes over once in awhile. 🙄

And by the way, one funny thing: on the bus on our way from the airport in Iceland to our hotel, a young girl was listening to music – she was listening to Roger Hodgson’s “Along came Mary”. What can I say other than that this girl has a very good taste in music? 😉 So I fell asleep with that song stuck in my head, and it has been playing in there today too – which reminded me of how time is flying. It’s almost two years ago that Roger performed in the Faroes – also after zig-zagging around the North Atlantic to reach those islands. But as we say in the Faroes: “if weather allows” – and I’m finally getting used to it.

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