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Arrrrrrgh!!!

Sorry for starting this blog with shouting like this. It’s just that I’m preparing for the challenges of 2009 and 2010. I only need to pass a few tests in June to enter the career I’ve always dreamt of. I’ll learn how to navigate a ship, and eventually flying a helicopter at sea. My dream is to fly a rescue helicopter someday… or just flying helicopters around the Faroe Islands. Then I will transport people, goods, animals, hay, oil barrels, tourists and musicians around the islands. Or I’ll end up working at the beautiful ocean on a ship.

All that starts in August – if I pass, and I’m pretty sure I will.

Before that comes April, May, June, July – and I have to find out how to spend my time wisely before starting this education, that will take place in Denmark.

That’s the tough part of it. I’ll have to let go of a lot of things to do what I really want, and I’ll be a lot away from home – luckily, my boyfriend is very supportive, and thinks he has a very tough, brave and cool girlfriend. Awwww… even action girls can blush 😆

Anyway. I can spend spring/early summer in the Faroes, and summer in Denmark, since I have to go there anyway in June for that test. Or vice versa. Spend spring in Denmark, then go home after the tests, and enjoy the incredibly beautiful Faroese summer.

And now a new question has arrived: There’s a Roger Hodgson concert coming up in Aachen in August, and some friends tries to convince me to go – it’s not “just” another RH gig. It’s an orchestra show! And I’m ready to go, to get another great concert experience and spend time with good friends.

Realising that I’ll be pretty busy next year, where I’ll spend a lot of time at sea, I think I’ll have to attend that concert – it will take a long time before I have time for that again.

So Anina has convinced Anina, that she has to attend that concert, and spend a weekend in Germany.

But that will mean: not much money for vacations during summer. Dah!

That’s why I can’t wait to start that new career, after many years of studying history and Nordic Litterature I’ve realised it’s pretty hard finding a job where I can use a title called Master of Arts, and after many years on low-budget and never ending financial problems (could be worse though, as I’ve always have had just enough money to have fun), I’ll suddenly have a nice income. But no time to spend money. Nevermind, saving is much better.

Ok… Now I’m just rambling on about career and decisions, but what I’m trying to say is just: what to do now?

I think I’ll go back to the Faroes, finish my thesis there, and come back to Denmark along with my boyfriend in June.
Another thing is: I have planned a one-week long hike in the mountains, and I just can’t wait to go.

I’ll go on that hike in the end of May/beginning of June, where it’s bright 24 hours a day. Perfect time to gather thoughts and mind before big challenges. I have sometimes spent days on my own in nature, but one week in the mountains is very special, and the best vacation I can imagine. And I really need to gather my thoughts and find myself again.

At least: this time I’m not confused and indecisive because of depressions like last year. This time, I’m so happy and optimistic about everything. I’m so optimistic that you could call me impatient: I can’t wait for any of it to happen! Decisions now, is just a matter of where and when, time, and of course trying to find out what’s important and what’s not.

Talking about 2009, it has already been a fantastic year. It was the year when a door opened to follow a great dream, and I had a fantastic trip to Nurnberg, Germany as already described in my blog.

And I have a few things I look forward to, a few things I’m nervous about, and a few things I don’t know what to do about.

Said with less words – it’s an amazing feeling of freedom to do what I want, and still be able to take care of my families in Denmark and the Faroe Islands in the future. I feel strong and happy. I’m happily saying goodbye to a miserable year, and saying hello to a new year of possibilities.

I’ll end this blablabla-blog with a few pictures from the Faroe Islands – I’m hoping to get that helicopter certificate someday, to have views like these every day at work in the future 😉

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It’s Monday, and weekend is over. But this weekend was not like any other – actually, it has to be one of the best of my life! I mean – you can always go to concerts, you can always travel for fun, and you can always meet up with friends.

But doing these things at the same time? That was what I did this weekend, all three activities. And it was not “just friends” or “just a concert” or “just a weekend trip” It was the meeting of a bunch of really close cyber-friends, who have this in common, that they love a very special artist. The name of that artist is: Roger Hodgson.

And what can one do, when these friends goes to Nurnberg, Germany, to meet up, and experience yet another wonderful concert with Roger Hodgson? The answer is obvious: buy a ticket, and GO!

And so I did. I travelled by ship from the Faroe Islands a week before, to make sure that bad weather wouldn’t keep me stucked in the Faroes – but there were no need to worry. Weather was fantastic all the way, and after two days I found myself in Denmark. And when Thursday evening arrived, I hopped on a train to Nurnberg – and soon I found myself in Nurnberg on a sunny, beautiful Friday morning. I could finally relax and enjoy the thought of what was about to happen.

We planned meeting up at the restaurant “Sausalitos” at 1 pm, and one by one, people arrived, and we all recognised each other instantly, even though this was our first time together in “real life.”

You can probably imagine all the hugs, handshakes, smiles, hugs again and laughs that were shared that moment, and when all had arrived, we had dinner and raised our glasses for loud cheers! – lifting glass with one hand, photographing with the other. Even our meals – pretty generous potions we all agreed – were photographed.

Time was flying, and we were about to leave at 4pm for another special event: we had been invited to sound check. And so we stood there all of us – some of Roger’s biggest fans from all corners of Europe. Mick from Ireland, Sabine and George from Malta, Christine from Austria, Sylvia from Switzerland, myself from the Faroe Islands, and not to forget all the German fans who had travelled from their corners of Germany.

Christine had made a banner showing a big “Happy Birthday Roger!”, that we all signed while waiting for Roger to arrive for sound check – more about that banner later!

When Roger arrived we went to the hall, and there we sat comfortably, excited and happy – we had been asked if we had any special requests for a song during sound check, and Claudia and I asked for “The Awakening” – and he played it. I love that song – I was hoping he would play it in concert, knowing he probably wouldn’t, so this was a special bonus. He also played a new song “Teach Me to Love Again” – and Roger, if you ever read this: Thanks for playing the Awakening for us, and your new song is so beautiful!

Or maybe I should rather write thanks again, as we had the opportunity to thank Roger personally, which we all did. He asked us if we liked the new song – and I remember myself saying that I loved this song, especially the piano playing/sax combination. I stood there thinking that I was going to hear it again later – and felt very lucky to be part of this very special, International meet’n greet. Thank you, Linda and Roger, from the bottom of my heart, to make this possible!

At this special meeting, we also had the opportunity to hand him a very special birthday card. It had been circulating the world, all the way from Malta, cross Europe, to the USA. Canada/New Foundland – and back to Germany, so we could give him the card with all these greetings. This too was a special moment.

And all too soon the sound check was over, and we all went to the nearby hotel’s lounge enjoying a drink or two, before the show would begin.

“When you’re up on stage it’s so unbelievable!”

I have already spent many words on describing the trip to Nurnberg – and I could spend even more on the concert itself. It was….FAN-tastic!¨

From beginning to the end – it was magical. One thing is that I never, ever will grow tired of these songs that have been with me since childhood, another is hearing them live, and a third thing is that Roger’s voice seems to be better than ever – and Aaron impressed us all by playing/multitasking even more instruments than usual! I know – you can read that in so many reviews that Roger’s voice is as good as always, maybe even stronger. But it IS true! I have attended several concerts since 2006, and they were always great – but this concert is without a doubt the best of all of those I’ve attended.

What makes a concert so wonderful anyway? Is it Roger’s wonderful voice, beautiful compositions, great lyrics? Is it the magic of two multi-talented guys playing together? Yes. That’s it! But there’s something more. You find great musicians everywhere, but nothing compares with Roger’s shows.

The answer is: Roger is a very ‘including’ artist, which means, he talks a lot to the audience, is joking, telling stories – and it is so clear that the audience love it, and Roger loves his fans and the audience.

And what makes this concert in Nurnberg, March 2009 so special, was also the presence of people from all over Europe, which he mentioned on stage. “Tonight we have guests all the way from Malta, Austria, Ireland.. even the Faroe Islands” that touched us all.. Especially one was touched, as the special guest that night was Sabine from Malta. “Sabine where are you?” Roger asked – “why don’t you stand up so the audience can applaud for you” – and I can only tell how happy I was, and only guess what she, and the other from our fan “fan-family” felt at that moment. It was so beautiful.

As I already mentioned, Roger had a new song on his repertoire. After opening the show with “Take the long way home”, “Give a Little Bit”, “Lovers in the Wind”, “Hide in your shell” – he played “Teach me to love again” He introduced the song, and said to the audience that this was a new song “and if you don’t clap, I won’t play it again next time…” and the audience started clapping instantly! “Sometimes I’m amazed about the things, that come out of my mouth. Okay this is the song – it’s called ‘Teach me to love again’.”
Of course, a new song is always welcome. And also after playing the song, the applause was overwhelming. It was clear – the audience truly loved it.

That new song is still – three days after – stuck in my head, and if I could only plug some sort of magic “head to stereo”-cable to my head, I’ll play it for all my friends and neighbours on my stereo. This is a song everyone just MUST hear. It’s heart touching and beautiful. He even played it twice, first on grand piano, then on keyboard.

There were many other surprises on the repertoire. One of them was that he played “A Soapbox Opera” – it made me incredibly happy to hear that song, and just as I thought nothing could surprise me anymore, he played Fool’s Overture! – now I couldn’t really ask for more.

But this great evening wasn’t over yet. Roger had surprised us with a new song, and an amazing show – now it was time for us to give back “a little bit.” It was time to get the Birthday-banner ready. At the encore, when Roger came back on stage, we had it ready – holding it and singing out loud “happy birthday!”

The banner was thrown up on stage, and so Roger held the it so everyone could see it, saying “you make me the happiest man alive!” – and with a big smile he placed it on the grand piano. “It’s my birthday in one and a half hour, this is my birthday party!” he said to the crowd.

With a very big smile, he asked: “So – what do you want to hear? School?” and the audience yelled out loud “yeaah!” – School is, among many other songs, an all time favourite. People were loudly singing along, clapping, whistling – and the applauses seemed they would never end. And it was a perfect end of the concert, when he played “It’s Raining Again”- people were literally dancing, jumping, singing, clapping – and even after he had left stage, the applauses went on and on and on.

And even when the song is over, where have I been – was it just a dream?

And so weekend is over, and I can’t believe all this really happened. It feels like I just woke up from a wonderful dream, but all the photos and messages circulating the Internet tells me: this really happened!

We all met up again the day after, on a sunny Saturday – and we agreed we could thank Roger for the fantastic weather: it was his birthday, and had obviously been a good boy 😉 On this sunny, beautiful Saturday, we went for some sightseeing in Nurnberg – and one thing we had to do before splitting up later that day, was to touch the Nurnberg ring, to have a wish free – and if our wishes come true, we can with peace in our hearts look forward to next year!

Our community is very special, we have laughs, experiences, moments, pictures and stories to share. And finally meeting some of them outside cyberspace, and realising that people really are the way you know from the Internet. No one hides behind masks, but are just as crazy, fun, wonderful, warm-hearted and beautiful in “real” life as in cyberspace.

Thanks everyone to make this happen, thank you so much, Linda for your incredible kindness and help, thank you Aaron, thank you Roger for being who you are and for all that you give – thank you all from the bottom of my heart!

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I am excited these days. On Thursday I’ll board the ship to Denmark – and I look forward to two days at sea, riding the North Atlantic waves back home. And I’m looking forward to give my parents and my brother megatons of hugs!

I have been away from Denmark for several months (since July 2008), and my family and friends are calling me, writing me, messaging “when will you come home?”

I feel loved. And I feel grateful, for having such wonderful people around me.

Next week is also something I’m looking forward to – a trip to Nuremberg, meeting cyber-friends for the first time outside cyberspace.. I can’t wait! And the occasion is a concert with my favourite composer/singer/musician Roger Hodgson.

Some may ask why I just keep attending these shows, and the answer is pretty obvious: I love the music! And his concerts are very special, an experience you shouldn’t miss, so if you have the opportunity, then go for it! 😀

And another wonderful thing: it’s been so long since last trip (except a short visit in London, a trip to Northern Germany and Sweden) to a new place in Europe. Latest big trip was to Prague almost ten years ago (omg!) and that’s a city I will never forget. Prague is amazing, and I’ll have to visit it again someday.

When I was there, I traveled by train, and so I will do also this time – it’s cheap, and the train goes non-stop from Copenhagen, Denmark. Perfect. It takes 10 hours, so I’m happy to travel by night, and hopefully get some sleep while going south.

That’s a life I love: me, a backpack, travel tickets and Roger Hodgson tix in my pocket. The only thing missing is my boyfriend by my side, but he’s busy these days.

(Oops, I didn’t call my boyfriend a “thing” did I?)

First of all, I’m looking forward to a couple of days on the ocean. One of my favourite places on the Planet 😉

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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! 😀

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*Sigh* Vacation in Denmark – that’s nice! I like it there, but the last few days have been hot. Really, really hot! Already at 10 am, it reached 30C/86F, and around 12-1pm, it reached 33C/92F. I’m not used to this kind of heat, and I’ve already changed clothes two times today because of the sweat running down my arms, legs and face. Luckily, the town where my parents live, is located at a very nice beach.. it takes less than 5 minutes to walk from home to the beach, and my boyfriend and I have enjoyed it there – and we took a long swim yesterday. That was nice, but one has to get out of the water sooner or later, back into the sun.

But tonight I’m going back to the Faroe Islands.. and I’m longing for it’s nicer climate. Nicer temperatures at least. Because the weather forecasts says FOG. Wich means I may be “lucky” to visit Iceland and Norway as well on my way home, because fog means they cannot land on the short runway between the mountains. Well, then at least I’ll have another North Atlantic adventure, and I’m not in a hurry anyway. But please.. I hope well get there in time tonight.

Oh, by the way – did I mention that I forgot, that I – in this kind of weather – needs to use a sunlotion SPF30? I used a SPF6.. so I’m being fried inside and outside so to speak. Well, I’m off to the kitchen, to have another litre of water. I can’t wait to get back home to that wonderful place in the North Atlantic, that I call my home.

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I’ve spent the last two weeks in Denmark, and I’ll stay one more before going back to the Faroes again. This is the first time I see Denmark more as a place for vacation, than my home country. Maybe because my flight ticket says Faroe Islands-Denmark return, and not the other way round. And the last two weeks, I’ve traveled more around Denmark than I’ve ever done while living there 😆

A few days ago, I visited the most beautiful place in Denmark I’ve ever seen. And that’s a bit ridiculous, as I grew up not far away from that spot – how come I’ve never visited it? Anyway, the place is the island Møn, known for its 128m high, white cliffs and the forest Klinteskoven (the Cliff Forest).

 And of course, I took some pics (a lot actually!) and here’s some of them.

The white cliffs of Møn

Klinteskoven (the cliff forest)

The stairway to the beach

The cliffs seen from the beach

The cliffs seen from the beach

 

The Hylledal gorge

The Hylledal gorge

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First, let me tell you a joke – I heard it a few weeks ago, and I came to think of it last Monday.

– Two men were sitting on a bench, when a German tourist approached them, and asked them about something – none of the two men understood German, and the tourist then tried asking the same question in French. None of them understood French either. So the tourist tried in Spanish – but the two men just shook their heads, and the tourist gave up and walked away.

“Well” one of them said. “maybe one should learn some languages”.
“Why?” the other replies – “that man spoke three languages, and what did he get out of that??”

I had exactly the same feeling, when I sailed back to the Faroe Islands. There were many tourists on the ship, among them a guy from Switzerland, and two Hungarians who were my “neighbours” during the trip.

The guy from Switzerland sat next to me on the sun deck, and asked me – in German – where I came from, and where I was going. I replied in English that I live in the Faroe Islands, and that I was on my way home. He didn’t speak much English, so I had to use those few words I know in German. Not only that – he was very, very hard to understand. Well, I must have been hard to understand too. “Ich wohne in..err..die Färöer…err..ich bin on my way nach hause…”
“Ah, die Färöer Inseln? Ja ja, ich verstehe” And then we agreed that “wetter ist schön” (weather is good).

Then I met those very kind Hungarian people. They asked me if I spoke German, and I could only reply “not much”, but he spoke a little English. I never found out if I spoke more German than he spoke English – and his wife basically only spoke Hungarian, but understood a bit English. So again, communicating was a bit hard, but again – we managed to communicate somehow. At some point, I was sure we had made up a brand new language, mixing German, English, Hungarian and Danish. But the matter was, we understood one another with this nonsense-language 😆

The funny thing was, that when I arrived in the Faroes, I went for a looong walk in the wonderful weather – and then I met those Hungarians again. They had 6 hours in the Faroe Islands before the ship continued to Iceland. They asked for suggestions for what to see. What is “I recommend you a walk along the coastline for good pictures, or the museums for learning about the islands” called in German/Hungarian? They had a map with them, and I tried to point at the spots that I could recommend them, but I never found out if they understood it. But I met them in the most boring part of Thorshavn, and I just tried to show them a way to a more beautiful spot.

I wasn’t the only one that day, who were challenged in languages – my boyfriend told me that he had met an Italian tourist (also from the ship), who only spoke Italian. My boyfriend speaks a tiny little bit of Italian, and with a few words he tried to tell the Italian fellow the way to a museum. “Capisco! capisco” he said (I understand I understand), and walked in the wrong direction.

So that was why I came to think of that joke. I speak and understand Danish, English, Norweigan, Swedish, Faroese and that tiny bit of German. That is 5½ languages, but what did it help me?

So, I have to do something about it very soon – learn German and maybe some Spanish, Italian and French. Then I would be the perfect tourist guide 😆

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