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2019

Hello friends. The new year is almost upon us yet again and I thought it would be a great time to catch up with you guys. I hope you had a great time with your family over the last week, or if not that you still had a great time. The most important thing is to have a great time all the time. The solstice is a good occasion for reflection and for celebrations as usual for this time of year, and to think of the turn of times. Time flies and goes by when you get distracted or stuck busy for some reason.

I am still doing customer support here in Athens and I hope to work for long enough with this project to save up for some more independent traveling. I am also hoping to spend some more time among happy people on the islands of Greece next year and hoping to find some new places to stop and stay for a couple of weeks. There are still a lot of islands I have not had the pleasure of visiting yet. Crete is especially a planned stop on the itinerary because in spite of all the traveling here I never went.

The apartment is really cold right now and for the last month I’ve had to abandon using the living-room and the bedroom and had to move the operation to right next by the front door in the hallway. Apparently the building owner quit buying heating oil several years ago during the last depression and never turned the central heating back on again. I miss double pane windows and decent insulation. But then again spring is on the way back here in the northern hemisphere and too much heat and itchy mosquitoes will be a hassle again.

So now at the end of 2018 with this quick update I wish you a happy new Gregorian year, and also with a wish and hope to see you again. Love

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Here’s to a great week

I’ve just come home from work. The forecast for tonight says nineteen degrees and cloudy. And I’m feeling quite cold, out here on my veranda this early evening in Kallithea. It’s also been quite a while, nearly twenty years ago since last time I’ve felt this way, at that time while traveling around India, Brazil and South Africa. The feeling is quite strange.

It’s strange how fast the body gets used to 30-35 degrees and then suddenly it plunges down fifteen degrees during the fall, the same temperature as normal summers back home. The contrasting heat and cooler weather is really something weird for me to experience in a long stay like this one these days and months. But I am getting used to it. I think.

I am now working for a call center in Greece. The job is fine and the coworkers are just a great gang to spend the day with. The only thing is that there are so many things to remember during the customers calls, and I have a problem really to cope with it all and to keep up the pace of logging all the information into the various systems of databases.

I am happy to be there and I am definitely going to keep on doing my best to stay happy with the new situation I am in. The first salary was dismal because of unpaid training time and only paid for the last two weeks of the month so I am hoping for a better one next week and maybe some bonus tickets as I was originally scheduled for after training. I’ll see.

Anyway I’m doing fine and would be happy to hear from you again soon and I wish you a nice equinox week with your family and friends. Here’s to the good things.

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September is ending soon

New times, new tides and less practical arrangements are all a reason to move on, or to return to the origins. The last three years I have stayed with a nice commune of free spirited friends in a great apartment in west end Oslo. But now it is time for me to move on again, Tommy as always on a trip relentlessly sometimes footlessly. So I will be moving out of the city next month. To a small town called Trøgstad, where my mom lives.

Equinox is tomorrow night and Oktoberfest is therefore in full swing in Munich, and this is a party not to miss. So that is where I am going for the weekend. I am wondering how it will be this time around though after the switch to an Oktoberfestung (October fortress) because of the terrorist activities that have been plaguing Germany since last I was there. I am sure the mood is still great though. Happy people who are enjoying great food and beer as usual.

So I hope you are having a good time, and please let me know in a tweet, or a message post, or just a reply to this e-mail. It would be great to hear from you.

Sincerely
Tommy Hermansen

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A dark rainy afternoon

Summer sadly seems to be over here in Oslo and now we’ll have to prepare ourselves for four-five months of rain and snow. I count myself lucky for working indoors and for example not in the construction business, poor guys. This fall I sold my apartment and moved into another commune again, I just couldn’t bare the living cost of this very expensive town. Compared to areas just out of town the prices for small apartments in the city center are on level with the prices for houses, which in my case ended up costing around two thousand USD a month since I had to borrow 100% of my mortgage in the bank, I had no funds saved up beforehand. So anyway, now I am sharing a very nice flat on the seventh floor in the posh west side of town with two old friends from way back when.

I am also spending more time with people I rarely got to meet while I was living in the old town; my social life is really picking up again now which feels just fantastic. I can afford a life now, and not just the cost of living! My travel plan for summer 2015 is Portugal again, this time Madeira because there are no direct flights from Oslo to the Azores anymore. It seems really nice too according to the pictures I’ve seen on the web, and I may practice my crappy Portuguese again as well. I wish you a nice upcoming holidays and hoping you’ll spend it with your family and dear friends. Have a great weekend soon too.

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Summer 2014

Summer is finally here again with longer days and wonderful radiation heat from the Sun. The last year since my last posting I ended up with hanging with my old friends again of course, but I try to not overdo the alcohol intake on weekdays. I have failed miserably a couple of times, and that made me having some bad days because of it. But my current position at the print shop is not as demanding as the operator work I did before, so having bad days are not a huge problem for me to be able to do my work, if I can only get there in the morning. Which I normally do, and I aim to avoid having bad days at work. Now I concentrate on our business card post-production, or the finishing, as it is called in the graphic arts field. Pretty straightforward stuff.

The plan for this year’s getaway is staying in Berlin for two weeks, and a visit to the fantastic IFA Berlin electronics fair in September. It will be my fourth time going there. The remaining three weeks of my vacation I will be at home in Oslo, or in Fredrikstad with my family. I ended up buying my very own downtown apartment nearly two years ago, so now most of my income goes to the amazingly fancy bank just down the road a piece, but I am still able to do this one trip this year. I just got to. I am hoping to get back to backpacking around the World again sometime, but that might take quite awhile.

Have a great week!
Tommy Hermansen

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Easter 2013

Hope you all are having a nice holy week and that your Easter is being spent with the people you love. I am now nearly two thirds into a ninety day rehab program to try to change my life to the better, and to get back on track, and so hopefully back on the road again soon.

All that beer got to me in the end. I felt I was really loosing control of my life. I am reading a lot about psychology nowadays and I am in a very educational period regarding myself and life in general. The program I’m in follows the twelve steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, and we are also encouraged to go to AA meetings at least once a week. The religious aspect of it is shunned and avoided though, I just can’t take the God and all that spirit stuff they go on and on about.

I have some good days in physical and mental separation from the madness downtown, because the clinic I’m at is located in the outskirts of Oslo. I miss my drinking buddies a lot, but have now realized that I unfortunately and of course need to break with my old life after my stay here. Brutally perhaps, but absolutely necessary.

If I enter back into my old environment again, it’s right back to exactly the life I had with; loss of feelings, whining, self-deception, apathy and numbness. Bright, describes the coming period this springtime and Easter. I am starting to see a brighter light and somehow I feel lighter too. And I hope to see you again soon, perhaps in a different light.

Tommy

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Azores 2011

Summertime in the northern hemisphere is here once again and I hope you have a great one. Here in Oslo life goes on after the downtown bomb attack and the following massacre of youth at Utøya nearly two weeks ago. This made a huge impact on the Norwegian people; and most people know someone – or know of someone of the kids who got liquidated. Peace be upon them.

On a more personal note, I am now preparing for my summer vacation and today is my final day at work until September 2nd. I’m going to the Azores again because I just fell in love with that place last year. So my plan is four weeks of total relaxation and recovery, and maybe a festival or two. Please visit my Gallery page at [deleted] for visual updates along the way.

Tommy

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Back in Oslo

Came back last Thursday, after four wonderful weeks on the Azores. I spent the last few days in Horta on Faial island before returning to Ponta Delgada to catch my flight home. This was a nice little town too, and my favourite hang out there was the Peter Sport Cafe.

Also the most lively and busy establishment on the marina. Flags from sailingboats stopping by from all over the World was hanging on the walls and in the ceiling. And even mail waiting to be picked up sometime.

In the end I ended up visiting just three of the nine Azorean islands, so I need to go back.

Have a good one!

Tommy

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Hello from Angra

Angra (the Cove), Terceira. Angra used to be the main port and the capital of the Açores, from around 1450. It’s a hidden inlay behind the defunct volcanic islet (called Monte Brasil) being an obvious anchorage for ships in transit back in the day.

The current name dating from the 19th century is; Angra do Heroísmo (“Cove of Heroism”) due to the heroism, bravery and sacrifice displayed here by the people of Angra in the struggle that ended with the formation of a liberal constitutional monarchy. A very important spot for Portugal, in other words.

Nowadays it is mostly a romantic port for sailing crews and local families spending a nice summer’s day out. Of course living here would be nice too though 🙂

There are pictures from here also if you’d like to see the place. See the same link as earlier.

Tommy Hermansen

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Hello from Victory Beach!

Spent two magnificent weeks on São Miguel and have now changed islands to Terceira. Went by catamaran from Ponta Delgada to Praia da Vitória yesterday, and it’s quite nice here too. They say that of all the Azorean beaches this one is the best one, and that might be right. Not as stony as the volcanic coves I went to on São Miguel, it’s just sand here.

Been raining here today though, but that doesn’t really matter much. There are several cozy beach restaurants, and the beer and food is a lot cheaper compared to Ponta Delgada. The atmosphere is also a lot more laid back. Just perfect.

See more general info at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Praia_da_Vitória

Will stay over the weekend hoping for some better weather.

Uploaded more pictures from this trip on my MobileMe Gallery page today.

Going back home to reality two weeks from today. Damn it.

Tommy Hermansen