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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

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Ponta Delgada

Hello from Ponta Delgada, São Miguel -Açores. Been here since last Thursday and I just love it here. The first three nights I stayed at the Hotel Talisman in the center of the old town, a really nice little place and I can recommend staying there.

I then moved on to a typical package tourism hotel. I was planning to change islands but stayed on São Miguel due to a bad cough which now feels more like a throat infection. Will drop by a doctor if it doesn’t improve soon.

Uploaded some pictures from my trip so far on [deleted] and as you can see there’s been varying kinds of weather, it’s quite amazing how
fast it changes here way out at sea. Well that’s it for now, just wanted to let you know that all is fine. I’ll send more updates from Açores, as things develop.

Tommy Hermansen

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Summer 2010

I wish you another good summer!

This year’s trip goes to the Azores, which is the autonomous volcanic outpost of my all time favorite country; Portugal. Located 1500 kilometers due west of Lisbon.

The pictures on the web from there look just amazing, and I hear only good words about these nine islands – of which the summit of “Pico” is right on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. I kinda hope the Earth will stay stable enough.

Follow sporadic uploads at [deleted], from next Thursday on.

Love!

Tommy Hermansen

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Happy Easter!

Hope you and your family are all well in this Christian/Catholic holiday week. I am doing just fine and really looking forward to warmer spring days and park life. And also – my summer 2010 trip to Portugal and the Azores! Have fun you guys!! 🙂

Tommy Hermansen

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2010

Oslo is freezing cold these days, but warmhearted friends sure helps a lot. Colleagues at the printshop are really friendly too, which makes helping them out more enjoyable. The pay is not too bad there either, so I am finally clearing out my old Disastercard debt, and will hopefully be able to get away for four weeks in June/July. The last couple of years have been terrible for backpacking escapes, and I only got away a few weekends which has been quite frustrating.

I hope all is well with you and your family, and I wish you a great 2010!

Tommy Hermansen

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Summer 2009

Hope all is well with you. Summer is coming up again here in the Northern hemisphere, and I have a month off from work with no plan what so ever. This is a welcome break since I didn’t get a vacation last year.

There are several festivals that I’m considering dropping by at. Vuuv, Ozora and such and off course my favorite happening in Amsterdam, the “organic” gathering called Landjuweel. So if you too are out and about this summer, it would be great to meet up!

My month off is from July 18th until August 17th.

Have a fantastic summer!

Tommy Hermansen

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Birthday

If you are in Oslo two weeks from now, please join me at M3 for my thirty-fifth birthday. Sat 28 feb at three pm until the next day.

Tommy Hermansen

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Pictures

Hey again…
Sorry but forgot to give you the link for those pictures. 🙂 It’s public so you don’t need an account:

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Amsterdam and London

Long time since the last email now. The reason for this being that I’ve been at home working the whole year. Still won’t be able to get away on any long trips anytime soon, but will do a couple of weekend trips coming up in September and October.

I’ll be in Amsterdam Sept 19th until 21st, and in London during the Halloween weekend (Oct 30th until Nov 2nd). Hope to see some of you Londoners and Amsterdammers again then. E-mail me if you’d like to meet up?

These days I’m just hanging out with friends, and still working for the W&J print center. Got a full time employment now and even went up a few percent in pay last month. All is well, but just wish I could travel more. Well times change so maybe next year.

That eclipse thing in Japan is probably not possible because of my current contract which keeps me stuck here in the print shop at that time. Anyway all is good here, and I certainly hope the same for all of you!! Uploaded some pictures on my FaceBook profile during the last couple of weeks, so you can even see for yourselves…

Love and respect,
Tommy Hermansen