Patmos coming up

From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Mon Sep 2, 2002 3:38pm
Subject: Patmos coming up

A long one again this time, hope you have some spare time for it!

I have a few hours to kill before getting on the boat to Patmos tonight, and discovered a nice price Internet café. Here’s a proper update on this Greece odyssey so far. I landed on Rhodes on Sunday a week ago, after having been soaked in the Amsterdam rain for nearly a week. The Landjuweel festival and fantastic friends there, made up for all of it though. But weather wise; enough was definitely enough – so I ventured out to Schiphol with my good friend Alex (who was headed back home to Barcelona, after we had been traveling together the last two weeks) to see if they had a cheap ticket to someplace warm that same day. And they did! There was a DutchBird flight about an hour later, for the very reasonable rate of 99 Euro + tax (which was another 11 Euro). So, Alex and I parted somewhere on the way to our respectable gates, and about five hours later, including various airport timewasters – I stepped off the plane in a warm Greek night.

Went off with one of the hawkers that always show up on the airports, because sometimes you end up someplace really good. And I ended up with a nice room for 25 Euro a night including basic breakfast. Happy with that, but thing was though, that this was in Paradisi – a village right next to the airport, so the noise level was well up there on the sad scale. But I was quite tired after having camped out in the Dutch rain the last couple of days during the festival, so sleeping turned out to be no problem at all. The next again day I went into Rhodes Town, to have a look around. Fell in love with the Old Town right away, and ended up spending most of the day walking around there. They claimed that this was one of the best-preserved medieval fortified towns in the world. Really beautiful it was in any case. After two nights in Paradisi I got on the bus back to Town, and was planning to move to the Youth Hostel in the Old Town. Because that would be only 7 Euro a night, but on the bus I talked to a German woman who sat on the seat next to me, she recommended going up to Samos. I’ve now seen pictures of the beaches up there, and wow – they seem right!

So then I went to the peer to get a ticket to Samos, got it and was told the boat would be about three hours late. So I left my bag there and went back to kill a few hours in the Old Town again. This is a nice place! Went back to the peer well in time for the scheduled time of departure, but off course the boat was yet another two hours late, so I got talking to another Alecz, this time a nice English girl. She was headed to Kos, and we got on really well, so I ended up jumping ship in Kos rather than going to Samos. We found a nice hotel in Kos Town, and got right on emptying 70 Cent Retsina bottles from our friendly neighborhood liquor store. Loads of fun! The next days we did touristy stuff like going to temples and historic leftovers. Interesting enough though, but I wish I’d known more Greek history before going to those places. Well, maybe next time. After three nights on Kos we went by catamaran to Kalimnos to a beautiful valley called Vathi (which I suspect is just the Greek word for valley). Very Rivendale-like, for people who know what I mean by that. We stayed on with the family who ran a really nice restaurant there, place called Popy’s. Got fresh seafood and relaxed atmosphere. Going to Kos sometime? Make your way to Vathi on Kalimnos. Recommended!

Alecz actually ended up working at this restaurant, so now I’m back on my own again. Going to Patmos tonight at 9:30, then further on to Samos (I guess) in a few days. Then the plan is Naxos and Santorini before heading north again.

Tommy

Kalispera from Kos

From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Wed Aug 28, 2002 5:11pm
Subject: Kalispera from Kos

Yes I’ve now moved on a little bit since the Ruigoord festival in Amsterdam last week. Got a 99 euro one-way ticket from Schiphol to Rhodes, where I stayed for two nights. Yesterday I got on a ferry to Kos…

It’s nice here.

Attention all Samothraki ravers: Is there an afterparty somewhere around here these days?? Please let me know, OK?

Have fun!
Tommy

Buien en lokaal veel neerslag!

From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Tue Aug 20, 2002 10:53am
Subject: Buien en lokaal veel neerslag!

This is the forcast for Amsterdam today; showers and lots of local lightning strikes. And yes, this is where I am at the moment. Got back to this sweet old town yesterday night, after a short flight down to Frankfurt and a hellish trainride, where I got stuck just outside of Dusseldorf for three hours, because of lightning strike.

Why stick it out in this weather you say? Easy: Because of the Landjuweel festival in Ruigoord!

Just a short message this time… 🙂 (I need to go get a raincoat, and a tarp for night shelter)

Bom shankar!
Tommy

Back home for a moment

From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Thu Aug 1, 2002 8:55pm
Subject: Back home for a moment

Back in nice and warm Oslo for a few days just to slap some people around, who owed me money. Got it today- and I will head out again as soon as my friend Alex from Barcelona shows up here. We’re probably going up to North Cape together, or maybe if I can persuade him; go for another shorter and less expensive trip to the west coast of Norway. They’ve got some truly amazing scenery over there. Stavanger and Bergen people better look out!

Finland was great! First I went to the Nordic Ting Meeting in a national park just north of Jyväskyllä. There, about 150 hippies were running around hugging each other and all the trees in the forest. No, not quite so simple though. But we had some nice down to Earthly and Inner World experiences. No drugs allowed, just vegan food and water. Loads of happy moments and jamming by the campfires, and compulsory food preparation (Karma Yoga) and shared meals in “food circles”. Nice seminars on meditation, yoga, tai chi and such also. All in all a very interesting experience, I might go to the next one too! The weekend after several of us headed down to Billnäs for the Faces Etnofestival. Great acts from all over the world! I also volunteered by working at the VIP entrance, got free entrance and two meals per day in return, but sadly missed out on some of the acts during my shifts. Of course all the Ting people got in for free as well, with me at the gates. 🙂

Ruigoord festival coming up!!!
Love and Light, Tommy

Mission: Re-Possible

From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Fri Jul 19, 2002 3:38pm
Subject: Mission: Re-Possible

Whe-hey landlubbers!

Oslo has been a great place for me to catch my breath the last couple of months, with some short visits to nearby happenings of course. Have even been able to scrape up some funds as well. Then, the inescapable fact is; summertime in Europe means festival time. Which again translates to: meeting new and old friends, hanging out in a hammock for a few weeks, winging it at sporadic jam sessions, dancing like mad in the moonlight, and trying to dodge attacks by new and improved mutations of bloodsucking insects.

So now it’s definitely on high time to hit that famous road again, wherever it might lead. Da plan: First stop is Stockholm this weekend, then Finland for the Nordic Ting Meeting and various gatherings, then perhaps north towards Nordkapp and constant daylight, then back down towards Amsterdam and the fantastic Landjuweel festival at the end of August, then whatever is happening in between then and the To-Gethering (a Solipse freeparty) in Poland on the 6th of September.

I expect to see some of you guys this summer!!! E-mail me, OK?

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Invitation to experience sweet little Oslo

From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Sun May 19, 2002 9:16pm
Subject: Invitation to experience sweet little Oslo

Hello again all you friends in this great world! Summer in the Northern Hemisphere is now imminent, and backpacking is yet again becoming a more pleasant possibility. Therefore I would like to invite any of you fantastic people who I’ve met and spent time with along the way, to come and stay in my home during your trip this summer. Our house is located in a tranquil farmland area called Skedsmokorset – this is just outside Oslo, Norway – There’s a golf course here too if you should have any such needs. Other than that there are infrequent bus connections to the city so we can go sightseeing, swimming or (of course) clubbing.

How to get here? RyanAir from Dublin, Glasgow or London Stansted fly you here dirt cheap. (Approx 50 squids.) So does a new one called GoodJet (or something) from Paris. (Approx 70 euros, I heard.) Eurolines, Swebus Express or the ferries are also good ways to get here from the continent.

When to go? June till September, but bring raingear and a warm sweater just in case. Temperatures should be somewhere around 20 centigrades. Tell me some time ahead to make sure I’m not out travelling somewhere myself. In the end of August I’m probably heading back down to Greece for the Samothraki dance festival, and when it starts to get really cold up here; I’d love to flee to Africa or Australia (if I should have gathered a shite load of cash) or back to South America again.

IF I CAN ONLY FIND A DAMN JOB!

See you soon I hope!!

Love from Tommy

Stop sending us boring emails!

From: Tommy Hermansen
Date: Sat Apr 27, 2002 3:31pm
Subject: Stop sending us boring emails!

I know I have been bitching a lot about money problems lately, and I’m really sorry to have bored you guys with that. Of course this forum is supposed to be about travelling, and not about my personal problems, but my writing inspiration have left me somewhere along the line and I regret sending this last unnecessary message out last night. But please, don’t send me hate messages as this guy from London (who I actually thought was a friend) did this morning, just send an empty e-mail to [deleted] Then you’ll be removed from the mailing list forever. Don’t waste my time, and frankly getting something like this is quite depressing!

Tommy

! WILL YOU PLEASE STOP CLOGGING UP MY EMAIL WITH YOUR BORING, UNINTERESTING & FRANKLY POINTLESS F**KING EMAILS. OBVIUOSLY YOU THINK YOUR LIFE VERY INTERESTING BUT WE DO NOT, SO STOP IT AS OF NOW OR I’LL CLOG UP YOUR EMAIL WITH A LOAD OF USELESS CRAP. WE DO NOT CARE ABOUT YOUR JOURNEYS THROUGH LIFE AND NOR DOES ANYONE ELSE PROBABLY SO DEFLATE YOUR EGO & LEAVE PEOPLE ALONE. GET A LIFE MATE & DEVELOP WHAT SMALL PERSONALITY YOU HAVE. YOU WERE DULL ENOUGH TO HAVE AROUND IN THE FIRST PLACE & OVER A YEAR LATER WE ARE STILL GETTING THESE TIRESOME IRRELEVANT W***Y EMAILS. STOP IT & F**K OFF