Author Archives: Erik

Spring 2015

It finally looks like spring has arrived in Denmark.
It has been a warm winter, with a lot of rain instead of snow. Still it is nice to look forward to bright days and green leaves on trees and shrubs.

Spring 2015

2014 in retrospect

Yet another year has gone, and it is time to look back – for a short moment, before I once again watch where I am going and not where I have been.

Once again, I could have lost my job! At the end of 2013, the company I work for made a mass dismissal. Then one more in august this year. I am still there.

However, let me start with the beginning of 2014.

We got a mild winter in Denmark. Not much snow and not that cold. Up until now, Global Warming has been good to us. Off course, this is just the beginning – when temperatures go further up, we will start to see some of the bad effects too.
After a tiny bit of snow in January and February, the spring came in March.

I have been on a long quest for something. What that something is, I have not quite been able to say, other than a change of direction. In April, I began to put it into one word: Serenity. Next step: How do I obtain that?

In April and May, things did change for me. For some years, I have been the owner of a house, which my grandparents originally bought before Second World War. But right there, in the spring of 2014, it just got too much for me. I talked to my grandmother, who is still among us and now live in a retirement home, what she would say if I sold the house and moved on.
She said I should just do it.

In May 2014, the house got on the market.
It probably did help selling the house, that the summer in 2014 was long and fantastic. Lowering the price also helped.

Before the house was sold, I went on a vacation: Two weeks in Canada, where I saw Vancouver and together with a friend of mine, drove round the roads in British Columbia in a rental car.
While I was still there, I got a message from the real-estate agent, that the house was sold.

I was back in Denmark August 31. On September 1, I started in a new department at the firm.
Some stressful months came, where I both had to get in place at my job, doing new tasks together with new colleagues – while I got an apartment, moved all my stuff, and handled the last part of real estate matters.

In November, the house was no longer mine. It has been a nice place to live. Nice house, good neighbors, but it was also a relief to get rid of mortgage and the speculations whenever something on the house needed to get fixed.
Besides the trip to Canada and a short notice that I moved, I did not write much about this. Looking back, it has gone so fast; but while I was in the middle of it all, it was just too hard to tell, if it would lead anywhere.

Where will it all lead? Where am I going from here? What will happen now? I do not know.
I will try to pick a direction that will get me somewhere nice.

The Wall

Berliner Mauer

9 November 1989 the Berlin Wall fell and two half cities were united.

But 25 years later, we are still better to build walls, than we are to tear them Down.

Moving

I am in the process of moving!

I have lived in the same place for many years, but wanted to – and needed to – move forward.

As everyone who has tried to move probably says it is hard to move.
It does not make it less hard that the house I move from, has been owned by my family since before the Second World War. Now it’s my job to sell it.

Before this month has gone by, I have moved and there is a new owner of the house.

Canada

My vacation is over and I am back at work.

I have spent just over two weeks in Canada, visited Vancouver, flown by seaplane to Vancouver Island and drive around in rental car in British Columbia and across the border into Alberta.

What a beautiful country and such nice people.

Lake Louise, Canada

Canadian road

Beautiful Canada

Change of location

As Lev Tolstoy would put it: “Not our location is important, but the direction in which we move”.
This may very well be, but I think that location may be of some importance also.
I live in an old house with a somewhat large garden. I want to move in a direction with less gardening and less house repair. For that to happen, I need to make a change in my location.