söndag 25 maj 2008

Friends start leaving...

It is getting sad in the multi-culti environment here... Yesterday Txell & Thomas had their Farewell party. This will be their last week in Hamburg, next weekend they move to Barcelona (both of them will be working at our company there). It's been almost 3 years for Txell in Hamburg; for Thomas this will be a new adventure. We will miss you guys!!!
I will add some pictures from their party soon.
I will take over their apartment at the end of June. So soon we have to start packing and preparing for the move. And probably there will be another party in this flat. This time - a house warming one :-)

Pedro (Brasil) will also leave next week. His contract is over and he will start working at VW in Wolfsburg. Pity that Paula (his girl) will go back to Brasil. But Pedro promised to come to HH almost every weekend so we are not going to loose him forever :-)
Here are some photos from the big grill they organized last week.
Of course Pedro with his "thumbs-up", glad gang, and the youngest beer-lover - Katia.

I cannot believe it is already the end of May... Work is OK, little bit hysterical the last week but still OK.
Meg and I still plan to have some holidays in Portugal in June. Hope we will manage to book something this week. It would be great with short vacations.
Next week I'm going to Sweden, will work at ALS on Friday and stay over the weekend in GBG. Yuppi!!!

måndag 12 maj 2008

Summer is here!

We've had summer here for over 2 weeks now... This past weekend we had a long weekend (Pingst). We were so lucky with summer weather! Filip came from Denmark and on Friday we had dinner at home with Txell and Monica. Then we went out to Repeerbahn and met with Thomas. The whole weekend was Hafengeburtstag (I've never experienced any harbor b.day in Gdynia or Göteborg) and there were many people out. On Saturday we went dowtown and afterwards biked to St. Pauli to see some of the celebrations. But due to the heat we didn't manage to see much. In the evening we went to one of the beach clubs at Elbe to celebrate Miguel's (2) birthday. Oh yeah - this is another invention here - those beach clubs at Elbe - a little bit "wanna-be" from Hamburgers side..since there is no real sea here, they've decided to import sand, make some bars, place sun chairs and make a few clubs at the river. Well...little bit funny idea but somehow it works. The evening was nice, Miguel was happy and we had fun.

On Sunday we went to the beach at Elbe. Again...beach and beach... but it was nice and warm. Too bad you can't swim in Elbe...anyway water is still too cold... In the evening we did nothing. Just ate a dinner and chatted...
Monday was nice, we went to Alster and laid on the grass. Filip was leaving back to Denmark around 4 PM. I'm writing this blog now and Alex is taking a nap. Poor him, suffering of the heat ;-)
Until the next time...

tisdag 6 maj 2008

Long weekend in Göteborg

On Thu May 1st, Alex and I went to Göteborg. We drove his car since we had to pick up some cases of beer at the Bordershop in Puttgarten (this was a real adventure!). Anyway, not so far from Hamburg we already got stuck in a STAU due to a motorcycle accident - so already one hour longer trip...Later on we got to the Bordershop - for those who have never heard the word - it is "cheap alcohol paradise". 90% of people are Swedish. And funny - you can buy Swedish beer which has been transported from Swe to Germany, and then you transport it back to Sweden again. I thought that those 10 cases of beer which we had to get were a lot, but no way! People were loading trailers with alcohol. We looked like losers ;-)
Anyway, after shopping, we took the boat to Denmark. We left HH with sun and +18 degrees, we got to Malmö and it was pouring rain and cold in Sweden :-(
We arrived to Dan's place and went out to Götas for a good pizza together with Dan, Magnus, Fredrik and Tommy. Alex got the first introduction to IFK :-D
On Friday we went to Marstrand (Bohuslän in a pill). It was sunny and nice. We walked around the island for some hours, had obligatory fika with kanelbulle. Mums!

Then driving back to GBG and preparing for grill at the Willquists'. We were quite many since Tania had over her sister with family. Below you can see some pictures from the grill. Theo was so sweet! And cool in his sunglasses, huh?

On Saturday it was time to visit the city. We went around from Haga, Vasaplatsen to Götaplatsen with Poseidon, then Kronhusbodarna and Trägårds.

I had some intentions to buy new shoes but didn't succeed :-( Alex liked the city very much. In the evening we had dinner with Christer (he was also working in Brasov when we were there).

Later on we met Dan for one beer.
Sunday - packing, breakfast and coffee with Dan & Magnus and taking off.

I really didn't want to leave :-((((( It is home over there! And the weather was soooo nice on Sunday (not for driving some hours).
The trip went well until we got to the boat. As soon as we got out of it, there was again STAU in Germany. Grrrr!! And then again before HH. So again the trip took 9,5h... And I know people managed in 7 hrs or so...
Anyway, we had a very nice weekend. The weather was great. Some quality time with my "la familja". I miss it...