I’ve been lucky as from childhood I have travelled a lot. There is no doubt that my exchange student year at a Sylmar High School (California) had an enormous impact on many aspects of my life, one being a desire to travel and explore foreign countries and cultures.
33 countries I have visited: Antigua, Aruba, Australia, Barbados, Belgium, Cuba, England, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Puerto Rico, Romania, Scotland, Singapore , Spain, Sri Lanka, St. Lucia, St. Thomas, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, USA, Vietnam and Wales.
10 countries topping the list of those I want to visit:
- South Africa
- New Zealand
The first time we left our Brisbane base was when we went for a week at the Gold Coast/Surfers Paradise. … Continue reading The Hottest place on earth!
As Rainman does, we find that our favourite airline is Qantas, and we flew with them from Tokyo to Brisbane. … Continue reading Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!
At the end of 2017, we were going on a special holiday. The main destination was Australia, where for some … Continue reading Back in Japan
The decision that two times around the Circle Line is quite enough has been revoked! We hit the Circle Line … Continue reading 2017 Circle Line Pub Crawl
With a couple of long lasting friends we decided to have an extended weekend break in Piemonte. We departed after … Continue reading Piemonte wine tour 2015
Vi er 2 vennepar, der havde besluttet at tage en lang weekend til Piemonte. Vi rejste ud efter arbejde på … Continue reading Vin-tur til Piemonte 2015
So Saturday afternoon I took Jackie and the family to Tampa and drove the car back to Winter Haven. I … Continue reading Learning to Fly in 23 days (Epilogue)
I was up at 06:00, showered and in the car on my way to the airfield at 06:30. I had … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Twentythree (The moment of truth)
The day had come. It was really amazing to stop and think about. 3 weeks ago (It seemed like an … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Twentytwo (UK/CAA check-ride)
Today’s day-time training was going to be all about landing and taking off at non-ideal sites. So called “Performance take-off … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Twentyone (Near miss)
I was asked to plan a night cross country. From Winter Haven we would go north to Leesburg, from there … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Twenty (Descent into darkness)
I was originally supposed to have my first check ride (The FAA) today and the CAA tomorrow. However, because of … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Nineteen (Rest)
With the family secured in a villa relatively close by (40 minutes’ drive), I was now seeing them every day … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Eighteen (Stalling)
So what was the biggest complaint of my instructors? And what is the number one thing every flight instructor drills … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Seventeen (Don’t look out)
So after yesterday’s rather eventful cross-country today it would be on to the so-called Qualifying Cross Country flight. I had … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Sixteen (Qualified?)
I was running on autopilot. And do take that literally: I – myself – was running on autopilot; the plane … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Fifteen (Across the country)
Based on my experiences yesterday, I did a very thorough job planning the next cross-country. We would fly out of … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Fourteen (The mad controller)
We had planned to push off on an early cross-country after yesterday’s late night solos. I had done the preliminary … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Thirteen (Thunder and lightening, very frightening)
Today was the day I was going to crack through the 5 hours mandatory pattern/landings training so we could push … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Twelve (Sunset and rain)
Today was one of the best days I have had here so far. We had breakfast with Jackie & Co. … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Eleven (Into the Pattern)
So there were many good reasons I did not do any more solo flying yesterday. However, I am not really … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Ten (A trip away)
I knew that we would not do patterns Saturday morning, well not at Winter Haven anyways. Winter Haven is what … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Nine – (Forcing it)
It was Friday. It was exactly one week since I started at the school, and we were flying at eight … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Eight – Alone?
Yesterday had been a good day with respect to getting up this steep learning curve and today was a bit … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Six (What goes up…)
So after an evening of all you can eat Chinese with Tsin-Tao’s paid for by Alan (The Welsh guy who … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Five (Cheer up)
So, Gerry was off to fire training and I was meeting up with my 1-day temporary instructor. Yannick, from France, … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Four (and so it goes)
Today we planned to take off around 8:00 and we were not too far off schedule taking off at 08:15. … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Three (Hard work)
I should have had an idea today wasn’t going to turn out normal. I couldn’t find my pen in the … Continue reading Learning to Fly – Day Two (Special events)
The flight over to Florida was uneventful. Some turbulence at the departing end (hah, I’ve flown in worse myself) and … Continue reading Learning to Fly in 23 days – Day One (The trip)
Circle Line Pub Crawl tour The Planning We were 5 adventurous guys who wanted to try a pub crawl with … Continue reading Circle Line Pub Crawl Tour 2013