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Maledives 2009, scuba diving safari

December 05, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

I was inspired by an upcoming scuba diving trip to Maledives, and decided to finally update the pictures and videos from my previous trip I did back in 2009. From that trip in 2009 I only had a small selection of low resolution pictures at this site.

Now I finally managed to upload everything here in original quality. There are over 4000 pictures, which take up 12 Gbytes of storage, and it took half a day to upload them all.

The safari was done early February 2009. There is a Finnish language trip report at my scuba blog at:
http://sukellus.leiman.fi/sukellus/malediivit-2009/

All of the material is now at this group page.

Well, almost. The videos still need editing...



 


New Zealand 2015-2016

December 01, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Me and my Minna will be spending our xmas holidays of 2015/16 by traveling to New Zealand. This will be a 3 week trip, where we first have a 2 night layover in Tokyo, and then we drive around the islands of New Zealand for 2 weeks, and finally on the way back to Finland we have a 3 night layover in Hong Kong. Layovers make the flights a little more bearable, as they are 10 to 11 hour flight segements, and doing two of those back to back really hurts my back.

Below picture shows the global flight plan, staring 18 Dec 2015, ending 9 Jan 2016. The date notation is of the forform DD.MM.YYYY, which we use in Finland.

Flights from Helsinki (HEL) to Tokio Narita (NRT), to Auckland (AKL), to Hong Kong (HKG), to Helsinki (HEL).

The main attraction of the trip is touring New Zealand. First we spend a few day on North Island visiting some relatives. Then we fly to South Island, drive around the NZ Southern Alps, take the Interislander ferry back to North Island. THe route can be seen in the picture below.

NZ route 22 Dec 2015 to 5 Jan 2016


New look for 2015

February 16, 2015  •  Leave a Comment

Zenfolio has introduced lot of new features and appearance options, so I decided to give to my site a new look as well.  

I completely changed the way the site looks. I hope you like it :-)

 


2014 Ischgl ski trip photos

March 19, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

highest peak on Ischgl This winter (of 2014) we did our annual big Alpine ski trip to Ischgl in Austria from Feb-15 to Feb-22. In Finland the schools have a winter vacation week, and in Southern Finland it is always the week number 8, the last week of February, so that is the best opportunity to make a trip like this with children. 

This year we flew to München on Saturday Feb-15, and drove to Ischgl over the Bavarian mountains via Garmisch-Partenkirhcen then over the Inn valley and up the Patznauer valley to the village of Ischgl. We had a rented Mercedes Vito, which is just big enough for our family of six. At Ischgl we had rented an apartment with 3 bedrooms and kitchen from the house of Alp Bella. We had six days of skiing at the resort. We had two sunny days, two days with quite heavy snow and then two cloudy days. When we arrived, there was not that much snow, but during our stay the many snowfalls improved the situation a lot, and there was plenty of anckle deep power snow available. The resorts was very nice and it was a good holiday. On Saturday Feb-22 we drove back to München and flew back home.

Click here to see all the pictures from the trip. 

 


Camilla's high school prom 2014-02-13

February 13, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

My daughter Camilla had today her high school "prom". In Finland this traditional event is actually literally translated to English as "The Old Ones' dance", and it is held in middle of the second year of high school end of February. This is unlike in USA, where the prom dance is held at the end of the high school. In Finland the last year students (seniors, who are called Abi's, short for Abiturients) leave school at the end of February, and therefore the second year students then become the oldest class and seniors in school, and therefore there is a good cause to celebrate this major event by performing a ballroom dance event for the parents and then for the entire school. The girls spend a great deal of effort to find a perfect dress for the event, and also boys have to dress formally. A large number of traditional dances are rehearsed and performed at the event. 

Here are pictures I took from the event.

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