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Sunrise to sunset, two different continents. Not the Quality Resort Spa Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there”.

”  The man who asks a question is a fool for a minute.   The man who does not ask a question is a fool for life”.

Not so many photos of sunrises on the internet (wonder why? !!!) but here is one taken in the hills of Norway at about 750m altitude.   Deep down in the valley below, the villages are covered by the clouds, but higher up, the sun is already warming the hilltops.   Another beautiful day ahead….

One of the challenges of photographing sunrises in summer in Norway is that during the summer, the sun rises VERY early in the southern parts (and in the north of Norway, it does not set at all (the midnight sun), so there is no sunrise at all in the far north for a few months).  This photo was taken on a very early morning trip to Oslo airport.  If you have not already read about the airport, then have a look here-                                   (this post came out on 1st August).

Oslo airport is a disgrace for a Scandinavian capital, best avoided !!


and another photo out of the archives, as a contrast, sunset in Nicaragua.



Desperation in El Salvador – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day…” A good idea without action is as pointless as a spear without a tip”.

”  The hardest part of getting to the top is getting through the people at the bottom”.

How stupid is this.   I am still trying to get a full refund from Air France (not a good airline), and after sending yet another email to them, I received the following reply-

“Thank you for your Email alerting us to the problem you have been having with your refund .For further investigation , I would like to advise you to contact our Customer Care Department directly.

Sorry for any inconvenience caused, but there is no direct Email addresse to contact the Customer Relations Department .”

How stupid is it that Air France claim that their Customer Care (and there is a misnomer if ever there was one) do not have an email address.  They even answered my email to say that they do not have an email address!   And how are people supposed to contact them?   What a way to run a business.    So if anyone from Air France is reading this, then get your act together.

With a population of around 6 million, El Salvador is the smallest country in Central America.  It has frequent earthquakes as it is on the Pacific Ring of Fire, , and also has around 20 volcanoes, with two of them active recently.  A large part of its foreign earnings come from residents who work abroad, maninly in the USA.  Sadly, it has one of the highest murder rates in the world, with drugs and gangs being prevalent.  Spanish is the main language, and the US dollar is used as currency.    A popular national dish is the pupusa, which is a corn tortilla, usually hand made and often filled with cheese or beans.    Fried plantain is a popular breakfast item, as is deep fried cassava root.    The capital, San Salvador, has around 2 million people, and lies in a volcanic valley.

The photo here comes from the town of Naza, El Salvador, the look is either desperation, sadness or hopelessness.



Photo of the day Thursday 20th December 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

Thought for the day….” You cannot make your candle glow brighter by blowing out the other guys’.”

Not many days now until Christmas, but this year, it does not seem as crazy as normal.  Did you know that Four is the only number that has the same amount of letters as its actual value.

And did you know that a Rubik’s cube has 43,252,003, 274,489,856,000 possible combinations.  Or that it cost 7 million dollars to build the Titanic but 200 milion dollars to make a film about it.

A colourful photo from Nicaragua today, and a toffee apple seller in one of the rural towns.  Nicaragua has a population of about 6 million with 1/4 of them living in the capital Managua.  Much of the country is volcanic, and earthquakes are common.  Agriculture is the main export, but poverty is a major problem in the country.  It always pays to keep the camera ready for photos like this one.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell.

WORDPRESS LOW RES NIC Leon toffee apple

Photo of the Day Monday 6th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” You cannot shake hands with a clenched fist. – Indira Gandhi  “

Staying in Central America again for the photo, and Guatemala.  This time it is the Lake Aititlan area, which is a scenic area of volcanoes and lakes in the Guatemalan highlands.   The Maya people live in the villages around the lake, many of whom still wear the traditional costume, as in the photo.  Water taxis are the main form of transport around the lake, although there are the small paths as well (there is no road around the lake).   Lucky to have the camera ready whilst walking on one of the higher paths around the lake for this photo.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.

Photo of the Day Saturday 4th August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel, Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen. ” (Winston Churchill).

So the new cycle has been sent back to Germany by the idiots at DB Schenker, who refused to deliver it the last few kilometres in Sweden, and who have now transported it all the way back to Germany.  Off to court next week to get the matter into court, hopefully then DB Schenker/GLS will reply to emails and to court papers.

Staying in Central America for the photo today, but in Guatemala this time.   Nice photo of the famous ‘chicken buses lined up in Antigua, Guatemala.   They get their name because often chickens and other live animals are also transported on them, not only on the roof but also inside the buses.   The buses also drive at high speed, and it is not uncommon to see a crashed bus by the side of the road.  Antigua is surrounded by volcanoes and coffee plantations and is now a popular tourist destination.   Also popular in this area are the chocolate shops, as Antigua produces some very good chocolate and cocoa.

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell, and not missing the managers there at all.




Photo of the Day Friday 3rd August 2012 – Not the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell

Thought for the day…” Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak. ”

I am still battling with DB Schenker to get my new cycle delivered.  It seems that nobody at DB Schenker wants to do anything, and even getting an email reply now is almost impossible.   So the cycle may well be on its way back to Germany just because stupid DB Schenker will not deliver the last few kilometres in Sweden.  It will probably end up in a court case next week.

Off to Central America today for the photo, and to Nicaragua.   With a population of about 6 million, it is slowly being discovered by tourists, who come to visit the beaches, volcanoes and cities like Granada and Leon.   About a quarter of the population live int he capital, Managua.   Unemployment and poverty are big problems here, although revenue from tourism and the money sent back by Nicaraguans working abroad is improving the situation.

The photo today was taken in the city of Leon at one of the many fiestas, slightly unusual !!!

Happy not to be working at the Quality Spa Resort Hotel in Norefjell,