June 5, 2011

Iceland - 14 miles across the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in a storm

This is an edited excerpt from a journal I kept. This post is from the section on Iceland, where I lived and taught for about two months. The story here is from a trip to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on a long weekend.

September, Actual Dates Unknown

While I was teaching at the NATO base in Keflavik I took a trip to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. It is a mountainous peninsula that juts westward into the sea. At the tip is Snæfellsjökull. Actually this is Mt. Snæfells, but to distinguish it from two others with the same name it’s referred to by the glacier on it (jökull means glacier in Icelandic). This is the mountain that was used by Jules Verne in "Journey to the Center of the Earth". There was a little fresh snow on the mountains, and it was a very beautiful day when I arrived.

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April 21, 2011

Hitchhiking in Turkey

This is an edited excerpt from a journal I kept. This post includes primarily the sections about hitchhiking, other parts about Turkey and Istanbul are not included. It starts with my exit from Bulgaria and ends at the first town in Greece.

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September 5, 2009

Another Employment Comic

In the process of moving a few things saved a long time ago are showing up. Here's an old Peanuts strip along the same lines as a few previous comics posted here:

(Link to previous employment comic)

July 12, 2009

More on Employment

Here's another comic I couldn't resist. (Link to Previous One)

I've never understood how people can give up 50 weeks a year, out of 52, to work in an office or cubicle. Money, I guess. I do miss that so I can understand the appeal. But really, 2 weeks to yourself?

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June 20, 2009

Thoughts on Employment

There's a reason I gave up working in the business world rather quickly. However, while people often envy my avoidance of the 9-to-5 routine and the good points such as the times I get to spend outdoors they rarely appreciate the sacrifices that go with it. To quote a song by blues musician John Mayall:

"You call us the privileged few...
If you think what we do isn't working...
Then you don't understand what we do ...

We picked out a life that's a gamble...
We gave up the nine to five..."

John Mayall Band - New Year, New Band, New Company

So life can often be tough, and there are certainly gambles, but at least I'm not like this:

I couldn't help laughing when I saw this!

February 21, 2009

Break Away from the Herd

PISCES (Feb 19 - Mar 20): Break away from the herd. Those who follow you may be attracted by your potential success but could disappear in a crunch.

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