Thursday, December 23, 2010

Lead Up to Christmas...

Christmas is but two days away, but celebrations begin tomorrow. With northern europeans begin the majority in the camp here in turkey, tomorrow is the big day for them. But being in Turkey, things will be different for most of us from western cultures:

Firstly, that christmas isn't celebrated here. In my ignorance, I have no knowledge of what sort of acknowledgement the Muslim have for their prophet, but that will no doubt come to light in the coming days when it becomes more topical.

Second, most people are used to the snow and cold at this time of year, but apart from one days snowfall, that will be absent as well. This is where I find myself to be more at home. Warm weather, and blue skies. And even though it is not exactly summer, the sun on my back while climbing certainly gives me a welcome reminder of home at this time of the year, all the way on the other side of the world.

The one thing that will remain the same:

People coming together. I may not believe in what christmas originates from, but do believe in what it brings out in people: Sharing. Not the sharing of gifts, but the sharing of company, conversation, common values. Eating good food, meeting good people, enjoying good times.

Happy holidays.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Mission to Meis

Two days ago, the opportunity arose to get to Meis, Greece for the day. It was a trip that would be necessary at least once during my stay here in Turkey, so when Janek had to go to avoid paying an even bigger over-staying fee, I made the most of the chance.

Meis is a little island about half an hour by boat from Kas, on the south coast of Turkey. Surrounded by the crystal clear waters of the Mediterranean, it is a beautiful and tranquil place to spend a few hours, while officials on the mainland renew visas.

It is quite strange to have the Greek culture just a stones throw away. There is quite a noticeable change on arrival: The architecture, the language and the alphabet to go with it, plus a negative attitude towards 'Grossing the harbor', whatever that means.

Saturday, November 20, 2010

New Beginning

It has been a long time since anything has made its way to these 'pages', and maybe it will be a long time before it happens again.

I have now been in turkey for one month. Back to old friends, and old projects. Lots of climbing and a little work. I finally got my camera out for a quick trip to discover an ancient city that most seem to have forgotten about. Left in ruins for some undisclosed or unknown reason, one is left to explore and interpret as one chooses.

It's still home to some...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Making Hay While the Sun Shines

We are back on the coast enjoying a very rare week of beautiful weather. Clear skies and low temperatures everyday making for excellent climbing conditions. And as the local farmers ‘make hay while the sun shines’ in the most literal sense, we have been trying to making the most of this unpredictable window before the rain returns.

We don't seem to be the only ones enjoying the break before the cold sets in either. There is a constant stir around the crags, with deer grazing the forest floors amid the first falling leaves of autumn, woodpeckers hopping from tree to tree, filling the air with their erratic tapping, down to the caterpillars creeping around doing whatever they do to get ready for winter.

The climbing takes its toll though, most immediately on the hands: Our skin is suffering!

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

'B' is for Brussels?

So our last moments in Brussels were spent drinking our last belgian beers in the bus to the airport. The consisted of a lot of running around, quick visits to the swedish embassy (Ikea,) and some less than ideal sleeping situations. Next: A couple days relax, then back to our base on the Swedish west coast...

Friday, August 27, 2010


We are relocating for a few days. To Brussels. Have a break from climbing, and enjoy some cheap beer. The only downside is spending a night in an airport with very few benches or anywhere to sleep, (other than the floor.) A restless night awaits, but maybe some productivity will come of it...

Thursday, August 19, 2010


So one of the only constants here on the west coast of Sweden is water. Apart from the fact that we are right next to the ocean, it rains quite a lot. The results are, among other things, big slugs, and chanterelle mushrooms. (At least I hope that's what they were, cause I ate a few!)