A tribute to fabulous Toscany

 

A couple of years back, I spend 2 weeks in the late summer in Toscany at a rural farm house in the country side of Toscany, Italy.

I completely unplugged and enjoyed the silence (not the song :-)) , the beautiful nature, the warm weather, the friendly people, the great food and the lovely Brunello red wines.

I can only recommend others to do a trip like this and get life into perspective and to cherish what worth it and trash what’s not.

I tried to capture the nature while I was there. You can watch it in the video above.

 

 

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Living in a constant alarm state…

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Many people have tried to be in alarm state a few times during their entire lives. Many have also talked about it but never experienced it in reality.
But being in a constant alarm state cannot be theoretically understood but needs to be experienced.

I have been there a few times in my life and just the fear of going there again can be quite intimidating.

The feeling is so strong and disabling that most people break down after longer periods of being in this state for 24 hours a day.

The alarm state condition can originate from many different sources. Typically, though, it comes from anxiety, threats or concern.

When the phone rings, a text arrives, Facebook pings etc. all senses go into actions and you defense mechanisms activate. “What has happened now?”, “Is a new long period of daily troubles starting again?”, “Do I need to call in sick or take some time off – again?” and so it goes. And all of this even before the call is answered or text is read.

The brain is working overtime and so is the body stress and tension.

In fact, the alarm state condition can be so disabling and life threatening and impact your family and surroundings to an extend where all normality dissolves. Permanent stress or post-stress are often a result of being in an alarm state for too long.

I’m not sure of what the solution is but if you cannot remove the alarm/stress factor you somehow need to live with it. Perhaps consult a therapist who perhaps can help you park the stress or find a way for you to energize so you better can cope with the situation.

Be strong! Most people wish to do the right thing – so start putting TRUST in them and yourself and find the balance.

Light house at the tip

As a water lover, I’ve visited another Danish coast line with my drone the other day.

More exactly Helgenæs on the main land’s east coast. It is located at the very tip of the ‘nose’ in Denmark and has a light house that serves a very important role guiding traffic in and out of Denmark’s largest commercial port – Port of Aarhus.

Have a look and let me know what you think:

Coffee junkie

Coffee has always been a big part of my life – perhaps too big. I started out early in a coffee culture family. Back then we only had drip coffee aka normal black coffee made on machines. Typically quality trumped quality during that time. But my country, Denmark did not really inherit the espresso experience before people started to travel to southern Europe and the overall economy started blooming again after the oil crisis in the early 1970’ties. The Americans ‘discovered’ good coffee much later migrating away from their beloved ‘rose water’ in the pre 2000 with the rise of the Seattle gang of Starbucks among others. Today Americans gladly pay $5+ for a cup of fresh brewed coffee.

Well, a long story short, I bought my first expresso maker back in 1990 and have never gone back. I’ve flirted with automatic and semi-automsric machines over the years but always ended up with more manual machines.

So, yesterday – after many many years of espresso making (and drinking) – I took my first Barista classs. Learning about the green coffee beans, roasting process, the chemical process of making a great espresso and finally learning the art of using milk and steaming.

Of course the Barista world goes much deeper than what a single day of training can cover but drinking the amounts of coffee that I do, I should have done this years ago.

But I guess it’s never too late as they say.

To return Home

As you embark on every journey – you will – eventually return back Home.

Whether you have been:

  • Doing lots of business travel for more than 25 years
  • Making vacations to distant places in the world
  • Completing your daily commute
  • Exercising on you bike or doing motorbike rides
  • Visiting underwater life all morning in a dry suit
  • …or returning from a windy walk on the beach

It could also just be mentally through your mind…

All travel will eventually complete and the distance from Home will cease to increase (the 180 turn).

I am always connected to my Home and enjoy traveling out but always happier returning back Home – I love coming Home – to recharge the energy.

Please enjoy the relaxing mood of the video above as I will try to capture more Danish coast lines during 2018.

Goodbye 2017…

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We have now reached the time of year when we have to say goodbye to something well-known and welcome to the still unknown.

2017 started out well in my world but became a more challenging year as time passed through the months of 2017. Many fronts have been under pressure and not exactly developed the way “it was supposed to”. But as Heraclitus goes “change is the only constant” and plans are to be altered when the status quo cannot sustain the outside or inside pressure.

Changes are, by most, considered uncomfortable and sometimes life-threatening but to allow and learn to “live in the question” makes you see how change often can open new doors, give new perspectives or simply make you think about things more carefully and in another context.

I am curious of what 2018 will bring me and my loved ones but one thing is certain, something new will evolve and set the direction for the year to come.

With that, a very Happy New Year to everyone reading this and a small wish from me, that 2018 will be a safer, happier and more sustainable Earth for all people.

Merry 100% green x-mas🎄

My country, Danmark, has a long legacy of wind power and renewable energy.

We love and enjoy the ‘free’ energy and strive to become fully self sufficient with regards to renewable energy production to create a sustainable living form on Earth.

About 42% of the Danish energy production comes today from renewable energy sources – primarily wind.

Today, on a very windy Christmas Eve, it is estimated that 100% of the country’s high energy demand is being provided solely by wind power. Actually the production is estimated to be 110%. And this is on a day with really high demand for energy as everyone is cooking, cleaning, showering and we have all the Christmas light lit up (but factories shut down 😊)

That’s a first in reaching the goal of 100% renewable energy production for the entire country

Merry Green Christmas 2017.