The year 2008

December 31, 2008

Dear blog readers,

2008 is coming to an end and it has been a year full of events. After having left my job at News Factory just before Christmas last year I had to make a number of choices about my future. Having originally planned to pursue my Masters degree starting in 2009, I decided to opt for an earlier start and applied to the M.Sc in Strategic Marketing Management at the university of Uppsala, a two year program allowing me to specialize within my preferred field.
Uncertain about being accepted, I continued to apply for a number of jobs and somewhat surprisingly (more for me than for those who know me) managed to get a foot in to the company and industry I have wanted to work in since I was a child, SAS. On February 18th, I started as a Customer Service Agent, a job not to par with my previous education, but still allowing me to grasp many of the operational aspects. These will certainly come in handy in the future if we manage to sail out of this financial crisis without too many job cuts and I can climb the ladder.
In july, I received my letter of acceptance to the M.Sc and began planning for once again moving out of my parents nest. On the third attempt I managed to get my hands on a cozy little apartment 5 minutes from the central station in Uppsala with access to both the airport and Stockholm as well a mere 10 minutes from the university. The move took place on September first this year and I am feeling increasingly at home every day and owning it makes it even better.

Student life in Uppsala is great and a contrast to my previous experiences on the Côte d’Azur and I try to remain as active as studies and work allows me to. My clarinet was dug out after a five year long break and I now meet a mixed bunch of people for practice once per week

I also had my first year as a PPL holder and accumulated close to 20 hours with a number of splendid trips to Norway, Mariehamn and around the proximity of Uppsala.

In terms of travel, 2008 has been quite relaxed where my first trip ever to New York as the clear highlight and now  in December, from where I am writing parts of this letter, Milano.

Dear readers, that was all for now and not much remains for me now other than to wish you ALL THE BEST FOR 2009 to you and your loved ones. I am certain that it will be an interesting year for everyone regardless of where you are working or studying.

Seasons greetings from

PC


Back to basics

December 30, 2008

Every now and then it is necessary to go back and practice the basics of flying namely taking off and landing. On this fantastic day, after a good morning at work, I found an aircraft (SE-GON) and enough time to put myself in the circuit at Sundbro. All in all, a total of 40 minutes airborne and 11 landings setting new targets (touch down points) for every landing and reflecting over what could have been done better. I’d say that roughly 8/11 landings can be qualified as good and the remaining three could have used some extra work. It dd take my memories back to last year and flying school with the endless circuits.

My body is still doing touch and go’s. 🙂


Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2008