Kategoriarkiv: Travel

So here we go

A few days away from posting anything now, most cause I been travel, in work, and this time ended up in Amman in Jordan. And let me say it was kind of the last minutes for this trip. Upon arrival I was updated on the fact that from the 14th of March travellers from Germany, France, Spain and Italy won’t be able to enter into Jordan. All cause of Corona, and as you all know by now many countries have decided for lock downs, 100% or less.

So here you find Jordan March 2020 Gallery.

And for the fun of it….

Björn

So finally I got it…

Happy to have the day off today and managed to do the stuff I planned, and number one on the list was collecting my new passport so now I can go to beaches sipping umbrella drinks and enjoy the sun as well as travel around in work again.

Otherwise, not much to add apart from the release of the French entry to Eurovision by Tom Leeb. I don’t want to go there today but it will for sure be mentioned during the week.

Björn

A day in Geneva

Not much to tell about Paris today. I worked from Geneva all day, meeting my new colleague for the first time. But… Let us forget about work for a while and discuss the fact that EasyJet have something they call Speedy Bording… Serious, why? It’s not speedy, give no extra value to the experience of flying and still, they charge extra for this “amazing” service.

I just want to know why they call it speedy?

Tomorrow ,though, is a new normal day in Paris.

Björn

Today 3 years ago

So what did you do on this day 3 years ago? I sat on a ferry on my way to the statue of liberty in New York, freezing my balls off but it was worth it at the end.

Time flies, and my decision to go back to USA at least every second year to discover the cities I want to discover kind of failed. Not been back yet, so Boston, Washington, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Fransisco, St Barbara, Las Vegas and New Orleans still pending to host me… I doubt they look at it that way but sometimes you need to put the “I” first.

And than a huge jump to what happened in Sweden yesterday when the followers of their Godess Gretus (Greta Thunberg) forced the Government to tax plastic bags. SO the 0.10 euro plastic bag, when shopping, all of a sudden will cost you euro 0.70

The Gretus herself at the same time announced that she will brand protect her name, Greta Thunberg. So if that will go through this blog post will cost me… All to fill the pockets of the family Thunberg / Ernman.

Believe me, the Green party movements in Europe will destroy the continent as we know it.

C’est la vie

Björn

The vote yesterday:

International Driving Permits

Driving in a foreign country has been regulated since 1926 by the United Nations through 4 international conventions, subscribed by most countries in the world.Today, two conventions cover 98% of world countries: the 1949 Geneva Convention and the 1968 Vienna Convention, and nearly all International Driver Permits (IDP) are issued under these two conventions’ regulations.The authority for IDP-issuance resides in countries that are contracting parties to one of more UN Conventions on Road Traffic.

Most of these countries delegate this task to the Automobile Clubs and motoring associations. This is the reason why AIT and FIA Clubs are the world’s largest organization issuing IDPs. If there is an Automobile Club which issues IDPs in your country of residence, this website will help you access the Club’s IDP information section.

The image above is from a site offering IDPs world wide which is not possible cause a real IDP is an official highly regulated document and can only be issued in the country where the applicant for an IDP have their National Drivers License. To buy a fake IDP via Internet can be fatal since insurances etc might not be valid if you’re IDP turn out to not be an official document.

Unfortunately do fake websites also appear on Facebook.

If you visit a Facebook site like the one above please click and report it to Facebook at a non valid site for IDPs.

If you are unsure if a site is a real and the issuer a by The Government approved IDP Issuer you can contact your Government or look up your own country on the site: https://internationaldrivingpermit.org/

A site listing all countries and who is the official issuer of IDPs in your country.

Please do not be fooled buying a false IDP it might cost you more than you thought if caught.

Note that most false sites as the once presented here actually even print on their false IDPs (and mention it on their website) that the document they provide not is approved once.

Travel safe

Björn

The Swedish smoking ban

The new, very strange, smoking ban introduced on the 1st of July 2019 means:

  • No smoking outside a café or restaurant even with out door seating
  • Ni smoking outside entrances to official buildings
  • No smoking at bus stops or train platforms
  • Playgrounds etc

More or less outside all official buildings. So why “strange”? Cause it’s not up to the police to keep an eye on people it is up to non smokers to report if someone smokes and if so the owner of the Bar, Café or Restaurant is the one who will be punished with a fine or a withdrawn right to serve alcohol. It’s actually not far from the old Eastern Europe where people was supposed to spy on each other and report it.

Now I don’t think it will be so much trouble in Sweden since there is an alternative, “snus”, and the use of snus will most likely be higher at the end of 2019 than when the year started so believe me when I say that the Government will put a new tax on it.

And if you as a smoker decide to visit Sweden remember that the ban includes electric cigarettes even if you vape and the only thing you breath out is warm water steam without smell or anything else which can disturb others. The only place I’ve visited with a similar law was the central parts of Brisbane in Australia. But at least they allowed the owners of bars and restaurants to decide if vaping was allowed or not.

So why this reaction? I’m not living in Sweden at the moment, not living in the country in the European Union with the highest crime rate according to statistics in Europe, but I do visit at least once a year. So it hit me that I usually stay at “Central Hotel” in Stockholm and their entrance is in between their own out door seating and a café and behind a bus stop, so to move away from the entrance to follow the law is not possible cause you just end up close to another place where you can’t smoke. So if the hotel don’t install smoking rooms or allow smoking in some rooms there is no chance I would book there again. A pity cause I really like the place since the location is perfect when visiting Stockholm.

In any case, if you smoke and visit Sweden from the 1st of July 2019 be sure to check the hotel booking site how the Hotel solved the smoking situation and ask them before you book. It is possible you will end up at a hotel where you can’t smoke within 200 meters from the entrance caused by other business next door don’t allow smoking. And even if the only smoke you have each day is the one with your morning coffee, and even if you need to go outdoors you like it to be close the where you live don’t you? Or to take beer in the hotel bar without the possibility to “pop out” for a smoke (not even electronics) between the drinks… Fun?

So, without a opportunity to smoke close by don’t spend your money there and let the owners know why. This must come from tourists cause Swedes are to lame to not follow the rules of big brother.

Björn