Etikettarkiv: France

Let´s call it rain

Saturday, 24th of July – told us “rain”, lets say they fulfilled that promise 100%.

And now we move closer to a new work week, a short one, cause Im free at the end of it. Look forward to just be away for a while, hopefully I can disconnect and not think at all of work. Maybe the vacation will get 3 days longer as well. HR did not get back if I must have 2 weeks or if my 9 days is enough for their statistics.

I was recommended this fake profile on Twitter, fun to follow: FAKE FIA

Take care

Björn

Friday turned out to be a boring day

Apart from the Opening of the Olympics. As always watching the parade of athletes is amazing, and outfits fun. Sweden, of course, made a fool out of themselves in the area of outfits. This year not even yellow and blue, we paraded in wearing the Australian colors, yellow and green. I don’t know who takes the decisions of the Swedish clothes in sports.

You might not need to go all Togo, for the third Olympics now?

The famous Togo Olympic boy

But I also went downtown in the evening, without burning from the idea, so of course a brief visit before I was home, before 21h00.

French Covid situation pasted week:

Take care,

Björn

A day off

Yesterday turned out to not as I expected. First of all I am still not finished at work with catching up among all paperwork I expected to do during the week. So at least one day next week must be dedicated to the same stuff.

But I also left work with a feeling that now it’s enough, I can’t go on repeating the same things over and over… Yea, we all have those days at work, but it’s not good for the mental health… No, I’m not crazy, just tiered. So welcome a day off.

60 minutes at the gym also passed, and today I will go there earlier. No QR code check for vaccine though, my gym will start the 1st of August.

Also, 2021, Myléne seems to go all in… New Greatest hits in August, and now this:

Kind of saved the day, who can be angry knowing this?

Björn

Kefir day

My legs say no no no, 16h00 rush out of work to be home no later than 16h25 – then change clothes and run to the gym for a 60 minute strolling at a fast pace on the treadmill. I am lucky so far to be just in time before all the “go to the gym after work” people get there. After that there is not a chance in hell that you get a treadmill, especially now when only 50% of them is switched on and can be used.

And yesterday was the first day for checking the health pass here in France, but I managed to live the complete day without such a check. And I also managed to go to Carrefour after the workout and was lucky enough to actually be in time for stocking up on “Kefir”

Kefir, the closest thing to “Filmjölk” you get in France at the moment.

So now I have Kefir for at least 4 days at home. And Carrefours Kefir is the best and most like Filmjölk, there are two other brands as well but both double the price and more like normal milk, not as thick as Kefir (and Filmjölk) is.

And you might have read in the news about the hostage situation at a Swedish prison yesterday? Two inmates convicted for murder took two prison guards as hostage using razorblades.

The situation is now solved but yesterday when it happened and their demands got public a whole country went on Twitter and “?” – They wanted kebabpizza for all inmates. Worth it? Maybe added 5 years to their time locked in, using razorblades just to get a kebabpizza? Smart guys.

I end todays worthless post with 2 things. First that four days proven not to be enough to catch up with all the work I am behind with and it was the jury who buried Denmark in Eurovision.

Hugs peeps

Björn

Celebrate

Today, the same day that new Covid cases in France reach over 18.000, I am according to the French rules finally in full vaccinated. 14 days after jab 2. So… What will now happen? Knowing me, I most likely will catch Covid cause I am supposed to be as safe as possible. My reaction to the fact is that I am even more aware of the risk and overdo it in the opposite way.

That said, I can’t understand why wearing a mask feels much tougher now than it’s done in more than a year? I never experienced a “Can’t get air” feeling since the masks been introduced, but now I can hardly wear one for more than a few minutes before it feels like I’m drowning. The brain play us for sure.

Today is also the day of step 1 when it comes to the health pass, will be really interesting to see if the QR codes works or when I will be asked for the first time to present the code.

I also need to know when Carrefour will get more Kefir.

By the way, crazy Greta is obviously not popular in Switzerland, cause I think this is a Swiss vehicle.

The face of a crazy teenager

Keep up the good spirit and give me more days off, I am in need of sleep and new glasses – the project on my next day off.

Björn

Workout

OK, I have now reached the point in life where I try to work out AFTER work. First time yesterday and no, I do not like it at all, but I will give it a few weeks and see if it’s feasible in the long run or if I shall try early mornings again (which I know works for me).

So why not do mornings if I know it work out well? There is a list of reasons:

  1. Since I for some reason after sweat for on hour before I’m normal again I won’t be able to leave home before 9h00 after a morning work out.
  2. I won’t be able to add more time to the workout, it is 60 minutes no more so in the long run I will reach status que in weight loss.
  3. Leaving home at 9h00 means to bike in rush hour, not something I like to do.
  4. Bike after 60 minutes on a treadmill, my legs won’t be able to take me up for the hill between Guy Moquet and La Forche (at least not for the first month, before I actually get some muscles on my chicken legs).

So, what is the perfect solution? I hope the gym will open earlier or go 24/7 opening times (like gyms should be) – just think to get back home from a night out and be able to go to the gym and workout and seat out some alcohol from the system before going to bed cuddling with a hamburger from McDonals. But gyms in France don’t seem to be open 24/7, at least not the brand I workout at.

And I need to learn to drink still water, not always 100% freezing cold. Why can’t I drink still water without getting vomiting reflexes?

Yes, the above is a mix of bragging and whining, I am aware of that.

Björn

The first back at work

So, no direct surprises too be honest, same streets on a bike, same stops and same rolling down the hills of Paris and reached the office in 14 minutes today.

But I do expect more trouble further into the French vacations month (August) we go. For some reason the “digging up streets of Paris” happening at the same time. I also 100% sure we will see more demonstrations around Place de la Concorde the upcoming weeks. Always manage to fu** things up when it comes to blocking streets.

Hopefully we will get information in advance so you know what streets to avoid. Or, born Parisians will know, me, not so much, I learn by trial and error.

But now I have 4 days this week to finalize stuff always “pushed into the future” caused unexpected tasks thrown my way. Next week will be prepare my colleagues for the weeks I’m out of office.

But if I can’t do the work this week I can’t focus on the real important things after my vacation, cause we will have a seriously hectic autumn / winter coming up, which need 100% focus.

So, I can only hope for this week to be a “do not bother Björn with unimportant stuff”-week.

And to link to yesterdays post I now logged in to my Covid Vaccine account to check the Travel pass and health pass (not even sure if it is the same document, cause its not clear in the information since both names are mentioned in different sections), and still the info is “No available information” – and on Wednesday it’s needed. So will be interessting. Scanning the QR code in the upper right corner of the document provided by my Doctor it also say: “No information available” – the Qr code at the left bottom of the page, to upload info in the app, works well though. So let us hope it will be enough.

Björn

Back to normal

France National day, 2 days off and now tomorrow back to the hamster wheel, and what can I say. Far from enough, really needed but to be back to normal will take more than 5 days, maybe more than 1 week (it’s soon upcoming), cause my brain is on fire.

But forget about that and look at France and the Covid situation. First of all:

France will impose Covid-19 tests of less than 24 hours on entry to its territory from the United Kingdom, Spain, Portugal, Cyprus, Greece and the Netherlands, Matignon announced Saturday.

The measure will come into force at midnight on Sunday.

From midnight on Sunday, unvaccinated travellers from the United Kingdom, but also from five European Union countries (Spain, Portugal, Greece, Cyprus and the Netherlands), will have to present a negative PCR or antigenic test less than 24 hours old to enter France, Travellers vaccinated against Covid-19 with a vaccine recognised by the European Medicines Agency will be exempt from this requirement from Saturday.

And I guess there is a list of countries to follow the UK for example, all cause the rapid amount of new cases in France. We have the last week seen:

And then we have the new restrictions coming up from the 21st of July and 1st of August, and the protests planned around us. I read, without being able to get it confirmed, that even Policemen will refuse to take the vaccine, the mandatory vaccine for people with jobs where they take care of people.

I do support the new rules, no questions about it, but from start I have said that the Government must lay down the infrastructure and be clear with the rules first, then take the decision to impose this on the people in, in this case, France.

Well well, no one cares but here is list of things I wish been done before the 1st of July:

  • How will not vaccinated, but tested, get access to Restaurants, shops, supermarkets, Cafés and bars? Force them to take a test every 24 hour (todays not for free).
  • Who is in charge of throwing people out if they don’t have the QR code?
  • Who, in a busy café or bar, will be in charge of the scanning of codes?
  • Is the QR code also mandatory on the terraces? Or only inside? Like the masks are now?
  • Scannars are tech, tech can malfunction, what then? What if the “TousCovid” app go down, being hacked? Do we need the papers as well?
  • Why can’t I test the QR code at home to see if it actually works as promised? Now its no problem to scan the test result, but the QR code for scanning just say “No data” when you try to scan it with a normal scanner. So I guess there is a special scanner or application for people in charge of scanning. Or?

Just a few things. At the end I still think the only way to get figures down is to stop border crossings completely for a month, worldwide. What countries then decide within their borders is one thing, but no travel for anyone, Royalty and EU folks included.

Björn

French link in French only

Stupid moi

Seriously, second day at the gym (after the lock down) I managed to walk from home without my watch, so no record of the workout today. And I need to fill that workout ring, not missed one day since 17th of August 2020, and just to have a gap caused by me forgetting the stupid watch? Oh no, I really don’t accept that.

So what to do? Walk down and have another workout just to fill the ring? Or keep the workout app on all day, random workout, and just fill it? Stuff like this can make my mood sink deep.

But, let me introduce you to the new Corona regulations, if you go to Paris or France the upcoming months.

Take care out there and take the vaccine

Björn