Failure, failure to update my blog since Easter. Shame on me...
A lot of things have happened here on Svalbard since Easter. My parents had a GREAT trip here and very good weather. We drove scooters and saw a lot. For my parents it was like being on Greenland again.
Anna finally got a full-time job, working for the largest travel company in town, Spitsbergen Travel. She is very happy with that and loves her job and aslo knows when she has to work and not to ;0)
My company has been loosing a lot of money, both due to falling coal prices and to many people employed in my company. Therefore my company fired 25% (80 people). Most of them will be gone from the company in the next 1-3 months. I was lucky to keep my job, so i am very pleased not be forced to move away from Svalbard.
On Iceland we had a leak in our apartment. This is always a mess with the insurance company and the tenants and for us living in an other country.
Two weeks ago, my colleague and I went to Berlin and Potsdam to attend a one week course in coal petrology. This was very interesting and necessary for us to learn more about.
In the beginning of September I will finally have some vacation. This year, as last year I will spend the first 14 days as a guide, sailing from Svalbard to Iceland via Greenland. Thereafter we will stay in Iceland and prepare our wedding, before heading back to Svalbard in the beginning of October...