Samstag, 13. Juni 2015

Communication on a knife edge

But so far we're doing pretty good. Also the first Russian vocabulary sit. I even managed the natives with sentences (ok, there were exactly two) for a big hello to provide.
What we now cope with some routine, had the first night in St.Petersburg, but his test experience. Despite, or because of the rigors of travel, we were hell-bent, arrival and a first NAP, to drink a beer. After all, was Friday and the weekend standing in front of the door.
So we went, were looking for a bar that was recommended to us and found it finally. The shop is not worth mentioning despite the Nice ambience. However, he opened the eyes of the local price level us right. A tumbler of taste-free beer cost us proud 100 rubles. But that is only on the edge. When I turned the back on our small table in a corner for a minute, Jochen got company at once.
Unsolicited continued a very swallowed apparently (even for Russian standards), stiernackiger guy at our table. To be honest, he was more or less already on Jacobs lap. And also when I me to was, he went on rubbing shoulders. My questioning look, how to assess the situation, receipted Jochen with a tight "it smells of stress". And that's only because Jochen had photographed him like in 2016 Ferry Liverpool Dublin .
To shorten it: there was no stress. With most rudimentary language skills and internationally recognized de-escalation strategies we defused the situation. What with a confident "Nastrovje!", some willing Zigarrettengaben as well as gushy tributes of our opponent's hometown and the charm of its female residents can bring about, is amazing. So some wars could have prevented arguably.
Even if it all was not so dramatic, this episode taught us but that's much harder to assess situations without language skills which he also showed on the Ferry Liverpool Belfast Coupon and is more complicated to respond appropriately in such. And we moved our lessons, of course: since then we cram greetings and pleasantries, as well as all possible toasts diligently.
There are cities that you can endure only when the sun shines. There are cities, even blue sky helps with that. And there's St Petersburg. The sky was mostly grey when we met. That however I noticed while looking at the pictures. Here, the weather is indifferent. Just a tip: you should do the city maybe not in the pouring rain. It would rain one constantly in the mouth before Marvel opened.

Mittwoch, 3. Juni 2015

On my way through Trinidad

From the northern tip of Trinidad to Union Iceland , about halfway between Grenada and Martinique to our goal , we should lead our cruise through the Caribbean. Than 24 hours were estimated for the approximately 150 nautical miles. The boats were ready and we were. At least we thought das.
It was already noon when I left in the small Scotland Bay of Jochen , who translated the dinghy with his skipper Torsten for " Tika Roa." In this shabby , cluttered catamaran , even by his owner as " raft " or " glider "means , Jochen should learn to sail or would it this boat but rather the fear of God I was certainly glad to the. ? " to have hired Ruby ": a charming , twelve -meter, which made me a but much trust give the impression when the catamaran. However, the confidence in the material was necessary because the captain of the ship Ferry Rosslare Cherbourg fell into my rapidly.
Larston had a sunny disposition and laid his beaming smile throughout the day only for a purpose from: powerful voice to the sounds of reggae music from the speakers on board. More than a likeable person with a natural openness and a simple good, I had immediately taken him to heart. But we wanted to share out to sea , " defy the forces of nature and how our fate lay in the hands of God ," as Torsten there is something dramatically formulated. How right but he had this testimony , know generations of sailors. And I should learn it soon while checking sejltur frederikshavn oslo.
It made me a little suspicious that Torsten me before we weighed anchor , casually stated that he wished me " give a crash course in navigation times just." That's harmless , I thought me and invited me a program with charts on my computer. How to read a compass , I already knew. How to use the GPS navigation system and determined by the coordinates displayed on a chart position and course , I was told within five minutes. How classic and by the stars a sextant to navigate , I did not learn this lesson unfortunately. Yet in the last few nights were anyway to see any stars , so the introduction was limited to modern technology on new Ferry Newcastle Amsterdam .
I listened attentively , but hislaconic style , the whole matter let me no great importance. What else? Bow front , rear rear, starboard right and left port. Any questions? No. Even though : How likely was it that I would need to demonstrate my newly learned navigation skills? One can never know Torsten from Berlin replied and revealed to me that Larston could neither read nor write and that the numbers were not his best friends. Oha. Good to know. In a silent minute, I then took the program with the charts again before and busied myself with it in some detail.
Confidence in my skipper was not shocked , but I began to doubt some of his skills. These doubts were strengthened by the knowledge that would lead Larston on this ride his first command as captain. Although he sailed since his youth , but apparently always under expert guidance. Its regular exclamation "bless ," which meant , like "God bless us ," was not suitable as a confidence-building measure. Well, nothing helped. Since I had to go through now , because for a retreat it was too late.