Obertauern 2013

Årets Tramsalp labdade idag i Obertauern. Jag,  Christer och Anton for med Christers Blanco saab genom tyskland, Birger, Karin och Olof i en v70. Magnus, Helena, nisse och olle flög.  Bra vägar,  men vädret mellan Bayreuth och München var blandat regn och snö.  På färjan till kiel vann Birger en auchentoschan och jag en Gordons

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dry gin.  Innan vi for från göteborg fukade vi med Ulrika på en gammal åbgbåt.

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Obertauern 2013

Årets Tramsalp labdade idag i Obertauern. Jag,  Christer och Anton for med Christers Blanco saab genom tyskland, Birger, Karin och Olof i en v70. Magnus, Helena, nisse och olle flög.  Bra vägar,  men vädret mellan Bayreuth och München var blandat regn och snö.  På färjan till kiel vann Birger en auchentoschan och jag en Gordons

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dry gin.  Innan vi for från göteborg fukade vi med Ulrika på en gammal åbgbåt.

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Assumptions and misconceptions

Went for a trip with a boat booked only for us today. At our will and our command. We thought. Proved we could not make any changes to the route or program, not only due to the language barrier (the boater did not speak any English at all), but due to boating company lack of service-minded-ness. And our own misunderstanding of what service we had bought. And due to the fact that the hotel that booked the trip did not inform us about the full rules. And that they did not ask what we assumed to be in the service. And to us for not fully querying about what we were supposed to get.

In summary: we went pissed. Remembering Ericsson’s corporate goal; exceeding customer ‘s expectations, seems like a very unknown idea here.

Well we got a day on the boat, yes we got to snorkel (with leaking equipment), we payed more than we needed and we got less than others got getting on the group ride. The only thing we could control was how short we stayed at each stop. …Not how long …

 

 

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Softing in Phnom Penh

Breakfast in java Café,  strolling past tailors and dvd sellers.  Sorya store house then central market.  Green Vespa meeting Kate,  then dinner at California. Now back at Velkommen Guest House. Lao,  anchor…

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Leaving Bagan

In frustration over illbehaving technology.  Hate android.  Hate windows.

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Connecting with phone over wifi failed on all my devices.  Google maps with pre-cached maps failed to start claiming it needed an active data connection.  Google play failed to connect saying I needed to login to my account but that already works with the gmail app.  Well I have other apps so it worked but charging the phone failed to often and even then it drained to fast.

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Morgonstund har guld i mun

Fast i Yangon har dom allt guldet på dina pagoder.
Igår när vi kom fram till Yangon och checkat in på Beauty Land 2, promenerade vi till Shwedagon Paya. För ynka 5$ fick vi våra fötter svedda på glödhet marmor. Och se guld i överflöd. Sen gick vi till en park,  betalade 2000 kyat för att gå längs sjöns kant på träbryggor.  Lite förfriskningar efter nästa entré-betalda park. Strand hotel och klassiska drinkar.  Fick se harpan spelas.  Skybar med öl och solnedgång. Middag med brännande av sista kyats.  Tidigt i säng och tidigt upp 4.50 till flygplatsen.  Utan trafik tog resan 30m men vi fick stanna på vägen för att stänga bakluckan som forit upp.  Incheckning i väl modern och lagom tempererad hall.  Utstämplad och frukosterad

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är det nu dags att borda planet mot Bangkok.

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Siem Reap in 27 hours

So we arrived in Siem Reap as expected. Joppe managed to get through even without having succeded in printing his e-visa, and not having to pay more than 2 dollars to get through…

Blah Blah and Yap Yap met us with  their car and drove us to our hotel, Velkommen Guesthouse, where we were greeted by Edvin with beers and cheers.

Hashing in the countryside started at 3 o’ clock and we did a ditch trench run in thigh deep water. Beatiful 12 km featuring two temples and a lot of farmers, cows, kids and villages.

Khmer Barbequeue ended the hash evening but we kept drinking beer at the bar district; 1 pint = $1!

This morning hang over run started at 0900 and we went west from Siem Reap to drier land. Still lots of cows, but more rice fields than villages. Very lush and scenic. Run was about 6,5km and it was only at the end that it got really hot.

Then a surprise additional lunch was added as a boonus, and we were hanging in hammocks at the west end of the west baraj looking over the lake. What a treat! We almost did not have time to eat since we had to leave at 1300 but we got rice and grilled chicken khmer style to go. And we were eating in the van that took us back to town.

At 1525 we left Siem Reap and Cambodia after about 27 hours, a lot of beers and km in our legs. Now we are at bangkok airport waiting for the flight to Yangon in an hour. Softing in Bangkok Air lounge eating snacks and drinking ice tea.

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We’re on the road again

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Passing Linköpings pride gärstadsverken on the bus to Stockholm. Alarm 1 failed to wake me up but I got up with an hour to the bus. Had a cab to get me down town. This is the first leg of many on the long trip to Siem Reap.

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Cambodia e-Visa

To enter Cambodia you will need a tourist visa. Unlike Myanmar, the Cambodian foreign office has come very far in speed and convenience. Filling in a form and uploading a photo following an (almost) bullet-proof guide, takes, say max 15 minutes.

Then the e-Visa arrives a day later. Yes; one day.  Then you print two copies and cut them and put them in your passport, one to hand over on entry and one on exit.

I did have a little problem seeing the guide for the photo, but it is there on the site, but it is non consistent. It says minimum is 600×400 pixels, but it should be 35by45 mm, but that is not really the same ratio. And it gets to be a very odd pixel density… It seems they were not so picky anyway. For making a nice print on a home color printer that density is overkill.

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Bus4You & SEB Direktbetalning

Normalt brukar jag shoppa biljetter med VISA-kortet eller Eurocard. Men Nu tänkte jag, att det skulle kunna funka med elektronisk direktbetalning via banken. Dvs SEB.

Fint, formuläret poppar upp och jag kan använda min bankdosa för att logga in och bekräfta min betalning.

Men sen? “Återvänd till webbutiken”-länken vägrar att fungera! Och pengarna är borta från mitt konto, men biljett? Knappast. Websidan hängde och Bus4you såg inte att jag blivit klar. Sånt händer aldrig när jag kör med vanlig kortbetalning. Dessutom är det krångligare och jag måste använda dosan 2 ggr och knacka 4 koder till dosan och 2 till banksidan. Och jag missar reseförsäkring via korten.

Nä-tack. Bank-direktbetalning blir det nog inte igen i första taget.

PS: SEB’s dygnetruntservice svarade att de inte kunde göra något. Men att jag skulle ta koden på mitt kontoutdrag och skicka den till Bus4You. Och nu verkar biljetten kommit iallafall…

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