Exploring the World

Globalisation

It seems that pretty much everyone these days is talking about globalisation, whether it is a good or a bad thing. I myself actually think that it is the direction where we are going all the time. The world is becoming smaller and smaller. Every year you learn more about the world you haven’t known before and nowadays it seems that everyone knows someone on the other side of the world.

Globalisation also changes our view of the world - some of the people are afraid of change and some are just seeing the benefits. I am seeing it as a good change opening new possibilities and I have been watching how my industry has also been taking the steps in this field. At the same time globalisation has allowed us to start understanding the world in better way - not just financially but also from cultural point of view.

As some of you already know, my life has changed a little bit since last Spring. I magically came across with someone who shares the same kind of open mind with me. Who is not afraid to jump into the unknown and is not afraid to learning new and getting to know someone living on the other side of the globe. It is quite amazing to see how small world we are living in after all - suddenly you know someone from the other side of the world.

What you get when you combine two different cultures, distance, different experiences in life and love? You get something amazing and beautiful of course. I have always thought that there isn’t one side in anything - you need to combine several sides of the story to understand anything. That is the reason why combining two different cultures is actually very interesting. I have now been studying a small portion of Chinese culture and I still do not understand much. Everyday I encounter something new and it requires me to study it further to understand. Life is continuos learning.

Distance is a little bit of a challenge; of course travelling is fun and I still love aircrafts - even after I have had so bad luck with me. There is a time difference between Finland and China, which causes that you cannot always communicate very efficiently. Both of us are working hard and especially for me this Autumn has been challenging at the office (so stuff happening). But it is part of this phase now, everything will stabilise in the future.

Flying back to Europe

I am currently on board the SK998, from Shanghai to Copenhagen. We have just arrived to Russian airspace and left China where I was having a great weekend. It is once again time to go back to Europe, even if it would not feel like going back home.

I had a really great weekend and the late change of hotel just improved it. Can you imagine how it feels to open the curtains and see fog and clouds and nothing else? Being that high? It is quite amazing while you of course do not have any views. Grand Hyatt Shanghai was very nice hotel and provided absolutely perfect service while we were there. Nothing to complain at all. The view is very nice and service just complements the view.

Now it is just time to sit back, have few movies and a little bit of sleep - maybe with a few cups of espresso :-) It is still nice to see that Connexion is working at least in this route and I can be online for awhile (and it is free and Boeing is shutting down the service).

Maybe I will go and check the Godiva chocolate storage …

Inside view

Atrium

Grand Hyatt Shanghai has open space from the lobby to the top floors. The central of the hotel is just open and you actually have a view indoors too. Amazing and makes your head a little bit dizzy.

The Bund

A view from hotel room

The Bund from the 64th floor in the Grand Hyatt.

Just my luck

Some of you know that when you are travelling with me then you have to be prepared pretty much for anything. I have had a diversion and rough landing and all sort of technical delayes etc.

Well, it happened again. And this time I really hoped that nothing would happen and I would actually be on time in Shanghai but no … of course not with my luck.

Departed late from Tampere to Copenhagen due to late arriving aircraft. Nothing major, I had plenty of time in Copenhagen so this wasn’t going to be a problem. But in Copenhagen a few minuted before departure time they told us why they weren’t boarding the aircraft already.

The bridge had collided with the aircraft and they were trying to separate those and then check the damages on the aircraft door. This was something I didn’t want to hear - if there would be major damages then we would not be flying at all. They didn’t say it but it was pretty obvious that in the bad scenario I would be delayed quite much.

Well, the long waiting time started - it felt like months but then they announced that they were able to get the bridge off the aircraft and checked the aircraft door and it didn’t have any damage. But the bridge was now non-functional so no boarding from that gate. They started to move the aircraft slowly as the bridge was still in the same position and didn’t move very much so they had to carefully move the aircraft.

And after two hour delay, we were finally taking off. I am currently flying somewhere above the Russia airspace and hoping that one time in life the satellite phone would actually work. But of course not.

But, I am at least travelling towards Shanghai and going to spend a weekend in there. Nothing is going to stop me now.

Let’s just wish that nothing else is going to happen and everything else is going smoothly from now on. I have had enough technical problems for this weekend.

New SAS business class seat

New business class seat

The new business class seat in SAS longhaul airplane. I am currently on board SK997 from Copenhagen to Shanghai.

Pushback

Airplane at the gate

They are slowly pushing back the aircraft from the broken gate. The gate’s air bridge is really close to the aircraft and they had to move the aircraft really slowly and carefully to avoid the contact between it and the air bridge.

Cimber in Tampere

Cimber Air

Cimber is flying the SAS route from Tampere to Copenhagen. First time for me.