Yes, don’t tell my boss, but I actually took a day off. Went to Vancouver, walked around the city, did some shopping, went to the Aquarium… Yes, the aquarium. That is something I always do when travelling if I have a chance. I have a special relationship with anything connected to the sea (I dive, sail, go canoeing and kayaking when ever I have a chance – I even had a reef aquarium in the house for a long time) . For me, that works better than anything else: others have a beer or two or whatever to kick back, I head to the sea – in one form or another.
It was pretty nice aquarium, but I’ve seen a lot of them, so I wasn’t that impressed. But I saw the first beluga of my life and that was interesting – and that alone justified my trip and made it worthwhile. They are a very special breed of cetaceans: in addition of being totally white, they have the ability to turn their necks; i.e. when they peek out of the water, they turn their head around, and it feels really strange seeing them do that.
Anyway, I’ve said before that experience shows in the selection of equipment you carry with you, that you don’t drag anything unnecessary with you, tire yourself out. Same goes with taking time off: you have to understand yourself, when it’s time to do that. Charge the batteries for the days to come. It’s been pretty tough 8 days so far and c. 15 still to go. It was a day well spent.
It is evening here in Whistler now and it is cleaning and maintance day: I am doing laundry and cleaning the computer, archiving files to external harddisks.
Due to the timedifference I can already see what the papers tomorrow in Finland look like. I notice Aamulehti at least (and Iltalehti will follow now in the morning I’m sure) has published the multimedia I did on skating.
In case you don’t speak Finnish, click the third image on the opening page. It takes you to a second page where A-P Nurmenkari explains all the six different jumps of figure skating. Yes, the design could be better, more elegant… but it is informative. Finally I think I myself understand something about the differences between lutz, axel, flip and all the others. At least for a moment….