At the end of the flights

Final Flight

I have closed the shutters on the job that pays the bills, at least for 2017. This years goes in the books as my “Year of the Flights”. I counted seventeen intercontinental business trips, among which a true “Round the World” flight, plus a bunch of flights around Europe and the Middle East. I estimate that I’ve spent close to 400 hours in the air. The countries I’ve visited in 2017 include the USA, Canada, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, China, Namibia, Hungary, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France, England, Sweden and Egypt.

I’ve met many great people on my business travels. Had a few nice dinners. I saw polar lights from the plane while crossing the Atlantic Ocean during the night. Had a free Saturday in Tokyo and an evening in Budapest that I really enjoyed. Got to explore a bit of the Pacific Northwest during a few weekends spent in Portland. But there were also the countless nights in some hotels, countless days in windowless meeting rooms somewhere on the globe. And way too many weeks away from home. The glory of business travel.

Now I’m really looking forward to some down time with the family and away from laptop and mobile phone (the business versions of those, that is 😉 ). Before it will start all over again in 2018, hopefully with a bit less intensity.

I wish everyone a great Friday and a peaceful start into the long Holiday weekend!


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  1. You have spent an unimaginable amount of time on planes and been to so many different countries this year. Enjoy a very well deserved break! Frohe Weihnachten und ein gutes neues Jahr! Mikki

  2. Busy, busy, busy…. lucky for us you made time to photograph and blog, too 🙂 Have a fantastic holiday break and best wishes in the new year!

  3. I had those years as well in the faraway past. Royal Dutch Airlines made a fortune out of me (well for me it’s a fortune.. 😉 ). continuous jetlag… 😉

    Festive Season Greetings from Napier.
    And watch my pictures in the new year (new camera 😉 )


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