Departure & Arrival

A few months ago, I had a stray thought that I would like to work at a company where I am able to travel as part of my work. Now, I’m working for a company that is paying me to travel, but I find that it’s not quite what I expected.

My flight was delayed several times because of the bad weather conditions which made my arrival chaotic and totally stressful. The whole week prior to my departure, we had extremely hot weather and on Sunday (the 6th of August) a thunderstorm arrived with threatening black clouds right as my flight was due to depart. Originally, we were to take off at 20:25, then I was notified that we would be delayed until 21:10, and then another delay pushed us back to 21:45.

Around ten o’clock, the gate opened and we were finally taken to the plane. We got out of the airport bus with rain pounding down on us and lightning flashing all around – it was frightening! By the time we were on the plane, we were soaking wet and we took our seats only to wait another forty minutes before the captain announced we would be delayed even longer as we had no kerosene. Honestly, I had half a mind to stand up and leave, and later I would regret having not done just that.

Finally, around 23:40 the plane took off into the storm surrounded by lightning and heavy rain. Needless to say, I became quite sick, and to add to my displeasure, the captain then announced that we would be unable to fly to our destination – Dusseldorf – as we were denied permission to land! We were rerouted and, in the middle of the night, eventually landed in Koln/Bonn. After we arrived, there was so much confusion that I couldn’t find my luggage and when I finally found someone to help me, I noticed that I had lost my mobile (in Germany, they call it a ‘Handy’). To make matters worse, I missed the charter bus to Dusseldorf.

The whole process was utterly disorganised and it seemed as though the airline completely disregarded what would happen to their passengers after they were dropped in a strange city – a city that wasn’t even their destination – in the middle of the night.

I spent the whole night tired and stranded in the airport, unable to communicate with anyone or use the Internet, and it was all I could do not to panic and start to cry. A man who worked at a bakery tried to help me by giving me directions so I ran to and fro trying to find a way – a train or taxi or anything – to get to Essen, where I had a booked hotelroom. The man in the information booth was very friendly (he was the one helping me to find my baggage) and explained that the Baggage Office opened at 6 am, and suggested that I wait and ask them whether they knew anything about my mobile in case the airplane staff had passed it down as a found object. I decided to follow his advice and, in the meantime, I was able to connect to the free WiFi and send messages to my family about what happened. I had nothing to eat except a little salty snack and a coffee in a small food shop to while away the time.

After sunrise, I went to the Lost and Found office, but they couldn’t tell me anything about my phone, only repeating that they were not responsible and I should come back the next day. How on Earth could I have come back? They were absolutely unhelpful, and by that point it was around 7 am and I was walking around in the terminal, still trying to figure out what should I do. It was then that I noticed a booth with a flag that said Flixbus. As I went closer and checked, I saw it offered journeys to multiple cities, so I asked them if they offered any trips to Essen. For the first time since I’d left my home, I was in luck – they had one! The ride was good, the bus was comfortable, and the staff were nice and helpful. I started to feel somewhat better now that things seemed to be improving. At 8:10 am I started my ride to my hotel in Essen.

The whole journey was an awful experience. Afterward, I interrogated the airline, the Koln/Bonn Airport, and the Dusseldorf Airport (as the plane belongs there). I called several departments, call centers, and wrote dozens of emails, posted Facebook messages on the airline’s and the airports’ profile pages, telling them about my problem. I am grateful that there were at least a few employees who read them and cared enough to look after me – though they were rare. I still haven’t given up, and I hope that someone kind-hearted finds my mobile and sends it back to me.

*All pics are used as examples, none of them are mine (I can’t take pictures without my mobile).

Total heat

Uh, the temperature is 40 Celsius here and it’s incredible, I tell you. If I step out of the house, it’s like stepping into an oven. I am working on some animation scripts, but shhh, that’s not public knowledge… Not yet… And, of course, I haven’t forgotten the book, it’s currently being re-checked to ensure it is of the best quality. So, please be patient; I’m having to be, too! Things are happening behind the scenes. Big things!

I visit this little pond close to my workplace every day. It has two yellow-eared sliders living in it. They are super lovely! 🙂

 

 

Oh no, it’s postponed…

Hi! In the last few weeks, I have landed a new job at a big German company and moved to Budapest. I have a lot of things to do, a lot to arrange, and a lot to learn. The re-checking of my book is still not fully complete, and the visualizations are running behind because my developer friends have their hands full with a number of other projects. Also, I cancelled the interviews – yes, I’d planned to shoot a few. If all of this wasn’t enough, I must travel to Germany within three weeks for a long training course. So, sadly, the planned debut events in the UK had to be postponed until September as well.
I was dejected for a little while, but I had to come to terms with the situation. Anyhow, I offered up the organisation of this project to the Almighty a long time ago as trying to arrange it all goes far beyond my abilities. 🙂

 

Here is the link of the updated debut event: https://www.meetup.com/Protector-Recovering-Memories-Debut-Event/events/240863810/

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Debut is coming

Yay, I can finally announce this:

My new book, Recovering Memories, will be published in 15 July!

You can all come to our meetups in August where we will present all the crazy stuff we’ve created for our Protector Project. Recovering Memories will be available at a discounted price during the meetup days in London and Brighton, UK. Other locations are under consideration… 😀

You can find more info at Meetup.com: Protector: Recovering Memories – Debut Event

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Flashback

I haven’t written anything here for a good while, so here I am again.

I’ve been really busy the last few months and now, The Protector Project is on its way! Along with my helpers, I’m filming interviews, text editing, doing visualizations and that sort of thing. I am super grateful to have so many enthusiastic people co-working with me on bringing my dream to life.

Here is one of the video presentation introductions:

Also, I created a twitter account for the project: https://twitter.com/protector_pro

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Follow me there! 🙂

Logging time

I barely have time to sit down and write a post, but loads of things are happening around me and I feel like I should record some of it. Honestly, I miss my diary.

My sister and I attended a Vegan Milk Workshop to learn how to make vegan milks, cheeses, and sweet curd (from millet). We made almond milk and rice milk, a cheese using sunflower seeds as base and cashew sour cream. The recipes were quite easy and the result was really yummy! 🙂

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The glasses are layered with baking paper and they contain the cheeses. Behind them to the left is the cashew sour cream in the bowl, and to the right is the sweet curd with raisins.

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As we arrived early, we had a little extra time and found a nice coffee shop, Madal Cafe. I really liked the interior and the atmosphere was quite cosy.

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Should I stay or…

Most of the year’s first month was spent wavering between two possibilities: the idea of traveling abroad and the idea of staying home. There are many pros and cons to both options, so I will not line them up here. Traveling abroad means London. What do I want to do there? I want to work and make enough money so that I can begin the publishing process of the trilogy. This is an old dream of mine and I feel that I am in a good place now to make it happen. But… Well, there are a few of those. In the first place, my health and the fact that I would travel alone. My mom says I should offer this plan to the universe and send love to it. In my mind that’s okay, let’s just hope it helps. A couple of days ago I got this email message which wonderfully answered many of my doubts:

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“I do whatever I need to do to keep my inner world peaceful. My inner peace is essential for my health and well-being. ” Louise L. Hay

Abraham Hicks and Louise Hay
Abraham Hicks and Louise Hay

Happy happy New Year :)

I had a very eventful week though, I admit, I had hoped to have more rest. Luckily, I found time to enjoy nature’s beauty down by a lake with some friends. The surface of the water was already frozen, so people were using it for skating and messing around. So far, we’ve had zero snow but a lot of sunshine and temperatures at negative five degrees Celsius.

the pics were made in the Deseda Arboretum
the pics were made in the Deseda Arboretum