One year ago …

WOW – time goes by so fast … – it’s exactly one year ago, when my grandmother lend me her caravan and I drove about 1800 km (1120 miles) to Manchester in the UK. (@ all my colleges in Manchester: yea – I still remember the difference between “borrow” and “lend” something ^^ – a good and positive indication, of how much my English skills expanded with all of you as my daily English teachers =)
I’m actually sorry to tell you, that I don’t think, that I will ever find time, to post the missing days of my UK Mission on my “Sebi in the UK”-Blog … – time just goes by to fast … – I could write books about the last few days – and I could still write a whole book gallery full of books about my UK trip in 2007 ^^
But at the end of the day the many posts I published last year on my blog will be a really good memory base for me, to be able, to always remember all the good experiences I had with all the new friends and good colleges I found there =)
So on I just want to say again thank you for everything, all of you did for me – it was a really positive adventure for me, which I will always keep in my memory’s ! =)
Here are some links to all the beautiful pictures I took on my trip:

UK 2007
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I arrived glad at home and will now work during the next few weeks on my blog to fill up all my missing days …

Kind Regards
SEBI =)

Because I actually went yesterday really late and pretty tired to bed, I slept long till after 10 o’clock am =)

After having a nice breakfast I quickly took my backpack and went over the nice old bridge back to Conway.
I was pretty impressed by the bridges over there – they had 3 different bridges going over the river – the first one was just for train, the second one only to walk (and costs one Pounds per day) and the third one for cars (and also people)
They build them in the style of the castle, which is located right behind the bridge :)
After I spent a bit time at the bridges I went to the castle to visit it …
– it was just amazing!!!
I have seen many beautiful castles in Austria, but none of them hade such height tower than this castle had …
This castle had about eight towers and all of them where so amazing height …
(in Austria most of the castles does just have on big tower …)
I really enjoyed it a lot !
These castle was one of few , which the king over her ordered many years ago to build, as the Norway’s were closer coming to the UK – so one they build it as a signs of power and to defined there country …
I also met an Austrian family over here and got in a dialog with them for few minutes …
– they flow just for couple of days to over here – when I heard them speaking I realised, that hey could not be from Germany – and guess, that they must come from close to Vienna … – when I asked them I found out, that I was absolutely right – they are living in Vienna ;)

Here are few nice pictures from the bridges and the really impressive castle:

After I walked a short piece on the old city walls, I soon returned to my camper van and made myself finish to leave – my next goal was a really close mountain, from which you should be able to see the next island – only if the weather is fine ;P
So on I expected that I won’t see it, because the weather over here is usually not good ;P
After I reached the feet of the mountain (see level) and stand in front of it, I decided to hike it up, to get a bit of Austrian my feeing :)
– actually I did it really extremely and so on it was more running up the hill than hiking …
A big mountain for people in the UK – but just a small hill for a guy from Austria ;P
It took me just about 12 minutes, till I reached the top …
But it was only 206 meter (679 feet) height – so one I did 2,8 height meter (9.2 height feet) each 10 seconds – I really walked the whole time on my maximum speed level ;)
– than I just kept on walking on the top, till I reached only 20 minutes after starting the final visitor point on the top …
Actually it was a bit strange – there was a cable car and a lift going onto this small hill – and on the top was a big building with a restaurant, a shop and a casino ;P
But the view was wonderful and I really enjoyed it :)

Here are few pictures:

After I returned safety to my van I quick wrote a SMS on my mobile phone to my college Trevor. He told me, that he will be pretty close to over there at his grandfather’s house on Sunday and I’m invented to make a stop over there :)
I quick got an answer and made my way to Penrhyn Bay. To drive along the coast was a real adventure – there was amazing much traffic (everybody likes to drive to the beach on weekend) and the street was really really narrow – it was on of the situations I really like to drive in, because it’s a real adventure and pretty exciting – when you just have 1 cm or less space on each side of your van =)

I actually arrived at the address, which Trevor told me, couple of minutes to early, and had to wait few minutes, till he was back with his family from the beach …
I spent about an hour over there, but decided to leave before dinner, because it was already about 5 o’clock and I had to drive the whole way back to my campsite …
Actually it was the right decision to leave a bit earlier, because I arrived way later than I expected at my home (got a bit into traffic jam) and it takes me always a while, till I’m parking perfect at my place …
So on I went after a real relaxing and enjoying day again pretty late to bed and I will tell you tomorrow, how I went up at the next morning ;P

King Regards
SEBI =)

PS: I’m not sure why, but my computer does have a small bug at the moment – while I’m typing a text, he likes to drop few signs or even whole words – that’s why it’s possible, that there are more mistakes … – I will take a look to fix that soon, because it’s really nasty!

I made myself quick a breakfast, right after I went up, before I took a look at my navigation system (where I’m at the moment) and decided to pay and drive back to Chester with my van to the one hour free parking place …

I first didn’t aspect that I will really need just one hour to visit the city …
When I went out of my camper van the car, which was parked right in front of me was getting ready to leave … – and so on I quick asked the people over there, if this parking place is really free to park (because just few meters away was the stadium with a place, where you have to pay a lot for parking)
A friendly women told me, that they first thought it’s for about three hours free – but how ever, I should just keep on staying here – they parked for about five hours and nobody cared about that and checked there parked car …
So on I went into the city and planed to be back in about one hour … – actually Chester is a really nice old city, which is just a bit smaller, but as nice as York …

Here are few pictures about the Church in Chester and few other views, which impressed me really much:

Also funny – it was the first time I saw a restaurant build into a church:
(in my mind just crazy ;)

Because I like to bring my life sometimes in really dangerous situations I risked trying again to eat something from a real Great Britain traditional Paste Bakery …
Actually I didn’t take this time the same awful stuff, which I had last time (they sold it also ;)
– this time I found something, which the last Bakery didn’t had …
It’s called “Sausage and Cheese” and is pretty similar to a hotdog with just sausage and a bacon cheese on top … – I also bought a second one of the same stuff which was called “Bacon and Cheese” :)
This time it was really good to eat over there and I enjoyed it a lot !
– because it was so good I really guess this food wasn’t an invention of Great Britain People! ;P

After visiting the whole city and walking a lot on the old city walls I returned finally to my camper van after about nearly three hours – and as the lady told me, I really didn’t got a ticket because of parking to long :)
Sometimes in your life you just have to take few risks ;)

So on I went back on my rout and planed to drive to Llandudno Junction in Wales, which is a town right next to Conwy …
My colleges told me, that there is a nice castle to visit over there and also a small mountain, from which you are able to see to the island “Anglesey” …
(If the weather is good – so I expected it won’t be possible ;)
I actually decided to drive the whole way to up there along the cost and made one stop to walk about half an hour along the beautiful few of the sea at the middle of my journey.

My goal was to drive to a pretty impressive bridge going over a river (which links right after the bridge into the sea) up to Conwy – I planed to park right under this bridge :)
This street was actually a deadlock and up there was just the main bus parking and fixing station – so the whole evening long there were busses arriving and after a full check, a car wash and a bit cleaning they parked there busses into a big garage …

Here are few pictures from the sea:

Actually I got in another adventure over there, which kept me for a moment pretty busy ;P
When I parked my camper backwards under the bridge I wanted to take a look, if I stand perfect …
– in that case I jumped quickly out of my camper van and just let the engine run in neutral gear …
I quick run around my camper van and decided that I park in a perfect position …
– but when I returned to the driver’s door and tried to open it, it was looked …
– so on I quick run to the other side to check the second door – but as I expected, it was also looked up …
Normally if you travel and something like this happens, anybody who travels with you would now open the door for you … – but in the case, that I travel alone there wasn’t anybody and so I was standing out closed in front of my van and the engine was still running …
I had at this moment really nothing – my computer was running inside, my mobile phone, all my money and the second key was inside the car …
So on I quick went to the bus main station and spoke with one employee from over there …
My English got since I’m here really good – we didn’t had any communication problems at all … – fist he told me, that he will first finish his bus and right after this he will have a look, what he could do for me …
Actually we got the idea to call the AA (Automobile Association), which is a company that usually, helps with car problems …
As far as I know, they would work together with the Austrian Company I’m insured, but in that case, I would have to phone first the Austrian Company and they would organise from Austria help for me to over here …
But before we called for help, this guy started to ask me again all options, how I may could come into my van …
And actually we had in absolutely the same moment the idea to get in over the small plastic windows in the roof :)
So on I asked him to lay me a screw driver to open one of them …
He went away to search for one and returned few minutes later …
Then I climbed over the back of my van (which wasn’t hard, because there is a special fitting for my bike – which isn’t actually anymore there …)
I just needed about four minutes, till I got into my van, because the plastic window in the roof is only fixed with four screws =)
By the way: The roof has to get on the top cleaned sometimes ;P

Actually I found out, that this is a real lazy security point at all caper vans on the market … – because nearly 99% does have at least one window in the roof and they are all like my ones, because most of them are produced by the same company …
So on you can really get in each camper van in just 4 minutes with damaging nothing – if you don’t care about damaging the van I guess it’s possible to b inside in less than one minute and nobody will see you or will be able to see from outside, that someone broken into the van …

After I first turned off the engine before I quick took my keys, left my camper through the door and climbed again up, to screw the window back on the van …
After finishing this mission I was really happy, that I got out of this situation much easier that it first looked it will be.
So on I gave the guy which lend my the screw driver a really Austrian beer (which I brought with me ;) when I brought the tool back :)

After this I build my camper van ready to sleep, which took me just couple of minutes.
And so on I quickly took my backpack and stared to walk over the bridge and a bit around in Conwy :)
I’m actually a person, which doesn’t like to eat much fish, because I hate fishbone in food. I didn’t know at this time, that Fish and Chips doesn’t include fishbones – how ever – at this moment I really liked to try this stuff and took also the risk that there are maybe fishbones :P
So on I bought Fish and Chips at a small shop and it was really really good !
I sat down right infront of the harbour and enjoyed my big meal for dinner :)
As I went back over the bridge I was so motivated, that I actually just kept on walking, till I reached a church (fro which I first just saw the tower) on a small hill …
Actually it was a new church and like most of the churches over here not open to visit …
It was a pretty modern building … – and it impressed me in a pretty crazy way …
– this church was looking from outside like a jail !
There were many CCTV cameras outside, on the top of the small building part was barbed wire and many signs told me “do not go near” and “keep away”
I actually can’t understand, how you could some thing like this as church – but how ever – as long as it’s not my church, it doesn’t affect me :P

I actually returned to my van and phoned with my family with voice over IP before I went to bed …
I fist expected, that the busses will maybe wake me up in the morning, when they leave there garage – but actually they didn’t ;)

This day was really a big adventure, but also Sunday was a relaxed and nice day, which I will post soon ;)

Kind Regards
SEBI

Today was a pretty relaxed working day …
Everybody was already a bit in weekend feeling and so on it was really much fun :)

I decided to drive over the weekend to Chester and a bit more west in Wales … – so on I got really lot stuff like maps and folders from my colleges :)
They are all time really interested in what I’m doing over here at my weekends =)

Trevor also invented me to the house of his parents, which on the cost in Wales … – we decided, that I will write him a SMS if I’m close to over there …

As soon as I returned from work I started to prepare everything for my weekend journey – and actually this is always much work …
I had to empty the toilet, fill up the fresh water tanks and decided also spontaneous to take a last shower, before I leave my camp site …

Because I called the police yesterday about my stolen bike I got a police letter stick on my camper van windscreen … – It told me, that a police officer from the CSI Great Britain came over to take a look, if he could take finger prints of the bake from my van …
Actually he couldn’t find something and also the CCTV cameras were fare to dark to detect something about the thief …
Shit happens …

Because I had quite a lot to do and didn’t make myself extra stress I left actually my campsite at about nearly 10 o’clock pm …
Chester isn’t that far away – my navigations system told me, that I will need about half an hour – so that means, that I would need with the camper van about one hour ;P

I first pilot to a stadium and sport area in Chester, but there parking place was closed … – right next to there I found a free nice place – but a sign told, that you are only allowed to stand about an hour over there … – so one I tipped in my navigation system to bring me to the racecourse of Chester (horse race;)
But this racecourse is in the centre and so on you would have to pay a lot for parking over there … – Actually I drove a bit around over there … – and believe me – Chester DOES NOT HAVE ANY PARKING PLACES !!!
Most of the people were parking half on the street … – but actually that’s not luxurious for camping ;P
Because it was at least 12 o’clock and I still didn’t had a place to park I just told my navigation system to tell me the way to the next camp site …
– the campsite was quite outside the city – but the city isn’t that big …
I just parked my self in the front of the campsite … – it was a nice site and really luxurious – they had really nice toilets … – so on I just stick a letter into my window, on which I wrote “I will pay tomorrow morning …” and went quick to bed.
I was pretty tired and slept till short after 10 o’clock am :)

I will tell you much more about my trip at my next post ;)

Kind Regards
SEBI

Today will be marked as a black date …

Actually the whole day was pretty nice – the weather was good, the time in my company run by as amazing fast as usually – and when I finally returned I was so happy and full of energy, that I decided to take a small bike tour …

But then it happened …

I took on all my biking clothes (really professional ;) and took a short look at the internet, to see in Goggle Maps, where the best route over here will be (away from traffic ;)
And finally I quick decided where to go … – but right after I went out of my camper van and looked the door – I had to recognise, that my bike was gone …
Somebody cut my bike locker and stolen my mountain bike – also the locker was gone …
Actually few people my say, that’s just a bike and you can replace it easily with a new one … – but this bike was something really important to me – I got it on my 18 birthday and actually decided, to take the whole time of my life really much care about it … – that bike is something very special for me and there was kind of a love between us …
By side of that it’s pretty new – I got it last autumnal for around € 1000 (673 GBP / 1370 USD / 1442 CAD) – and that was a really good price, because we bought it right in front of the next winter – at the start price it cost in Austria € 1600 (1077 GBP / 2193 USD / 2308 CAD)

Because this bike was really something special for me I wish the thief, who stolen it, that he wound be happy with it at all !

So one I went back into my camper van and changed my clothes back – to go straight after this to the reception of my campsite …
This camp site is handled by two young girls, who actually bought it just couple of month ago … – they are pretty nice …
I told them what happened and so on I got full access to there CCTV (closed circle TV) and they helped me phoning the police …
Actually there CCTV system records about a month backwards – so it’s maybe possible to see something … – there energy plug connector of there computer was actually broken (which didn’t affect the CCTV system – it was still recording – but you weren’t able to take a look at there cameras, because the second computer didn’t work …
So on I quick took my little Swiss penknife (I always have as technical engineer with me ;) out of my pocket and fixed there plug connector…
I played a bit with there cameras, but actually I couldn’t see something …
They finally told me, that tomorrow an expert will come, which looked up for them couple of times on the cameras and they will ask him to search for something happened at my camper van …
So on I called the police – and the girls helped me a lot in spelling few things right ;)
The police office woman on the other side of the phone line was really nice and spent a lot of time with my report …
(now it’s the second report I did over here … – it’s not online right now … – I lost my walled on my first working day)
I also told them, that they will may be able to find finger prints on the camper – because it is a bit dirty at the back side, you actually wont be possible to retrieve the bike without touching the van and finally (the important thing ;) it didn’t rain during the last two days …
(witch does not mean that you will find so on nice weather in Great Britain – it’s always cloudy ;)
How ever – the police women told me, that she send my report and a request to take finger prints to the right department – but it will be there decision, if they will finally really come and search for prints …
After all this stress I went to take a shower, eat for dinner and now I’m writing this post for today, right before I will go to bed …

I actually plant to visit on the next weekend the city Chester by bike … – as it looks like I have to walk …

I’m not sure, if and at which time I will leave tomorrow … – but I guess my post tomorrow will come pretty late or too late ;)

Kind Regards
SEBI

Today was really nice and not heavy at all =)
Guy pieced me exactly at 8:30 am up and we went to George …
The National Distribution Centre (NDC) of Brammer is the largest storing place they have … – the NDC holds a comprehensive inventory of over 150,000 individual products !
It’s an amazing new and with the best and newest height technical equipment build 80,000 sq big place, which opens in 2001 – so it’s really new ;)

After a coffee George went with me around and showed me, how there whole system works … – really interesting :)
They have over there two vertical circle round cranes, three really long mini-cranes and another big one (which fits EU-pallets ;)
All the cranes are driving controlled by computer, picking the item you need and bring it to you …
The long horizontal cranes are able to store to there left and right … – the whole system works with scanners, which will tell the computer we which item will be needed …

Here are few pictures:



The NDC stores nearly all things and send them finish packed for the customer over night to all the Brammer locations …
– so if any other Brammer location needs items and products they will be over there at the next morning :)

They also build (and a few parts are still in work) a new workshop over there – at this place they will show there employee and also there customers, how there products are working and hat they are for … – this room is brand new =)

Here are also few pictures of there new workshop:

After the tour we went back and finally the meeting went on, after another coffee ;)
It was actually quite interesting – they just spoken about few problems they have to take care about, at the point in there computer system, where they calculate the price for selling there products …

For lunch George invited Guy and me :)
We got really good sandwiches from a small store above the street …
He also bought a pretty good stuff, which I never had before …
– normally we like to put this stuff (pork paste) in Austria on bread at dinner … – but over here they baked it in a cake … – I never thought about a combination of these two things – but it’s tasting good :)

Here is a picture of it:
Actually it was planned, that we will return to our company after this, but a girl in the Sales & Service Centre, which is also in this building had a problem and it took more time to fix it as Guy aspect it will take …
(it’s still not fixed ;)
It was so late, when we returned, that we straight drove to George, from where Guy drove me back to my camp site …
So on I had much luck and my working day ends an hour earlier :)

If there is enough time, I will take a look, if I may be able to start today to cut the movie about my journey up to here … – I already found a really nice software, which will cut all the 4800 pictures I took each half minute together to a really short movie :)
On the other hand I still have to write a few e-Mails and I also have to start planning my journey for the next weekend.

Kind Regards
SEBI =)