2016-03-17 (Thursday)

Today, I learned that:

Although we are used to all the facilities connected with international travel, primilarily on the Northern hemisphere, there are still people who suffer a lot when the they change their physical location. An example of this is in a report made by Radio Sweden’s correspondent in Africa, Richard Myrenberg, based in Kigali, Rwanda. He needed to travel to Yaoundé, capital of Cameroon, and for that purpose had to obtain a visa at the Cameroonian embassy in the neighboring Kinshasa, Congo. So he travelled to Addis Abeba, Ethiopia, where he boarded another flight to Kinshasa. He finally got his visa and could take one of the only 7 international flights leaving the brand new airport of N’Djili Airport in Kinshasa to his final destination in Yaoundé. If you think that sounds complicated, then you should know that not many years ago, for a person to travel from East Africa to West Africa or vice-versa, s/he had to make a stopover in Frankfurt, Germany or Amsterdam, the Netherlands!

But here follows two good pieces of news if you are exchanging flights in Keflavik, Iceland or Schiphol, the Netherlands:

Iceland, reference #2 below
When you fly Icelandair across the Atlantic, you can stop over in Iceland for up to seven nights at no additional airfare. And once on Iceland, the employees of Icelandair offer to be your travel partner and explore all the interesting things one can do on the island.

The Netherlands, reference #3 below
If your starting point lies in Canada, USA or Italy, and you have at least 6 hours between planes at Schiphol, then you can benefit from a new mobile app from KLM. It lets you connect with a local resident in Amsterdam for a brief sight-seeing. KLM pays the train round trip from the airport and even the first round of drinks for you and your local guide to enjoy.

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An unusually fine day in Limerick, photo taken by Dina Videman on 2016-02-22

There once was a family in Limerick
Who from all the rain got pretty sick
So they went to meet the Sun
In the Canaries, oh what fun
And as a bonus they cheered for St. Patrick

… That’s what I learned in school !

Refs.:

1: Richard Myrenbergs mödosamma resa till Yaoundé

2: Travel in Iceland with a stopover buddy

3: Layover with a Local

4: Saint Patrick’s Day

+: What did you learn in school today ?

2016-02-24 (Wednesday)

These last days, I learned up front that patience is a virtue!

And now over to something totally different:

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Photo taken by Dina Videman 2016-02-22

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Tell me, what do the photo, so gracefully taken by my  friend Dina, and the mathematical formula above have in common ?

I will give you one hint, read the formula this way:

A dozen, a gross, and a score
Plus three times the square root of four
Divided by seven
Plus five times eleven
Is nine squared and not a bit more

Think well, have you heard that style of poetry before?

Now imagine that you are reading this poetry aloud while standing in the position of the photo.

That’s right, you are performing a limerick in Limerick!

A limerick is a form of poetry, especially one in five-line, predominantly anapestic meter with a strict rhyme scheme (AABBA), which is sometimes obscene with humorous intent. The third and fourth lines are usually shorter than the other three. It was popularized by the Edward Lear in the 19th century.

In reference #1 there is a good collection of limericks, but further to them here are some new ones that I  wrote today:

New Swedish limericks

De följande två limerickarna tillägnar jag mina spelkompisar på Wordfeud. Jag är säker på att de känner igen sig:

Det bor en kvinna i Timrå
I konståkning har hon sitt skrå
Hon syr vadderade uniformer
Helt enligt alla normer
Så att åkarna ej slår sig gula och blå

Det finns en man i Haväng
Som i skogen tar sig en sväng
Bland rödvita skärmar
Och kartor i pärmar
Han orientar och samlar poäng

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Orientering i Borås djurpark 2015. Foto taget av Harald Persson, “mannen i Haväng”.

New Brazilian limerick

Gloria, uma raposa de Belo Horizonte
Colecionou camisas azuis de monte
Até que um dia
Ela entrou numa fria
E se jogou com as camisas da ponte

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Uma amiga da Gloria

… That’s what I learned in school ! … Slut för idag, tack för idag ! … Por hoje é só !

Refs.:

1: Limerick

+: What did you learn in school today ?