Tomas Heed

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Cervinia – My first annual alpic ski trip

The second ski trip of the year had a slightly different character than the first. This time we went to Cervinia in the italian alps. My wife and kids had to stay at home this time. Instead me and three friends of mine went away on what I hope will be the first annual alpic ski trip.

We were treated with fantastic snow, hard winds, some sunshine and a helicopter ride!
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Winter holiday with skiing in Kungsberget

Every year at week 7 we have a winter holiday here in Borås. My mother has a summer house in Sandviken outside of Gävle. Close by, we have a very nice skiing system. Last Saturday, we packed our car full of stuff and drove there for a winter holiday with skiing in Kungsberget.

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World Cup Cross Country Ulricehamn

Every year as december arrives I disappoint my children. That marks the start of the cross country world cup. This means that almost every Saturday and Sunday we have to watch TV between 10:00 and 15:00. Besides, this goes on and on until mid March.

Just to be clear – between March and December, my kids are happy to watch TV between 10:00 and 15:00. In those cases it’s some kind of children’s channel that is broadcast into our living room and “not those stupid skis again”. I can almost not think of anything better than reading the news paper in the morning with a cup of coffee and turning into the TV tableau and realize that there is cross country skiing on the television! Usually, I collect the cheese and the butter from the table and put it in the fridge, just to show the rest of the family that I contribute to the clean kitchen routine. Then I take my cup of coffee and sneak out into the TV in the living room and just enjoy myself.

Today the amazing thing happened. Today the world cup came to me! Here in Borås! Or rather, to Ulricehamn that is just thirty minutes away by car. The tickets were released by midsummer and I think that I was one of the first to click into their homepage to by tickets. Ulricehamn is the south-most city in Sweden ever to host the world cup and to be honest I didn’t think that it would actually take place. We don’t have much snow down here, really. But not only did it take place, it was a tremendous event in so many ways!

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Family vacation in Tenerife

The Christmas holidays has been long and nice, thanks for asking. We spent the last week of our Christmas vacations with good friends and their two children in Tenerife. We got to see the sun, and we swam in the ocean. But the wind was with us most of the time.

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All roads leads to Rome

Every year in the end of November, me and my wife leave the city for a weekend in the sun, just the two of us. We use the time to plan for the year in front of us, syncronize ourselves about our work, our home, our children and just have a good time together in the sun. We call this trip the annual Kick-Off.

This year we headed for Rome, Italy, and the only reason for this was that this was the destination with the best flight schedule with Norwegian Air, where we had a lot of air miles.

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Kenya day 7 – The escape from Kibera

Now we have reached the final post about our Kenya trip. I’m sitting at Kenyatta Airport in Nairobi. I’m looking back on a holiday week which I think has been more full of experiences than any week before. I wonder if I can summarize what I’ve experienced in Nairobi, but first let me tell you what we have done today.

Today I experienced my first ever panic attack.
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Kenya day 6 – Kenyatta International Convention Centre

Today we had a very quiet day in Nairobi. We have been on a helipad at the top of a skyscraper and looked out across Nairobi. Then we shopped some souvenirs, laid by the pool and last but not least, we we went to a sushi restaurant.

Yesterday’s blog post about the safari trip was the longest one from the trip and this will probably be the shortest.

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Kenya day 5 – Nairobi National Park

Another day full of impressions. Today we have been to the Nairobi National Park and among other things seen lions, baboons, crocodiles and a whole lot of zebras. After this we visited Steve, one of the drivers who have taken us wherever we’ve wanted all week, and we had a cooking class at his place where we cooked traditional Kenyan food.

Over an open fire.

In their living room.
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Kenya day 4 – Marula, Elephant orphanage, Kazuri och giraffe center

I don’t know how many things you can experience in one day! This Thursday we have been in a factory that makes sculptures out of old flip-flops, a park for orphaned elephants, a factory that produces beads and a giraffe park. The other half of the group crowned the day with a tour to a crocodile park, but me, I was saturated with impressions and I’m currently having a cold beer by a cold pool with half an eye on my swimming children.
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Kenya day 3 – Kibera slum and oloo school

Kibera is Nairobi’s largest slum, and also the largest urban slum in the entire Africa. Official sources claims that 170’000 people are living here, but the actual number is probably closer to one or even two million people according to wikipedia.

The majority of the people in Kibera are living in extreme poverty, meaning they earn less than one US dollar a day. HIV and other diseaeses are common and the average life expectancy in the area is only 30 years, compared with 50 for Kenya in general. Amidst all this there is a school – Oloo children’s center – which houses 280 children of different ages on a surface that is not much bigger than the one floor of our house back home. Jessica, our trip arranger, has taken this school under her wing and today she showed us around in the slums and in the school.
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