20 February 2010

img_4574_1.jpgA while back I was on a ship which cruises out of New Orleans.  I was really curious about that place, not only in terms of imagining what it was like during hurricane Katrina, but also because of Jambalaya, Brangelina, Gumbo, Voodoo, the Mississippi (ever since Uncle Tom’s Cabin) and Bourbon Street

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23 August 2009

img_1645.jpgIn Italy, the 15th of August is a very important holiday. Elsewhere called “Assumption of Mary“, it’s known here as “Ferragosto“. The similarity to “Feast in August” can’t be denied and indeed, the week before and after August 15 is Italy’s main holiday time where life comes to a halt: Stores remind you of their reduced hours, and many restaurants and bars are closed altogether… Continue | Weiter »

9 August 2009

img_0941_1.jpgAs indicated in my previous blog entry, I’m part of a team of twelve that deploys the computer & network infrastructure of the new Carnival ship, the DREAM, something which takes about two months to complete. The DREAM is being built in the quaint small town of Monfalcone in North-East Italy, and this place isn’t entirely new to me as I have already been here for the startups of the Carnival VALOR and LIBERTY in 2004 and 2005 (the Carnival SPLENDOR was built in Genova in 2008)… Continue | Weiter »

31 July 2009

hike_03.jpgOnce again I’ve maneuvered myself into a laboursome situation: Another ship new-build in Italy! I’ve been here since July 12 and am part of a team that deploys the network and computer infrastructure of the ‘Carnival Dream‘. Luckily, besides work there is also play… Continue | Weiter »

8 July 2009

We’ve all heard the news about Michael Jackson I presume, and there’s no need to write anything about it because firstly – I’ve never adored him, and secondly, everyone else writes about him… Continue | Weiter »

7 June 2009

img_8812.jpgJohnny Depp has it. So do Nicolas Cage and Leonardo di Caprio: Their own island in the Caribbean. While most of us have a realistic salary and hardly a chance to ever set foot on a private island, Carnival carries their passengers to just such a destination at an affordable price: the private island Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. Continue | Weiter »

5 June 2009

My beautiful but quite provincial home town Erfurt had a reason for excitement when the Air Force One arrived today – without the President who actually preferred to take a helicopter from Dresden straight to his destination Buchenwald. As we’ve learned from the news during the last few days, his great uncle participated in liberating the concentration camps Buchenwald and Ohrdruf during WW II, both are nearby Erfurt, and to see those places is the reason for Obama’s visit. And for another shake-hands with Mrs Merkel, of course. Continue | Weiter »

25 May 2009

4p085-medium_0.jpgWithout exaggeration: This is my worst contract ever when looking at how much I’m working. Since arriving on this ship on April 14th, there were only two days where I have not had to come back to the computer room after dinner. A normal day begins at 9AM and ends at 10PM, often 10:30PM. Continue | Weiter »

5 May 2009

img_8544.jpgSan Juan, the capital of Puerto Rico, has a very beautiful old town which I already had the chance to explore during previous visits with the Carnival Liberty. I like San Juan a lot because during the evenings, the Old Town comes alive with music and dancing, and people strolling up and down the streets or dining at one of the dozen cosmopolitan al fresco restaurants that line quiet streets and little plazas (and had I had company tonight, I would have insisted on doing the same)… Continue | Weiter »

3 May 2009

No, I haven’t spontaneously become dyslexic, I only tried out the Wii game console for the first time in my life today. It was surprisingly good! Continue | Weiter »

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