Monthly Archives: May 2014

Holiday in Finland!

Okay, not completely just holiday, but almost.
One day I will visit one Finnish company because of my thesis, but otherwise I will have good relaxing time in Finland with Sarah. We will stay there one and half weeks, from 28.5. until 8.6. Or Sarah will stay that time, I will go there 29.5. and leave 8.6. Why do I go there later than she? It is a very good question and I am sure, that people who know my extraordinary skills to mess up the flights, can already guess what is this all about.
To tell the story we have to go first back in time, about one month. That day I was working at DEKRA, doing my thesis. Then something happened, my boss said that the company can pay my flights to Finland so that I can visit the Finnish company, which I have been in contact with during my work. After hearing that I became very happy. I booked the flights with secretary and got the booking codes and everything so I thought that the ticket are now mine. Well, obviously that was a false assumption. I also booked immediately other ticket myself to Sarah so that we can travel with same flights.
After that day everything was peaceful again and day by day we became more and more excited about becoming trip. Until the D-day happened.
28.5. about 19:00 we walked in from the doors of Stuttgart airport, very happily. After 10 to 15 minutes we were desperate, angry, sad and disappointed. The reason behind all this was: I did not have ticket. I mean, there was no ticket for me. I went to Lufthansa service desk where I heard that my ticket had been reserved but never confirmed or paid so the reservation was cancelled. What a happy words.
Obviously there must have been some kind of misunderstanding at some phase of my ticket booking process but I do not know yet where.
So, Sarah had to go and I stayed standing stupidly at the airport, like too many times before already.
Luckily I managed to contact DEKRA’s travel agency and they got me new flights to next day, so here I am now waiting for boarding and writing this story. Maybe I once again finally can manage to get to plane and to Finland where my family, friends and girlfriend Sarah is waiting for me.
See ya!

Venice

Easter and longer weekend was getting closer and closer. What to do? Originally we planned to go to some beach in Spain but apparently someone else was planning that same so flights were too expensive for us. We had to come up with plan B. Our budget was also very tight. We ended up renting a car from Thursday evening to Sunday evening and booking a camping place from Venice. So, Friday morning at 4 am. We turned our car hood to Venice direction. Driving there from Esslingen took about 10 hours, partly because of my small extra routes in Italy. I wanted to experience some smaller roads in Italy so we decided to drive from Trento to Lake Garda. That route was totally worth few extra hours. Small road over the mountains was pretty perfect to drive and to watch scenery. Also Lake Garda was really beautiful.


On our way to Venice
Anyway, we got to Venice and our camping area (Camping Rialto) around 2 pm in Friday. Camping was better than we expected, they had big 2 person tents with floor and beds. And the cost for two nights and two persons was only 44 €, perfect.
Venice itself was okay, maybe not so astonishing what I expected but still very nice. Biggest minus was big amount of tourists. More peaceful areas were very nice and we managed to find nice pizza restaurant right at coast, which was one of the coolest places I have eaten in. Pizza was also very good.


We wanted to take Gondola drive there but we had to back off after hearing the price, 80 €, maybe one day. Mostly we just walked around the city, but one day we took a water bus to Lido island right next to Venice city. The island was cool, full of very nice houses and beautiful areas. There was also long beach, but unfortunately beach was not so nice. It was pretty dirty and looked a bit unmaintained. We also found weird forgotten area at the other head of the island, all the houses were empty and the area looked like it has gone through some kind of catastrophe.
Sunday morning we headed back to Esslingen, now the driving took about 7 hours, since we drove via motorways.
I also have to give small advertisement, we rented a car from Sixt and we were very happy with them. Car was about 80 euros for the whole time and we got brand new Audi A3 Quattro. I was much happier with Sixt than Europcar what we have used before.
I can recommend Venice to everyone who likes to be near water, but you should try to choose the time to visit there so that it is not during the biggest tourist season.

See you soon!

My thesis process

Hello again!
This time I thought to write something about my work with thesis here in Germany. So, I am doing my bachelor’s thesis at DEKRA Automobil GmbH in Stuttgart. I have 4.5 months in total to get my thesis done. Topic of my thesis is Road safety comparison between Finland and Germany.
Those are the cold facts.

As you can see from the picture the work itself is nothing but office work, which is new to me since I have always before done more or less practical and physical jobs. I have noticed that I was not made to work at office. Otherwise the work and the company is okay. My boss is nice, office is good and workmates are nice. Also the work is going well, I have stayed in schedule and my boss has been satisfied so far.
But now, the absolutely worst part of my work is the commute. I calculated that there goes 1.5 hours from the moment when I close my home door to the moment when I step into the office. Yes, I use public transportation. I need bus, train and then bus again. And the best part is that buses and trains are always completely packed, which is very nice to the Finnish person who gets very annoyed in huge crowds.
But otherwise work is okay, and I am very thankful to my boss from this opportunity to work in big international company. I am sure I will get a lot of use of it in future.
By the way, according to Google Maps I would get to work in 20 minutes by car.

Till the next time!