Oslo, Norway has seen its share of snow and cold (downwards to -25c) this winter. As many know I'm not particularly fond of this season, and so it has become a tradition of sorts to shorten it by adding at least one to warmer ares towards the longer end of it.
This year's trip, as last year's (why change a winning strategy), goes to Maspalomas, Gran Canaria, Spain. The one plan for the trip is to recharge my batteries and enjoy some books by the poolside together with some nice cigars. Oh, and did I mention it is a spa resort and thalasso - definately adding to it being a nice place to relax!
So far I've downloaded a set of new books by Robert Ludlum, James Patterson and Neal Stephenson on my Kindle for iPad - in other words, trying to stay away from books on subjects related to finance or computer programming for once.
The real trial, is however, to what extent I'll be online during the vacation. For it to, truly, be a vacation I should probably shut off the pushmail functionality on my BlackBerry, but then again, knowing myself - with a WiFi enabled hotel and an iPad in addition to the BB, thats probably not gonna happen..
September ended up becoming this year's Month of travel. It started off with a trip to Dortmund, Germany between the 17th and 19th in relation to Inter-tabac, a cigar gathering. As I'm the majority owner of a cigar importer in Norway this proved to be a very informative event. Below is a picture of myself and Augusto's General Manager (the GM) together with Don Pepin Garcia and his son, as well as the GM together with Pete Johnson of Tatuaje cigars.
The next trip went to Zurich, Switzerland for the annual Euromoney Covered Bond Congress. This trip included a casino night with UBS and me capitulating and purchasing an iPad. As the picture below shows I apparently also inadvertently applied for The Blues Brothers next to our taxi, a nice old Caddilac.
The final trip of the month, from 29th to 1st of October went to Octoberfest in Munich, Germany. If the picture of myself wearing Läderhosen isn't appropriate, I'm not sure what is.
As I mentioned in "Life is good" I bought a majority stake in a cigar importer and store. As it is labour day in Norway today, I figured it is a good way to protest the socialists. As a result of this, at the moment I'm sitting in the cigar store, smoking a Don Pepin Garcia Blue Invictos
But while I'm here, I figure I can as might as well test the camera on the phone a bit more. So I have attached a few photographs from the front / store. Obviously we also have a web shop to make it as convenient as possible to buy proper Cigars.
Granted most of the fun happens in the back room.