Times flies when you’re having fun they say. And honestly, I agree.
This summer has been crazy busy with lots of things on the agenda and very few breaks. At one point I felt like I was part of a never ending happening-machine that was just accelerating and I simply had no control of it. Most of the time it was all fun things going on in the world of Green Adventures but you all know what it’s like. Sometimes you just get a bit overloaded.
Of course there were the ocasionally breas in between. When everything was slowed down and thoughts ran through my head like a mad marathon racer heading for the finish line.
The reason why I’ve spent so little time writing blog posts this summer is due to the amount of time I’ve spent on the water, or working on land, and the total amount of energy has just not been enough to keep up. But hey, who’s perfect in this world anyway?
So what has been on the agenda then this summer and autumn? Well, I’ve decided to start from the end.
Earlier this week I was invited to join Mats Torwmo, who runs Kajak Center in Grebbestad (in the northern parts of the Swedish west coast), when he was going to pick up some boats from Lettmann Kayaks in Moers, Germany. Spending 14 hours on a ferry? Driving 500 km on the German autobahn and possibly be stuck in a traffic jam? Spend the evening loading boats and then sleeping on a matress on the floor in the basement of a house in the middle of nowhere? Getting up early the day after? Driving the whole way back to Kiel on the German gray autobahn (another 500 km)? And then once again spending 14 more hours on a ferry back to Sweden? Doesn’t it all sound super fun?
Well, actually, it was a very nice trip. The ferry was a new experience for me and quite different from the ship I was on in Greenland a few weeks ago (this will be part of another blog post later on, I promise) and you could hardly tell you were actually on the sea. The ferry was moving super smooth, despite all the elderly people getting more and more drunk during the evening, trying to make the ferry rock a bit when they were stumbling down the stairs to find their cabins. Or trying to find someone else’s cabin maybe? You never know what those pensioners are capable of nowadays.
Driving through Germany gave Mats and me plenty of time to catch up on what’s been happening in the world of sea kayaking, a summary of the paddling season, some insights from Paddle Expo that took place in the beginning of October and that I unfortunately couldn’t attend this year and lots of talk about slow juicers, the future and life in general. Finally in Moers we were greeted by the whole team of Lettmann kayaks at their factory/shop/office and they made us feel very welcomed. It’s a neat shop they run with loads of kayaks in all different colors and shapes. The amount of paddling equipment on display is quite impressive and the factory seemed to be very well run and it looked very clean and tidy.
It was Klaus Lettmann (olympic medalist) that once founded Lettmann kayaks and he has an enourmous knowledge about everything you can come to think about that is connected with paddling. And I could tell straight away that he has passed on a lot of his knowledge to his son Jochen (also an olympic medalist). Jochen and hiss ister are now the ones running the business, with the assistance of their father. After loading the boats (well, I didn’t have to do that) Jochen took us to a great restaurant where we had a great dinner. The food was super delicoius and I felt like a happy pancake when we were driving back to Jochens house, which was a super cool place. All made of glass, I was happy they had curtains in the bathroom… And the matress on the floor was actually very comfy. I slept like a baby and woke up the day after, well rested.
It was great visiting the Lettmann family and I admire they way they seem to work things out with their clients, dealers and workers. They gave a very professional impression and the boats I have paddled so far at the Kajak Center earlier this summer and last year, have left me with a good impression. Jochen also says that their ergonomic paddles are supposed to be the best on the market. Well, I better try one first before I can comment on that one…