…and all of a sudden it is May already. Hong Kong was lovely but the planned continuation of the story from there fell by the wayside almost as soon as the previous posting was uploaded. I could blame the British Airways strike. Doing so would not be entirely fair but it is entitled to a mention.
Hong Kong was a stop en route to London to celebrate a family birthday. Our flights booked with BA, we were concerned when the strike was announced but received many assurances that we would be all right, flying as we were outside the action dates. Not so: at short notice our departure from Hong Kong was cancelled and rescheduled leaving us disappointed but still grateful to make it to London in time for coffee and desserts at the birthday dinner.
From London I went to work in Oslo for a week while Leyla headed to Baku for two weeks of catching up there. Having been away from Norway for over a year I had forgotten just how quiet Oslo can be on a public holiday. During the fifteen minutes I spent waiting for a bus in the city centre on Easter Monday morning, I saw a total of three cars, one tram and six people. The only thing missing was a tumble-weed.
Back to Korea via London went smoothly for me and it was nose back to the grindstone straight away. The following week Leyla was due to fly Baku- London- Korea but the small matter of an erupting volcano in Iceland put paid to that. Re-routing via Istanbul eventually saw her safely back in Geoje a further week later after a few more delayed and cancelled flights along the way. With jetlag now dealt with, we are just about back into the swing of things over here.
Spring has been hesitant on Geoje Island this year. Cloud, rain, mist and fog appeared just as frequently as sun if not more so during April and temperatures remained cool. Warmth and sunshine seem to be returning with the onset of May and with them a general feeling of good cheer. Trees are in leaf, flowers are blooming even the dark humour in the office is a shade lighter than pitch black on occasion. Next stop: the beach?