Piotr Myszkorowski

Joined June 2017
  • Day29

    Istanbul by winter

    February 25 in Turkey

    December 2017, work dinner. My buddy Evrim says:
    "You still didn't come to visit me in Istanbul".
    So I opened the internet and booked my flight while the waiter filled for the 4th time my glass of wine.

    Until the last moment I was not sure I would go but luckily I did. Even if the hour long transfer from the airport, the usual queue at the immigration desk, and the relatively cold weather tested my faith in my decision making.

    Evrim played his host role to perfection. Nice cocktails, bars and restaurants. Friday evening we hit a cocktail bar with a small dancefloor and a very talented french DJ. Since we were in Istanbul we obviously had pizza for breakfast on Saturday and went to see Black Panther in the afternoon. In the evening we had a proper party in yet another stunning location, overlooking the bosphorus bridge. And instead of the late night kebab we had fried turkish dumplings (manti).

    As we overslept a bit I almost missed my flight but in the end I got back happy to Zurich.
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  • Day20

    Barcelona, here we go again.

    February 16 in Spain

    Friday off so I could take an early flight and enjoy an additional afternoon in sunny, uh no rainy.. uh no... cloudy barcelona (forecast changed every 5 minutes).

    We started off with some terrace then tapas. We found a pretty big boat in the port... the Dilbar, biggest yacht in the world.
    We also discovered totally by chance a fantastic restaurant. The owner, Mirilla I presume, spoke perfect french, english and spanish (probably, wasnt able to judge myself...). We went for a drink and we felt so good there we booked a table for the next day.

    On Saturday we tries our witts in Barcelocked, an escape room in the heart of Barcelona. The room was huge and filled with riddles and puzzles. Although we required 2 hints (but hey there were only 2 of us!) we escaped the room with 2 minutes left on the clock. Yay us!

    The usual terrace on Sunday afternoon as well as some Navajos (?) concluded yet another amazing weekend in Barcelona!
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  • Day8

    Poland #1

    February 4 in Poland

    It took some time to write this one. Lazyness obviously but also because it is difficult to find something unordinary that happened this weekend.
    The classic 7:10 flight to Warsaw. The recurrent car rental and drive to Lodz. The usual visit to the Bytom shop and the unsurprisingly larger than expected shopping bags. The compulsory gambling tour in the casino. The repetitive but always tasty food at home.

    The only thing setting this trip apart from the others is that Lukasz was in Cyprus that weekend and I had to have fun alone.

    Also, the Nissan Qashqai is a shitty car.
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  • Day1

    Barcelona, where else

    January 28 in Spain

    2018 starts with a very obvious trip to Barcelona.
    Why obvious? Come on man, tapas... not! As someone wise (more or less) probably said once, "Go there where your heart belongs. Especially if there is some good wine there."
    We obviously went crazy on food, afternoon drinks and cuddles.
    The saturday dinner at this hidden restaurant on Pla de Palau was fun. First time in my life did I eat snails... a bit weird... definitely not something I am eager to eat again. The rest however was superb. Shrimps, small fish things, black rice and fried squid, foie gras and other delicacies; a delight for the amateur gourmets!
    Sunday afternoon was spent at our usual roof terrace in Port Vell imagining future weekends in Barcelona.
    See you in 3 weeks!
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  • Day15

    Back to reality

    January 9 in the United Arab Emirates

    It was to be expected. The journey back home is painful and with a grain of melancholia.

    The Colombo airport is bad. Doesn't feel organized at all and feels completely overcrowded despite the low amounts of traffic! No announcements on delays, no bathroom or access to water in the boarding room.

    And then Dubai. This is a monster. 20 minutes to walk from on gate to the other. And only shops and people in between. And everything is perfectly orchestrated. Almost no waiting time anywhere.

    Now it's time to go back to Zurich.
    It was an amazing trip.
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  • Day13

    Yesterday we tried another downwind session and it went like this.
    A. Arrive at the spot and get told by fisherman to gtfo.
    B. Begin the downwind ride with close to no wind.
    C. Continuously move the kite to create enough lift and reach the first checkpoint.
    D. Drink a beer.
    E. Evaluate the situation and decide to keep going, this time in the ocean.
    F. F**k. Bad idea wind also low there.
    G. Give it all to reach the camp before the wind dissapears completely.
    H. Happy ending.

    Then sausages, beers and gratin dauphinois. In Sri Lanka. Ah ah.

    Today low wind, frustration, a nap and some cursing.
    Kite and board cleaned. Tomorrow last day but I am not in the mood to wait for wind and be frustrated by its absence later.

    Overall terrific vacations though!
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  • Day12

    Higher

    January 6 in Sri Lanka

    Time goes by in paradise. Wind, tasty food and sunny weather are the key components of happiness here.
    Last two days saw a stronger and gustier wind which finally made me break the 5-6 meters barrier. I am starting to consistently be able to jump quite high, it feels amazing!

    Last few days will also be quite windy so I really should start working on new things. Today we will try another downwind session, very much looking forward to it!

    A few guys from Geneva and France arrived and they are quite fun. Also they are not very good at Jenga so they are paying for the shots!

    Wojtek managed to ride back from the teaching area to the school yesterday, a major milestone in feeling totally autonomous! Good job bro :).
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  • Day9

    When wind is gone

    January 3 in Sri Lanka

    The wind took time off the two first days of the year. He is scheduled to come back to work today though.
    A little break is always welcome as it becomes increasingly difficult to align long sessions over consecutive days.
    The kite has been repaired and is now ready for action. Luckily it was a small hole in the smallest bladder which was causing the problems.
    Got some tips from the local pro and will try some small kiteloops today... I am a bit scared and probably rightfully so.
    We are now in the second half of our stay here and it feels like by the end we won't mind going back to our daily lives.
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  • Day7

    Downwind, Jenga and Hi 2018.

    January 1 in Sri Lanka

    What a day!
    Started with a small session before lunch, some good air despite light winds. Shortly after we departed with a group of 10 with boats, heading straight north. 45 minutes of a bumpy ride brought us to a wonderful glassy water spot were we enjoyed ourselves for about an hour. Then the fun part started, riding downwind back to the camp.
    The fun part lasted only so long as my kite did not seem very enthusiastic about holding its air and I had to be rescued halfway.
    My 12m Rebel will probably need to undergo some surgery later.

    Since it was the 31st, the team here had a exquisite dinner prepared for us, pig, shrimps, crab, fish, you name it!
    Some drinking Jenga followed and it was the most impressive and tense game played.

    Thank you SriLankaKite! :)
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  • Day5

    Fire!

    December 30, 2017 in Sri Lanka

    Local idiot thought it would be a good idea to start burning some wood just next to our camp, just as wind was picking up.
    The team here did crazy "bring water from the lagoon and throw it in the fire" marathon to be sure it doesn't spread.
    The police is underway to arrest the culprit hopefully. Thats how those big fires start, one idiot is enough to lay destruction to entire forests, lands.

  • Day5

    Jenga!

    December 30, 2017 in Sri Lanka

    Board rescue reporting for duty! Wojtek is close to being able to ride upwind but for now loses the board every now and then so his supportive brother brings it back to him.
    We've got internet now - installed a local sim card on my brother's phone so I can finally upload pictures with my blogs! 15gb of data for 6 USD. Same amount in roaming fees would have cost us 225'000 USD - it's absolutely not a joke (actually it is, a bad one).
    We played some drinking Jenga game yesterday with Stephane and Bao (2 of the owners) - really makes you careful.
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  • Day3

    Not sure I am improving.

    December 28, 2017 in Sri Lanka

    Tough feeling, with all the time invested I don't see major improvements since last year.
    Jumps are still at the same height and the tricks learned this summer don't seem to have been memorized by the muscles.
    Hopefully that's just because I need to warm up.
    Let's see tomorrow.
    Our bungalow is great, at night quite noisy because of the wind blowing through it and not sure what animals playing around - being surrounded by nature feels good.Read more

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