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Jetluck [definition]

my mother in law recently sent me some nice words upon my flight back home to Europe, wishing me not have too much trouble with the jetluck. 

Jetluck  is a sweet little syndrome of your long-distance relationship lover having driven hours to your local airport to expect you arriving at 5:30 a.m. from a longhaul flight, proposing to wash your deeply bird-shit car after having been parked for three weeks underneath trees while you are getting a daytime sleep to prevent too hard jetlag  symptoms.

My real jetlag symptoms started the third night and day after arrival, as my lover had returned back home…

Aluminium Silicat in Tea powder 

Having heard quite some stories about pathological effects of aluminum to the human body I am quite astonished just having considered buying a package of instant tea of brand Tea of India containing – amongst others – non-dairy milk powder (which would perfectly support my vegan diet) and – shocking – aluminium silicate. So, while I am no longer using antiperspirants containing aluminium to put on my skin, I would  now get this substance by drinking tea into my body!? And even that not enough: tea of India is labeling that nutrition fact on their packaging, while on other products the consumers get no idea at all that tea ‘naturally’, contains/accumulates aluminium – according to several studies made on this topic: 

Is Aluminium in Tea bad for my brain? (The people’s pharmacy)

Differences in Aluminium content of various tea powders (European chemical bulletin 2012)

Aluminium content of selected foods – Springer 2011 

The old can and the sea

Recently I voluntarily payed double prize for a bottle of dishwashing detergent of the same environment-friendly pretending Belgium based company just because of nicely designed bottle and a label attached that was saying ‘This bottle is produced from plastic waste found in the canals of Amsterdam before it could reach the North Sea’. The limited edition bottle is the eye catcher for the company’s Ocean Plastic Project and attracted me even more after having read the truth about the bio-degradable potential of different kinds of waste that is continuously thrown into the sea, check out the article about Aluminiumcans in the ocean! What I did not know – waste_DKNorthseaCoast1hence not playing the environmentalist on board and rebuking my captain and friend for throwing beer cans into the North Sea – that these metal cans are not just oxidising quickly and decomposed after a short while lying on the sea ground, but taking around 200 years for that process! The reason is a plastic layer put onto the Aluminium to keep the beer from turning into a foul taste due to its metal turbidity character when canned. After that I hope my GFK boat will never sink, and That I can still use the content of the ocean-waste-recycled bottle for washing up onboard and from board with a quiet conscience.

The time it takes to put on nail polish

One month. And it is not really that I am so stressed with work that i cannot even finish some cosmetics on my toes to let them look like as shiny rebel blue as my company car. nailpolish-8502

I do nothing. Nothing but sleeping, checking the weather, paying harbour fees, getting a hungry stomach filled, and starting to put on nail polish. Just to make use of the things I brought with my luggage for a 12 weeks vacation using a so-called work time account.

The word itself seems to be misleading, as I bought time from a yearly bonus added to my salary to just do not what the word is expressing: work.

milva18-8802Instead, I am literally hanging around on my 18 feet measuring sail yacht, as the size of this apparently fast racing ‘mini cruiser’ does not even allow a 1.60m person to stand inside (with the sprayhood attached, it almost does), but is giving indeed more comfort than a similar sized tent for two. Especially in the occasion of rain falling. In addition to that, staying in a harbour on a boat of that size in the Netherlands is much cheaper than staying on a camp site. The most expensive marina charged 15€ per night with free parking of my car outside, while the camping close to the harbour charged 41€ for a tent, two persons and a car.

Besides the partially used nail polish, i brought with me an Ukulele, a Guitarlele, the GarageBand app on my IPad for amateur music recordings, DVDs, a race bike, my Carver longboard, 7 novels to read plus the obligatory two bibles of Belgian-Dutch waterways -the Wateralmanak, two books about sailing and one to get a better understanding about the weather. According to my efficiency in putting on nail polish, now guess the equipment I could have left at home.