Yes, the new year 2020 has started already some weeks ago - I hope you all have had a good start of the year.
For me this year will be different from all of what I have experienced so far. I have returned to Bremen as has been the case for so many years before. So far I have always started working further from what I had left behind when going on the holiday break. This time it is not the case.
Concerning my employment status, I am waiting for the decision that settles my terms of retirement starting from the 1st of January 2020. Once I have got the related paperwork settled I will leave Bremen and move back to Finland. However, there are several matters of private nature that keep me moving around before I settle back to the home grounds.
In addition to the above I still have a minor contract for finishing the final duties with the EU-funded project TACCLE4 CPD. This contract will come to end at the end of August this year. However, as I have already delivered my reports for the project, I have a limited number of duties to take care of. So, I am preparing myself to go on retirement via a transitional period. I will be around in Bremen in the beginning of the year and then return for some working periods.
Concerning this blog, I will not be writing that frequently as I have used to. I am no longer in the middle of an active project that keeps me busy with working issues and with lessons learned. Right now I need to give more attention to all kinds of practicalities that need not be discussed on the blog. But, every now and then I will come up with some new issues or with memories. There is still time to reflect on working and learning.
More blogs to come ... (every now and then)
I wish you a long and pleasant retirement time, Pekka!
Thank you very much, Wilfred – Dank je wel! Let us wait first that I really get to the actual retirement phase. In English they have the word ‘semi-retirement’ and in German ‘Unruhestand’. There is a lot truth in both expressions. But I think that there is a lot of wisdom in your good wishes – better take it that way, nice and easy!