Leaving…. On a jet plane. Leaving Bergen

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Tick, Tock, Goes the Clock,
For soon the time approaches,
Tick, Tock, Goes the Clock,
For Kieren’s leaving Bergen.

That’s right! After three or so years, with a short nine month gap in Somalia last year, I will be leaving Bergen and will be moving back to “The Shire” of Cambridge. I am looking forward to it. New place, new challenges, and a new chapter.


Whilst I have loved Norway, I have to admit Bergen isn’t for me. If there has been anything I have learnt about myself over the last month, is the fact that I am indeed a country lad, and not a city boy! I have a few close good friends, but considering one has already moved…. to Cambridge (Rolf liked it that much, he stayed!) and will be my new House mate, that will be fine, and the ones I leave behind, will always be there.

My mate Bjørn will be a massive loss, but considering we have been “shipmates” for nearly two years, and always click whenever we meet (we say ‘click’, others say ‘act like sarcastic gits’) we will always stay the best of mates. We even have a Bjørn guest room at the new place, in case if he gets the urge for nice beer, Indian food, and a burning desire to leave Bergen for a weekend.

Siri, Kristel, Karen, Emil, Fredrick, Mariann, Marianne, Finn, Billy, Thor, Tom, Asa (but not for long, you!!), Joar, Jo… you will be missed. It’s been particularly annoying with Emil, as every time we try to arrange something, one of us gets sent somewhere stupid.

Last time it was Emil doing back to back ’24’ watches, and me, I was extended on patrol. Well, at least we never need to worry about that on my side shippers! Door is always open mate, and I feel there are quiet a few pubs we could drink out of Gin in Cambridge

Joar, been a pleasure working with you, and hope we can arrange a “steak and gin” evening, before I leave! The gin pennant is always close up in Cambridge, more than welcome to visit!

Jo, we will always have Djibouti. I wish we didn’t, but hey, we do.

You are one of the best communicators I’ve had the privilege to work with, and skinny dip with, in the Seychelles. A sentence I never thought I’d write in English!

"Work faster, never harder"

I never manage to see Siri much, one of the disadvantages with both being busy bees. Whenever we do meet thou, we just pick up from the last time, and life is sweet, and normally, slightly alcohol tainted

Thanks for being in charge of Team Awesome whilst I was away, and being a cracking travelling companion to NYC and London. Always here for you, and if you ever need a friendly face, remember only a cheap flight away!

Billy! My first mate in Bergen and my first in the Norwegian Navy! From the moment we met, it has always been a great laugh! I know that there will not be a need to push you for, and your lovely girlfriend, to come and visit me in England

Christian, my boy! You insane North Norwegian fella, you! They don’t make them like you any more, and that’s a shame! Still check the mail every morning, to see if there is any news on my Lorry!

Think me, you, Bjørn, Thor and Tom might need to do Cambridge again in December!

Thor, my fellow Harry Deeper! Hope you are as awesome as always, and that we *definitely* need to get a few scoops in before I leave! Remember to go down for longer, shipmate (*cough*).

Last, but definitely not least, I would have to give a big shoutout to Tom. Tom, I think you are amazing. You always come up smiling and positive, no matter what the situation. You are a fighter, and I have to say, it doesn’t feel like me and you are friends, it feels like me and you are ‘Shipmates’. Keep your chin up.

Don’t worry, I’m not leaving straight away! But I need to arrange something with all of you guys before October. Then I’m out of here!

Remember: It’s not goodbye, it’s see ya later!

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