Out of Office: Polle tries to live a life he doesn’t need a vacation from

Laugavegur trail in Iceland
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Although I try to live a life I don’t need a vacation from … I was in need of a vacation.
So I’m having one right now and I won’t be back until the 15th of July.

It just turned out that some things I like to do are hard to combine. Especially the important things in life.

For years, I was looking forward to hike the legendary Laugavegur trail in Iceland, going on a zodiac trip to watch whales and to spend some time in a natural hot spring until my fingers get all wrinkly. Situations that have a negative impact on my email, conference call or Whatsapp performance. So, no Whatsapp but wrinkly fingers.

Also, my training efforts to win the annual De Maagt pillow fighting championships -held on a remote holiday location in The Netherlands over the course of two weeks this July- were taking a toll on my PowerPoint skills. I was caught using more than 10 bullet points on a slide, adding emoji, quoting Simon Sinek, using Uber, Apple and AirBnB as an example (on one and the same slide) and writing hollow phrases like “the speed of change is changing” and “putting back the social into social media”. So, no PowerPoints, but pillow fights.


  • No Whatsapp but wrinkly fingers. No Powerpoints but pillow fights. I will be back July 15th
  • Follow my Iceland trip on my blog omakas.es or Instagram
  • Do not follow my quality time with my family (as we’ll be mostly fully disconnected)

Looking forward to speak to you later!


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