The freedom through the “2 weeks work – 2 weeks off schedule”. I do a lot of motorsports and this schedule gives me a lot of time for this hobby.
I also find nature and the animals that can be found offshore very interesting. If animals are injured or need to be cared for at sea, I always take care of that, I like it. An anecdote of this is ‘Project Jan’:
I was walking on the deck when a large butterfly landed at my feet. It later turned out to be the largest butterfly species in Europe. I put it in a box and put it (with some lettuce leaves) in the container. Colleagues came to see what I was doing and showed them the animal.
There were many small moths on the deck. I then took 2 and put them in the box with the large butterfly. I then called my colleagues again to tell them that he had had babies. Laughed out loud of course. In the evening I went to look again and unfortunately the butterfly had died.
The next day during the work meeting, this story was briefly discussed via the OIM. He asked what I was going to do with the animal (now called ‘Project Jan’). He liked the idea of framing it and hanging it in the meeting room. Then I made a box and framed it. I think it’s still there.