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About SokaKiel

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  • Birthday 04/27/1978

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    Tokyo - Hamburg
  • Interests
    Time with my wife and sons. When traveling on business loads of cigars. Due to the job, Yachts, good food and wine.

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  1. This beast arrived today. And all I’ve got are these pictures, won’t be home for a few more month. Therefore the cigars will stay sealed, sorry, unfortunately no pictures of the sticks...
  2. This beauty just arrived back home in Germany! But due to Covid it’ll be a few month before I can head back to pick it up. Cigars are boxed and vacuum sealed so they’ll be fine. Price is pretty nuts but I love the jar! They have a customer who wants an empty jar so one of the next ones they receive will be broken up for singles! Will get a few, can’t wait to try them later this year and keep my pristine jar.
  3. Crappy set up, just watched the games on my phone. But very pleased with the results and the smokes! Sunshine during Tokyo winter is always nice!
  4. Been isolating in the Maldives for the last seven days before heading back on board tomorrow. Even though I couldn’t spend Christmas with the wife and kids I feel very fortunate to still work in these tough times. Merry Christmas everyone! Unfortunately the weather turned to rain and wind for the next few days... Best part was the meal in the underwater restaurant directly on the edge of the reef. My Christmas treat. Tomorrow it’s back to work on the floating beauty in the background. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Unfortunately they can’t drop the prices in Germany for Capitols and Club Kings. Once the cigars have been taxed by the government no change in price is allowed, neither down nor up! But hey, there’s always FoH😇
  6. Yup, a friend of mine send me a picture yesterday from a LCDH in Germany, almost €40 for a tin of five. Way overpriced, but not quite as much as P. Capitols and R&J Club Kings. Sorry for the bad pictures, seems like he was in a rush🙄 The only thing I like is the slightly curved shape of the Upmann tin, a little bit like a flask. Cheers, Leif
  7. When at sea we don’t really have a smoking area. The only spot we have is the crammed, noisy foredeck with bad ventilation. But no st of the time I’m not on board anyways if we cross from the Caribbean to Europe or Europe to SE Asia. During that time I travel ahead of the yacht and prepare shore side excursions and the like for the guests.
  8. Well, I’m in the yachting industry for more than 14 years after six years in hospitality, working for the same family since seven years and I’m earning a lot more than a GM at a 5* star resort is making. Base salaries for junior interior or deck crew are fairly standardized (and pretty good) across yachts these days but once you move up the ranks it depends on experience and negotiations. With longevity and seniority comes also more time off! I work a 2:2 rotation, two month on board followed by two month at home, 12 month fully paid plus an annual bonus. Compared to cruise ships we don’t
  9. Sailing the seven seas as a personal concierge to a UHNWI. Smoking daily while we’re in port. Resting around 1600 sticks back home.
  10. Rock hard cigars![emoji23] Just punched this beauty with my Victorinox cigar knife and it literally cracked the blade that holds the punches! Nothing ever went wrong in five years that I’m using these knives and I’ve got three of them in rotation and look after them well... Has anybody else experienced this? Will try to send it in for a service, according to their website in Germany they can fix almost anything. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Sitting in my favorite Café in Tivat/Montenegro, VR Unicos. No tourists at all! For me this is absolute bliss, for the locals an ongoing struggle...
  12. Onwards to Montenegro First a ER Espana LGC, afterwards a HdM Epi2. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. After three month at home with reduced pay I’m finally back in Europe and at work! Straight out to sea. Headed from Spain to Croatia, the only place in Europe that currently allows pretty free movement for private vessels. Had our first trip with guests on board and now a few days for the crew to recharge and work out all the toys on board! Diving, SUP, jetskis... And of course some smokes for me! We’re still a long way off from a normal summer season but it’s good to see towns along the Mediterranean slowly opening up again! Cheers to that! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Just bought a BBQ from Otto Wilde that has not even been released to the market yet, only available via Kickstarter so far. We don’t even know in which country we will live by the end of the year, this might turn into a head ache😜 Sexy machine! I love that you can extend it into a full outdoor kitchen one day with additional elements. Due to be delivered in September, fingers crossed that the summer won’t be over by then so I can actually test it before next year😅
  15. It’s drizzling here tonight but today is our wedding anniversary, eight years and two awesome little boys later and I couldn’t ask for a better wife! A little Depez Rhum and a Nudies No. 1 for the celebrations. Stay safe guys! Cheers, Leif

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