April 25, 2017

Konstanz – Sea Life

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April 21, 2017

Konstanz – Bodensee Naturmuseum

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April 20, 2017

Konstanz – part 2

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April 19, 2017

Konstanz – part 1

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April 18, 2017

New Rhine

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April 17, 2017

Bregenz – Vorarlberg Museum

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April 16, 2017

a matter of concentration

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April 15, 2017

Bad Wurzach

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April 14, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Straußenfarm Oberschwaben (Upper Swabian Ostrich Farm)

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April 13, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Oberschwäbisches Torfmuseum (Upper Swabian Peat Museum)

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April 12, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 3

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April 11, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 2

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April 10, 2017

Stein am Rhein – part 1

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April 4, 2017

the art of naming your house

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Giving names to your house appears to be a Swiss thing, originated back in those times when white spots on maps were filled with mysterious references to sea monsters, four-horned men and “Here Be Dragons” warnings. In those sweet times you could be living at places dedicated to delightful things like loyalty…

…or rear thighs:

The origin of some names is still a mystery…

… some seem rather obvious, though:

Sometimes naming your house is an interactive process:

My personal favourite is this one (can you guess why?):

Most of the houses are dedicated to simple, joyful living things, like plants…

…or animals:

A whole zoo…

…with a colourful collection of birds:

Weather can also be a great inspiration. The sun rises…

…to a blue sky…

…or to a rainy day:

Of course, things start to get complicated when human race enters with its doubtful attempts at civilisation. Fictive creatures appear at once…

…and bears are forced to dance:

Medieval times are represented by angels…

…giants…

…and balance scales made of gold…

…to measure all your (Swedish) money…

…or shame you for the lack of it:

Virgins are obligatory…

…and such are the things virgins should know nothing about:

For preventing them from getting first-hand knowledge in the art of rear love, virgins have to be safely stored in towers…

…built on the top of green mountains…

…surrounded by green forests…

…and locked tight with keys:

There they can sit and wait for being rescued in the most contemporary way while counting down their time using sandglasses:

To their misfortune, knights do not seem to be available on the streets of Schaffhausen. The Ghost of Communism is haunting it instead!

It stirs up trouble…

…which leads to war.

Luckily, peace always sets in at the end…

…for which we can not be thankful enough!

April 2, 2017

Schaffhausen – part 3

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March 30, 2017

Schaffhausen – part 2

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March 29, 2017

Schaffhausen – part 1

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March 1, 2017

Radolfzell – part 2

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February 28, 2017

Radolfzell – part 1

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February 22, 2017

Romanshorn

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February 21, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

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One place where Germany meets Switzerland is somewhere in the middle of Lake Constance. To visit it, board the ferry in Friedrichshafen.

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Don’t worry, you’ll arrive relaxed to your destination (entspannt am Ziel!).

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When boarding, be aware of international spies.

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Take your seat and enjoy the sight of your fellow travellers’ hair situation.

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Watch the last passengers hurry up on board…

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…and a few minutes later say goodbye to Germany.

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On your way, greet those who are sailing…

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and the rich people who can afford to pay 200 euros for a 30 minutes joyride flight those who prefer air to water.

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And now, on to Swiss waters!

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The border is somewhere here…

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…or here?

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Whatever. Can you spot the pirates?

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A close-up of the fearless devils of the Bodensee:

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Now it’s time to take a last look back…

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…because you are almost at your destination!

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Finish your drinks (or taking photographs of other people’s finished drinks, haha)…

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…and prepare for landing.

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To enjoy your adventure to the fullest, be the last one to leave the ferry.

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Welcome in Switzerland!

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February 5, 2017

walks with Casey – Neuer Rhein

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February 1, 2017

Pfahlbauten Unteruhldingen

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January 27, 2017

Reading Challenge 2017

by ada

I’m currently in the middle of a midlife crisis, think health problems, work problems, family problems, financial problems, add general unhappiness and an invincible inner force to question the meaning of everything, haha; so I’m desperate for anything that could add structure or a frame to my life, for strategies to hold onto, for anything that could be helpful. I found my project 365 in 2012 to be an enormous help in bringing myself, when not exactly back on the same track, at least into motion. I don’t want to repeat it though – I’m way behind with photos on this blog anyway. So I decided to do something easier but equally fun: a reading challenge. I’m not very good at challenges, my last try was a complete failure (I finished only two books from the pile, both of them a year or two later than planned, haha), but let’s hope for a better outcome this time! (I never learn, do I?)

I got inspired by Manja Mexie’s booklist and some Reading Challenge lists floating out there on the internet but I haven’t found one that would fit my exact ideas, so I decided to create my own. Some categories are borrowed, some are made up to fit my rather narrow field of interest. My goal is to get out of my comfort zone of early 20th century detective stories but still find books that I enjoy all the same.

I’ll go down the one-book-a-week route, so 52 books it is. Of course it can be more, and of course it does not have to fit into a category on the list for me to read it. There is no particular order, but the list have to be complete with at least one title per category by 2017 December 31. I’ll be updating it continuously, just like I do with my record of finished books.

1. A book set in WW1

  • Švejk, egy derék katona kalandjai a világháborúban

2. A book set in WW2

  • Bohumil Hrabal – Szigorúan ellenőrzött vonatok
  • Philip KerrSápadt gonosztevő (Berlin Noir 2.)
  • Philip Kerr – Halálos március (Berlin Noir 1.)

3. A book about the 1956 Hungarian Revolution

  • Karinthy Ferenc – Budapesti ősz
  • Vámos Miklós – Zenga zének

4. A book written by a Soviet author, set in the Soviet Union

5. A book written by a Holocaust survivor

  • Szép Ernő – Emberszag

6. A childhood favourite I don’t remember very well anymore

7. A book in Dutch

8. A fiction book about music

9. A book written by a musician

  • Liszt Ferenc – A czigányokról és a czigány zenéről Magyarországon

10. A book about a nurse/nursing (not a medical book)

  • Kertész Erzsébet – A lámpás hölgy. Florence Nightingale élettörténete

11. A book that was published in 2017

12. A book written before 1900

  • Elisabeth Gaskell – Cranford / Egy orvos vallomásai

13. A book written before 1800

  • Denis Diderot – Rameau unokaöccse / Első szatíra / Ő és én
  • Johann Christoph Weigel – Musicalisches Theatrum: auf welchen alle zu dieser edlen Kunst gehörige Instrumenta in anmuthigen Posituren lebhafft gezeiget und allen Music Liebhabern zu gefälliger belustigung vorgestellet werden

14. A book written before 1700

  • Daniel Speer – Ungarischer oder Dacianischer Simplicissimus

15. A book written before 1600

  • Paracelsus – Elementális lények

16. A book written before 1500

  • The Rubaiyyat of Omar Khayaam
  • PetroniusSatyricon

17. A travel journal/a book on travelling

  • Háy János – Ország, város, fiú, lány 
  • The Journal of Madam Knight. A Woman’s Treacherous Journey By Horseback From Boston to New York In the Year 1704 by Sarah Kemble Knight 

18. A biography

19. An autobiography

  • Heinrich Schütz – Autobiographie (Memorial 1651)

20. A book translated from a language I don’t speak (so, other than English, German, Dutch or Hungarian)

  • SimenonMaigret gyanút fog
  • Clara RoyerCsillag
  • Simenon – Maigret az iskolában

21. A book with a character with my name

  • Ljudmila Ulickaja – Szonyecska
  • Corrie Hafkamp – Ein Kuss für Alida

22. A book set in my hometown

  • Sir Arthur Conan Doyle – A pesti ezüstfokos
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Leányrablás Budapesten
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Beretva és tőr
  • Böszörményi Gyula – A Rudnay-gyilkosságok
  • Böszörményi Gyula – Ármány és kézfogó

23. A book written by an author from the country I’m currently living in

24. A book set in the country I’m currently living in, written by an author with a different nationality

25. A book that was banned in the Third Reich

26. A book that was banned under the Socialist regime

27. A book that was banned by the Catholic Church

28. A play

  • Bertolt Brecht – Leben des Galilei

29. A poetry book

  • Varró Dániel – Mi lett hova?
  • Philip Larkin – Nászi szél
  • Louise Labé – Szerelmes szonettek

30. A dog book

31. A cat book

32. A book about death/dying

  • Singer Magdolna – Partitúra. Utolsó beszélgetés Polcz Alaine-nel

33. A book about love (not necessarily romantic)

  • Lucy Maud MontgomeryThe blue castle

34. A book with numbers only in the title

35. A book with a name only as a title

  • Neil Gaiman – Coraline

36. A book with a colour in the title

  • Baráth Katalin – A fekete zongora
  • E. D. BiggersA sárga detektív
  • E. D. Biggers – Charlie Chan találkozása a fekete tevével
  • Maurice Leblanc – Az aranyszemű asszony
  • Isaac Asimov – Fekete özvegyek klubja

37. A book about science

  • Albert Einstein – Grundzüge der Relativitätstheorie

38. A book about mathematics

39. A book about religion

  • Mónika naplója. Egy szerzetesközösség élete az üldöztetés éveiben

40. A book about the universe

41. A book to improve my life

  • Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride: Gut and Psychology Syndrome – Natural Treatment for Autism, ADD/ADHD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Depression, Schizophrenia

42. A book set in a place I’ve already visited

43. A book set in somewhere I’ll most likely never visit

44. A book by a winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature

45. A book that was published in the year I was born

46. A science fiction novel

47. A vampire story

48. A book featuring the Devil

  • C. S. Lewis – Csűrcsavar levelei
  • Jacques Cazotte – A szerelmes ördög

49. A book with an intriguing cover

50. A book recommended by my mother

  • Alekszej Nyikolajevics Tolsztoj – Golgota

51. A book recommended by my father

52. A book recommended by my sister

January 26, 2017

walks with Casey – Unteruhldingen

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January 25, 2017

walks with Casey – Bregenz Oberstadt

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January 19, 2017

walks with Casey – Bodensee Promenade

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January 15, 2017

walks with Casey – Wasserburg am Bodensee

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January 13, 2017

walks with Casey – Bregenz

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January 11, 2017

walks with Casey – Innerlaterns

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