Archive for ‘Germany’

May 17, 2017

September recap

by ada

I’d never thought I’d see the day when I will be able to finally finish up my summer chronicles of 2015, but here we are. I feel pretty sad actually, because I know now, retrospectively, what follows those three months of pure bliss: two nice weeks in Mariazell and nine months of depression in Linz. One thing I can promise: it won’t take another year and a half to get this blog up to date, because literally nothing happened to me during those nine months. You’ll see.

So how did I spend my last month in Vorarlberg? Splendidly!

I visited Switzerland…

…and Germany on several occasions:

I still found new to me places in Vorarlberg, too:

I took a ship to cross Lake Constance…

…and a train to venture into the moor:

I hiked through woods…

…and through sunflower fields:

I stumbled upon unexpected things…

…at unexpected places:

Some were rather strange, like this DIY boob art:

I learnt a lot about ostriches…

…bats…

…monkeys…

…and sea animals:

I also saw animals that could not…

…and that, in fact, did not exist:

I met Nemo…

…and the Emperor, who, together with the Pope, sits in the hands of Imperia:

Look at their naked butts!

I realized the difficulties people from the area have to face…

…learnt about their roots…

…admired their art…

…their housing situation…

…and that of their horses’:

Living conditions in the Lake Constance area may be ornamental…

…but people still have skeletons in their closets windows:

I also got to enjoy the company of my coworker’s dog, Casey for a whole week:

We went on international adventures…

…and also found some time to just chill out at home. She got spoiled to pieces:

On the last day of September I took a walk at the Bodensee promenade and said goodbye to Bregenz, promising to be back as soon as possible. You’ll see how it all turned out instead.

There is still a message I took away with me:

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April 29, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

by ada

The German city of Konstanz is in close proximity to the Swiss town of Kreuzlingen. There are several border points, the most picturesque is the one in the district Klein Venedig (Little Venice).

Start out at the nature museum Sea Life.

Walk along Lake Constance…

…until you arrive at the border point…

…marked by the German artist Johannes Dörflingers “Kunstgrenze“, a constellation of 22 sculptures, which commemorates the 2006 demolition of the barbed wire fence, set up in 1938 by the Nazi Germany.

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Just one step and you’ve already left the territory of the European Union.

The seagulls could not care less.

Look back at Konstanz…

…and forward to Kreuzlingen.

Some unidentified Swiss buildings.

Turn back to the Herrscherin and the Herrscher (Mr and Mrs Ruler, haha). They are there to lead you…

…to the Wheel of Fortune. There the path splits into two. The way on the left leads to Switzerland, the way on the right back to Germany.

There is a football field on the Swiss side to make international affairs happen…

…and a beer tent on the German side to strengthen the friendship between the two nations. As you see, the Germans are rather serious about their beer culture.

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 15, 2017

Bad Wurzach

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April 13, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Oberschwäbisches Torfmuseum (Upper Swabian Peat Museum)

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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 21, 2017

the place where Germany meets Switzerland

by ada

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 1, 2017

Pfahlbauten Unteruhldingen

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January 26, 2017

walks with Casey – Unteruhldingen

by ada

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January 15, 2017

walks with Casey – Wasserburg am Bodensee

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December 29, 2016

Lindau

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December 28, 2016

how to be a magot

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December 27, 2016

Affenberg Salem

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December 22, 2016

on the road

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December 21, 2016

Schloss Salem

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December 20, 2016

Salem – Mimmenhausen

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November 28, 2016

Ravensburg – part 3

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November 27, 2016

Ravensburg – part 2

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November 26, 2016

Ravensburg – part 1

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November 1, 2016

Wangen im Allgäu – Historische Badstube

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November 1, 2016

Wangen im Allgäu – part 3

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October 31, 2016

Wangen im Allgäu – part 2

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October 24, 2016

Wangen im Allgäu – part 1

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October 13, 2016

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

One thing (amongst so many) I loved about living in Bregenz was its proximity to Germany and Switzerland. Because as a true child of the Iron Curtain Era, also called Socialism, I can’t get enough of the feeling of freedom that comes with crossing borders without being shot at. So I use every opportunity to prove myself that the world (or at least, the EU) belongs to me (well, at least until our president Orbán Viktor manages to get Brussels to kick us out of it, the possibility of which seems to grow with every occasion he opens his mouth for any other purpose than to breath, but let’s this blog remain my happy place, untouched from harsh Hungarian reality and forget for a moment to which nation I happen to belong) (it’s not easy; I have so much to tell you about how 3,3 million is not the 98% of 8,2 million – the number of Hungarian citizens allowed to vote – but I will try to restrain myself and concentrate on my adventures of the summer of 2015) (but believe me, these are the times that make me really regret that I’m not blogging in Hungarian anymore, hahahaha).

Anyway. Back to Bregenz and to nicer times, spent with my bike, Rozi II…

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…with whom, on a cloudy but warm day we started out at the Bregenz Hafen, with the purpose of crossing the German border (again).

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To get to Germany, you have to bike along the Pipeline, which, during summertime, is not as easy a task as it seems. Bregenz is a touristy city and its bike roads can get crowded. There are, in fact, spots that remind me of Rush Hour in Utrecht. Fortunately, the Pipeline is one of the more civilised routes, so with medium biking skills and a good brake you will be able to reach Lindau without running over Japanese tourists, unsupervised toddlers and retired ladies enjoying the pleasures of nude bathing.

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Don’t let oncoming traffic…

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…or beautiful scenery disturb you…

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…just bike along until you reach Mili, the oldest military bath of the Lake Constance area…

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… or, some hundred meters away, its small, newer brother.

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Here you can take a break…

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…before continuing your way to Lochau…

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…and the small river of Leiblach, which marks the German-Austrian border.

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Get on the bridge…

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…and bike until the middle of it.

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Here you can be as international as it gets:

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…standing with one foot in Vorarlberg, Austria…

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…and with the other in the free German state of Bavaria!

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August 18, 2016

Uferfest Langenargen 2015

by ada

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August 11, 2016

Langenargen

by ada

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