Archive for ‘Germany’

October 24, 2016

Wangen im Allgäu – part 1

by ada

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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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August 2, 2016

Lindau at dusk

by ada

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July 29, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – die Sonderausgabe

by ada

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das deutsche volk

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July 28, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – part 3

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der mensch als industriepalast

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July 27, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – part 2

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July 26, 2016

Schulmuseum Friedrichshafen – part 1

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July 20, 2016

Friedrichshafen – part 3

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July 19, 2016

Friedrichshafen – part 2

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July 18, 2016

Friedrichshafen – part 1

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December 3, 2015

Lindau – part 2

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December 2, 2015

Lindau – part 1

by ada

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November 3, 2015

things that make me happy

by ada

Well, it’s more like things that made me happy at one point of my life during this not-very-well-documented summer, haha. (Actually, it was very well documented but rather poorly shared.) (Btw, I’m rapidly catching up on summer posts, thanks to the awful schleimy October weather and some unidentified but deadly efficient pathogen that ate my respiratory system and my brain and put me in bed for two weeks).

Anyway. Here come some of my summer joys that I want to keep a record of, like…

…orange flowers:

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…and orange cats:

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Summer shadows…

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…and birds on furniture:

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Free books…

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…especially this one I was gifted by the nice reception lady at the Heimatmuseum in Schruns:

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Wearing the necklace my mother got from her grandparents for her high school graduation:

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Meeting Super Mario in the public toilet of the GWL in Bregenz…

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…and discovering a proper dwarf colony in my neighbourhood:

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That my patients seem to like me…

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…and that my coworkers in Bregenz turned out to be awesome (after spending the previous six months in a classic You Can’t Sit With Us situation in Wien, this was without doubt the greatest gift of the summer):

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Stones I collected at various beaches around the Bodensee:

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Crossing borders…

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…and bringing home small reminders of a country I’ve never been to before:

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That I got to spend my summer in Bregenz, where my days looked like this…

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…and my nights like this:

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That I got to travel a lot…

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…and that, on some of my adventures, I even got to have a travel companion:

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Signs of refugee support around Austria and Germany…

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…and support for those who actually do the job of fighting the cause of the refugee problem. Go Kurds!

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July 15, 2015

when I was down beside the sea

by ada

While this blog is still stuck at the middle of May, that’s how all the five days off I have in this month my life looks right now.

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October 16, 2013

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

One of the most magnificent part of the Austrian-German border is the Untersberg, the pride and proud of the people of Salzburg. Its history is overcrowded with mythical creatures like emperors with ever-growing beards, dwarfs, witches and pretty mountain women who wear only white and like to pick handsome young humans to father them some children.

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Just take the cable car and simply vanish in Nothing.

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Once safely arrived at the top, try to find your way in the fog without falling down from rocks into invisible depths.

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Admire the alpine flora and some leftover objects of the human civilisation.

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Reach the Geiereck (Vulture’s Corner).

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Look over Austria…

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…and then Germany.

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Oh well. Maybe you’d better visit this place on a nice and sunny summer day instead of at the beginning of Fog Season, which with its ten months per year is the longest season in Salzburg.

Wait for the sun to come out.

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Go over to another peak, the Salzburger Hochtron. Meet (the signs of) fellow travellers, pass memorials for the fallen members of the WW2 Mountain Troops and people who failed at hiking the same trail you’re walking right now.

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Do you see the tiny cross at the top? That’s your destination.

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Now you are at the top pf the world, high above the clouds, where the sky is always blue and the sun always shines.

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September 27, 2013

Berchtesgaden

by ada

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September 26, 2013

Königssee

by ada

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September 25, 2013

Wasserburg am Inn – part 3

by ada

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September 25, 2013

Wasserburg am Inn – part 2

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September 25, 2013

Wasserburg am Inn – part 1

by ada

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August 28, 2013

Rosenheim

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July 24, 2013

Chiemsee – Fraueninsel (the island of women)

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July 24, 2013

Chiemsee – Herreninsel (the island of men)

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July 23, 2013

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July 22, 2013

of ships sailing the seas

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July 12, 2013

the place where Germany meets Austria

by ada

Well, the Hammerauer Brücke isn’t really a place you must see before you die, but I stumbled upon it quite accidentally today, so here it is. Poor Rozi died almost a month ago and I was totally handicapped without a bike, so I hopped over to Germany to buy a new one, because that’s what you do if you live in Salzburg and need something: you hop over to Germany to shop, because Salzburg is the most expensive city in whole Austria. Just in case you were planning to move here, haha.

So I bought my new bike (Rozi, I will always remember you!) and drove it back home to Salzburg. A lazy 14 km tour beside the Saalach in the descending sun with only a minimal time spent with getting lost.

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The Hammerauer Brücke:

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On the German side you get an overwhelming amount of elementary school art:

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Hammerau wall

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Over the bridge and the Saalach:

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Welcome in the nuclear-free zone:

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June 18, 2013

Predigtstuhl (Preacher’s Pulpit)

by ada

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June 16, 2013

Bad Reichenhall – Königlicher Kurgarten

by ada

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