Archive for ‘nature’

November 26, 2017

October recap

by ada

On the first day of October (yep, we’re still talking 2015 here) I left Bregenz and crossed Austria to my next placement in Linz:

I moved into my new service apartment only to find out that, due to some mysterious hospital bureaucracy problems (which, to this day, are still unclear to me)  I can’t start working until November. So in a two-hour time span I 1) took a job and had it postponed 2) moved in and out of this room. I should have taken this as a warning sign, turn on my heels and run, never looking back – this would have saved me nine months of misery. Too bad I’m not good at listening to my gut feelings, haha.

Anyway. I had a month to pass, so I took my stuff to a friend’s place and left Linz for Budapest, just on the same day I arrived, to spend the following two weeks at home with my family:

We went on a lot of adventures (properly geared up, of course)…

…and even the rain could not hold us back…

…from meeting crocodiles with sharp teeth…

…and watching sharks being fed:

Most of the time, we had fun…

…until it got to the point of making important decisions, like who gets to drive the car:

Fortunately all we had to do for peace was to bring Halloween a few weeks forward:

Our hard work resulted in this:

In the second half of October I took on a short assignment in Mariazell…

…the home of gingerbread…

…and Our Lady of Hungary:

It is really the best place to spend autumn time:

I was living in a hotel for two weeks – a welcome change to all those service apartments of the past few years. This is what I saw from my balcony:

When I wasn’t leaving for work so early the moon was still up…

…I spent my days eating heart-shaped food…

…collecting autumn paraphernalia…

…and exploring the kingdom of the Ötscher…

…which is a fun place to be both during the day…

…and night:

I got to know this road leading into town…

…and this one, leading out of it, really well:

They took me to the top of mountains…

…and under ground:

Deep into forests…

…over waters…

…to my dream house where I want to spend my life…

…in good company:

I saw the first snow…

and the first snowman of the season:

I took the Stairways To Heaven…

…and some questionable forms of transportation…

…to leave Lower Austria…

…for Styria:

The final conclusion of the month? The same road leads to both heaven and hell. Where you finally end up depends on sheer luck and on that alone.

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October 21, 2017

when summertime is done

by ada

October 17, 2017

Nixhöhle

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October 1, 2017

Erlaufstausee

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September 26, 2017

Ötschergräben – part 2

by ada

September 15, 2017

Ötschergräben – part 1

by ada

July 2, 2017

Gemeindealpe – Gipfelbahn

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June 24, 2017

Gemeindealpe – Bodenbauer-Express

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June 16, 2017

Mariazell – Bürgeralpe

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June 14, 2017

on the road

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June 13, 2017

Erlaufsee

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June 2, 2017

Budapest – Tropicarium revisited

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May 30, 2017

on the road

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May 4, 2017

Bregenz – last day

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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 18, 2017

New Rhine

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April 14, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Straußenfarm Oberschwaben (Upper Swabian Ostrich Farm)

by ada

April 13, 2017

Bad Wurzach – Oberschwäbisches Torfmuseum (Upper Swabian Peat Museum)

by ada

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 5, 2017

walks with Casey – Neuer Rhein

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January 19, 2017

walks with Casey – Bodensee Promenade

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January 11, 2017

walks with Casey – Innerlaterns

by ada

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January 5, 2017

walks with Casey – Gebhartsberg

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December 28, 2016

how to be a magot

by ada

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December 27, 2016

Affenberg Salem

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December 22, 2016

on the road

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November 19, 2016

August recap

by ada

The results of the US election gave me a huge motivation for blogging, because looking back at my sunny summer adventures in 2015 is much more comforting than looking forward to a future in which Donald Trump rules the world; which perspective is, let’s be real, more than terrifying.

Since I can’t change anything (I wish I could), I am now feverishly preparing for WW3 and transforming our cellar into a nuclear shelter do what I can to blend out real life problems and live in the past, so here you are, August 2015.

I started the month with German fireworks in Langenargen:

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It was raining light!

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It was also a fine opportunity to take out of focus photos of the festively decorated ships…

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…and of an unusually empty Lindau at night:

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A few days later I spent 11 hours on a train…

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… to get home in time for my mother’s birthday:

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She received some handmade presents from Milo and Móricka:

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In the process of creating it Milo got caught red handed. He looks quite embarrassed:

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Móricka was rather pleased with the results:

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Everybody coped with the heat in his own way: Milo took possession of the electric fan…

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…Móricka wore his tribal colours with pride…

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…The Cat buried herself in the closet (don’t ask)…

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…my sister put up the grill…

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…and I tackled some long overdue personal projects:

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When the time came, I crossed Austria again…

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…and got back to Bregenz:

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I spent a lot of time on the road…

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…making decisions…

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…and getting my feet…

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…and my bike dirty…

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…on forest paths…

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…and in water:

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I met all kinds of animals…

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…but mainly pigs:

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I took the Muttersbergbahn…

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…to look over the mountains around Bludenz:

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I swam in the Bodensee…

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…and in the Dornbirner Ach:

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One time I even went to night swimming (the giant groups of bats and mosquitos swarming over me are not pictured but they were REAL):

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I visited new cities…

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…and revisited old favourites:

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I also crossed borders, because that’s what I like to do:

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I listened to music during the day…

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and at night:

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I saw (but wasn’t allowed to play) the organ Hans Buchner has once practised on (more than 500 years ago):

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I met really old Chinese ladies…

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…Bavarian witches…

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…and whole families in splendid Vorarlberger tracht:

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And, tired but happy, I ended the month just the same way as I started it: with fireworks. This time in Bregenz:

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November 3, 2016

on the road

by ada

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