Archive for ‘nature’

November 2, 2016

Andelsbuch

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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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October 6, 2016

on the road

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October 2, 2016

Bludenz – Muttersberg

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September 16, 2016

on the road

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September 5, 2016

for the wood wakes, and you are here for proof

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July 16, 2016

Bregenz – Pfänder

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July 15, 2016

Bregenz – Alpenwildpark Pfänder

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July 14, 2016

a big and wonderfully clever pig

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June 12, 2016

the place where Liechtenstein meets Switzerland

by ada

Of all places of the world, Liechtenstein is the one I never gave any thought before my surprisingly adventurous last summer. People like me* usually have nothing to do with the tax paradise of Europe, and there is a reason for it, haha.**

* people coming from Eastern-European countries and living on nurses’ salaries

** there was that awkward moment, when I got confronted with the price of one single scoop of Liechtensteinian ice cream; it’s the equivalent of 4 euros in CHF. It made me immediately realise that despite having come a long way since my Socialist childhood, I’m still very, very far from blending in

Anyway. If you all of a sudden, under whatever circumstances, find yourself in Vaduz, as it happened to me simply by becoming a travel nurse, you really should take the time to visit the last remaining wooden bridge over the  river Alpenrhein.

You may take the bus there, because public traffic in Liechtenstein is excellent…

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…except when it’s not. Because it’s early in the morning. Or late in the afternoon. Or it is Saturday. Or Sunday. Or any other holiday.

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Fortunately, everything is in walking distance in Vaduz, so if you are too impatient to wait a whole hour for the next bus, just take the road and walk along some poetic scenario…

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…and a colourful industrial area…

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…until you reach the Alpenrhein…

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…and your destination, the Alte Rheinbrücke.

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It is 135 meter long…

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…and is made completely of wood.

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The original bridge was built in 1871. During the following 140 years it needed to be adjusted to the actual water capacity of the river several times.

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The last renovation took place in 2010. There is a small memorial plaque hanging inside of the bridge to one of construction workers, the carpenter Andreas Maier-Toth, who recently passed away. Similar to the half of this planet’s population, he too had Hungarian roots.

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Now walk over the bridge together with other creepy shadows fellow tourists.

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Once safely arrived in Switzerland…

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…consider your possibilities.

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You can either look over to Vaduz castle (remember, it’s full of living princes waiting for you to marry all of them)…

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…or admire the Swiss flora…

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…and fauna.

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Or you can just take a lazy bike ride along the river.

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This is also the place where, after a long, exhausting but fruitful career as a Swiss investment banker, you can finally retire and live for your hobbies.

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June 7, 2016

on the road

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May 14, 2016

Dornbirn – Karren

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April 2, 2016

a matter of concentration

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March 26, 2016

Dornbirn – inatura, part 1

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March 6, 2016

the place where Austria meets Switzerland

by ada

I can’t seem to be able to catch up with this blog anymore – eight months have passed since I visited Hohenems. It’s about time to either give up on this blog or start posting again. Let’s try the latter, okay?

Hohenems, the birth place of Salomon Sulzer (more on that soon), also happens to be a border town to Switzerland, which is double win :o) Only fifteen minutes walk from the town center gets you to this practical but not very charming commercial area:

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Here you can either pass the abandoned border control buildings and continue along the traffic over the bridge to Diepoldsau…

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or you can walk down along the Old Rhine…

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…and do something…

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…much better:

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…you can swim over to Switzerland!

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Or, if you (like me) haven’t yet figured out the Nr.1 rule of the Vorarlberger Summer, which is always wear your swimsuit under your regular clothes, you can just hang your feet in shallow waters…

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…and collect freshwater mussel shells…

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…of which there are plenty.

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January 4, 2016

a matter of perspective

by ada

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January 3, 2016

Liechtensteinisches Landesmuseum Vaduz – part 4

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November 22, 2015

Bregenz – Seepromenade

by ada

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November 8, 2015

Budapest – Gül Baba rózsakertje (the rose garden of Gül Baba)

by ada

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November 2, 2015

the flowers of the Břeclav Jewish cemetery

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August 10, 2015

Wien – Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea), on shore

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August 9, 2015

Wien – Haus des Meeres (House of the Sea), underwater

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August 6, 2015

o to be a dragon

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August 1, 2015

Wien – Volksgarten

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June 28, 2015

why make so much of fragmentary blue

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June 21, 2015

follow with May’s fairest flowers

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June 21, 2015

Baden bei Wien – Kurpark

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June 17, 2015

Burg Liechtenstein

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June 16, 2015

Maria Enzersdorf

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June 13, 2015

I feel as if the grass were pleased

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