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Horrortrip with a Twist

By |May 8th, 2016|

The deal sounded almost too good to be true: A free trip to Transylvania, where I even could make some money. All was about writing a hunting story - more about that later. A good friend of mine set the whole thing up. I guess he saw the disaster coming just as little as [...]

4 Ideas for a skiless winter holiday

By |April 1st, 2016|

Winter holidays without skis? - Yes, such a thing exists and even can be fun. I guess, I'm not the only one who longs to get away from the crowded slopes. I'm all about beeing in nature without leaving traces of civilization. Ski touring is an option, but they say there are people who do [...]

What you should know about howlers

By |March 5th, 2016|

Saucer eyes and little whiskers – at the sight of baby seals hardly anyone can resist saying the words “Oh, how cute!” The childlike proportions are what cause in humans a caring instinct. Well intended is not always done well. […]

Winter in Norderland

By |February 17th, 2016|

"Where are you going?" - "North." - "Yes, but where exactly?" - "To North." There are many dialogues like this one before the trip. The German word "Norden" which translates to "North",  in this case, is not only a point of the compass, but also the name of a town in East Frisia, a region [...]

Dirty Dancing on the Love Boat

By |June 28th, 2015|

To a certain extent, the MS (Motor Ship) Isabelle looks like the Pacific Princess, the Love Boat from the TV-series: the measures are similar and both have luxurious amenities with bars, restaurants and spa. The main difference is, the Pacific Princess is cruising in high seas, while the MS Isabelle, under Latvian flag, paces obediently [...]

What happens in Riga, stays in Riga

By |June 13th, 2015|

As usually, this holiday brings a disaster. No, not a broken arm, no broken motorbike and no confiscated ATM card. Much worse. I 'll start from the beginning. Just "carry-on", because Air Baltic says checkin baggage costs an extra 25 euros, so does checking-in at the airport or reserving a seat on the plane. Just [...]

Winter Hiking in the Elbe Sandstone Mountains

By |February 15th, 2015|

"To hell and back" was our hiking weekend's motto. "Wild Hell" is the name of a hiking trail that ended with a heavenly view. Although I've already heard of the Elbe Sandstone Mountains, I have to admit, it would not have occurred to me to go hiking there. Unfortunately, I am one of those people [...]

Skitour at Bullhead Mountain

By |January 28th, 2015|

In addition to alpine skiing and cross country another winter sports discipline ist getting more and more popular at the Northern Bavarian Fichtelgebirge mountain range: ski touring. For three years, the summit restaurant Asenturm has been a regular meeting point on Wednesday evenings. […]

Working on a Mountain Farm

By |November 23rd, 2014|

Fresh air, mountains, green meadows, and above all, honest physical work – this is how you imagine a summer job in the Alps. But when the joints ache, breaks no longer suffice to recover and the neglected brain screams for new tasks, this is when you wake up. […]

“Feel the Dolomites”

By |July 31st, 2014|

... was the motto of the climbing festival MOVE which I got invited to by the Val Gardena Tourism Organization last weekend. For me right now, the Dolomites feel like sore muscles, the result of an adventurous presstour with via ferrata as well asalpine rock climbing and hiking tours. http://youtu.be/Utnu01okJT4 As contrast to the packed [...]