a hobbit’s walk

NZ is a paradise for walking and hiking. The lush green vegetation and the lack of any dangerous animals makes it a great place to explore, so that’s what we did. From the beautiful bush park lodge we followed a path along a little stream through thick forest. The huge leafs of the palm ferns,…

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North Island: Mount Doom

Finally here are some more pics from our trip through NZ. The central area of the North Island is characterised by a volcanic plateau with several active, partly snow-capped peaks. It’s a great area for hiking, but somehow the presence of the volcanoes and the fact that there could be an eruption anytime adds a…

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from North to South

After exploring the North Island, we took the ferry and stayed a few days in Nelson here and here. From there, we went for a hike in the famous Abel Tasman Park. The trail followed the coastline through lush green forest with views down to the turquoise water. It was quite a busy day, but…

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where oceans meet

Cape Reinga on the Northern tip of New Zealand is where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. The Maori believe that this is sort of a reunion of a male and a female sea, and that the souls depart from here for the journey, so there is a lot of spiritual significance attached…

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Oh my gosh, I can’t believe it: I’ve never been this far away from home

We spent Christmas and New Year’s in New Zealand. And even though I have been to quite a few far away places in the last couple of years, in numbers this was the biggest distance (more than 18.000 km) ever. Also, it was the first time for me to not spend this time of the…

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fast forward again

The last couple of months have been busy with work and other things, so no time to keep this space up to date. In the meantime, we visited the Oktoberfest, Bjoern has left for Afghanistan, my sister got married and in a couple of days, we are finally off for a well-deserved holiday! Here are…

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in the capital of Hungary

For a long weekend in early October, we flew to Budapest and spent a couple of days in the city. We got lucky and enjoyed the clear, crisp air and blue skies while exploring parts of the city. Staying in a small bed&breakfast with a very helpful owner, we ventured to get a feel of…

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a week in Windhoek

In September I attended the UNCCD COP11 in Namibia. It was really nice to be back to Southern Africa and I couldn’t help but feeling a little bit like coming home when I saw the sun rise over the dry hills and thorny bushes of the Kalahari. I stayed with a friend in Windhoek and…

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late summer activities

In early September the weather was still beautiful and we enjoyed a fantastic late summer weekend in Bavaria. One day we swam in the clear, refreshing water of the Starnberger See and took a long sunbath. The next day we hiked up the Breitenstein, some 1600m above sea level, with a spectacular view of the…

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a summer week on a mediterranean island

  In late August, we spent a wonderful week on the island of Corsica. We stayed in a little hotel in Calvi, enjoyed the warm Mediterranean sea, the fine sandy beaches, and explored some of the little villages, the towering mountains and the incredible coastline. In the meantime, summer has left us and the we…

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London again

I went to see my friends in London again and met their cute little babygirl for the first time. On Saturday, we hopped on a ferry and went to Greenwich, where we strolled around the parks, enjoyed the views and explored the town. From the hill, the view of the London skyline is quite impressive,…

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scenes of summer

After the pretty miserable weather in spring, summer has actually been quite nice. The only downside is that I had to enjoy the majority of it alone as Björn is still in Botswana. But then I spent most of the weekends with family and friends in Bavaria. After so many years abroad, I really enjoyed…

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… and from that trip through Liberia

And here are some (iphone) pictures taken during the trip through Liberia. 1) ferry across Cavally River 2) exit from the guesthouse in Fishtown 3) bushmeat for sale on the roadside 4) through the jungle 5) I made some little friends 6) further through the rainforest 7) beautiful rainbow over the jungle 8) laundry day…

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a few more pics from Côte d’Ivoire…

These are some more pictures from the trip through Côte d’Ivoire, all taken with the iphone and from a (moving) car. 1) & 2) street market in Abidjan 3) sunset over major road in Abidjan 4) skyline of Abidjan 5) view from our hotel in Soubré 6) roadside scene in one of the villages along…

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summer is here!

Ever since I made it back from Liberia, it has been really warm and sunny over here. Summer is (finally) here. We spent a lovely weekend in Schwäbisch-Gmünd and attended my younger sister’s wedding. The old town centre is really nice and there are a lot of outdoor restaurants and bars, which were perfect for…

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