Entries from 'countryside'

a few days on the farm

   From the Fish River Canyon, we drove back towards the Cape and stayed a few nights at a friend’s farm between the Karoo and the Cederberg. It was so nice to see her again, and we had a great time on the farm, hiking in the surrounding mountains, swimming and relaxing in a beautiful…

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wo die wilden Pferde wohnen

In October, we managed to go on a well-deserved holiday, the first as a family of three! We stayed in a charming little stone cottage surrounded by stone-walled cornfields and small vineyards, and explored the area. I had heard that wild horses roam in the nearby Serra d’Arga, but thought it would be unlikely that…

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a few pics from that last big trip: Akaroa

Our last stop in New Zealand was Akaroa on the Banks peninsula, and we finally got a taste of farmlife in New Zealand as we stayed in a beautiful cottage and got a chance to see the shearers in action on the farm as well as at the annual A&P show, a local country fair….

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In the Black Forest

I realize that this is slightly late, but I wanted to share some of the photos of a trip to the Black Forest in early June. It was a work trip, so there were a lot of meetings involved, but we also hiked through a “banned forest” to a perfect little lake and came really close…

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Austrian delights

After my trip to Beijing, it was finally time for a reunion with Björn and some much-needed holidays. We drove to Austria to celebrate the beautiful wedding of our friends here and stayed for a few more days in the area, exploring old castles and the green hills and wineyards around Gamlitz. It felt like…

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exploring Frankfurt and some thoughts on life over here

In the past weeks, I’ve been trying to get to know my new city a little bit more and explored the neighbourhood around my place. On the first really nice and sunny day I biked along the Nidda, a small stream coming from the North, until the old airport in Bonames. It was quite crowded…

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visiting Otse

Last week, I met up with a group of ladies to visit a friend, who was conducting a weaving workshop at Camphill in Otse. They were working on some pieces with natural or recycled materials and we chatted a little bit with them about their works before we ventured around the site to discover the…

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only in South Africa…

For a quick weekend trip we went across the border to Groot Marico. And even though it is much closer than most places in Botswana, it is a different country indeed. On Saturday, they held a little street market on the main street and we peeped into a couple of local shops and a working…

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rock walls and golden hills

The next day, we decided to try and get a view from the top. Mont-Aux-Sources is one of the highest peaks in the Drakensberg and is a daunting rock tower with steep walls raising to over 3.200m. We got close enough to get an idea of the steep climb leading all the way up to…

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American Roadtrip Part 2

The western part of New York State is very rural with lots of small farms and villages, and it also known for the Amish people that live here. This time of the year is particularly quiet and a lot of places are closed for the season. We discovered a lovely little lake and walked around…

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American Roadtrip Part 1

After visiting Niagara Falls, we rented a car and drove to Buffalo for a quick walk around the city centre. We admired some of the art-deco buildings, the massive city hall and drove along the water front. From there, we went on to Mayville and Lake Chautauqua where we spent the night at a lovely…

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a visit to Bahurutshe

I went with some friends to Bahurutshe, a cultural village not too far from Gabs. The place is run by a retired woman, who is committed to keeping the traditional rituals and culture alive. We were greeted by a group of villagers from Mmankgodi and learned about the wedding ceremony, life in the olden days…

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Sunset Saturday XXXII

A little bit late, but here is another beautiful evening sky during our trip to Italy in September. We stayed on top of a hill in the middle of nowhere and enjoyed the view over the landscape and the sea in the distance for a couple of days. It was really great to calm down…

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in the village…

During the weekend we went to stay with some friends near Molepolole. The days are getting warm, but it is very dry and so we went for some sundowners to a nearby dam, watching the cattle in the reed and the birds on the water. In the evening we sat around the fire, listened to…

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Sunset Saturday XXV

The evening light on the Altiplano near Cusco was incredible. I’ve never seen such a mix of sunlight, clouds, and green hills with the dramatic backdrop of the snow-capped mountain peaks – it was really amazing!

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