7. May 2021

Netherlands – Amsterdam

Amsterdam Amsterdam is the capital and, with 820,000 inhabitants, the most populous city in the Netherlands. Amsterdam is known for its countless canals, called Grachten. Founded in the 13th century, it takes its name from a dam in the Amstel River and is famous (among other things) for its openness, liberal nature, red-light district and legalization of marijuana. We spent three weeks house-sitting in the Hoofddorppleinbuurt district, close to Vondelpark. While the locals travel a lot by bike, we walked almost all our routes. It took us about 45 minutes to get to the city center and the red-light district. We spent a lot of time in Vondelpark and on the […]
6. May 2021

Snapshots – 4/2021

Hello I am going to distance myself more from social media, as think the machinations and guidelines of e.g. Facebook are insincere and destructive. I have already deleted Instagram, WhatsApp and Twitter, but for now (!) I cannot avoid a small amount of Facebook use because of my author page. However, I will mainly post links to my blog there and expand my own homepage. Accordingly, I have decided that once a month I will put a post online with pictures from my mobile phone. For each photo I will provide a little explanation: where I was, what it is, why I took it, etc. This way I want to give […]
5. May 2021

Germany – Lindau

Lindau – Sonthofen – Kempten – Starzlachklamm – The source of the Iller – Alpaca tour During the 2020 pandemic, my partner Tes and I spent ten days housesitting in Sonthofen in the Allgäu region at the end of May. We had eleven rescued cats to look after and visited a few places around Sonthofen. Somehow I didn’t manage to take more than five pictures in Sonthofen. But, I did take some in Lindau, Kempten, on an alpaca hike, in the Starzlachklamm and on a hike to the source of the Iller river. Since most of them are from Lindau, I have named this post after the town on Lake Constance. […]
4. May 2021

Recommendation – Metro 2034

Hello! After reading the first book of Dmitri Gluchowski’s “Metro”-series” I set my sights on the second part, “Metro 2034”. Here, too, I played the PlayStation game in advance, although it has little to do with the written story. While in the video game you slip back into the skin of the protagonist from the first part Artjom, Metro 2034 tells of Homer, Hunter and the girl Sascha. The story !Attention: spoilers for Metro 2033! As in the previous novel, Metro 2034 tells of a Moscow whose above-ground section has become uninhabitable after a nuclear war. All survivors eke out an existence in the partially destroyed metro, whose stations are populated […]
3. May 2021

Austria – Linz

Linz Linz is the capital of Upper Austria and home to about 210,000 inhabitants. After Vienna and Graz, Linz is the third-largest city and the second-largest conurbation in Austria. Linz used to have a reputation as a dirty industrial city, which has been transformed in recent years by environmental protection and cultural initiatives. In the meantime, there is a film festival (Crossing Europe), the Linz Marathon, the NEXTCOMIC Festival, the Black Humour Festival and the Bubble Days, among others. Since the new millennium, many new events have been added and have changed the city’s reputation. We had one day at our disposal and strolled through the pedestrian zone, went to the […]
2. May 2021

Austria – St. Wolfgang

St. Wolfgang St. Wolfgang in the Salzkammergut is a climatic health-resort and has barely 2900 inhabitants. It is located at the foot of the Schafberg mountain and on the shores of Lake Wolfgang. Tourist attractions include the mountains and nature, boat trips on the lake, the Schafberg cable car, the St. Wolfgang church and the doll museum. We were on site out of season, so only a few cafés and shops were open. We therefore spent the day walking around the village, strolling along the shore of Lake Wolfgang and taking photos of the beautiful place. Me in front of the mountain panorama Team Christkind – formerly known as Baby Jesus […]
1. May 2021

Austria – Hallstatt

Hallstatt Hallstatt is a small municipality in Austria’s Salzkammergut region with a population of almost 800 people, who receive visits from around 700,000 to 900,000 tourists every year. The municipality and region at and around Lake Hallstatt are UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of only 20 World Heritage Sites that hold the title of natural and cultural heritage at the same time. In Hallstatt, in addition to the parish church of the Assumption of the Virgin Mary (one of the most beautiful churches I have ever been to), there is the ossuary, which is unique in the world. However, like most attractions, it was closed when we visited. I still […]
28. April 2021

Austria – Gmunden

Altmunster am Traunsee – Gmunden – Traunkirchen Before the pandemic started, Tes and I were travelling Austria. We had found a house-sitting for an elderly couple in Altmunster am Traunsee and had a wonderful time in the Salzkammergut. We hit it off with the hosts straight away and took care of their house and plants while they were away. In the three weeks we visited St. Wolfgang, Hallstatt, Linz, Gmunden and Traunkirchen. However, I only took few pictures in Altmunster, so the first post is about Gmunden. But first, four snapshots from Altmunster: The Traunsee in Altmunster: A cat that came to me for strokes Gmunden Gmunden is located on the […]
14. February 2021

Coaching – Lynkube

Hello! I was contacted a few weeks ago by Chahat Surtani from Delhi in India. She works for Lynkube, a community dedicated to promoting children’s interests. The website provides a learning, engagement and mentoring platform for students that focus on extracurricular activities and, along the way, builds independent communities of interest for students across the country. I was asked if I would like to share writing experiences with about 15-20 children aged 8-12. Sure thing! So I dialed into a meeting on 13th February 2021, talked to the facilitator Richa Singh first and waited until the children joined. That’s when things got really lively, and it was easy to notice that […]
8. February 2021

My music 2021

My kind of music Music is very important to me. Whether I’m writing, lying in the sun, watering the garden or vacuuming, I always wear headphones and listen to music. That’s why I’d like to present you my favourite songs of 2021 and explain why the they are special to me. The same post is available from 2020, just follow the link to 2020. 03.05.2021 SLUT – For the Soul there is no Hospital A band from Ingolstadt that I had forgotten about, but recently rediscovered. 03.05.2021 Wu-Tang Clan – C.R.E.A.M. From the video game Watchdogs. By the way, there is a mash-up version together with Fugazi – Sleep Rules Everything […]
1. February 2021

Recommendation – Dmitri Gluchowski: Metro 2033

Hallo! In this category I am going to give you recommendations on things that I think are outstanding. I’ll start with a book that I’ve been putting off for years. But first, a short story about myself: As I wanted to find my own writing style, I hardly read for a long time. You’ll find the story in detail here. Meanwhile, I am satisfied with my style and have consolidated it enough to start reading again. The first book in years is by the Russian author Dmitri Gluchowski and is called Metro 2033, a bestseller whose story I already knew from the same-titled PlayStation game. However, as you might expect, the […]
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