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Hello everybody! Greetings from the beautiful Allgäu!
2012 was a great year with interesting travels. Starting in spring with my annual trip for a cottage weekend with my former colleagues that I really got friends with during my Expat year in Oulu. In May / June I took part again in the very nice Euromeet, this time in Bergamo. I head my first own premeet for a Euromeet and enjoyed it to show people around the area where I live. On the trip to the Euromeet Kathrin_E, who joined me for the drive to Bergamo and me stopped for another premeet in Molveno, it was a great time there. After the Euromeet I extended the trip for a long roadtrip from Bergamo via Switzerland, France, Luxembourg back to Germany. all in all it was a great trip and I got to see so much. In late summer a travel highlight came up. I was invited to be guest at a wedding in Israel. So I was a proud guest on the impressive wedding of Martin_S daughter and her husband. Of course I also took the opportunity again to explore this beautiful country. In September a new travel highlight was my very first trip to an Asian country. I was on a two weeks business trip on Penang Island in Malaysia. What a nice trip!
For 2013 things are a little complicated for me, just know that I will head to Penang for ten days in January, but priorities are clearly focussing on other important things for now. I hope things will be clear soon so that travelling for 2013 can be planned. Lets see...
Interesting links for travellers:
+ Weatherwarnings in Europe
+ Country profiles on BBC News Webpage
+ Youth hostels in Germany
+Interactive Bikemap Unterallgaeu (Kaufbeuren, Memmingen, Mindelheim) german only, just play you'll manage
+Interactive Bikemap Oberallgaeu (Füssen, Neuschwanstein, Kaufbeuren) german only, just play you'll manage
+Check the emergency numbers for Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
+In case you are interested in how it looks like in places around Europe, check out this page with european or worldwide webcams.
+Maps (city maps) of Europe and US.
+Have a look at Wikipedia, it is an Online-Encyclopedia and contains beside general knowledge also infos on all different countries. It is available in a lot of languages...
+Here you can find tour files for GPS-devices. The files are sorted by country. It is also available in English.
+Listen to Radiostations from all over the world via the web.
Found them on the web and thought they might be interesting for you. Of course I have no responsibility for the contents of the linked pages, which I haven't created... :)
If it is against any law to place screen shots of Google Earth, please let me know. I will take them away then!
Have fun on my pages!!!
Hiking is a big passion of mine, even in the times that I am not really trained. But when being on a hike it gives me the feeling to be very close to a place. For several hikes I have placed information and pictures on my VT pages. Up to now all those found their place here on my profile page, but with the increasing number of links the space started to run out now. Instead I have opened a personal album dedicated to my smaller and larger hikes. I hope you will still continue to have a look there as you did up to now.
-----> Have fun to hike with me here on my personal album...
Here are my first featured bike tours:
+The 'baehnle'-tour outside Kempten, Germany
+Biking to Paese, Italy
+Biking to Acciaroli, Italy
My Travel Themes:
In the last months I realized that there are some themes that influence my travels repeatedly from time to time like a red line. These are for example mining and open air museums. So I have decided to link them from here...
+German Mining Museum, Bochum, DE
+Falun Copper Mine, Falun, SE
+Orkla Industry Museum, Løkken Verk, NO
+Iron Works, Möhkö, FI
+Næs Ironworks Museum, Næs, NO
+Røros Mining Town (World Heritage), Røros, NO
+Wieliczka Salt Mine (World Heritage), Wieliczka, PL
+Armador City, California, US
+Bisbee - A copper town, Arizona, US
+Bodie SHP, California, US
+Columbia SHP, California, US
+New Almaden Quicksilver Mine Museum, California, US
+Sutter Creek - A Goldrush Town, California, US
+Bell Caves - An ancient limestone quarry, Bet Guvrin, IL
Open Air Museum:
+Agatunet, Aga, NO
+Ancient settlement, Bad Buchau, DE
+Stoneage Village Landa, Jørpeland, NO
+Vra Stoneage Village, Katrineholm, SE
+Larsmo Hembygdsgård, Larsmo, SE
+Maihaugen, Lillehammer, NO
+Vanha Liminka, Liminka, FI
+Lviv Open Air Museum, Lviv, UA
+Hessenpark, Neu-Anspach, DE
+Turkansaari, Oulu, FI
+Stundars - Finnish history, Sulva, FI
+Amori Quarter, Tampere, FI
+Tveitetunet, Valle, NO
+Stoneage Center, Yli-Ii, FI
+Historic Å, Å, NO
+Jalomäen Umpipiha, Ulvila, FI
My origin is located about 40 km north of Francfort close to the beautiful hills of the Taunus. There you can have nice walks in the forests. If you are there don't miss to check out the Hessenpark, with rebuilt timber-framed houses, and the Saalburg, a reconstructed roman fortress. It is located at the Limes, the former northern border of the roman empire.
Hessenpark (german and english)
Roman Fortress Saalburg (german, french and english)
Also check out my Travelogue in the Neu-Anspach section!
An extremely nice time I spent in Sweden for in whole 2 and a half years, between '96 and '00. I studied at the Chalmers Tekniska Högskola and enjoyed being part of Göteborg, which was made really easy by the people I met. Tack saa jätte mycket till alla Svenskarna and of course also to my other friends who have been in the same situation at the beginning as me! I felt how important it is to give people support to start a new part in their life, namely a stay in a country whose language they do not understand. The great thing is, that you always get something back! It is the same thing these pages are base upon.... So keep on being (virtual-)tourist!!!!!
With a trip to Crete I discovered a great place to enjoy the sun and have a relaxing time from daily life by biking and hiking. Despite to get ill there, this trip stays very present in my memories. So many nice people and such a great nature.
St. Petersburg (Russia 1991), Dessau (Germany 1990)
During school times I had a teacher in Religion who was (and is) very engaged in the contact to the former east countries. He succeeded to build bridges to schools in Russia and East Germany despite the difficult political situation, which eased of course after the fall of the wall. Thanks to him I could take part in a school exchange with a technical school in St. Petersburg. It happend just in the year the city was renamed, with the fact that our guests came from Leningrad and left to St. Petersburg. The trip was amazing, meeting so nice people offering a lot to us. I am 'glad' that I had the possibility to see how people lived at that time and how difficult life has been there. Seeing this helps to evaluate the own personal position and how much blessed one might be.
Already the year before with the same teacher I had the chance to visit Dessau in the German Democratic Republic, the former East Germany. It was just after the peaceful revolution and before the reunion. We still had to change money. It was an exchange with a technical school in Dessau. We did a lot of sightseeing and it was a great time with our exchange mates. A great experience that I am thankful for.
The holiday on Sicilia gave me the possiblility to experience the most impressive event of all my travels... a night hike to the top of Stromboli.Stromboli is really busy vulcano on the island with the same name. It is located north east of Sicilia. You HAVE to take a guided tour, otherwise it is too dangerous. I don't
know if it is possible anymore, after a large eruption quarter a year after my visit there ( It is not my fault... :) ).
Main part of my stay I have been to Cefalu, a nice town, from where it is good to go hiking in the close mountains of Madonie.
See more nightpics of the vulcano on the Stromboli pages.
Beside a trip to Toronto in '93 this trip was the most farest I did until now. (EDIT: Not true anymore. Things are changing...) The spanish La Gomera is part of the Canary Islands in the Atlantic close to the coast of Africa. I really enjoyed the great nature there. Influenced by African weather and its vulcanic origin a nice landscape has developed there. There are plants and animals which are just living on this island and nowhere else.
Penang, Malaysia 2012
A business trip brought me to my very first stay in Asia. I was very excited as it was the trip with the largest cultural differences that I experienced. Everything was amazing. From the very first hour I felt at home as the people I met were so kind, helpful and friendly. This includes the colleagues at work, hotel stuff, people in the town and of course our local VTer. Just perfect and a call for a return.
Porto '03 & Cascais '09
Visiting a friend from my time in Sweden I got the chance to have a look at Porto and its surrounding. Porto is a great town with an interesting architecture. In the protected part (Unesco) the houses are really narrow standing side by side. Lots of houses are covered with ceramics, especially check out Porto's Central Station. The inside is amazing, see the photo which only shows a very small part of the walls.
I am really fond of the Port wine... ;)
The great VT meeting was a perfect opportunity to return to beautiful Portugal with its nice people. Before the come-together in Cascais I did a two weeks roadtrip through the south. Especially the border region to Spain with the small castle villages are very nice, but also the west coast with its landscape is a great destination! Hope to be back soon!
A result of my stay in Sweden is that I really like taking a ferry. So I didn't say no to the possibility to make a 'One-day-in-Lincoln-Trip'. Going by bus to Rotterdam, taking the ferry to Hull, proceeding to Lincoln and then the same thing back to Neu-Anspach. Sleeping on the ferry makes this an interesting trip. A great thing was, that we visited Amsterdam (I have already been there before) and Bruegge in Belgium. I didn't expect that it is such a nice place!
Tallinn, Estonia, 2008
During the time I lived in Oulu I took the chance on a longer holiday to visit the beautiful town Tallinn in Estonia. It is very beautiful even in rain :)
Curious about this small country around the corner I packed my tent into my car on a weekend and drove over there. The country is small but offers a splendid nature and lots of cultural sites. It has been my first visit to one of Europes small countries.
This year, 2005, was the first time ever I was at the Germans Northsea coast. Unfortunately so late in my life, as this place is a very special place on earth. Due to the moons gravitation force the earths water is moved on the surface of our planet. There is a sort of hill of water towards the moon. But on other places this water is missing. Therefore at some places the water level rises and falls twice a day. In many places (France or Canada) this difference of the level is much larger than here at the germans north sea, but due to the fact that the ground is very flat, it happens that the water completely disappears behind the horizont. So you can walk around for kilometers into the emptied ocean. But it has to be warned, cause people get trapped quite frequently and have to be rescued...
Also nice is a trip to Helgoland which is the only german island in international water. Therefore it is possible to buy taxfree there. But this is not the main reason to go there, it is the landscape! See the pages...
Another trip in 2005 brought me to Campania in bella italia. After my really nice holidays on Sicilia it was time again. Again I travelled with Frosch Sportreisen (sports travels), which offer a mixture of hiking, biking and cultural tours. This time I stayed about 2.5 hours south of Naples, just south of the Amalfi coast. It is a very beautiful area and of course the food didn't disappoint me!
Toronto 1993, Edmonton / Vancouver 2006, Canada
In 1993 I made a trip to visit a school mate from my University in Karlsruhe who stayed in Karlsruhe for an exchange. He, some other students and me shared a flat. After a lot of stories I got curious and made a trip to his hometown to visit him. Toronto and Mississauga offer lots of things to see and I am very thankful to him as this started more or less my 'travel career'... A great experience in 2006 was to visit a class mate from Sweden in Canada after several years. I saw a lot of Edmonton and the surrounding. Also the very famous digging grounds for dinosaurs in the Badlands I could visit. The last week I spent in the beautiful and interesting town of Vancouver which I can highly recommend!
Crans Montana, Switzerland, 2010
Living sooo close to Switzerland for more than 10 years it has been the first time for an overnight stay in this beautiful country. The area around Crans offers so much to do. Plenty of hiking and nature opportunities as well as lots of culture. I had a great stay and enjoyed it very much despite that my car got sacrified in these holidays leaving a little shadow behind! In these two weeks I have been on the highest altitude on ground in my life with 2927 meters above sealevel!
California & Southwest
In 2007 three business trips with one extension for holidays allowed me to intensly explore the Bay-area as well as the whole Southwest of the States. With a lot of cultural places and scenic landscapes there is plenty to see. I was impressed and hope to be back there for some holidays.
Up to very recently I was working temporarily in Finland and enjoyed the northern culture and landscape. Of course I collected a lot for my VT pages during my year there in Oulu.
Many more visits to meet up my friends here made Finland to become a sort of home to me, kind of addictive. I stayed with them in several cottages for weekends and even came up by car twice, once by ferry via Helsinki and once by land through Sweden. Many more times will follow...
Lofoten 2008, Southern Norway 2011
Living in the 'southern' North of Finland made it possible to visit the stunning landscape of the Lofoten islands. These are among the most beautiful islands in the world. I am currently building up the pages and hope you will find some useful info and have fun visiting them. As I hiked there aswell, you will later find some entries in the hiking section above.
After knowing Finland and Sweden it was time to visit the southern part of Norway with its impressive nature and culture. A road trip via Sweden filled this white area on my map.
Euromeet 2010: Vienna (Austria), Bratislava (Slovakia), Krakow (Poland), Lviv (Ukraine)
To combine the meeting with my worldwide friends with a visit to 4 countries during one Euromeet travel I took the chance for a visit to Vienna, Bratislava, Krakow with its beautiful surrounding and Lviv. Unfortunately I had to miss out Sibiu, but for a great birthday back in Germany. All four places are worth a holiday for their own and I will keep them in my memory very well.
Thanks to VT-member Martin_S. , who invited me to Israel, I made my first trip ever into this region. I had the chance to visit the area around Arad, which is very beautiful if you like the desert like me and in the second half the north of the country. It is very impressive how much there is to see and how helpful the people are. I am so glad that I had the chance to go there and am very thankful! Many things I had to skip and hope to return soon to 'finish' my endless wish list of places...
Kempten inbetween Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg
Living on the border of Bavaria and Baden-Württemberg offers the possibilities to discover Germanies southern west and southern east. To check what there is to see around my hometown, check both sections, as many places on my pages placed in Baden-Württemberg are just a few kilometers away. And believe me, there is much to see in this tourism area!
More to come...
nothing specific at the moment
Anytime: Small trips in the region where I am ...
If you see anything, which seems wrong, please drop me a line... Thanks!
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