Thursday, 4 October 2018

Tschiertschen for a day

Shortly after the summer holidays were over, I managed to go to the mountains for a day. I was happy to spend time with Eveline, who I'd met it Formentera in Spring, to enjoy the light and the air of the alps and to just be outside for a few hours.


At the end of July up to the beginning of August Antonia and I spent 19 days on the road in Canada. We started in Montreal, drove north - west into the wilderness, came down along Manitoulin Island, did a detour to Niagara Falls and ended our road trip in Toronto. We had an amazing time with so many impressions. Here are just a few of them:

Montreal - inside Notre Dame

Montreal  - on Mont Royal

Dressing up at Upper Canada Village

Gananoque - our guest house

Gananoque - Thousand Islands Boat Tour

Algonquin Highlands - Little Hawk Lake

Grand Tappattoo - Otter Lake

using the free canoes

 Manitoulin Island - Manitowaning Harbour

 Manitoulin Island  - Cup and Saucer Trail

 Christine -  best new person of this trip!

Owen Sound

Niagara Falls

 view from our flat in Toronto

 flying drones with Lukas and Melissa

 Toronto from the distance

too soon we had to go back home

Ibiza and Formentera

Right before our spring holidays I got two weeks of extra holidays. I went to Ibiza by myself for a week and then I took the ferry to Formentera where I spent a week filled with yoga, sunshine, bicycle rides, beach, great food and lovely people.

 Ibiza - Sant Antonin

Ibiza - Cala Comte

Formentera - Platja Ses Illetes


Ibiza - Es Vedra

 Ibiza - Eivissa


 Formentera - Platja de Migjorn

 Formentera - La Hazienda

 Formentera - Platja Ses Illetes

  Formentera - Platja Ses Illetes (again)

 Formentera - Es Pujols

  Formentera - Sunset at La Hazienda

 Formentera - Platja Ses Illetes (and again)

 Formentera - Katharina, our yoga teacher

 Formentera - getting ready for some yoga at the beach

Next try

And it happened again, I fell off the wagon... I guess I could call it a day, but then I also miss it, so I'll try to catch up again, with lots of photos and maybe a little bit of text inbetween.

Sunday, 25 February 2018

Snowshoe hike in Amden

After all I did get a little bit of winter magic right before the winter holidays are over. Yesterday I went to the mountains together with my brother, his girlfriend and my dad.

We started out in foggy and cold Zürich but once we got closer to the alps, we could see bits of blue peeking through the grey. The further up we got, the better the view was and once we had reached our starting point in Arvenbühl above Amden we were out in the most glorious sunshine and deep blue sky. Fortunatly it didn't take long to rent a pair of snowshoes and then we were ready to go.

The path started easy enough but after only a few minutes we'd reached a little brook that we crossed and from there on it was only uphill. Like really steep uphill and of course I made my usual mistake: I started too fast which made my lungs burn. Luckily we weren't in any kind of a rush so we just dialed down the tempo and it got a bit easier. Taking lots of photos helped because of the many baby stops.

After about 1.5 hours we reached the highest part of our hike which was also the most beautiful. Stunning views in two directions, deep soft snow everywhere and the trees all covered with cristalized ice. It didn't even feel very cold because of all the heat we'd generated while walking up.

We took more photos and then we slowly made our way back down again. In the end we were hiking for about 3.5 hours including lots of breaks and we all felt our legs and arms in the best way possible.

To regain a bit of strength we went for prune pie and coffee Arvenbühl (coffee spiked with spirit and whipped cream). The whole excursion took only a few hours but it was such an amazing day to spend outside with my family.