26.8.14

Austria V

The fifth day began cloudy, but we knew it would become sunny and it did. The landscape looked totally different, I no longer had the feeling that we were walking in the Scottish highlands.

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We walked back the mountain hut we slept in during the first night. We had the same Bergsteigeressen as the first evening, but at least with a bit of salad.

These days I am staying in The Hague until the summer holidays are over. Actually I am looking forward to start again. I will be working on a project on sustainable urban development in Amsterdam in the first few months. Not quite sure what kind of project it will be, but it will have something to do with biodiversity / ecology / energy in the urban area.

24.8.14

Austria IV

Slowly we began to see the surroundings, the mountains, although not the highest parts. We could sit down for a break without getting wet.

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But the paths were still streams and sometimes we had to cross rivers that you could not cross without getting wet shoes. But then, eating Apfelstrudel in the next hut was the best we could do.

21.8.14

Austria III

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We were still in the clouds the day after, and in the rain. It was a quick walk to the next mountain hut and we had 'Kaiserschmarrn' and sat inside for the rest of the day. The next day we climbed up to the clouds again, no view at the highest point, but the route led us into a valley and slowly the mist started to disappear.

19.8.14

Austria II

A while ago I posted the first batch of photos I made in Austria. Last week I was camping on Terschelling, an island in the Waddensea. The rain was pooring down on us and the first night was so horrible, because of the lightnings and thunders. But back to the Alps now...

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Clouds were surrounding us even in the forest on our second day of hiking. We left our tent in the valley and climbed to a mountain hut. There were lots of streams, silence, views, no views, rain, sun, interesting flora, marmots, cows. We were happy when we arrived at the mountain hut. We were in the mist that evening, just white (or grey) clouds when we looked out of the window.

8.8.14

Austria I

As always, a series about a place I visited lately:

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The first day we took the bus from the valley up to the Silvretta-Stausee. There were a lot of people taking the same walk as we did, up to the Heidelberger Hütte. The flora was so rich up there. A spectacular thing was the delta that had formed in the artificial lake. Braided rivers coming from the glaciers had deposited fine material there. Even more spectacular to see were those glaciers (or what was left of them) in the highest parts of the mountains. On the way back thick mist and rain came blocking our view, but it was still beautiful.

5.8.14

Outsiders

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Two weeks ago I was waiting behind the curtains that covered my windows to leave to the mountains. It was as hot as summer can be and there was not much I could do. Sometimes this space / vacuum is necessary to clear my head. I looked outside and the only thing I could see were the shadows of plants.

24.7.14

Pizza

Although I feel so tired from having holidays (I don't know what it is, but at least it helps slowing down), I made a pizza tonight. The ripe tomatoes and zucchini on my balcony told me what I had to cook. :)

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20.7.14

Texel

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A huge pile of photos! I went to a Dutch isle, Texel, for a course about the Waddensea. It was very interesting. We went on a research vessel and took all kinds of samples from the sea. I saw phytoplankton through the microscope, so beautiful! We did a small research in a bay (the Mokbaai) with a large oyster bed and we looked at awesome bacteria living in the sediment. I did not go there to take photos as there was almost no time, but I did wander around the research centre in the evenings to breath in the sea air. I also met a psycho cat.

Luckily summer holidays have started now. Last week I cycled all the way to my sister (80 km) to swim in the North Sea the day after. In a week I will travel to Austria to go hiking.

Enjoy these green, warm months (at least if you are on the northern hemisphere).

18.6.14

Zenit B again

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I found this shell in dunes last spring.

The first year of my master is almost over, almost. The last mile is the longest one.
In July there is plenty of time. What shall I do? Travel somewhere on my own? Go wwoofing (in Sweden, to practise my Swedish)? Or cycling? Do you have a suggestion? :)

// I am thinking of hiking a part of the Kungsleden on my own. Do or don't? With tent or sleeping in mountain cabins? //

What are your plans for summer?

30.5.14

More Zenit B

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When I would have been earlier in the year in this part of Amelisweerd, the forest would have looked blue from these bluebells. Next year...