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Biking to Stoned From The Underground 2014

Thursday, August 21st, 2014 | Activities, Music, Sites | 2 Comments

From my point of view Stoned From The Underground is pretty much the closest thing to the perfect festival. It’s still small, it’s in the summer, you can park next to your tent and you have a lake to swim in just next to the camp ground and stages. And obviously it’s stoner, doom and psychedelic rock driven – just my cup of tea.

For various reasons it seemed a good idea to ride by bike to the festival. I love riding the bike, it gets you close to nature and your limits if you want to. The scenery of Hessen and Thüringen really blew my mind, I did not know how beautiful the rural eastern parts of Germany really are. Hainich National Park and its Rennstieg were awesome. Savage, dark and mysterious.

Anyway, here are a few shots of the bike trip and the festival.

I hope I can make it again next year. This time I will not start near Kassel, maybe Frankfurt, so I can approach from the south west to see even more of beautiful Germany.

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Wild camping – my maiden voyage.

Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013 | Activities, Gadgets, Photography, Sites | No Comments

I have recently upgraded my camping gear, so did a friend of mine, and now it’s pretty much winter proof (no more freezing while sleeping at Freak Valley‘s windy camp site!). We both wanted to test drive our stuff in the wild, so we figured a night’s out around the freezing point should do the trick. Weather forecast said it was gonna be dry with the lowest temperature around nill. Perfect!

The site was nice, mossy ground yet slightly slopy and the highway is in pretty close proximity which resulted in faint constant noise. Nevertheless the trip was awesome, we had clear skies and a few beers in the wild. I guess this wasn’t the last time, even though the occasional Brokeback Mountain jokes were on us in the office the next day. Ahh, sweet envy 😛

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Ein Brötchen in Zons. Lecker.

Friday, May 3rd, 2013 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

So, das schöne Wetter Anfang Mai musste ich ausnutzen – und welchen schöneren Grund gibt es nach Zons zu fahren, als sich ein deftiges Wurstbrötchen am Rhein zu snacken? 😛

Track@RunKeeper (Post in German, because “Wurstbrötchen” is such a nice word)

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May Day 2013 – biking Schöller / Sambatrasse

Wednesday, May 1st, 2013 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

Just a random trip, this time off my beaten tracks. Wanted to check out the lime works and see for myself that this is hardly a place to fancy a swim – unfortunately. I also wanted to check out Schöller because I’ve been to Kindergarten there. No recollections though.

For the complete route and stats visit my RunKeeper profile.

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Drumming like Animal!!
(This time multiple exclamation marks are just fine)

Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 | Activities, Misc, Music | No Comments

Tonight, my drum-kit got the worst beating so far. Animal would have approved.

I broke a stick on my mesh head snare for heaven’s sake! It was worth it though. (Guess I hit the rim at some point?!)

Props go to The Machine’s “Caterpillar’s Mushroom“. Dim the light, lean back and enjoy a pretty intense roller-coaster ride.

The take-off at 13:00 just blows my mind!

If you need a lift home after that I suggest you try Hills’ Master Sleeps. Farewell!

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A weekend in Brighton and London

Sunday, February 24th, 2013 | Activities, Sites | No Comments

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Stop To Smell The Roses II – Winter’s Coming!

Saturday, October 27th, 2012 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

Even though the sun was out again it was freezing cold. The shot of the frozen grass was taken at noon! See the route at RunKeeper.

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Stop To Smell The Roses I – Autumn Bliss

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012 | Activities, Photography | No Comments

I love biking. I love taking pictures. Biking is a fast paced sport and you should really focus on where you are going instead of gazing to enjoy the beauties of the world. So I decided to simply stop first and gaze later every now and then, and as RunKeeper has a neat auto-stop feature this doesn’t impact my tracking too badly. Anyway, here are the first couple of shots. I want to continue theses tour shots and call the series “Stop To Smell The Roses”. Enjoy.

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Everyday Life’s Insights II – Keep Keepsakes

Friday, October 19th, 2012 | Activities, Insights, Photography, Tech-savvy | No Comments

I love to keep things. Not in a messy kind of way, rather hanging on to the past. Which is worse is up to you to decide. Anyway, people tend to tell you to get rid of old unused stuff, get rid of all the clutter. So last time I “optimized” my cellar I threw away my somewhat broken Ixus 70 which turned out to be a pretty bad idea.

Someone that is very closely related to me dropped the old camera to the floor. The flash did not fire any more after that stunt. So we bought a new Ixus 500 HS – a decent device but by far not as convincing as the 70 in terms of features, handling and (subjective) image quality.

Anyway, the old one went straight to the storage to RIP. Same goes for my first “New Zealand” Ixus, a 330 from 2002 – what a beauty! 🙂

So I decided to throw away the beloved Ixus 70 because of a broken flash. A few weeks later I felt the need for a camera that I could take on bike trips – and what do you not need for landscape photography? Correct. A flash. The old Ixus would have been the perfect companion for the purpose. What a bummer.

Bottom line: Keep your stuff unless you are absolutely sure you don’t need it any more. Full stop.

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A Studio Ghibli homage

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 | Activities, Misc, Movies | 1 Comment

Today I invited Totoro to stay.

Ever since we moved into our “new” flat a few years ago we could not decide what to do with our living room walls. I suggested that we could try to draw the Studio Ghibli logo – namely Totoro – next to the TV. The other side of the telly got decorated with the beautiful postcards that come with the German Blu-ray edition of Arietty and Laputa. Now I feel like a true fanboy 🙂

And this is how I will enjoy my films from now on:

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