Changing colors

It has been a busy last couple of months and I missed it to share some pictures / experiences here. I moved to Zurich, I started my bachelor studies about Medicine Informatics in Biel and even was able to go to Ukraine for a short weekend. Despite the stress of preparing for exams every other week, I enjoy studying again a lot. Here some shots from last couple of weeks:

Burning horizon above Zurich

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Nature changing its dress 🙂

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Sunrise in Biel

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I had to travel to Ukraine to experience “real” snow. In Switzerland the snow had melted away very fast. I was asked by a Swiss company to go and visit a partner and see how they are doing. It was great to meet up with some friends! Sad that I was able to stay there only stay for two nights. 🙁

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A picture after riding a night train for six hours, pretty much sleepless, very loud, in a shaking bed. It was only a foretaste of the following night for my ride back to Kyiv…

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I might write a separate post about what I actually did in Ukraine. For now I tell you that I was able to see 70’000 sleeping bees 😀

Enjoy the weather !

Better than grumbling about the weather

People not living in north Switzerland might have troubles understanding this situation 😛 The weather in the last couple of weeks is really messed up. Weather forecasts telling you that there is rain all week and a day can be like: raining cats and dogs in the morning, at lunch it is sunny and too warm to wear a jacket, in the evening it rains again…

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Today I decided to find another geocache that is near our living place. Geocaching is the most popular puzzle game in nature, I started with this some years ago (sorry I still wrote in German back then). Looking at the description, I thought that should be a simple one. So I invited my mum to join me.

The location of the cache we found pretty fast and I was able to see him up in the trees. Trying to get TO the cache was another thing. “We ought NOT to climb, but to find a tool”, it said in the description. Out of the blue it started pouring. In a matter of seconds we were drenched with water! We tried hiding in the bushes, but it was kinda late 😀

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Finally I found a stick and was able to get the cache. Unfortunately there was a more clever construction behind it than I expected. You would just need to pull down the cache, log your visit and it goes up again by itself. I took out the whole thing :-/ Next challenge: Getting the cache back into it’s position.

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I ended up climbing up the tree without my shoes… WHATEVER you don’t have not to climb!

The whole thing was so funny because today in the morning I was depressed because of the weather. Not again! We already had enough rain this week! I’m glad I did not stay at home and just grumble about it. Making the best out of a terrible situation was easier than I thought!

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Link to the cache: fjordeWetzikon #2 Chämtnerbach

Swiss mountain brother hike

Our parents had the most genius idea ever! Going on vacation a week before Christmas. Escaping the Christmas shopping stress. My older brother and I wanted to go on a hike. While I needed to prepare for a military march in January we decided to choose a more difficult trail and sleep in a CAS (Club Alpin Suisse, they are open all year and very cheap!) hut up in the mountains. Our goal was to reach Capanna Campo Tencia, near Faido before sunset…

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We ended up hiking 31 km, 12 hours, and going up 2000 m.

Map, sleeping bag, gloves, snow gaiters, camera, tripod, shoes, hat, food, … my backpack:

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Our journey started in Ambri, about 15km away from the Italian borders. As you can see it was going up really steep already in the beginning. Here 600 m:

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Later on we also had more difficult parts like this “wall” here. We almost had to climb. Luckily we “only” had to go to the right and not move up too much (see at the picture).

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We walked by a beautiful, frozen lake (Lago Tremorgio, 1770 m a.s.l.). It made funny noises just by itself (from breaking ice layers) and was even more amusing when we threw some big rocks on the surface. (It sounded like the groaning of a whale) 😀

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Having a small break at 2138 m above sea level at Passo Venett:

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Frozen lake with snow on it, Laghetto Campolungo, 2260 m a.s.l. In the picture below we were standing in the middle of the lake:

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Suddenly at around five o’clock the sun was going down, very beautiful but I thought very dangerous. It gets dark really fast we soon we needed to put our head lights on. We were about 2 hours behind our schedule and knew that we were still far away from the hut. Until now were hiking in a more calm pace and then started to walk with a more determined speed, afraid of loosing orientation.

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This picture was taken before reaching a side hill of Pizzo Lei di Cima (at 2480 m a.s.l.). It was getting dark.

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As long as the moon was in our sight, we were able to see where it was going, but soon it was covered by a thick layer of clouds. In the midst of darkness and weary leg muscles we lost our path. We had lost track of the trail signals, painted on the stones. Instead of moving slowly and try to find back to the path we almost ran down to where we thought it was the right direction. We ended up having to  to walk 2 hours back up the mountain and look for the signals again!!img_4950

At 21:02, about three hours behind schedule we found the hut. We had water, a fire place, a kitchen to prepare our food and comfortable matresses to sleep on. We made it!!

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My brother (right) and me before the hut the next morning:

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Hiking down the next day we saw the hut from the opposite site where we have come from the night before:

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Ice in the ground. Never seen that before and looked so gorgeous!

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Below snow line again. It was getting warmer but still cold enough to freeze a little stream that was going down the path here.

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It was a marvelous experience hiking up in the mountains like that. My first experience so far in a setting like this. We are looking forward to more stuff like that!

Gotthardpass Velotour – Tag 2

Ihr könnt euch ja selber ausrechnen, wie viele Stunden wir ohne Isoliermättli geschlafen haben. Mehr als drei Finger braucht ihr dazu nicht 😛 Etwas mühsam rappelten wir uns also auf und packten unser Zeug zusammen. Nun ging es ca. 15 Kilometer alles durab bis nach Schwyz.

Hier die Stelle, wo wir übernachtet haben. Rechts ein kleiner Teich, an der letzte Nacht anscheinend ein sehr berühmtes Frosch-Konzert stattgefunden hat..
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In Schwyz haben wir für den Tag eingekauft und sind dann weitergefahren, bis an den Vierwaldstättersee. Wir gönnten uns im Schatten eine kleine Pause. Tolle Aussicht 😀
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Jetzt ging es ein Stück bergauf, dem See entlang. Es gibt hier viele Auto,- Töff und Veloverkehr und sogar ein Empfehlungsschild für Velofahrer, diese Route mit dem Zug zu fahren. Wir, unvernünftig (bzw. mit wenig Geld) fahren weiter. Das Velowägli ist sehr schmal und die Autos, Lastwägen, Töffs fahren sehr schnell. Wenigstens ist die Aussicht schön :’)
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Nach Altdorf wurde das Tal immer enger und es hatte sich dort die heisse Luft gestaut. Das war übel. Das Schweiss lief, wie bei einem Wasserfall. In Amsteg angekommen lagen wir platt. Es war schwühl und sehr heiss.

Doch das beste kam erst: Die ganze Strecke heute bis hier hin ging mehr oder weniger bergab. Laut Karte geht es ab hier nur noch bergauf. Das schwierigste Stück von heute hatten wir also noch vor uns.

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