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 !

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 3

Der Wecker klingelte um zehn vor 3. Nach drei Stunden Schlaf ist das schon bitter 😛 Ein Einheimischer hat uns am Tag vorher empfohlen, um 3 Uhr Morgens über den Gotthard zu fahren und wir waren froh auf ihn gehört zu haben! Es hatte keinen Verkehr und es war schön kühl. Ab und zu brauste an uns ein Auto vorbei, die dann ab 6 Uhr (wie angekündigt) immer mehr wurden.

Die Natur auf dem Weg nach oben war sehr schön und beruhigend. Von überallher bimmelten die Kuhglocken.

Kurz vor dem Gipfel haben wir dann eine grössere Pause eingelegt und neben der Strasse gedöst. Trotz den lauten Autos und Motorräder ging das ohne Probleme 😀
Oben angekommen haben wir uns natürlich gefreut und ein tolles Siegerfoto gemacht.

Die Aussicht dort oben war umwerfend, so inmitten der grossen Berge und schönen Wiesen. Nach einer halbstündigen Abfahrt gönnte ich mir eine Abkühlung im kalten Gletscherwasser.

Eigentlich wollten wir von Airolo weiter nach Locarno. Da wir aber nicht so schnell vorwärts gekommen sind, ein Tag im Verzug waren und es heftig zu regnen begann, entschlossen wir uns heute noch von Airolo mit dem Zug nach hause zu fahren. Vorher gönnten wir uns aber noch eine feine Pizza in der Pizzeria vis a vis vom Bahnhof 🙂

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Gotthardpass Velotour – Tag 1

Endlich ging es los! Wir waren beide so gespannt und aufgeregt. Wir konnten allerdings erst nach 12 Uhr losfahren, da ich wegen der JAE Fiesch Tagung nächste Woche noch einige Dinge abklären musste.

Voll getankt mit Energie und Freude sattelten wir also die Fahrräder und fuhren von Wetzikon nach Rapperswil los. Die Strecke konnte ich schon, wussten also wo durch.
Bald haben wir dann das Zürcher Oberland verlassen und den Zürisee überquert:
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Ab dann ging es steil den Feusisberg hoch.
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Irgendwo in der Nähe von Schindellegi gönnten wir uns eine Pause. Die drückende Hitze machte uns zu schaffen.
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Nach Schindellegi ging es mehrheitlich durab und wir bekamen langsam einen Vorgeschmack auf die Schönheit der Schweizer Berge 🙂

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First on the Road 2

Heute fand die 2. First on the Road Challenge statt, welche ich auf dacadoo.com erstellt habe. Dieses Mal hatte ich aber nicht so viel Konkurenz, wie beim letzten Mal. Das grösste “Problem” war die Sonne, die ganz oben am Himmel stand und versuchte jeden Sportler zu erschmelzen 😛

Trotzdem machte es Spass, wieder mal in der Natur joggen zu gehen.
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An diesem Tag gingen gerade Mal zwei andere Mitstreiter auch joggen, es war wirklich sehr heiss. Ich wurde erster. wuhuuu! 😀