27 Mai 2010

Farewell Munich

After about 4 weeks in my beloved Bavaria I am leaving again tonight. So I spent the last days saying goodbye to Munich, great friends and my family. Of course, I am also pretty excited to see my favorite person again and to get to know a new country. Therefore I once more packed my life in suitcases and will board a plane tonight to start a new adventure in Botswana!

25 Mai 2010

The new kings of kite

When a good friend turns 30 this is a perfect excuse to do something special.
We used it as an opportunity to go up North and visit my sister and her boyfriend in Hamburg.

After a night out on the Reeperbahn we went on the road again and spent two days on the coast watching the guys and their first attempts to master the art of kitesurfing.

Sunshine, blue skies, a steady breeze and great company made sitting on the beach a highly pleasant experience.

thanks to Isi for owning a great camera, to Sven for being the kite master and to everyone else for being such great friends!

18 Mai 2010

where the weather is fine

After a week of heavy rain and almost NO sunshine at all, I escaped to London for a couple of days.

Surprisingly (and contradictory to all the existing prejudices concerning British weather) it was sunny and kind of warm and it actually felt a lot more like spring than in Bavaria.

So we went for a lot of looong walks along the river Thames and around the neighbourhood, counted pianos in the fancy white townhouses, and enjoyed the afternoon sun in deckchairs in Hydepark.

Thanks for an awesome weekend to Herb and Miko and all the other lovely people!

13 Mai 2010

Once upon a time in: Bavaria

Every year my hometown is hosting a country fair in May.

The kids love it for the carousel and the sweets.

The guys are more interested in showing off their shooting and drinking skills.

And almost everyone uses this occasion to dress up in Bavarian traditional clothes, listening to brass music and sitting in one of these huge beer tents that seem to exist only in this part of the world...

10 Mai 2010

Green Your Life!


The recent oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico proves once more the vulnerability of our planet. Immediate, short-term effects are already happening: birds and marine animals severely contaminated from contact with the crude oil, livelihoods of the people living in the coastal areas in jeopardy, and oil prices rising, putting the fragile global economic recovery at risk. Moreover, the long-term damage of the oil spill is likely to contribute further to the loss of habitat and subsequently to increase the number of threatened species. Destruction and environmental degradation are some of the reasons why natural disasters are becoming more frequent and more harmful , thus adding to global challenges both in environmental and economic terms.

Overall, it looks like the world we live in has truly become a messed-up place and often it is hard to see HOW to save our future. So how are we going to make sure our children will inhabit a planet where they can enjoy natural beauty and produce enough food to survive and live healthy? Personally, I think it is us citizens, who have to take responsibility for our everyday choices and who have to take action if we want to achieve sustainable changes.

World Environment Day on 5 June 2010 is an opportunity for each of us to celebrate nature and start contributing to the global efforts through individual actions. If you want to make a personal contribution to save biodiversity and lower CO2-emissions, here are some suggestions for lifestyle-changes that could make you feel better about our future:

  • Eat local

Most of us know that eating fresh and organically produced food is crucial for a healthy diet. In fact, there is also an important environmental aspect to nutrition as some of the fruits, vegetables and other fresh products travel huge distances in order to reach our table. So-called ‘ locavores’ try to eat only products that have been produced within certain radius (e.g. 100 km, depending on the geographic conditions) of their hometown, supporting local business and organic farming in their region. Benefits for the environment include reduced emissions and less fuel costs from shorter transport ways. Why not try and eat locally produced food on World Environment Day this year?

  • Join a guerilla gardening initiative

Guerilla gardeners believe that a garden can be created just about everywhere around us: along roads, on rooftops, empty lots, whatever small place you can find. It is a fun and somehow unconventional way to contribute to the creation of green spaces and to the preservation of biodiversity through greening of otherwise unused areas with plants and vegetables. You will find some useful tips on to start your own gardening initiative here.

  • Dress appropriately

You can save a lot of money and energy by wearing more or less (depending on the outdoor temperature) in your home and in the office. No need to sit around in a t-shirt if it is freezing outside. Go get some woolen sweater if the temperatures are cold; if you live in a warmer area, turn down the air-condition and enjoy wearing short sleeves. Worried about the dress code? Some governments actively promote a ‘cool biz’ policy to encourage less formal clothes in summer. A small personal effort like this can make a difference and help to save energy and money.

For more useful everyday tips, check out this link. Any individual actions are backed by efforts on the international level. UNEP, UNCBD and other organizations are working towards sustainable policies and international agreements to preserve global biodiversity. If you want to find out more how to participate in World Environment Day, visit this website. For more information about what policies are in place and what your government has done, click here.

07 Mai 2010

The colors of spring

Right now, everything here is light green with yellow and white spots in between.
And even though the sky was really grey for a couple of days, the colors tell you that winter is finally over...

I just love spring.

02 Mai 2010

time of my life

this 16-week trip has been a great adventure and I've had a wonderful time with lots of interesting experiences, awesome landscapes and amazing people. I am absolutely happy that I made this decision and just went for it!

but honestly, right now I am also very glad to be back home and enjoy some time in good old Bavaria for a couple of weeks, spending time with my family and friends in the gorgeous springtime!

because I know that this will be just a brief interlude as the next adventure (a joint one this time!) is already waiting....