Germany: Staying Positive

One week ago we make the decision to call of our Around the World trip for 2020. That we were planning for the last year and preparing intensively for the last 5 months. Due to the current worldwide pandemic of the coronavirus, we need to be reasonable. At the moment nearly every country is closing borders and tourist flights and travel is just not possible anymore. As it is really hard…

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Germany: 3 Day Bike Packing (TransPfalz 2019)

View from the Luitpoldturm Day 1 - Hauenstein to RodalbenThe start of these years 3 day TransPfalz tour (bike packing in Palatinate) of the DAV was at the train station in Hauenstein. The MTB family contained Specialized, Kona, Radon, Bulls, Ghost, Canyon and Liteville. Included in the planned tour was 130 kilometers of riding, 2800 meter elevation and 12 hours on the bike.  The riding started over soft sandy soil covered…

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Germany: Starting Hiking Season (Palatinate)

Vineyard over Wachenheim With a couple of longer day hikes and multi day hikes planned this year we needed to get in shape for these years hiking season. What a better place then doing this in palatinate. The area includes endless options of hiking path 's through the woods crossing lakes, castles and ruins. Basaltsee Sprint Flower The area is also mainly known for its vineyards, local wine and traditional Palatine…

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World: Rewind 2018

As the year 2018 is coming to an end, there is always time to reflect on the year and what has been the memories that will stay. This year was marked by big travel events - a new continent Africa and going back to Patagonia. Especially Patagonia I was waiting for 3 years to go back to. I studied in the meantime a lot of Spanish, in order to be prepared.Besides…

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Germany: Wonderful autumn wine hike in the Kaiserstuhl area

Autumn (September/October) is a perfect time to go on a hike in the Kaiserstuhl area, as the leaves are in a  yellow, orange and red color. The region is located in the south of Germany in the black forest and is a small low mountain range of volcanic origin. Due to the volcanic background the ground is perfect for growing wine in the region. Hiking path in the wine area The…

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Germany: Visiting the Merkur (Baden-Baden)

An area that I was not expecting to be that nice is the Merkur Mountain in Baden Baden. Baden-Baden is a town in southwestern Germany’s Black Forest, near the border with France. It is mainly known for its thermal baths but it has a lot of nature to offer as well. The area of Merkur hold's a lot of options for hiking and biking. It is possible to hike up the…

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Germany: Half day hike to the Bernstein Mountain (Black Forest)

Name: BernsteinLength: ~ 10 to 14 km (350 m elevation)Time: ~ 3 hoursGood to know: The Bernstein is a mountain, 693,5 m above sea level. It is located in the Northern Black Forest within the district of Gaggenau and Bad Herrenalb. The highlight of the hike is the view rock Bernstein, that can be climbed in order to get an amazing view over the Murgtal. Where to park: Bad Herrenalb Station…

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Germany: Never stop to follow your dreams

For us to know what our dreams are, it is important to write it down. It is easy to get lost in the many things we want. With many distractions and new ideas coming up, it can be confusing. To find happiness, be sure where you want to search for it. In order to take this one big trip or buy this one thing, dream it first, plan it second, do…

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Germany: Find a reason why you can

In order to find happiness in life everybody has to find they own way. Find out what is that makes you happy. What makes you excited, what makes you get up early, what gives you a smile. Do not accept reasons why you can not do something. Like I have to work late, I can not take vacation, I can not leave early. Find reason why you can. Ask colleagues to…

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France: A bike tour to Wissembourg

In order to combine bike riding and French food eating we joined a "Tour de culinary". Which include a ride from Karlsruhe (Germany) over Lauterbourg (France) to Wissembourg (France). The tour was ~100 km long and was mainly flat. From Karlsruhe, we drove to the Rhine ferry near Neuburg am Rhein. On the other side we drove along the Rhine to Lauterbourg (France). In Lauterbourg we stopped in the coffee shop…

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