Germany: Back on the bike

As the quarantine due to the global pandemic was lifted this week in Germany, I took the chance to go on longer bike trips again. At the moment this can be done with the people of your own household or max. 4 unrelated people of your household. Rules are still confusing and not always followed by anyone. At the moment it is particularly hard to find  solitude in biking or hiking,…

Continue Reading Germany: Back on the bike

Germany: A ocean of flowers (new habit)

I recall that as a kid we had to do school projects that included the collection, drying and documenting of flowers. Which actually had to be done with a botanic book. Back in the days I remember that my aunt was able to name all the flowers and my mother was able to name all the birds, just by hearing them sing. This impressed me a lot and it still does.…

Continue Reading Germany: A ocean of flowers (new habit)

Germany: What is next?

This week was the first week after the eight weeks of quarantine in Germany. After so many lifted restriction, quarantine is officially over. Nether the less social distancing is still in place. Streets are filling up again with people and cars, as shops are reopened. The ghost town feeling is officially over, life is coming back to the cities. Sometimes it feels like the pandemic is over, sadly we are far…

Continue Reading Germany: What is next?

Germany: Hiking in the Black Forest (Bermersbach)

With the best spring weather predicted for the day, we decided to go on an early morning hike in the black forest. Within a 40 minutes drive and so many lifted restriction we gave it a try. Bermersbach in the Murgtal (Murg Valley) is a small town, which provides a lot of hiking options. In the town center several information signs are providing insides in the hiking possibilities. As we wanted…

Continue Reading Germany: Hiking in the Black Forest (Bermersbach)

Germany: Springtime and back to normal?

This morning I wake up early and took a morning ride through the woods. I love the springtime in Germany. Waking up around 5 am to the singing of birds. This tiny creatures make so much loud noise. Just hearing the different songs of all the different birds brings a smile to my face. Since New Zealand, where we heard so many different and strange songs of birds, my mood it…

Continue Reading Germany: Springtime and back to normal?

Germany: Nobody saw that coming

If you had asked me two months ago, what will happen tomorrow, I would have told you that we will start our trip around the world. Now I can tell that I canceled this week our starting flight to Lisbon. Which was a real sad moment for me, as I planned this all in my head for years. Somehow this sounds strange but with the cancellation all felt real. I mean…

Continue Reading Germany: Nobody saw that coming

Story Time: Trip down memory lane

As we all are at the moment limited to travel virtually only, I looked into really old trips of mine. As I am a kid of the 80s, not all trips were recorded with a digital camera. With that in mind, I can only go back a certain time. The first trips as a kid outside Germany were to Switzerland. I recall the Alps and that everything was really clean and…

Continue Reading Story Time: Trip down memory lane

Germany: Our new normal?

I could rather call this series here lockdown dairies but I do not want to dramatize the situation too much. This week we got week six of the lockdown due to the coronavirus in the books. Week seven will not look that much different, except now everybody needs to wear a face mask when entering a supermarket, bakery or similar shops. I mean we got used to the lines on the…

Continue Reading Germany: Our new normal?

Germany: Songs of a nightingale

Even that this week was a big announcement how life will go on in the current Corona crisis, there is not much change to expect in a near future. We will face week six of the lockdown, only with slight loosening. In general the outlook seems that this year is nearly totally lost for international travel. It was made already transparent that summer travel will not happen. And even if it…

Continue Reading Germany: Songs of a nightingale

Germany: Easter Walk

This year Eastern is way different as we usually know it. Normally it is the time to met family, have a nice Eastern Lunch or Diner together. Or go on a trip with the partner and extend the public holiday for a short vacation. As this year we nearly can not leave the state - in Germany - the options are limited to do a small or larger trip. Nether the…

Continue Reading Germany: Easter Walk