Madeira: Just disconnect for a while

Levada do Norte Encumeada That 2020 was a crazy year, we can all agree on. Not many of us experiencing something comparable in your lives. It is interesting that in the beginning most of us thought this all will go away in a matter of a couple of months. Guess what we all been wrong. It is now over 10 months in quarantine, lockdown and a way different life as we…

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Madeira: A pure nature island

Hike among the east coast Traveling to Madeira was always special, as the landing on the island is already a highlight. With the airport right next to the ocean, the landing curve is going over the cliffs of the east cape. This is every time around an experience. As the Covid-19 cases in all over Europe are rising, on the island extra measure were taken. Either way you bring a negative…

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Germany: Time for hope (Vaccine)

This week's news were dominated by the announcement of two different vaccines for Covid-19. That could get a license in the USA and Europe. Which been the best news in weeks. After the rising Covid-19 numbers all over Europe and the following shutdowns, this seems to be the light at the end of a really long tunnel. Even that it is not sure by when the vaccine will be available for…

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Germany: Back to my childhood (Harz)

In order to escape the same white walls, that I am looking at in home office for nearly 9 months now, I went on a trip back to my childhood. What is the best place to hide in a pandemic? The countryside. Which is not densely populated and has a lot of nature to offer. It is just great not to have a constant reminder of the pandemic. Like wearing masks,…

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Portugal: Experience report during Covid-19

I wanted to do here an aftermath of your experience in Portugal this year during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. I will not pretend that travel this year was an easy decision. With the ongoing news about the topic in the media, it was hard to make a good decision. Also, with keeping the own health and the health of others in mind. As with the majority of the Germans staying Germany…

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Portugal: Flying during Covid-19 times

Mountains of Spain Mountains of Portugal What to expect? Honestly it was not as different, as I thought is would going to be. In the airport in Frankfurt everybody was wearing a face mask. The airport staff and every customer. Luggage drop-off was as slow as usually, also with been check in already. So no change in this department. During the security check, we needed to pull of the face mask…

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Germany: Change of the Season

Cherry Tree Rosskastanie Beech Tree With the change of the season from sprint to summer, the patience of the people to get out of the house is used up. Since last week hotels in Germany can open again, it seems some deceptive normality is back. All still under huge health requirements and in every state a bit different. A few weeks ago we all been happy about a small walk in…

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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,…

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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.…

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Germany: What is next? (Covid-19 Blog)

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…

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