Black Forest Brevet pit-stop

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About a month ago, Chris decided to take on a pretty impressive challenge – the Black Forest Brevet, which would require a team of riders to ride up and down five of the biggest Black Forest peaks around Freiburg: the Kandel (1241m), the Schauinsland (1200m), the Belchen (1360m), the Hochkopf (1079m) and the Hochblauen (1165m). […]


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…or, as i like to call it, “The Bear and the Maiden Fair” (yes, i recently discovered Game of Thrones) —  the maiden fair in this scenario being me, and the bear being, well, actually… nowhere to be seen. Nevertheless, worrying about the bears was a big part of the whole Yosemite experience (at least […]

Where the big trees are

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Hey there! It’s been a long time since i’ve written about our all-american adventures. I managed to injure my back at the Feldberg (on the baby slope. don’t ask me how i did it.) which kept me out of action for a while. But i recently started reading this book and it’s made me feel quite […]

À la ferme

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Spending the weekend in the Wormsa valley was so cool – we were less than 80 km from home but it was so relaxed and remote and fascinating that it felt like a real holiday. Reading and napping in the sun on the grassy slope between our cabin and the river, hiking past waterfalls and […]

Like a lion in Zion: the Hidden Canyon


After a good night’s sleep under the shadow of the Watchman, we were excited to set off on our hike… We’d decided to try the intriguing Hidden Canyon hike (btw, this guy’s guides to the Zion trails are amazing, with all the information you could possibly need, and some amazing pictures. I don’t know you Joe, […]

The Grand Canyon


After driving for about 300 km in the deserted Arizona plains, the scenery suddenly started to change around us. First, the desert was replaced by trees… and then the flat as a pancake wilderness changed into this: We were getting closer! I felt so giddy and excited. We arrived at the south side of the […]

A walk in the clouds

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When it’s cloudy in Freiburg, the best thing to do is take a walk above the clouds: The viewing tower up on Rosskopf mountain is the perfect spot to take in the view towards that sea of clouds, with the mountains peaking out of it like deserted islands. A sea of clouds, mountaintop islands, and a forest of wind […]

In the mountains of Epirus (III)

Ovires rockpools

As you may or may not have realised, i sort of developed a huge crush on Papingo during our stay, so you can imagine i was less than happy to wake up on our last day there… However, a hearty breakfast full of local, fresh goodness made getting out of bed significantly easier! Besides, i […]

In the mountains of Epirus (II)

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Megalo and Mikro Papingo are two of the most amazing villages in the Zagori area – they are gorgeously preserved, and lie in the imposing shadow of the Astraka towers, huge (about 1750 m. high, and 400 m above the village!) vertical rock formations, part of the Astraka mountain range that looms over Papingo. They […]

Land of the centaurs


Spending time in Athens with my pretty sizeable greek family (where “close family” means grand-parents, aunts, uncles, cousins, cousins’ boyfriends and girlfriends, close friends, neighbours, pets, random passers-by etc.), was A LOT of fun, but we soon got itchy feet again and couldn’t wait to go forth an explore (and why not do some location […]