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Málaga, Marbella & Granada

After some intense weeks at work while at the same time finishing my bachelor’s thesis I was really looking forward to a few days off. We spent a long weekend in Málaga in southern Spain. We stayed in an apartment in the midst of the historic center of Málaga from where the beach could be reached by foot in about 15 minutes.

We found the apartment via housetrip.com (highly recommended). We were warmly welcomed by the landlady who met us at the train station and escorted us to the apartment. On this occasion she told us a bit about the city and what it has to offer (for example a back-alley bar which only serves sweet Málaga wine, see pictures below). Although Málaga has a beautiful historic city center, it is not very large. Hence we also made two day trips — one to Marbella (beautiful old town, dreadful touristy hotels between it an the sea) and Granada (with the astonishing La Alhambra).

 

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Málaga wine

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Hoher Kasten

It’s been quiet around here for quite some time. Mainly because I had the pleasure to write my bachelor thesis until the end of May. But with that behind me and summer finally arriving I’m sure an increase in blog post frequency is likely to occur. Oh, and right here is one!

Last Saturday we decided to go hiking in the beautiful Swiss mountains. In the early morning (right before 9 o’clock — after all it was still a Saturday) we drove to Brülisau in the Canton of Appenzell. From there am aerial tramway leads right on top of the Hoher Kasten (1’794 m.a.s.l.). But because we wanted to hike and the sky began to clear up we started walking. First a few minutes horizontally but shortly afterwards the road steepened. And then the road became a mere trail. After some 5 hours we arrived at the summit of the Hoher Kasten. Although it was quite exhausting the views we had were breathtaking (might have been the hiking, too) and we even saw a herd of Alpine ibexes (last photo).

Hoher Kasten

Hoher Kasten aerial tramway

Altmann in the clouds

Mountain idyll

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Mountaintop in the clouds

 
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Alpine ibex

Hong Kong

Hong Kong holds, apparently, the most Rolls Royce’s per capita. However, that was not the reason why we decided to pay a visit to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China.

Hong Kong

We flew with British Airways from Zurich via London to Hong Kong. The flight London – Hong Kong departed in the early evening and we decided we catch an early (7am early) flight to Heathrow so we could spend our day in big London before we went on with our journey to huge Hong Kong. After quite some delay and 10-is hours of flying in the really calm A380 we finally arrived. Unfortunately the weather forecast for the week was all but good and even worse the meteorologists were right. It was chilly and windy with scattered showers of rain (and don’t think you could go inside a café or restaurant to warm yourself up – air cons in Hong Kong apparently lack the Off switch). But we enjoyed our stay regardless of the weather. Hong Kong has a lot to see and really is an impressive city. It sure was not the last time we were there…

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