Bienvenidos a Cuba

In September we finally left for our highly anticipated 3 week vacation. Although point and duration of our leave was set for almost a year the question of where to go wasn’t. We decided that Cuba shall be the destination a few months before the departure. And our choice was the right one – not only as a compensation for this year’s lousy summer in Switzerland. Cuba not only offers beautiful beaches and warm weather, but also friendly people, an interesting and turbulent history, and the feeling of travelling back through time and the opportunity to see planned economy and communism live (although the longer the lesser).

We flew from Zurich via Paris to Havana with Air France. The flight wasn’t bad, actually (although you hear quite some negative voices about Air France). The only problem were quite a few drunkards on the plane (one of them literally pissed himself and decided it was the right thing to just stand next to our seats for what seemed to be hours). On a side note: Paris Charles de Gaulle airport is indeed confusing…

Oldtimer Taxi in Havana

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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).








Málaga wine



















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


Mountaintop in the clouds



Alpine ibex