After 5 years we are finally back and re-discover one of the first highlights of our sabbathical, Smögen. We are very lucky and enjoy beautiful late summer weather while climbing the redish granite rocks.
They are trimmed with moss and lichen and rise like whale and manatee backs from the sea.
The archipelago north of Gothenburg is a real highlight and we are sure that we will come back again.
To us the people in the UK seemed particularly polite and helpful. On the motorway when we want to swap or enter a lane, the other drivers automatically make space. Or, when we look confused someone will offer help. But the best of all is that it is so easy to get talking with others.
One day when running along the coastal walk we almost bump into Bilbo and his owner, both famous former life guards at Sennen Cove. We had read about them in our travel guide and were happy to get talking. Bilbo is a Newfoundland dog and used to patrol the water front wearing a life guard jacket. Children and grownups easily connected to him and thereby started talking to his owner and learned in a more playful and natural way about the dangers and risks of swimming in the Atlantic Ocean. But Bilbo wasn’t just a mascot; he actually saved the lives of a couple of drowning people. He had learned the unique skill to swim out into the ocean with an inflated buoy and knew that he had to circle around the drowning person and wait for them to get hold of the inflatable before he could rescues them by swimming back ashore.
Later we reflected on our experiences in England and said we want to be more British in the sense of being more polite, more relaxed and offer help more often and thereby improve everybody’s life. What would the world be like if we all would try to be a bit more polite?Read More
We visit Cornwall and experience the warmest July for ages and at the same time the weakest surf ever. We have loads of fun none the less :)
We travel Great Britain, the island we missed to visit on our one year sabbatical, and it inspires us in every respect. The British people are super friendly and easy to talk to, we saw the Queen in Edinburgh, the country is beautiful and where else can you take a dip in the Atlantic Ocean and are greeted by a seal?
From New Castle we go north slowly, passing Hadrian’s Wall, Loch Ness and continue to the most north-eastern point in Scotland, John O ‘Groats, with views over to the Orkney Islands. We are looking for new experiences, nature and surf spots.
Scotland is beautiful. We are excited by the green and rugged landscape, the sea, the narrow one-lane roads and the animals that we spot. Whether they are puffins, northern gannet, seals or sheep does not matter; for us it is fun to watch them.
The weather is fantastic, even though it rains at least once every day; only we are not lucky surf wise, the northern Atlantic is as flat as a lake. We continue to the Outer Hebrides, but even there we find no swell. Spontaneously we decided to go to the one destination in Great Britain, where surf can “always” be found… Land’s End in Cornwall, the most south-eastern point on the island, before we later need to return to the mainland.
I truly enjoy being on my own. No need to hang out with other people all the time. But sometimes I get reminded how much fun it is to share the things I love with someone who shares that passion too. While being in the USA earlier this year I got the chance to do exactly that and I loved it. Watching others having fun is great and it made me enjoy surfing on a mat even more. This video is a small thank you to the people that I have met and surfed with.
This weekend when we visited Tim’s family in Bavaria, Tim and I went for an early morning run. On our way back we passed a farm were beautiful beige grey Allgäuer cows were kept. Our path went right through a green meadow passing the open stable. The small, new born calves were kept right next to their big mother-cows. When we passed by, they came closer to the gate, looking curiously at us. We stopped and the braver ones put their heads through the fence and I started patting them.
It was love at first sight. They looked at me with her big beautiful brown eyes, pushed their wet noses forward and tried to lick my hands and arms. This was super fun and made me laugh with joy. In the afternoon we passed the stable again and Tim was fascinated seeing how much joy I had petting the cows and started to shoot one photo after the other. Did he manage to capture the joy of the moment?
It is said, you should do more of the thinks you love.… Does that mean I should buy a cow now?
What makes you happy and how can you have even more joyful and happy moments?
One week of spring vacation felt so relaxing and exciting as two or more weeks. What did we do?
We cycled 300 km along the Elbe river from Stendal to Lutherstadt Wittenberg together with my brother and his family. The sun was shining and we biked in skirts or shorts through beautiful meadows and forests, enjoying the moment while exploring Germany further.
On a bike, continiously pedaling, time flows differently. We were either talking to each other, enjoying the scenery, experiencing and sharing beautiful moments or simply having fun together.
It can be so easy:
My almost two weeks long journey to California and Nevada is now over. It has been a great time – not just the weather and all the new impressions. I was able to get to know incredibly nice and welcoming people on my journey and I truly hope that I will see them again soon. Here are just a few more impressions from my journey.
It is true that the sun shines every day in California. At least for the time that I have been staying here I can confirm that. Here are a few impressions of the last three days.