Sabbatical

12th of August 2017

Together with two friends I hosted my Goodbye and birthday party in Neidenfels at the legendary Grillhütte. Thank you everyone, that showed up for this surprice, the gifts and for making it to some unforgettable days and nights!

Happy Birthday Per
Happy Birthday Pfalzhobel

20th – 25th of August 2017

My first stop outside good old Germany was Estonia. I arrived at the airport in Tallinn where two friends and the fresh made husband were waiting, but we stayed in Tartu, the second biggest City in Estonia at the newlyweeds Cuple. We all shared the top roof under the floor. After a day of party, a wellness day in Tartu and celebraiting my birthday we went on a roadtrip to Russia without Visa. The only thing was that there is an Estonian road, that goes through Russia; in other words you pass through russian territory, but start and end in Estonia. However it is not alowed to stop on the Russian side or you might not come back to Estonia again, because the guys there seemed like not to be so funny. Very strange! All in all it was a very nice trip with nice people and a nice taxidriver. My way home with changing in Riga and Berlin a bit too long for my little body.

For Åsas friends I wish lot sucess back in China and Danmark.

Happy Birthday Kuschu
Happy Birthday Armin

31st of August – 04th of September 2017

After a short and intense time back in Germany, which included a visit to a festival in Gelsenkirchen and a night at a Spa-Hotel in Dahn, I was again sitting on the plane, this time the destination was Andalucia in Spain with my two closest friends. We arrived in Malaga in the afternoon, where our rental car was waiting for us, and drove during five days up to Valencia. Our stops along the warm and sunny roads were „Caminito del Ray“ in Alora, Almeria, San Jose, Las Negras, Playa de los muertos in CABONERAS and Murcia, until we were on our final destination in Valencia Airport.

Happy Birthday Muri

07th of September 2017

One last time back in Germany to say the last Goodbyes and to pack my shit for the big trip without return. In the morning I got picked up from a friend and took the early train from Neustadt to Berlin Schönefeld (another friend just went to work and joined me to Frankfurt) and went by airplane to Oslo where Åsa was waiting for me. I arrived at 4 o clock a.m. and we drove the last four hours with the Superscoda a last time up to Geilo, where we ended the night with the most expensive Sushi ever from Geilo. Gar net mol so arg gut!

Happy Birthday DepecheDine

09th – 13th of September 2017

While Åsa is worked her last days, I decided to go for a trip; destination Nordkapp with the goal to see the northern lights (Glühwürmscher) for the first time in my life. I searched a train up to Bodø, the last train station up north in this fucking long country and packed my bag. I hoped maybe to be able to share a car with some other people or to hichhike up to Nordkapp. But that was only the plan!!! The problem was that I looked for the train departure on the wrong day and ended up sitting in Oslo without a train up to Bodø, and since it was Sunday there was neither a train back to Geilo and Åsa. Thanks to the NSB man that told me the right date for the train and gave me the advice to fly to Bodø. I followed his words because the weather for staying in Oslo was to scheisse and really found a quiet cheap flight 16 hours later, booked it and took the train to Oslo Airport. As if this was not enough, my train ticket did not work because It was a private train company and I had to pay extra. At the airport I looked around a bit, ate pizza with another waiting couple and layed down in my sleeping bag for some hours. At 9 in the morning finally my flight went to Bodø and I landed there in time at half past 10.

The idea with sharing a car or hitchhike was very fast away because there were no people. So I booked a rental car (Ford Focus) and started my roadtrip from Bodø up to Nordkapp. The GPS said even when I flew 1,5h up from Oslo I still had to drive 1041 km and around 15 hours. Daaa! I passed first the city Fauske, then a part with the ferry from Bogens to Ballangen, up to Narvik. The next stop should be Alta, but I was so tired that i stoped on a parking place and slept for a few hours in the back of the car. I woke up and had a quick wash and at 2 in the afternoon i finally got it. I arrived to Nordkapp. It was 4 degrees and so windy that i couldnt stand still. It really felt like the road to the end of the world and saw actually more reindeers than people up there but no norther lights.

I drove down the same way, with one stop on the northern lights route. It was too cloudy this time and felt a sleep, this time not in the back of the car, but instead on the driver seat with seat heat on. Next morning the same again like the two last days: Gasstation for Gas, cleaning with citrus paper, coffee and cigarette. I got a lot of food as a lunch package from Åsa. She probably already knew how this would will end up. Finally down at 7 pm in Bodø I gave back my car and went for nice dinner and WIFI to subway, until i got on the train back to Geilo. In the train I had a sleeping cabin and started from Bodø to Trondheim at 21:10. I slept at 22 in the night and woke up at 7 again in the morning. In the boardrestaurant i gave back my key for the cabin and got a free cofffee fom the norwegian trainmeister collegue. In Trondheim I changed to another train to Oslo. This 8 hour ride went quiet easy, because their boardrestaurant were even more full with Köstlicheiten than in Germany. My last change was in Oslo and I rode the last 4 hours of this trip up to Geilo again. Even when I got the advice to stop a bit up north on a nice polar zoo, i did not have any time on the way up and no way down to visit it.

All in all a unforgetablle trip even without seeing northern lights. So i have to search them again!

Happy Birthday Margit
Happy Birthday Eisekall
Happy Birthday Melanie
Happy Birthday Amira
Happy Birthday Zwockeltaker

15th – 18th of September 2017

The last day in Åsas appartment in Geilo arrived and the people around and from work came to the good bye party. At around five in the morning the last two survivals went to bed and at nine o clock in the morning the big cleaning for the appartmentowners and packing to leave the place began.

In the afternoon Åsa gave back the keys to the appoartment and we could leave to Sweden home to her parents, but the weather for the next days should be so nice, that we decided to drive to Odda and stay for two nights to see one of that famous rocks in the mountains on the fjords – Trolltunga. We had a perfect late summer weather and enjoyed as other tourist this view up there.

Yesterday in the evening then we arrived Halmstad, Sweden, where Åsas parents were waiting for us.

Happy Birthday Nighthawk
Happy Birthday Bella
Happy Birthday Alex