Lucerne Marathon

Lucerne Marathon

Today I ran my second marathon, the marathon of Luzern. We did our first marathon last year, also in Luzern. This time, we know the trace. I was better prepared than last year, I thought, but I needed 4 minutes more than last year.

This year the wall, how it is call, came at kilometer 35, much later than last year. Therefore it hit me harder. I was from time to time not longer able to run and had to walk for a while.

Finally I did it and everything is hurting me now, my legs, my back and even my shoulders. Though it is every year a fight against the pain, I will run another marathon next year.

I think man must be able to run a marathon. That should be the normal condition of a human. At least for me it is a fix part of my live. We train the whole summer to be able to make the marathon.

Amazon Kindle

Amazon Kindle

This device is available in Europe since last Monday. And I ordered already one. Its a great new device. It looks and feels better than generation one. This is the future of reading books and newspapers or magazines. I am absolutely sure that our children will not be forced to bear the heavy weight shool books in ten years from now. In ten years every child will have its own e-reader with all the shool books stored on it.

The device is not only great because you don’t need to carry a bundle of books. It has also functions like: making a bookmark, marking some text, and so on. What I realy love is the dictionary, which is preinstalled. If you don’t know the sense of a word, you can scroll to the word and within seconds the meaning is displayed on to bottom of the screen. This is a nice functionality to learn for example English.

Austin Texas

Austin Texas

I had to go to a meeting in Austin, Texas. Our company has a subsidiary there. Austin is a very nice city. Totally different to New York.

I have never been in this part of the US and am very surprised. I have been in California almost 20 years ago, and I have been in New York for several times, but all regions are different.

It is flat, in the middle of the country which means that you fly with the plan for hours over land which always looks the same. We flew in from Canada and had half the day wood, fields and small towns beneath us. We landed in Atlanta, Georgia, where you could see a lot of new houses grouped into lanes as you can see it in TV series from US.

Austin has a small center with a few sky scrapers. Austin is the head quarter of Dell, and there are the government and the university of Texas there. This explains also the big difference to for example New York. In Austin, there are crowds of  people doing sports, running, biking and so on, what you can not see in Connecticut for example.

Snowman

Snowman

We had snow very early this year. We just came back from Cyprus where we had been for holidays. We had 30 degrees there and came back into winter. Was snowing and I drove back to Brunni with the girls to make a snowman. The first snowman this year.

Had a lot of fun with the kids. Is always impressive for them when we have the first snow. They like creating a snowman though I have to help them. Looks like a monster! :->

Cyprus 2009

Cyprus 2009

This year we were the first time in Cyprus. This greek island has the big advantage that is is located so far south and east that the weather is still very warm there in October.

In Switzerland the kids have three weeks holiday in October, so it is a very good time to make holidays then. In mid summer it is very warm in Greece, sometimes it has more than 40 degrees. With this heat, making holiday with kids is not so good. At early afternoon, you have to go to your hotel room and spend some hours in the cool chamber while it is the hotest time outside.

The hotel we had this year was very nice. We had very good animation also for the kids. The food was good, the appartment was nice, the beach wounderful. Everything ok. We will come back next year.