Engadiner

Engadiner

This year I participated the first time the marathon in Engadin. The race starts at the highest point in the valley and goes continuously down. The difference in altitude is about 200 meters.

We had to stand up at 2:30 in the morning, went with the car to Landquart, from there by train to St. Moritz and further to Maloya by bus. At approximatly 6:30 we arrived.

It was very very cold, below 15 degree I think. We put our skiers to the start point and waited in a small church where it was warm.

The race was exciting. We started in front of 5000 other people and within a few minutes thousands were before me.

But later, I were able to overtake more and more. 42 kilometers is quite a long distance and you have enough time to gain places. In the middle the route goes through a wood where the trace becomes very narrow so that very often you had to wait to come forward.

I finished below 3 hours which means that I am allowed to start two blocks earlier next year. The race is such a fun. There are more than 10.000 starters. From now on, I will try to participate every year. It´s just fun. The whole day was an adventure. We were back at home at 5 pm.

The man in the blue jacket in the middle of the foto is me.

Brussels

Brussels

My first time in Brussels. We had a meeting of all R&D team leaders from the whole group and it was very nice. People from US and different countries in Europe met to talk about development processes.

Brussels is a nice city. I like the people there and you can drink good beer there. I saw the first time in my live a beer containing 10 percent alcohol. We visited a restaurent where you could select between 200 different sorts of beer. Of course some of us tested the beer with 10 percent alcohol. But you do not taste it, you can only feel it the next morning, when you are still dired.

The organizer of the meeting also arranged one evening a kind of personal theater in the restaurent where we had dinner. Four or five actors performed a criminal story while we were eating and we were even integrated into the story. Was very funny.

Paris

Paris

I have been very often in Paris and I like this city. This time we had been in Bagneux, a quarter not so far from the center. Nice restaurents and bars, typical Paris. Unfortunately we saw not so much from the city itself because we had to work the whole day.

A couple of years ago I was in Paris for a training and managed to go to the city in the afternoon and hang around in some Brasseries. That was a lot of fun. And the first time, I was in Paris is at least 20 years ago. I stayed there with a girl friend for a whole week and we were able to see all the tourist locations you just have to see: Tour Eiffel, Montmartre, Louvre and so on.

Speiereck

Speiereck

We go every year to Mauterndorf, to my parents. In the last couple of year we always went there in March, when sun is already becoming stronger but snow is still on the montains. March is the best time for skiing in my opinion. In March, there is the most snow of the whole winter, and there is normally the most sun shining in winter.

We had luck this year, the first few days were really bretty: Sun and snow! As I am not used to do skiing, the first day was quite hard for me. We went down the slopes, but I had not the fun I normally feel when skiing. But the second day was alrady better and on the third day, my love for skiing was back.

The picture is from Mauterndorf, there is a nice skiing area in this village. We were there on our first day and took a break in one of the huts for a beer and tipical Austrian food. Very nice!