Höllgrotten Baar (Hell-Grotto, Baar) / International Earthcache Day 2014

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Hey Folks!

Last Sunday (12th of October) was the International Earthcache Day 2014. Together with my Mom we searched for a cool Earthcache-Location so we would earn the souvenir of this year. We decided to visit the Höllgrotten in Baar, a beautiful cave-landscape. There were also plenty of traditional Geocaches in Baar and in Zug, so we were busy the entire day. Luckily we had a lot of sunshine and warm temperatures. 🙂

We started in Baar by visiting the Höllgrotten, as it was our chief aim to find the right answers for the Earthcache. The Höllgrotten caves are unlike any other stalactite cave on earth. While other grottos were created deep underground – a process which takes millions of years – the Höllgrotten caves were formed on the surface over a relatively short period of time, approximately 3000 years.

The "green beard" growing over the tufa here is the result of artificial illumination.

The “green beard” growing over the tufa here is the result of artificial illumination.

As I read on the Höllgrotten-Website, there’s constant dripping inside the caves, so didn’t take my reflex camera (Nikon D7000) with me, but the less expensive digital camera Nikon Coolpix S6600. It was difficult to take good shots in the caves, as the light-situation was different to everything I’ve ever photographed before… Nevertheless I kept on trying… 🙂 I also tried to film the spectacular scene at the “Zauberschloss” (enchanted castle).

Finding the answers required for the Earthcache was not difficult at all, as they were all printed on the information boards, and the listing even gave the numbers of the corresponding info boards.

Zauberschloss @ Höllgrotten, Baar

Zauberschloss @ Höllgrotten, Baar

Zauberschloss @ Höllgrotten, Baar

Zauberschloss @ Höllgrotten, Baar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After having completed the Earthcache we went back to the car and approached two traditional Geocaches by car. After that we parked somewhere near the railway station “Zug Schutzengel”. Then we continued our tour by feet:

  1. GC4JR30 Höllgrotten Baar (Earthcache, by car)
  2. GC51VWR Julias Baum (by car)
  3. GC51VXE Unter der Lorzenbrücke auf dem Industriepfad (by car)

    "Away from here".

    “Away from here”.

  4. GC3B284 Kommunizierende Gefässe
  5. GC1H030 Fussballcache 1
  6. GC2HW4A Fussball-Familie Zug
  7. GC3E5HY  Hikiashi’s Ruhepfad
  8. GC36AQE Hikiashi’s Lindenpark
  9. GC4Q9PK Willkommen in Zug
  10. GC3EFEN Hikiashi’s Kistenfabrik
  11. GC4R3VR Hikiashi’s Park & Play
  12. GC47X8B Spaziergang – Rad Fussweg
  13. GC4WXT7 Wasser
  14. GC4WVFJ Mauer 2 (DNF 😦 )
  15. GC4WMGC Mauer (DNF 😦 )
  16. GC4YX19 Baum 12 (DNF 😦 )
  17. GC4H9K4 Where is Honey Boo Boo (DNF 😦 )
  18. GC4ZJTC Grienbach
  19. GC3JG1B Vermessen … LFP3 17016038
  20. GC47VPH Spaziergang – Bushaltestelle
  21. GC47XWH Spaziergang – Brunnen
  22. GC47XAG Spaziergang – Aarbach
  23. GC47XA3 Spaziergang – Kreuzung
  24. GC4ZTM7 SCZ
  25. GC4VT72 Friendensglöckli
  26. GC4FJN6 St. Michael
  27. GC59VRA Postkarten kommen immer gut an
  28. GC2W4MW Concrete Bridge 9
  29. GC2E6R9 Schutzengel
  30. GC1QVWH Bahnhof Zug
My Geocachingmap Zug / Baar

My Geocachingmap Zug / Baar

An Evening Walk Through Zurich and a Flight to Prague

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Hey Folks,

Last friday, I couldn’t wait to get out of work as I was meeting Eli, a friend that I first met earlier this year at the University, during the *Language and the Media“- and *English in New Zealand“-Lectures..

We decided to meet at the Zurich main station, then find some drinks and a snack and walk towards lake Zurich, where we hoped to find a place for a little picnic. 🙂 While walking there, we found this  street sign, saying:  No-Sharks-in-the-Limmat-River-Zurich.JPG

 

“No Sharks in the Limmat River in Zurich.

The municipal police of Zurich gives the all-clear: In the flowing waters of Zurich is absolutely no risk of being attacked by sharks. Nevertheless, swimming between the “Quai bridge“ and the river baths „Oberer Letten“ is dangerous and therefore forbidden.”

What a great idea to catch people’s attention – and it’s so much funnier than the usual prohibition signs in the city. 😀

 

The Sun is setting over Lake Zurich

We found a lovely place under a tree close to the water, where we sat down, had our beers and ate “pom-bears“. We talked a lot, about everything at all. It felt like we’ve known each other for ages. 🙂

After finishing our beers, we went for some ice cream. I picked dark chocolate, and the seller gave me some mango-icecream to try. A very funny and nice guy, and the ice cream was delicious, too… 😀

We strolled along the lakeside and enjoyed the view on the lake. We decided to go back to the main station just in time, as there was a huge thunderstorm approaching us from the other side of the lake. It was windy and we could already see the lightning dancing in the dark, cloudy sky when we turned around. Just when we arrived at the station, it began to rain heavily… But still, it was an awesome evening, and I hope we can repeat that, soon… 🙂

Here are some more pictures that I took during the evening walk.

Boats on Lake Zurich in the late Evening

Boats on Lake Zurich in the late Evening

View on Lake Zurich towards the alps

View on Lake Zurich towards the Mountains in between which I grew up… 🙂

 

St Peters Church in Zurich by night

St Peters Church in Zurich by night

By the way, I finally booked a flight back to Czech Republic last week. I’ll leave Zurich on the 18th of July, and I’ll return on the 24th. I really can’t wait to see my friends and my second family back in Czech Republic again. And I’m really wondering how big the kittens have grown, which were born only three weeks before I went there in April. 🙂 I’m really super-excited. Unfortunately, my mobility is still quite limited, as I still haven’t got my driver’s license. So we will stay in the Karlovy Vary Region. The last day we want to spend in the Zoo in Prague – I love Zoos a lot! For the other days we haven’t made any plans yet – suggestions would be highly appreciated. 🙂

Morocco-Trip 2014 – Day 4

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We got up early at the Hotel where we stayed for the night. As the dinner wasn’t really good, my cousin, his wife, and the befriended couple had a hard night with a lot of stomach-ache and feeling miserable. Although we all had the same for dinner (they only had 2 dishes on their menu, kefta an cheese omelettes), I haven’t had such problems… So I was playing with some stray dogs on the parking lot of the hotel and fed them some meat, as they were only skin and bones… It took me quite a while to gain their trust, but in the end, they couldn’t get enough cuddles… 😀 Seeing all those homeless and malnourished animals in the streets was one thing that I will never get used to… I’m really an animal-lover, no matter whether cats, dogs, foxes, birds…. just any animal is dear to me.

After having fed the dogs, we boarded our cars and drove away from the hotel, in the direction of Ouarzazate. We stopped after half an hour of driving in order to have breakfast at Üse’s and Silä’s Camper somewhere in free nature. It was the perfect harmony… A goat herder passed along with about 50 goats, a lot of very young goats included… It was really cute to see them. 🙂

We drove off, and I really enjoyed the sights passing by my window… just before we entered the city of Ouarzazate, we were stopped by the Royal Police… He asked my cousin, why the girl on the backseat isn’t wearing her safety belt… As my cousin is not really a master of the French language, I opened my window and told & showed the guy, that I was wearing my safety belt. He claimed that I just put it on when he stopped me… Well… I guess he didn’t expect me to speak up to him… But I find it so annoying when people want to tell me that I was a liar… I love the French language, and I was always good at speaking it as well… So we had quite an argument.. Then he asked me whether we were French… I denied… He wanted to know where we were from, then… I told them that we were coming from Switzerland, the German part of Switzerland, to be more precisely, and all of the sudden he let us go… I don’t really know what he wanted from us, and I also don’t really understand why he called me a liar, but well… I was quite happy to leave that unfriendly officer behind on the street… -.-

When we arrived in Ouarzazate, we went to a hotel that my cousin already knew from his last Morocco-Trip. The Hotel is called “Auberge Le Carrefour”. It’s owned by a Moroccan couple. The wife’s name is Fatima, and she’s just the most humble, caring and lovely young Lady I’ve met during the whole Morocco-Trip. She was really happy to see my cousin again, and she seemed very pleased to meet his wife and me, too. She’s also a fabulous cook – you can really feel how much love she puts into every dish she’s serving her guests. I had the best couscous of my entire life… 🙂

But, before we were having dinner, we wanted to do some sightseeing. So we went to “Ksa Ait Benhaddou”, a beautiful fortress, which was also featured as setting of various films, e.g. The Mummy (1999) and Gladiator (2000). Although there were a lot of tourists inside this fortress, I really enjoyed strolling through a city so different to everything I’ve ever seen in my entire life. 🙂 But again, I want to let the images do the talking for me. 🙂


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Morocco-Trip 2014 – Day 3

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On the third day of our Morocco-Trip, we wanted to see more of the Atlas, so we decided to leave the camper of my cousin’s friend at the hotel and take our car for an Atlas-excursion. The streets were very narrow, and sometimes I almost couldn’t look out of the window, as I’m afraid of heights… But I enjoyed the ride and the picturesque landscape of Morocco… We had a short break on the road, taking some pictures and enjoying the scenery. When we arrived on top of the mountain, we entered a cozy little cafe, where the owner lit a fire for us and served us a few glasses of “Whiskey Berbère” (= mint tea) and some coffee. We enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and the silence up there for quite a while… I’ll stop writing here and let you see the beauty of the Atlas mountains through my photos… I hope you enjoy! 🙂

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View from our starting point of our atlas-tour…

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Feeling so close to the sky…

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Panorama from along the route

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Üse and our car – we all look so tiny compared to those massive rocks in the middle of nowhere… 

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An overhanging cliff – a weird feeling, knowing that there is so much stone above our heads when passing through 😀

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Having a short break and admiring the beautiful landscape

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Some information about the building of the street we just drove along.

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Enjoying the view and the sun…. *_*

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The tiny cafe/restaurant from outside, decorated with dozens of stickers coming from all over the world 🙂

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The owner of the Auberge – Restaurant – Camping du Col Tizi-n-Test lit a fire for us, as it was rather cold and windy up there, and he also brought us the obligatory mint-tea 🙂

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The whole Morocco-Traveling-Group, from left to right: Üse, me, Silä, Pia & Resu

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I’m so in love with the color’s of Morocco’s nature… *_*

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Beautiful view from the Atlas

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Sunset in front of our hotel in Agadir


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Morocco Trip February 2014 – Day 1

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On our way from Marrakech to Essaouira with my Cousin and his wife

On Saturday evening I took the train to Berne in Order to sleep at my cousins place, as we had to get up and drive to the Geneva airport at 2 a.m. I really am a morning grouch, so I didn’t talk a lot, just moved myself into my cousins car stared out of the window. When we drove on to the feeder road, my cousin suddenly hit the brakes – a stupid deer just crossed the street without paying any attention to the traffic… We didn’t crash, but as my cousin wanted to accelerate again, we didn’t manage to get on more than 80km/h…

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Me in front of Essaouira

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Fishermen & Harbor – Atmosphere in Essaouira

So we drove off the freeway and stopped on a parking lot… My cousin couldn’t find out what was wrong with the engine, and so we decided to call his son for help… His son arrived 20 minutes later with two of his friends, put our luggage into the back of his car, changed the keys with his dad, so we could get to the airport with his car, whereas he promised to wait for the roadside assistance…

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Ships at the Harbor of Essaouira

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A ruin on Essaouira’s Small Island

We made it to the airport not a moment too soon. we ran from baggage drop-off to the security check right into the plane.. That was close! But at least it was a calm flight from Geneva to Marrakech, so I could get some sleep until we arrived.

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Some more of the lovely harbor-atmosphere… I love this blue color everywhere…

At the Marrakech airport we picked up our Europcar-rental, a Dacia Duster, and started our journey to Essaouira, a lovely city in the West of Morocco on the atlantic coast. I loved the harbor-atmosphere there, with the fishermen selling their products and the cats sleeping in the sun while the pigeons flew around to get some fish.

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We spent the night at the “Riad Chakir Mogador” (13. Rue Malek Ben Morhal, Avenue Istiqlal, Essaouira; web: www.riadchakir.com ), a lovely place to sleep, and we paid 50€ for the three of us, one room with a double and two single beds, including breakfast (pancakes, bread, baguette, freshly pressed orange juice, café au lait and for me even a chocolate milk… 😀 ) The personal was very nice, so it’s definitively worth the money I guess… 😀

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One of the funny things in Essaouira was, that I had the impression that it is easier to get some space-cakes there than cash… One of those flying space-cake-mongers followed my cousin about 2 hours trying to sell some special cookies to him, while I was trying desperately to get some cash out of a cash dispenser… But as the sky was cloudy, the machines weren’t able to contact their satellites (at least that was what people told us), and my “request was aborted”, as the machine’s screens said… Well, hard luck for me, hopefully I’ll find a working cash machine on our next stop in Taghazout… 😀