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August 18th 2012

It’s been a while since we have returned back to Germany… a year and a week to be exact! And we thought we are still in the phase of getting-used-to-being-back-home…

On the other hand quite a lot of things have happened in the meantime. Chris and I declared our project “testing whether we get along on a daily basis” as “successful” and moved in together for instance. Although we can’t really abandon our affinity with improvisation… it took us 3 months for instance to buy bedside lamps and solid 6 months to install proper lights for the workspace in the kitchen. We compensated that by using our headlights in the meantime – much to the delight of friends and visitors.

Anyway, I had a lot of free time after our trip since I did not get into teacher training and so beside hanging out  in the Fantasy-Library in Wetzlar,  I decided to go back to the University of Marburg, finishing my degree in German as a foreign Language. Once my finals were done last April, it was time to move again: I still didn’t manage to find a job, so I had to move back into my home zone Nordrhein Westfalen. I’m teaching at a lovely Grammar School near the Dutch border… and even though it’s a hell lot of work, I really enjoy it (so far ;o) )

Chris resettled in the IT-World and got back to the project he was working in before our trip. Java (JEE baby) for the win! :o) But there will be some changes to… a new big project is coming up and he will have to learn new a programming language/new Framework  (.NOT). Well, it’s all about life-long learning right? :o)

But as you might have guessed, our issue with wanderlust and itchy feet is still as present in our lives as ever… A spontaneous idea and a special offer gave us the possibility to escape reality for a bit and marvel at the beauties of one of the most impressive countries: Wales

 

 

Rush hour

 

Pub by night, Dolgellau, Snowdonia. North Wales

 

nest-building

 

 

Gangs of New York? Ha! Here you can see Gangs of Wales! at the beginning of the Panorama-Walk, near Barmouth, Snowdonia National Park.

 

 

Panorama-Walk, near Barmouth, Snowdonia National Park.

 

Panorama-Walk, near Barmouth, Snowdonia National Park.

 

Panoramic view at dawn, Panorama-Walk, near Barmouth, Snowdonia National Park.

 

same same

 

cooking after sundown on a side wall – knowing it would be dark by the time we reached the camp ground, we rather enjoyed dusk in the bay

 

walk to the Blue Lake, near Fairbourne

 

walk to the Blue Lake, near Fairbourne

 

walk to the Blue Lake, near Fairbourne

 

walk to the Blue Lake, near Fairbourne

 

view from our tent

 

somewhere on the way to the Cregennan Lakes

 

Cregennan Lake just before sundown

 

Sundown at the Cregennan Lakes

 

Cregennan Lake at dawn

 

Cregennan Lake at dawn

 

Caernarfon Castle

 

Caernarfon

 

Snowdonia National Park

 

medieval church on Lleyn Peninsula

 

medieval church on Lleyn Peninsula

 

lunchtime somewhere on the way

 

„a pretty-ish piece of wilderness“ :o)

 

Fairy Glen, near Betws-y-Coed, Snowdonia National Park

 

South Stack, Anglesey, North Wales

 

Snowdonia National Park

 

 

 

Great time, meeting up with old friends :o) Iain and I used to travel together for some time in New Zealand in 2004/5

 

 

 

 

 

a bit of scrambling on our day walk in Snowdonia National Park

 

 

 

 

Beaumaris Castle, Anglesey, North Wales

 

whatever they want to warn us of in the right picture…?

 

Visiting the town I used to live in during my exchange semester… Aberystwyth at dusk from Constitution Hill

 

Aberystwyth at dusk from Constitution Hill

 

good old memories… going for a pint at one of my favourite pubs in Aberystwyth

 

breakfast at my favourite breakfast-place in Aberystwyth: The Tree House

 

Daywalk at the Pambrokshire Coast, South Wales

 

Carew Castle, Pembrokshire, South Wales

 

not quite awake yet at breakfast in the youth hostel… due to storm hazards we decided not to camp that night. Best idea we’ve had that day :o)

 

back in waterfall country! Sgwd Gwladus waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

 

Sgwd Gwladus waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

 

Sgwd y Bedol waterfall,  Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

Sgwd y Bedol waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

near Sgwd y Bedol waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

near  Sgwd y Bedol waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

Sgwd Ddwli Isaf waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

 

Sgwd Ddwli Isaf waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

Sgwd Ddwli Isaf waterfall, Elidir Trail, Brecon Beacons National Park

Because of rediculously heavy rain we were not able to go on the 4-Falls-Trail down in the Brecon Beacon NP (AGAIN) and so we went to this lovely little town instead: Hay-on-Wye – Town of Books. I found my personal heaven here :o)

 

 

 

Travelling to the UK wouldn’t be the same without the final-repacking-stress because of an urgent purchase of Nerf-Guns

 

1 Kommentar auf “Back in the area of outstandingly bad mobile reception”

  1. Vander Beken Helga sagt:

    OOOOOOHHHHHHHH wieder einmalig schön…:-) Ihr Zwei seht richtig glücklich und entspannt aus <3