Category Archives: Personal Development

Sentier cathare and Montségur

Traveling in France

If you have followed this blog-project for a while you might think me as one experienced, solid and well-traveled guy who has probably scores of travel stories in mind (all worth writing about, of course).

This would really be a cool thing, but I have to admit that this is unfortunately not exactly the case – I never traveled that much in my life, and I visited France (one of my favorite destinations by now and the immediate neighbor of Germany, after all) for the first time …

Kaunas: Sightseeing, nightlife, and an old friendship

Lithuania, January 2020

Introduction

A while ago I stumbled across a survey that highlighted younger people’s lack of close friends these days, if you gauge this number against one or two generations ago.

I don’t know how compelling such kind of statistics generally are and how thoroughly the creators had gathered their figures (though I also have the perception that close friends are rather a rarity today), but if they are, I am fortunate to say that I don’t belong to a group without any friends at all.

This is …

Comfort zone crusher: Col du Tourmalet

Table of contents

  1. Prologue
  2. The Pyrenees
  3. Col du Tourmalet
  4. Hunt for the summit
  5. Epilogue

Prologue

How to deal with a broken pedal in high altitude mountains

I am on around 1300 meters altitude and the snow is glittering in the early afternoon sun.

It is the beginning of December, but I am wearing a simple cotton T-shirt while standing at the roadside ditch, my hands on the handlebar of my MTB.

As I was climbing up this mountain half an hour ago, a jeep was passing me by, and the …