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Seeking out adventures in an era of comfort and pandemics (part 1): Bavarian Prealps

Prelude

Modern life in 1st world societies has removed hardship and danger from everyday human existence for the most part. Practically speaking, this is even more so during the current Covid-19 pandemic.

A great percentage of the office employees can (or have to) work from home, and the sole reason to leave your house is to buy food and other essentials in the grocery a few hundred meters (in the worst case) away.

So the temptation to immerse oneself entirely in alternate realities like movies, TV sports, soap operas, social …

Franconian Switzerland

Introduction

The global pandemic has thwarted a great deal of my (and everyone else’s) scheduled holidays and confined me to my apartment in Nuremberg since mid-March.

Fortunately, solitary exercises outdoors were and are still allowed to date, and so I’ve made the best of the situation and cycled extensively through solitary landscapes in Franconia.

The Franconian Switzerland is an upland in Upper Franconia not far off from Nuremberg (which is situated in Middle Franconia).

I visited the Franconian Switzerland quite often during my student days with my buddies, for the …

Engineering series 5: Rhine-Main-Danube Canal

Introduction

Apart from hiking, cycling is one of my favorite activities during weekends or short vacations.

Bike tours alongside the Rhine-Main-Danube Canal between Nuremberg (German: Nürnberg, Middle Franconia) and Bamberg (Upper Franconia) belong to my personal subset of uncomplicated and convenient tours which do not demand much of a preparation.

There are virtually no climbs, and the track is more or less on my doorstep. For the seventy kilometers from Nürnberg to the city center of Bamberg, I need about three and a half hours with my mountain bike.