Heading back to Oberstdorf

I’m on the train heading back to Oberstdorf via a little stop in Basel in Switzerland. I give this weeks weather in Freiburg an A+. Deliciously warm. The Dreisam river looked so very inviting.

Yesterday was climbing with Jana in the evening.

The day before was running with Julian, Jana, and a friend followed by beer in a biergarten.

There are so many little interesting tracks around Freiburg in the hills. It looks ideal for mountain biking and running. I hear there is some road cycling about too. My, my, my.

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Above left: I thought this only happened in New Zealand. Julian is about to be surrounded by a heard of sheep while we were out running in the Black Forest. Above right: It is me at the climbing wall with Jana.

Freiburg

I am in Freiburg visiting Julian and Jana and scoping out a potential job here. Julian and I went mountain biking when I arrived on Sunday.

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Above: Julian tackles a tricky corner while riding out in the Black Forest.

Below left: He assures me that he never gets punctures. This must have been a training exercise. Below right: I could live here. It’s not too shabby.

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Train of Sound

I am waiting for my train in warm Mannheim. I arrived here yesterday afternoon and have been staying with Oli. The grand scheme was to see Pedro Del Mar, Roger Shah, and Ferry Tayle playing in Karlsruhe on the Mellomania Train of Sound, which we did last night.

When I arrived, Oli showed me around Mannheim a little bit and we undertook the arduous task of eating ice creams in the heat. In the evening we drove to Karlsruhe in search of a train filled with sounds. We found a strassen-bahn that had an unusually bassy sound and embarked.

The Train of Sound event runs multiple times a year and is held in Karlsruhe on one of the city’s trams. It’s run by the Shah brothers (Roger Shah, and “Pedro Del Mar”). The two DJs play trance music usually along-side another invited DJ. Here’s what the website says about the latest train of sound.

“The legendary Mellomania Train Of Sound event series returns with the last edition of the popular event series before the summer break. The Mellomania Train Of Sound is probably one of the worlds most exclusive event series. This time live on the decks Ferry Tayle, Pedro Del Mar and the worlds number 21 Roger Shah” – http://www.shahmusic.com

Well, well, well.

It was funny to see the people who were there for the event. They looked like they were all teenagers when trance was at its most popular between perhaps 1998 – 2000. It’s at least 10 years since then and the age demographic showed that.

I had an enjoyable evening listening to delicious trance tunes with Oli and his mum Andrea, who is into the music too. Here are a few photos and video.

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Above left: Oli, Andrea, and Cris before the Train of Sound event. Above right: Oli boards the “train”.

Cris, Pedro, Oli (ToS Karlsruhe)

Above: Cris, “Pedro Del Mar”, and Oli at the Mellomania Train of Sound in Karlsruhe. Pedro seemed pleased that his show was reaching an “international audience”.

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Hochseilgarten Ausbildung

I spent the last week doing a high-ropes training course so that I can work for Faszinatour and Kiwi-Connection through the summer. We had a great team of 11 trainee guides and two great trainers. We learned a range of things including how to get clients safely onto the course, move them around, and get them down again. We used the flying fox park and learned how to rescue people and lower them to the ground. Here are a few pictures.

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Above left: A family photo. From left to right are our two trainers Benno and Heike then we have Julia, Diana, Anne, Knobi, Emily, Wendy, Jörg, and Miki. Crouching are Cihan, Johanna, and I.

Above right: Miki lowers me from a platform in the flying fox park.

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Above left: Randomness. Who knows what was happening here. Above right: Team Johanna, Jörg, Diana, Emy, and Knobi. Unstoppable.

Below: Knobi clips a carabiner during a rescue training exercise.

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