Bonfires and cycling in Allgaeu

I headed over to Allgaeu on Thursday. By leaving on Thursday I made use of one of the finest German inventions, i.e., the Bruecken Tag. That’s the day that falls between a public holiday and the weekend. Fine German engineering that is…

I met Katha in Kempten and cycled up to a little BBQ spot just out of town where we BBQed with her friends before moving to a little hut in the forest that they had rented. We had a bon fire in the evening and spent the time chatting and listening to fine chilled trance and house sounds.

On Saturday afternoon I cruised off to Untermaiselstein and caught up with Deidre there.

Sunday was spent cycling. I headed off and rode the same route that Frauke and I rode a couple of years ago, Nesselwang, Pfronten, Reute, Tannheimertal, Oberjoch etc. It was very nice weather for riding. A good ride.

In the evening it was back to catch up with Katha at the hut. We celebrated her Birthday at midnight and I crawled under a table to sleep in the not so wee hours of the morning. At 8 am it was off to catch a train back to Freiburg. I rode through Kempten and had a nice ride down to Wangen, which although is named Wangen in Allgaeu is in Baden Wuertemburg and therefore the Baden Wuertemburg all-you-can-eat train ticket is valid there. Whoope.

A train ride back to Freiburg followed by a nice mountain bike ride with Leonie up to Rosskopf and then around the back and down and out near Gundelfingen.

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Above: At the hut in the Kempten Forest.

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Above: Riding in Austria.

Sweltering in Singapore

Michael and I spent a day in Singapore on our way back to Germany. It was a toasty 30 degrees-ish and very humid. We spent the day wandering around being tourists. By chance we had stayed the night in the same hostel as I had stayed in in 2009, “The InnCrowd”.

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Above left: Eating. Above right: Some skyscrapers.

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Above left: Leaving Singapore. Above right: A hotel that thinks it is a boat.


I spent a week in Melbourne doing MRIee things. Just like last year, pictures of conferences aren’t exciting so here’s some pictures of not-conference.

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Above left: Melbourne has nice clouds sometimes. Above right: And the water looks kind of pretty at St Kilda beach, when the light is right.

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Above left: And running down to St Kilda beach is not so bad. Above right: And the skyline’s alright during sunset.

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Above: I caught up with Yvette and Joe briefly in Melbourne. Yvette lives there and Joe was being nomadic and was passing through.