Cooking Workshop, February 2020

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In February, 2020, our team from work got together for a cooking workshop under the direction of Detlef Cramer, a professional chef. We had a lot of fun and the food was just delicious!

PEN-F Photography, December 2019–January 2020

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Here are some more photographs taken with my new Olympus PEN-F, on various occasions in December 2019 and January 2020. These include Rosbach vor der Höhe, Frankfurt, Mainz, the Großer Feldberg, and Bönstadt.

Bad Homburg, December 2019

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On 19 December 2019 I made a brief trip to Bad Homburg with my good friend Eva and the Olympus PEN-F that I'd given myself as an early Christmas present this year. These pictures are less an attempt at great photography than they are the result of my putting the PEN-F through some of its paces. It's a lovely little camera and I expect to have a lot of fun with it! All pictures were taken with the Olympus m.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8 prime lens.

USA 2019 (The South-West)

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Marie's and my big adventure for 2019 was our epic road trip around the south-western United States. Starting from San Francisco, we headed to Yosemite, Death Valley, Las Vegas, Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon, Arches and Canyonlands National Parks, Monument Valley, Grand Canyon, Phoenix, and Los Angeles before returning to San Francisco via the coastal highway. – Unlike the other albums in this gallery, this album is a long day-by-day travelogue with lots and lots of pictures. It was published for some of our friends and family in “real time” (saving on picture postcards), and now it is time to take it “public”.

Frankfurt Zoo, Again

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On 13 September 2019 I was invited to attend the Frankfurt Zoo's annual Tierpatentag (animal sponsors' day). This is where the zoo invites all animal sponsors (and their plus-ones) to a reception – presumably paid for out of the animal sponsors' contributions – and a free visit to the zoo. There was a speech by the zoo's director, and Ebbelwoi cider (or water, for the designated drivers) and pretzels, among other goodies.

Helsinki 2019

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In our continuing quest to visit the capitals of northern Europe, Marie and I spent a long weekend in Helsinki, Finland, in July 2019. This was a very interesting trip with very good weather, many fascinating sights and experiences, and lots of wonderful food (Lapp, Russian, Indian, Italian, …). It would have been easy to stay for another couple of days just to see more of this beautiful city.

Frankfurt Zoo

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We visited the Frankfurt zoo in early June 2019, mainly to see the new penguin enclosure (I'm sponsoring a penguin) but also to have a general look around – it's been five years or so since we last went! It was a sunny day but we came fairly early so it wasn't too crowded (at first anyway). It was fun seeing – and photographing – the animals.

Superzoom Miscellany

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In early January, 2019, I had the opportunity to test-drive the Olympus m.Zuiko Pro 12-100mm f/4 “travel zoom” lens for a few days (thanks fotogena Darmstadt!). The weather wasn't great most of the time but I managed to put the lens through its paces on the Mathildenhöhe in Darmstadt, in the Opel zoo, Eppstein, and Mainz.

Madeira 2018

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In October 2018, Marie and I went to Madeira for two weeks. Madeira is a small volcanic island off the Moroccan coast - a scenic and popular holiday spot for Germans because it is part of Portugal and hence the EU, so we get to take Euros and our mobile phones keep working. We toured the island, staying in four different hotels around the coast, and had a great time!

Oslo 2018

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We visited Oslo in April, 2018, to meet Marie's niece who was studying there for a semester, and our friend Kate from St Petersburg (who works in Norway). It was a fun-packed long weekend with lots of sightseeing, amazing (albeit expensive) food and drink, and great memories.

Azores 2017

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The Azores are a small archipelago in the middle of the Atlantic, off the Portuguese coast and a third or so of the way to America. Marie and I spent two weeks there in October, 2017, mainly on the islands of Pico and São Miguel (with a brief visit to Faial). A very beautiful corner of the Earth with friendly people, the Azores are basically like Iceland but with better weather and cheaper wine.

Eva's and Seb's Wedding

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These are photographs from the wedding of Eva and Seb Gehrlein, which took place in August, 2017.

Malta and Gozo 2016

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In October 2016, Marie and I spent some time on the islands of Malta and Gozo, which are situated in the Mediterranean, between Italy and North Africa. The country is a melting pot of European and Middle Eastern culture – lots of history, great food, and nice people! Malta is very busy with much touristy stuff while Gozo is more laid back and relaxed. We especially liked Gozo – we stayed in a hotel in the middle of the village of Nadur, where we had a room on the top floor with an outdoor balcony that afforded us an almost-360° view of the whole island. Great stuff.

Bilbao 2016

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In July 2016 I attended the EuroPython conference in Bilbao, and added a few personal days as I hadn't been to the Basque country before.

Scotland, May 2016

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May 2016 brought Marie and me back to Scotland for a week-long tour from Edinburgh to Tobermory, Iona, Ardnamurchan, Fort Augustus, Inverness, Elgin, Braemar and back to Edinburgh.

Canada 2015

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In October 2015, Marie's and my second trip to Canada took us to the Maritimes, visiting Nova Scotia, Cape Breton, and Prince Edward Island.

Erfurt 2015

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We visited our friend Johanna in Erfurt in August, 2015. This album shows a few of the main sights as well as a bunch of animals in Erfurt zoo.

Andrés & Hazel's Wedding

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Andrés is another colleague of Marie's, and we went to his and his bride Hazel's wedding at the Hessenpark in August, 2015.

Scotland, April 2015

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These pictures were taken on one of many trips to Scotland that I undertook as a member (and later convenor) of the RSCDS Membership Services committee. Since travelling to Edinburgh for just a weekend is a lot of hassle I usually tried to combine these trips with brief jaunts around the countryside.

St Petersburg 2015

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In February 2015 I was invited to teach an SCD workshop in St Petersburg, Russia, and Marie and I took the opportunity to spend some extra time there to see the sights.

Vikas & Amanpreet's Wedding

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Vikas and Amanpreet were among the first employees Marie hired for the Indian office, and the two credit her for having a large part in them meeting each other and falling in love. Therefore they insisted on Marie's attending their wedding in January, 2015, and she in turn insisted that I come along. We had a brief and very exciting trip to Delhi and did get to go to at least part of the wedding celebrations.

Portugal 2014

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Portugal in early December is a nice place to go – not as hot as in summer and far fewer tourists! But you can still walk around in short sleeves without a jacket.

Estonia 2014

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In June, 2014, I was asked to teach a Scottish country dance workshop in Tallinn, Estonia, and we had a chance to visit this very pleasant small Baltic country.

Vienna 2014

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RSCDS Vienna Branch is running a prestigious weekend workshop every five years. We managed to go for the last few times, and in the 2014 iteration also had time to add some days before and after it for sight-seeing.

London 2014

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Marie and I visited London in March, 2014, at the invitation of SERTA (the South-East Regional Teachers' Association). We did manage some sightseeing while we were there!

Portugal 2013

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After my first brief trip to Lisbon in 2010 we decided to come back to Portugal for a longer stay.

Scotland, September 2013

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Here are pictures from a short tour of the Highlands and Edinburgh that I took prior to an RSCDS Membership Services meeting.

Dubai 2012

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I went to Dubai in November 2012 to attend the LPI EMEA conference. This was my first time in an Arab country and it was utterly fascinating.