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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mittenwalder Klettersteig

Something else has been on the list for a long time. But it had never worked out so far. But now it did, together with a colleague and his son. We want to Mittenwald, and found perfect parking spot to enter the hiking track easily, right towards the Mittenwalder via ferrata.

Being fully packed with a backpack containing different stuff for almost all weather conditions was making it quite difficult for the way up. Small breaks were necessary. But we reached our first accommodation before dawn, the kitchen was still open, served dinner and cold beer.

The night hadn't been the best. We slept in a five bed dorm - or better said, 5 mattresses have been placed right next to each other. Myself in the middle, snoring to the left and right. Not so easy to sleep through the night.

The view out of the windows has changed dramatically compared to the evening before. Fog, grey in grey, clouds heavy with rain. Not so motivating to move on. Even the waitress didn't recommend to walk forward. Bad conditions would make it too difficult. We didn't listen, of course, and went on.

The track itself got smaller, steeper and more slippery. But still we made good progress and reached the Obere Karwendelspitze in time. The it started: Mittenwalder via ferrata. For a few kilometres, we've been right on top on the Karwendel, climbing up and down steps and stairs and following the track directly on the summit. As we've been surrounded by clouds, the view wasn't far, but therefore mystical and special.

We spent our second night in the Brunnsteinhütte. Finally, they offered and served Kaiserschmarrn - so delicious. As this cottage was fully booked, the night got even worse compared to the previous one. One room, bunk beds, 20 persons. What a night!

And finally perfect weather on the last morning. Time to enjoy and relax at the top, Brunnsteinspitze.

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Back to the port of Rotterdam - Maasvlakte

Six years have passed since I’ve been here the last time. Of course, I wanted to come back, to visit again. And finally I did. Too bad the work was too time-consuming again. I chose a hotel in Rockanje, going through Brielle, and everything looked still the same, house made of red brick strones, house boats everywhere as they haven’t been moved a single millimetre for the last years. To the contrary, the Europort has changed a lot. Much bigger, Maasvlakte is not the end anymore. They have enlarged the peninsula, built complete Maasvlakte 2, constructed new hangars – huge areas. Where formerly the North Sea waves where splashing, there is nowadays sand and even more steel, moving up and down, left and right, 24/7, 365 days a year…