Majestic and mystic

Hiking along the so called 5-Lake route in the Pizol area, you will certainly not be alone.

We were told that on this partly cloudy, mystical, and cooler Friday only a third of people, who normally hike in the area on weekends, were taking the route. 700 people were more than enough for our liking…

There was a fun side to it, though. The hiking trail often looked like a catwalk for Transa – a Swiss outdoor specialist – as hikers walked in single file with their top quality and colourful gear. Imagine a serpentine of windbreakers and hiking shirts in pink, grass green, orange, yellow, turquoise, red, purple, blue – basically any colour you can think of – making their way up or down a mountain :0).

The landscape, lakes, and views are surely worth a visit. And if you are lucky, you may spot an ibex or two (Deutsch: Steinbock) somewhere in the rocky areas high up. Read more

Pasta Passion

When on holidays in Sardinia two years ago, I met this incredible woman after I  had already learnt that quite many people in Sardinia healthily grow to a 100+ years old.

In the streets I really saw many more elderly people than I would at home. What struck me even more is that they mostly walked around without any walking sticks or walking frames. They met no matter the heat, men sitting on a bench chatting excitedly with each other, neighbouring women talking to each other from one window to the other or in front of their houses. Couples coming down to the Piazza to meet others and see what’s going on.

They may also still be working eight hours a day at the age of 90!

Meet Rosaria. Read more

Going bananas

Hello lovelies

How are you?

It has been a while as I was fully absorbed in Uganda. Honestly, there was no way to wrap my head around anything digital or social really, I was simply so overwhelmed by the many sights, sounds, and odours my body, soul, and mind gathered. And I was focused on the people I met, hugged, and connected with, the amount I learnt, the work I did, and sometimes I was busy with the challenges the tropics have in store for me.

Back in Switzerland, I think I am ready to share some stories with you. Today, I would like to tell you a bit about one of the staple foods in Uganda: Bananas. Read more

Mummy mallard and her ducklings on an expedition

Once upon a time when Ladybird was on her way to work and just got off the train, she was stunned to see a mallard (Stockente in German) walking around on the other platform.

What the heck! She did not believe her eyes. What was the animal doing here in the middle of a very busy city quarter away from the lake and several meters below street level?

Ladybird stood still for a while watching the duck as people around her minded their own business. She soon realised that the duck was calling and immediately thought: “Oh my, this is mummy looking for her young ones. I’d better help her.” Read more

Welcome to Kla

Do you know that feeling of itchy feet?

There are two “pathogens” I don’t know a cure for….. the travel bug and the Africa virus, except for packing up and hitting the road, of course ;0).

Sometimes a brilliant movie like The Queen of Katwe filmed authentically in the very location helps ease my wanderlust and brings me back to being grateful for all the moments and memories I have already collected in all kind of corners on this beautiful Planet Earth. So I dove into these memories by watching the true story of a girl growing up in Katwe, which is an area of Kampala or Kla (pronounced Kala) as the capital of Uganda is also known among locals.

Have you been to Kampala? Read more