slide into 2019

we put an end to 2018 on a mountain. to get 2019 off to a flying start, we walked, half against strong wind, on a mountain (monte catino, aka mittager) up to the mittager alpine hut (2260 m).

happy new year ✴︎ bonne année ✴︎ frohes neues jahr ✴︎ felice anno nuovo !

hundreds of kilometres on mountain trails

just for the records, here our hiking highlights of spring-summer 2018. 
. one nice warm-up early june with 24 km from avelengo to the omini di pietra (stoanerne mandln, 2000 m) and back.
. two weeks later, things got more serious with 17 km from avelengo to the piccolo ivigna (kleiner ifinger, 2552 m) and back. a steep and tough climb that brought me to the limits, getting the feeling that my legs would no longer have the strength to bring me up the last 100 meters and i really was about to give up. but i'm resolute, and it's lucky – at the top it's like on an island surrounded by a stunning scenery, just as a mountain movie and you're the actor in it.
. first week-end of july we packed our backpacks for 3 days out in the alta val passiria (hinterpasseiertal) where we walked a total of 50 km. as usual we chose zeppichl near plan as our base camp. first day we went from merano to moso by bus and hiked from there to zeppichl (11,5 km). on day two we climbed to the grün…

another night with the foo fighters

mission foo fighters in hamburg accomplished.
since i got the ticket on november 2nd 2017, i was looking forward for the show and it's hard to find the right word to describe what happened on june 10th. awesome would be an understatement. foo fighters delivered big time, an unforgettable night, a stunning gig for 60,000 motherf** crazy german people, loved every second of the concert, the 5th for me til now and surely not the last one!

the other few days we were lucky to meet friends as well – thanks a million for all the good time guys, thank you andi for the beautiful and delicious dinner at your location :) the weather wasn't too bad that time but the noise and air pollution of the big city wore us out. passing the italian border on our way home two nights ago, we couldn't keep a high five and are infinitely happy to be back in the little town in the mountains.

so snowy – or winter #2 in south tyrol

one of the good things of the winter in merano is the tourist-free period starting in january right after the epiphany holiday when the crowd leaves the town and the christmas market finally disappears. time then for merano to turn on hibernation mode. suddenly it's all quiet, the atmosphere feels cosy, intimate and friendly, paths are deserted, a delight. 
this winter was the pure opposite of the dry and sunny one before, starting sooner and bringing record snowfalls, windstorms, high danger of avalanche through the season, and obviously avalanches too – january weather has been a turbulent one. in the evening of the 22nd, snow reached 2.5 m in the mountains. on some days, we were overwhelmed by the feeling of being living in the clouds (yes, much like in hamburg), though each day with a different landscape. on the sunny days however we enjoyed gorgeous mountain scenery.
what's more, with the new year we got the chance to catch another good thing of a snowy winter in the mou…