Neste Stopp: Trondheim

View from Gamle Bybro, Trondheim

We are moving to Trondheim!

Two weeks ago, we visited Trondheim in order to get to know the city and my potential future employer. Trondheim is a very sweet, medium-sized, city located at a Fjord with a river going through it and with plenty of beautiful nature around it. With the NTNU (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet), SINTEF (Stiftelsen for industriell og teknisk forskning), and many technology companies in the city, this is also the technology capital of Norway. Everything went really well and in the meantime I singed the contract as research scientist in marine computer aided engineering/software engineering. Now we are planning and organising everything necessary for this exciting move.

We are very much looking forward to this adventure!

Storage Houses along the River Sweet Cafés in Nedre Bakklandet Wooden Ships in the Harbour
View from Lade City Bikes in Trondheim Flight over Norway

Backpacking Bretagne & Channel Islands

It all started with a report on Arte about the little island of Sark, which made me want to travel there. No cars, just tractors and horse carts sounded lovely. While planning the trip, my girlfriend and I decided to include a bit of the Brittany and the other Channel Islands as well. We ended up backpacking almost three weeks:

We started in Lannion, Brittany with stop-overs in Ploumanach, Abbey Beauport, Brehec, and Dinan. From Saint-Malo we took the ferry to St. Peter Port, Guernsey and stayed in Vaugrat before heading to Sark. After a few days exploring this stormy island with its peculiar people we transferred to Herm, an even smaller island with hardly any permanent inhabitants but beautiful beaches and even plenty of sunshine! As our last stop-over, we visited Jersey where we stayed near Rozel and explored parts of the scenery.

Throughout our journey we experienced rain, storm and beautiful sunshine; usually all within a few hours 😉 With reliable equipment and a good portion of humour, we made the best of it and had a really great time travelling!

Here we go with some impressions of the trip:

Some more panoramas:

Bicycle Tour in Odenwald

Yesterday I went for a nice bicycle tour in this area. From Darmstadt to Bad König:

The long and steep part between Brensbach and Gumpersberg was definitely worth the beautiful view:

Many sweet little farmer villages and nice landscape, I really like this landscape of rolling hills and a mix of open fields and dark forest. On the way back, I took the local train “Odenwaldbahn” to the Lichtwiese campus where my office is) and cycled the last bit from there. I think some other time, I might try the bit from Bad König to Eberbach.