Saturday, June 26, 2010

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fiel Trip Friday: Best Icecream

I ate the best icecream ever on Sardinia. I stayed there a good 15 years ago with my parents in a house not far from the beach and the water was the clearest I had ever seen in the Mediterranean.
The ice was pistacchio and one scoop was easy as big as my fist (and my hands are not all that small). It was delicious, with pistacchio pieces and sweet, but not overly so. I got my passion for pistacchio icecream on that day, but no ice ever was that good.

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Monday, June 21, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal: Old Photo

30 Day Blog Journal Day 10: a photo taken of me over ten years ago

Hm. I'll skip over this one and the next one because I don't have any old photos and I don't want to post a recent one.

Saturday, June 19, 2010

30 Day Blog Journal: A Photo I Took

30 Day Blog Journal Day 9: a photo I took

Here's one I took with my Canon PowerShot, I like that one very much
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and these I took with my Canon Eos 450D
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the port of Hamburg
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a Shama at the Burger's Zoo in the Netherlands

I'm on deviantArt with more of my photos

Friday, June 18, 2010

Field Trip Friday: Top Five Dream Destinations

1. Great Britain and London in particular
My parents gave me a trip to London when I was 17 and a year later I visited again with my English class. That was the beginning of a love affair between me and everything British. I've been to London now ten times at least and I loved every minute of it, it's a great city and my second favourite place anywhere. I'd love to spend a few weeks there, with one week at least just for the British Museum.

2. Yellowstone
I've been once, for four days, and I fell in love. It's an amazing place with really breathtaking nature and so much wildlife. I also love places with volcanic activity and Yellowstone has lots of that.
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3. Madagascar
I better make that dream come true quick or there will be nothing left or the gorgeous nature in Madagascar - the speed of the desctruction is frightening. But in the parts of the rainforest still left intact, you can see animals that are found nowhere else. The Aye-aye for example or the Fossa, not to mention a huge number of invertebrates and birds - Madagascar is home to 5% of all known species of plants and animals wordwide!

4. BiaƂowieski Park Narodowy
It's a national park in Poland and the last primal forest in Europe. The wisent or European bison is still at home there, the last place to see it in the wild.

5. Australia
I want to see it all, from the Great Barrier Reef to Uluru to the Outback. I love reptiles and marsupials - koalas in particular. I always had a koala, never a teddy bear. So one day I would love to see them in the wild. Oh, and wombats.

You may have gathered that I'm a nature lover ;)
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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Woodpecker

Today I found a Lesser Spotted Woodpecker (Picoides minor) in the schoolyard. It had flown against a window and I thought it was dead, so I picked it up to bury it somewhere. I nearly jumped out of my skin when it grabbed my fingers with his feet - it had a strong grip and sharp claws. It seemed dazed and was content to sit on my hand. I decided to put it up in a tree in a meadow behind the school where the students don't go, after it had drunk some water. I checked on it about an hour later and it had fallen asleep, his head buried in its feathers. I don't know if it will make it, it probably has a concussion, but I hope for the best. I thought about seeing a vet with it, but there's not much a vet could have done and the nearest avian vet would have been a two hour drive away.
Despite the sad circumstances, it was neat to see a woodpecker that close. I got a good look at the weird tongue, and the gorgeous colouring and at the stiff tail feathers that allow it to sit on a tree trunk and lean way back to hammer on the bark.

Friday, June 11, 2010

Fiel Trip Friday: Travel Pet Peeves

1. People who talk in their own language in the believe that no-one will understand them anyway and so they feel secure to bad-mouth everything. Surprise, guys, people learn foreign languages and CAN understand you.

2. Tourists without respect for the culture they encounter and who think that because they paid for their holiday they are entitled to behave like a bull in a china shop.

3. Tourists who are careless about nature and animals. No, you don't get to take home corals from the Great Barrier Reef and no, it's not a good idea to pet the baby bison. Oh, and we've invented this thing called trashcans. Try it sometime. Also in this category: the illiterate tourist. Obviously can't read any signs, like keep to the trail or don't pick flowers. In serious cases, the illiterate tourist is also not able to understand pictograms.

4. Museums who don't allow taking photos (with the possible exception of galleries). I can understand not wanting people to use the flash, but no photos? Come on, it's advertising for free, especially when people put it online. No-one's going to say: oh, I saw the photos, no need to visit the museum.

5. Travelling with people who think they are running a race. It's a vacation, so take your time. enjoy things. Look at the little things.

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