my sabbatical journeys

DJ playing live in the mountains at the Arosa Electronica
Sunday, March 12, 2017 to Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Up into the mountains and then from the slopes directly onto the dancefloor

Arosa is one of my favorite ski resorts in the Swiss Alps but I never went there on a short trip. I have just been there in February with my family and got sucked in by the winter wonder world. When I learned about the Arosa Electronica music festival, I was all in. However, I did not want to spend a fortune on expensive accommodation but rather travel on a shoestring. Luckily, a befriended family owns a vacation home in eastern Switzerland, in Mels.

Sunday, March 5, 2017 to Saturday, March 11, 2017
Celebrating the most beautiful three days in the year of a real Bebbi

You may know the Carnival in Rio de Janeiro and Venice but have you ever heard of the Carnival Basel? Because of the low temperatures, people are obviously less permissive but certainly not less illustrious. Basel is celebrating one of the most extensive and intensive carnival of all Switzerland and probably all of Europe. Only people who have attended this spectacle, know how creative and colorful the Bebbi are celebrating. However, there are a few things different from all other carnivals. Bebbi, for example, is the way people from Basel call themselves.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017 to Saturday, March 4, 2017
Crossing a mountain range, a desert and an ocean on a single road trip

One month after returning home from Africa, a friend knocked on my Messenger and asked me to go on a Berber Safari through Morocco together. Of course, you don’t have to ask me something like this twice! It was only a pity, that I could not drive by car from southern Africa to northern Africa. For me, that would have been the most amazing thing to start a new year of travel. Instead, I booked a one-way flight from my home and met my friend in Marrakech. From there we started a trip through the country and even beyond.

Swiss Mountains in Arosa
Sunday, February 5, 2017 to Saturday, February 11, 2017
Enjoying a full week together with some of my closest family members

Switzerland is famous for its mountains and a strong tradition of family vacation in the Swiss Alps. When I was a child, nearly every family spent at least one week together in the mountains. Only with globalization and cheaper flights, this is about to change. More people are living in urban cities and think about remote destinations instead of expensive holidays in the cold snow. Back then things were different. Even as a baby, I was pulled on a sledge through the dashing snow. As soon as I could stand upright, I was put on ski and pushed down a hill.