Rugbrød!

When you leave your home country, there are always some things you miss – and in my case (and probably also in the case of most other Danes), one of those things is rugbrød – or rye bread in English. Typically made with sourdough and whole-grain rye flour, it’s quite different from the whiter wheat-based breads that are more prevalent in the rest of the world. And, when you’ve been eating rugbrød more or less every day for your whole life, it’s *very* hard to get by without!

Even though I actually managed to find real sourdough rugbrød in shops here in Switzerland (you’ll have to look carefully though!), it just wasn’t the same – and hearing that it apparently wasn’t too difficult to make it yourself, I set out on a quest to find a recipe that could be made with ingredients easily found in Switzerland, and that was also easy and quick enough so that it could fit into my everyday schedule. And – spoiler alert – I succeeded! And as many of my friends (both Danish and other nationalities) really liked it and wanted the recipe, I thought I’d just do a writeup of it here – even though it’s a bit of a departure from my usual content (I got to take a couple of pictures though ;).
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When in Rome…

Since 2010 I’ve been trying to visit at least one new country every year – which has been working out pretty well! 2016 was well underway though, and without any obvious trips coming up, I was almost planning on using me having moved to Zürich as an excuse to justify not getting a new country this year. But after having studied my calendar a bit, I decided on not giving up on my principles without a fight – and started planning an extended weekend in Rome in November. It’s not that I’ve never been to Italy before (actually, as can be seen from my other galleries, both my vacations earlier this year have actually been to Italy also ;) ), but – I’ve never been to the Vatican – which is pretty much a no-brainer to visit when in Rome, even without funny ideas about visiting new countries. So off I went, and spent three very nice days enjoying St. Peters Basilica, the Vatican museums, the Pantheon, Forum Romanum and the Coloseum, attending an awesome violin concert of Vivaldis the Four Seasons, eating pizzas and paninis, and a whole lot of other stuff – and much of it in t-shirt and sunglasses, even though it was deep into November…
However, even though I’ve been to quite a few other bigger cities lately, Rome did annoy me a bit more than usual, by kinda requiring a wider lens than my trusty 18-200mm. Big things in narrow spaces are apparently a thing here! (I’m looking at you, Trevi fountain) But all in all – still a great trip, and managed to snap a few shots of the stuff that *did* fit in my cameras field of view :)

Walensee Hike

One thing you kinda have to do when you live in Switzerland (apart from eating cheese and chocolate), is to go hiking. And with the abundance of lakes, mountains and forests, spread all over the country, it’s easy to see why. I hadn’t really had much time to really get started with this though (except for my numerous trips up Uetliberg), so when some of my colleagues proposed a company-hike, I obviously didn’t want to miss it. Even though the weather forecast didn’t look that good, we ended up heading to Walensee, about an hour away from Zürich – and it ended up being a good decision, as Zürich had rain all day – and we didn’t get a single drop during the hike :)
It was a beautiful tour too – starting out at lake-level at around 400m above sealevel, then heading 300m further up, down again to the lake for lunch at a lake-side restaurant, and then heading a good 400m upwards again, before heading down to lake-level for the trip back to Zürich. The path was mostly through autumn-coloured forest, had almost constant view over the lake, and the extra elevation on the hills provided some good views too. All in all a pretty good way to spend a Saturday in November!

Uetliberg revisited – again…;)

Last weekend I had my parents visiting from Denmark for a few days, and got the chance to show them around Zürich. This included another trip up Uetliberg, which is basically just such an easy thing to do when in Zürich – but that at the same time is a pretty good hike, and offers some great views from the top. Also – for people from Denmark, who are not used to anything higher than about 170m – it’s quite a different experience from what can be done back home ;)
It was also my fourth trip up Uetliberg in the about half a year I’ve been here, but luckily none of those trips have been alike. The first trip was in brilliant clear weather during spring, the second on a partly overcast and slightly wet and cold summer day, the third on a hot summer evening, and the fourth on a misty autumn day – luckily the mist stopped just short of the peak, providing for some quite interesting pictures – and lots and lots of godrays!

Autumn in Zürich

I’m in the lucky position that I usually can enjoy all the four seasons – the snow and frost in winter, seeing everything come to life during spring, sun and warmth in summer – and the stunning colors in autumn. And even though I hadn’t yet experienced the latter in Switzerland, I had a pretty good idea that it wasn’t going to disappoint in the color department… Having enjoyed the colors during my usual everyday commutes, I ended up doing a nice little bike ride around Uetliberg one Saturday, with a visit to a nearby Wildnispark, sporting moose, bison, wolves, wild boars and bears – all set in a nice autumn-colored forest. Not at all a bad day!

Update: I added an extra shot from the following week, from a walk at Lake Zürich – it’s still autumn here, so I guess it fits in quite well ;)

Jungfraujoch – Top of Europe!

With the weather in Switzerland being more or less perfect during most of the last couple of weeks, two of my friends, Phil and Justin, and I, decided to head to Jungfraujoch to enjoy the view. Jungfraujoch is a col at almost 3500m above sea-level, situated between the Jungfrau and the Mönch summits, which are both more than 4000m high – so on a clear day, the views are great – and most definitely something that you wont see anything similar to back in Denmark ;)
The train ride from Zürich took quite a while, but with the view being stunning even from the train windows most of the way, it didn’t matter much. Heading through valleys with forests, picturesque villages, pastures and waterfalls running out over cliff faces several hundred meter high, the scenery was absolutely stunning! Arriving at Jungfraujoch, suddenly walking around in snow, knowing that most people were struggling with +30 degree temperatures back in Zürich, was quite an experience too. After having spent most of the day enjoying the views and the fresh mountain air, taking lots of pictures (giving my polarizer a good bit of exercise) and having my first (but not last!) taste of cheese fondue, we headed back towards Zürich – stopping for a bit in Kleine Scheidegg for a quick hike around the hills, and in Bern for dinner. All in all a great day!

Holiday in Cervo

Rather exceptionally, this year my parents, my brother, his wife, and myself, managed to all take a week off at the same time, and choose to spend that together in Cervo in Italy. A very charming town, and fantastic food and weather made for a great week of holidays. Only problem was that it was a week or three too short!

Zürich and Uetliberg revisited

This weekend I had a good friend from Denmark visiting me in Zürich, which also meant that I had to act a bit as a tour guide. Friday afternoon (with nice sunny weather!) was spent in the city where I finally got around to climbing to the top of the Karlsturm at Grossmünster, whereas we opted for a trip up Uetliberg on Saturday. The weather was a bit more diverse than during my last hike up there, but with only a slight bit of rain for the first half of the ascent (except for a heavy thunderstorm right at the beginning, which we luckily got to watch from inside a Migros store), it wasn’t at all that bad, and the slightly more interesting sky also made for some nice photos. Oh, and Saturday evening was spent at the absolutely fantastic Coldplay concert, which was more or less just one gigantic colorful party – so all in all, not a bad weekend!

Tour de Zürichsee

Weather has gone back to being decent here in Zürich, and without other plans for the weekend, I decided on biking around lake Zürich (or, most of it at least). All in all about 80 km, with absolutely great views during most of the tour – and passing through charming towns, wine-fields and quiet parks. I obviously brought my camera along, but “sadly” the sky was just boringly blue all across ;) Got a few shots of in spite of this though, although I spent most of my energy on enjoying the tour, the views and the weather.

From Drejø to Zürich in a week

As noted in the last post, I’ve just moved to Zürich to start a new job, and pretty much also a new life. Leaving Odense after almost 14 years wasn’t easy, but the last couple of months has had me enjoy as much of it as possible – and I also barely managed to squeeze in a trip to the very small island Drejø with my choir, the last weekend before leaving for Switzerland. A great trip, and some wonderful people – which I also got a couple of pictures of.

Being in Zürich for a week now, I’ve had time to look around already. Thursday was a public holiday, the weather was great, so I decided on heading up to one of the highest points around – the Uetliberg. A 4½ hour walk with almost 500m of height difference wasn’t the most relaxing way to spend the holiday, but the fantastic views and an altogether very nice hike, more than made up for it. And yes, obviously I brought my camera also ;)