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Beijing!

Having to travel for work can be annoying for some, but I usually quite like it – especially when being able to go to places like Beijing, as I just did for the past almost two weeks :) Spanning two weekends, there was luckily a bit of time for relaxing and having a look around also, so I tried to make the best of it. Amongst others, this included visits to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, a few of Beijings traditional ‘hutongs’, and also the Great Wall of China. As most people, I had heard about…

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Easter hiking

With the whole week around Easter off work, I figured it was time to get out and discover a bit of Switzerland. The weather was looking to be really nice (~20 degrees and sunny!), so a hike sounded like something that would fit the bill. It’s a bit daunting to start out with that in Switzerland though, as the amount of places you can go is overwhelming – and selecting where to head out can be a bit of a challenge. Looking around some maps, I spotted a limestone cave open to visitors near the Thunersee, close to Interlaken though…

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Snowshoeing at Mutteristock

Even though Zürich hasn’t really had much winter (as in, snow, ice and temperatures below 0) since January, some of the higher-located places (as in, the mountains) still have plenty of snow. And you don’t even have to go far – about 50km from Zürich, the area around Mutteristock apparently got a nice new cover of snow during the week – so together with two of my colleagues, I went snowshoeing. Starting in 900m above sea level, heading up to about 2200m and down again, over about 14km in total, it was quite a hike. We expected to maybe have…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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