Biographical Log of Michael Furstner - Page 179
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Monday & Tuesday, September 6 & 7 2010
Monday morning the sun still shines, although there is a rather cool wind from
the East. The weather forecast is for overcast and rain for the next few days so I
decide today is a good day to do my first 8 km walk through the forests and down the
Glotter valley to Glottertal. For half the way it is all steeply downhill through
very dense forest. Then, once down in the valley, the trails flattens out and follows
the small but turbulent Glotter.
I end up at Wirtshaus Zur Sonne in the village of Glottertal,
where I have lunch before heading back up to Sankt Peter in the bus which stops right
opposite Zur Sonne.
I did this walk several times back in 2008 and waitress Bernadette remembers me well from
those days (she had just returned from a trip to Darwin herself then). She also recalls that
my daughter Babette was here
last year after she completed the same 8 km walk.
Today I have their Special for lunch, which is "Hirschleber auf Kürbischutney" (Liver of dear on pumpkin
chutney), with crisp brahtkartoffeln on the side. It is also very pleasing that Zur
Sonne supports the small boutique brewery Hirschen-Bräu in nearby Waldkirch.
Their beer is one of the best I ever tasted.
Tuesday is indeed overcast with intermitted rain. Wivica has to do some
shopping in Freiburg so we drive together over there. I buy some more food in one of
their large supermarkets, it has a huge food range with many delicious delicatessen and
an endless choice of non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks (curiously dry ginger is not amongst them).
I am a bit concerned with recent photos I uploaded on my Blog. They display very slowly
and very poorly. After checking out everything I conclude that it is not my own laptop
or the uploading process itself, but this poor display must be the result of very poor
reception here 800 meters up in very cloudy mountain conditions.
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Wednesday - Friday, September 8 - 10 2010
As predicted the weather is still overcast and rainy on Wednesday, so I work on
my laptop and check out the Australian Newspaper for the latest on
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It is not good, not unexpectedly, as the fate of this great country
is in the hands of three so-called "Independents" of mediocre quality and doubtful
intelligence to say the least, who now hold the balance of power.
Two of them,
apparently more interested in personal gain and fame rather than doing the right thing
for their country, were easily bought by Gillard to form a Labour Government and in
consequence betrayed the overwhelming wishes from their own constituencies (who clearly
preferred a Coalition Government).
But, as the conservative journalist Andrew
Bolt nicely put it : "This was the worst way for Labour to
win government, and the best way for Tony Abbott to lose it."
In the afternoon Wivica and I are invited by the Heitzmanns and we have a very pleasant
time together eating cake, drinking coffee and schnapps. In the evening the two of us have
dinner in the Ristorante Bertolds Brunnen again.
Thursday is still overcast. I have a swim in the Hallenbad, then take the bus to
Freiburg to buy some maps. They have a great shop there that sells only maps and travel
guides and have an enormous choice. When I ask for a map of Southern Germany they
immediately come up with 10 different ones to choose from, great. I also purchase a
detailed map of the Schluchsee
were I plan to do a walk.
Friday morning there is lots of blue sky around in St.Peter, so I decide to do that
Schluchsee walk that very day. It is a one and a half hour journey by busses and train
through some wonderful country.
I get off the train at Aha (which is exactly where
our favourite Imbiss is), then proceed to walk around the lake in anti-clockwise
direction. Only halfway mind you, 9kms is quite enough for one day, which I manage to
do in 2 hours. I arrive near the dam in time to catch the little steamer St.Nikolaus, which travels around the lake every
In due course I arrive back in Aha to catch the train for my return journey.
Although at the Schluchsee the weather was overcast all day, with an hour of light
drizzle during the second half of my walk, it has been a very satisfying day.
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