Why say more?

If you thought last month’s posts were rather boring, this one may be the new low. After a quick espresso doppio we drove from northern Italy to Austria over Passo Monte Croce Carnico. On the highest point, we found the old border office, and several other buildings – supposedly a museum and a restaurant –Continue reading “Why say more?”

Castle on the hill

The thing we saw today… was it even a castle? Probably not – more like a miniature citadel – but it was built on top of a hill, so it’s not a complete lie. Today we were making our way up towards Slovenia and Italy, but on our way I saw a sign pointing upContinue reading “Castle on the hill”

Highs and lows

Let’s start today with the lows, and end it on a high note. We spent the night near Rovinj, a pretty town on the Istrian west coast. The campsite was nothing special, and just too far from the center to comfortably walk the distance back and forth with the kids. Now, In Rovinj, most parkingContinue reading “Highs and lows”

I followed the wrong signs…

Whilst driving down the coast of Croatia, I only had one job: follow the coast to Split. Of course I fucked up within a couple of kilometers. Don’t get me wrong: I religiously followed the signs to Split, not realizing that there was an inland highway that would probably be much quicker than the scenicContinue reading “I followed the wrong signs…”

Reestablish connections

Our program for today consisted of mostly ‘finding our bearings’. We know where we are, don’t worry… But going on camper trips in a small van with two adults, a toddler, and a baby always takes some smoothening time. We basically have to reinvent our methods of parenting, with the major differences being that ourContinue reading “Reestablish connections”

Not bad for a first night!

For the past two days we’ve been prepping our van for the upcoming trip south, during which we will put my second month of parental leave to good use. After a long winter in which we had disconnected several of our van’s features including the water reservoirs and water pump, we had to do someContinue reading “Not bad for a first night!”

Sort of home

After four intense days, this week’s chemodiversity consortium meeting came to an end. I’m only unofficially part of this nice group of people, by serving as the daily supervisor for one of the ten subprojects. It somehow feels a bit like I’m an imposter in this group that got ‘in’ the easy way, without havingContinue reading “Sort of home”

Everything is better when shared

This sounds a bit silly, perhaps, but I was really looking forward to spending some time alone. Since the pandemic – which also more or less coincided with becoming parents (twice) – I have not spent any evening alone. Every day is quite similar. I get home, one of us cooks dinner while the otherContinue reading “Everything is better when shared”

White

Our destination today was supposed to be a place called Dreisessel, some neat rocky formations close to where the borders of Austria, Germany and the Czech republic meet. We have never done much exploring here before, but it’s a fantastic landscape dotted with forested hills. Dreisessel was supposedly easy to reach, with a huge parkingContinue reading “White”