Sächsische Schweiz

I agreed to go to “Sächsische Schweiz” on Saturday for a hiking trip. “Schweiz” is German for “Switzerland”, so logically, I assumed I was going to Switzerland and told everyone as such. But it turns out ze pesky Germans also call an area within their own country “Schweiz”, so we actually headed to some place just outside of Dresden :P

Thankfully, Sächsische Schweiz is a spectacularly nice place. We started the journey with a pleasant train trip from Berlin, past Dresden and towards the border with the Czech republic.

Near Sächsische Schweiz

Don't drink from the urinal

Apparently in Sächsische, the locals seem concerned that we may wish to stick our head down by the urinal to get some drinking water! (“kein Trinkwasser” is Deutsch for “not drinking water”)

Sächsische Schweiz

The hike began with some beautiful greenery. The local forests remind me a lot of home.

Sächsische Schweiz

This was the beginning of a long upward trek. I’ll be posting more photos from further up later :)

Sächsische Schweiz

Ma nu room

I’m staying in a totally sweet new flat in Berlin. I found out about it from an old acquaintance from my years at Corstorphine school, Caroline van Zyl. She was renting out a few rooms in her place, so I moved in a few days ago. I hadn’t seen her since ~1990, so it was nice to finally catch up :)

My new room

Time to lose the fat!

I realised on Saturday that I am officially a fatty! That gut isn’t being poked out in this photo, that’s just what it looks like when I’m standing. I honestly didn’t realise how chubby I’d got until I was looking through a bunch of photos taken of me that day. I somehow became used to my gut bulging out in a disgusting kinda way. With that in mind, I will be regularly exercising from now on. Looking down and not being able to see my dick is not something I want to experience later in life!

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This is me standing on a rock in Sächsische Schweiz

FYI, I blame yummy Berlin food and severe laziness for my current physical state.

Wing walking!

I headed to the Berlin Airshow with new friends Mo and Madalina.

Ze Germans put on a terrific show, including this crazy nutter who decided it was a smart idea to stand on the wing whilst doing a turnover!
Wing walker