Airolo – Faido

The calendar shows the 7th of October 2017, the alarm clock rings me out of the bed early in the morning. After breakfast I put on my hiking shoes and go to Ticino – where the weather is nice today.  At about eight o’ clock the train leaves the old Gotthard tunnel and enters Airolo station. Although it is still quite cold with around four degrees, I start walking right away down the Leventina. (more…)


It’s August 23,2017,7:00 in the morning. I reach Wasserauen with the Appenzellerbahn. I’m about to start my ascent. (more…)


It’s August 20, 2017: At 04:30 in the morning the alarm clock rings me out of bed. Soon I’ll be on the train to Valais. At 9 o’ clock I reach Fiesch and start climbing the Eggishorn.

First, the trail leads a narrow hiking trail up the forest to the valley station of the chairlift “Heimat”. The trail then follows a gravel road to Fiescheralp.


San Bernadino Pass

It’s May 25, 2017. Early in the morning my alarm clock is getting me out of my sleep. After a good breakfast I walk to the train station and take the train to Bonaduz. I reach it at 9 a. m. and head straight for Thusis. (more…)

Andermatt – Erstfeld: on the trail of the devil

It’s April 10, 2017: At 4:30 a. m. the alarm clock pulls me out of my sleep. I get up, have breakfast and get on my way to the station. I travel to Andermatt by S-Bahn, Regio Express and Regiobahn. Because of the altitude, it is still quite fresh in April. I walk down the Schöllenen gorge towards Göschenen and cross the Devil’s Bridge, which according to legend could only be built with the help of the devil. (more…)

Vorderrhein and Hinterrhein becomes Rhine

Monday, 27 February 2017: It is five o’ clock in the morning, I get up, have breakfast and set off for Graubünden. At 8:15 am I arrive at the station Versam-Safien. First I climb the slope to Versam, which is about 200 meters higher than the station. (more…)

Rhinoceros poaching remains a problem

Yesterday it became known that poachers in the French zoo of Thoiry killed a rhinoceros bull with three bullets and sawed off one of its horns. Already two years ago I reported about rhinoceros poaching at the NZZ during my internship (Umgebremsete Jagd auf Nashörner). For current reason I’ll give you a short update here. (more…)

Ice hiking along the Vorderrhein

It’s Saturday, February 25th. At 5 o’ clock the alarm clock rings me out of my bed. The weather forecast predicts fantastic weather with temperatures around freezing point. With warm clothes, I walk to the train station in St. Gallen. Shortly before 9am I reach Trun and head down the Vorderrhein. (more…)

Happy New Year – Fireworks in R

With R you cannot only display statistics and Christmas trees, but also fireworks. With a loop and a few random variables, an endless number of fireworks will appear. (more…)

Merry Christmas

In the open source statistics program R you can not only display statistics, but you can also draw any object with it. The following code is used to draw a Christmas tree. I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. (more…)

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