Thursday, September 17, 2009

Iceland - day 3 - part 1

The third day a lot of stuff was happening therefor I split the report in two parts.

We spent the night in this little shelter in the middle of nowhere. Close to Hagavatn and Langjökulls. One of the huge glaciers on Iceland.

I climbed a small mountain/hill/volcano to get this view of Langjökull early in the morning while the others were still sleeping.

Later we started our expedition to the glacier were we passed a rather big waterfall that looks pretty small on this picture... But believe me, it was BIIG!

There is really not much vegetation in this area, actually on the whole island...

After the glacier trip we drove back into civilization where we had a stop at Gullfoss. Another really big waterfall - one that even looks big on a picture :)


What do these horses eat on an island where nothing grows?

Unfortunately not our car...

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Icland day two

On the second day we got our nice little car. A Honda CRV. Maybe not the best offroad truck but perfect for us!

This day we followed the tourist tracks. The first stop was Þingvellir. The place where the European and the American continental plates meet. That's the valley you see...

The next stop was the Geysir. It erupts every 8 minutes or so. Very impressive. In the whole area you find wholes in the ground with boiling water and it smells intensely - sulfur.

This is not another view from the airplane down on Iceland. It's one of the water holes next to the Geysir. By the way, the blue color comes from some sort of algae in there...

On the way to the Geysir we stopped at this strange thing. From the distance we just saw a lot of smoke and thought there must be some factory that blows it's dirt in the air. When we came closer we realized it was a geothermal powerplant. Completely green energy!

This guy wasn't so lucky with the car :(
Well, didn't have a Honda CRV ;-)

Friday, September 04, 2009

Iceland - day1

I managed to get a week off for a trip to Iceland. While other people fly to a place where it's nice and warm my friends and I decided to do a trip to where it's cold, wet and windy.

It all started quite stressful. The day before my flight I got tonsillitis and had to take antibiotics. I was not sure if I should go at all. But I did and that was good!

The flight was already amazing. Such a great view. If you ever fly to Iceland try to get a window seat on the right side of the plane (if you come from Europe).
I was sitting on the left side though, so I didn't see much :-)

The first night we spend couch-surfing with a very nice Icelandic guy. He had 9 couch-surfers in is small apartment for the night. That was cosy.

But before we went to bed we had to explore the legendary nightlife of Reykjavik.
First of all - if there is not much going on on the streets and bars only some sad girls sitting in the streets - you are to early!
The party does not starts before midnight.

But when it starts it's really wild! You'll find real vikings, girls in super-hero dresses shooting you with laser guns, guy who drop their pants to show what they got (I didn't upload that picture)...
Reykjavik nightlife is great!

Monday, July 06, 2009

A new job

For one week I'm now in my new job at

Small company with big customers! Not bad at all. And the best - they say there will be lot's of traveling.

Thursday, June 04, 2009

Apple and quality - not so sure anymore

Ok, I know nobody really wants to read this kind of stuff but I have to let my frustration out.

Two years ago I bought a Macbook pro for almost 2000€. Everyone told me what high quality standards Apple has and that it would be completly worth paying a bit more.

When I got this nice machine I finished school and had to do a presentation of my master theses. I thought nice, now I can do these nice presentations with keynote. Well actually I had to use my professors PC with a pdf version of the presntation. My Mac first didn't want to start up and had strange video errors and then didn't recognice the projector, no matter how many times I tried. GREAT first impression!

Some months later the keybord backlight stoped working the way it should. It turned on, started flickering, turned off just randomly.
Well I got it fixed during warranty. The technicians decided to replace the whole case. That's when I found out that it's much nice to have the touchpad installed straight and not leaning to one side as it was from the day I got this machine.

Well, everything fixed within warranty time. That's good. How high are the odds that something else would happes?
But then the battery started to die. After 200 cycles it had energy for maybe 5 minutes. And no, my battery is not part of the defect batteries that Apple changes for free.

Now, almost exactly two years after I bought my Macbook pro I took the machine from sleep but nothing happened. The screen stayed black, I could hear the fans, harddisc and CD drive spin up but nothing else. I tried all the key combinations there are, no luck.
The technicians at the store then told me the mainboard broke down and a new one would cost 1000€. GREAT!!!

When I got it back I thought now everything has to be ok - I mean all that's left form the original faulty machine is the screen, CD and hard drive. Well, no. There is also the airport card which now decided to not work with 5GHz networks anymore. I hope they fix this at the store for free since this issue came up after I got it back from the mainboard switch...

If I hadn't put so much money into this crap I would really like to do this:
(And no, I don't mean grow my hair like his)

By the way, my Acer notebook I am writing this on has been working for 8 years without any problems (even the battery is as new).

Monday, June 01, 2009

Flo and the vikings

Another story from last month is my trip to the last Vikings. I went to Oslo, the last place on earth where you can find real vikings.
We went out to the sea, stealing and plundering just as their ancestors did.

And it was a good day for vikings!
We had a good night sleep between all the
treasures we
brought together on a small island.

The next day when we left our prisoners on the island.

A storm came up and we almost capsized but due to the instincts of our captain Kay and his chief mate Knut we ma
naged to return save to the harbour of Oslo.

We even got a video of the gloriose sea maneuvers

When we returned the Oslo the people were cheering and waving flags.

The whole town was decorated and people dressed up in their best cloth.

Even the king was waving us for us being so good vikings.

We like :)