Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Pollux, Switzerland, 2012

Pollux (4,092 m) is a mountain in the Pennine Alps on the border between Valais, Switzerland and the Aosta Valley in Italy. It is the lower of a pair of twin peaks (Zwillinge), the other being Castor, named after the Gemini twins of Roman mythology. It is separated from Castor by a pass at 3,845 m (12,615 ft), named the Passo di Verra in Italian and the Zwillingsjoch in German. Together with Andre (our guide) and James I climbed the Pollux on September 14.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Monte Rosa, Italy, 2012

Last week I went on a three day tour to the Monte Rosa massif in Italy. I met up with Andrej and our guide Ivan in Brig and together we drove 4 hours to Alagna, Italy were we took the cable car up to Punta Indren. From there we hiked an hour up to the Montova hut.

Jungfrau, Switzerland, 2012

Monday, September 3, 2012

Breithorn, Switzerland, 2012

During my visit at Zermatt I had planned to climb my first 4K mountain. Since I have zero experience in high altitude mountaineering I decided to book a day tour with the Zermatt Alpine Center to climb the Breithorn.

View at the Breithorn shortly after our exit from the Klein Matterhorn cable car.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

2011 Reflection

Of course, the past is history. But once in a while it’s good to look back. Making it a habit, I look back at the beginning of each year at the previous year and write down a few things that went well and not so well. In no relevant order...

  • My business partner Georg Breithaupt and I decided to split our ways and continue our businesses separately. 
  • Moved completely out of my apartment in Konstanz making Zurich my single home now.
  • Helped plucking grapes to make wine at Rimini (thanks Francesco for this amazing opportunity!).
  • Had the opportunity to spend some great times with my parents on separate occasions in Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
  • Had the opportunity to spend some great times with my little brother on separate occasions. Celebrated new years together, skiing in Austria and Switzerland, a city trip to Prague and a lot of fun on different trips to the Netherlands. 
  • Met a number of new amazing people, got to see a lot of my friends in person, and was able to reconnect with others online.
  • Celebrated my 30th and Jochen's 50th birthday together with 100 friends and colleagues at Jade (thanks Sara for organizing this!).
  • Worked for my clients in Monaco, Guernsey, Frankfurt, London, Lugano, Geneve and Zurich.
  • Gave a guest lecture at my former university (Hanzehogeschool Groningen, Netherlands).

All together it was another great year. Curious to see what 2012 will bring.