Drowning in the forest

When we woke right at dawn, the weather seemed to have calmed down and instead of rain, we had a gray sky. After showering, we went over to Mr. C’s place for breakfast, which was full Irish right away to get the energy for the first stage of the Wicklow Way.

After getting some bread and other stuff for the way, we walked towards the bus stop Rathfarham Road while it slowly started to rain. On the bus we put on our rain jackets and covered our backpacks, still convinced that the rain would just be a temporary thing…

The real walk started in Marlay Park right after we got off the bus at Grange Road. There was some public run going on and surprisingly many people in general were performing outdoor activities, not caring about the pouring rain. We were wondering if this is the normal attitude that people develop in a county which is mostly made of fog and wet.

Walking uphill towards the moor of the Wicklow Mountains, we were overtaken by several joggers (yeah, really), a fact that confirmed our theory of the Irish people. As we were quickly completely soaken, we kept walking without looking around too much. In better conditions, the landscape must have been superb. For us, it rather looked like this:

20150425_111242While planning the trip, I added several peaks to the original route for enriched fun and also to perform plenty of Gipfelmoshen on the way. Now we were much less in favor of the detours. Our way thus took us down again without the summit of Two Rock Mountain. In the valley, we were greeted by the first sheep fields in the distance and some blooming gorse bushes, which both were to escort us throughout the whole journey.

After being warned of MI5 operations, we had a quick lunch while standing in the forest, constantly being wetted from atop. Our question for a hut or something else to cover was answered with a desperate “there’s nothing but more rain” by to a couple coming our way.

As moaning does never help, we decided to go at least for Prince William’s Seat (555 m), where I finally performed the first Gipfelmoshen on the tour (yay!), while the now freezing wind had meanwhile turned the rain into snow, which was harshly blown into our faces.

20150425_134240_3After some more wet kilometers, finally, there was a sign letting us know that it was “only” another one point four kilometers to the Oaklawn B&B were we were staying. These last steps were actually the most painful of the whole day.

John and Kay O’Connor were wonderful hosts and immediately offered to dry our stuff in the machine and make us some tea after we had a hot shower. To show us who ruled the game, the weather decided to bring us bright sunshine while we were still standing at the door. The palm tree in the garden really looked a bit miraculous at that moment.

20150425_173934_HDRAfter a bit of rest, John drove us to the Nancy Murphy’s Pub in Enniskerry, where we enjoyed our first pints of Smithwick’s and Mr. C and I had burgers, while Mrs. E went with bangers and mash next to the fireplace. At around ten pm, we fell asleep without regretting any of the 24 km of rain 🙂

Stats: → 24 km, ↑ 831 m, ↓ 769 m


NP: Flunk – Personal Stereo

The wicked Wicklow Way

Thanks to Captain Hans Mallaney, Mr. C and I safely arrived. It was raining quite heavily and the six °C at Dublin Airport were a rough change to the 22 at which we left Düsseldorf.

After a rainy ride on the 474, we found our plan for a nice arrival beer swimming away at 11 pm at the sight of a closed and dark Heuston Station. We decided to take a taxi to the hotel instead of wasting more time searching for a pub. The taxi driver’s sudden question “do you know where we are?” came a bit as a surprise, but the situation fortunately could be cleared up by the lady from within the device, which safely guided us to Ardagh House around midnight.

After checking in Mr. C, we decided to finally try and get our well-deserved beer. Our way led us to The 108, where Mr. C complained a lot that to him everything tastes like vinegar in Ireland. My IPA, his red ale and the crisps (which admittedly were salt and vinegar).

At around 2:30 am, I finally headed to Abrae Guest House, where Mrs. E was already fast asleep. We set the alarm to 6:30 am, which definitely felt wrong given the time. Especially considering the 24 km ahead of us the next day and a forecast that had not much more than more rain for us.


NP: Röyksopp & Robin – Monument

Hot stuff in Adobo Sauce

1000803901About a year ago I got a can of La Costeña Chipotle peppers in Adobo Sauce as a gift from a friend, who was in Mexico for a few weeks.
Ever since, I was wondering if I could make these myself. I have a love for hot stuff, am cooking quite a bit, and own a small smoking box, which I used quite a bit back in the days, when I still was fishing more.

So, when I saw some Jalapeños on sale in the local supermarket, I decided to give it a try. On chefkoch.de, I found a wonderful recipe, which I’d like to share with you:

16 freshly smoked Chipotle peppers
200 ml vinegar
50 g brown sugar
1 medium sized onion
4 clefts of garlic
3 medium sized tomato
2 bay leafs
½ tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground black pepper
½ tsp. cumin
1 pinch of cinnamon

Cut the tomato, onion and garlic in coarse pieces. Heat the vinegar in a pot and dissolve the sugar in it. Add all remaining ingredients and simmer for 20 minutes. Now add the Chipotle peppers and simmer for another 30 minutes. If you use dried Chipotle peppers, add them to the Adobo Sauce from the start. Keep stirring the sauce every few minutes so the ingredients fall apart a bit. After cooking, you can put the sauce into glasses and keep them for some time. Enjoy!

Below are some pictures of a variant of this recipe, in which I used green tomato instead of fully ripened ones and ordinary smoked red chilli peppers instead of Jalapeños. The result was still hot and tasty!

NP: WIZO – Zombiemann

The real street artists

Somewhat over a year ago, someone dropped a bucket of white wall paint on the sidewalk near where I live. This accident created a nicely elongated patch with some protrusions in the direction of pouring. Sometime later, presumably someone else used a black marker to make visible what was hidden in the white patch all the time: a crocodile! I really liked the spirit of this second mysterious person, but only got really amused by the whole thing when I found some days ago that the street workers who put glass fibre internet cables under the sidewalk had created a real piece of art. Enjoy!


NP: Evergreen Terrace – Crows

Electronic Loungemusikkapelle

I just stumbled over the recording of a very nice jam session I did with a former colleague from Norway during a visit he paid in 2011. The recording was done purely electronically using just an electronic drum kit, a MIDI controller and a laptop for recording and providing synthesis of sounds for the keyboards. Unfortunately, we only recorded one of these sessions… Anyway, here is the masterpiece:


NP: Electronic Loungemusikkapelle – The only song

A journey’s end…

My summer has been a real blast travel-wise. I’ve been on a lot of almost magical vacations and successfully completed a heap of business trips, which both took me to quite some places in Europe.

The journey went about like this: Munich, Ireland, Munich, Memmingen, Vienna, Gif sur Yvette, Leipzig, Dresden, Stockholm, Paris, Manchester, Alkmar, Seewis, Munich again, Dinkelsbühl, Stockholm again, Madonna di Campiglio, Frankfurt, Lausanne, Leukerbad, Böblingen, Barcelona, Brussels, Freiburg, Schruns, Tieringen.

It feels like inbetween I was home only to do the laundry and to sleep. It is really amazing, what one can do and see in one year. All in all, I was sleeping for 101 nights in a foreign bed. Considering that many of the trips were only one or two days, this is totally too much.


NP: Stereo Total – Pixelize me

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Farewell, N900

Exactly 1023 (!) days after I first switched on my Nokia N900 (still back in Norway), it stopped working as a phone. It just won’t recognize the SIM card anymore, although other phones think that the card is just fine. This leaves me with an internet and gaming tablet similar to the predecessors of that family.

I was one of the enthusiasts, who spent 600 bucks on the N900 in the idealistic believe that an open phone platform could be a viable alternative to the lock-in world, Apple was creating at the time (and still is, with its iThings). It also seemed to be a good choice compared to the early Android devices available back then. However, from the beginning, I was doubtful that a single non-nerd will buy a phone that was advertised with the slogan raw computing power! I was very pleased with the hardware of the device, which seemed very robust and durable, compared to many other phones. However, with Nokia’s move to Windows Mobile, this was not an option for a replacement. So now I’m a happy owner of a Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, which makes a very slick impression so far. Yay!

BTW: I’m a computer scientist, and don’t tell me that 1023 days is a coincidence! This is exactly the number after which a 10 bit counter (not that anyone [i.e. anyone sane] would be using one of these) runs over. I really have to finish that post about coincidence detection in the brain I drafted some time ago…


NP: Amon Amarth – Where silent gods stand guard