There is as small valley with an artificial lake near Einsiedeln. It is called Wäggital and the lake exists since 1924. Each year there is a running race around the lake.
We participated this year for the first time. Is is about 12.8 kilometers and on Friday evening. This year was the 20th race. The winner had 43 minutes. We finished in less than on hour, 59:46!
Such a short race is like a sprint. You can go go go. At the last 500 meters I were even strong ennough to make a sprint and overtake a competitor. I am in good condition this year. I already jogged several times from the office to our flat, a distance of more than 20 kilometers and elevation of about 500 meters.
This gives power. We want to redo the Luzern marathon this year, and I am already able to go more than 30 kilometers without getting to dired.
Our daughters like to paint. Every day they sit together and paint paper by paper. Once with normal pens, once with water colors and sometimes with magic colors.
The older daughter was making a lot of progress in the last few weeks. Sometimes I think she already can do it better than myself. Here is an example of what she is able to do with 5 and a half years. She tried to paint “Pippi Langstrumpf”. She tried to bring some movement into the picture. Don’t ask why one eye is green and the other one is blue.
She has no right answer. It’s childish. She has two main topics at the moment. She only paints girls and beautiful cloths for girls, like a cloth desinger. Maybe when is is grown up she will want to work as a designer. I think she has the interest.
We were visiting Vienna together with my parents. It was a birthday present to my father. My parents never have been in Vienna up to now so they had a lot of pleasure. We booked rooms in Burgenland, in a small village at the “Neusiedlersee” which is a big lake near the border to Hungary.
From there we started a daily travel to Vienna with the train. Vienna is only one hour away from there and the train brings you to the “Südbahnhof”. From there you can just walk to one of the famous places of Vienna, the “Belvedere”, a castle with a huge garden.
We did a lot of the famous locations for example the “Karlskirche” and had a lot of fun. The people in Vienna a very kindly and the city is very clean. Vienna a worth a visit. We will return as soon as possible.
In winter there was a lot of snow. Then in March, suddenly it became warm and within a few weeks all the snow was gone and it went green and warm.
Now it is spring in Einsiedeln. The vegetation is weeks behind that in Zürich but everything is green and the flowers are showing their most beautiful colors.
I made a walking tour through the wood behind Einsiedeln. There is a small path which you can walk with children. The kids have a lot of fun, searching for flowers and trying to catch butterflies.
From the hill one can see the lake. Here I made a photo of my smaller girl in the middle a big field full of yellow and white flowers.
When I was a boy, I can remember that I myself was walking through flowers in the field. I was so small that I just could smell on the flowers because they grew up to my nose. Years later, when I was older, I was woundering why the flowers were so small. I remembered them going up to my nose.
Much later, when I was grown up I knew that the flowers have the same height nowadays. What makes the difference is that I am taller now!
Grand Prix de Bern
This year the Grand Prix was a month earlier which means that we have had less time to get in shape.
The race was the same fun as last year. We started in a better sector. Therefore I was not in a situation to overtake a lot of people but it happend to me that I fell back and back. All the time people were overtaking me.
But this does not matter. The important thing is that the race is a fun and this race is always a very special fun because there are so many participants (over 13.000 people did the 10 miles). From the beginning to the end you are in the middle of a crowd.
This year we bought a ticket for the whole year for the skiing area just behind Einsiedeln. Our older taughter skis since last winter and has so much fun with it that we go for sking almost every weekend.
The younger taughter has to attend us. We put her onto a sledge where she sleeps very often. Then we make about 10 time the hill with the older taughter, the younger pulling around, go to the restaurent for french frees and a wheet beer. After one or two hours we go down to the village the small kid on the sledge and me or my wife behind her.
Its such a fun and the area is so beautiful. There are not to many people. The slope is not to steep, ideal for children. And this year there is such a lot of snow. It will be possible to ski for another month I think. And the panorama is amazing.
The name of the moutain on the picture is “Mythen”. Its just 15 minutes with the car from our flat. I can see it from our garden.
Last year I did not participate the race because there was not enough snow and the alternative competition was with inline skates. But this year there was just enough snow, not too much, but the race could take place. A larger part of the slope was icy what made the race quite fast.
I came to late, lost a lot of time with preparation near my car. So when I reached the starting point I just had another 3 minutes until the starting shot. I immediatley turned on my skates and joint the other participants. I did not matter that in this way I had to start in the last line.
The race was a fun. Not too much participants, between 200 and 300 I think. Each race makes you faster because you do you best and go to the limit. I tried not to go to my limit but could not take back myself. Such is race. You dont want to be overtaken by anybody.
Christmas in Einsiedeln
It is christmas time in Einsiedeln. This year we have snow what was not so sure in the last years. In Einsiedeln there is every year a christmas market beginning in December.
There you can drink warm “Glühwein” or “Punch” and eat christmas specials. It is very romantic and a lot of people from everywhere are coming to Einsiedeln.
There is also a big christmas tree in front of the monastry. I took a photo from my little girls who have a lot of fun with the snow.
There is an old story about the foundation of Einsiedeln. A single priest was living here. His name was Meinrad which is still the holy name of Einsiedeln and he had two raves as house animals. The two raves are now the symbol of Einsiedeln.