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Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Zugspitze

A nice trip to Garmisch-Partenkirchen and Germany’s highest peak Zugspitze:

“The Zugspitze, at 2,962 m (9,718 ft) above sea level, is the highest peak of theWetterstein Mountains as well as the highest mountain in Germany. It lies south of the town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, and the border between Germany and Austria runs over its western summit.”

I am selecting two of my photos on Instagram to post here…


Do not walk outside this area

I was on the plane last Monday, row 38.

Row 37 had the door to the wing, and I was imagining the person in front of me opening it and walking on the wing (the effect of 2 sleepless nights, and long meetings).

I take a peek through the window, and I notice the window had some text inscribed on it. It appeared in multiple locations with mirrored text.

I wasn’t able to take a photo, but I found one that looks quite similar:

Creative Commons License photo credit: Vanessa Pike-Russell


At a project management course, the instructor was emphasizing the importance of language in multinational projects, since the course was in English he said “I’m sure most of you understand some kind of English… Who speaks other languages?” most of the attendees raised their hands since none of us is a native speaker of English.

british typography - no smoking in 31 languages
Creative Commons License photo credit: uair01

He asked “Who speaks Spanish?”, a South American raised his hand, so did I.

He then asked “French?” I raised my hand… He asked “really?” so I just said “Mais oui, je crois que je parle le Français trés bien.”

He was looking for a language nobody spoke, so he just said “German?????”

I raised my hand again! He laughed and said not again… Really? My reply was that I am able to say “guten tag, zwei bigmac menüs und Eins kindermenü mit nuggets”… Sometimes all the language one needs is contextual to the project 🙂

On Walking

I wrote a little bit about it in June 2007, in “Walking Around” and “A trip on the LRT” while I was on a month-long training course in Cairo, and I haven’t written much more about walking…

I have always loved walking.

I lived in Paris for about two years (1989-1991), and I didn’t get a car. I loved using the metro, my metro station was Glacière (photo taken by me on a much more recent visit to paris).

When your primary means of transportation is the métro, you have to walk, a lot. I got used to walking that I would sometimes just walk to my destination even if it took an hour or more, the city makes walking enjoyable: through streets full of shops, gardens, parks,fountains, old buildings, statues,  and so much to see… Walking there is full of culture, romance, and green spaces.

In late 2010, with the much better weather, I tried walking in Doha and it was a disaster.

Doha’s streets are completely walker unfriendly:

  • The sidewalk is sometimes non-existent, too narrow, or has cars parked on it.
  • The pavement is full of holes, and cars driving by usually ignore any pedestrians.

There’s almost no where to walk here.I wrote about this in one of my tweets, and I was told to go somewhere to walk. I immediately replied “I walk to go somewhere, I don’t go somewhere to walk”. Going somewhere for the main purpose of walking seems illogical to me, but after I tried walking in the streets here to “get somewhere”, I may reconsider it. Aspire park may be a good place to “go walk”…

Photo above by Mohammed Alfailakawi and is licenced as Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)