I have been in my hometown Garmisch-Partenkirchen for a few weeks and it is absolutely gorgeous to be here. When I am away I keep forgetting how beautiful Bavaria is and how much it has to offer. I guess it is when you grow up in such a stunning place that you stop appreciate it.
Garmisch-Partenkirchen is on the very southern tip of Germany and is right at the Austrian border. It is surrounded by beautiful mountains (that’s probably why I hated hiking when I was young) and offers amazing outdoor opportunities like swimming in one of the many freshwater lakes, going hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, sightseeing (the three castles of the fairy-tale King Ludwig are in Bavaria) or just promenading through the town, having a relaxed coffee in one of the many cafes taking in the stunning backdrop of the mountains.
At the moment I am making the most of being here before I head back to Nepal via Kilimanjaro on 4th August. In Nepal I will hopefully join an expedition to Makalu, the 5th highest mountain in the world, however, I am still waiting for confirmation of the trip.
Before I leave, I am doing a slide show within the framework of an Alpine Event in Garmisch on 3rd August. If you are around and are free at 7.30pm on 3rd August, pop in to the Olympia Skistadion (where the ski jumps are). The official title of the slide show is “Berge, Beweggruende, Bueroklammern – was uns auf die Spitze treibt” (“Mountains, Motivations, Paper Clips – what takes you to extremes”) – so, if you are intrigued, especially about the paper clip part, drop in! For more information (in German), click here.
If you want to have a look at Garmisch and need accommodation, try out my mum’s and aunt’s holiday flats, which are very cozy – and as you can imagine, the pair is good fun! They sometimes even bake a cake for their guests’ Sunday breakfast. If you are interested, have a look at our website to find out more.
In the meantime, I have also managed to get rid of my Facebook account. Unfortunately, I have never found out who set it up as I would have liked to discover why someone would use my name for this.
Have a great summer – I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!