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I'm back from two amazing weeks in Norway! And I'm missing it already :)

Our trip started at the northernmost permanent settlement of the world in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, at 78º latitude. We then went on to mainland Norway and stayed in Flåm, Bergen, Stavanger and finally Oslo. During the trip we did plenty of hiking to many famous and not so famous spots:

Svalbard:
- Hjortfjellet: plenty of hiking along a snow-covered ridge, but rewarded with great views of the area. On the way down we stopped at an abandoned mining entrance and other remnants of Svalbard's coal mining activity. [strava.com/activities/344825374]
- Trollsteinen & Sarkofagen: probably my favorite hike on this trip. After hiking across the Lars glacier and climbing the Troll's rock, the views from the very top were absolutely breathtaking. Additionally, the weather was just perfect. [strava.com/activities/344825376, somewhat incomplete]

Norway:
- Trolltunga: (by the way, Norwegians seem to love trolls!) a quite strenuous hike due about 22km distance, ~16 of which were still covered in snow and the occasional down-pouring of rain. But at least we got a nice view at the Troll's tongue (for about 10 minutes, then it started raining again). [strava.com/activities/344825494]
- Preikestolen: probably one of the most popular hiking trails. It's very easy, took us about 2 hours of moving time in total. Unfortunately it was very cloudy that day, so we didn't get a good view from the top. [strava.com/activities/344825437]
- Kjeragbolten: the one hike that we had to abort on our trip after ~1km. The weather was just too bad and once we stepped out on a small ridge, the wind was pushing way too hard to go on. At least this gives me a reason to go back some time :)
- Kolsås: while Oslo was mostly sightseeing, we did a small hike west of the city since it was suddenly all sunny and warm again. Kolsås is composed of two peaks which we both reached. [strava.com/activities/344825473]

Apart from that, we used many other forms of movement, e.g. riding on Snowmobiles, being pulled by dogs or Kayaking across Fjords. All in all it was a great experience and I will definitely go back some day to redo the hikes in hopefully better weather :) Also, experiencing Svalbard during winter is definitely something on my to-do list.

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Looks like a fantastic trip!
Thanks for sharing.
I've got cousins in Norway, looking forward to going sometime.
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Preikestolen! A bit cloudy today, though.
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Bright sunshine at 10:10pm ~ I like Norway already :) Now it's off to Longyearbyen!
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Today's ride: Rheinfall!

Also included was a short hop over the border to good old Germany :) And with that ride I managed to finish Strava's climbing challenge for the month of May (climbing 6000m) just in time.

Looks like I need a new chain, though, the current one was on the brink of snapping (managed to push the weak rivet together for the last 30 or so kilometers, but it's far from a stable connection).

107km (66mi) / 1440m (4724ft) climbing
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From my ongoing series "Switzerland is beautiful": hiking to Mount Rigi!
 
Starting out fairly easy and flat in Goldau, the trail got progressively steeper and less marked, but well worth the effort. It's about 8km to the top which took us a bit less than 3 hours (route: goo.gl/0q8wv1). Unfortunately it was very cloudy at the top, so the viewing distance was a bit limited :) 
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Oooh, good idea! Done. :D
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Today's ride went over the Ibergeregg pass, which is quite unforgiving at times. Along the way I realized (again) just how pretty Switzerland is. The photos don't do reality justice, you have to see it with your own eyes.

This ride marks my first pass, >100km ride and puncture in 2015! Looking forward to the next ones (well, except for punctures, I could get by without them :D).

128.4km (80mi) / 2268m (7440ft) climbing
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We're somewhat unlucky with the weather... tried up going Kjeragbolten but had to turn around as the wind was pushing way too much and rain was pouring down. And since it was foggy as well, the view would have been not that great, anyway.

At least it gives me a reason to come back to Norway another time, and I definitely will :-)
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Kind of the same happened to me three weeks ago. Sometimes you just don't make it.
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Current Latitude: 78° 15' N
1:40am and still bright outside!
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It can't get much more Swiss than that :) Hiking around Mörlialp while enjoying the sound of cowbells all around us.

15.6km (9.7mi) / 1112m (3650ft) climbing
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After hiking to the top of Mt Rigi last weekend, today I have cycled around large parts of it (and oh so much more)!

134km (83mi) / 2078m (6817ft) climbing
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99% Invisible is a super interesting podcast with stories about how design is part of and affects our everyday life. With episodes of about 20 minutes each, it's great for listening e.g. during commutes; you can find it at 99pi.org – the video below shows an example episode which the podcast's creator did as a TED talk.
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Oh Zürich, you've got some weird traditions :)
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    Student Research Assistant, 2013 - 2014
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I've recently finished my studies of Computer Science at RWTH Aachen University (Germany). In these studies, my focus during the last semesters was on Artificial Intelligence and Pattern Recognition. In fact, my Bachelor's thesis deals with Combined Language Models in the domain of Open-Lexicon Handwriting Recognition.

During Summer 2012 I've interned at the awesome Google+ Stream Team in Mountain View, where I was working on various new features and enhancements, such as beautiful new Checkin Posts. Soon, I will be joining Google full-time in order to work on many more shiny new things!

I love using Google services. From a developer's point of view especially the Google+ platform and the Google Maps API. If you're developing applications with the Maps API yourself, check out my GitHub repository where I share useful scripts that I created over time. 

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