We're only a few hours away from the end of the year, so for brevity's sake, I will not write an all-encompassing retro- or introspective of this year and myself. Rather, I'll post mostly pictures with captions.
The time we spent away from Vienna.
We went to Prague, a first for both of us. We found a cozy little AirBnB very near to the old town and spent three days eating us through various restaurants.
A collection of dumplings and meats served in a small restaurant near the Prague Castle. An area, by the way, you can with no regrets choose to ignore. There's so many other places to see, there is no reason at all to wait in line for hours.
The view from one of the many bridges in Prague. There's so many tourists around, try not to cross the
Also, loads of museums. The national museums are spectacular and apart from a very affordable 15€ to access all of them, they were more or less deserted. See the below picture of the museum of modern art as a symbolic representation of said deserted state.
It's unfathomable to me how so few people would visit these places, but my best guess is, that Prague is just so full of great things, it's hard to go everywhere.
Anyway, that was Prague. The train from Vienna to Prague, by the way, had a happy hour when we went, which made for the cheapest, best beer I've ever had on a train. I later found out that happy hour is all the time on those trains.
Our first time on Corfu but most probably not our last. We spent a week in a small village with might as well have been created for tourists alone. At least it looked that way. It wasn't to our detriment, because it meant that on a stretch of roughly 800 meters, we'd find about 30 restaurants nestled against a sandy beach.
We ate, swam and drank. I also read YOU WILL KNOW ME by Megan Abott there, and was turned into an instant fan.
Have some pictures.
We also spent a few days in Munich for my birthday. It was a bit of an impromptu vacation, but turned out to be quite fantastic. I won't bother you with the details here, because I've already written two accounts of what we did there. You can find them here and here.
Well, what can I say? Scotland is the best and we spent two weeks driving through the highlands and the Western isles. I'm still planning on writing a few more words about it, but whenever I try to, I realize that words and even pictures won't do the whole thing justice. Still, here's some pictures.
Podcasts have seen quite a surge in popularity in 2017. Which is fine by me, considering we're still going strong with Zeitsprung, a history podcast in German about, well, stories from history. We managed to keep up our schedule of posting an episode a week. You should check it out, if you speak German.
Also, there is this funny saying that once you start podcasting, you'll sooner or later not be content with making just one. Not sure if that's actually a saying, but it happened that way with me. So in 2017, I also created my very own podcast for my other project, the selfhostedweb.org.
It's about software you can install on your own server in order to not be dependent on hosted services as much. The release cycle is somewhat slower than Zeitsprung, but I did manage to release four episodes (the latest of which just yesterday). It's in English, in order to be able to reach more than just the German-speaking world. You can find it here or wherever you usually get your podcasts from.
When in Corfu, I read YOU WILL KNOW ME, by Megan Abbott. It turned out to be fantastic. At the end of the year, I read DARE ME, which was equally fantastic. You should buy her books.
And that's it. The shooting outside the window is showing me that time is running out. I'll have to go ahead and start preparing the New Year's Eve dinner.
Have a good 2018, whoever you are who's reading this.