21 lessons learned on the TransSiberian Railway


1. Distances in Russia are huge
An obvious fact: Russia is a large country and so are the distances between train stations. If you plan your trip on a map you will probably end up underestimating the distances between Siberian cities. The classic transsiberian railway starting in Moscow to Vladivostok is over 8.000km. Our trips were Zürich to Budapest 1.036km, Budapest to Kiev 1.116km, Kiev to Moskva 862km, Moskva to Kazan 796km, Kazan to Yekaterinburg 876km, Yekaterinburg to Novosibirsk 1.523km, Novosibirsk to Tomsk 317km, Tomsk to Irkutsk 1.883km, Irkutsk to Ulan-Ude 462km, Ulan-Ude to Ulaanbaatar 578km, Ulaanbaatar to Peking 1.172km totaling over 10.000km

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Lab-Box: Kickstarter update

It still seems that this Kickstarter – as opposed to what I heard about so many other hardware projects on Kickstarter – will really deliver and maybe even be on time.

They sent two recent updates and I just wanted to point you to the latest one as it shows some progress in the development of the box.

Looking back: no couchsurfing in Iran

The plan

Recently I noticed more and more articles about people travelling Persia or – as it’s called nowadays – Iran.
There is a very popular book about couchsurfing in Iran which seems to inspire a growing number of people to have a look at this unknown, wild and interesting country by themselves.

While we did not use the couchsurfing platform at all, my girlfriend and I travelled through Iran in October 2016 and as it seems Iran is getting more and more popular for travellers and there is a growing demand in information on Iran while the country is slowly opening up to the west again.

So I decided to write a bit about our experiences there in retrospective because I started this blog only after we came back.

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LAB-BOX

I recently got notice of a neat Kickstarter project started by ars imago. They are a well known supporter of all things analog photography, they have a great online store and just some weeks ago they opened a small store here in Zurich. They have been developing a daylight-loading film tank which looks nice and is very promising.

If you develop your films at home (as I do) you probably have a developer tank already but I found the project promising enough to be supported – or at least ars imago’s engagement for keeping the film thing alive. So I spent a little money and hopefully will get a new toy by the end of the year.

I’ll keep you posted how it goes.

(* image is from the kickstarter page)

Palermo, Sicily

Belleza

Some weeks ago I was planning a short trip which should take me not too far away from Zürich as I had only one week off. The trip should take place in early March and I felt like having some warm and sunny days after the cold winter we had in Switzerland so Italy promised to be a great choice. I finally decided to go to Palermo, Sicily.

I imagined Palermo as a very traditional Italian town full of history, busy streets, lively people and – of course – the great mediterranean food, so this all sounded very holiday-like to me.

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Instagram for analog photography 


Ever since I take most of my photo on film, developing and scanning my own films included, I felt that this might be interesting to other people as analog photography is quite a trend nowadays. So I thought about additionally sharing these photos on the currently very popular service Instagram. There has been a lot of buzz about this picture sharing platform and I just thought “Why not?”

Let me share my thoughts and experiences with you after a year on Instagram.

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