After travelling to rather uncommon holiday places like Ukraine, Russia, China and Iran in the last few years we wanted to get a little bit more laid back and we decided to do a small roadtrip through the baltic countries Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia in our two weeks of summer holidays in 2018. To most people these countries still are very uncommon compared to the super popular travel places in southern Europe so I’d like to share some impressions here.
After the few days in Holland we went to Germany’s Ruhrgebiet or as they call it the “Ruhrpott”. This area of Germany is famous for its open-cast mining and steelworks some of which are active to this day.
Being invited to a wedding in the “Ruhrgebiet” in Germany gave us a perfect excuse to take a whole week off.
During the Easter holidays we took – once again – a little trip by train. This time we drove to Genoa on the Italian Mediterranean coast in only six hours.
I decided to create a second post with only the landscape and scenerey shots that I brought home from Portugal’s Algarve coast which is the most southern part of Portugal and one of the most remote places in whole Europe.
While Zurich was still a cold and dark place and after six months of winter became increasingly unpleasant we managed to get a week off and escaped to Portugal.
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
Alright – “the ultimate Contax T2 write-up”? Not quite! Almost everything has been said about this camera already and I can just give you my opinion on it.
I know that the Contax T2 is a very sought-after camera for many analog enthusiasts so I’d like to share my personal thoughts on it which might or might not help you decide if this camera suits you or not. Of course there are many great articles around about this camera but maybe you’ll get an additional perspective from my first impressions here.