The Kernberge glow in the evening sun while the glorious FC Carl Zeiss Jena is going to beat “the others”


It ain’t artsy but it perfectly sums up a beautiful day. It has been a while since my last presence in the former “Home of the Kaninchen”, named after the inventor of the football stadium, Ernst Abbe.
The team, the weather, the light and 12.500 people created an awesome atmosphere. Even not finished yet, the new EAS makes watching football absolutely enjoyable. I really like what they did there.


There is no bad weather for biking

…you are just beneath the clouds.
Taken on an amazing down country ride around and down from Pico do Ariero. For my second bike ride on Madeira, I chose an organized tour. This had the benefit of leaving urban areas without getting exhausted. Nature around Funchal starts at 1000m above sea level or you have to travel to a different spot on the island.


I got shuttled up to 1300m where an amazing ride begun. A nice cross country ride up to 1600m around Pico do Ariero followed by an endless trail ride down to Funchal. I wish I had chosen a fully for that part of the jouney. Or at least a proper air fork. The bike I had was horrible on the technical parts. Anyway, the view and the fun were priceless. Absolutely stunning experience.