Archive for September, 2011

mevlana

Tuesday, September 27th, 2011

Rumi is probably not known to us Westerners although we have heard about the whirling dervishes, often performed at tourist places in Turkey. Rumi was a Persian poet, Islamic jurist and theologian of the early 13th century. He paved the way for the Mevlana order in Konya which practiced the sufi dance to express the mystery part of Islam. The ceremony is referred to Sama which is broken up on four parts, each with a particular meaning. The whirling dervishes are representative of the moon and they spin on the outside of the Sheikh who is representative of the sun. An impressive experience.

 

armed raid in florence

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

loaded in florence

Monday, September 19th, 2011

Transport system in Florence is characterised by efficiently operated freight vehicles. Scarce road space and low emission zones favour alternative mobility options. Complemented by public bicycles, electric buses and a considerable share of hybrid-electric vehicles underlines Florence’s commitment towards meeting the European greenhouse gas emission saving goals. Was there any other remarkable experience in Florence? Not that I can remember.

Vulkaneifel

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Gerolstein

Surely, this is not what one considers volcanoes. But this area is seismically one of the most active areas in Germany. The volcano itself is hiding in the fog, the ‘maar’ is waking up in the morning light.

Wild camping usually is not a problem in Germany, except drunken youngsters in their tuned up car discover your tent in the middle of the night. I forgot to cover the reflectors of my bicycle which caused a scary situation. Luckily, I got away with it.