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Heavy Snow / Salzkammergut by Marina Weishaupt

Salzkammergut

January 2019

For quite a while me and my good friend Marjorie were chatting and had the weirdest and funniest conversations even though we never met in real life. A walking route of around 12,8 thousand kilometers between Singapore and Germany which kept me asked myself if I’d ever get the chance to meet this lovely human being.

When she decided to go on holiday in Greece I dared her to visit me in Germany, and so she did.


After some research we decided to book a apartment in the the Salzkammergut region, which already was on my bucket list for some time. This region is well known for its lovely lakes surrounded be the most beautiful lakes and cute little villages.

But, well. One would call it luck, the other one would say it was misfortune that we picked that one weekend which was just the start of a period of time which causes a lot of trouble due to heavy snowfalls. So sadly, we didn't see much of the lakes, neither anything of the mountains.

So after the first night in the apartment our first stop was beautiful Castle “Ort” located on a super small island at lovely Lake Traunsee. Driving there for sunrise was quite challenging because the streets were covered with a good amount of snow during the night and, as you can see, it didn't stop snowing in the morning either.

One would call us crazy but we spent quite a while exploring this tiny place in those rough conditions while we didn't spot any other human beings that morning.


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After having some rest at our apartment we had some struggles to decide what to do next. It ended up to be Lake Gosausee were the snowfall was even heavier and we didn't see anything except the white snow and the blue water. But I don't wanna complain, it was silent and minimal and beautiful.

We continued to walk along the path, saw huuuge icicles and snow covered trees everywhere but were suddenly stopped by some tiny yet frightening avalanches. Our little adventure was over before it really began but as always; safety first.


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As you may know I’m not that into winter photography so I was so super picky and every time I thought about if it’s worth it to take out the camera. This little river tho looked so scenic and wonderful with all the tiny snowcapped rocks in the water, I just had to get at least one picture of it. Actually it wasn't that easy as it looks because of the masses of snow between the river and the road. In those moments I’m so thankful for my past self who purchased the 70-200mm last year.


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You probably haven’t really been to the Salzkammergut region if you miss visiting the beautiful and world famous little village Hallstatt. And you probably haven't been to Hallstatt if you miss catching a photo from the famous view point. Oh, we’ve been so touristy. And I almost felt bad for it, because the inhabitants had to attach a huge amount of signs for the masses of disrespectful tourists they have to bear with each day.

Well, nevertheless we really enjoyed exploring the little streets with all the fairy lights and our dinner we had there to warm up again after a really cold day.


Overall this weekend was such a pleasant reminder of how you make the best out of the worst conditions (some streets were blocked by avalanches right after we passed them) and how gorgeous it is to connect with people from far away and even becoming friends with them.

Mapify Meetup - Mallorca by Marina Weishaupt

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As you may know I’m super glad to be part of the Mapify Ambassadors. Or how we call it: The Mapifamily. The startup grew fast during the last year so we were super happy that we all (at least nearly) finally had the time to get together. For this we skipped the cold autumn which arrived in Germany and found ourselves back in summer.

Friday

So after a kind welcome in Palma we drove further east into the middle of the island where our two lovely fincas and the other crew members were awaiting us. Although there were still some people missing we tried our best to fit us all into two tiny cars and Tobi led the way to one of his favorite spots in the southern part of the island where we wanted to witness the sunset.

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Well, we didn’t make it in time due to some…coordination problems haha. And although Tobi and Magnus were driving like crazy the sun already was hiding behind the horizon as we reached the cliffs after a short walk through the country side. Nevertheless, look how beautiful blue hour was:

In the evening the obligatory icebreaker game took place and as we talked about our favorite places we already visited, the question where to go for sunrise came up. As it’s not easy to manage to make 20 people happy, we decided to split the group and while some stayed in bed a bit longer in the next morning, me and the others had to wake up way before dawn to reach our destination in time.

Saturday

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Cap Formentor

39°57'41.2"N 3°12'44.3"E

While most of the other tourists probably were still asleep we already headed towards the most northeastern point, Cap Formenter and it’s pretty little lighthouse - located 300m above sea level. As if the curvy roads through the forest and it’s beautiful fauna weren’t lovely enough, the moon greeted us as we finally made it to the top of a little mountain. Which actually wasn't that easy because of the crazy rock formations underneath our feet.

Slowly the sun was rising but sadly a true golden hour didn’t happen due to the clouds in the far distance. After seeking in some vitamin d we continued to explore more of the region.

On our way back through the beautiful green forest we not just met some little mountain goats but also a lot of kittens - the real Highlight of the day. Gladly they all looked really healthy.

The cliffs of Mirador Es Colomer are pretty rough and it was so relaxing to watch the waves crashing in.

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The ride up to this places was a longer one but worth it all. The sunset we witnessed above this winding road was one of the most colorful I’ve ever seen in my life and we all were in awe.

Sunday

Close to our fincas we spotted this little monastery called “Santuari de Bonany” on top of a hill. Some of us decided to spend the last sunrise of our short trip on top of it. As you can see waking up that early was worth it and we were able to see a beautiful panorama.

Shortly after that the weekend already came to an end and we had to say goodbye and leave Mallorca and summer again.

Thanks a lot to the whole mapify crew for making this weekend possible.

See the whole trip on here!

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