Thursday, January 27, 2011

Qinghai tales


Part 1 : Lhasa, Tibet facts

Today, the People’s Republic of China is divided into 23 provinces, five autonomous regions and three municipalities directly under the Central Government.

Tibet, one of the five autonomous regions, is inhabited primarily by people of Tibetan ethnicity Location and Area The southwest border province of Tibet forms the southwestern portion of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.

It adjoins the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and the province of Qinghai to the north, Sichuan to the east, Yunnan to the southeast, and the nations of Burma (Myanmar), India, Bhutan, Sikkim and Nepal to the south and west along an international border of nearly 4,000 kilometers.







Links :

AHENEGHANA WORDPRESS 

Sunday, January 23, 2011

passion for life - snow, skiing

Last year we went to Colorado, Steamboatsprings.

Wonderful place to be, one feels like in the adtvertising spot of  Marlboro "Warning : The US General Surgeon says, smoking is dangerous to your health" Nevertheless, we don't smoke.

You find horesemen, ranches all over the place, I guess these folks have some of the best place to live in. Mountains, fresh air, streams and lakes are all in abundance.

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It comes as no surprise that mountain folks like us enjoy being in these surroundings.

This brings me back to my main point, which is :

Salzburg

and going skiing with Gottwald.


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have a nice day

Heinz



Friday, January 21, 2011

Kunterbunt - ein Potbourri der Fotografie

Potbourri of photography this should be called.
A blend of pictures from all continents, sampled at random.

Passion for life

- Shanghai
- Wuxi
- Art
- Chengdu
- Bangkok
- Vienna
- Harbin
- Vorarlberg
- Zhejiang Hangzhou
- La Vigiere - Alpes Cote 'd Azur
- Kunming
- Qinghai
- Xining
- Tamale
- Techiman
- Nzerekore
- Niani
- Colmar
- Accra
- Nsawam
- Dege
- Marbella
- Gomoah Fetteh
- Aburi
- Singapore
- Flachau
- Georgetown
- Penang
- Yek Somdet
- Kintampo
- Prestea
- Cagnes Sur Mer
- Hangzhou
- Beyla
- Songkhla
- Conakry
- Jiangxi
- Shaoxing
- Yueyanglou
- Qiaoxishiku
- Feldkirch
- Nice
- Reitdorf
- Gaozhou
- Vangvieng
- Kumasi
- Hunan


Thursday, January 20, 2011

Wintery landscapes (und warme Stubn .. )






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Mit dem Gottwald Ski foan ..  schauts Eich des on :

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Blogger's Wintery Paradise Salzburg Austria

My friend was a great homeopathic specialist

I miss him forever.

When my friend Toni was still alive we used to ski in the mountains around Radstadt, Altenmarkt, Reitdorf, Flachau. Winter was our friend, the long, and beautifully laid skiing slopes ever inviting.

I started skiing early, the first time when I was six years old.

My grandfather would take me to a hill not far from our home, I remember
sliding down the slope on my butt, my hands frozen, toes chilled.

Never will I forget my grandfathers technique to warm hands, fingers.
(I assume he must have learned this technique when serving the K.U.K. Army)

He would rub my hands between his palm till I felt the blood shooting up
my finger tips. It certainly solved the immediate problem. Friction evolving int heat,
a simple physical thought.

This must have saved my fingers from completely freezing up..

The rubbing stopped, still my toes were hurting under the heavy ski boots, made of pure leather in those days. Leather though, yet badly insulated.

Unthinkable in modern days.

Coming home was a real pleasure, warming up near the fire, sipping hot tea made from
lime blossoms, which she had picked the summer before.

This tea served as a remedy against colds, and its associated cough.

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Toni was from Reitdorf, Flachau. He was a friend who would visit us in Africa, and we in turn went to visit him in Flachau. I will always remember the day when we first, after a long period of time, ventured to the mountains around Altenmarkt, and I fastened the skiis after a 20 year long period of inactivity on the slopes.

It was almost as if I never stopped skiing, within 15 minutes I was back in my previous form, zooming down the slopes at incredible speed, still maintaining the style as I had thwenty years earlier.

Toni was flabberghasted, he was speechless.
We had great fun and I must say, this was one of my best times I spent in Austria.

Some pictures from those days :






















Those days remain unforgettable.

When I came across a posting in a blog read recently, the old memories came back. Gottwald Felix, one of Austria 's top Skiers will accompany a group of selected to the Salzburg Alps in March.

It brought back a nostalgic feeling,  not experienced when roaming about in China, Tibet, Thailand and other places of the world.

Lets hope that I stand a chance against the other contenders !

Whatever, whichever, we shall remember the days when Toni and myself roamed the Salzburgian mountains near the 'Sound of music' world.

















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(More about Toni in the next episodes)

Till then,

bye all

Heinz





Saturday, January 15, 2011

past : Encounter at dusk

Encounter at dusk, Odienne forest, border Guinea


The Renault truck was loaded to the brink, with no room left to spare. 30 tons of merchandise - consisting of packaging materials and other goods had crossed from Gonokrom, Ghana towards Ivory Coast, Agnibilekrou . On the first night they slept at the border, in order to complete formalities transit documents, a cumbersome affair.


They had made friends with the border customs officials in order to facilitate the process faster. The wife of the customs head at the border point invited them to dinner, consisting of Fufu (mortar pounded Manioc, plantains and yams), and a delicious peanut butter stew.


The days that followed were in stark contrast to this. The vehicle transiting Ivory Coast from the north to the south, just 150 km before Abidjan, and then turning right towards Yamoussoukro. It took 3 days before Yamoussoukro was reached, and heavy rain poured down on them in the center of the metropolis built by Houphouet Boigny, former president of the West African State.
They slept the night in their vehicle, the crew of 4 and the woman in charge of the goods. It was cramped, uncomfortable, and sticky hot, but they had managed all through out their journey the conditions were similar.


An attempt to inform their whereabouts was futile, as no telephone line was available to contact me who was waiting for news.


Next morning the truck moved north towards the regional capital of Odienne , and the driver took the decision to cross the rainforest into Guinea, without knowing the road and its condition.


Being on African roads is a danger in itself, with vehicles parked in broken down condition during nightfall, blocking roads, without a warning triangle as the norm. Many people lose their lives this way, from passenger cars ploughing into those trucks on the road. Thousands of people die as a result but nothing is being done to alter the situation. No government since 50 years has ever been able to control this number one cause of road accidents.

The road through the forest is unpaved, a stretch of 50 miles of green, impenetrable jungle awaits them, only cut by a narrow, laterite road that serves as the main route to the border with Guinea. So narrow is the path that no two vehicles would be able to pass each other would they meet. On some areas the road is wider, and this would be the only way to allow two trucks to pass side by side, leaving only inches of room.


The truck could not move at more than 10-15 mph due to the bad condition of the road. In the afternoon the torrents pour more water on them, the jungle becoming a morass.


Visibility was reduced to a few meters. The driver doing his best to control the situation, he was aware of the many dangers that lurk in this thick, green hell. They must make it to the border post. Rain still gushing down on them, he was crossing a creek overflowing its embankments.

Floods, dark red painted by soil of the rainforest, the driver could not see the huge rock that was laying in the middle of the torrent, covered by the floods. All he feels is a heavy jolt on his truck, he forces the car to move out from the creek to stop on the other side in order to inspecting his vehicle. He had unwittingly damaged his radiator whilst running over a big bolder of rock hardly noticeable because of low visibility and the dark brown floods.


Desperation overcomes them when they see the damage. No way could they continue till the water tank had been repaired. They decide to stay over the night and remove the tank the following morning.


It was late afternoon close by the time they had crossed the flooded creek. Tropical rains happen to be a regular menace to drivers and as fast as they come they will go. At 6 PM all was over and the forest was getting dark, quickly.


They prepared for the night in their cramped vehicle once again, only this time in the middle of the jungle, and without knowing their exact location.


After the rain the canopy over them turned into a lively neighborhood with green monkeys jumping from branch to branch, amidst loud screams they were protesting the human presence below them.


Night fell and the jungle voices rising, myriads of mosquitoes descending on them. Windows could not be closed completely unless they would suffocate, so they fell prey to the blood sucking insects. It was real hell, no food except some bread with them. A negligence, as they realized at that moment.


The night creeping endlessly, with the occupants feeling prisoners in their tiny cabin which had two bunks infested with another insect, fleas. In addition to their already dreadful condition, the fleas attacking them in the bunks and menacing them.


When daylight comes they are relieved, move out from their vehicle and disappear in the bushes behind. The creek is now at its normal level and the rock can be seen clearly. Nobody will move it except by nature's force. After a meager breakfast of a few chunks of 'tea' bread, water from the creek, the driver and mate remove the radiator, a task of two hours. It is near 10 AM when they depart back to where they came from, carrying the heavy tank on the drivers head, the African way.

No one knows how long it would take them to return. A pathetic thought in the middle of nowhere, only a breakdown in the desert could be of similar magnitude. So they wave goodbye and pray to return safely.

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The day passes slowly, the jungle steaming with the day heat, the sun now over the canopy they melt in this near 100 % humidity environment. They watch the monkeys over their heads, and pass the time with telling their own problems to each other.


The owner of the vehicle was a laborer in London, UK and saved up in many years to be able to acquire this truck, enabling him to make a living back home. Many tales are told on this day, for there was no other means to beat the time.


They wonder where their companions may have reached, their hopes are dim, knowing the condition of the road.


Afternoon brings again the daily rain. Everyone is waiting for the storm to finish before preparing for the night once again. A bucket of water is carried for the only lady, to the rear of the cabin in order to take her shower. She has no choice and uses her African printed cloth to wrap it around her big bosom and cover herself from the view of the others. Sitting on the back on the top of the spare tire, she manages to take a shower.
The water is fresh and invigorates her after the hot day. Proceeding with lotioning her body, using a perfumed body lotion to smoothen her skin, she suddenly hears a growling sound from the side of the road behind her.


She calls the attention of the vehicle's owner and points to the shadow that moves slowly towards her. As dusk has set in she is unable to see clear, yet she notices the abnormal size of the shadow coming towards her. She tshouts to Paul in the front to look at a 'large dog'. When the remaining mate sees it he is shocked and calls in a quiet voice, she should move into the cabin, as this was in fact a lion.

Her Adrenalin rising in a flash, her 240 pounds of flesh moved as fast as in no time before. She jumps to the cabin like a 14 year old schoolgirl, slamming the door behind them. They see the Forest Leopard standing behind, whacking his tail nervously, confused, with a deep growl. 

 At this moment no one could figure out, why the Leopard did not attack, our believe is the the strange scent of perfume, was an unknown odor to him, and this saves the life of the woman. They see him and hear him clearly, a few meters away from the vehicle, expressing his annoyance with a deep growl,  its spotted skin  visible in the now dark surrounding.

They had crossed the path of a Forest Leopard, and escaped his attack by a margin. The margin was the body lotion that sent the Leopard into confusion. God was on their side. The Leopard still standing, and growls more time in a deep, catlike outburst of dissatisfaction, till he finally disappears back into the jungle.






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Thursday, January 6, 2011

Past the New Year

Hi folks, we 're at it again. Festivities behind us, sumptuous dinners, brunches, lunches. No more Mistletoe, 'Away in a manger', Silent Night', etc. Till ending of this year. All very cool, still - it has turned all too commercial - in my opinion.



23rd we were invited to a wedding of close to a thousand invited and another hundreds of uninvited guests, all set in the garden of a local 5 Star Hotel. Cost per head was a cool 100 $ for food, not including the Dom Perignon flowing in hundreds of liters (and bottles).

All in all, the money spent on the dnner alone was near to 200000 $. Sure, one would say, that's not a lot comparing it to Donald Trumps wedding.

In a country, where average incomes hover near the the 100 Bucks a month mark, some would say, this sounds extravagant.

The bride looked lovely, the groom very handsome, and both looked relaxed when they marched down the aisle. We wish you Y. and  Y. all the best for your future.

Sometimes, things go wrong on a Notebook, or PC for that matter.

I bought a new NB as a gift for a friend of ours. When configuring my old NB, I realized there was a bug that had affected my OS and I needed to revamp my system.

Backup, format, reinstalling, restoring took some time. It was frustrating, inspite of all backups one can possibly imagine, like Macrium reflect, Titan, Genie, WD backup 1 TB disc, and Windows Backup.

Best solution in my opinion : Windows Transfer File Program. I found it the best to use.
It gave me no headache to reinstal my mailaccounts, restoring my Documents, my settings.

All others work, but if you want to restore to a Windows based system, I recommend Windows File Transfer App. It does the job well enough.

Have you ever experimented with a RAM disk (for those with enough RAM at least 2GB should be good, and if you have DDR3 MEM you are set for some surprises.

Put all my Internet Temp folder on RAM disk, and pages are loading in a flash.

So, leave a comment if you need some advice of how to install your own RAM disk.

Till next time, wish you all well and Happy New Year 2011,

yours

Heinz