Impressions of South Africa

Cumberland natural reserve.

Cumberland natural reserve.

I flew to South Africa on May 6th, 2016. This is my second time in the country. The first time was back in 2014, for a short visit in the area around Cape Town and Stellenbosch. I came for a conference and I stayed a few more days, for a walk in the Fynbos, some wine tasting, a cage-dive with white sharks, a hike up Table Mountain. This time I am in Pietermaritzburg, and I will stick around for a while longer: I got a research position for three years. Continue reading

Birthday on the rocks

I turned 27 on October 21st. At this point I should feel adult, yet sometimes I have the feeling I am becoming older without gaining in maturity. I wonder if it is just a feeling.

I celebrated a climbing birthday. After desiring it for a long time, I could finally go to the Bockmattli: on the Westwaendli route, with my friend Christopher.

Given the concurrence of this climb and my anniversary I would be tented to give in to cheap philosophy, starting babbling about climbing as a metaphore of life, etc. I will spare the raving and keep to describing the route, without dirtying its pure beauty with existential nonsense. Continue reading