North America

When the dead come for a visit ~ Dia de los Muertos

Oddly but truly the day when the dead return for a visit: Dia de los Muertos. Last Saturday I wanted to take pictures of the Procession through Mission District, San Francisco. Packing my bag I thought about light ratio, lenses, filters and charged batteries. When I arrived at 24th and Mission, I admired a huge…

Things to do ~ Dia de los Muertos

Dia de los muertos in San Francisco

Skulls with flowered eye holes, dancing skeletons and a bridal pair with grimaces from the grave in tune with Aztec music.  Half skull, half living face, a lady in a large crimson dress with white flowers  and a group of stovepipe-hatted white faces framed by large beards. Laughing. Dancing. The whimsical crowd moved slowly down…

Kite spot California: Waddell Creek Beach

Crisp waves, high as a tall man, roll to the broad beach. The steady North-West wind make Waddell Creek Beach one of the best spots for kiteboarding and wind surfing. It’s clearly not a spot for newbies. It’s the one great spot for pros between San Francisco and Santa Cruz. When the wind picks up around…

Native America for beginners – Alcatraz

Graffiti on Alcatraz water tower from occupation

The seagulls sound like hundreds of barking Chihuahuas. In the distance the wind haunts through the skeleton of the Model Industries Building and gently pulls a bell. ‘Uh… what in particular are you interested in?’, the park ranger looks confused, hesitant. Guess, the common questions here are about prison escape attempts and Al Capone. I’m…

Native America for beginners – Pow-Wow

The grass tickled dry under my feet. There was drumming in the hot air and loud singing, swelling on and off, rhythmic, sometimes yelling. It seemed to come from another time. Spectators were sitting under the merciless sun around a wide, roped in circle. All dancers entered the round, meadow stage for Grand Entry and…

Kite spot California: Alameda Beach

Time to explore the Californian Kite spots! The first one is a beginner friendly location in the San Francisco Bay: Alameda Beach, officially known as Robert W. Crown Memorial State Beach. A long sandy beach, shallow waves and the San Francisco Skyline on the horizon: it is a great spot. Not only for kite surfers though.…

Things to do: Barefoot running… seriously ?

Reading ‘Born to run’ from Christopher MacDougall sparked the strong desire in me to run 100 miles, barefoot, through scrub land. The further I read, the more I could see myself running through desert, forest, farmland, with bare feet and only a tiny water bottle in my hand. Unfortunately at that point I made only 10…

Perfect spot for 4th of July Fireworks in New York

So, you’re in New York City on 4th of July? Congratulations! You’ve got the chance to see the biggest and most expensive fireworks in the US. Millions of dollars burning in the sky in nice colors and shapes. It’s an impressive spectacle, thousands of ‘AAhs’, ‘OOHs’ and ‘Wow, look at that’ will sound up and down…