Monday, May 22, 2006

Yosemite National Park

on saturday we went to yosemite national park. this park consists of a beautiful valley. the vally is about 200 to 250 miles away from san jose. driving time was about 4 to 5 hours (for one direction). therefore we rented a car. on the left picture you can see the rental car, a toyota camry.

the five of us that went to yosemite taking a break.

finally arriving at yosemite. we had to wait 20 to 30 minutes to get in the park. there were two lanes and everybody had to pay a fee. fortunately sebastian already had a pass.

at the height of about 2000m we entered the valley. in the back one can see a waterfall, but this is not the largest one.

it's really beautifull there.

huge rocks and steep walls characterise the valley.

in the back one can see the 800m high waterfall. in the summer this waterfall disappears because of the lack of water. at the position this picture was taken there were millions of mosquitos. i was already biten five times.

at the park itself we went on one of the trails hiking. we wanted to go to the mirror lake and take some pictures. what we didn't know was that the trail was partly flooded. in this picture we had no idea what lay before us.

this is one end of the mirror lake.

this is one example how the trail looked like. everything was flooded. so we climbed over rocks and through the underbrush to the side of the trail to reach the other side.

an example how this looked like.

we went by the mirror lake. though we didn't know it we had already passed it. so we went the full round trail through a small valley of this river.

this is the half dome. i think it is the highest mountain there. there were even some rock climbers on the steep wall!

finally we reached the other side of mirror lake and there we found the information for the tourists we were looking all day long.

at the end of our trip we visited the large waterfall. one can go directly to the place the waterfall comes down.

directly below the waterfall.

of course these were not all pictures we took. we got lots of them at and on

the landscape there is really nice! always worth a visit even though its 4 to 5 hours away.

Monday, May 15, 2006

tennis and barbacue

hi folks,

usually i write the posts on sunday evening but this time it comes a little bit later. i just couldn't write it in the middle of the night because i didn't feel like it. that has to do with the cold i have caught. that troubled me the whole weekend and will continue to do so for some more days, i think. now you are probably do you get a cold with temperatures of 20 - 30 degree celsius and no rain? i am simply not used to air conditioning. we have an air condidtioning system at work. and i believe that it is set to be pretty cold. but thats not good when you get outside and there are some 30 degrees. then somehow you can catch a cold easily.
does anybody know how to prevent against this? but i can't turn off the air conditioning and i can't lower the temperatures outside. the differences will even be greater in the summer. speaking of temperatures. in the last few days they have risen to almost 30 degree celsius with sunshine all day long. even in the nights 15 - 20 degrees. no rain.
nonetheless i played some tennis with some friends. over here there are public tennis courts and one can use them for free! even in the night one can play because the courts are equipped with lights.
yesterday evening we had a barbacue at a friends house and watched the icehockey game the san jose sharks agains the edmonton oilers. there are the playoffs right now and the sharks started very good. but yesterday they lost again against edmonton. it is some semifinal and they play best out of seven games. that mean whoever wins four games advances to the next round. the other one is out. unfortunately edmonton leads with 3 to 2 games. so they just need to win the next game. too bad, because the sharks won the first two games.
icehockey is pretty big over here. in san jose there is an arena...the hp arena where they can play but for the playoffs you won't get any ticket. they are sold in an instance.
in june there is supposed to be a car race in san jose downtown, like the formula one in monaco. but i don't know which kind of cars will drive there.
so thats it for now...i have to go to work.

have a nice week!!

Sunday, May 07, 2006

seventh entry

so this is the seventh entry. that means that almost as much weeks have gone by since i arrived. time is moving fast. but probably you all know that.
last week was kind of normal again. the only exceptional event that happened was a health checkup at our cafeteria. everybody could go there and let their blood test on cholesterol and glucose values. other things measured were the body fat and the bloodpressure. additionally everybody could get a massage for maybe 5-10 mins there. i'm not going to disclose any values here...everybody that needs to know knows already :)

so half of the work day was spend on this event. in other words, i didn't work that day too much ;)
today some of the volleyball team i'm playing on wednesdays went to santa cruz again. it took us one and a half hour to get there. the distance is about 25 miles. the road was jammed by traffic. it seemed that whole san jose wanted to go on the boardwalk and to the beach. finally we made it and had some fun on the beach playing beach volleyball. i don't think there are any pictures. the sand there was so hot that i eventually got a blister on the left foot. i never had this before so i can barely walk now. i hope it goes away as fast as it appeared. but i didn't get any sunburn unlike some other people that were pretty red in their faces.

so what is going to happen next week?
on friday we ordered cable tv. and tomorrow the cable guy is supposed to show up. that mean we have to work half a day from home. so at last we will have cable tv at our apartment. the tv itself we already bought some days ago.

maybe i will step up the rate of posting blog entries. but i can't promise anything.