Iceland: Camping Card Locations

Note: The CampingCard locations for 2018 are here.

For our Iceland trip in Summer we had decided to go camping and purchase the camping card. The camping card offers a large number of possibilities across whole Iceland for a reasonable price. Since Iceland is comparably expensive, this might be a real consideration for most of travellers that want to go camping.

Although the page offers a good overview of all camping places, I wanted to have them offline on my mobile phone. Thus I wrote a small python script to extract the data form the website and extract it as GPX track, that I could easily import into OsmAnd (the app I use for navigation and maps)


The GPX files and the Python-Script I created to generate the files are hosted on GitHub. Checkout the 2017 release or go to the GPX file directly.

Rotterdam: Poffertjessalon Seth

Poffertjes!

Poffertjes!

Poffertjes are small pancakes and a Dutch speciality. Traditionally serverd with a piece of butter on top and covered in sugar. They are filling enough to count as a full meal.


If you are around the market place, then you should probably step by the Poffertjessalon Seth. It's located in Hoogstraat 177 and serves delicious little Dutch pancakes.

You can even watch the bakery man make them.

Poffertjes about to be served

A must-go if you are around the market place!

Rotterdam: Mini World

In the coming days, some Blog posts about Rotterdam are to be expected ๐Ÿ™‚


Rotterdam - Mini World

I start with Rotterdam Mini World.

In Mini World every minute is like an hour in real time. After 24 minutes you have lived through a whole day.

In the evening (Mini World time) the lights get dimmed and at night switched off. Now all the little mini lights in the city go on, trains and cars are driving with lights and the docks get illuminated.

Miniworld at night. All the little lights go on, the whole city is illuminated

24 minutes, 24 hours. Amaizing insights into a beautiful world. It's worth a trip there!
Address: Weena 745, Rotterdam.

Have fun! ๐Ÿ™‚


I've uploaded more of the pictures into my Rotterdam Web album.

Antarctica

Clear recommendation for everyone who is interested in remote countries and an amazing insight into places, almost untouched by humans: Antarktis: Die Reise der Pinguine (German and French).

SeaWorld Orlando Anarctica: Empire of the Penguin. [Wikipedia Commons]
Film maker Luc Jacquet, nature photographer Vincent Munier (unfortunetely only Flash content) and underwater photographer and sea biologist Laurent Ballesta issued within the "Antarctica!" Project from Wild-Touch Expeditions for two months to Antarctica.
Astonishing pictures and view.

Links

33C3 - Day 2

Good morning Hamburg! It's 10:00 in the morning an I am walking through the Apothekergarten towards the Congress Center. It's quiet on the streets.
In this moment I realize, that it's the time after Christmas. It's winter. It's the time of the year, where a lot of people took holidays to recover from the year, to reflect about all the things that have happened and that are going on. It's a time of peace.

Apothekergarten with the Frank-Hertz tower

Be excellent to each other!

I'm here at the 33C3 - The 33rd Chaos Communication Congress. It's awesome! ๐Ÿ™‚

People here are very friendly. Due to general "Verpeiltheit" I've forgotten my Lenovo power supply unit. Also the nearby Saturn has none of those on stock (that's a shame! You have a Lenovo section but such crucial elements not on stock?!?)
Fortunately, since it's quite common I always find a way to charge it - From a huge power back with a lot of special adapters to some friendly people who borrow me their supply.
Lesson learned: If possible, always prefer a device that is quite common, so you can borrow equipment to and from other people.

 

There are still a lot of things going on. Stay tuned and remember: Be excellent to each other ๐Ÿ™‚

Greetings from 33C3!

Greetings from the 33C3 from Hamurg! Here you get a Screenshot of the current internet conditions here. Awesome!

Internet on the Congress

Currently there are a lot of things to discover, and many interesting talks to attend, so I'm quite busy right now.

Will try to give some updates while I'm here, still too excited.

This year I couldn't participate in the CERT, since there are already too many people. Well, at least I feel safe here ๐Ÿ™‚

Garmin eTrex 30x and OpenStreetMap

I recently bough a Garmin eTrex 30x in preparation of a bigger adventure happening next year ๐Ÿ™‚

I choose the eTrex 30x because it was an affordable, outdoor-proof, quite robust and long-lasting GPS device for outdoor Trekking. I need a device that has some hours runtime to be able to follow and record tracks.
And I wanted a device with a significant amount of storage, where I can put OSM (OpenStreetMap) maps on.

The procedure is documented sufficiently insufficiently, but fortunately there are enough informations available, so that you can put the steps together. I try to write here down, what I have done to bring multiple recent OpenStreetMap-maps to your device.

This post is based mostly on the OSM Wiki page for Garmin [1]

Put multiple OSM maps on your Garmin eTrex 30x

First you need a new SD-Card, where the maps will be located. I prefer to write directly to the SD-Card, but you can go as well through the USB-Mass Storage configured Garmin. Your choice ๐Ÿ™‚

FAT32 formatted SD-Card works pretty well for me. I have not tested any other filesystem and since most of the pre-build OSM Maps are blow 4 GB, this should be fine. Yes, it's an outdated, crappy filesystem, but it does the job.

Download the prebuild-Garmin image files from [here]. You may have to look a bit around, but in the end you will find what you need.

Store the extracted gmapsupp.img files in the folder "Garmin" on the SD-Card. You may need to create this folder, if it does not exists yet.

To store multiple cards on the SD-Card just rename them, but keep the .img ending. Keeping the ending is an assumption by myself, I have not tried it out, but would not recommend removing it in order to prevent confusions.

References

[1] OSM Maps on Garmin - OSM Wiki

Malmรธ

*sigh*. Another blog post, that became a Zombie. I started writing it while I've been in Malmรธ, but then I forgot about it.
But since I really likes Sweden, I don't want this to be forgotten. So here we go, with some delay ๐Ÿ™‚

Malmรธ

This were two very relaxing days. In comparison to the bustling Stockholm-trip, Malmรธ was really calm. I've been there only fore 1 and half days and took the chance to have a closer look at the maestoso ร˜resund-Bridge (hopefully the encoding doesn't mess up with the Swedish ร˜).

Oeresund-BridgeThis is really a impressive building - A major part of critical infrastructure, connecting two countries to each other. No doubt, without this awesome bridge, the connection between Denmark and Sweden, and also the countries in their vicinity would be different. A part of technology, that brings people together. I want to post a quote of Civilization Beyond earth at this point

 

Instruct the children not to dream of toys or sweets. Instruct them to dream of infrastructure.
Vadim Kozlov, "Axioms from the Minutes of the Central Directorate"

I am convinced, this place can be nice and relaxing in summer. Unfortunately at this time it was too cold to go swimming - and the place was like extinct. My fault - I mean, who goes to a nice beach when the temperatures are still below 10 degrees? Or at least, without bringing a wetsuit ๐Ÿ™‚

Oeresund-Bridge-Sea
ร˜resund-Bridge, view from the shoreline

Stockholm

Seagull-Shows-How-is-the-boss
To the glory!! ... Of the seagull on my head ...

Ufffff.

Stockholm was great. BIG!! COOL!!! I have been there for two days and was quite busy at travelling around and visiting the most attractive places. Opinion: Very cool city! And quite expensive ...

Two days are not much, for such a huge city. Stockholm is build on several islands and the surrounding areas. Like in Vรคxjรถ my impression is that the people here care about the environment and life in harmony with the surrounding nature. It's clean, people throw their stuff in trash cans and I've never seen so much ducks in my whole life ๐Ÿ™‚

Nobel Museum

One of the most inspiring parts was the Nobel Museum - And a must go. I know that I have a quite strong philanthropic vein, and such places where the greatest achievements of humanity are honoured are therefore certainly a magnet for me.
It was nice. There's a room, with pictures of Nobel-Price-Winners that should sketch their work on a piece of paper. From a huge collection of formulae to a simple message to a funny statement, each laureate had his own way of expressing his work. ot's called Sketches of Science and was done by the photographer Volker Steger. And for sure, the physicists are the childish ones ๐Ÿ˜‰

SketchesOfScience
Leon Max Lederman, Nobel Price in Physics 1988, "for the neutrino beam method and the demonstration of the doublet structure of the leptons through the discovery of the muon neutrino"

The Sketches of Science Artbook can be downloaded on this page, but for sure, a visit in the Nobel museum is it worth!

I am Physicist. Apart from my passion to nature and finding out how things work I have a great passion towards humanitarian aid and work - and therefore I appreciate the Nobel prize for peace. It is the only price, that is nominated by a Norwegian committee, that is nominated by the Norwegian government. And it is every year also one of the most discussed prizes ever.
The Red Cross got the prize three times: 1917, 1944 and 1963.

RedCross-NobelPrice
Three times winner of the Nobel Prize for peace: The Red Cross (1917, 1944, 1963)

Aquarium

Yes, I've been in the Aquarium too.

My intentions to go swimming were abruptly distorted by the leakage of motivation due to the snowfall in the last days.

Garden Coffee

This was nice! I've been in a Cafe, that is a gardening place. You can sit in a Greenhouse, have a coffee or buy plants ๐Ÿ™‚

If I'm ever tired of Science, I'm considering opening such a place too. I really like the idea. And here it is:

... and more ....

Thanks to a friend I've also been to Stadsmission near Stortorget (right in front of the Noble Museum), where the "best Shrimp-Breads of the town are located" - Thanks Irmi! Totally worth it ๐Ÿ™‚

I've been at the Vasa museum, the Nordisk Museum, was in the Science-Fiction-Bookstore, watched a fire-show, had delicious waffles with Nutella, ...

In a nutshell: Stockholm was great. A huge city with lots of possibilities and beautiful places to discover. I had a nice evening in an Irish Pub and look now back in despair. Stockholm, you will see me certainly again!

Stockholm-Sealine

Greetings, Phoenix ๐Ÿ™‚