Spring is coming!!! As i learned from Earth-sciences course that Germany, especially München is located in 48 degree North and 11 degree East. It means München has 4 seasons, and every 3 months, it always has certain season. The spring time is coming on 21st of March. In Earth-sciences course means that the Sun’s position toward the Earth is in the Equator (Vernal-equinox). It means the length of day and night are equal. And the maximum insolation (portion of Solar-radiation which reaches the Earth’s surface) is maximum in the Equator.
Why Spring is special for people in 4-seasons country ? It is good question! Well, based on personal experience, after 6-months of winter term (which means your day was shorter than night, lots of snow, etc) then you will have lots of sun-shine, fresh-air, longer day-light period, chance to go hiking or camping in open air, many restaurants or bier-garden will open in outdoor, etc.
I will share my Spring’s vacation here :
1. This Spring time, i have chance to visit my friend in Innsbruck, Austria. His name is Subali. He is a Catholic priest from Semarang Arc-diocesan (Keuskupan Agung Semarang). He was studying theology in Universität-Innsbruck. I was visiting him on a week before Easter (15-17 April 2011). Because München is not very far from Innsbruck, so i decided to take a car-sharing (mitfahrgelegenheit on German). It means that i will go from München to Innsbruck with other car’s owner who had same direction and let me to share her/his vehicle. As contribution, i had to pay certain money to the car’s owner. In this case, i paid 10 euros to travel from München to Innsbruck. Why i chose this method of travelling ? Simple answer : because of the cheap price! As comparation, you had to pay at least 39 euros by Deutsche-bahn (one way trip). It means almost 80 euros for the train round-way. But, using car-sharing, i only paid 10 euros one-way or 20 euros round-trip 🙂 Cheap, isn’t it? Here’s car-sharing website in Germany.
Innsbruck is a nice town, it is called Innsbruck because there is an Inn-river which crosses through this town. (Inn=Inn river, Brücke=Bridge). It is a small town, so you can travel whole town only in a day. The good news is Insbruck lying in the foot of Alpen Mountains, so you feel that you are surrounding by mountains. And it means good view for photography 🙂
Here are some pictures collection from Innsbruck :
And hear are spring moments in Innsbruck with colorful-garden :
2. Journey to Hottingerbild
On Saturday afternoon, Subali, Stanley, and me were hiking to Hottingerbild which was located in the Alpen’s valley. Hottingerbild is a famous spot because many people are hiking to this site, and near the examinations period, many students go there just to pray 🙂
From Innsbruck’s town center, we can reach Hottingerbild for 1.5 hour hiking. Here are some pictures from Hottingerbild :
3. Collegium Canisianum
Collegium Canisianum was a place where i spent 3 days of my self-retreat in Innsbruck. With the kindness of Father Subali, i was allowed to stay in this house. I even had experiences to feel the environment living in an abbey. I attended daily-mess on early Saturday, and had breakfast together. On Friday night, I helped Father Subali to prepare dinner for 8 of Catholic Fathers as part of group activity. Here are some of pictures of Collegium Canisianum and activity inside it :