We returned to Mallorca and my recovery is progressing well. I walk about 10,000 steps a day, but am not allowed to drive or lift anything heavy, so Sheila is busy supporting me. Next week I plan to add physiotherapy to my rehabilitation program. The weather has been mixed, but today we are enjoying brilliant sunshine and more than 20 degrees on our patio.


Sheila and I spent the last 10 days in Hamburg as I had to undergo some cancer surgery at the Martini Klinik here. It all went well, but I will take a few weeks to recover fully. For the anaesthesia I had to shave my beard, which is growing back nicely. From all we know, the stuff the surgeon took out is fortunately very unlikely to grow back.

The weather has been cold, grey and wet. Today it got quite windy. Both of us look forward to going back to Mallorca tomorrow to enjoy some sunshine.

Rain and sunshine

We have had a week of stormy and rainy weather here in Mallorca, but today the sun came back out. Sheila and I went for a long walk along along the beach and around the harbour, very enjoyable! Unfortunately, for tomorrow the forecast is for more rain, great for the water reservoirs that have risen by about 6 meters.

Mallorca on a windy day

Yesterday we celebrated Siegfried’s birthday, very nice. Over night the northerly wind picked up and now it is blowing a proper gale, with gusts that probably exceed 40 knots. We went to Cala Sant Vicenç to watch the waves crashing into shore, but it was difficult to stand in the wind.


We came to Mallorca a few days ago, with my parents and Ulrike. Andrea met us at the airport and today Jessica and her family joined us. Of course (almost) everyone had to go for a swim in the ocean. The weather is a bit cool and windy, but good enough to spend time on the beach and enjoy icecream in the evening.


We spent Wednesday afternoon in the warm water of the Blue Lagoon in the South of Iceland, wonderful! Then we flew to Munich yesterday and spent a nice evening in Garching. Today we are taking the train to Kaiserslautern. It is much warmer here than it was in Iceland.


We came into Iceland yesterday morning and spent a couple of hours walking around Reykjavik. Later we drove to Nesjavellier, where we are staying in a very nice hotel. In the afternoon we hiked around the area (8 km), which has a lot of hot water gushing out. There is a thermal plant there as well. The pool at the hotel is a pleasant 38 degrees, feels good after walking a lot.

Today we drove the Golden Circle and hiked in Thingvellier (8.5 km). Wonderful landscape, and the weather was nice and sunny for most of the day. We had to scrape the ice of the car windows this morning though, and the maximum temperature today was 6 degrees Celsius. Fortunately, we have winter clothing with us.

View towards our hotel in Nesjavellier
Hot water everywhere, but cold wind
Hiking in Thingvellier was great