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Monday, July 27, 2015

Vertanzt - Dance the night away in 196'360 steps

I spent the last four days at Vertanzt, a dance festival in the middle of Switzerland. Throughout the day different workshops were held and in the evenings live bands played late into the night.

This year's theme was Swing and so I got to try my feet at West Coast Swing, Collegiate Shag, Disco-Swing, Lindy Hop and Jive/Rock 'n Roll.
Next to Disco-Swing, which I had already danced before, I had the most fun with Collegiate Shag, somehow the strange leg movements just flowed easily :).

There were many great bands in the evening but I was most looking forward to see Katze Steffan und das L├╝genorkestar again, a band focusing on Balkan music which has an unbelievable drive. And the music is perfect for improvised dancing! The festival finally ended at 4 am on Monday morning, by which time my feet really needed a break ;).

This time I had my cellphone with an integrated step counter with me and it was interesting to see, that over the four days it counted 196'360 steps with which I supposedly covered 147.85 kilometers! Interestingly enough, out of the countless hours of dancing, only about 29 minutes registered as running, and most of that probably during the Shag workshop ;).

As last year I had a fantastic time at Vertanzt and would like to thank the organizers, all the musicians, the countless helpers and of course the other dancers!

I'll be back next year!

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Sunday, July 19, 2015

Geocaching in Mallorca

For our board-game week we returned to Mallorca, where we rented a nice house near Felanitx with a huge pool!

The highlights were our three (half-)days of Geocaching where we visited Lost Places and Secret Caves.

Our first foray brought us to the Monastery of San Salvador from where we had beautiful views of the surrounding countrysides.
Afterwards we hunted for Blackbeard's treasure, which led to a chase all the way to the coast and ended near stunning cliffs with salt deposits on top.

On our way back we stopped at El Palecete, a lost place with many interesting details.

On Thursday we headed to a second bigger Lost Place. La Ponderosa used to be a huge BBQ-restaurant with a lot of interesting wall decorations which are still intact.

We spent over an hour exploring the place and finally found the secret token of admission ;)

The best thing we saved up for our last day. Before the trip Team Breena was able to solve a difficult mystery and so we headed to the coordinates intrigued to see what we could discover. A small opening in the middle of a residential area, brought us into a breathtaking cave with a small underground lake!

This was definitely the coolest Cache we have seen on Mallorca so far!

Not yet tired we continued on to Punta de n'Amer, a peninsula which serves as a nature-sanctuary. There we found another 17 caches, one of which was located near an old castillo and another one in another small cave.

More pictures can be found in my webalbum.

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