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Zeche Zollverein

Zeche Zollverein has been photographed already a million times and yet I did it as well – it’s quite an amazing place …

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Well yes it is summer once again and while most of you are probably enjoying a nice vacation I‘m already back to normal for a week, melting away in front of the computer at work.
But hey I finally took the chance to see some more of Europe and got my dad’s big Mercedes to visit France. Our southern most point was Donostia or San Sebastian in the Spanish part of the Basque Country. The photos below are taken from „Urgull“, a hill formerly used as a strategic defence point, now giving tourists sight across the city and its beautiful beaches.

thesis on the run

While thinking of my thesis and what direction I could steer to I started writing down how many kilometers and hours I spent traveling in 2009. The numbers are really only based on my memories, Google Earth and other route planning software and do not represent an accurate result (Iran for example is surprisingly not included in Google Maps). The second point is that 2009 is not representative for myself nor for the average person, I assume at least.
Anyway the outcome surprised me of course. According to my calculation I traveled around 62,000 km last year – around 33,000 km of this in airplanes which equals around 50 hours of time, almost 12,500 km in busses which means about 140 hours and about 10,500 km in trains with about 160 hours time spent. The rest was spent in cars (~5,500 km / 60 hours), Moped (~120km / 3 hours) and on ferries (~450 km / 7 hours).

The result really doesn‘t tell me much about my topic and was yet another ‚time-consuming‘ activity but still it brought me back to a very essential question. Is travel necessary at all? Most of the distances I traveled were for personal and therefore rather egoistic reason. I can certainly say that it broadened my personal horizon, showed me many different places which were extremely different to what I have seen before, I met great people of which most don‘t have the possibility to travel as free and as much as I did and I have a huge amount of photos that I still haven‘t looked through completely (or properly). But why did I really decide to go through all this? It’s really not because I personally like spending time in travel busses :) .


HOME from martin de thurah on Vimeo.

IKEAs TV-spots have always been really good in my opinion. This one doesn‘t fit in with the older and rather funny ones but it’s still very well made.

Klick auf das Foto…

…und es wird groß. Oder auch nicht. Wer weiß?