two weeks back “home”

November 2013 I returned back to Switzerland from 11 month in my californian paradise. Since the first day back I’m missin these times there, the people, the campus, the fishing, the freedom and all the experiences I made there. From time to time I felt really bad and just wanted to go back so bad. Of course that wasn’t possible at the moment, I had to work and got back to a normal, kinda boring life. The winter here was cold and dark what didn’t make it easier for me to accept being back. Actually the summer arrived even in Switzerland what makes it more comfortable for me to find back to a life in switzerland.

But I still miss my californian dream and think back every single day…

So since I’m back at work and make my own money I decided it’s time to take a break after six months of work. I had to go back to San Diego, that was clear! Finally, one morning around the end of may I found myself at the airport in Zurich and shortly after I was up in the sky direction California. Arriving at the airport in SD I felt like coming home. I just felt happy to be there!

There I met some good friends I know from last year who picked me up at the airport and an hour later we were already doing BBQ. The next days I spent with Marco, a swiss guy who just finished his academic year, like I did last year. After a quick visit on campus and in the EF school we started our trip driving directly up to San Francisco. There we stayed two days before driving down along the west coast on Highway Nr. 1, my favorite route so far.

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Every day we drove a few hours down, always on the look for the next outlet mall. Marco just couldn’t get enough of the shopping there. Day for day we were enjoying the beauty of the west coast and looking for something new to wear. We ended up staying in San Francisco – Monterey – Santa Barbara – Long Beach and some shopping malls on the route.

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Due to some exams Marco had to be back in San Diego the second week. After some negotiating we were even allowed to stay on campus for the rest of the week. Best thing that could happen to me! Even if the campus accommodation isn’t the best I really missed to live there. To stay there another week made this vacation even better. I spent the week meeting old friends, relaxing and enjoying the campus life. Of course I was fishing too, more about how this went in the next post.

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After two intensive weeks it was already time for me to leave again. At least Marco had to go back too and so we both hadn’t to fly alone.

I just can say that I enjoyed California once again and surely it won’t be the last time I was there. It has to be the positive californian vibes that caught me and now won’t let me go again. I felt happy through these two weeks and appreciate every single day I spent there. A big thanks to all my friends that were still there and made so much for me. I also gotta thank EF for letting me stay on campus! The biggest thanks goes out to my parents that have to endure my bad moods just because I miss California and still support me!

California Love!

More pictures of this trip can you find on my facebook or flickr page. The links you find on top.

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thank you California!

time to say goodbye…

after over 10 months in beautiful California I had to say definitely goodbye this monday. A really strange feeling for me to leave what I called my home for almost a whole year and where I felt happy every single day just for being there.

Monday early in the morning I flew from San Diego to Philadelphia where the plan was to change the plane and continue directly to Zurich, Switzerland. But US Airways, my plane company for this trip, delayed the flight to times for about an hour before they cancelled the flight completely. After I made my way through a group of upset and confused swiss travelers the guys at the information finally rebooked my flight over London to Zurich. So I waited again over two hours for the plane to London but after waiting another hour IN the plane everybody had to go out again because the staff was not able to close one of the plane’s doors. This costed another two hours waiting in front of the gate till they reloaded the new plane. Because it was already after 11pm no more shops were open to buy any food or drinks but US Airways didn’t help us with this in any way. We all waited for such a long time without any offers from US Airways such as a bottle of water or some snacks. Great service! Somewhen after midnight the flight to London finally took off and after a short and hectic stay at Heathrow I was already flying to Zurich. There I landed Tuesday evening instead in the morning as planned. Thanks again US Airways.

I was shocked by the cold weather here in switzerland after almost 11 months sunshine. I really miss the sun and the warmth and the whole californian feeling soo bad. It is kind of hard for me to come back to the normal life but I will try my best to do something good. I want to work to make some money and then travel again to visit the friends I made all over the world.

I can say I had the time of my life and that I learned a lot, not just english but a lot of lessons for life. I met beautiful (on the inside and/or outside) people which who I spent awesome moments for which I am more than thankful!

A gigantic Thank You to all these people and to California itself for being such a nice and beautiful place!

The following pictures reflect some moments from the past months…

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first time at the beach

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visit the Grand Canyon, first and only time I saw snow

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my first californian BASS!

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Barret Reservoir Opening

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first time in Mexico

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first time at Venice Beach <3 one love <3

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one week roadtrip with good people! thank you guys!

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introducing friends to fishing

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Wiz Khalifa Concert

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finally a bigger BASS!

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from time to time I had to say goodbye to nice people :(

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3 weeks in Hawaii

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my new friend :)

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Halloween

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just in time! double digit bass and new PB!

…and then was already time to say goodbye :(

Thanks again to everybody that was with me on this trip! Memories for life…

A big thanks also to all my readers of this blog here! I will do my best to keep this blog alive till my next bigger adventure. I will try to present some swiss fish, which I have to catch first :P, and other stories about my life here!

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mr. bassthumb

californian bass dream!

Since this is my second last week before my flight back to switzerland I’m still trying to catch some good fish.

Yesterday, Thursday, I drove up to Lake Morena, the lake where I caught my biggest bass so far. After arriving early in the morning I started fishing my favorite spot which have brought me some good fish in the past. This time it looked like empty so I moved on along the shore. After a few hours without any contact on several lures as Spinnerbaits, Cranks, T-rigs and others I returned to my car, changed poles and continued fishing.

I have to add that Morena’s actual water level is much lower than during my last trips there, a lot of cover is outside the water which doesn’t make fishing easier. Also the rangers told me several times that bass fishing is low actually.

I started throwing a Jig in the hope find a fish somewhere deep in the cover. As i already thought about changing my lure I felt something a really fine hit. I didn’t really except a bite but I did a hookset as usual. Immediately I felt resistance and took up pulling line, a moment later a huge basshead broke the surface, just to disappear again in the shallow water. My first and only thought was: “10 pounds!!!” The fish tried to hide in deeper water or some cover but I was able to hold it back and a few moments later I could grab this monster fish on its lip. “No fckin way, I must be dreaming” but I wasn’t and so i found myself somewhere in the middle of nowhere with my biggest bass ever in the hand.

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As you can see on my face this Mama was way heavier than any bass I’ve caught before. Unfortunately there was nobody around to take some pictures and I didn’t want to stress the beauty too much so I took some pictures by myself and let her go after the quick shooting. Good thing was that I have a fisheye-lense on my camera which helped to bring the whole fish on picture.

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The moment she swam away from my hand, back into deeper water I felt honored to be able catching a fish like this. My hands were shaking for the next hour and my feelings were indescribable. Happiness all over! Thank you Bassgod, thank you Lake Morena, thank you California!

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The rest of the day I didn’t get anymore bites or other fish contacts but I didn’t even care…

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The night I spent in a cabine on the camping there so I could start today from the opening on. Around noon I had to go back to school without any fish contact again. But instead of worrying about this I was still smiling from last days catch.

Now I’m hoping even more to get some more time on/at the californian waters in the coming week!

thanks for reading&stay tuned for more!

Peace!

the beauty of O’ahu

After my first few days here in Honolulu I was disappointed, the city is full of tourists and like other big cities. Not really the peaceful natural place I excepted. Today I went with EF Honolulu, my school, to the north shore. I was impressed by the beauty of the nature there and for the first time happy about my change! We visited several beaches and view points, just amazing! Here some impressions of todays trip…

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Unfortunately I can’t rent a car here on Hawaii because of the age limit of 21 years. So it isn’t that easy for me to get back at these places. I also discovered several good fishing spots so I really need to go back there. I will try my best!

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Peace!

landed in Hawaii

Yesterday noon I arrived in Hawaii where I will spend my last 6 weeks of my language-learning trip before flying back to San Diego and from there to Switzerland.

I live in the Student Resident in Honolulu and go to EF Honolulu which is right over the street from my room.

I’m sure I will have a good and relaxing time and hope to get on the water to catch some Peacock and other Bass!

Today I took a walk along Waikiki Beach to discover my new environment. Here some impressions…

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view from my balcony

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already found some fish in the sea

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Tomorrow is my first day of school here. Wish me luck :D

thanks for reading&stay tuned for more action from hawaii!

Peace!