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The last section of the Eisenach-Budapest long distance trail in Germany runs through the very popular „Sächsische Schweiz“ (Saxon Switzerland). This area, that is part of the Elbsandsteingebirge (Elbe Sandstone Mountains) is a hilly hiking and climbing area and also a national park around the valley of the river Elbe, south-east of Dresden, and bordering the Czech Republic. To be honest, I was quite torn apart between liking and loathing it. On the one hand, I was looking forward to some spectacular nature and landscape, but on the other hand I expected crowds of people. The Sächsische Schweiz is already…

Exams are over, all necessary paperwork is done … so basically the semester is over. The pandemic has thwarted all plans and put a lot in my life on hold. But, instead of complaining and in order to stay sane and happy, I decided to go out hiking. Hiking and nature heals and brings more light into those dark pandemic days. A hiking friend of mine always emphasizes that movement is medicine … and I cannot agree more. I am very miserable that I cannot hike with my boyfriend this summer and that love is not seen as essential travel.…