Tuesday, April 28

back in office

I'm back in office, dizzy and dreaming of snow.

Anyway, I started processing pictures from the trip.
chill out

Sun, Snow and Wind, Kaunertal, Austria

going up

Edit: Three more:



Tuesday, April 21

In Kaunertal

I'm in Kaunertal. It is a small town in the middle of nowhere, 30 minutes by car from some nice slopes, on top of a permanent glacier, near Innsbruck, Austria.

We are staying at FeichtnerHof, a pretty impressive 4 star hotel, and the food is to die for.

Other impressions ... let's see:
The ski slopes are good, except their color coding is wrong: there is one black slope which should be red, a couple of blue ones that should be red also, and no slopes that should be black at all.

The snow started melting on the lower slopes, but each night it freezes again, each day it snows and the guys there take great care, so the upper slopes are good every morning.

I got mysself a pair of skis (atomics). The ones I had been using were crap (vibrating like crazy once I got any amount of speed to speak of).

The Alps are great to see, great to drive through and great to capture in pictures (I'll post some once I get home and make the time to process them).

My brother is a maniac behind the steering wheel (though luckily he seems to generally know what he's doing).

I haven't fallen yet on the skis and my favorite slope is the black one. I've had a few close calls though.

Weissbier (usually Edelweiss) is great to have at the restaurant on the slope, but it tends to rouin skiing afterwards).

Thursday, April 16


I don't usually laugh at "cute animal" movies but this takes the cake.

And now... at last - Sonya!!!!(slow loris) from Dmitry Sergeyev on Vimeo.

Sunday, April 12

Pancakes anyone?

From time to time, I do all kinds of things to get back in touch with my spirituality. Today I figured something out:

I am always in touch with my spirituality in various forms, but I only recognize this in certain specific forms.

Pancakes anyone?

Blind, blind.

Friday, April 10

Selling Bike for Peanuts

I'll be selling my bike these days. It's an orange 1996 Yamaha DragStar, at 400cc. Since I only have two weeks to get rid of it, it will go for peanuts.

Here are some (older) pictures:
Yamaha Dragstar XVS400 (2)

Yamaha DragStar XVS400

Yamaha Dragstar XVS400 (3)

My bike, at the third stop

my bike (3)

So ... if you have anyone who has a brother who has a neighbour who's cousin wants the bike, tell them to drop me a message, or leave a comment with some contact information.

dan.barbus resides at gmail.com.

Thursday, April 2


When you bow deeply to the universe, it bows back; when you call out the name of God, it echoes inside you.

The Art of Peace
Morihei Ueshiba, founder of Aikido.

Wednesday, April 1

Daniel Hannan MEP: The devalued Prime Minister of a devalued Government

I have nothing against the British Prime Minister. Still, this is an eloquent discourse/accusation with powerful arguments*.

The again, who am I kidding?

Yeah! Bring him to task!

M., thanks for the link. I hope it gets a wider distribution.

* - And the British accent thing is cool also.