Category Archives: Travel

“Women have their place in the world, but they do not belong in the Canyon of the Colorado.”

The Atavist Magazine: The Wild Ones. “People said that women had no place in the Grand Canyon and would likely die trying to run the Colorado River. In 1938, two female scientists set out to prove them wrong.”

“Not least among the journey’s many dangers, according to “experienced river men” who refused to give their names to the national newspapers covering the expedition, was the presence of women in the party. Only one woman had ever attempted the trip through the Grand Canyon. Her name was Bessie Hyde, and she’d vanished with her husband, Glen, on their honeymoon in 1928. Their boat was found empty. Their bodies were never recovered.

Unnamed sources told reporters that the two women in the crew were “one of the hazards, as they are ‘so much baggage’ and would probably need help in an emergency.” They were scientists—botanists, to be precise. “So they’re looking for flowers and Indian caves,” a river runner said. “Well, I don’t know about that, but I do know they’ll find a peck of trouble before they get through.”

In fact, Elzada Clover and Lois Jotter had come from Michigan with much hardier plants in mind. Tucked into side canyons, braving what Jotter called “barren and hellish” conditions, were tough, spiny things: species of cactus that no one had ever catalogued before. Clover and Jotter would become the first people to do so—if they survived.”

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Space Analogies

Alexander Gerst’s Horizon Blog: Cave Life for Space. “When you ignore some details, it is amazing how similar cave exploration is to going to space. After my experience with CAVES, I can say that, so far, this is the best analogue that I know for astronauts to mentally prepare for space.”

See also ESA: Caves 2019. (YouTube, 5:50min)

“In September 2019 in Slovenia, astronauts from five space agencies around the world took part in ESA’s CAVES training course – Cooperative Adventure for Valuing and Exercising human behaviour and performance Skills.

The six ‘cavenauts’ were ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst, NASA astronauts Joe Acaba and Jeanette Epps, Roscosmos cosmonaut Nikolai Chub, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Joshua Kutryk and Japan’s space agency JAXA’s Takuya Onishi.

The three-week course prepares astronauts to work effectively in multicultural teams in an environment where safety is critical.

As they explored the caves, they encountered caverns, underground lakes and strange microscopic life. They tested new technology and conducted science – much like life on the International Space Station.

Inhospitable and hard to access, caves are untouched worlds and hold many scientific secrets. The astronauts performed a dozen experiments and were on the lookout for signs of life that has adapted to the extremes. They paid special attention to their environment, monitoring air and water quality, and looking for signs of pollution.”

Kritik von Umweltverbänden reißt nicht ab

Deutsche Welle: Hamburg Cruise Days: Muss das sein? “Hamburg feiert die Kreuzfahrt – und wird hunderttausenden Besuchern ein wahres Spektakel bescheren. Umweltverbände kritisieren die Hamburg Cruise Days als falsches Signal in der Klimadebatte.”

“Umweltverbände kritisieren die Cruise Days seit Jahren. Malte Siegert, Leiter des Ressorts Natur- und Umweltpolitik beim NABU Hamburg, hält sie für eine “Spaßveranstaltung, die Hamburgs Luft unnötig belastet.” Im Gespräch mit der DW kritisiert er, dass die Veranstalter die Menschen nicht über die gesundheitlichen Risiken der Veranstaltung aufklären würden – obwohl sie sich derer bewusst seien. “Das ist ein Totalversagen von Politik und Verwaltung”, findet Siegert.”

Schwedens Sonneninsel

WDR Reisen: Gotland – Die Urlaubsinsel der Schweden. (YouTube, 1,5h)

“Einst ritt sie mit ihrem Pferd “Kleiner Onkel” durch das Stadttor von Visby: Pippi Langstrumpf alias Inger Nilsson. Für Wunderschön kam sie wieder nach Gotland, wo sie für die berühmten Filme vor rund 50 Jahren vor der Kamera stand. Die Lieblingsferieninsel der Schweden ist die sonnenreichste Region des Landes und bietet traumhafte Strände. Andrea Grießmann lernt “Wikinger-Schach”, besucht eine Schafzüchterin, schwimmt in der Blauen Lagune, einem ehemaligen Kalksteinbruch, und wandelt auf den Spuren des großen Filmemachers Ingmar Bergman auf Gotlands Nachbarinsel Fårö.”

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Im Film wird ein Saffranspannkaka serviert – muss ich auch mal backen.