For those who did not know, there's a mountain range with peaks at just below 2000m in the north of Portugal. It is called 'Serra da Estrela' (the mountains of the stars) I crossed parts of the region by car during summer 2022 on my way to a Poker festival in Vigo on the Spanish side in Galicia.
Further down in this post, there is a series of aerial shots to be found. These were taken during a recent flight from Lisbon to a home game in Luxembourg.
After spending almost three months in Las Vegas during the late spring and early summer months of 2022, I spent the rest of summer in Portugal and Spain. I did not make my way back since then and I captured amazing light again when I did so in late January. An album is available further down in this post.
May, June, July? Not sure about when exactly but I'm planning to go back to Vegas for a few weeks this summer.
While the Nottingham stop is around the corner, THE FESTIVAL have already prepared their next gathering coming after that: Malta in May!
Sevilla is the spot where I got stuck when the pandemic hit Europe. It's actually one of the cities I love after visiting more than half a dozen times in total but I somehow did not make it back since then. Maybe it's time to break the spell. The first leg of CNP Season 11 will be played in beautiful Seville between 6th and 12th March.
Sure, there are all the great guided tours of Lisbon, the epic bar crawls the Portuguese capital has to offer, culinary explorations reminiscent of the country's rich colonial past, foodie tours by Segway, hop-on-hop-off city tours by boat or bus ... The Lisbon Bay is full of beautiful surprises, the food and life in general are good, while it all unfolds with 10 to 11 months of sunshine a year.
There is a new article of mine online on PokerFirma with loads of cool archive pics and an English text version is available below on this page.
Since it is built on a series of hills, Lisbon has numerous viewpoints to offer for great time outs. There is for instance a huge public park in the heart of Lisbon. It occupies an area of 26 hectares to the north of Avenida da Liberdade and Marquis of Pombal square. It is named after King Edward VII, King of the United Kingdom, of Great Britain, Ireland, and Emperor of India from 1901 until his death in 1910. After he visited the Portuguese capital in 1903 in an effort to strengthen relations between the two countries and reaffirm the Anglo-Portuguese aalliance. Up until this specific visit, the park was called 'Parque da Liberdade' (Liberty Park). The name would have made very little sense anyway under the Salazar dictatorship between 1933 and 1974. The park's current configuration and design date back to an intervention of Portuguese Modernist architect Francisco Keil do Amaral.
C/2022 E3 (ZTF) is an incredible object. It is described as a 'long period comet' originating from the Oort cloud, an icy debris field surrounding us in the far outer solar system.
It's up there right now, about to make its closest approach to Earth, faintly visible to the naked eye and clearly identifiable with good binoculars, a halfway decent telescope or a quality camera. Don't miss it! It won't be back in ... 50000 years.
Nazare, about 90 minutes driving north from Lisbon is a tiny coastal village world famous for the fact that it is home to the biggest surf waves in the world. When the right tide, swell and wind conditions meat - generally in winter with the powerful assist of the North-Atlantic storms - 30-m water monsters tower above 'Praia do Norte' (The North Beach).
Pics of my winter months in Bratislava are available in my photo archive. Late January comes with a Portuguese interlude and here are aerial photography shots of a recent flight between Vienna and Lisbon.
My latest intervention on PokerFirma is about one of the most amazing buildings in town. Here's another article about Resorts World Las Vegas - this time featuring a huge upcoming running event in February.
An English text version is available below.
A new set of photos is online featuring shots of the last weeks. I'm about to leave Bratislava for a while from next week. The Banco Masters is on this week and we'll provide updates via PokerFirma as usual in addition to Denis' & Dominik's coverage.
I'll be off to Nottingham's Dusk Till Dawn in a few weeks for another #allineverywhere mission in the name of PokerFirma and I am superbly welcomed by The Festival as one of their new image makers during this festival.
Thank you, Melvin, Karev, Franke and all those I am about to meet at THE FESTIVAL for your open ears! Thank you, Rosi, at POKERFIRMA for being Rosi!!
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The new year started with a bang in Ukraine - literally - unfortunately making our initiatives still very much necessary. UKRAINE IS CALLING is a worldwide fundraising campaign launched by Luxembourg-based nonprofit organisation LUkraine together with various partners.
Our goal is straight-forward: save human lives and help those who are doing so. Roughly 2500 rescue vehicles have been destroyed in Ukraine since the Russian invasion began and counts keep rising. This makes emergency responses to repeated and ongoing crisis situations very complicated.
We are raising 10 million Eur to buy 112 rescue vehicles for Ukraine.
Roughly one month to go!
After another stop in Bratislava last autumn, two recent festivals in Tallinn, The Festival are heading to the United Kingdom.
The first Festival in the U.K. will take place at the Dusk Till Dawn Poker Club in Nottingham from 13th – 19th February.
After a failed attempt to visit one of the Casino Austria Poker Tour (CAPT) stops in Baden near Vienna last November, I'm back at it with a plan to combine some Poker with snowboarding.
I fired up the snowboarding season in early January together with two Poker friends form Croatia and we made our way to the Slovak High Tatras.
There's a blog post about it HERE.
There's also a contribution in German on PokerFirma.
... and now I'm hooked again after a few years of skipping what is probably the sport I'm best at and I want more.
I've been skipping live Poker for almost a month since mid-December. After averaging at roughly 70 hours of Poker per month, I barely made it through what for sure has been my toughest year in terms of Poker results. I've played a lot in 2022 and I've lost heaps - a significant break was needed and some fresh air.
I'm not turning my back to Poker (yet :-p) but I've been busy with many other things over the last weeks and there were a few fun winter thingies on my bucket list. Getting my feet back onto some sort of board was one of them.
My latest intervention on PokerFirma is about a trip I decided to take to the High Tatras mountain range with Poker buddies. We had such a good time that we had not one Poker discussion over the whole stay :-)
Germknödel is a fluffy yeast dough dumpling. It's often filled with plum jam, comes with a melted butter or vanilla cream topping and a mix of poppy seeds, sugar or cacao powder can be added on top. It mainly is a culinary specialty of Austria and Bavaria but it's also served in the Slovak High Tatras as we've found out this week :-)