“The mountain” / Graz, Austria – Day 4 & 5

Graz, Austria

On Saturday we went to  Jakominiplatz to take the one hour bus outside Graz, to the bottom of the mountain name Schöckel, which is 1,500 m high and we’ve decided to spend the night on top. It was good to leave Graz at least for the weekend so we could set our minds of the projects and just relax for a while and let the mountain inspire us.

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Jakominplatz – the place where we took the bus to take us to the mountain.

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On top we were greeted by a big TV antenna.

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I was watching and studying the clouds all the time because I will use them in the project prototype.

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The views from the mountain were amazing! You could see all the way through Austria, Slovenia and Croatia.

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We were bonding with nature and enjoyed the fresh air.

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Later we met with the head of the weather station and he showed us all the equipment, sensors and different machines which measures radiation, weather changes and all kinds of climate related things.

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It was very interesting to see and touch everything and get a first hand explanation how everything works in Graz and worldwide.

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We had a great mountain lunch afterwards – on the picture there is a “Frittatensuppe”.

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After lunch we spend some time in the nature and discovering the top of the mountain. The nature is really beautiful and the air is amazingly clean.

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I loved the fact that the weather was changing all the time and often we found our self inside of the actual clouds! Amazing.

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We were exploring the details of the mountain and I found endless beauty in every detail! 

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We also had some group exercises where we tried to get to feel our whole bodies and bond with the rest of the group. We imitated the sounds of the wind and tried to put ourselves in the feelings of trees, rocks and other natural things on the mountain.

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I enjoyed the sounds of birds and the calmness of the clouds.

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And I started to think about the quote of Ernest Hemingway: “Try to learn to breathe deeply, really to taste food when you eat, and when you sleep, really to sleep. Try as much as possible to be wholly alive with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell. And when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough.”

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We had a dinner and later we went back outside even though it was raining. It was dark and mysterious and we put our clothes off to really feel the weather and the mightiness of the space. We had a little FKK moment on the mountain which was at first a little bit crazy for me, but then I started to like it. Anyway, how often do we actually have to do it? Life is random. 

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The night view from the mountain: full moon on the sky and cities in the bottom hardly visible because everything was completely dark with no light pollution.

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After our FKK moment we came back inside because the heavy rain started with thunderstorms and everything and we did another random thing which I never did before: watch the finals of the Eurovision contest on the 1,500 m. As I said: “Life is random.”

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We turned the table around over the night because there is the legend that if the table is turned, the weather next day will be good.

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We were very tired but some of us lasted until the end of the Eurovision and then the winner was Austria, which was kind of cool since we were cheering up from the same country. I guess we “brought luck to Austria”! (This picture is taken from outside of the window.) Afterwards we went to sleep and had a good night dreams on the mountain. 

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In the morning I woke up quite early (which is unusual for me) but I felt like I had enough of sleep. I went on the toilet and someone left the window opened which was kind of poetic for me to see the fog outside and hear some early birds and then watch the wind moving the curtain almost in slow motion, then feel the cold and fresh breeze on my skin… I loved it.

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The view from my bunk bed in the morning – in the room where we all slept.

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We left the mountain at around noon, even though we were thinking to stay up a little later, but we were hurrying to come down as soon as possible because we saw the dark clouds and we didn’t want to get wet or even caught in a storm. The bus picked us up at the bottom and took us back to Jakominiplaz where we took a tram back to the institute. 

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At the moment we’re safely inside, and I feel great after a warm shower. The view though the window is telling us to stay inside and the rain is warping the outside image. This Sunday we will take it easy.

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