Roadtrip 2.0 - The first stop in Switzerland.

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©2018 - @rubencress | Medic! Or... hmm


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Ring ring... Ring ring... My phone is ringing and there is someone on the other side waiting for me to pick up the phone. I'm pretty busy with a tight deadline for a project I didn't know the outcome of, yet. I take a look at the phone to see who's calling.

J: Hey, how is it going?

After a short interrogation about work and free time, she popped the question: Wanna go to Plitvice with me? Mehh, I had some other travel destinations planned ahead and starting to get broke again, so I have to save money for it. I'll rent the car! she said, trying to convince me of going and to let go of money. I Googled the place and it was absolutely beautiful. Turquoise colored clear lakes and waterfalls! Alright, checking my bank account again. Let's go! You got me.

R: When do you want to leave?

This week. Woah, I was taking care of Acid (the princess of the house) since my roommate took off to a 4-day festival up North in the Netherlands, so the earliest I could leave was Sunday evening, with a full bowl of cat food left for Acid. After all, I was also still working on that shoe project at the time until Saturday, so I couldn't leave otherwise.

©2018 - @rubencress | @joyceham just getting started, 700 miles ahead.


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That next Sunday... When I picked up Joyce we did some groceries together so we wouldn't starve to death. Apparently, we were both very hungry since we bought some dumb shit as Cheesecake and Cheese. As if that would survive the trip. Haha. Such a shame, because right now I am craving for it! Not sure what else we had to throw away... but hey! We still have some food left, at least something that survived. Before we left, I made us a broccoli soup, some panini's from the grill and a banana milkshake to fuel-up for the long drive ahead. Our first stop is going to be in Switzerland, Aeschi bei Spiez.

©2018 - @rubencress | An exceptional opportunity to take a shot of Mt. Niessen. Click to enlarge.

With Joyce behind the wheel, it was no problem for us to arrive in Switzerland. I think I drove like, 2 hours max? Damn this woman can drive! (Just wait when I drop my getting-home-post... she is insane, pinky promise.) Anyway, when we drove into Switzerland, it was already deep in the night. But we just -had- to make a stop. I saw Mt. Niessen with a tiny light on top of it, I first thought it was a star or Mars looking at the size of it. However, the Moon was positioned perfectly right on the right side of the mountain, illuminating the cloud on the top with its moonlight, not an everyday sight that you see. We took a short break to enjoy the setting and continued our journey to our first stop, the camping.

©2018 - @rubencress | Creatives getting all creative during the night. Click to enlarge.

As we drove closer and closer to the camping-site, I started to recognize some parts of where I have been before. However, it was harder to find the actual camping in the dark. I remember that there was a drive-way a bit hidden behind trees and that I could walk down some fence where I photographed an old barn before. Since it was late, there were not many locals that we could ask directions for. Luckily for us, there was a guy walking just passed us. We asked, he gave us directions and we ended up in driving back and forth for a few times, thanks anyway, dude. While we parked the car, I saw some lights still burning from a restaurant and took a look if there were still people there. Bingo! I knocked on the window and the owner opened the door and gave us the right directions. "It's right next to a firehouse". I saw one! An old firehouse that looked as if it was deserted though, that must be it.

While Joyce was driving -almost- the entire trip (about 8 hours) towards Aeschi bei Spiez, it was logic that she was getting tired and would love to set up the base to sleep. Once we got to the camping, I was a bit worried that we might wake up other people and nagged about that to her. While everyone on the camping was asleep we had to be really quiet... lel, we walked to the car for countless of times and kind of forgot that we slammed the door everytime we opened it. Okay, I did.. Joyce didn't do that too often. So, I was that asshole forgetting shit from the car. I think filling up the mattress with some fresh Swiss air was the noisiest task for us. But it was worth it. We opened up a bottle of wine to celebrate our arrival. We slept like babies, I slept more like a boar perhaps, with my clothes on.

©2018 - @rubencress | Let's get ready!


W A K I N G   U P


I couldn't wait for Joyce to wake up in the mountains to see the beautiful place we picked! I've been here before, so I already knew the good spots, and spots that I could show her. I knew there was a huge lake right under us. But first things first, a shower, coffee and we had to pay for the camping site. We walked down to the small village and found a place where we drank coffee and where we could get some cash. The short walk was already a gift, it's really amazing. Mountains everywhere, colored wooden houses and yeah... old fashioned interiors. Joyce is into interiors and she thought it was interesting to see the difference between interiors here, Australia and all the other places she has traveled to.

I remember waking up next to the Pyramid shaped mountain the Niessen the first time, I was in awe. Besides the forest, I love mountains! They are so majestic and huge! That feeling didn't fade away after waking up right next to it for the second time.

©2018 - @rubencress | I mean: Just look at it! Click to enlarge.

©2018 - @rubencress | Imagine if you would live there... Personally, I wouldn't need porn anymore. Click to enlarge.

©2018 - @rubencress | Massive rocks. Click to enlarge.

Today, we had a goal to find a spot at the lake that was right under us. We paid, left the camping and the woman was a little bit surprised that we left so early in a hurry. I wanted to stay two nights to see if I could photograph the milky-way again. But just look at my face and you'll see that didn't happen :D.

©2018 - @rubencress | Me about to throw a stone... I wonder if I have caused an accident somewhere in Croatia ;-) *hint*

The first day was a success! It's great to be here in the open and breath in some good quality air. It's always so surprising how weather conditions differ in every country. Switzerland is one of the countries that take good care of their environment. Since this post is almost a chapter of a book, I'm going to post some more about this place until we hit the second stop. Might do a "How I did it" post about one of the photographs in this post. Is there any photograph in this post that you want me to discuss?

Cheers,
Ruben

©2018 - @rubencress | Totally love this shot of @Joyceham, it's my favorite of her! Click to enlarge.


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Hey there Ruben! I can see you are still enjoying life and always in big plans and projects which happen to be slightly disturbed by "nature's call" and great adventures.
I am interested in THE MOON PHOTO, and did you find out why was the top glowing like that? - maybe some quick insights in photoshop enhancements you used? :)

Looking forward for next parts of this trip :)
Cheers!

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Hey there @Svemirac! Hehe, thanks! Getting back on track again. The adventure was a true joy, we saw magnificent places but had some stupid arguments in between. Guess that's what it is to be on each others ass for 24hrs a few days long.

About the Moon picture. I think my brain fooled me! At first, I thought it was a star right behind the clouds, then, when I was getting the composition, I saw it was a light on top of the mountain. But the Moon counts as a light source and it was slightly enforcing the illumination of the light on top of the mountain, making the cloud around that area really pop out with the Moon serving as a backlight. I didn't use much of photoshop enhancement in this shot. Just crushed the blacks and gave it a little fade to get rid of some noise due to the use of an higher ISO than normal.

The next parts of the trip are going to be MAD! I don't even know what to post next lol!

Really nice travel story! I would also like to wake up in the mountains ⛰ with a great view and a coffee in my hand.

I will stay tuned, to see what will follow up next :-)

By the way I love this style of the photos. Looks like a filter that makes the photos a touch older 👌

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Hey @Avizor! This was just the beginning! During the road trip, we saw so many beautiful places. At some we stopped, at some, we just enjoyed the view while driving through it.

Thanks! I always try to give my photographs a style that is unique to the shot. Quite the hassle, but definitely worth the time!

Cheers

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Thanks for dropping by! The comment section of my posts have been dead for quite a while, so seeing you here does me good! I added the post to the map! I think I saw it once or twice somewhere else but never thought of using it myself. Cool feature!

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Yeah not getting any engagement sucks. I am pretty lucky there. All my posts get good comments at the moment. I do see plenty of great posts (like this one) that get none though, which is sad. No wonder people leave.

I wasn't entirely sure where in Switzerland you were, but now you're pinned to the map so I went and had a look! 👍 So helpful. I haven't been there.

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Thanks a lot! Haha yeah, you're lucky :-p ^^ I have been off and on @ Steemit for a while, so that might be an issue as well :-p. Aeschi bei Spiez is a wonderful location, and if you ever plan to visit Switzerland, make sure to visit it! <3

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howdy from Texas sir rubencress! so ya'll just live 2 hours from Switzerland? well shoot I'd drive over there quite often then! Those shots of the Niessen Mountain..gorgeous. Really stunning photos sir, fun post!

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Hey @Janton, nono, it's about 8-10 hrs from where I live. So it was quite the adventure! Do you live/work in Switzerland? That's a treat of life! Thanks for passing by!

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well howdy there runbencress! Well sir I don't live in Switzerland I live in Texas, United States. your blog looks great, much success to you!

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Ah, sorry! I totally misread your comment earlier. If I was living 2 hours away from it, I would be sleeping in the car! Thanks again :-)

First of all, what a sweet friend you are! Others would just say mehh with taking adventures.

Second, the shots are really great! Can't pick a favorite, tbh.
But but
I find this shot interesting:

It would be lovely if you discuss how you did this. :D

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Haha, exactly what I thought at first... but then I thought: let's go on an adventure! Oeh! I might do a DLive session about with this one with the mic if everything is working, and if my head is ready for an easy explanation! :D

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You better do :P Ping me once you're liveeeeee

What a journey! With really nice views and a great story too!

I hope you enjoy the rest of your journey.

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And it is just about to get started! The view is amazing and memories have been made :-)
The rest of the journey was fun and I am still having an after-road trip-dip

Oh no you got me! Just when things were taking off I get hot with to be continued. I guess I will have to come back now.
I was really enjoying how you tell it like a story. It was especially funny to imagine you both trying to set up the camp quietly.
I would have blundered on that one.

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Haha, us putting the tent together was fun indeed! The pump made so much noise I felt better to first set up the tent and blow it up inside the tent with the zippers closed. Obviously, it didn't really matter much but at least I tried. Thanks for tuning in and glad you liked it! There are a few more stories to be told. But I'll be taking some time to showcase the grand finale, its magical!

Cheers

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Yeah I am sure that tent blocked off a ton of the sound lol
Well judging from the first bit if it gets even better it will definitely be a must read.

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Haha, I know right! It did make me feel a little bit better about not disturbing the neighboring campers though. I'm going to do a few shorter posts as I take you guys along. The editing process takes a little bit more time to pop up bigger ones, just yet.

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I don't blame you a bit. Sometimes I think a post is going to go fairly quick. I am always surprised to look up and see how much time has past.

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Haha yeah, I use Hackmd.io for my markdown, sometimes I am on a roll and I pre-write parts of a post that I can work out later. Saves a ton of time!

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I keep a few fill in the blank formats myself. It is great for similar type posts.
I don't post nearly as much as I should though. I much more enjoy reading posts and getting to know people.
I keep thinking about that banana milkshake.

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Haha nice! I'm an awfully bad commenter. The time I have for Steemit is barely making it. I often read something, but its more fun to be able to talk to someone directly after you've read something, and that's where I freeze. The banana milkshake was pretty damn good!

Heya, I'm just swinging by to let you know you're being featured in our Daily Travel Digest!

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Awesome! Thanks <3 !

I'm not replying... you would only say "is that the only thing you can comment on?". I'll just wait for part 2...

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Is that the only thing you can comment on? Just wait for part 2.

Oh my god. Been off your blog for a bit and got reminded to be back as I saw you're also featured on @steemitworldmap post of the day! and glad I did because your blog is awesome as always!

Though, to be honest, I didn't finish reading (I'm not a reading type that's the reason) but I did go through all the photos and the view's so beautiful! I love how you edit the photos too! Classic! (right? that's the word for it? LOL)

Keep up and steem on! Oh! will you be at steemfest???

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Heey @waybeyondpadthai! Thank youuuu so much! It's alright to not read everything, it's usually some nonsense that I'm sprouting anyways. I am doing shorter versions of stories because I can't keep up with editing otherwise. I do hope that you read the last part, as I am reaching out to the readers... I want to do a DLive streaming session where I want to go through some photographs.

I used to call these kinds of edits "vintage", classic goes in the same line of that right?

I'm afraid I am not, I might be in Thailand in November if I manage to save money for it ^^

Cheers

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Oh my! I will be in Poland for travel a bit and for sf3 then!!!!! otherwise / if I'm here when you're here , would love to meet! and yes, I could even host A FEW nights in BKK. yeah, I actually saw one of your photograph editing on DLive, not live tho. didn't make it in time.

Hope you could make it to Thailand!

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Haha yeah! It's not certain yet though! Might as well go to Poland, I don't know, depends on how many clients I can get before November! But Kraków is on my list to go as well... I'm going to travel with a friend, so when we are in Thailand we can meet if she's ok with it! Alsoooo got to go to Bali and Kuala Lumpur... but I don't want to get my hopes up if everything is not gonna happen in the end. So, work mode = beast mode at the moment, trying to land those jobs.

If you want me to do a (technical) explanation about a photograph, feel free to pick one from the posts from the road trip, or check out the ones in the future.

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Wrong person for the photo really.. hahahahhahahahhaha 😭

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That's an awesome story, I think sponateous adventures are always the best! And I really like the first picture, it's so special and something you don't see everyday :)

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Thanks! Yeah, I think it's better to get out there to make memories instead of turning Netflix on back at home. I felt pretty lucky to be there at that time!

Cheers

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yeah, totally agree with that :)

I love your shots @rubencress! And the view of Mt. Niessen with the Moon, wow! At first I thought it was a sunset plus the moon but sounds like it is the moon illuminating the clouds at the peak right? Thank you for sharing with us your trip to Switzerland. And I love your last 2 portrait shots, very 60s. Can't wait to see your next post on your next stop :)

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Thank you very much! 😁