+++Breaking News+++

12/7/2012
2pm

+++New German Column+++

Goodbye Nudity
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sunny, 17ºC/ 63ºF, some wind

12/6/2012
8am

+++No Nikolaus in the US+++

Shoes in front of the door stay empty! Santa Clause, a derivate of Nikolaus, is coming through the chimney but not until the 25th December!

However: Happy Nikolaus!!!

cloudy, 13ºC/ 55ºF, slightly windy

12/5/2012
11am

+++New German Column+++

Mr. Reliable
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grey sky, 16ºC/ 61ºF, some wind

12/2/2012
10pm

+++Test drive of Bluish Box+++

Bluish Box maybe replacement for
Grauer Kasten. The old Grauer Kasten is not reliable anymore and not compatible to mobile devices. Is the Bluish Box really better? Check it out and shout your comment!

+++no bluish Box anymore+++

2pm

+++Third and worst storm is over+++

Last one of the pineapple express triplet brought lots of rain, fallen trees and flooding, pool so full as never before and water in the garage.

Baum ab


cloudy, 15ºC/ 59ºF, some wind

11/30/2012
4pm

+++Weather calm again+++

rainbow

No storm and rain anymore, next storm is expected tomorrow. The ground is deep wet and partly moving downhill. Be careful while driving, on our way home we were terrified by a tree that hang unusual skew across our street. Next storm possibly will knock it over.

grey sky, 18ºC/ 64ºF, just windy

10am

+++Second storm arrived with delay but worse than the first+++

The three storms that hit in these days the West Coast are called pineapple express, because they come from Hawaii. The second storm had delay it arrived last night. Los Gatos was almost blown away with wind up to 70 miles per hours. Our house has been shaken half of the night. Right now it’s getting a little bit calmer.

heavy diagonal rain, 15ºC/ 59ºF, gusty

11/29/2012
11am

+++Victor on his way: Going westwards to the East+++

After three months California Victor the Globetrottel continues his travel. We all wish a terrific trip, but first that the second storm system that’s moving in right now will not delay his flight to LA and the connection flight to Sidney/ Australia.

If you are curious check this out:

http://globetrottel.tumblr.com/

It is worth to have a look. Really, you don’t need many words to make a blog interesting.

Victor, good luck, and if you’re bored in Australia, Bangkok or wherever, anytime you’re welcome here in California!

Victor
Victor, going westwards to the East!

diagonal rain, 16ºC/ 61ºF, heavy wind, storm is coming

11/28/2012
10am

+++First of three winter storm systems has reached the west coast+++

65 miles per hour storm and heavy rain is going on.
We are concerned that the German Christmas Market on Saturday will be blown away.

OK, es war nicht Goethe, es war Busch, Wilhelm Busch, und im Original raucht der Frosch wieder…das soll mal einer verstehen.

heavy rain, 14ºC/ 56ºF, pretty gusty

11/27/2012
9pm

+++New German Column+++

Drei Tage war der Frosch so krank, jetzt schreibt er wieder, Gott sei Dank! So oder so ähnlich steht es bei Goethe!
Sorry, that’s a German thing…it means: The Columnist is writing again!

Hopper’s Hands

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cloudy, 15ºC/ 59ºF, heavy wind

11/26/2012
1pm

+++Pest Alert+++

Sniffy nose, headache, cough, pain in the limbs, fever, throat ache and other ugly symptoms are going around. Don’t hug people with wet eyes or red nose.

This site’s columnist caught the whole winter package of sickness, no new columns until recovery.

sunny, 18ºC/ 64ºF, no wind


11/24/2012
1pm

+++Now in Column’s Theatre+++

Time Pilgrims’ Thanksgiving reloaded



sunny, 7ºC/ 45ºF, slightly windy

11/22/2012
8am

Happy Thanksgiving


Happy thanksgiving

sunny, 8ºC/ 46ºF, no wind

11/20/2012
12pm

+++New English Column+++

Human Dignity is Inviolable

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cloudy, 17ºC/ 63ºF, some wind

11/19/2012
10pm

+++New German Column

Human Dignity is Inviolable

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dark, 14ºC/ 57ºF, too dark

11/16/2012
12pm

+++New German Column+++

Heinzelmännchen, good folk


grey sky, 19ºC/ 66ºF, windy


11/15/2012
6pm

+++Dolphins in Half Moon Bay+++

International Geograffities presents:

Dolphins, Thursday in Half Moon Bay



Ok, we won’t win a flower pot with this movie, but we know there were dolphins, we don’t need a flower pot!

If you want to see dolphins big and close, scroll down and watch the guest movie from Rene! There you almost can touch them! We were just lucky that we finally saw dolphins so close to the beach in Half Moon Bay.

now it’s dark, 17ºC/ 63ºF, gusty

11/14/2012
3pm

+++No new column and not really Breaking News+++

Are you bored or even desperate that nothing happens on this site? We solve your problem with terrific guest movies.

Today’s movie:

Delfine/ Dolphins Go Pro HD
by Rene with friendly permission




Rene, the International Geograffities team is a huge fan of your art. This movie shows; you even don’t need music to make a gorgeous film without storyline ;-)

sunny, 21ºC/ 70ºF, no wind

11/11/2012
10pm

+++Done+++

45th birthday party was a really nice event. Thank you guys for coming, for the great evening and the terrific presents.

Picture of the day:

Valley in darkness, shot with the help of the new camera stand:

Nacht

dark, 9ºC/ 48ºF, no wind

11/9/2012
10am

+++Let’s celebrate+++

45


cloudy, 11ºC/ 52ºF, slighty windy


11/7/2012
10pm

+++last minute travelers checked in+++

Minne and Claudius stay two weeks.

dark, 14ºC/ 56ºF, maybe little bit wind

10am

Summary of the election: Exciting evening in front of the TV, it was like an American ball game:

For Non-Americans it’s not that easy to understand the rules of that game. From time to time it happens something and the crowd is cheering, the rest of the game is boring. Californian voters had also to decide about a lot of propositions.

They decided for example that the death penalty will not be removed and genetic food doesn’t require labeling. We absolutely do not agree with this decisions. The only thing we can do: shaking the head and asking ourselves: WHY?

sunny, 14ºC/ 56ºF, no wind

11/6/2012

+++Election Day+++
8pm

Wahl3


virtual confetti in blue, red and white is raining in our living room - the Breaking News studio

Obama has been reelected!

Obama 275 - Romney 203

Obama 244 - Romney 203
-not decided yet

5pm

-still running

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source: picture thanks ABC local

almost dark, first stars in the sky, 24ºC/ 75ºF, no wind

4pm

-the thriller is running

Wahl1
source: picture thanks ABC local


3pm

-lower turnouts as 2008 in Bay Area, not as many registered voters, not as long lines in front of polling places

Vote1

still sunny, 26ºC/ 79ºF, slightly windy

10am

Facebook reminder on the top of the American wall:

Vote


9am

Free and independent election observer will keep you up to date and hopes that America will make the right choice!

-so far an absolute usual Tuesday morning; heavy traffic Northbound on HWY 85, school gyms, church halls and other public rooms invite you to “vote here”

sunny, 14ºC/ 57ºF, no wind

11/5/2012
11am

+++German eye found bowl full gold in Cologne+++

On Sunday a bowl of gold was found at the end of the rainbow above the “Stadtpark” in Cologne.

RegenbogenKöln
Picture: Thanks Britta! German eye!


Fall-weather in Cologne, in California the summer is back for a couple of days!


sunny, 20ºC/ 68ºF, some wind

11/3/2012
4pm

+++New and maybe last English Column+++

Frankenstorm

Bawaygame featuring Quique

sunny, 22ºC/ 72ºF, slightly windy

10am

+++New York updates+++

Latest updates of the situation in New York you can find here:

Miris blog: http://couleuresse.blogspot.com/

sunny, 9ºC/ 48ºF, huah is that chilly, no wind

11/2/2012
6pm

+++New German Column+++

Frankenstorm
Barbaras Auswärtsspiel featuring Quique

Marquise

partly cloudy, 18ºC/ 64ºF, no wind

11/1/2012
10pm

+++Last chance for the Mini+++

The man in red takes care. The Mini will be disassembled in 1000 single parts. Between full time job and telephone conferences is maybe a little bit time for bricolage. Next chapter in the book of 6 cars:

The Mini - a winter-project!

Mini

We all are waiting eagerly how it will end.

dark night, 14ºC/ 57ºF, slightly windy

10/30/2012
10am

+++Man in red rescued a treasure and so the family-peace+++

After a long period of car-related privation the second car is working again.

Mr Reliable is still waiting in a body shop for a replacement lamp, the Mini, enfant terrible, has a broken clutch, Megan is retired anyway and the wine-red boys-toy couldn’t drive due to heavy oil-loss . This sunday the man in red rescued successfully his cutie!


Porsche_1 Porsche_3

Porsche_2

The leaking part, only a 6 Dollars part, has been replaced.

Good job!

foggy, 14ºC/ 57ºF, no wind

10/26/2012
12pm

+++New German Column with Movie+++

Hawaii, Big Island (Fire)



sunny, 16ºC/ 61ºF, no wind

10/23/2012
5pm

+++New German Column with Movie+++

Hawaii, Big Island (Earth)



10/21/2012
10pm

+++New German Column with Movie+++

Hawaii, Why? Will you get an answer? Read the column and watch the movie!



dark night, 12ºC/ 54ºF, I can’t see the branches moving, too dark

10/20/2012
12pm

+++Travelers landed safe in San Francisco+++

Due to heavy fog the landing was delayed. The pilot finally found after few circles the runway.

Last pictures from the beautiful Island

HawaiiI
on the left Mauna Kea, right Mauna Loa
they were the whole week packed in clouds

Hawaii
North Kohala

HawaiiII
Aloha

sunny, 22ºC/ 72ºF, little bit windy


10/18/2012
11pm

+++Last evening celebrated with glowing cloud+++

Last day starts and ends with highlight.

Dolphin

A dolphin school in snorkeler’s bay was curious studying the funny humans with their fins. Kyra and Nobbi were visited by spinner dolphins. Dolphins didn’t read the signs on the beach, which warn; dolphins don’t like swimming with humans.

In the evening Kilauea shows the glowing cloud.

VulcanonightI

VulcanonightII

VucanonightIII

Gorgeous vacation, terrific island, magnificent nature!

still too tired for weather
next breaking news when the team is back in California

12am

+++Dance on the Volcano+++

International Geograffities Team fell asleep after 14 hours day. From 9am to 11pm they were on the road with the tireless search of best footage. They travelled around Big Island. Snorkeling, hiking in rainforest, it was real raining, and climbing (with the Jeep) 13796feet/ 4205m on the highest volcano of Hawaii.

Wasserfall
Waipi’o Valley

Vulkan klassisch
classic


The sunset above the clouds in this elevation was overwhelming. Columnist can’t stop crying, t’was so beautiful.

Manua Kea
view from Mauna Kea to Mauna Loa

Tanz auf dem Vulkan
Dance On The Volcano After Sunset, Jonathan and Kyra

too tired for weather…

10/16/2012
7pm Hawaiian Time

+++Columnist related to world’s recent most active volcano+++

The International Geograffities Team does not spare expense nor effort to explore the beauty and the speciality of Big Island. The way to the recent most active volcano in the world was sown with difficulties and highlights. They travelled with a Jeep to the most southern point of the USA, strong wind and sandstorm on the way.

Windbaum

southpoint
Southend of the Nation!

4WD
The way was hard. 2 miles felt like 15 miles.
Columnist on the end of her mental strength, she preferred to walk a while.

greensandbeach
Green Sands Beach, not green-pure gold

Vulkan
Sacrifices to calm the gods, it seems that it’s working. The volcano just steams a bit.

Schild
First sign of relation to columnist. Just a speculation that Kilauea Iki is related to Ikier.

Ikier
Zoom in brings evidence but only when volcano erupts.

Kilauea Iki
Kilauea Iki

black night, 27ºC/ 81ºC, wind

10/15/2012
6pm Hawaiian Time

The International Geograffities Team made first kayaking and snorkeling experience. Kyras underwater cam is awesome! Although the columnist is pretty hydrophobic she had lots of fun and took underwater pictures by herself. Despite slippery rocks, waves and water she’s alive!

Kanu Kyra Johnny
Kyra and Jonathan on their way to Captain Cook Monument
Kealakekua Bay, snorkeler’s paradise


Schnorcheln
Pictures: Thank Kyra!
Barbara and Nobbi


Lieblingsfisch
big blue-greenish fish swims between lots of yellow fish

The footage is promising. Movies and columns will bloom!

misty and partly cloudy, 28ºC/ 82ºF, strong wind

10/14/2012
7pm Hawaiian Time

Aloha!

International Geograffities caught the dusk on Big Island/ Hawaii

Sonnenuntergang

View from our deck, above Pebble Beach

now it’s raining, 27ºC/ 80ºF, the day was beautiful

10/13/2012
1pm

+++Mystery of loud chirping in the night clarified+++

Huge cicadas are responsible for the night row. A team of International Geograffities could finally catch one of the noisy vandals.

Zikade

This night the team will leave the continent to explore the nature and the beauty of Big Island/ Hawaii. No columns next week, maybe Breaking News.

sunny, 22ºC/ 72ºF, little bit windy


10/12/2012
1pm

Picture of the day: Cormorants and palm forest of kelp.

kelpforest

grey sky, chilly: 15ºC/ 59ºF, no wind


10/11/2012
4pm

+++Half Moon Bay Giant Pumpkin+++

The yearly Half Moon Bay Giant Pumpkin Contest wins a grower from Oregon with a new Californian record: 1775 pounds

Picture of the day: Giant Pumpkin in Half Moon Bay

GiantPumpkin

rainy, 14ºC/ 57ºF, strong wind

10/10/2012
11am

+++Next visitors checked in+++

On Monday Carsten, Astrid, Ina and Phil from Aachen landed at San Francisco Intl. Airport. They explore the area until Sunday when the hosts will leave for vacation.

Picture of the day: White headed pelican

Pelikan

sunny after thunderstorm in the morning, 14ºC/ 57ºF, slightly windy


10/7/2012
11am

+++International Doko-tournament ends unexpected+++

First time in history a participant of the “second table” wins the biyearly Doppelkopf tournament.

The fall-tournament took place in Aachen/ Germany. With a spectacular amount of points Oli could pass Nobbi, who pointed at the winner table. Oli wrote not only history in doing so he also wins the first time in his life a Doko-tournament.

Congratulations!!!
Olidoko

Nobbi, Calfornian’s hope to bring the Mickey trophy home, just took the second place. Good job!

Tabelle

The spring-tournament 2013 will take place in Berlin, the home town of the proud winner.


sunny, 16ºC/ 61ºF, no wind


10/5/2012
9pm

+++New English Column+++

…it’s the law II

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partly cloudy, 18ºC/ 64ºF, don’t know if it’s windy

10/4/2012
5pm

+++New German Column+++

…it’s the law II

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sunny, 23ºC/ 73ºF, windy

10/3/2012
9pm

+++Cool Down+++

Finally! In the afternoon cold air from the ocean reached Los Gatos Hills. Leaves and towels whirled through the air. Relief for dogs and humans! Temperatures this night promise better sleep.
Yesterday same time it was still 28ºC/ 82ºF.

starry night, 18ºC/ 64ºF, breezy

1pm

+++Still too warm+++

but not as hot as yesterday

sunny, 30ºC/ 86ºF, no wind

10/2/2012
4pm

+++Silicon Valley has fever+++

101Grad

Hotter than expected!

sunny, 38ºC/ 101ºF, no single breeze

10am

+++New English column+++

Drifting Away, with sentimental movie

Still hot, already in the morning it was outside warmer than inside.

sunny, 35ºC/ 95ºF are expected, currently it’s 25ºC/ 77ºF, no wind

10/1/2012
5pm

+++New German column in spite of new power outage+++

Drifting Away, new German Column with Movie could be published with delay due to new power outage.



October begins with unusual heat wave

sunny, 36ºC/ 97ºF, absolutely no wind