I like winter-time very much and when the weather then turns out to be dry, sunny and also quite cold, a complete clarity may seize subsequently our minds all of a sudden. So the month of January – being also the month of my birth – is for me always something special in the circle of the year while the old year is still present after a new year has already begun.. Possibly therefore the old Romans dedicated this month to their ancient god Janus, more commonly known as the god with two faces symbolizing for them both beginning and end – the spirit of entrances and exits.

DSC_0555Icy summit station on Mt. Fichtelberg (1,215 m) near the German-Czech border

In the Northern hemisphere January is normally also the coldest month and starts nine or ten days after midwinter which means here the shortest day in the year and a very long night – a day of great relevance also for bygone cultures and former civilizations. In the old Celtic year circle soon thereafter the socalled Raunächte (South-German / Austrian term meaning in wording rough nights also named The twelve nights after Christmas) will start on 24 December midnight and these nights are lasting until 6 January’s sunrise. For our ancestors these were really holy nights, a time to be spent with the family and for feasts, what is called today more profane holiday season.

20160115_140004_resizedThat is me and my fast racing sled / luge in action

So this has to be of course also a good time to really enjoy winter in the mountains when snow crystals are covering in thick layers trees and bushes, hills and meadows, houses and trails in a sometimes mysteriously and weird manner inviting you to move further to the far away horizon.

DSC_0731Endless forestry trail in snowy disguise

And after such a walk through the white painted woodlands it is time to engulf in the real soundtrack of winter The Walrus Hunt by The Residents being one of my favourite songs (1). Now welcome there in the real North, home of the Inuit.


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Author: urban liaisons

I like travelling through the diverse realities and cultures of this world not only as a tourist. So this may also happen by simply imaginating the hidden rivers and caves of consciousness where postmodern nomads are crossing wide endless landscapes leading to a dream of no-where. My favourite areas are deserts like the sahara or high mountains, as in these empty terrestric regions the far-away horizon and sky is no limit anymore but a possible gate to inspiration and freedom. Posts will be published normally in English, but whenever appropriate also only in my mother tongue German. Unless otherwise mentioned or individually specified (for example by naming the author, artist, etc.) all texts, photos and/or graphic illustrations in this blog are subject to © urban liaisons (which may please be respected).


    1. I very well understand your preferences which a lot of people are sharing. But with the right outdoor clothing a cold day in winter is normally not a real problem temperaturewise. Therefore, I personally do not fear joining tomorrow a wolves-trail expedition around 130 kms South-Eastern of Berlin because the wolves are back to East-Germany! And be assured in the next 100,000 years no new ice-age is to be expected.

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  1. Hey, I lived in the mountains of Colorado (Telluride) when I was younger. I loved it, for a few years. I hiked, backpacked, skied, ice skated. Never got good at cross-country, but probably would have liked it better than downhill. I got good at skidding cars between gate posts.

    Now I’m old(er) and wobbly. Slipping and falling on ice hurts more than it used to. Also, mud season is no fun. I like the mountains in summer and southeast Georgia or other elder-friendly climate the rest of the year.

    I’m happy seeing your photos on your blog, but I do miss the crystal clear air of the mountains. (But for the wood smoke in Telluride).


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    1. Just a short meeting with winter during a short vacation in the Iron Mountains (Erzgebirge) mid of January, now the weather here in Germany is again more like in April most probably due to the often discussed climate change.


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