Due to popular demand, here is some information on what I’m into when I’m not working.
Since my teenage years I’ve been a passionate sailor. I began sailing on Lake Constance, also know as the ‘Swabian Sea’, which is infamous for its instantaneous weather changes. I returned there years later for my PhD at the University of Konstanz. I’m a qualified RYA Yachtmaster Offshore and sail now around the Scottish coasts. This hobby has a tendency to lead to spin-off activities as yachtsmen need to know about meteorology, celestial navigation and, last but not least, how to feed a crew and keep them happy!
I’m also a keen swimmer and swim once or twice a week 2km front crawl at my local pool. When I have enough time, I indulge in the Turkish Baths at the Victorian Portobello Swim Centre, which is just metres away (but a whole world apart) from the North Sea.
I like the outdoors and have visited almost every part of Scotland. Scotland is ideally suited for extended drives and road trips. The NorthCoast500 has become a modern classic. But many wild and remote areas of outstanding beauty are only directly accessible if you have your own means of transportation.
My favourite areas are the Applecross peninsula, the Wester Ross, Sutherland and the far north-west of the UK mainland, as well as the Outer Hebrides. More locally, I’m very fond of Aberlady Bay and the Gullane Bents on the East Lothian coast, the Pentland Hills south of Edinburgh and Loch Leven across the Firth of Forth.
Cooking is arguably my oldest hobby. Italians say eating is a very serious matter. Although only 1/8th of my genetic heritage is Italian, I agree to 100% with this statement. My speciality are Austro-Hungarian dishes: treasured, secret recipes that are passed down the generations. I’m sorry, but the rest is confidential.
Unfortunately, I don’t always manage to convert all calories into muscular tissue by pulling ropes, pushing water and walking hills. Let’s call it work in progress …