The cave

Exit from the cave

I have not written.

I admit that I have not written for quite a while but so much important and interesting things have happen that I decided to take care of them and go back to writing at a convenient time because, as Sophocles said:

Every thing is good in its time.

I found a new job. My younger daughter wrote in a school elaboration to celebrate Father’s Day that “dad is doing something for the toilet”.

Daddy does something for toillets

Daddy does something for toillets

There is a lot of truth in it, because one of the products of my new company is a Toilet Duck. Not about product, however, I will be writing after such a long break, not about the components and not about the machines, but about the people and the atmosphere at work. People are the most valuable asset of any company.

Bang, bang, thud, thud, viva president of our club.
/“Teddy Bear”, a 1980 cult Polish film directed by Stanisław Bareja/

As you already know very well, I spent 17 years in one company and did not know that outside the cave there is another world. I saw only the shadows projected on the wall. The real world, the real things were beyond the reach of my sight.

I have been however released and left outside.

The Choice is Yours (SMOKING FORBIDDEN)

The Choice is Yours (SMOKING FORBIDDEN)

At first moment I was surprised and then I got the idea to start writing a blog.

Nature hates emptiness.
/Aristotle/

From books but now also from own experience, I know that it is good to do something in a situation like loss of a job. Here in Switzerland, what could look impossible, unemployment impacts more and more people, therefore it is good to have an idea or project  which will help to focus, relax and find new challenges.

It was interesting  looking for space on server, searching programs for blogging and finally write, especially write about things which are beloved.

I have chosen subject  about running. Fashionable and very pleasant subject but difficult to go through to first places in rankings. That was not the objective (for the time being). During the breaks in writing CV, motivation letters and sending them to  different enterprises, I had a moment to write about pleasures.

Finally blog appeared as fantastic, soft transition from old work, unemployment and new company. In the meantime I have visited magnificent city of Taormina on Sicily, have trained running up hill to Castelmola and Monte Venere and driven up by jeep to the top of Etna. It was so wonderful, therefore I will write about it in separate post.

Etna and Altocumulus lenticularis

Etna and Altocumulus lenticularis

The day after the return from Sicily I have started new job.

I have found it relatively quick for the current Swiss conditions and full of energy I moved to learn new things, new naming convention and products to cost. Of course constant element remains, he, he… deviations.

A Mad Tea Party

A Mad Tea Party

In new position I was taking the knowledge from a person who returnes to affiliate in a home country. I had only about three weeks for this process, blog was postponed and I focused on job – it is important to set prioritaties, or something like that.

And it reminds me thrilling joke:

A man comes to the hospital and requests:
– Doctor, I want to be castrated.
– But sir, maybe you will think again, this type of decision should not be taken without consideration.
But the guy insists on this:
– Please castrate me!
The doctor finally gave up and performed surgery.
After surgery, the patient wakes up and asks:
– Doctor, whether the operation was a success?
– Yes, everything went well, no complications. But just out of curiosity, why you wanted to be castrated?
– Doctor, I’m getting married soon to a Jewish woman and they have a habit that you need to be castrated.
– I think circumcised?
– Well, something like that…

Coming back to the priorities, you have to know what is important at the moment. At each interview I have had, among other things, they always asked about priorities. This is due to the times in which we live, when 150 deadlines collapses on our heads and all the reports had to be done yesterday. So until you will mastered bending space-time continuum (as you know from my other article, I already know how), you have to PRIORITEEING, or something like that…

I slowly coming back to writing, as I already have knowledge to work effectively. Of course, I do not rest on the laurels, as I know very well from past experience that whatever you do, how strong you try, “there is still a room for improvement.”

Using this approach also in the running, I finished the run Lausanne 20KM in less than two hours. I am very proud of myself because that was my target but I train now even harder to finish the route in 1 hour and 45 minutes next year.

DSC_3127Running tripn under JungfrauDSC_3129

Well, I gotta go prepare the bike. In the new workplace, every summer Friday at 13:00, we switch off  computers and some of us explore the area on two wheels and some return home.

Summer time

Summer time

Nothing like a good organization of work and leisure.

A lot of people do not know what to do with time. Time has not this issue with people.
/Magdalena Samozwaniec/

Summer Friday afternoon at work

Summer Friday afternoon at work

Śladami lisa

Fox traces

Once again, I completed the run 20 km de Lausanne and all this thanks to the systematic training preceding this sport event. During preparation period I got to know new, interesting places and routes, among other, “fox trail” along the river La Vuachère, which cuts into the limestone rocks surrounding Lausanne, creating a picturesque gorge in the middle of the city.

Red father, red grandfather,
Red tail – this is my inheritance,
And I’m the red fox.
Runaway from here, I’ll bite.
/Jan Brzechwa, The Zoo/

Sources of the river gushing in the vicinity of Epalinges at the height of 730 m above sea level and the mouth to the Lake Geneva is located at an altitude of 372 m above sea level. The length of the river is 7 kilometers, but the route is longer by one kilometer, as sometimes, for safety reasons is moving away from the riverbed. The gorge is an important enclave for many species of plants and animals about which can be read on the 130 information boards along the route. Indicators inform also about the geology, history, architecture and curiosities associated with the river. The route is marked with a silver trail of the fox and the orange-blue stakes, so in theory there should be no trouble finding the way, but sometimes you need a lot of looking around to find the next clue.

For people with children and hikers I recommend a downstream direction from Croisettes to Ouchy while for the athletes (especially those preparing for Lausanne 20km) mandatory direction is up. The route begins at the Gothic tower on the eastern edge of the boulevards of the Quai d’Ouchy. But the truth is that the tower does not have anything to do with the Middle Ages – it’s a fake. At the beginning of the nineteenth century, three wealthy inhabitants of Lausanne, William Haldimand, Vincent Perdonnet and Charles-Sigismond de Cerjat, threw an architectural challenge – the winner would be the one who would build the greatest fake ruin in their property. Such strange subject of the competition resulted from a romantic delight of the Middle Ages, longing for knightly virtues and moonlight on the castle walls…

He glanced: the moon is lighting
On Czatyrdah, and weakening the pupil
With huge circle, a bit of rose…
Like a new phenomenon, so big.
Welcome star! in that arbor,
Which I build from ghosts and knights,
I need your flashing silver;
Sometimes your radius as a sword will strike
And through the greenness will get to the nymphs
Of alabaster; even to the tower,
Where Danae is sleeping, eyes narrowing nice,
Even there with the rain of verse I will come.
Oh! shine, the moon!
/Juliusz Slowacki, Beniowski/

Caspar David Friedrich, Abbey in the oak forest

Caspar David Friedrich, Abbey in the oak forest

Vincent Perdonnet’s building can be seen in the Mon-Repos Park. The design of Charles-Sigismund de Cerjat in Rovéréaz unfortunately no longer exists. William Haldimand, the owner of the Denantou, won the competition and his tower we can see at the mouth of the river La Vuachère.

I started from the tower to the north by Avenue de la Tour Haldimand and after about 60 meters turn left into a narrow passage between the fences. I crossed the bridge and step into Denantou Park. Immediatelly turned right at the wooden catwalk. On the left side, behind the trees is a playground for children and Pavillon thaïlandais.

Pavillon royal thaïlandais

Pavillon royal thaïlandais

I ran further up until the Avenue de Denantou which I crossed, following fox traces and after a while I turned right into the alley along the river.

Sanitation Service (Le Service d’Assainissement)

Sanitation Service (Le Service d’Assainissement)

On the right I passed a large building of Sanitation Service (Le Service d’Assainissement) and after a while the Devil’s Bridge. It is a wooden, roofed structure that leads to the other side of La Vuachère and then to the Collège Champittet.

Devil's Bridge

Devil’s Bridge

I turn left, uphill to the wooden platform, which brings me to the Avenue de Montchoisi. I cross the street and find silver fox traces, which bring me through the hedge narrow passage into the blocks of flats. With the nose down I follow silver marks and reach the Chemin de Chandieu, which leads untill the railway viaduct under which I run. On the other side of the tracks I cross the bridge over La Vuachère and I turned right into Chemin du Trabandan.

Chemin du Trabandan

Chemin du Trabandan

Wending to the left I would reach the Office des poursuites du district de Lausanne at Chemin du Trabandan 28. This is the office that issues very important in Switzerland certificates that the person is not in arrears with payments and have no debts (attestation de non poursuite / attestation de solvabilité). Without such a document you cannot rent an apartment or business premises, you can not take the credit or set up the company.

I was moving all the time straight ahead between the buildings, until I reached directly the river and by very nice path along the riverbed I ran through the woods. I passed the basketball and football courts and further, between blocks of flats I ran out on the Avenue du Léman. I crossed the street and under the railway viaduct got on Chemin du Levant. Just behind Déchèterie de la Perraudettaz I turned left into a narrow gravel lane which after a while becomes a forest path spilled with sawdust.

The path behind the garbage dump

The path behind the garbage dump

I ran along the river up to the Chemin de la Vuachère, I turned left sharply and ran up to an intersection with Chemin du Levant and I turned into it right up (already ran this street earlier). Now real climbing started up to the orange-blue post, on which the arrow orders to turn right (chemin provisoire). I ran flat for a moment and then down through residential area until the path that climbs up switchbacks up the grassy slope. At the top is worth to climb a bit highier to Belvédère de la Gottettaz, which offers a view to the eastern part of Lake Geneva (Haut Lac) and the Rhone Valley.

Belvédère de la Gottettaz

Belvédère de la Gottettaz

From the Belvédère I ran down to the left to the Parc de la Gottettaz. On the right side I passed the wooden sculpture of fox and on the left a large shelter. Running ahead I back to the vicinity of the river and along a large residential block climbed up to the Avenue de Bethusy. Here La Vuachère hiding in the underground channel.

The gutter

The gutter

Following fox footsteps I run next to Chailly roundabout and turn left into Avenue de la Vallonnette. I run up and at the Maison de quartier de Chailly turn right. I cross the square in front of the community center and run in between the trees and I run down where meet again La Vuachère.

After crossing a wooden bridge, I run by the path along the river to the farm Aebi, where fruits, vegetables, flowers can be bought and before Christmas, Christmass tree. I circle flowerbeds and greenhouses, and get on the Avenue Victor-Ruffy, where I turn right and in a moment right again.

Sir Thaddeus - Book I: The Farm

Sir Thaddeus – Book I: The Farm

I run down Avenue du Templeturn right and just after a little while left, into Chemin de Champ-Rond, which will guide me for about 550 meters through the quiet residential area, again away from the river. When La Vuachère appears once more, I cross it over the bridge and climb by the stairs to the parking place at Route d’Oron. Silver marking of the route carry me to the other side of the street, then I cross Avenue de Valmont and turn left into the forest. I run next to the building where the residents organize different events, such as birthday for children. Note, I do not run stright but turn right onto the wooden bridge and just after it to the left.

A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far

I have been bitten by a dog, whose owner carelessly let it go without a leash. I loose the time to escort this lady to her apartment to see if the dog was vaccinated against rabies. Luckily it was! In addition, the lady pays me $123 million as a compensation for traumatic experiences. Oh, probably I have hallucinations caused by the shock – here are not the United States. The owner of the dog just apologize me and we split up.

Verification

Verification

Light climbing begins on the path covered with sawdust. In the ravine on the left, weakly flows La Vuachère. I run to the point where the brook hides again underground to flow under the highway Lausanne Nord.

The gutter II

The gutter II

Hence, further up and to the left, and continue alongside the schoolyard (not yet run up to the bridge over the ravine). Continue along the path close to the estate I reach an covered walkway, through which enter the other side of the highway. I turned diagonaly to the right, encircle large block of flats and turned left into Chemin de Praz-Séchaud and after 260 meters turn left again on Avenue de Valmont. I cross the bridge over the ditch, where theoretically our river leaks and reach the last information board sur les traces du renard.

From here, I run left down on the Avenue de Valmont next to large meadow. I pass the buildings of Lausanne Transport Company (tl) and via the tunnel under the highway run to a group of tall buildings. Before the first of them, I turn left towards the riverbed of La Vuachère. I cross the bridge suspended high above the gorge (which I did not previously crossed from the opposite side) and I close the loop.

Riverbed of La Vuachère near Avenue de Valmont

Riverbed of La Vuachère near Avenue de Valmont

Now, all the time I run down following fox and my footsteps until La Tour Haldimand. In the vicinity of the Belvedere, where as I said, there is a great view to the lake, I see on it’s bottom some buildings, towers and turrets as well as mysterious shadows sneaking below the surface. So finally it is true, that the ancient sunken city exists at the bottom of Lake Geneva

And the matter of Lake Geneva? Correspondents arrived from all over Europe! They began to speak, that the sunken city was founded in the times described in De bello galico when the lake was so narrow that it did not mix its waters with the waters of the Rhone flowing through it. The local carriers enriched themselves, transporting tourists by boat to the middle of the lake; oil was poured into the water to get a better view… A famous Polish archaeologist sent to the country an article in which he asserted that he saw at the bottom of the lake the intersection of streets and equestrian statue!
/Umberto Eco, The Prague Cemetery/

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Why Mammut?

I ran today. For relaxation, for health, and to “keep all blog things, and ponder them in my heart”. Cold weather had to temper body and spirit, according to the principle anima sana in corpore sano, and beautifully shining sun delivered the appropriate dose of vitamin D. I ran down to Ouchy and continued the route by the boulevards along the lake to the east. When I ran by Quai d’Ouchy at the Olympic Museum I began to contemplate…

…why Mammut in the blog’s name?

Because I was impressed by carton movie “Ice Age” from 2002.

Reaching deeper into the recesses of the memory, I remembered that about 20 years ago I saw Mammut live “for the very first time”, like Roxette sings. It was the orange backpack with the lovely Mammut logo. It was totally different in comparison with the backpacks existing on Polish market at that time. This backpack had ventilation system which helps to prevent annoying perspiration. It was very expensive for Polish student but I couldn’t resist. I spent my whole monthly scholarship and I bought it. The backpack was with me on hiking and biking roads and on the running paths. I have it still today. Used… dirty… scuffed… but ready to be “on the road again”.

Eons have passed since my first and only purchase of the Mammut merchandise. One day I have landed in Switzerland, the home country of Mammut and realized that I have landed in paradise. Shops full of amazing goods with the Mammut logo on them. Those products are still the synonym of the highest quality for me. I bought already a lot of them like jackets, trousers, T-shirts, backpacks and hats… and it happened – friends started calling me The Mammut Man.