Wednesday, 20 June 2012

How far would you walk for Coffee?
Midsummer Coffee on a Glacier


Up there
Someone has stayed
in tents, overnight

I walk on a giant snowdrift,
at a safe distance from the edge.

while the mountain guide
inches closer, step by careful step,

A trekking group traversing the glacier,
roped together - a safety precaution,

with each step there is a risk of falling
into a crevasse hidden under the glacier's snow cover

One last effort,
one more slope to climb,

and then there is coffee,
served in a china cup with saucer,

and a glorious 360° view
of mountain peaks

Coffee served 9000 feet above sea level
at Seethaler Lodge
Dachstein Glacier
Styria, Austria

Images and Text © by Merisi

22 comments:

  1. Wow.. you/d never catch me doing that for coffee. Chai, perhaps.. ;)

    Lovely images, Merisi. :)

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    1. Nest time, I'll ask for Chai! :-)
      Thank you!

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    2. Next, n e x t , next time!
      ;-)

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  2. "Ain't no mountain high enough
    Ain't no valley low enough
    Ain't no river wide enough
    To keep me from getting to you, (my aromatic coffee)"

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  3. WOW, Merisi! What an inspiring set of photos! Well done you!

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  4. inspiring and so totally beyond anything i can even imagine doing, sugar! well done you! xoxoxox

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    1. A really nice way to escape the heat and humidity down below! ;=)

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    1. I know, and I'll take you up there (with a mountain guide) when you come to Vienna!
      xxx

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  6. Now THAT is the place to drink coffee in a white china cup and saucer! Amazing.

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    1. And it was a really good cup of coffee! :-)

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  7. Great story and photos. I love that there are no styrofoam or paper cups, even at the mountaintop! A much more sustainable practice. Congratulations on your courage to cross a covered glacier. Don't think I'd do that.

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    1. While I was sitting there, drinking coffee literally on the rocks, a team member of the lodge started shovelling snow onto the roof. The sun would thaw it , and the snow water would run off into a tank, to provide water for the lodge.

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  8. A wonderful summer coffe ! I follow you...:)

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    1. Thank you for your company! :-)

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    1. Maybe you'll change your mind once August settles in?
      (Vienna felt like Louisiana last night, hot and humid as can be. I longed to be back up at the mountain top, possibly overnight, to catch some stiff breeze in the early morning:)

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  10. Not your average kaffeehaus...but what a view as reward with the coffee! Thanks for sharing a real adventure.

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  11. Anonymous24 June, 2012

    Beautiful !!! These pictures are appealing me ... not especially for coffee though ... Appealing me by themselves ...
    Marie-Noëlle

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  12. Wow, this is the peak of enjoyment!

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