alpha /æɫfə/ -phas [Greek alpha (άλφα), from the Phoenician aleph] 1. the first letter of the Greek alphabet (Α, α) 2. the first in order of precedence 3. Astron. the brightest star in a constellation 4. the first version of a new software product that satisfies all the requirements and is distributed to internal testers   hütte /ˈhʏtə/ n. hütten [old high German hutta, from Indo-European *kudhia-, related with *(s)keu- “to cover”] 1. a little house or cabin of the plainest or crudest kind 2. mountain hut as those commonly found in European Alps   alphahutte n. [comb. of alpha and hütte] A. the Internet website dedicated to travel, outdoors, photography, science, technology, etc. B. the personal website of Andrea Busnelli

Spiti Valley below cloudy sky

Spiti Valley

Bare mountain sides, streaky rock formations and that angry sky full of menacing clouds always looking down at you… This is Spiti Valley in Indian…

Monk in the kitchen at Ki Gompa

Monk at Ki Gompa

He invited us to drink tea, as customary when visiting Tibetan monasteries. But this time it was different, few had been granted access to the…

Discovering Guanxi’s Bucolic Countryside

During October 2011 I traveled to southern China for a short tour of Guanxi. Guanxi lies some ten hours by train from Hong Kong and features stunning sceneries that attract Chinese tourists and foreigners alike. Famous mainly for karst landscapes around Yangshuo and the beautiful countryside, the region is also particularly interesting for its historic villages and minorities.

Cerveza Taquina

In Bolivia, as in many places around South America, walls are painted with signs and other drawings to promote commercial activities. An early version of…