14 meter altitude

I’m sitting in a coffee bar in Miraflores, Lima. I’m figuring out what adventurous things I should do in Peru. The Inca trail and Salkantay trekking are listed in practically every top 10 list I find. Would I than still want to do this? Or will it be one big polonaise towards Machu Picchu? I’m not sure. Anyway, these are booked out until as far as I can plan. Let’s go for a challenging hike alternative in the Peruvian Andes: El camino del Apu Ausangate (the road of Apu Ausangate). I have no regrets!

3410 meter altitude

I’m standing on the rooftop of my home-stay house in Cusco. Looking southeast I can see the snow capped Ausangate mountain in the distance. That’s where I’m going! Read More

‘Buenos Dias Guapa!’, Señor Pepe says while watching the TV from his home-trainer. He’s wearing a T-shirt that says ‘Aqui todo es muy bueno‘, meaning ‘Here’s everything very good.’ Pepe moves from his home-trainer to the counter where his ‘caña‘ (glass of beer) is located. Before I order I’m already offered to try a piece of the local cheese. ‘How was the beach today?’ he asks. I tell him about my day and order some seasonal fruit. Read More

SONY DSCExcited I’m putting on my new shoes bought on the local Thursday market of Chefchaouen. Oops, two left shoes! This came at no surprise as the market existed out of piles of things, shoes included. I went back, the shoe salesman was still there, he laughed about the incident, and then took off on a 15-minute market exploration in search for the right right shoe. Shoe found and everybody happy for only 800 Dirham (9 euro! I bet I could have got it for 5 but the price was fair enough don’t you think?). This is hospitality in Chefchaouen, a blue mystic mountain town in the Rif region of Morocco. Read More

tonga-island-timeA dot in the Pacific Ocean, a remote paradise destination, far away from civilization surrounded by endless blue seas. People are wearing woven mats as skirts and directions are based upon “the next coconut tree”.  This is the kingdom of Tonga: Where time begins and time stood still. I thought that this was ultimate paradise. This is an understatement. This travel experience goes beyond everything I ever imagined paradise to be.

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Possibly the only daily routine that exists in Tarifa is watching the sunset. Each day Tarifa is spoiled with a fascinating sunset show!  Its super different and so beautiful every day again. La Costa de la Luz (the Coast of Light) lives up to its name. These are a few of my favorite sunset moments of 2013…

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