Author: dorin

Guilin (Li river and Longji Rice Terrace)

April 30, 2024

Xingping is a small town next to the Li river that provides that postcard picture, portrayed even on the 20Yuan notes. Packed with tourists during the day, lots of photoshoots in the evening, oddly we weee the only ones in the morning. the Longji Rice Terraces are an absolute must see.

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the mountains: Emei, Zhangijajie and Tianmen

April 20, 2024

the scenic part of the trip started. first we went up to Mt Emei, we planned to do the hike, 17km with 3’000m climb (over stairs) but due to organizational reasons we took the cable car and we got an excellent sunrise. After Mt Emei we moved on to the Zhangijajie, also known as the […]

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Chengdu – the home of pandas

April 16, 2024

Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987 , started with 6 pandas that were rescued from the wild, overall with 244 births, 10 permanent residents and home to the famous HuaHua; so many accounts on TikTok for that name, we must have been the only visitors who came to see the other pandas. As one […]

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April 8, 2024

Xi’an, or eternal peace, was China’s capital during several dynasties. It surprised us with its ancient and remarkably well preserved history. The most famous attraction in Xian is the Terra-cotta Soldiers, discovered in 1974.  The soldiers, representing Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s imperial guards, are located 1500 meters from his tomb. Each has a unique face, […]

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The Great Wall of China

April 6, 2024

The wall as we know it was continuously built over 1,700 years. It began in the 3rd century BC, before the Punic wars… we were super lucky, I don’t think we saw more than 20 people the entire day. The Beijing crowds usually go to Mutianyu, Sabine arranged for us to go Jinshanling section, parts […]

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April 5, 2024

we finally made it to China! we bought our first tickets in nov 2020 for march 21… here we try again, after a super fast and easy visa process, now even easier for Swiss,  we managed 3 years later to make it Beijing is home to 21m people and was founded in 1045BC. the history […]

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August 13, 2023
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August 7, 2023

6 years later we’re back in our most preferred philippino diving location

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Panama City

April 29, 2022
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San Gerardo de Dota

April 28, 2022

returning to Trogon lodge in San Gerardo de Dota did not disappoint, twice we went to search for the quetzal, twice we saw it. last day we even saw three males. but none were posing as the one four years ago…

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Corcovado – Sirena Station

April 26, 2022

For the 3rd time in Corcovado, the Sirena park is amazing, just as we were used to. Again our guide was no other than Milton    

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La Selva biological station

April 16, 2022

  the day before we had a super fun day rafting down the Sarapiquí river

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April 15, 2022

during the lock down and sequential period made us prioritise our next destination by a simple scale: which did we like most. we are now for the third time in Costa Rica, its wild life is just incredible

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October 24, 2021

the place that mesmerised me for so long, I was worried the memories were nicer than the reality, but it did not disappoint. the dunes at sunrise, when only half are lit, the dead trees of the Deadvlei and even the funky petrol station from Solitaire should be on any photographer’s bucketlist

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Cape Cross seals

October 23, 2021

Today Cape Cross Seal Reserve is owned by the government of Namibia  is the home of one of the largest colonies of  cape fur seals in the world. maybe due to its health I was pleasantly surprised to see it does not smell as bad as I expected. along the Sossus coast we have seen […]

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October 22, 2021

dusting off (literlally) after 3 days in the desert it was time to admire the wildlife found in the Walvis Bay – Swapkomund area. kayaking with the seals from Pelikan point was more than enjoyable, they are very curious and playful creatures, they come and sniff at you, grab your paddle else it might simply […]

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Namib desert

October 21, 2021

I have been waiting a long long time to finally be deep in the Namib desert, especially after the private flight fiasco 9 years  ago (turned out I booked the wrong route..😳) I was hoping in the last 9 years driving from Sossusvlei to Swapkomund would become a reality, still not allowed… we booked a […]

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October 20, 2021
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October 19, 2021

Ongava reserve – back after 9 years, same amazing waterhole with rhinos coming to drink in the evening, sundowner with 8 rhinos, still remains the place we liked the most in Namibia

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October 18, 2021

The waterholes in Etosha park are impressive to see, in some we spent hours just watching the show

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October 17, 2021

Okonjima offers the best chance to view wild leopard in Namibia, as well as those collared for research purposes, in their natural habitats. Research programme leopard are actively tracked, and their collars are an invaluable resource for locating, and then returning to the Reserve, cats which have migrated to surrounding farmland where they are perceived […]

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Lofoten – Reine (p.2)

September 24, 2021

I think best time to see Lofoten is in the winter as well have the chance to see the Northern lights, maybe summer is also nice, but with the weather we had it’ll take some convincing to get Sabine here again

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Lofoten – Reine (p.1)

September 23, 2021

undoubtedly the most famous picture of Lofoten is the one from Hamnoy, we managed to have our manor right behind the usually depicted ones, walking distance, perfect for the sunrise picture, me and lots ofter of photographers. if in the first part we were impressed on how nice hiking is in Norway then Lofoten proved […]

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Lofoten – Svolvær

September 22, 2021

located in the middle of the Lofoten archipelago, traditional fishing village, was chosen due to the proximity of the some hikes we wanted to do. The initial plan was to do 11 hikes overall in the 8 days we planned in Lofoten, we only did 2 (two), the weather was that bad. Don’t be fooled […]

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Lofoten – Andenes & Orcas

September 21, 2021

second part of the Norway trip takes us to Lofoten, an increasing destination in popularity. it is constantly featured in photographic magazines and forums, for me it was clear we must see it. Unfortunately we also left the nice weather behind and we experienced what might be the traditional Norwegian summer everyone was talking about. […]

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September 17, 2021

being one of Norway’s oldest cities Stavanger did not disappoint, its ol town is a pleasure to stroll or run through. first night we went to a tapas place, rather good rated…by all U20s, we felt ancient…

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September 16, 2021

an we thought Trolltunga was a busy hike…welcome to what must be the busiest hiking path in Norway leading to none other than what might be the most known cliff drop in the world. i think this was the first thing I knew of Norway. I was hoping to see some base jumpers, the hight, […]

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Skapet huts

September 15, 2021

I think the entire Norway idea came when Sabine saw an episode of Kara and Nate when they visit these super cute huts. the hike there is short, about half of it on boulders but along a cute spring making its way through a beautiful meadow. it is not serviced so you are responsible to leave […]

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September 14, 2021

Very popular hike and known destination Trolltunga did not disappoint. The hike started with a super low cloud which in the end I liked much more the view it provided as opposed to just the lake. being a rather famous instagram spot the queue to have your picture taken was rather impressive and I was […]

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Husedalen waterfalls valley

September 13, 2021

4 waterfalls on a 5hrs hike, I must admit I was impressed by the Norvegian waterfalls, and indeed they proved to be rather standard around here, filled by the glaciers are impressive in size (if I get sabine to write there will be more interesting text 😏)

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Juklavass glacier

September 12, 2021

After first fjord crossing we drove almost entire day to do a hike on the Juklavass glacier. Although the glacier is not even close to the usual glaciers, this one being pretty much a cone cap, the organisers were focused on teaching how to cross a glacier using ice picks, ice screws and crampons. from […]

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Norway – Oslo & Bergen

September 2, 2021

second leg of our mini sabbatical takes us into Norway. Oslo was a brief harbour visit hence only one picture. Bergen though super cute and beautiful what you see in the pictures is pretty much all of it 🙂

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 10

August 27, 2021

Tré le Champ – Chamonix lovely 10 days of hiking, it can easily be done in 7 or 8, we chose the relaxed way, on avg 5-6hrs per day, sometimes up to 9. stunning hike, apart from Fenetre d’Arpette is an easy hike 12.2km ↑1102 ↓1070 in total 156km with 9’666m elevation gain & loss

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 9

August 26, 2021

Trient – Col du Balme – Tré le Champ 15.5km ↑1128 ↓1070

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 8

August 25, 2021

Champex Lac – Fenetre d’Arpette – Trient the most scenic but also toughest stage of them all, the upper steep part is like climbing Mt Doom and descending into Mordor…we even saw a helicopter mountain rescue into action… 15k.4m ↑1200 ↓1400

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 7

August 20, 2021

La Fouly – Champex Lac 15km ↑630 ↓666

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 6

Rifugio Bonatti–Grand Col Ferret–La Fouly 20km ↑937 ↓1321

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 5

August 19, 2021

Tour de Mont Blanc – day 5 Refugio Courmayeur – Rifugio Bonatti 15km ↑1’094 ↓469  

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 4

August 17, 2021

Refugio Elisabetta to Courmayeur – till now the most scenic stage 14km ↑517 ↓988

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 3

Les Chapieux–Col de la Seigne–Rifugio Elisabetta 15km ↑1’100 ↓469

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 2

Les Contamines–Croix du Bonhomme–Les Chapieux 19km ↑1’200 ↓940 (knee festival)

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Tour de Mont Blanc – day 1

August 14, 2021

Les Houches–Refuge de Miage–Les Contamines 14km, 38 degrees max, 1’180 m up / 1‘336 m down  

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July 25, 2021

a long overdue hike but was worth the wait  

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January 3, 2021

Back in Cape Town we stayed again at the Radisson Waterfront Hotel, as it just has such a good location. The remainder of our days we spent running at Sea Point, going for a walk and a picknick to the beautiful Kirstenbosch botanical gardens with its treetop walkway, the boomslang, meeting a friend of Dorin’s […]

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