Mountains

Inzell, Bavaria - the active getaway

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Surrounded by mountains, far away from traffic and shopping malls, lies the quiet Bavarian town of Inzell, situated in the South of Germany, between Munich and Salzburg. The village has a mere 300 residents making it the perfect getaway from the daily stressful routine with guaranteed calm and time for relaxation. But that doesn't mean it's boring! Inzell of[...]

Stairway to nothingness, Austria

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What's the bravest thing you've done on your travels? Skydiving? Bungee jumping? Whitewater rafting? Cycling Bolivia's most dangerous road? Drinking that bucket cocktail three times the size of your head at a beach party in Thailand? Well there is a new attraction in Austria made to make your knees shake and test your stomach to the max- beware this is not o[...]

Wining and Dining in South Tyrol

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Having lived relatively close to the ocean for most of my life, I'm used to flat landscapes, moderate coastal climate and a constant breeze. Even during my travels I stayed true to this pattern - with the sunny hills of California being the most unusual environment. With this in mind, you can imagine my amazement when we were approaching the mountains of [...]

On hiking in Iceland

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I once spent a year living in Iceland and I quickly came to learn a couple of special things about this place: in winter most walkways are ice-free due to intelligent piping the country's culinary specialty is rotten shark which instead of chewing is swallowed down with Brennivín (really strong alcohol) the consumption of Coca Cola per capita is high[...]

Travelettes Guide to Snowboarding in Hafjell, Norway

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Snowboarding in Norway is good. No, really it is. I never thought I'd type that sentence after ten years snowboarding in the Alps and only in the Alps, but yes, snowboarding in Norway is good. Now I know what you're thinking, you don't believe me, so allow me to answer some of your questions. Where did you go? We spent five days in Haf[...]

Go and watch a mountain movie

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Would I trade a sandy beach for an exciting mountain adventure? Swimming in a calm lake for racing down a rapid torrent? Or strolling through a crowded city for hiking along a lonely path? Am I an explorer myself? And do I like to meet people with the same passion? If you've answered 'yes' to all of the above you will want to read on. Let me introduce you t[...]

Ischgl, Tyrol - of stars and slopes

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When the offer rolled in whether I wanted to go on a trip to my home country of Austria, I was already dreaming of sunshine, snow and mountains. Living in Berlin is great but I do sometimes miss the mountains. I was very excited this was happening - soon enough I was on my way to reach the ultimate dream destination in the Alps: Ischgl, Tyrol. Ischgl is a p[...]

10 Reasons why Snowboarding in Laax rocks

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"I can see snooooow!!!" - Every year I am looking forward to this day. When suddenly huge snowy mountains appear in front of me. When the landscape slowly turns from looking grey and dusty into a white magic winter wonderland.  That's the time for the first shred, the first ride down a snowy piste and that first true winter feeling. Arrival in Laax, [...]

A Survival Guide for High Altitude

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  Pristine blue skies contrasting with the pure whiteness of salt deserts; vertiginous roads cutting through rainbow-coloured mountains; proud llamas strolling the high plateaus of the altiplano: the wild landscapes of the Andes range will take your breath away. Quite literally so, actually: above 2 500 or 3 000 meters, you might start experiencing w[...]