Off the beaten track

A Weekend Bike Trip up the California Coast

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A few weekends ago I joined a group of 28 excited cyclists on a bike trip up north. My ambitious friend Anya began planning this trip weeks in advance and our numbers grew and grew until the date. We started in San Francisco and traveled about 35 miles to Samuel P Taylor State Park. The way was filled with flat tires, long lunches and water breaks, and some [...]

Ona - A Coastal Time Travel

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Growing up in a Norwegian town located on seven islands, Ålesund, I've always felt a strong connection to the sea. Being a kid of the coast and mountains, these are the places where I can relax the most. One of the most beautiful places I know is the island Ona, a tiny fishing community which has been populated for centuries due to its proximity to the Atlan[...]

Rock Climbing in Las Vegas?

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Las Vegas. You may picture bright lights, Eiffel Tower shaped hotels, show girls, slot machines. I picture red sandstone cliffs, low cacti, and days spent out in the desert sun. The Las Vegas area is different for me because I’ve only experienced the famous downtown Strip out of the window of the car as we drove passed it to enter Red Rock Canyon. Over winte[...]

Sonic Iceland

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It all started on a cold and miserable winter morning in 2009 in Cologne, Germany. Marcel is meeting Kai, his former flatmate who wants to go on a very special trip with him. A few months later, in summer 2010, they are travelling to Iceland. With the help of Icelandic partners and donations from all over the world they were able to realise their idea of a d[...]

Dreaming of Gozo

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It’s a little ironic that I’m about to tell you about a great summer destination as I sit on the sofa in my flat under a blanket, wearing thermal undies and two pairs of ski socks. However, there is nothing like a bit of imaginative escapism to warm you up during a long cold winter! “Gozo? Huh?! Where?” Yes, that’s what most people say when I mention [...]

Bolivia – a visual journey

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When you think of Bolivia you might think of a third-world country with run-down places and cities, but what I experienced there was pure beauty and absolutely stunning nature: endless salt flats, colorful lakes, hot springs, dynamite explosions and the most dangerous road in the world. Bolivia really got me, that´s why  I want to provide you with a little b[...]

Grander than Grand Canyon

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I've seen some pretty cool and crazy sights over the years but really nothing compares to Bryce Canyon national park in good old Utah USA. Time for a physical geography lesson on this travel blog; interestingly you can’t really use the word “canyon” to describe Bryce because it is carved by freeze-thaw cycles, not a river (this travelette is a geography g[...]

Day Hikin' in Oakland, California

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I'm afraid I've been spending entirely too much time in the city lately. I love living in Oakland and I'm super focused on my school work right now, but these last few week I've started to feel a bit of urban cabin fever. Each weekend is a scramble to organize a trip, any little trip, just to get out and exercise the Travelette in me. However, many of my rec[...]

Small City Love: Missoula, Montana

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When we travel to cities, we often opt for larger, better known destinations.  It's understandable to do this because of the time that goes into travel, language barriers, and not being sure if we'll be able to successfully find things to occupy ourselves with, but one of my favorite parts about staying in a country for a longer period of time is getting to [...]

Ko phan gan - half moon party

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You've probably heard of Ko phan gan and you've almost definitely heard of full-moon parties before. Arriving on Ko samui I had missed the last ferry to Ko tao and so decided to spend one night on Ko phan gan. As it turned out the bi-monthly half moon party was happening that night so together with a few others I went to check it out. Not the classiest of p[...]