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Lugu Lake, bordering northwest Yunnan and southern Sichuan provinces of China, is known for its clean waters, amazing views and as the land of the matriarchs. In addition to being home to the Mosuo, a unique matriarchal ethnic minority, Lugu Lake is the second deepest lake in China. I had first learned about the lake in 2010, while I was living in Yunnan, but never had the time for a …

[ Written by guest | 28 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

“Are you ready?”, I heard him say right into my ear. “Yes,” I say. NO, I think – but what can you do. Slowly I start walking forwards. Suddenly a heavy weight pulls me back and forces me to stop. “And now run,” he shouts from the back. I do as I’m told – and as any woman would do when pilot Dreamy Eyes commands. Left, right, left, right; at …

[ Written by Kathi | 26 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

A few weeks ago was my birthday, and for the first time in years I was not going to celebrate it in a big city, surrounded by a group of friends. This time, I didn’t feel like having a party. I wanted to spend it somewhere I’d never been before; to make the day an adventure. I was yearning for new horizons to explore – preferably of the spectacular kind. What I had …

[ Written by Marie C | 16 Aug 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

Camping makes my heart beat faster – bonfire, BBQs and picnics, a comfy sleeping bag, being woken up by the sun and watching a beautiful sunset over the hills. That a camping trip does not always work out that way has been stated before, but ever since I moved to the UK I realized that the cooler temperatures of the north make for a very pleasant camping experience. When German …

[ Written by Kathi | 8 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments | ]

“Waterfall? No one said anything about a waterfall before.” My heart skipped a beat and my already compressed chest trapped in a neoprene suit felt even worse. I was sitting in a rafting boat with a group of people who had (like me) never done this before. With only 30 minutes to go on our tour we thought the worst was already over when they made us jump into the …

[ Written by Kathi | 25 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | ]

“Where is the 4×4?”, “Check the gear stick!”, “I am, there is nothing.” “Maybe a button?!” “A button? Since when do you put the 4×4 in with a button?”.
When three very proficient drivers cannot find it, chances are that no, the car you hired is not hiding the 4×4 from you, it simply does not have one. And as it is not the Batmobile, chances that it will magically grow …

[ Written by Annika | 24 Jun 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

2:00 a.m. is an awfully early time for the alarm to ring. Especially when 80% of your previous day was spent on jam-packed buses, your sleep count barely reaches 3 hours, and… you have a mountain to climb.
Not just any mountain, either: the famously challenging Sri Pada, more commonly known as Adam’s Peak — a venerable ridge that towers above most of Sri Lanka’s hill country, with a height of 2,243 metres. At …

[ Written by Marie C | 1 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | ]

Whenever I’m planning a big trip or doing something for the first time I always like to develop a good idea of what to expect. Like an image in my head of how it is going to be and what I might learn as part of this new adventure. It would be fair to say that when my husband and I decided to ride our bicycles almost 5,000 miles across the …

[ Written by guest | 22 May 2014 | 6 Comments | ]

Born in landlocked Austria the sea and all countries with a long coastline have always fascinated me. Family holidays to Greece were the highlight of my childhood, but trips to the islands of Denmark and a cruise along the Norwegian coast consolidated my love for the Northern shores. Ever since I graduated from high school Scotland has been my dream – the lush green fields spotted with Highland cows and …

[ Written by Kathi | 17 May 2014 | 5 Comments | ]

Lately, I have been telling you a lot about the unpredictability of the Scottish weather and how to get used to it. Ironically, I was proven wrong consecutive sunshine, but no way to enjoy it. Don’t get me wrong, I love playing outside in the sun – just I could not do that, all tangled up in end of term deadlines and library sessions. I could not wait to finish …

[ Written by Kathi | 27 Apr 2014 | 6 Comments | ]