South America

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[...]

My Brazilian dream

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I used to dream about Brazil long before I went there, I thought about samba, carnival, the huge Jesus statue, but most of all about snakes, scary dogs and pirates. My grandfather, who was a captain, moved to Brazil long before I was born, and the few times I met him he told stories about his huge killer dogs and the snakes on his farm. After visiting the[...]

The ABC of preparing Ceviches

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Ceviches is a fish dish typically found in the coastal regions of South America. Whilst I was volunteering in Peru it became a staple part of my diet and a dish I love to prepare when I want to eat something a little more exotic. Ceviches can be prepared in many ways but this recipe is how my Peruvian host family taught me to cook it so it’s the one I stick [...]

A New Wave of Tourism-Border Crossings and Favela Tours

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I was extremely surprised when I came across this article the other day, talking about tourists paying to go on a simulation of a Mexico-USA border crossing. The participants pay a relatively small fee (one is cited as 15 USD) to race after mock human traffickers without food or water. The slow ones are captured by "border patrol vans" and "deported". For me[...]

Colombia - Hanging with the Natives

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One time, in Colombia, while drinking cheap beer and philosophing on sidewalks, I met a guy named Francisco, who was from a tribe called Wiwa. The Wiwa live far up in the Sierra Nevada and Francisco invited me to come and meet his family and people in his village. I don't often get offered to hang out with mountain tribes, so clearly I jumped at the chance. [...]

portraits from along the way: bianca in sao paulo

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In summer 2006 I came to Sao Paulo with plans to live there for about 3 months to learn perfect portuguese, maybe get a job and be oh so productive. But really I had unknowingly moved to the headquarters of party central and spent my days sleeping and my nights out partying. I'm pretty sure I had a total of 2 nights in during that time. So really, it hardly [...]

Salsa without Music is like Nachos without Salsa

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MY PERSONAL OCTOBERFEST I've always felt like a stranger at home. Ever since I went to Argentina for the first time, I had decided that deep in my heart, I am a porteña (that's the name for the girls here). At home in Berlin most people think I'm crazy because I'm always smiling, I dance in the supermarket and sing with my eyes closed. Average stuff in[...]

Portraits from along the way: Lolo in Buenos Aires

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I remember very little about Lolo. It was the early in the year of 2006 and I had just arrived in Buenos Aires planning to stay there for a couple of months. Since I didnt know anyone there I contacted a few random people via myspace to find out what's happening in BA. Lolo was nice enough to invite me over for a BBQ with her and her friends one afternoon an[...]

How I spent the best week of my life in the Brazilian rainforest (and have no photos of it)

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This is me in april 2006 on a 5 day boat trip on a river in Brazil. Not just any river - the Amazon. It is also the only photo left to remind me of what was probably the best week of my life. In september 2005 I took off for a one year trip around the world and when people ask me about my favorite part of the trip I tell them about the Amazon jungle. [...]

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