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5,200 Steps to Sunrise: Climbing Adam's Peak

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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 o[...]

Summer Getaway: the Swiss Engadin Valley

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It's already summer half-time (or is it early late end already?) and all I can think of is what kind of trips I'd like to squeeze into the remaining weeks of this always too short season. I'm thinking white sandy beaches on Greek islands, bustling seaside cities like Barcelona and endless party nights spent in romantic rooftop-bars in Istanbul. The invitatio[...]

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[...]

Reaching new heights in the Dolomites

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Arrival at Alpe de Siusi began before we got there. On the slow and winding morning ride up to our mountain hut from the charming basecamp at Siusi allo Sciliar, the fog lifted. The mountains peered out, each climb in elevation revealing new shades of green. Even earlier, on a cozy night train (my first since moving to Berlin!) to Munich, I felt the incoming[...]

7 Ways to Experience Mendoza

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Argentina's wine capital offers much in the way of sensorial experiences. While enjoying its 320+ days of sun a year, stark mountain landscapes, vineyard-striped countryside and bustling downtown, try some of these suggestions for fully enjoying this wonderful land. 1) Meander Mendoza's wide, tree-lined streets make excellent strolling territory. It's pede[...]

7 things to do in Nassfeld, Austria

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These past weeks, I've been feeling like a robot. The same routine every day: going to work, doing sports, writing university applications, eating, waiting for him to call and not sleeping enough. I'd been having  headaches on the daily and my motivation was on its very lowpoint. It was exactly the moment when a travelette knows just what she needs to do: G[...]

Hiking in Norway

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Ever since I moved away from Norway I find there is something magical about returning to the fjords and the mountains. After spending time in the ”concrete jungle” or in small green spots in the city it is liberating to go walking for hours and get some fresh mountain-air. Sometimes you can also find a nice spot to take a (freezing) bath. When I go[...]

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