Merry Goes Round

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  • Day290

    No longer a vagabond. For now!

    April 30, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    My visit in Kiel and a mini canoeing adventure for now conclude my long term travels. I'm spending the summer in Berlin to work, see & make friends and to figure out what comes next for me. I'm equally thankful for the last year of me-time and excited for a good couple of months in one great place like Berlin.

    And extra thankful for all those who have been part of my journey. It always means a lot to know you are making yourself part of this journey by reading up on my trips and catching up on skype calls and such. Two of these most wonderful people in my life are in this same boat (canoe) with me :)
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  • Day289

    Same climb, different brother :)

    April 29, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ⛅ 6 °C

    Mo and I had planned a climb into a canyon at lake Wolfgang, but after a full night of snow, the climb was covered in a foot of snow and we had to change our plans​. So we decided to do the dragon wall climb which I had done with my younger brother a week earlier.

    It was so fun, again. Mo is such a natural climber and rocked through the 3 hour climb in just over 2 hours! I could barely keep up ;) The whole trip including hiking in and out was nice, sunny and we just enjoyed a great time together. Thanks Mo, and let's do that again soon :)Read more

  • Day286

    Rainy day program

    April 26, 2017 in Italy ⋅ ⛅ 12 °C

    Since it rained ALL day, we went climbing indoors. We've been to a few boulder places​ in the last 2 weeks and this one kind of disappointed us. But it has tons of climbing also which meant that we got to try some higher climbs and it turned out pretty fun.

    After 2 weeks of hitting my shins and knees against rocks and walls, I officially have "Boulder-Beine" (boulder legs) & "Kletter-Knie" (climbing knees) now! :)

    Time for a lazy rest day tomorrow...
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  • Day285

    A day getting better by the hour

    April 25, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 13 °C

    Today started with heavy rain and no chance of climbing on wet, slippery rock walls :(
    So the day started slowly with work and some ping pong. By midday the rain finally stopped and we got to hike up to a castle through a small trail along olive orchards.

    The weather got even better and so we jumped in the car and drove to Mori, which has a fantastic climb up a steep wall outside of town. We had the best time, I was on a high from climbing and really enjoyed the scenery.

    The third part of the day turned into a small barbeque party with other climbers and base jumpers we met on the trail and in our campsite. I had a great time prepping food for everyone and realized how much I miss cooking. Good timing since soon I'll have my own kitchen again :)
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  • Day284

    Trying to climb

    April 24, 2017 in Italy ⋅ 🌫 12 °C

    After an eventful weekend, we left for Italy, fleeing to the southern Alps for less rain, no snow and hence more climbing!! :) Both my brothers bailed on us for different reasons and so the family trip turned into a trip with my brother's childhood friend Julian.

    Today, we did 2 climbing routes and a scenic 9 hour hike in total. It started a bit frustrating with all the exciting parts of the trail being old rusty ladders (pic 2) instead of rock climbing, but the second climb was great and made up for it all! We also got to explore some old military ruins and tunnels through the mountains. What a fun day!Read more

  • Day281

    Taming a dragon

    April 21, 2017 in Austria ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    Today, we did one of Austria's highlight fixed-rope-climbs "the dragon wall". It was our first longer outdoor climb and a challenging one for beginners for sure. But after the practicing indoors, we felt ready for a more challenging one.

    The hike goes up the steep wall on the left of picture #2 all the way to the mountain summit. We were climbing for 3 hours and then hiked down on the other side of the mountain for another 2. And to be honest, for the first 20 minutes or so I was quite nervous. Climbing outside simply is another story than being indoors where everything is controlled, secured and known. But being on the fixed rope is super safe and so we got to learn and enjoy 3 amazing hours of adventure.

    I definitely learned to trust myself and the equipment and we've all caught the climbing fever now :)
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  • Day280

    Relay racing (but slowly, slowly)

    April 20, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ⛅ 0 °C

    I'm on my first trip while spending the next few months in Germany, having some brother-sister time in Austria where my older brother lives. We're here​ for his birthday and for some outdoor fun and so when I arrived, we went straight into the woods to have some adventures.

    This trail is a classic brother-sister hike and the highlight usually is going up to the wattefalls, which you can walk beneath / behind. This time, the waterfall was full of icicles, turning the scenery into a beautiful winter wonderland.

    But the real adventure started after the falls. We went into deep snow - hiking, jumping and siding down the mountainside. Once we got to the base, Mo's dog Calypso started having bad hind leg cramps and soon she was unable to walk. So we turned around, and the guys took turns carrying her along the trail. She's pretty heavy and so we had to switch every few minutes (I took her a few times, but couldn't hold her longer than a minute or two). But it felt like a beautiful team effort and we got reminded of the strength of sticking together and having each other's backs.
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  • Day276

    Surprise, I'm back :)

    April 16, 2017 in Germany ⋅ ☁️ 7 °C

    I came home for Easter with the family and mainly to surprise my close friend Elena for her bachelorette party. Once again, I feel so lucky having all these precious people in my life.
    Some additional perks of being back: forest walks with the family, boulder fun in Kiel, kiting at 3 degrees Celsius and hanging out with my mum. It feels good to be here.Read more

  • Day268

    One last adventure in South America

    April 8, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

    My last day in Peru and South America was yet another adventure. Max's flight left in the late afternoon and mine early the next day, and we spent the time we had in the foothills outside of town. On a rental motorbike, we went through small towns and along farms on gravel and dirt roads. A fun adventure and then it started raining and the real adventure began. The dirt roads got so slippery, I had to get off the bike every now and then. Soon the mud was everywhere, I think my backpack will never look the same again ;) After a dry stop in a little town in the hills with a hot tea and soup, we made our way back to dry off and pack for the long flights.

    My weeks in South America have been incredible. Full of awesome locals, beautiful landscapes, unforgettable experiences and our awesome travel family. I plan to strengthen my Spanish and to be back for sure!

    Next stop: Germany for a few months.
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  • Day267

    Long way back

    April 7, 2017 in Peru ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    We had another early start, going all the way up out of the valley. By 7am, it was already insanely hot - I've probably never sweated more in my life... Ooh and I've never seen a bigger taranchula than the one in pic 2!

    But with liters of water and a bag full of snacks, we made it back by mid afternoon. Since we still had time and a little delivery pickup offered a ride, we made our way back to Cachora much faster than planned. And started a whole other adventure that day :)

    The pickup stalled and then died partway. Which we almost didn't mind - we had stopped with the most beautiful view! After sharing our leftover snacks with a local family and waiting for a while, we were picked up by another taxi. On the way to the next town, about an hour away, we picked up a few more locals, filling a small car with 7 people plus our backpacks. In our next taxi to the next town, we were 8 people with 5 big bags! We were going fairly slow, as cows, sheep, mules, pigs and dogs were all over the roads, not really willing to let us through :) We then finally took a 3 hour bus and got back to the city by 10pm. Definitely many adventures and a beautiful trek I highly recommend (it's possible to take this one and then continue 3 more days to Machu Picchu and another ancient city on the way)
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