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Picture-perfect Guangxi: Cycling around Yangshuo

Picture-perfect Guangxi: Cycling around Yangshuo

  Yangshuo in a nutshell Feels like: Palma de Mallorca in the village center. Paradise in the countryside, on a sunny day. What to do: cycling, rock climbing, hiking, going on river cruises and bamboo raft cruises. But all that is more fun when the weather is nice. Where to stay: We stumbled upon a real “Fawlty Towers Hotel”! If we had known that before, we definitely would have booked there (well, at least one night…) Where to eat: West…

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Guilin – karst landscape, delicious goose and dangerous monkeys

Guilin – karst landscape, delicious goose and dangerous monkeys

  When you come with low expectations to a place, it’s likely you get pleasantly surprised. So it was with Guilin. A Canadian couple we had met in Mongolia had told us, Guilin wouldn’t really be worth staying long, we should quickly find our way to nearby Yangshou, which was supposed to be much more beautiful. But it turned out, the city is actually quite nice, it’s a small town (well, for China anyway, only roundabout five million inhabitants), and…

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Into the Wild Part III: Visiting Nomads in Terelj National Park

Into the Wild Part III: Visiting Nomads in Terelj National Park

  When we arrived at the bus station from where we were to depart to our first ger inside the Terelj National Park, we where amused at the three drunk Mongolians engaged in a fist fight next to an old Russian 4WD. Little did we know that it was the same 4WD that had come to pick us up, including the drunk Mongolians. Sow how many Mongolians fit in a standard sized 4WD? We counted and found out: ten people,…

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Into the Wild Part II: Nomad Life in the Middle Gobi

Into the Wild Part II: Nomad Life in the Middle Gobi

  Henry was already freaked out before we even started our trip to the Dundgovi Province, the Middle Gobi. Our Tour Operator Ger to Ger provided a crash course about Mongolian culture, language and outdoor security for us one day before we headed south. We wouldn’t be accompanied by a guide, but be out there and visit Nomad families on our own, be more like cultural explorers than tourists, so it’s probably good to know what NOT to do in…

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Into the Wild: Our autumn Baikal Adventure

Into the Wild: Our autumn Baikal Adventure

The short version : A great and exciting trip with Anton our guide, thank’s Anton!   The longer Version : So after that cultural shock in Novosibirsk we had booked a tour to the Baikal lake to get back to nature. Just the thing we needed. The train ride to Irkutsk was our longest so far – 31 hours. We started at six in the morning and arrived at three in the afternoon the next day. But it wasn’t so…

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Offa’s Lessons: What we learned from our defeat

Offa’s Lessons: What we learned from our defeat

  Britain – Anja & Henry: 1 – 0 After Henry had slipped a couple of times and presumably broke his left toe, we called off the Offa’s challenge. We almost made it halfway through, after seven days of walking. Not bad. But we could have done better, no doubt about it, we didn’t achieve our goal of walking the whole way. Well, next time. Or not. Some lessons we learnt anyway:   Take your time – take breaks. 425…

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