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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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Templestay at Naesosa

Templestay at Naesosa

  Korean Temples allow visitors to get a glimpse of the life of a buddhist monk through the Templestay program. It’s usually a one-night and two-days schedule, but some temples allow you to stay longer, which is what we wanted. I don’t think you can get a real impression in just around 22 hours. Also, we really felt like we could use some rest and take things at a slower pace than the last couple of weeks. After some research about the different…

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Miyajima Island

Miyajima Island

  Miyajima is a small island, just over half an hour by train plus a ten minute ferry ride away from Hiroshima. It’s home to the famous “floating gate”, several shrines and temples (Daisho-in must be one of the most beautiful temples we’ve seen so far, the location on the foot of the mountain, and so many little gems to discover, it’s just adorable) and Mount Misen, which is great hiking terrain. Like Nara, a lot of tame deer run around freely…

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Nagoya and Nakasendo

Nagoya and Nakasendo

  After not being very lucky with Mount Fuji we were a bit worried about our plans to visit the Japan Alps. We based ourselves in Nagoya, which is a perfect gateway for that region, just a 90 minutes train ride and you’ve travelled from a top-notch 21st century modern metropolis to a marvellous mountain scenery where time seems to have stopped 200 years ago.

Northland

Northland

  We spent our last week in New Zealand exploring the region north of Auckland. We based ourselves in Waipu and Whangarei. There are some nice beaches, beautiful coastlines and cliffs, subtropical forests, waterfalls and exciting caves. We went to see Abbey Caves in Whangarei, but these were not as easily accessible as the ones in Waipu. Going in would have included some serious climbing, and we weren’t really prepared for that, so we didn’t enter this time. Henry still…

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