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The geothermal wonderland that is Rotorua

Posted by on June 18th, 2011 in New Zealand, Photos, Polynesia | 0 comments

Steaming bond at a park in Rotorua That is first thing you notice when you arrive to Rotorua, the smell, but that is why you are here. Well, not for the smell as such, which basically is like rotten eggs. But the smell is caused by the reason you’re here – geothermal activity. Even just walking around the city, you see the geothermal activity everywhere. The parks are full of bubbling mud pools, steaming ponds and boiling water. And the smell, well you get used to it quite quickly. The locals don’t even notice it anymore. Just weird to see lakes steaming Danger, Thermal Area - You will see this sign a lot around Rotorua Badlands, just kidding, just a view of the gheotermal landscape of Rotorua On my second day in Rotorua we went for a tour to...

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Lake Atitlán, “the most beautiful lake in the world”

Posted by on February 22nd, 2011 in Central America, Guatemala, Lake Atitlán, Photos | 0 comments

The night was getting darker as the boat sped along the lake, the moon wasn’t quite up yet. Only visible lights were coming from the villages around the lake, you could barely see the shores. Best you could do was to hope that the captain knew what he was doing. Lake Atitlán, described as the most beautiful lake in the world by Aldous Huxley We had heard that it would be best to get a boat early, as the lake would get more choppier during the day and the evening. Well, good advice, but doesn’t really help when you arrive around 5pm or so. Some twelve hours earlier I had boarded a bus in San Cristobal by myself. That was the second time on this trip that I’ve gotten on a bus by myself. Before we had arrived to...

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West Lake (西湖) in Hangzhou (杭州)

Posted by on December 2nd, 2010 in Asia, China, Hangzhou, HDR, Photos | 0 comments

West Lake is arguably the most famous lake in China; not because it’s very big or because it is very deep, but simply because it is so breathtakingly beautiful. And after visiting the lake this summer, I understand why it has been such a famous location for over a millennium. The boat awaits It takes the whole day to explore the lake at a leisure pace. While it is indeed  possible to walk around the lake, I would recommend hiring a bike, as it’s not too expensive in Hangzhou and the traffic around West Lake is pretty nice as you don’t have to compete with cars. Or alternatively you can hop on one of the electric vehicles that constantly circle the lake transporting tired tourists onwards to the next view. Like I said walking is doable, but you better...

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