And now for something completely different: Most of my blog entries deal with travels and tourist spots. The moon is not (yet) such a destination. However, the 2018 lunar eclipse was a worthwile enough event for taking pictures and sharing them with you.
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While some nations did tear down their walls by the end of the last century, some countries remain in medieval spirit. Building walls to protect the homeland is not only famous in North Korea and Hungary. The state of Israel also has erected a big concrete structure that just sits there waiting for graffiti artists from around the world.
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Here are my ten most fancy passport stamps. I re-discovered them today in my old documents and decided to post some of the fancier passport pages here. Every stamp and visa has a story of its own to tell.
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Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the visit to the Panama Canal was like an immersion into the recent past where technology and a pioneering spirit shaped a new, industrialized world. There are plenty of fascinating books and documentary videos out there, describing the effort in building the canal.
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A handful of countries partially recognize the Republic of Abkhazia. Fighting for independence from Georgia, this beautiful area features not only beaches and palm trees but also some open scars from several conflicts in recent years. In Soviet times, Abkhazia was considered the “Red Riviera”. A relatively mild climate drew in tourists from all the former republics behind the iron curtain. The towns of Sukhumi, Novy Afon, and Gagra still feature a lot of health spas in various states of decay.
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Attending the Olympic Games was a long time wish of mine that I kept on postponing for many reasons: Either it was too far away, too expensive or lack of remaining vacation days at my job. Moreover, a trip to these games requires careful planning – months ahead of the event – Or – maybe not.
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Day six greeted us with a thick morning fog when Evgeny and I were leaving our lodge at Dingboche (4410m). This village is a base for a variety of treks in any direction (Nuptse, Lhotse, etc.). Therefore, we had a hard time figuring out which of the small trails would lead us back on the Everest Base Camp trek. But we managed and after a short climb, we reached a lookout where we could only guess how fantastic the panoramic view must be. But we were in an excellent mood and acknowledged that not everyone was lucky enough to enjoy this place in such a mystic fog. I guess Evgeny and I should become coaches for self-motivation.
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At day five, Evgeny and I already started to have a daily routine by waking up early and leaving ahead of the crowd. The day’s trek would take us from Tengboche (3870m) to Dingboche (4410m), with a small breakfast break at Pangboche (3930m). Now, if you are confused by the place names – you’re not alone. Most of the tourists are mixing the “Teng”, “Ding” and “Pang” of all these “boche”. Most are using altitude meters to name the places. As there is only a handful of “boches” along the climb, speaking of heights instead of settlement names is therefore quite useful. Continue reading “Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 5 (Tengboche – Dingboche)”
On a map, the path between Namche Bazaar and Tengboche does look like a relatively easy walk. By the end of the day, the difference in altitude between the two villages is just a small climb of 500 meters. Unfortunately, this is just half of the truth: After a steep climb out of the Namche Bazaar village, the trail levels out. It then descends slowly from 3500m to 3200m, before ending in a steep climb of about 700m.
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