Panama and the canal

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. Armed with such knowledge, I went to Panama City to visit the region. As my plane approached the Panama City airport, I was surprised to see a scenic city skyline at the shores of the Pacific ocean.

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Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics

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.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – Day 4 (Namche Bazaar – Tengboche)

On a map, the path between Namche Bazaar and Tengboche does look as a fairly easy walk. By the end of the day, the difference of 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 and descends slowly from 3500m to 3200m, before ending in a steep climb of about 700m.

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Everest Base Camp Trek – Days 2 and 3 (Phakding – Namche Bazaar)

Asking trekkers, which part of the Everest Base Camp trek they think is the hardest, most of them will point out the stretch between Monju and Namche Bazaar.  As we did stay overnight in Phakding, it took us about 90 Minutes to get to Monju first, where we had a small rest before the steep ascent. And yes, this was a very steep path winding up the mountain for about 5 kilometers. This small distance took us about four hours.

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