My doom on Mt Doom? (New Zealand Part III)

This is what happens when you’re alone and you have a car. Spontaneously, I made up my mind to extend my route or, if you will, to completely change it. I was now on my way to the Tongariro National Park for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike. What I was about to experience had been…

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En route to Wellington. Exploring New Zealand (Part II)

On Sunday morning I left Hastings and headed south. As you could have seen from the previous post on New Zealand, I had intended to go directly to Wellington but I happened to have a few stops and a little adventure on my way there. The first stop was in the southern inland Hawkes Bay…

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“Whakaari” or The Island With the Active Volcano, a 2000-Year-Old Tree and the Easternmost Point of the Country. Exploring New Zealand (Part I)

Part I After arriving in New Zealand, I spent a few wonderful days with my friends in Rotorua — one of the most popular tourist destinations on the North Island of New Zealand. Since the 19th century, it has especially been famous for its hot geothermal springs. If you are ever there, don’t miss the…

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New Year in Sydney 2011

I would like to dedicate today’s post to the trip to Sydney I made well over ten years ago. This trip left me with a lot of pleasant and unforgettable memories and impressions. I spent seven days in this bustling metropolis and managed to visit a couple of its leading museums. I walked a hundred…

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How I Missed my First Flight and got Lost in the Pitch-Dark Silver Mine. My First Ever Trip to Bolivia

Six years ago, in February 2014, I was on my first South American trip. Having traveled around for already three weeks, I finally headed to Bolivia. My route ran from Arequipa, a city in Peru, to El Alto airport 13 km west of La Paz, a city in Bolivia. El Alto airport is the highest…

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