This year your gift could touch a child’s life

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article by: at: 20th Dec 2011 under: Nepal

In January I will travel to Nepal in order to volunteer in orphanages in the area of Kathmandu. The organisation I’ll be volunteering for is called VolNepal. Their labour consists of finding and organising resources for different NGO’s which are active throughout Nepal. VolNepal is working completely independently, meaning that they don’t get any donations from public institutions, governments and political or religious associations. This is how they ensure that they are able to help wherever it is necessary no matter of race or religion. Donations are used for medical care, research, outreach, women shelters and in orphanages which help […]

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In the kingdom of the blue sharks

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article by: at: 28th Jul 2011 under: Azores Islands

    Blue, everything is blue. Light blue where the sun beams penetrate the surface a few meters above me to dark, almost black blue when I look down. Out of sight but down there, at about 1000 meters, is the sea floor. The next coast 12 nautical miles away. Here I am, in the middle of a giant ocean, breathing a bit nervous through my regulator which makes me sound like Darth Vader. The air I’m exhaling ascends forming little bubbles which look like silver marbles. Starring into the infinity in front of my I can’t see nothing. Or […]

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Fiestas and bulls in Terceiras wonderful capital

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article by: at: 20th Jul 2011 under: Azores Islands

  There’s a fantastic ambient in the road. People on the sidewalk, on the terraces of their houses and some have even climbed on top of the roofs. Small stalls are selling beer and tapas, young men with a basket in each hand walking the street up and down offering with loud voices the sweets they are carrying. The windows and balconies are decorated with colourful carpets. Some houses have barricaded their entrances and fences with thick wooden boards and behind them you can see sitting ladies with umbrellas to protect themselves from the sun and men with hats. Children, […]

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Lakes of tears and a cup of tea

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article by: at: 12th Jul 2011 under: Azores Islands

  The border of the road we are driving uphill is skirted by giant bushes of hortensias and beautiful trees. Every time the dense vegetation permits our gaze wanders over gently curved hills, covered by green fields and the blue sea in the background. After a little while we arrive at a viewpoint overlooking a paradise on its own. We are looking at what thousands of years ago was a huge fire spiting crater of a volcano, but today is maybe one of the most idyllic places on earth. The walls of the crater are covered by a beautiful green […]

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The best bread in the world

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article by: at: 5th Jul 2011 under: Azores Islands

  We are anchoring in a nice little bay with withe sand enclosed by hills with green bushes and trees which are standing so close together and whose branches are so fine and crocked that from a distance they seem like a giant broccoli. Our plan for this morning is to take the dinghy in order to get some bread and vegetables in the nearby village of Bahia de Praia. Even it is Sunday today we hope to find a shop which is open in the morning. As we arrive on the beach of Bahia there is already some entertainment […]

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One hand for the boat, one hand for yourself

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article by: at: 30th Jun 2011 under: Azores Islands

  This is one of the most important sayings I have learned during this crossing from Lanzarote to the Azores. Low pressure and high pressure systems are the main responsible forces in creating wind. The atmosphere tends to equalize those pressure differences and for this reason air is flowing from the high pressure areas towards the centre of the low pressure systems. The result is the wind blowing into the sails of our vessel and so moving it over the surface of the ocean towards our destination in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean. But this wind also pushes […]

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Singapore, the heart of Asia

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article by: at: 16th Jun 2011 under: Singapore

The air is hot an humid. Each step I take I get the sense of yet another smell so different, new and unknown. Fragrances of incense sticks and exotic foods are mixing up with the traffic and the noises of the metropolis. Singapore… Where the ancient traditions of the continent of the rising sun meet the achievements of the western world. Whenever I have the chance I love to spent a few days in this city full of contrasts. No city in Asia brings all the different oriental cultures so close together as one can see in Singapore. I dive […]

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Mystic Island Lanzarote

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article by: at: 24th May 2011 under: Lanzarote

“One ring to rule them all, one ring to find them, one ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them. In the Land of Mordor where the Shadows lie.” When walking through the volcanic landscape of the Timanfaya National Park this passage out of “The Lord of the Rings” often comes to my mind. At its shores, where the rivers of lava have been halted by the sea a unreal place with extreme contrasts and bizarre shapes arose. During hundreds of years wind and sea formed, modeled the cliffs emerging from the sea like as if by […]

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Lost Childhood | Dahkla – Morroco

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article by: at: 5th May 2011 under: Uncategorised

Un Dirham, s’il vous plait monsieur, un Dirham… the kids are running over the beach towards our little group stretching out their arms with open hands begging us to give them some money. From a distance I can see their father looking over from what seems a pile of old sheets and blankets but in fact is a tent, their home. Scattered along the shore are some fishing rods plugged into the sand, tensed lines are waiting for a fish to mistake the bait on the other end with its meal. The kids, dirty and in ragged cloth seem to […]

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A trip to La Graciosa

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article by: at: 4th Apr 2011 under: Lanzarote

Most visitors to Lanzarote enjoy the easy going lifestyle and the fact that the island still conserves its purity so different to some other holiday destinations. But taking the 15 min ferry ride over to the little island of La Graciosa is almost like traveling back in time. Even for us living here on Lanzarote a trip to La Graciosa always feels like taking a break and change gears back. La mayoría de los visitantes de Lanzarote aprecia el estilo de vida relajado en la isla y el hecho de que todavía conserva un aire de pureza, a diferencia de […]

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