To the North of Belarus: Visiting Braslav Lakes National Park

On my first full day in Belarus, I was eager to get out of Minsk and explore some of the beautiful nature that the country has to offer. When researching Belarus, I came across the Braslav Lakes National Park. This national park consists of 300 lakes, over 100 islands and many hectares of pine forests. This unique landscape was shaped by the latest glacial period…

Snowy Days at Gorkhi-Terelj National Park

When I returned to Ulaanbaatar from my little adventure in Kharkhorin, I was already ready to escape to nature again. I had a plan for my last few days in Mongolia; I wanted to visit the Gorkhi-Terelj National Park, famous for it’s beautiful landscapes and crazy rock formations. I soon made plans with Jimmy and Charles, who I had met at the hostel, to go…

Yangmingshan National Park: Climbing Mt. Qixing at 1.120 m.

Even though I had decided to skip the East Coast, where all the tall mountains are and spend 6 days in Taipei instead, I still wanted to do some mountain hiking. 20 km. north of Taipei lies a beautiful national park, the Yangmingshan National Park, which is nicknamed “the back garden of Taipei”. Yangmingshan is home to the tallest mountain in Northern Taiwan; Mount Qixing.…

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: Summiting and Descending During an Earthquake

At 2 AM, climbing a mountain isn’t what I would normally be doing, but on the morning of March 20th, that was exactly what I was going to do. I had been tossing and turning all night, thinking that the wake-up call would come at any second, so when it finally did, the night felt like it had been going on for ages, although I…

Climbing Mt. Kinabalu: Ascending to the Resthouse at 3,272 m.

Everytime I embark on a journey, there are a few things that I really want to achieve. This time, climbing a mountain taller than 3000 m. was one of them. The mountain that I chose to conquer was Mount Kinabalu in Sabah, Malaysia. Mount Kinabalu rises 4.095 m. above sea level and is one of the tallest mountains in Southeast Asia and the tallest in…

My Last Week: Brisbane and Beyond

Brisbane, the third largest city in Australia and the capital of the state of Queensland, was my last destination on my one-month trip to Australia. Brisbane is a city that I’ve wanted to visit for ages, mainly because of my love for Black Milk Clothing. In order to explore as much as possible in and around the city, I chose to spend an entire week…

Birthday Time in South Iceland

Originally, I had planned to go to North Iceland after spending some time in Egilsstadir, but since my parents had surprised me by booking flights to Iceland’s capital Reykjavik for my birthday, I decided to fly from Egilsstadir to Reykjavik instead. I did really want to see North Iceland, but seeing my parents was definitely more important to me – and I can always come…