Diving with bull sharks – a good or a bad thing

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Picture by Absolute Adventure Mexico

Bull sharks cruise the shallow, warm waters of the world and have a bad reputation. A few years ago even I was worried about encountering such a predator in the tropical shorelines during a swim. However, I’ve become intrigued by the bull shark and the many other magnificent sharks. I’d like to meet them.
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Baby Sea Turtle release in Puerto Escondido

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The cutest thing I’ve seen so far – that’s the feeling these guys gave me when they started blinking their big black eyes while moving their bodies in the rhythm of the ocean. It’s for sure that they’ll all be good swimmers, even while they have a pretty awful sounding one percent survival rate. Cute little sea turtles – we got a chance to help them make it.
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Öland and its many cool surprises

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It’s weekend and that means I get to do some sightseeing with my boyfriend’s family. Today we’re driving up to Kalmar to cross the bridge to the island called Öland. That is if the weather allows us to do so. We tried yesterday, but it was way to foggy in the entire area. Today it seems like it might be a great day for seeing some beautiful landscapes and taking pictures out on this island in the Baltic Sea. It’s cloudy and the wind is blowing, but the sun is peeking through the clouds.
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The secret canyon of Chiapas

canyon_sumidero_chiapas_mexicoI am in San Cristóbal de las Casas. A somewhat hippie town in the Mexican state of Chiapas with many churches, colorful streets, delicious sweets, coffee and beautiful nearby surroundings. One of those sightseeing hotspots is the narrow and deep Sumidero Canyon.

An one hour drive from the centre of San Cristóbal brings me to the canyon. I cannot see the actual canyon yet as I arrive, I only see a river with a colorful painted boat showing images of crocodiles. The boat people tell us we have to wear a life-vest. Arghh… How I find these things annoying! Well, alright, just for this once and I mean, it will be worth it of course!
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My 5 Favorite things to do in Guatemala

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Look up the following words on Google: Guatemala safety traveling. You only found horrifying links right? Well, I do not agree with any of those. I just spent two weeks crossing Guatemala and I am truly in love with the beauty of Guatemalan people, nature and traditions.

Here are my 5 favorite things I did in this Mayan country.
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Exploring Semuc Champey and Kam’Ba by candlelight

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After an 8 hour – way too cozy – van ride from Antigua to Lanquín we arrived to the center of town where about 20 local accommodation coyotes (local guys who try to push or pull you into the hostel or hotel where they can earn a commission per guest) tried to pull us out of the van. Since my new travel buddy Jolanda and I had booked some nights at the Zephyr Lodge we started looking for one of the coyote guys saying Zephyr who could tell us which truck would bring us to our lodge. We left the luggage in the Zephyr truck and walked to the lodge in a 10-minute uphill walk since the seats were already all taken. A good exercise after 8 hours of sitting down in the van listening to the world cup football game (we won 5-1!) and trying to sleep for the rest of the ride.

We expected a tranquil serene place, but literally arrived getting the tequila shots poured over my friends back-pack and finding many drunk people shouting at the Zephyer bar. I decided not to spend the night at the dorm because of all the partying going on (I don’t want to be waken up by others having sex underneath my bunkbed…) and ended up happily sharing the private room of my friend.
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And then I wanted to be a volcano climber

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The streets of Antigua with volcán de Agua stratovolcano in the background

I do not know what has gotten into me, but lately I have been completely obsessed with climbing any nearby active volcano until I reach its hottest crater. It is not that I woke up one day with this dream of being a volcano hiker, but since there are so many active ones in my current surroundings I could not just let them be and take a picture of it from the average safer distance.
I want to touch the warm petrified lava.
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Copan the city of bats

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Everyone has been telling me that they were about just alright to visit, that it was nothing special, nothing impressive, so I went to the place early this morning with absolutely zero expectations. However, I was impressed, deeply impressed. Those Copan ruins have really amazed me. With the great information of a local guide and a photo camera I had a fantastic visit.

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Walking through the clouds in Monteverde

Have you ever walked through a Cloud Forest? How about walking through the clouds of this forest? Getting confused?

This is what I’m talking about:

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My 5 favorite things to do in Nicaragua

Nicaragua_chicken_busNicaragua is one of those places that still has not been visited by all your friends and family. A great country for backpackers due to the cheap prices of public transport, local food and beers, but mainly a beautiful place to visit because it is such an adventurous destination with great surroundings and very friendly people.

There are plenty of things to do in Nicaragua that can keep you busy during a visit, but the great part of it is that over here you can still get of the beaten track and go with the flow of the locals.

Prepare yourself to eating a lot of rice and beans, getting whistled at non-stop if you’re a woman, seeing many beautiful birds anywhere you go, going out to party for six dollars all night, taking chicken-buses, seeing smoking volcanoes in the background and amazing surf beaches you just can’t get enough off. Here is a top 5 of things I loved doing in Nicaragua.

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Mysterious Bull sharks and a smoking volcano at Ometepe

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At ten in the morning I left San Juan del Sur with the local chicken bus to Rivas, which costs NC $25. After arriving at Rivas I bargained for a taxi ride to San Jorge, which I took for NC $150, but not knowing I was sharing the taxi. I only wanted to pay 50 Cordobas per person after the ride, since there were three of us and we shared the service, but the taxi driver was not reasonable at all and expected us to pay NR $150 each. I was pissed off, but hey, the journey continued. At San Jorge I had to take a ferry at 12 o’clock to get to the island of Ometepe. The price for the one hour and ten minutes ferry ride was NC $70, but on the ticket it actually said 69. I felt like today was not a fare day for my wallet, which was just a principals thing.
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