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Dogsledding with Green Dog Svalbard

Dogsledding with Green Dog Svalbard

Horse riding – check! Camel riding – check! Elephant riding – check! And now, dogsledding – check! When I was planning my trip up to Longyearbyen, I had a hard time figuring out what I could actually do there since I was only visiting for a day. The usual activities involve snowmobiling trips, glacier excursions, mine explorations, and even flights and cruises up to the north pole. Sure, they all sound awesome, but none of them could be done in a day so I was stuck scratching my head. And then I stumbled upon a four hour dogsledding excursions by […]

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My Favorite “Big” City

My Favorite "Big" City

After visiting Milwaukee, my next stop was Chicago. Ever since the first time I visited the city, I have always enjoyed spending my time here. Back then, I remember thinking how it contrasted New York City – it was clean, easy to navigate, not nearly as crowded and fairly compact (downtown). On top of that, the iconic elevated subway system, simply referred to as the ‘L’, always brings back the memories of watching old gangster movies back in Ukraine (the Sting, anyone?). I remember visiting Justin, a high school good buddy of mine, here multiple times while I lived in Iowa and […]

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Coasting Around Otago Region

Coasting Around Otago Region

Leaving the mystical Mt. Cook behind, it was time to head back to the east coast to see the highlights of the south eastern portion of the island before crossing over to the Fiordland. On the way out of Mt. Cook, I picked up my first two hitch-hikers. Both guys were heading north to Picton so I just took them back to the main interchange of highway 80 and the road going to Mt. Cook. From there, I proceeded through Twizel to Omarama – the glider mecca of New Zealand. Unfortunately, the weather was still uncooperative, with low overcast, so […]

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On The Way To Mt. Cook

On The Way To Mt. Cook

After going through a serious stack of brochures I picked up at Christchurch airport, I decided to start my road trip by checking out a few smaller things, mainly along the east coast of the South island before crossing inland for New Zealand’s highest peak – Mt. Cook. With rental car at my disposal, it was time to bid farewell to Christchurch and begin the trip. Rakaia – Salmon Capital of New Zealand About an hour south of Christchurch is a small town of Rakaia known for its salmon industry and the longest bridge in New Zealand spanning 1.8 km/1.1 […]

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Christchurch And Akaroa

Christchurch And Akaroa

This vibrant, picturesque city is surrounded by natural wonders – the sparkling Pacific Ocean, majestic Southern Alps and an ancient volcanic peninsula. Discover Canterbury’s lush vineyards, pristine glacial lakes, world-class natural wildlife experiences and Mount Cook National Park – all part of this region of remarkable contrasts. — Christchurch & Canterbury Tourism Christchurch is still very much in the disaster cleanup mode with the downtown hit by the quake being completely fenced off and many homes and businesses in surrounding areas vacated as well. Still, they are trying to get through it. One interesting area located near the downtown is […]

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Diving At The Great Barrier Reef

Diving At The Great Barrier Reef

One of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, the Great Barrier Reef is blessed with the breathtaking beauty of the world’s largest coral reef. The reef contains an abundance of marine life and comprises of over 3000 individual reef systems and coral cays and literally hundreds of picturesque tropical islands with some of the worlds most beautiful sun-soaked, golden beaches. — GreatBarrierReef.org While it is up for the debate whether the Great Barrier Reef is the best diving place in the world, it is definitely the most famous one. Therefore, when I decided to come to Australia on this trip, diving […]

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The Gibbon Experience

The Gibbon Experience

Adrenaline meets conservation in this ecofriendly adventure in the 106,000-hectare wilderness of Bokeo Nature Reserve. The Gibbon Experience is essentially a series of navigable ‘ziplines’ criss-crossing the canopy of some of Laos’ most pristine forest, home to tiger, clouded leopard, black bear, macaque, migrating wild elephant and the eponymous black crested gibbon […] Guests stay for two nights in fantastic tree houses that are perched 200ft up in the triple canopy[…] In between spotting the wildlife, the zipping is life- affirming; all you require then is just a little faith and some adventurism. It’s a heart-stopping, superhero experience. — LonelyPlanet […]

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Touring skyguide Facilities At Geneva Airport

Touring skyguide Facilities At Geneva Airport

When I was considering going to Switzerland, I remembered listening to an episode of Airplane Geeks podcast in which Peter interviewed an air traffic controller trainee from Geneve. I emailed them to ask to be put in touch with Etienne and a few hours later I had a response from him. Etienne has also recently obtained his private pilot license and offered me to go along for a ride with him when I get in town as well as to show me around the air traffic control facility he was working at. Unfortunately, the weather and aircraft availability did not […]

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