The Carian Trail – Stormy Weather in Southwest Turkey

Hiking and the Obsession with Weather; When hiking the Carian Trail doesn’t start the way we’d like to.

There is no denying: any outdoor event or activity can be made or broken by the weather. Ambivalent as I am about technological gadgets, I’m not sure that weather apps are a good development.

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Visiting a Carpet Factory in Hotan, China

We should have come with a guide, we realized in hindsight. Nobody spoke English. We had been convinced our taxi driver had understood we wanted to visit a silk factory.

However, when we walked through the doorway we realized we had ended up at a carpet factory.

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Watch the Highest Polo Tournament in the World (Pakistan)

Starting from behind the goal line, holding the ball and mallet in one hand and perfectly restraining his horse with the other, the horseman slowly moves forward. When he approaches the center of the field, he spurs his horse to maximum speed, tosses the ball into the air, hits just before it reaches the ground and launches it deep into defensive territory.

Here, scrimmage and chaos reign.

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Joining a Hindu pilgrimage to the Amarnath Cave (India)

Amarnath pilgrimage ends at the Amarnath Cave, ring bells to make your presence known!

The goal of our Hindu pilgrimage is almost in sight: an ice stalagmite. A holy stalagmite. I flop down on an ice-cold stone and vigorously rub my feet that have turned blue and lost all feeling after I climbed stone steps without number in subzero temperatures.

Barefoot, that is.

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Exploring the Sunday Market in Kasghar, China

With over 50,000 people selling and buying, the Sunday Market in Kasghar is the biggest in China. Its origin goes back to the golden age of the Silk Route when delegations from all different empires came here to trade.

Our expectations were high.

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Exploring the Temples of Angkor Wat, Cambodia

I’m looking at the Hindu god Vishnu, whose legs are being massaged by his wife Laksmi. The sculpture is lying in a stream in the middle of Cambodia’s forest, and is surrounded by twittering birds and fluttering butterflies.

The sight is utterly peaceful.

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Hiking Mount Jizu in Yunnan, China

“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm, and adventure. There is no end to the adventures we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open”.
~Jawaharial Nehru

It is 2 am and we are about to climb a 3248-meter-high mountain: Jizu Shan.

Also known as: Chicken Foot Mountain.

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