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14 apr201914 The 2-year trip around the half-world naturepeopleplacesLondon, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom 14th of April will undoubtedly always be a special date in my life. Even 50 years from now, if I ever live that long, I will look at that date in the calendar and remember a small step for mankind but giant leap for me. Every time I think about the process that drove me to finally make the decision of my life, I am puzzled and surprised. When I came back from Nepal in November 2016 nobody, not even me, could expect that three weeks later I would be adamant to leave the job, the country, and the life I had built. It as a very special moment. I had a job offer on the table from a bank but between having a formal chat and them coming back to me I made my decision. Now I can be grateful for their undecisiveness or beaurocracy, whatever that is. Imagine if I hadn't had time to think!My... Comments (0)more...30 jul201830 San Carlos - hidden gem in the heart of Antioquia natureplacesSan Carlos, ColombiaSan Carlos, Colombia When one makes plans to go to Colombia it is very possible that their very first stop will be Antioquia and to be exact Medellïn. After all it is The City of the Eternal Spring, Escobar tours, and much more entertainment. I will make an assumption here but I think most people do like such busy cities. Tourists, expats, and locals alike have to get away from that busyness every now and then and especialy during long weekends. The most common/possible destinations for such weekends definitely include Guatapé, Rionegro, San Rafael, or Santa Fe but Alexandra and I found, amongts those touristy, well-developed towns, a gem that made my stay in Colombia a thousand times more memorable. San Carlos is called the hydro-electrical capital of Colombia due to many dams in the region... Comments (0)more...21 jul201821 The Recycling Story - chapter 2 natureGuatapé, ColombiaGuatapé, Colombia Few weeks ago I wrote about the basic history of recycling and most of all - the types of plastic, which is the least recycled material despite being the most present.I have visited 11 different countries during last few years but things change quickly, therefore I can't say for myself what recycling is like there right now but I can say few things about the countries I have lived in recently.  But before I get to particular places, let's talk about the foundation. Recycling vs demographicsThe more countries I visit I always get mixed feelings in regards to recycling. It is most admirable when even in small towns the public garbage bins are duplicated and their purpose becomes more narrowed. At the same time my eyebrows raise, my forehead gets wrinkly, all when... Comments (1)more...16 jun201816 The Recycling Story - chapter 1 natureGuatapé, ColombiaGuatapé, Colombia Brief history of recyclingWhen it comes to the history of languages word recycling is just a baby. According to Etymonline the word recycling was first recorded in 1924 and used as a technical term in oil-refining and similar industries but its broader consumer sense dates from 1960. Modern defintions vary a little bit but of course oscilate around the same phenonmenon, this one is from United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)Recycling is the process of collecting and processing materials that would otherwise be thrown away as trash and turning them into new products. Recycling can benefit your community and the environment.It doesn't mean that our species only started reusing materials in 20th century. If you thought that was true you were off by a half million... Comments (0)more...12 may201812 The bright side of living off-grid natureplacesGuatapé, ColombiaGuatapé, Colombia It has been 5 weeks since I moved to Guatapé, or as locals call the area here Quebrada Arriva - located 5 km (3.1m) from the town itself or 6km (3.7m) from the nearby El Peñol. After all those weeks I am still as excited to be here as I was when moving day came upon me. When I looked at my life's history and where I lived throghout the years it is always clear I am a "small-town boy" as they say. 0 - 5 years old - Bolechówko, small village in Poland that had only nearly 600 habitants in 2014, so in 1987 you can bet it was significantly lower5 - 19 years old - Murowana Goślina, small town situated 20km (12.5m) from Poznań, established in XIV century and few years ago had just a little bit over 10 000 people19 - 23 years old - Bishop... Comments (0)more...26 feb201826 The heart of Quispicanchi - Urcos natureplacesUrcos, PeruUrcos, Peru When somebody is talking about Peru, Cusco, and/or Sacred Valley, few obvious places come to mind: Machi Picchu, Rainbow Mountain, Puno, Pisac, Ollantaytambo, or Urubamba. My last Tuesday on Peruvian we (Bettina and I, as it was her last day on Peruvian soil) decided to spend a day in some less touristy part of the Sacred Valley. My vote initially went to Maras and visiting the salt evaporation ponds - and we all now that anything to do with salt is of interest to me, Betting opted for Urcos, and yes ultimately we agreed Urcos will be the best bet. Kudos to you Bettina, the choice was perfect!Urcos is a small town situated around 50km south-east from Cusco with population of only a bit over 4000 people and a capital of the province Quispicanchis (one of the 13 provinces of Cusco district)... Comments (0)more...27 jan201827 Rainbow mountain, alpacas, and spirits of the mountains natureplacesVinicunca, Canchis Province, PeruVinicunca, Canchis Province, Peru Vinicunca, as that's how Rainbow Mountain is called in Quechua, is one of the most popular hiking destination in Cusco (despite having been opened to tourists for just three years). The main reason is of course to see the magical spectacle of colours of the mountain and the whole valley caused by many different layers of rock formations. I wish I knew the chemical and physical magic behind the colours. But that's not only reason. The changing difficulty of the trek is a good way of testing yourself before some more difficult treks. I personally didn't know if I'd make it. After another stretch of few weeks filled with health problems, hospitals, and having been bound to my chair at home, I was at first sceptical about going. Then I thought it has been two weeks of feeling not... Comments (1)more...3 jan20183 Believe that dreams come true every day, because they do naturepeopleplacesworkKathmandu - Aanbu - Khaireni - Gorkha - Pokhara, NepalKathmandu - Aanbu - Khaireni - Gorkha - Pokhara, Nepal The first time I thought about going on a trip like that was probably around March-April 2016. The thought itself was in my mind for much longer but it was always just a dream I was never ready to chase. At least that's what I chose to keep telling myself, for absolutely no right reason. Volunteering, helping people, using your skills for good, all those things sometimes get a bad name because it's being branded as cliché at best or described as voluntourism, or even white-saviour complex at worst. Many times I also get challenged with an argument, whether it's about my volunteering or country A sending aid to country B, that charity should start at home. They're right but only to an extent. I have been sick of people constantly criticising those who decide... Comments (2)more...6 dec20176 First half of the Cusquenan adventure foodnatureplacesCusco, PeruCusco, Peru Exactly three months ago I arrived in Cusco. 6th September seems like a different lifetime ago and yet it has only been three months. They say the older we get the different our perception of time is. When you're 15 a lot more can happen in a year than when you're 25. Do you believe that? I used to, nowadays I think it's just an excuse for people who can't or don't want a lot to happen in their lives.After 12 weeks I can say I have a pretty good life here in Cusco. It has its routines and stability but at the same time always interesting and daring - I can't call it boring even if I wanted to. Beginnings are always difficult but I learned that humans can adapt to anything and I have too. At first it wasn't easy even with simple things lie weather. High-altitude... Comments (1)more...3 dec20173 First trip to Willka Qhichwa natureplacesPisac - Lamay - Calca - Urubamba, PeruPisac - Lamay - Calca - Urubamba, Peru Who doesn't like a road trip?! If you don't then you can leave ;)Today I tagged along with Taylor, Ange, Libertad, and their mum to a trip to Sacred Valley (Valle Sagrado de los Incas, Willka Qhichwa) in search of perfect wedding reception spot. So far during my stay here in Cusco I haven't travelleed much and this seemed like an awesome opportunity to see few places. The primary reason for the road trip was to inspect few places that Angela & Taylor are considering for their wedding reception.Before we got to business we visited Pisac - well known for its ruins and Sunday market (I have to say I fell in love with all sorts of markets here!). The city was erected by the most important Sapa Inca Pachacútec who was responsible for transforming Kingdom... Comments (0)more...
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