Up and coming: Downtown L.A.

Downtown L.A. used to be a dirt hole, and for sure in some corners it still is. But downtown also has an up- and coming hipster scene. The art district with its galleries (like the Swiss "Hauser & Wirth"), lots of hipster coffee shops and overpriced hipster boutiques. That all basically two blocks away from … Continue reading Up and coming: Downtown L.A.

In Venice on Abbot Kinney

I love this street! Packed with little boutique stores, special food stores - so much to see, so many "typical L.A. stuff". I think I spend almost an hour in a "luxury" supermarket and could not stop being amazed about all the products. And even more - the prices... Who the f*** needs "Organic Parasite … Continue reading In Venice on Abbot Kinney

Quito – highest capital in the Andes

2.850m above sea level in the middle of Andean mountains and volcano's: there is Quito, the capital of Ecuador. The highest capital in the world (La Paz in Bolivia is much higher at 3.600/4.000m - but it is not the capital of Bolivia). My last stop on my Ecuador travel and I spend almost 3 … Continue reading Quito – highest capital in the Andes

Otavalo and around

A day-trip to Otaval,mostly known for its indigenous market, is one of the most popular trips from Quito. I decided to spend a little more time in the region, to combine: Otavalo + indigenous market Train trip to the North (touristy, I know - but I like train rides) Cotocachi Volcano and Cuicocha Laguna - horseback … Continue reading Otavalo and around

Mountain Biking at Cotopaxi volcano

Biking Dutchman? Really? Well... despite the name (insider joke, nothing against the Dutch!!) I opted-in for a full-day bike tour at Cotopaxi volcano. Almost did not make it to the tour: a) the day before I incurred an eye infection due to flying sand during the Quilotoa hike and b) they almost forgot to pick … Continue reading Mountain Biking at Cotopaxi volcano

Hiking the “Skywalk”

A short, approx. 2-hour hike starting directly from Black Sheep Inn, lead me down into a canyon, along the canyon - including sheep's on the way -  up through a tiny rock chasm, and... I was rewarded with a steep view down into the canyon on the other side. Walking along the path is nothing … Continue reading Hiking the “Skywalk”