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
Hey, let’s go to New Orleans!
OMG!!!! I always wanted to go to New Orleans, but it's never been "along the way". So "only" being 3 hours away by car in Pensacola... it was more than tempting to make the detour via New Orleans. And, despite of all that boring extra driving (the highway there is mega boring), it was so … Continue reading Hey, let’s go to New Orleans!
Detour because of hurricane Irma
When your flight into Miami can't be changed to a different location and when you don't want to stay more days in Quito - than you end up in Miami despite hurricane Irma. So it all went a little bit different than planned (original plan was to spend some days in Miami and drive down to … Continue reading Detour because of hurricane Irma
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
South American (Ecuador) life in pictures
I still need a bit of time to sum-up my Ecuador experience - also in relations to the other countries (Colombia, Bolivia, Peru) which I visited. But I would love to share some pictures, which for me pretty much summarize the Andean region of South America.
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 along the ridge
A steep climb up to the ridge (approx. at 3.600m) of the mountains behind The Black Sheep Inn - but worth it, since it presents another amazing view of the surrounding area. We had lots of wind on our hike,especially on the top, a dramatic sky and perfect views!
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”