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Isla Bartolome and the lava fields

Posted by Susanna On October - 7 - 2010

Probably the most famous picture while thinking of Galapagos is a panorama of the view point of Bartolome island a small island on the on the east coast of Santiago island (James island). In the morning we did a “wet landing” and could see few rare penguins and some sea lions. Then I was climbing up the hill and to be honest the view is magnificent. On the agenda for the afternoon was walking across the lava tubes and ashes. The landscape looked like the moon and the lava rocks were very sharp. There grew nothing except some lava cactus every now and then. It is hot at the lava fields. The eruption what formed these fields is not that long away at the 19th century. I didn’t find much animals here except a few finches, lava lizzards and grasshoppers. We left the same afternoon to Santa Cruz and arrived after 5 hours around 6:00pm.

Isla Bartolome

Lava fields



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New York impressions

Posted by Susanna On October - 1 - 2010

I still have to recover my jet lag. I am so tired – I think I slept for ages. At least I missed nothing since the weather was rainy and cold and the best thing to do was enjoying the view from the 39th floor of the building I stay in at the east side. I ordered some Chinese food and waited for my host Anthony to come home… At night we left for some American Macaroni and Cheese and I checked out the cameras at night. I took some Big Apple night impressions of couple of building like my favorite – the Flat Iron Building.

View 39th floor

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Viewpoint Ngemelis

Posted by admin On August - 15 - 2009
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Inti Raymi 2009 – The inca festival of the sun

Posted by admin On June - 24 - 2009

The Inti Raymi is the Inca fest for the sun. It is celebrated once a year and probably the most colorful event you can imagine… So wonderful. People from all around Peru come in their different costumes which represent their heritage. People dance and laugh – the streets of Cusco are loaded. But everybody is so friendly. People from all over the world arrive to see the big spectacle. The local Peruvians trained their dances for the big event months in advance.
I thought it is easy just going there since I was already there. But then I had to hear that the entry was about $US 80-100 and the tickets anyway sold out. I was a bit upset but then I got help from above. My two Mexican friends Ana and Andres (the twins) actually got an offer to get exactly three tickets for free. A Russian got them in their hotel and they ask how he got them. In that moment he responded that they can have these tickets! How happy I was about that and that they ask me to join them. We sat in the first row and could take lots of photos. It was amazing. At the surrounding hills they were thousands of people to see the ceremony from far away. I will never forget that. What and amazing day!

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The CN Tower in Toronto

Posted by admin On August - 12 - 2008

On my last day in Toronto I went on the CN Tower. Once the tallest building on the world the tower is one of the national icons of Canada. I had to wait about an hour for going up and later agin few minutes for the second platform. The view was quite nice but to be honest its not really worth it.

“The CN Tower, located in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada, is a communications and tourist tower standing 553.33 metres (1,815.39 ft) tall. It surpassed the height of the Ostankino Tower while still under construction in 1975, becoming the tallest free-standing structure on land in the world. On September 12, 2007, after holding the record for 31 years, the CN tower was surpassed in height by the still-under-construction Burj Dubai. It remains the tallest free-standing structure in the Americas and the signature icon of Toronto’s skyline, attracting more than two million international visitors annually.

CN originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Following the railway’s decision to divest non-core freight railway assets, prior to the company’s privatization in 1995 it transferred the tower to the Canada Lands Company, a federal Crown corporation responsible for real estate development. Since local residents wished to retain the name CN Tower, the abbreviation is now said to expand to Canada’s National Tower rather than the original Canadian National Tower; however, neither of these are commonly used.

In 1995, the CN Tower was declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. It also belongs to the World Federation of Great Towers.”
(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CN_Tower)

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Banyan Tree Hotel level 58

Posted by admin On March - 12 - 2007

Next day Andy had a surprise – we change the hotels. I was a little upset because I really like the beautiful ambience. But he told me, don’t be upset… And guess what: We changed to another beautiful 5 -Star hotel called Banyan Tree Hotel.

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The East Cape Lighthouse

Posted by admin On April - 22 - 2006

On the way to Gisborne we stopped at the wonderful East Cape were you can visit the lighthouse. It was worth it but you have to climb about 700 stairs up to the top of the hill were the lighthouse is.
Finally the last stop of this trip was Gisborne. A town with big harbor and the most east town of the world. The people here are the first who welcome the new year and of course the new morning.

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