Gazing over the ocean, breathing the salty air and pretending not to realize being photographed

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The Pandanan beach vlog

Driving along the streets of Western Lombok to Pandanan Beach. A beautiful deserted beach where i helped a couple of fishermen to pull their boat out of the sea. on our way back we discovered a abandoned villa. Probably the owner run out of money whilst the construction phase. We started the drone to explore the villa from the air.

Genie in a bottle

genie bottle

Genie in a bottle? Or in a vase?
I need your caption one more time 😂

And swipe left for some more portraits of the forbidden apple shooting!

Vlog update
On the tube i recently uploaded three new vlogs. Ill take you on a roomtour of our fancy hotel room, we discover the worlds biggest Buddhist temple, the Borobodur, and discovered a huge tree in the garden of the Mendut temple. Great travels, check em out and leave me a comment there. See you there.

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The Hotel Vlog

At the same day we left Lombok and flew right into Yogyakarta in Indonesia, also called Jogjakarta. Negotiated a fair taxi price and drove to the luxury Amata Borobodur Resort. Its a hotel close to the famous Borobodur buddhist temple. This temple was the main reason why we traveled to this place. But besides following our plans we had some time left to enjoy this beautiful resort. We knew it will be a nice stay but the interior of our room, the restaurant and pool area were really overwhelming. I can highly recommend to visit the Borobodur and stay in this resort.

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Mendut temple adventure

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The Mendut Buddhist temple. Guarded by this old tree.

One of the things i like the most is searching for a spot on the map, grab the cam, explore it and capture it.

I label those places and experiences as “perfspots”. Places and experiences that drags you out of your daily routine. Experiences you’ll remember when thinking back to that time. You don,t really need to travel to find those perfspots! You encounter them in all around you. Just go for them. Wheres your perfspot?

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The Mendut temple Vlog

Whilst our travels to visit the Borobodur we randomly discovered the Mendut temple. Most people travel to see the most famous places. In this case the Borobodur temple. But there is really much more in the area to explore. Really exciting spots. One of them is the Mendut temple. It is only 9 minutes driving distance from the Borobodur Lumbini Park! We gave it a shot because the Mendut Buddhist Monastery was walking distance from the Hotel we were staying.

The Mendut Buddhist Monastery has a very aesthetic architecture and is well fostered. It is not as big as the Borobodur of course but as a unique shape. Especially a huge tree in the garden of the Mendut temple fascinated me. A very old, huge tree. I’ve never seen a tree with vines hanging from the treetop like this one had. Like arms reaching out for you. This place is really worth an adventure!

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Gili Trawangan night scene

gili trawangan night

This is on Gili Trawangan, Lombok, Indonesia. Did you know that Gili T (thats how they call it) has a pretty wild nightlife?
It's a lovely little island and i enjoyed the beauty of this piece of land in the middle of the ocean. I was not there to rave through the night but that's what a lot of people do!

The Gili Trawangan Vlog

How is Senggigi Beach on Lombok?

senggigi beach

Is Senggigi Beach in Lombok a perfect spot worth to travel to? Rent a scooter and drove all the way to Senggigi beach and we were surprised when we arrived. Besides two bigger hotels like the Sheraton and the Kila resort, the beach is not overcrowded because of mass tourism. Instead we plenty of space to throw out our towels and enjoy the Indonesian sun. A friendly beach vendor offered us some fresh fruits. we decided to get some pineapple. Right behind the beach bank they built a couple of concrete tables. So if you bring a pick-nick or you'll buy something from a food stand you can comfy sit down and enjoy your lunch with a beautiful beach. Couple of Boats are docked there so you can go on a boat trip if you want to. They also been repairing a boat right there. that was interesting to observe.

All in all we can really recommend a trip to this beach.

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Skyview on a abandoned villa on the hills in Lombok! Natures now the occupant.

The Senggigi Beach Vlog

The Stay

We had our stay not directly in the city of Senggigi. We stayed in a Senggigi district called Mangsit. But the place had scooters for rent so in five minutes we arrived at Senggigi Beach. There are several different options to get around, taxi, public mini buses and private drivers too. The place

The Hotel we stayed in Senggigi

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more about Indonesia

Indonesia has so much to offer. Explore beautiful layers of rice fields. Visit detail-rich temples or mosques and learn about the Indonesian culture. Drive along stunning landscapes. Hike up a volcano and enjoy the sunrise at the edge of a crater. Grab a board and ride one of those perfectly shaped waves. Eat through Indonesias diverse kitchens. Countless things to do and to see. this is Indonesia.

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The Seaweed in Playa del Carmen

Hi everyone! Today I am going to talk about our road trip in Mexico. Right now I am travelling through Mexico with a friend of mine from Switzerland. We have a lot of fun. We arrived couple days ago from Cuba and flew directly to Cancun.

For our 2 weeks road trip we rented a nice Chevrolet to explore the state Yacután.

Playa del Carmen

First stop Playa del Carmen, a trendy town right at the beach, famous for its nightlife, bars and restaurants. You will find huge hotel complexes, all kinds of food and places to relax. They also offer massages, jetski rentals and boat tours.

Where we stayed?

We stayed at the Gran SAHARA Hotel two blocks away from the beach. The hotel offers a breakfast, a pool on the roof and nice rooms. We payed 40 dollars a night for two person, pretty nice!

Breakfast included

You can eat breakfast in the restaurant next to the hotel. It is simple, fruit with a toast and coffee or tea with orange juice. If you want to add eggs or something else it will cost.

Gran SAHARA Hotel

There are a lot of hotels right at the beach which offer a lot but there is a downside!

Playa del Carmen, how is the beach?

So if you look up this place in the internet (Google) it will blow you away. Everything you need, crystal clear water, white sand and nice beach bars to enjoy your stay. But the nature has planned something different. The whole beach is covered with seaweed. Not just a little, tons of it! It covers the beach and the first couple meters in to the water. The smell is really bad and makes it not enjoyable at all. I felt bad for all the people who booked expensive hotels right at the beach. We asked around and can say that it changes from time to time. There are months during the year where you will be able to swim with much less seaweed. But in this month April not. This problem goes down the whole coast to Tulum and more. There are a lot of activities like diving in cenotes like caves, diving with whale sharks, which is amazing and visiting Maya ruins. So it is still worth a visit!

I will keep you posted on my travel as much as I can, since I don’t want to leave my friend alone all the time.

Thanks for reading my Post about Playa del Carmen in MEXICO!

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Salento and the misty Valle de Cocora!

Today I am going to talk about Salento a little town in the department Quindío.

Salento is almost 1900 metres above sea level and surrounded by mountains. The town counts around 7500 inhabitants and a lot of tourists. Coloured houses, nice little restaurants and bars, shops with handmade jewellery and souvenirs. A quiet but still interesting nightlife with lovely bars that offer live music to enjoy the cold mountain air and have a drink.


The Colombian coffee culture and chilled out vibes make it a must see. Everything is walkable and has a lot of attractions like hiking, horse riding, paragliding and coffee tasting.

A coffee plantation tour: 1 day

In walking distance of the town there are several coffee farms which offer tours to get to know more about the process of making coffee and the Colombian culture behind it. At the end of the tours there will be served a fresh made coffee from the farm.

Take the chance to buy a bag of coffee to support them. They life from the tours and the tourists. A tour lasts around 1 hour, so plan in advanced which farms you want to visit since there is time for more than one in a day.

Hike at Valle de Cocora: 1 day

To take a picture for you next postcard you have to hopp on a 4×4 jeep at the main square of Salento to the Valle de Cocora. The hike takes around 5 to 6 hours through the green valley passing by the famous wax palms of Quindio, up to the countless viewpoints on the way.  Whether you walk through the misty forest or the sunny valley your camera or phone will be your best friend on the way to capture the mysterious and incomparable beauty you will encounter.

Makes sure to bring: 

  • Hiking shoes
  • Snacks and water
  • Rain jacket
  • A hat and sunglasses
  • Camera or Phone
  • Mosquito spray

You will not get bored even if you decide to stay couple more days at Salento, since the chilled vibe and culture will take you in completely.

How to get to Salento?

There are two main airports nearby. One at Armenia and the other at Pereira. Buses leave from either of the town’s bus terminals and take around 2 hours up the curvy roads. You can catch a bus at the Salento bus terminal located a little out of the city to get back to the airport. The bus tickets are really cheap, if you prefer a more comfortable way with taxi you will have to pay around 150 dollars.

My opinion?

So my opinion at the end? For sure a must do if you are traveling through Colombia. It is not comparable to the main cities like Bogotá, Medellín and Cali or the Caribbean region of Colombia. One of the most beautiful places I have seen in this country. So don’t think long and just book your flight!


So thanks a lot for reading my post. I hope it helps and will make your next Colombian trip a great experience.


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