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My first days in Val Thorens After a successful off piste course two years ago, I decided to book another off piste course with UCPA for my first ski trip since COVID started. On the first morning we got our backpack with avalanche equipment and checked everything was working. Taking the shovel, checking the emergency numbers, assembling the probe… everything was in order. After what seemed like ages, we finally hit the slopes. Well.. for a little while. Then we searched for powder. And it wasn’t hard to find! It seemed like I’d chosen the perfect week since there’d been a big snowfall before my arrival and this week the clouds were moving out, making room for the sun. Only on Monday morning it was a bit grey, but the instructors were checking levels, taking us only to short bits off piste. I felt great. My turns were amazing. I…

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Of all the canyons in the Slovak Paradise national park, Prielom Hornádu is one of the few, if not the only, that is a two-way street. This made it perfect for a loop, taking a detour via Kláštorská roklina, monastery gorge, up to the monastery ruins, down a steep forest trail, past the Tomášovský viewpoint and back along the river. It’s a 19km adventure taking you over ladders and steps, high over the water, hugging the rocks and immerses you in the forest. It’s a beautiful fall day when I make my way to the start. It’s early, but the sun is already driving away the clouds. I walk down the road, away from the town Hrabušice, and find the Hornád river near an intersection. A sign directs me to a path through the fields, alongside the river. Further along is a small rest area where a man is enjoying…

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Our guide Lo started awkwardly introducing himself on the ride to Paksong. He sounded a bit like a robot, coming through in pieces, as if I had a bad Skype connection. As it turned out, this was just his style of talking and had nothing to do with nerves. He explained a bit about the great adventure we were embarking on. When we arrived in the small town where our journey would start, harnesses were already spread out on the ground. Around the property lay loads of big tarps on which coffee beans were drying. The harnesses looked strange in this setting. But we needed them for our ziplinging jungle adventure. Our group consisted of myself and 2 other solo female travelers, an Italian family and some Korean men. Some carabiners and a pulley were attached to our harnesses, we got a helmet and were ready to go. We had…

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The Fishermen’s trail from Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo Well… I always say I want to be healthier. In practice this doesn’t really happen. But at least I’ve got the exercise covered, especially the day I walked from Carrapateira to Vila do Bispo. Somehow I managed to turn 16 km into 27 km! And no, I did not take a wrong turn! After 10 days of walking I felt great. I felt on top of the world and I felt like my feet could do more, could take me further. Also I had a bit of FOMO and didn’t want to miss a single beach if I could avoid it. Imagine! So when I left Carrapateira, I first visited Bordeira Beach again and added a few kilometers on a dusty road that hugged the coast. It was still early. The soft sunlight made the colors of the landscape shine and…

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Day 5 on the Rota Vicentina and Fishermen’s trail: heading from Milfontes to Almograve It was a bit uncomfortable to walk on the side of a big road. The cars were racing by, but the view was simply fantastic. From Vila nova de Milfontes you can choose to take a ferry across the river for a shorter walk, but I chose the normal route and took the bridge across the water. Yesterday I came out onto the river on a standup paddle board and paddled all the way up here. Now it was low tide and the river looked completely different. Just after the bridge the route turned right onto a farm property, which seemed to be completely abandoned. My SUP guide had told me about an abandoned building on the property, from which you had a nice view over the river and the town. The building was covered in…

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In 23 km from Vale Seco to Cercal on the Rota Vicentina I woke up in Vale Seco, looked at my watch, and then turned around again. There was no reason to leave very early, so I took my book and enjoyed the warmth of my bed a little longer. When I finally left, the owners’ dog seemed to want to join me. Luckily he turned around after I’d walked all the way around the property where I’d been staying. I followed the road past a few more houses until I hit the main road. I had to follow the asphalt for a few hundred meters before turning back onto a country road. Today was a day of farms and animals. I already passed some huge meadows with cows and a pickup truck where a man was resting. I heard the bells of the cows and sheep in the distance.…

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Everything you need to know for a great walk During my last holiday I discovered Portugal is the perfect country for hiking. I came to hike all the way down the coast from Santiago do Cacém to the most South-Westerly point of Europe, Cape Saint Vincent. The scenery here is incredible. The hiking days are not too long. The signage on the trail is great. The October weather is amazing. And you can easily design your own itinerary combining different trails. Time to make this your next hike! The Rota Vicentina’s website is actually a great resource for planning the trip. It has a description for every stage and you can even download the route in a kmz-file to use in maps.me. It’s great to check that you’re still on the right track and to see how far you’ve still got to go, or if there are any cafés coming…

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The Algarve in Portugal is known for its sunshine and stunning beaches. But lazing in the sun isn’t the only thing the region’s got to offer. The spectacular coast line creates a great place for hiking and even in late October you can still find pleasant temperatures that invite for a swim. Unfortunately October also has its gloomy days and I’ve experienced both. One day I visited the famous Benagil cave and beach with two other travelers. We made it a beach day and decided to swim into the famous cave, as opposed to taking an expensive boat ride or hiring kayaks. The cold water gave a shock to the system and I was glad that the hole in the cave let some warm sunlight through. But on the way back my body adjusted to the water temperature much quicker and I started enjoying it. If you’re a good swimmer,…

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A short walk from the Müggelsee to the Langer See in Berlin The last time I visited the Müggelsee lake was about a year ago. I took my bike for a ride to the Seebad Friedrichshagen for a swim in the lake. This time I spent the afternoon walking from S-bahn station Friedrichshagen through the Müggelberge towards the Langer See lake. I caught the tram back at the end of line 62 in the Wendenschloßstraße. All in all I ended up walking about 11-12 km and enjoyed a beautiful view over the city and the lakes from the viewing tower in the forest. A perfect excursion on a very hot afternoon! Friedrichshagen really surprised me. Mind you, I didn’t know anything about it, but coming off the S-bahn I immediately liked the place. Through the main street, which is full of ice cream places and bakeries, past the old brewery,…

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Since I heard about “wadlopen” as a kid, I’ve wanted to give it a try. I think it’s a pretty Dutch activity and I struggle to explain it. In the north of the Netherlands you can cross the seabed of the Wadden sea on low tide. We call it “wadlopen”, literally “walking on the Wadden”, which translates best to mudflat walking. The water retreats so far that you can walk from the mainland to the islands and sand banks in the Wadden sea. I was visiting family in the Netherlands and decided to add this to my itinerary. Mudflat walking to the Engelsmanplaat I opted for the walk to the Engelsmanplaat. It’s a sandbank named after the English. At high tide it’s mostly under water, but at low tide you can walk to a small house on stilts, where the rangers who look after the birds stay during the summer…

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