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Crown Mountain – the taste of conquering a crown
by Gabriel Pazin on February 13, 2015

Since I’ve arrived in Vancouver, I’ve been hiking a couple of mountains, lakes and parks. What started as a touristy activity, fortunately became part of my new life-style, a real passion. I’ve found in nature the peace I had been looking for and in addition, the certainty that I’m always going to live a unique adventure as the challenges are always going to appear in different ways on the trails. Therefore, I’ve started searching for more challenging trails, instead of easy and mainstream ones. That’s when I discovered Crown Mountain, the hardest challenge for me so far.Continue reading …

Have you made your New Year’s list yet?
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on December 31, 2014

By this time of the year, you might have already looked back to 2014, balanced pros and cons and decided whether it was a good year. Probably you’ve made one of those lists with things you’d like to do next year and other with the things you’re gonna try to stop doing. But have you done the same during different occasions throughout the year? Before I go on, I’d like to tell a story about my mom. Continue reading …

With dear friends in São Paulo, Brazil

With dear friends in São Paulo, Brazil

The Abode of Chaos, an unique museum in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on December 1, 2014

If you ever find yourself in Saint-Romain-au-Mont-d’Or without having heard of it before, you may at first think it’s just one of those small and beautiful French villages. Its narrow streets, cosy restaurants and fancy old houses made of stones with golden colours will give you this impression.
Eventually you will face the Abode of Chaos (Demeure du Chaos), a museum of contemporary art that includes more than 3500 artworks, and will realize that this little village in the mountains near Lyon is much more than just another regular French village. Continue reading …

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[Guest post] The day I was close to the sky twice
by Gabriel Pazin on October 10, 2014

In my last post I wrote (and showed) a little bit about Vancouver city, its surroundings, its gorgeous nature and some amazing trails around here. Today I’m going to tell you guys about the trail that has marked my life and made me definitely feel that I’m in Canada.

It was a sunny summer Sunday and I had scheduled with my friend to get on the very first bus of the line 160 right after 9am. We wanted to arrive early in Buntzen Lake Park to hike and enjoy the day. We got off in Port Moody to take another bus (C26) and some minutes later we arrived in the park. At 10:30am we were ready to start the trail. Continue reading …

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Warnings before the start of the trail let people aware of the existence of bears in the area and also warn people to be careful.

[Photography] Refuge du Fond d’Aussois, France
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on September 20, 2014

On mid-August we had the chance to explore a bit the French Alps and here you’ll find a couple of pictures we took while visiting the Refuge du Fond d’Aussois. More to follow on a full post soon. More pictures …

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[Photography] Refuge des Évettes, France
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on September 13, 2014

On mid-August we had the chance to explore a bit the French Alps and here you’ll find a couple of pictures we took while hiking up to the Refuge des Évettes in France. More to follow on a full post soon. More pictures …

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[Photography] Col du Mont-Cenis, France
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on September 11, 2001

On mid-August we had the chance to explore a bit the French Alps and here you’ll find a couple of pictures we took on Col du Mont-Cenis, France. More to follow on a full post soon. More pictures …

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A short note about our first anniversary!
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on September 3, 2014

Yes, it’s been one year since I started writing here and if you follow us since our very first post, you might have noticed that the subjects of our posts have changed a bit. Well, when I started, after returning from one year living abroad, most of my trips had people involved, I couchsurfed, I hitchhiked, I visited friends I made during my time in Ireland, and I’m sure that none of my trips would have been so great if it wasn’t by all those people I’ve met while travelling. All of this made me realize that the aspect I enjoy most about travelling is by far meeting people. Continue reading …

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Cycling with my host and two other CSers.

[Guest post] Vancouver: where the nature gives its special touch
by Gabriel Pazin on August 5, 2014

Many people say that Vancouver is the city which least looks like a Canadian city, however they are the same people who say that Vancouver is the most beautiful city in the country. It is the least Canadian city perhaps due to the large quantity of immigrants who have been living here, especially Asians. Most beautiful probably because its surrounding mountains, parks, beaches, wooded and cleaned streets. Continue reading …

Depois de mais de uma hora subindo 1000 metros, a vista é recompensadora no Garibaldi Provincial Park.

After over one hour hiking up 1000 meters, the sight is rewarding at Garibaldi Provincial Park.

[Photography] Lyon and its wall art
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on August 4, 2014

One of the greatest attractions of Lyon is its wall art. All over the city you can find out walls like those in the gallery above. These are just a couple of wall I have stumble across since I moved in here and I keep looking for more. More pictures …

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Located in Rue Georges Gouy – 69007

Les calanques de Marseilles, Cassis and La Ciotat: one of France’s natural wonders
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on July 31, 2014

The second biggest city in France and the capital of Pétanque and Pastis, Marseilles is a beautiful city located a bit more than 300 km south of Lyon. It was historically the most important trade center in the region and functioned as the main trade port of the French Empire. Nowadays it seems to have a bad reputation (that’s what I heard from French people) regarding safety. We spent the day going around there and frankly I saw nothing bad. I guess like in all cities, you just have to be street aware and no need to paranoia. We visited the old port, the MuCEM (an impressive Museum that’s worth checking. Free entrance.), Marseilles’ Cathedral and went up to the beautiful Basilica Notre-Dame of the Garde. Continue reading …

Beautiful view of the Calanque de Morgiou.

Beautiful view of the Calanque de Morgiou.

[Photography] Les calanques de Marseilles, Cassis and La Ciotat
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on July 30, 2014

A couple of picture of our trip through les calanques de Marseilles, Cassis and La Ciotat. More pictures …

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Marseilles’ old port

[Photography] Lyon, France – 07/2014
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on July 28, 2014

A couple of pictures we took during the week that we made a special about Lyon on our Instagram. More pics …

The Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere was built between 1872 and 1884 and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who saved the city of Lyon from a cholera epidemic in 1643. Each year on December 8,Lyon thanks the Virgin for saving the city by lighting candles throughout the city, in what is called the Fete des Lumieres or Festival Of Lights

The Basilica of Notre Dame de Fourviere was built between 1872 and 1884 and is dedicated to the Virgin Mary, who saved the city of Lyon from a cholera epidemic in 1643. Each year on December 8,Lyon thanks the Virgin for saving the city by lighting candles throughout the city, in what is called the Fete des Lumieres or Festival Of Lights

Preparing our trip to the Amazon rainforest and a bit of Manaus
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on July 22, 2014

Last March, Jessica and I, flew to Manaus and made it our base to explore the Amazon rainforest. It wasn’t an easy decision though, as the forest is huge and can be explored for several different starting points. Continue reading …

Spotting caimans at night is one of the highlights of the tour.

Spotting caimans at night is one of the highlights of the tour.

[Photography] Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on July 21, 2014

Last weekend we visited the Sénanque Abbey near Gordes, France. Here are some pictures we’ve taken and we’ll have a full post soon. More pictures …

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Pérouges : one of the most beautiful villages of France
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on July 7, 2014

You might have read our first post where we wrote that what excited us most about travelling is meeting people. However, there are other things that we’re passionate about when it comes about travelling, and one of these things is nature. We love being outdoors and last weekend we had the chance to visit the medieval village of Pérouges, one of the most beautiful villages of France. Continue reading …

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Hitchhiking: from Dresden to Prague
by Hector Fröhlich Cortez on April 15,2014

Dresden was a surprise on my itinerary. I hadn’t planed on going there in the beginning, but after being told good things about there by several people I started to think more about going there. There’s no need to speak much to convince me to go somewhere new, and as soon as I realized that Dresden was on my way from Berlin to Prague, I decided to make a quick stop. Continue reading …

State Ministry of Finance, Dresden (Sächsisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen)

State Ministry of Finance, Dresden (Sächsisches Staatsministerium der Finanzen)

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