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Inya Lake – Yangon, Myanmar

work in progress <- I’ll add some more pictures over the next days as I’m still in Yangon.

The “Inya Lake is the largest lake in Yangon, Burma (Myanmar), a popular recreational area for Yangonites, and a famous location for romance in popular culture”

Wikipedia

I can attest to that and the Inya Lake is for sure a popular spot for young couples and I thought this is great opportunity for taking some pictures and indeed it was. Hope you enjoy and like the pictures.

…to be continued

Who are we – The Jakarta Edition

Who are we? Can humans be described in a single word or a single sentence or even in one paragraph. Countless books have tried that and continue to do that. Not even one photo can’t answer this question, because there is probably not a single answer, but a multitude of answers as we are all unique and beautiful from the outside to inside in our very own way.

My quest is to showcase this beauty and hopefully find answers to the question who are we through the pictures I take and the connections I made with each and everyone while doing that.

I have spent over the span of 3 month several weeks in Jakarta and had the chance to meet incredible people, learn a bit of Indonesian (bahasa Indonesia), and had the chance to take a lot of pictures. So it felt only natural to create a special Jakarta edition.

Extra coins or bucket list

This list is a living document and will be changed (things will be added and deleted) and updated regular.

Places to visit

  • New Zealand
  • Greenland
  • Mongolia
  • Iceland
  • Nepal
  • Tibet
    • go to Base Camp of Mount Everest
  • Patagonia
  • China
  • Japan
  • Peru
    • Machu Picchu
  • United States of America (2011, 2016-2019) ✔️
    • Grand Canyon (2018) ✔️

Things to experience

  • Skydiving
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Flying in a Helicoptor
  • Paragliding
  • Seeing Mount Everest
  • Hiking New Zealand
  • Diving (2017) ✔️
  • Walking over the Golden Gate Bridge (2017) ✔️
  • Sleeping outside (1996) ✔️
  • Camping in the backcountry (2018) ✔️
  • Falling in love and deeply caring for somebody (199X – 201X)✔️
  • Kiss (1996) ✔️
  • Have sex (1996) ✔️
  • Making somebody smile ✔️
  • Going to Burning Man (2018) ✔️

Things to own

None…experiences are more worth than things. I would rather visit all the places and do all the things from the above list than own a house or a car.

Reached the bonus level or why I don’t mind dying

This article is more a reminder for me and something I can send a friend to understand my reasoning, if I ever speak about this topic again. In addition I hope this might help someone or at least challenges you to think about this topic.

I actually don’t want to die and want to experience a lot more, but if it happens than I don’t mind and will die with a big fat smile on my face with tears of joy, happiness, gratitude, and love in my eyes.

Why is that?

While thinking a lot about death and dying due to the fact that we probably (This depends on our progress in technology and we might have by the end of this century or in the next the technology that you don’t have to die) all have to die on day, I thought about what makes life valueable for me and what are the things and experiences that would make my life worthwhile.

After spending a lot of time thinking about this I found out that I already had experienced all the things, that make in my opinion my life worthwhile.

  • Fell in love and deeply care about someone and had a wonderful and loving time while doing that
  • Felt so much love that my heart almost exploded
  • Was so sad that I cried for hours and I still could cry about it
  • Was dancing in the rain, sun, and snow
  • Smiled and made somebody else smile
  • Kissed and had passionate sex
  • Saw the stars
  • Felt the warmth of the sun

Still remember and feel all of it as it was yesterday

These are the things that make life worthwhile and I had the blessing to experience all of it. As I have experienced all of it I’m not afraid to die one day and I know if I remember this I can’t help myself but have a big fat smile on my face with tears of joy, happiness, gratitude, and love in my eyes.

To me my life feels like I’m Super Mario. I beat Tatanga (the end boss of the first Super Mario Land), rescued the princess, and now I’m running through the bonus levels and just collect extra coins. Every day, every emotion, and every experience is an extra coin I collect and I hope I’m not done collectiong those extra coins and want to continue to do that. But if it will happen someday, you now know how I feel about it.

Weekend trip to the Bahamas

Four weeks before this trip a friend of mine called me and asked if I would like to come to the Bahamas for his birthday. That was obviously a rhetorical question and of course, I said yes. A lot on this trip was a surprise for me as he didn’t want to tell me much upfront. Only that I should bring an ugly Christmas Sweater, which in the end I didn’t use. So I packed a couple of things, a shirt, T-Shirts, and some shorts plus a jeans.

View out of the plane window

I flew from Dallas to Miami to meet my friend, Marco, and then we took the next flight to Nassau. The flight from Miami to Nassau is quite short and a little over 30 minutes and the view out of the plane was amazing and I could see the almost crystal clear water below the plane.

To my surprise, we were picked up at the airport and driven to the hotel Atlantis on Paradise Island. The Atlantis is a big resort like hotel and we stayed at the Cove tower, which was pretty cool. As it had its own beach area which wasn’t that crowded. 

The hotel Atlantis is pretty big and had a lot of aquariums and I was able to see all kind of fish including sharks, mantas and of course clownfish. In addition, they have a big waterpark with waterslides, which was a lot of fun. Actually, you stay the whole time in the hotel without seeing much of Nassau or the rest of the island because everything is there from a casino to all kinds of restaurants, bars, and two clubs. Marco was invited to play at a Team Slot Tournament in the hotel and some commitments due to that we or better I, unfortunately, couldn’t explore the island and Nassau as much as I would have liked. It was nevertheless a great and relaxing weekend and instead of writing much about it I’ll let the below pictures do this job this time for me.

Again another special experience and totally different to the trips before, but I have to say that I enjoy my nature trips a little more as I like to be out in nature and resort style trips are not really my thing. With that being said I’m off to my next adventures.

Humphrey’s Peak

While being in Flagstaff I had the idea to hike up to Humphrey’s Peak, the highest point in Arizona with an elevation of 3,852 m (12,637 ft). I’m always up for a challenge and doing this hike sounds interesting as it is rated as a “hard” hike and has a total length of  15.4 km (9.56 miles) for the ascending and descending. The total time of the hike up was 2 hours and 38 minutes without stops on an ascend of 926 m on a 7.7 km (4.28 miles) partly icy and snowy trail. Unfortunately, I didn’t have the time for the hike down.

These are the blank facts, the data, but it is just that. It doesn’t take into account the experience, the feelings, and the effort of anything. And in order to do this posts/articles/blogs like these are for, to tell the story of such a hike.

actually not a coffee from “Late for the Train” but from Macy’s in Flagstaff

Phil, a friend of mine and my host for this trip, and I went up early to be on the trail in time. We stopped at “Late for the train” for a quick coffee (I can highly recommend the Dave’s Rockrammer – a triple shot pulled short with raw sugar with almond milk) and were at the trailhead at around 8am, which was the perfect time in hindsight. We got our daypacks with 3 liters of water, some light food (protein bars, nuts, and sandwiches), and important microspikes for the shoes and made our way up. The trail started with a walking over the end of a skitrack on which snow cannons already started their duty.  (In my humble opinion, this is a huge waste of natural resources and environmental unjustifiable, especially when the temperatures are above freezing)

A loo with a view

Immediately after the skitrack the trail leads us into the woods and from here on we were constantly moving upwards not to steep, which made it a comfortable and long hike. After roughly one and a half hours we had to do a small break and I had the best loo view of my life 😂.  After 15 minutes of further hiking we reached the first ice patches and we had to put on the microspikes. I tried to move over them without it but I fell two times on my butt and finally gave up. I just can say microspikes make such a huge difference and after putting them on walking on these slippery and icy patches was like walking in the park. A personal note please put them off as soon as those slippery patches are over. These spikes will do some damage to the ground or on any roots, you step on, so please be mindful.

Roughly 20 minutes later we reached the end of the forest and we were on the almost on the top. The sun was shining and it was such a warm day even if we were surrounded by snow, it was such a beautiful day and we couldn’t have asked for better weather conditions. From this point on we used the microspikes again and started the final ascent to the top. The view from here on was just mesmerizing and I had to stop every couple of meters to soak everything in and to take pictures. A week later and I’m still in awe when I think about it and look at these pictures. At the top, we meet a couple and had a long chat with them. Phil had the great idea to put our names into the summit register, which we did after we got it out under the snow. 

It’s now official I have summited my first peak, the highest peak in Arizona, which is amazing and I have to say, that I would like to do more, which I probably will.

Another awesome experience and totally different to what my trip through Washington and special in its own way. With that being said I’m off to my next adventures.

“The wonderful things in life are the things you do, not the things you have.”

Reinhold Messner