Video: The Sun from Austria to South America

I sorted the sun photos I took in Europe and South America on my backpacking trips in Germany, Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Austria and Spain.

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Slideshow: San Miguel de Tucumán

Here are some backpacking impressions from San Miguel de Tucumán (Argentina). A lovely an interesting town in the North of Argentina.

For further information about San Miguel de Tucumán and Argentina check the Lonely Planet Argentina (Travel Guide).

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Exploring Arequipa

Exploring for me is gathering the essence of a place, this includes places that some people may find irritating, annoying or not worth seeing. Well, I am here to experience the world in all its diversity and nuances. Here I provide you with my best shots from exploring the Peruvian town Arequipa – one of my favorite places of the world.

The fences of the neighourhood

The fences of the neighourhood

Spiked walls for security

Spiked walls for security

In my first days in Perú I was quite disturbed about seeing a lot of spikes, fence and barb wires. Now I think it looks worse than it is. Here are some impression right from the road about Peruvian security measures. In Peruvian towns it is common that certain areas are locked during certain times, usually these areas are also guarded. I never experienced any problems, although it can be quite irritating if you see it the first time.

Bridge Crossing

Bridge Crossing

The Eiffel bridge oneway today

The Eiffel bridge oneway today

If this bridge looks familiar this might be due to the fact that this was built by Eiffel – yeah the same guy who built the huge tower in Paris also known as Eiffel Tower ;). This bridge is really interesting, it is really long. Yet, nowadays it is kinda funny and maybe a bit unpractical. From far away it looks really impressive – and it still is – but when you stand on it and realize that it is one way for cars, well yeah… not that practical. They view from there is great, I could take pictures of housing areas I usually would not dare to walk into.

Working Peasants

Working Peasants

I also discovered some peasants working near the roads, they had a cute dog “watching” the area. I really liked this sideroad. The first time I went down it, I was a bit scarred and then there appeared several eagles. Later on I discoverted the peasants and could take some of my favorites shots.

Men at Work

Men at Work

Later on I headed back into more urban areas. There I found a large road, which I had to follow. From a bridge a saw a repair shop. They took care of a police car, as you can see from the picture the police is armoured. I took some shots of the workers to capture such an authentic situation first hand. Then they registered me and began waving friendly, hence I took some more shots. I prefer honoring the hard-working people with my time and attention, than museums or statues.

After I went along the large road up on a hill, I discovered that this was one of the local breweries.

Here is a video with more photos from Arequipa:

For further information about Arequipa and Peru, I can highly recommend the following book: the Lonely Planet – Peru.

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Slideshow & Video for: 7 Things Every Backpacker should have in his Backpack

Due to the wide success and great resonance on my post 7 Things Every Backpacker should have in his Backpack, I put together a video and a slideshow. Enjoy! Feedback welcome!

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Dogs in South America

In South America dogs live nearly everywhere and are mostly on their own. Well, this sounds a bit dangerous, yet the dogs I have seen in South America were all very well behaved, mostly clean and really friendly. I can’t even remember one uncomfortable situation with a dog in 6 months! (Whereas in Europe, I had quite a few uncomfortable situations from dogs barking at me like crazy to other annoying things, even (or especially?) when they were with their owners.)

As you can see in the video below, I took some pictures of them and mostly from close range (I only have 4x zoom). Nevertheless, be careful, but most dogs will just ignore you or will be really cute to get some food.

I was really amazed to discover such a wide range of different dog breeds in South America, especially the number of Huskies and German Shepards.

Video: Peru, Argentina, Bolivia and Chile

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