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Impressions from Nixi, Tibetan Sichuan – Golden Chilli, Black Ceramics, Tough Landscape

From Xianggelila (Shangri-la) in Yunnan, a colleague and I quickly headed onto the road towards Lhasa, on the search for a special kind of chilli…

Vienna Alps Hikes: Along the Cog Railway up the Schneeberg

The Schneeberg (“snow mountain”) often becomes visible on the horizon from where I live. Across the Neusiedler See lake. On my train commute to Vienna. It is the…

Microexploration: World (Food) Travel In Your Kitchen

The very idea of traveling somewhere just for the food – a rising category not long ago – seems rather decadent right now. At the same time, though,…

Hallstatt, From Gosau via the Hoher Plassen

Hallstatt is seeing fewer tourists these days, but it is still usually approached in very touristy ways: There directly, in and gone. I am still taking other ways…

Microexploration: Learning and Teaching by Travel

Or, Does Travel Blogging Have to Be Influencer Marketing?

Dreaming of Mountain Nights, Getting to Know the Rab Mythic Ultra Sleeping Bag

Normally, I’d hope to be spending some nights up on a mountain. Dreaming of that, I finally bought a sleeping bag that should be great – and we…

Paying Respects to Joseph Rock in Yuhu Village

When we look back at the history of travelers, we soon get to explorers – and oddballs. We feel that we are living in strange times, seek adventure…

#LookCloser, Different: Returning One’s Gaze Closer

Our expanded circles of connection and attention are praised continuously. No longer are we only, parochially, concerned about our families and villages, but the whole world. Is that…

Microexploration and the Need to #GetAtHome in Times of Coronavirus

A new virus going around, impacting lives everywhere… It is exactly the kind of thing that makes people wish they were not a part of this world. But,…