Around the World, Under the Sky


Around the World, Under the Sky

We are from India. We lived in Seattle, US for a while and loved hiking in the NorthWest. Now we are in Switzerland, enjoying hiking in Alps and traveling Europe. We love to travel and wish could do it full time. We like to travel very backpacker style, take trains, stay in hostels or camp when possible. Right now we are having fun traveling around Europe. My next big dream trip is spending 3 months in South America, traveling Chile, Argentina and Brazil.
Here is my older travel page -

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík July 1st 2014

Since the weather has turned so bad we had a full day of no real activity in Reykjavik. We were still recovering from the hike and drying all our gear but unfortunately we could not extend our checkout time at the hostel. So we made since Upma for breakfast and then started packing. Finished just in nick of time and checked out at 11:00. Now the big question is what to do. There were some museums that I wanted to see. We had not really seen Reykjavik. First order of business was finding lunch. We started walking around and spotted cafe Glo. It seemed quite popular and one of those organic vegetarian sort of places. We wanted to try it out. We ordered a tex-mex soup with salads and a raw Thai curry. Everything was really ... read more
Gio cafe

Europe » Iceland » Southwest » Reykjavík June 23rd 2014

We landed in Reykjavik around 23:00, got our bags, bought a ticket for the bus (greyline), and then waited. There was actually quite a bit of daylight at that time. The sun was on horizon, ready to set. We had to wait long for the bus, and it was mid-night and we saw the sun set in horizon close to mid-night. Little did we know this will be the only sun and sunset we will see on the trip. Even after sunset there was twilight which lasted all night. This was interesting. The bus dropped us at campsite, and we setup camp and slept. Day 2: We had hostel (next door to campsite) booked for 2 nights as we wanted to relax before and after the marathon. The hostel from Hostelling International turned out to be ... read more
On the course

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » Copacabana December 28th 2013

December 28 Today was big decision day, to stay put here or go to La Paz. Since we were feeling lazy we decided to stay and spend the morning watching TV. In the afternoon then we set off to isla de Sol to checkout what all the hype is about. We had a really nice pizza at Pueblo Viejo, which took a long time to arrive, but was one of the good pizza we had in long time. After paying 30 bol each for ferry ticket, we were off to the island. The ferry ride is long as the boat goes really slow, you could probably swim faster. There are no real views on the way, just the main landmass and lot of water. It's hard to believe this is a lake. At the island we ... read more
sun temple
isla de sol
sun temple

South America » Bolivia » La Paz Department » La Paz December 16th 2013

Finally the Patagonia part of trip is over and we had a long flight to Santiago and then onwards to LA Paz , Bolivia. We took a 5:00am taxi to make this flight to be informed at the gate that flight is delayed indefinitely. Ironically the pilot was not able to land the plane due to lack of wind. We had 2hrs to make connection to La Paz that we missed. The person at puenta arenas repeatedly assured us that someone will take care of our connection. But when we reached Santiago, no one was there to help and no one had even heard that flight was delayed. When I went to the counter the lady there took 30min to contact someone and confirm that we missed our connection due to flight delay and we were ... read more

South America » Chile » Magallanes » Puerto Natales December 6th 2013

We finally made our way to way south Puerto Natales, after a 4+ hr flight from Santiago and then a 4hr bus ride. The bus ride is more comfortable than I had imagined. Its a small town, somewhat bigger than I had expected with quite a few houses and some hostels. I was expecting a place just made for tourists with big hotels or hostels spread all over, but so far it feels like a real town with some hostels. The place also has a vibe of "end of the world", you look out on the streets and it feels like the world ends where street ends, kind of same feeling I had on a native-american reserve at north-west tip of USA. As soon as you enter the place, you can see that its expensive being ... read more

South America » Chile » Santiago Region December 4th 2013

Arrived today morning in Santiago after long flights. Luckily all legs of both our flights, me from SFO and Rahul from ZRH, worked out. We were able to take public transport, bus and then metro to reach our hostel Providencia. Its a nice hostel with good amenities. First order of business - get Bolivian visa. This turned out to be as easy as people say. We left the hostel at about 12:30, and embassy closes at 1:30. We reached there just in time, and it literally took 20min to get the visa stamped. Fee - none Questions asked - none. We have already had a change of plan and decided to take more time in Bolivia, skip stargazing in San Pedro. It just does not seem to fit the plan with Christmas time being hard to ... read more

Europe » Switzerland August 1st 2013

The August 1st long weekend in Switzerland we decided to head South, as south as possible, to the border of Switzerland - Italy - France. We did part of Grand Combins tour and TMB. Route - Zurich HB - Brig - Lausanne - Martigny - Fionnay (slightly cheaper and longer than way through Bern) La Fouley - Day 1: The trip started from Fionnay (instead of Mauvoisin due to fear of snow on the way), and day 1 was long train ride from Zurich + gaining 1200m to get to the Panossiere hut. The hut is situated right next to big glacier of Grand Combins. It was almost like the Blue Glacier I had seen before. The view is dominated by 2 huge set of mountains. The hike up is usual grueling straight up climb, ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Central Anatolia » Cappadocia April 30th 2013

Cappadocia I had read so much about the amazing landscape and its cave houses that we had to go here. The place did not disappoint. We took a overnight bus from Antalya. Even after asking many times that we don't want to change in Nevsehir, we got a bus that only went to Nevsehir and had to get down there, wait for at least 30min before finding another bus to go to Gerome. There we wanted to stay at Gerome campsite, but we were still quite tired from the hike, so decided to stay at Dilek which was closer to city center. There were quite a few other campers there and the owner is great and very helpful. We decided to walk through the Red and Rose Valleys in the morning to reach Cavusin and then ... read more
mini grand canyon
White and Honey valley
Blue mosque

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas April 27th 2013

Day 3 - Bezirgan - Saribelen - Gokceoren Today we decided to get up early and then take a break during afternoon when its really hot. Still we got up around 6:00 and left around 7:00. After a short downhill walk we reached Bezirgan We were hoping to get some breakfast here but the town looked closed. We did not really want to get off the trail, so did not really go into the village. We though we will have food at the next village Serebalen which was about 7km away. Little did we know that its 7km of up and down and up again. After Bezirgan, the there is a steep climb for about 20min, and then it took us to a nice wide slightly uphill road. I thought this is good, we are finally ... read more
home food
Third campsite
14+ to go

Middle East » Turkey » Mediterranean » Kas April 25th 2013

Walking along the Lycia way - part of it - was a sort of last minute decision. We had thought about it when planning our Turkey trip but dismissed it as it would have involved lot of domestic travel and would take days away from other things. But true to our nature - hikers at heart - we curtailed other plans to accomodate the backpacking trip. Overall we hadnt planned much about the trip. We had a broad idea of the route and had picked the Patara to Kas portion of the hike, but didnt know the distances between the campsites or the elevation profile or whether it was well maintained etc. We assumed it would be a easy hike and we have already done a lot of hiking so it was up our alley. Oh ... read more
First campsite
water well
ruined wall

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