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Recently I saw one travel blogger's post where he compared the end of a big trip to breaking up with a partner. That, at the end of relationship/ traveling you sit in your room with a bunch of photos and a lot of memories but don't know what to do with it, you became a better person but you also realise that it's the end. It made me think 💭 It's very accurate, isn't it? travelersproblems
Ok, friends, amigos and arkadaşlar! ✌️ As you all know, 4 months ago I finished (or paused?) my trip around the world that took exactly 500 days. Almost every day was recorded and big video is coming soon! 😉 But I thought: this journey was so EPIC! Of course it deserves an epic trailer or even Oscar 😂 P.s. Instagram allows only 1-minute length video, so I've attached the link to full video in my profile 👌
Its funny how some places get stuck in our memories and never leave our mind. There are many reasons and one of them is how we felt there 💭 . I was very excited about visiting Darjeeling and since that first moment I left our shared jeep, I already knew I will love it 💚 It was freezing comparing to Kolkatta where we've stayed the day before - it was 15-18C and rained a lot . Every morning I would wake up in our cheap room where it was always colder than outside and struggle to take a hot shower and get mad because the water in it was too cold. . Later we would always go to eat momos in our new favourite place - Nepali restaurast which had only 2 tables and foreigners probably never opened it door before 😂 But it was the most delicious place and owners became our friends 🍲 . When it rained we would just sit in a tea place drinking hot chocolate or tea that is worldwide famous and being produced there - Darjeeling tea and enjoy the rain like little kids - because we literally didn't see rain for months ☔🌿 . On the way to central square we would always pass their market, they sold fresh fruits and vegetables and chickens (bad we didn't have a kitchen). I loved to watch people on that square - they wore colorful bright sari and scarves. . And during the night when the sky was clear we could see millions of stars and could stare at them forgetting about the cold 🌌 . After 5 days spent there I regretted about tickets to Brazil (I know, now its sounds funny 🙈) but I really wanted to stay there longer. . Don't know if I will ever go back there again but for those who loves nature and mix of cultures, this place is definetely a must-go 😍👍
Many people have asked me what was in Russia, was there something to see? Well, Russia is like half of the planet 😂 and you can find literally anything there 😉 Lakes like this, for example. The bottom of this lake is moving, always changing its pattern. So, everyday you can see different lake 😊👍 The hike to this lake was very easy, its not crowded at all there, you can sit and enjoy the nature, breath fresh air or drink vodka with bear 😂😉
One more pic from Torres del Paine. The Revenant or Into the wild 😂 Национальный парк Торрес дель Пайне, Чили. Как мы прошли 80 км за 4 дня с рюкзами по 12 кг, с запасом еды на все время похода (т.е. риса и печенек), палаткой, спальниками, горелкой и посудой. Было сложно, но теперь есть воспоминания и такие фото ☝
Temples, tuk-tuks, 7-elevens, Buddhas, monks, lady-boys, New Year's eve 2016, Khaosan Road, beer Chang, frienships, street food, pad tai, noodle soup, sticky rice, work, printing photos, hostel, bunk beds, Hero, bus number 16, Siam square, rats, cockroaches: Bangkok. I can't call it my favorite city and it wasn't a love from the first sight. But when I came there 3d time, I had a feeling - it feels like home. Since that time my friendship with Bangkok has started. And now this place keeps a lot of good memories ❤
Yesterday, while walking around the streets of Göreme, I've bumped into this cute carpet store. Usually I try to avoid this kind of tourist shops but the owner, Hakan, invited me with a huge smile so I agreed 😊 These carpets is his collection that he started to collect 25 years ago. He travels around Turkey and finds old and used carpets which locals want to sell or give away, restores them and sells later. He loves traveling and dreams to visit Nepal, India, Cambodia and Vietnam but said that carpets are his home and his prison at the same time: he can't leave the store because he has spent the whole life for finding carpets and one of his ideas is to make a museum where he can show them to everybody. I told him about my travel experience and about one cool museum I've seen in Chile and showed some pictures. It was a really nice exchange of experiences and thoughts!
So, my trip is over. I had amazing 500 days of life. The time that really changed me, my thoughts, opened new horizons and broke my limits. I came back earlier than planned, haven't done even 50% of my initial plan, I haven't reached Machu Picchu as I wanted and didn't swim in Caribbean. I wanted to travel the world but didn't notice the point where I started to hate traveling from the bottom of my heart. It wasn't a vacation, it was a really hardcore trip with limited everything 😂 My travel partners can prove it! Right now I am at home, getting some rest, getting fat, doing couchsurfing at my parents place, getting used to luxury things such as hot water, washing machine, make-up, parfume 😂 I am not saying I will stop traveling, I am just waiting for the moment when I get those sparkles again, then I'll buy a new tent, one-way ticket, will come to the highway and enjoy waiting for a car under the pouring rain or strong Patagonian wind and I will love it as if it was the last day of my life 😍 I will see Machu Picchu and will swim in Caribbean, will learn latinamerican dances, will climb all glaciers of Patagonia, see sunrise in Hymalayas and maybe even surf in Indian Ocean 😉 It's important to appreciate and enjoy everything that we do.
Santiago, day 490. I couldn't imagine that I will ever be here! Such a weird feeling! Its +30 outside here, summer, they sell strawberries and cherries, I can swim in the swimming pool and wear shorts. And after 9 days I'll be on the other side of the world, doing opposite things - getting cold, drinking hot salep and enjoying different views. I need to realize it now but I just want to stop this moment and make it last forever. Such a weird feeling to go back somewhere where you haven't been for 16 months...💭
It was a super unlucky day for hiking today! 😕 It took 3,5 hours to reach the viewpoint of Cerro Castillo - Castle Mountain but it all was covered by cloud 😢 After waiting for 30 minutes, I got frozen and wet, it was windy and rainy, - no chance to see the top! But the lake next to it was beautiful too!
We did W-hike in Torres del Paine National park in chilean Patagonia for 4 days! It was difficult, sometimes felt like impossible but I managed to finish it and now I can say it was worth all the effort! Now we are back to civilization, enjoying small things in life like hot shower, soft bed, warm room but I miss sleeping in tent while its raining outside though 😊 The nature there was stunning and beautiful, its like looking at photoshoped picture and understanding that its actually real! I wish enjoying nature was free nowadays or at least not so expensive 😑
Usually my favorite places are the warm ones but I really loved Ushuaia even though it had kind of Ukrainian weather now. So, it explains a lot! Dont know if I will ever come back there again, but I have great memories about that week, it was a nice small adventure which I will remember for long time! City, nature, weather, snow, mountains, lakes, people, beers and chocolates - everything was perfect there 😍🌿🎑
We have four seasons in one day here: rain, sun, snow, clouds! This picture was taken 2 days ago during the 'spring day', and later we have experienced real winter with snow! Have to say that it was my first snow since last October in Mongolia, so I am enjoying this kind of weather a lot!
Nothing lasts forever and so my brazilian trip is over too 😢 Its funny how my plan from 1 month turned into 5 months, and I could even stay longer! I have a lot of good memories about this country and Brazil has become one of the places in the world that I can call 'home' 😍 Its a place that took my heart and I will never be able to leave again 😁 Sometimes I think that in 5 months I could have seen the whole South America, or that I could have visited more in Brazil, could have learnt Portuguese better or enjoyed more... But then I think about all the things I've done and I understand how amazing it was! Good bye Brazil and samba, forro, tapiocas, farofa, doce de leite, brigadeiro, maracuja, caipirinha and cachaça, feijoada, self-service, pastel, coxinha and so on 😂 You were great!