Muay Thai experience

By Tal Gur
Muay Thai experience

I was tired and breathless. My Muay Thai kickboxing trainer was punching and kicking me repeatedly. I tried to push him away but he kept coming closer. To say I was praying for the bell to ring would be an understatement. When it did ring, I collapsed into the corner, thoroughly exhausted and wondering how I was going to survive the next round. I’ve been training on a daily basis for four weeks in Thailand, but this was my first encounter with something close to a real fight. I knew fighting was going to be tough but I’ve never...

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Becoming a Surfer

By Tal Gur
Becoming a Surfer

It took me more than 2 years and 5 different countries to finally being able to call myself a surfer. Somehow being able to catch and ride waves consistently was not as easy task. I sweated and struggled and fought but made very little progress with each try. Nevertheless, I’ve never given up that dream. So what is it about surfing that causes such passionate devotion to it? The answer is obvious one would say – water, sun, beach, lifestyle. What’s not to like? The truth, however, is that it’s hard to verbalize the...

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Loving Brazil

By Tal Gur
Loving Brazil

“What is your favourite place you travelled?” This one question always seems to be standing out. At first it seemed hard to answer as I liked so many places and each one for its own reason, however on a bit more thought, the same winner is always crowned: More than 2 blissful months in the land of football and samba made me a lifelong fan. In the beginning, on the contrary, I was ridiculously cautious. I’ve been fed with so many stories of violence and crime by other travellers so when I landed in Rio de Jenerio few days...

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Trekking Patagonia

By Tal Gur
Trekking Patagonia

A bit late but here it is, my Patagonia experience: After spending a month in busy, humid and crowded Buenos Aires, arriving to deserted El Calafate, An Argentinean town in the middle of nowhere with lots of cool, clean fresh air, felt so right. El Calafate is the main gateway into Patagonia and Glaciers National Park with its famous Perito Moreno Glacier. The only word that came into my mind when I first saw this impressive glacier was: WOW. The word stayed with me for a very long time and echoed stronger within when we started our trek...

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Helping in Peru

By Tal Gur
Helping in Peru

This is an inspiring story of how one thought and a single email with good intentions can be the spark of collective energy that ignites people’s hearts from every corner of the globe. Sometimes the worst situations in ones life turn to be the best opportunities in the long run. This was the case of Serapio Huaman, A local Peruvian who lost his house in tragic mudslides events. I still remember the first time I saw Serpio’s tough but smiling face when I got to his destroyed house. His face was beaming with gratitude and humility....

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Road Tripping Australia

By Tal Gur
Road Tripping Australia

My beautiful partner and I have recently completed a 12,000 km journey around Australia. Our adventure started from Melbourne up the East Coast to the golden beaches of North Queensland. From there, we crossed the continent back to Melbourne driving straight through the middle of the outback. It was a wonderful 3 months road trip that produced lasting memories for both of us. It was also a good way to deepen our relationship as we saw each other at our most raw, basic form. In this post I’d like to share a few of my favorite spots and...

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Italian Adventure

By Tal Gur
Italian Adventure

When I first thought of a summer trip in Europe I wondered which city would be my starting point. I’m not much of a planner and mainly rely on intuition when deciding on travelling destinations so when Rome first popped in my mind, I didn’t have to think again and 10 minutes later I had a one way ticket to the legendary Italian capital. Rome I met Kate, a friend from Ireland, at Fiumicino Airport and together we decided not to have plan and simply lose ourselves in the many narrow streets of Rome without a map, guide or any...

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Trekking Nepal

By Tal Gur
Trekking Nepal

Trekking the highest mountains on earth with their glittering snowy peaks surrounded by green forests and wild rivers always captured my imagination so I made sure Nepal is on my itinerary this time. Only few roads extend into the mountains, keeping Nepal’s culture and scenery untouched so the only way to truly see Nepal and the Himalaya is by walking, lots of walking. It might be harder and slower but definitely worth it, making it more intimate and enjoyable. I was excited. Annapurna Base Camp Trek – An amphitheatre of nature My...

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Viva la Buenos Aires

By Tal Gur
Viva la Buenos Aires

Travelling in South America has always been at the top of my list, not only for its extraordinary nature but also because of its many colourful cultures. It’s a trip that many young Israelis do, almost religiously after the army. A trip that I haven’t done in my twenties due to my long term flirtation with the Australian continent, but a one that I wasn’t going to miss out. I didn’t know much about Argentina before I chose it to be my gateway to South America but one thing I knew, actually two: 1. it’s a Spanish...

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My RTW Trip

By Tal Gur
My RTW Trip

Traveling is every free spirit’s wet dream, and one I’ve been looking for a long time, way before I hit the road for my RTW trip in early 2009. 18 months and 4 continents later I’m back in peaceful Melbourne for the Australian summer, reflecting on what quickly became one of my biggest adventures.     Traveling Vs Vacationing For me, traveling is not a vacation activity. I had many of those while studding and working in Australia. I see traveling as an opportunity to experience new areas and environments outside...

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