Exploring The World

Becoming a Surfer

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 spectrum of sensations that arise once you’re...

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Muay Thai experience

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 thought it was going to be that tough. Setting my...

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Road Tripping Australia

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 experiences during the trip, some of which have...

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My RTW Trip

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 of my comfort zone that excites me. I see it as a...

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Volunteering in the US

Volunteering in the US

Volunteering while traveling in Peru served as great way to get a deeper connection with the country and its people, so when I saw a similar opportunity of volunteering in the US, I grabbed it with both hands. The option institute which is also an international Autism treatment center is nestled in the middle of nature, and one of the reasons why I chose to spend full 2 months there and remove myself from the general tourist route. The Berkshires region, a 2.5 hours scenic drive from New York City, is breathtakingly picturesque and extremely peaceful. The institute’s 100 acre property...

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Help Bolivia

Help Bolivia

Crossing the border from Brazil, the richest country in South America to Bolivia, the poorest, marked yet another new direction in my trip. After 2 months of beach, sun and samba I was looking for something else, perhaps more meaningful. I remember walking through the main Market of La Paz, Bolivia’s high mountain capital, wondering what voluntary organization should I join. It was already my fifth day in Bolivia and this simple task turned to be more challenging than I initially thought. All places demanded a long term commitment, something I was not willing to do before diving in and...

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