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One day in Split

From Plitvice Lakes we took the afternoon bus to the coast and arrived in the early evening in Split. We dropped our bags at our place and went out right away to find something to eat. We found Luka’s Ice Cream shop afterwards and were very happy and full. The next day we started with an early city tour, passed Gregory of Nin and climbed St Domnius cathedral tower. The steps up are a bit scary but the views are worth it. By then it got already very hot so we took the next bus to the end of the line

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Around Green Island in Taiwan

Our first stop after Taipei was a trip to Green Island, a small paradise east of Taitung with great snorkeling spots, rare saltwater hot springs (Zhaori), and a few hiking trails and sights to visit along the 20 km long road around the island. We took the ferry from Taitung, which only takes about 45 minutes nowadays. Even though the waters were not too rough, there is still some truth in the infamous tales about the Vomit Barge. Once we arrived, we were picked up by our hotel and drove the 500 meters to the hotel.  Then, appointments for snorkel trips were made and

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Crystal Cove State Park, California

A short trip brought me to southern California, more precisely to the tiny suburb of Lake Forest located between Los Angeles and San Diego. There is not much going on there, but it is very close to the coast and to the Crystal Cove State Park. The park comprises a long stretch of sandy beach and a much bigger area inland which is quite hilly. With the sun up and burning, we sticked to beach part and enjoyed a walk on the shore. We came back  in the evening for the sunset, which was beautiful. Parking can be a bit

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Swimming at Childers Cove

After watching the wildlife at the Tower Hill Reserve, we made our way further east to the beaches of Childers Cove. There are two beaches pretty close by and both are stunningly half moon shaped and swimming is thus a bit protected from the open sea. The place has the big advantage that it is a bit off the main track to Warrnambool, the Great Ocean Road, and the last few kilometers are on a gravel road. It is pretty popular with the locals, but you will not find the GOR tour buses here. Lucky for us, we were the

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Baby turtles on Sangalaki island

After a couple of very relaxing days on Derawan island, we chartered a speed boat with some other travelers to visit the nearby islands. Sangalaki, which is even smaller than Derawan, houses an upscale dive resort and a sea turtle research station and hatchery. Fortunately, we chose a good date for the trip – the night before, a batch of baby turtles hatched and we saw them practicing their swimming skills in a little sheltered pool. They stay in the pool for a couple of days before they are released into the sea at night. A walk around the whole

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Road trip on the coast of New South Wales

I booked a flight spontaneously to Sydney to join several co-workers of mine on their post-conference road trip in New South Wales. With the car already booked, the week-long trip started in Sydney, following the coast up north towards Brisbane, then turning inland for some mountain hikes. The weather did not really play along, the first days were cloudy with lots of rain. On the first day, we went to the Myall NP, a lush landscape with lakes, rain forest, and sandy bays. We crossed a lake with the ferry and ended up in Seals Rock at the campground. Sadly,

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Great Ocean Walk – Apollo Bay to Castle Cove

On the first weekend in Melbourne, I took the train and bus to Apollo Bay (3.5h) to do the first half of the Great Ocean Walk to Castle Cove. Since finding a room was so much easier than expected and work had not really started yet, I spontaneously decided to do this trip. I even got a registration for the first night to camp at Elliot Ridge just one day in advance, despite the long Melbourne’s Cup weekend (Tuesday off) and the advice to book those hike-in campsites at least two weeks earlier. Day 1 I arrived in Apollo Bay

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One week in Clearwater Beach

On my way to Melbourne, I took a break in Clearwater Beach to attend this year’s LCN conference. After all the effort of packing our stuff in Berlin, I was quite happy with the choice of the venue. There is not much going on in Clearwater, the town is mostly made for tourists and retired people. Still, the beaches are very beautiful so taking conference breaks at the beach to swim and relax was pretty fun. The best part of the week were the sunsets. The first day had pretty much blue sky. Over the next couple it got more

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