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Base: πŸ‡¨πŸ‡­ Zurich πŸ”œ Moving to Mexico in 2 weeks πŸ‡²πŸ‡½

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A glimpse into the daily life of a kiosk owner in #Batad. He used to be a rice farmer in the rice terraces of Batad, just like his father and the generations before. Nowadays, thanks to the steadily growing number of tourists, he operates his own little kiosk in between the rice terraces.
Since Monday I am back in the military service for a total of three weeks. Some of you might be like: 'Wait, what?! Military?' πŸ€” 
Yup, in Switzerland we still have a militia. Basically, every man in Switzerland has to serve in the military for a total of at least 260 days (there are however some various exceptions). Some do their whole service all in once, while most just do the military training school. Those however will have to go back to the military every year for three weeks to do refresher courses, until they served the mandatory amount of days. 
So, that's exactly what I am doing this month before I leave to Mexico. Obviously, I would prefer to do different things... but hey, at least I get to see some beautiful places in Switzerland. πŸ˜… 
Questions? Feel free to ask.
Also, what do you think about the militia-system?
A different perspective of the Parque Eduardo VII in Lisboa. It may seem like I was very relaxed while @richiehug took this shot of me - I was not. πŸ˜‚ At first I wanted to do another handstand on just one hand πŸ–οΈ. But I decided not to risk falling down 5 meters to the other side. πŸ˜… #doitforthegram #hotelplan
Bye Lisbon! It was a blast πŸ€™ Thanks again to @hotelplan.ch for giving me the opportunity to explore this fascinating and lively city. Until next time... πŸ‘‹ #hotelplan
It's incredible how fast time passes when you are travelling. You see so many different places, get to know new people and make memories that you will remember for your whole life... Tomorrow I will already fly back home, richer than I was ever before. Yet, my bank account tells a different story - But that is what life should be about. You should try to focus on things that fascinate you. Things that make your heart beat faster. Emotions. Memories. Not money. Not materialistic stuff. Because when you get older and look back, you will remember the people and the stories you created with them. The car you drove will only be a secondary detail... But again, that's just me. What are your thoughts? πŸ’­ #sΓΆttmalwiederhaarschniide #hotelplan (πŸ“Έ by @richiehug)
The PraΓ§a do ComΓ©rcio in Lisbon πŸ‡΅πŸ‡Ή Centuries ago the Portuguese used to trade spices on this square that arrived with ships from overseas. β›΅ Today, it remains as one of the most beautiful squares in Lisbon where people walk around on a sunny day to enjoy the stunning architecture and the view to the river Tejo. 🚢 So far, the time in Lisbon has been great. It is a very vibrant city with countless cozy, as well as fancy bars and restaurants. 🍻 🍷 A big thank you to the team at @hotelplan.ch who made this trip possible! πŸ™ #hotelplan
Met this boy when we hiked up the rice terraces of #Batad. We tried to get to the highest village without having a tour guide (not the smartest idea πŸ˜‚). Somehow we managed to get to the village, which only contained of about six houses. The boy was one of the villagers. He was blowing soap bubbles and seemed kind of confused when he saw a group of four western tourists. I tried to chat with him but he did not understand. He then just continued to do his thing with the bubbles. I asked him if I can take some pictures by pointing at him and my camera and he agreed. When I showed him the results he was fascinated, but only for a short moment. Then he returned to blowing bubbles. I guess this shows that the simple things in life are the one's that make you genuinely happy. 😊
This weekend I went to visit my godmother in the Swiss canton of Vaud. Vaud is the biggest French-speaking region of #Switzerland. Located in a mountainous environment and next to the Lac Léman (a.k.a. Lake Geneva) it offers stunning landscapes (oh, also magnificent wine 🍷). And look, it even has kind of a tropical island. 🏝 Beautiful, right?! 😊
This shot is still one of my most favorites! I took it one year ago (with my iPhone!) in a small and secluded #Kayan village in Myanmar. πŸ‡²πŸ‡² That day I learned a lot about the Kayan tribe and their traditions. Most people know the tribe as the "long neck tribe", because their women wear many rings around their necks, which makes their necks seem very long. However, against popular belief, this is not the case. In fact, the weight of those rings pushes their shoulders down, which then looks like their necks grew. πŸ€“ On this picture you can see Maria with one of her grandchildren. Her granddaughter quite likely will not wear such neck rings, as this tradition is dying out due to globalization. Even though their village is far away from the next city and only a small amount of tourists get the chance to visit their hidden village. 🏞 Let me know if you have any questions regarding the Kayan tribe and their traditions. Maybe I can give you an answer. πŸ˜ŠπŸ™πŸ½
#Tarsier. 🐡 An endangered species like many others. One of the main reasons why species become endangered or even go extinct is the massive deforestation taking place worldwide. According to IntactForests.org 3.5 to 7 billion (!!) trees are cut down per year. Let me put this in perspective with another figure by StandForTrees.org: Every 48 hours we lose forest area the size of about New York City! πŸ—½ Obviously, this has even more consequences besides the effects that it has on animals. To learn more about these issues check out my recent Instagram Stories where I introduced @standfortrees, a NGO I support and believe in. Or just go directly to their website: standfortrees.com πŸŒ²πŸ™πŸ½ #earthday2017 #standfortrees
Last week @richiehug and I did a spontaneous shooting in Winterthur.πŸ“Έ We shot it in an old factory building to match the vintage denim outfit I was wearing. I especially love my denim jacket that I bought almost a year ago in a second-hand store in Budapest. An amazing city to visit by the way! πŸ˜ŠπŸ‡­πŸ‡Ί
Like out of nowhere the weather here in Switzerland suddenly changed from sunny and warm to rainy, cold and partly snowy! 😩 Makes me miss the bauty of the Philippines even more!πŸ˜…