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✈ Swiss globetrotter.
✈ Living in Mexico for a year.
✈ Love to travel & share stories.
📍 San Cristóbal, 🇲🇽
Next: Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Toronto

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(Part 3/3) After the last stop, the way to the shelter was probably the easiest part. When we got there, it was time for lunch and resting for 1,5hrs. As I did not sleep a lot the night before, I decided to get an hour of sleep before we would start the last part of the climb. Maybe wasn't the best idea, because I wanted to sleep more when I got woken up. But hey - I came here to climb not to sleep! 😬 About an hour later, I was really struggling. This last part was very intense. I got headache and started to feel dizzy. By the way, did I mention that I am afraid of heights? Well, that was not beneficial either. 😂 With small stops in between, we made it to the last break-point before the top. I must admit, at this point I almost gave in. I was completely destroyed. Exhausted. Headache. Dizzy. I could not think clear anymore. And the thought of still having to go down the whole way, made me worry. Also, a big cloud wall was forming and if it would get around us, we would not be able to see clear anymore. Then again, we were so close to reach the summit with over 5000 meters. 'Well, fuck it!', I thought and so we went for the last bit, taking the risk of having a shitty sight when going down. And so, after another hour of struggling: WE MADE IT! ✊ Standing on the summit, overlooking the world at 5050 meters. ⛰️ This was however the best shot I managed to make, as I was too exhausted to take many more shots. 😂
I am currently enjoying the beauty of #Chiapas for a week. It is home to several ancient Mayan ruins, such as Palenque or Bonampak. Furthermore, Chiapas offers an interesting flora and fauna. On this picture you can see Misol Há,  one of the many waterfalls in Chiapas' rainforest. Its cascade has a height of 35 meters and the water is perfect to cool off. 🏊 #misolha
(Part 2/3) The climb already started quite steep and it was still freezing. We were told the first part of the climb will be the hardest, which it definitely was not. 😂 However, just in time we made it to the third break-point and we were rewarded with a breathtaking sunrise. There was a lot of wind though, so that my hands turned into ice blocks after taking some pictures. ❄ The intense sunrise colours started to fade away and we continued the climb. There was still a lot ahead of us. We were at only 3900 meters and our goal was to reach the top with over 5000 meters. 🗻 Our next aim was to reach a small shelter where we would make a rest to have lunch and relax for 1,5hrs, before tackling the last stage of our climb. On the way there, we of course had to do a quick stop to take some pictures. Something I was not in the mood for a few hours later... 😂 More on that in the next part!
Another shot from the night before we hiked up to the Itzaccihuatl. ✨ I am now at the airport and about to fly to Chiapas for a week. ✈️ Can't wait for this jungle adventure! 🤙
This weekend I climbed up the Iztaccíhuatl. The Iztaccíhuatl is a dormant volcanic mountain, located directly next to the active volcano Popocatépetl.🌋 On Saturday night I headed out to the foot of the Iztaccíhuatl and set up a base camp together with an amazing group of people. After setting up our tents, we double checked our equipment and ate a light dinner around a small bonfire. There was not much time for long conversations though, as we had to get as much sleep as possible.😴 I had a pretty bad sleeping bag, which led to me waking up several times during the night, due to the cold temperatures. In the end, I only got 3-4hrs of sleep, before the alarm clock started ringing at 2 a.m. 🌛 I was definitely not in the mood for climbing a mountain with an altitude of over 5000 meters. 😶 But we had a goal - so off we went. After a small breakfast and getting the equipment ready, we started climbing up at 3 a.m. with the aim to reach the third break-point at a hight of 3900m in time, to admire an astonishing sunrise. ☀... (to continue - part 1 of 3)
I recently found this shot, taken on an uninhabited island in the Philippines. We camped on the island for a night and as there was no light pollution, we were able to fully enjoy the beautiful starlit sky. It seems so unreal, but none of these stars/planets were added with photoshop - only some light and colour correction. 😉
Where have you seen the most impressive night sky? ✨
One last shot with the Catrina makeup. 💀 Did you know that the Día de los Muertos has its origins from pre-hispanic civilizations from 2500 to 3000 years ago? For example the Aztecs celebrated this holiday a whole month. Today, the Día de los Muertos is declared as an 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity' by the UNESCO. 🤓
Here is another shot from the Día de los Muertos. This shot was taken at the cementery in Tzintzuntzán. Many people believe that during the Día de los Muertos it is easier for the souls of the departed to visit the living. People will head to the cementeries and make so called 'ofrendas', which are several objects placed on an altar or on the tomb, as you can see in this picture. Ofrendas are an essential part of this holiday and you will find them all over the place, not only at the cementeries. Such ofrendas can contain all sorts of things. Candles, water and salt belong to the essential objects. Furthermore, as you can see quite easily on the picture, flowers, especially Cempasuchitl, adorn the ofrendas. The flowers respresent the fugacity of life. In addition, you may also find the preferred food and drinks of the deceased person, for example a good bottle of tequila. 🌸🌮🍾🇲🇽💀
This week was the Día de los muertos in Mexico. First of all: Halloween has nothing to do with the Día de los Muertos! This multi-day holiday is held to celebrate and remember in honor of those who have departed. All over Mexico you will encounter festivals and lively celebrations. This might sound strange if you are not familiar with this tradition. But in Mexico, the people accept death as a natural part of the human experience. Therefore, during the Día de los Muertos they celebrate and remember the ones who passed away by doing what their loved ones used to enjoy when they were alive, which also includes partying. A part of the festivities is that a lot of people get a traditional 'Catrina' (skull) makeup, such as on this shot. 💀

At one of the local festivities @catherinelopez29 and I decided to get a Catrina makeup as well. As the talented @jetphotographer was with us, we couldn't resist to do a quick shooting. 📸 💀
While going through my old travel pictures I stumbled upon this shot I took in Havana, Cuba last year. 🇨🇺 In contrast to my other pictures it shows a rather sad moment. Nevertheless, one that represents the daily struggles of many. I think it is important to not look away from such situations. Travelling is not just happy beach life. For me it means to get to know a different country and culture from different perspectives with my own eyes, the good and the bad sides. If you have the chance to belong to the lucky ones who have the ability to explore our world, you should be thankful for that and appreciate every single moment, because it is a gift which many will never get in their life. As long as pictures like these can be made, we still have a long way to go as humans. But everyone of us can have an impact in this world and leave it just a tiny bit better than it was before. 🌍
A shot from the times before the earthquake. It was a rainy day when @_lnaef and I hiked up to the temple #ElTepozteco, loacted on the top of a mountain in #Tepoztlán. You can barely see the temple on the top left due to the foggy view. For some reason I really love this shot though. It has such a peaceful mood. What are your thoughts on this? #shotwithp10
What surely impressed me the most these days was the solidarity of the Mexican people. Some of you might not know this, but there are many poor people in Mexico, many who fight day in and out for their well-being. I mean, some work for the minimum wage of just 80 Pesos (= ~4.50 US Dollars) a day! But that did not stop a single person to help in this horrible crisis. No matter if poor, rich, old, young, handicapped or even themselves impacted by the earthquake, EVERYONE came together to give a hand. While I am writing this text, there are still thousands of people helping thousands of victims. The social networks are still full of posts with information where and what kind of help is needed in real time. People from Mexico City also organised various trucks to load them with necessities and drive (sometimes hours) to smaller affected cities and villages, as those did not have the possibility to immediately help themselves. The most stunning fact about all this? Almost everything is organised by the people themselves. Not by the government. No, mainly the people organised themselves through social networks and word of mouth. Sure, there are also NGOs like the Red Cross or Topos who do a lot of good. And yes, I find it also beautiful to see how people from other countries helped in this horrible situation. Yet, for my the greatest heroes of this tragic event are the Mexican people themselves. 🇲🇽❤️ #fuerzamexico