Hello Grand Canyon!

The experience of hiking in the Grand Canyon effortlessly surpassed all my expectations. The landscapes are so incredible, I felt like I couldn’t handle any more natural perfection; hikers are among the happiest and most welcoming people ever (if they have enough water), you’ll hardly finish one trail without having talked to five people and shared the ups and downs of your lives; and there’s just nothing like the physical exhaustion and euphoria when you’ve made it up again and your feet hit solid ground. But here’s the exact itenary: We went on the South Kaibab and Bright Angel Trail on the first day, got surprised by a huge thunderstorm on the last mile or so, glamourously slept in the car and did the Desert View Drive and its scenic tower the next morning… before heading for Vegas, totally stunned and speechless. Life doesn’t really get much better than that.

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Montana de Oro State Park and Morro Bay

It’s funny – I never would have thought of visiting the Montana de Oro State Park in California if I hadn’t been following Mister Kevin Russ on Instagram and if I hadn’t bookmarked all the amazing parks on the West Coast a while ago. The park is beautifully diverse and has a beach trail with a view on Morro Bay, which made it seem as if in close proximity We made the huge mistake of underestimating the ‘really close proximity’ and ended up walking two and a half hours each way. Oops! Once it daunted on us how far we actually were, we felt we had to finish the little trip (clearly the inner German coming through here!) and then dragged our tired bodies to the San Luis Obispo Downtown market, a popular weekly evening market with live music, great barbecue food and the certain energetic vibe that makes you remember you’re in California. Not that I would ever forget that, look at the scenery!

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Vancouver is a lifestyle

My favourite photos from the America trip so far have been shot in Vancouver. On top of the Squamish Chief to be precise. After a traumatic night in the worst hostel I’ve ever stayed at (full story will follow in some sort of hilarious disaster round-up), some friends picked us up and took us on a beautiful 30-minute car ride out of the city and into the wilderness. We passed mountains, the sea and blue skies and that was when I knew it’d be a good day.

Fast forward one hour, the full extent of my lack of preparation became painfully obvious: My short pink skirt turned out to be rather inconvenient for a hike that involved jumping over trees and little streams, my water bottle was empty when we were still far from the top and I was hopelessly overestimating my physical condition. That’s what happens when you live in the city and think the occasional gym or pool visit means you’re a fit bodybuilder.

Since then, I’ve done a few more hikes because that activity seems a lot more common in North America and I’ve become less of a loser and even look forward to testing out some European trails in the near future. There’s just nothing like the satisfaction reaching the top and knowing that you’ve fully earned that view. And now over to you, enjoy the views!

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YOUR BACKPACK IS ART

No, this is not the new campaign for an outdoor brand, it’s rather a series inspired by, but not nearly as cool as Murad Osmann’s Instagram feed. It’s also not as romantic, as I’m not portraying a handsome guy with brown curls (not sure why that became so specific but curls are great anyway!), but my friend while we did a bit of hiking on the Isle of Wight. And the orange backpack felt like a somewhat interesting way to portray the different roads and paths we took and the views that totally spoiled our eyes…

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