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Travel year 2014

January

Jordan – A dream coming true visiting the city of Petra and Wadi Rum desert

March

Attending ITB travel fair in Berlin, Germany

Day trip to Stockholm, Sweden

August

FINA World Masters Championships in French-speaking Montréal, Canada

Took the Staten Island Ferry and saw Statue of Liberty, NYC

October

Eating ice cream in historic Rome, Italy

November

Weekend trip to Tallinn, Estonia, and exploring the trendy Kalamaja district with wooden houses

It’s been a busy year. I’ve traveled quite a lot, but also pushed my studies forward, got married, made a bunch of new travel blogger friends and booked a trip to Japan for March 2015. Busy but rewarding year behind – and I’m looking forward to the next year with excitement. Remember that you can also follow my adventures on my other blog, Metallia Matkassa (though it’s written in Finnish).

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Amazing places I’ve visited

During past couple of years I have visited some places which I probably will never forget. Every time I see a photo of that certain special place, I immediately remember how it felt being there, what I was hearing, seeing or smelling there. I’d like to share now some of these places that have really stuck into my mind.

Phewa Lake in Pokhara, Nepal

Seeing the Phewa Lake during sunset and smelling some fresh air was an unforgettable feeling when we first arrived to Pokhara after speding 12 hours in a local bus. Sunsets at the lake were breathtaking (and yes, I have about 1000 photos of those).

Top of Sarangkot around 6 am in Pokhara, Nepal

Sarangkot is a village at an altitude of 1600 meters with breathtaking panoramic Himalayan views. Taxi left us to the village and from there we continued hiking up the mountain reaching the top just before sunrise. We were in Nepal around april/may, so the visibility wasn’t the best and only time you could “spot” the mountains well was usually very early in the morning.

The Blue City and Mehrangarh Fort in Jodhpur, India

After suffering from some kind of food poisoning and travelling 2 days straight in a train from Goa to Rajasthan, I was more than pleased to see the blue city of Jodhpur and Mehrangarh Fort which I consider as one of the most beautiful forts I’ve ever seen.

The famous Taj Mahal in Agra, India

Taj Mahal is considered one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and I can’t argue with that. We visited the Taj in early morning, when the structure was bathing in the first rays of sunlight. At 7 in the morning the place was packed with tourists but everyone was so amazed of the Taj that people calmly just enjoyed the view. I think that Taj Mahal is one of those places that you just have to see at least once during your lifetime and I am very glad that I’ve had the opportunity to visit it.

River Ganges in Varanasi, India

The holy city of Varanasi – Ganges, ghats and narrow alleys. Varanasi has a lot of pollution and the water in Ganges is nearly toxic, but as the river is considered as holy, locals swim in it and some even drink the water. I passed the swimming and drinking but we did enjoy the views for almost a week. Burning ghats along the river might be shocking for some, but I think that seeing the natural circle of life is nothing to be afraid of.

Petra UNESCO World Heritage Site, Jordan

Visiting Petra, historical and archaeological city in Jordan was definitely a dream coming true. When we finally were able to take a photo in front of The Treasury (that is also known from the Indiana Jones movie), I have to say that I felt like I was able to close one book and open another for new adventures.

Hiking down from the High place of sacrifice in Petra, Jordan

Not to mention when we hiked up to the High place of sacrifice, had a cup of tea with bedouins.. It was so quiet and calm up there. Nice bedouin guy who offered us the tea, said that he gets an headache from cities and prefers to live in the desert. I liked his attitude and think that maybe at some point of my life I should try that too!

What are the most amazing places you have visited? Or do you have any amazing places that you have not yet visited, but would want to visit?

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