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Cheap Philosophy Day

How many of us do actually know how a pineapple grows? On a tropical pine? On a palm tree? In a can?


It´s a magic number for me. At this altitude (in Meters) the…yes, well, altitude sickness kicks in. It starts with headaches, a revolting stomach and if you´re not intelligent enough to turn around, ends with loss of power and vomiting (if not worse). The loss of power is a funny thing – I feel that read more »

In the morning

Seven o´clock in the morning at 5130 Meters in our high camp at the Huayna Potosí (6088 m). This time I decided to stay. The others continued. More on the subject tomorrow… Everyone enjoys the first sun beams of the day Our high camp at 5130 Meters The frontier between the Altiplano and the Amazon read more »

Transparency overkill

From the series “Into the weekend with a smile” A restaurant in the Peruvian town of Ica showed an exemplary amount of transparency – literal translation of the notice: “Cook needed”.

Cheap Philosophy Day

Keep rolling, it´s Thursday already…

Another Sunday afternoon…

…in the Bolivian Altiplano…


Many visitors seem to forget (despite breathing problems) or ignore the fact that La Paz lies at 3600 m.a.s.l. (ok, between 3200 and 3800 m.a.s.l., depending on the neighborhood). With other words, you´re 3000 meters nearer to the sun than (probably) 90% of world’s population.  Locals living in La Paz learn their lesson sooner or read more »