Already before this travel, Japan was the most mysterious country for me and even if we already spend three weeks here, it remains full of enigma. I have no hope to fully understand the country one day but, I have to admit, I like every part of this gigantic puzzle. From one extreme to the other We started our journey in Tokyo, the city that … Continue reading Japan, thousand faces in the land of perfection
Travelling is, above anything else, tasting local preparations and discovering new flavors, new ways of cooking and of course spices. The flavors brought by spices evoke immediately exotic moments. The ras el hanout will make think about the colors of the markets in the Maghreb, the masala will carry the complex smells of Indian cuisine, the curry will bring the flavors of Asia. We had … Continue reading On the tracks of the king of spices
This month we traveled along the Mekong river in Laos. It is an important cultural change for us after South America and New Zealand mainly because, for the first time during this travel, I cannot speak the local language. It is a new world in terms of history, religion, landscapes and of course science. The importance to give more credit to scientists from the global … Continue reading Scientists from the global south and the last dolphins of Laos
New Zealand is full of fantastic and mysterious creatures. No orcs or elves as we can see in Lord of the Rings but for example, the strange Kiwi or the Tawaki (also known as the Fiordland Penguin). The Tawaki is not only cute but also unique among penguins because they build their nests deep beneath lush rainforest. Some of these creatures are hidden. If you … Continue reading Magic of Fire in New Zealand
Uruguay was one of the very good surprises during our journey around the world. It is not a very touristic destination, therefore locals were happy to meet foreigners and as curious about us as we were about them. We spent some days in the lovely village of Colonia del Sacramento were we enjoyed an intimate concert surrounded by artists from various fields. It was one … Continue reading Uruguay mate?
The last step of our journey in Argentinian Patagonia was El Chalten to do several hikes in the Fitz Roy group of mountains. The town of El Chalten has only been in existence for 30 years and was established to lay claim to land that both Argentina and Chile say they own. We decided to hitchhike to go there. To me, it is a good way … Continue reading Argentinian Patagonia and science solidarity
Among the most spectacular and precious landforms, glaciers hold inestimable information about climate changes and life on our planet. Glacier ice is the largest reservoir of fresh water on the planet, storing an estimated 70 percent of the world’s supply. We went to discover one of them: the Perito Moreno glacier in the heart of Argentinian Patagonia. This little video summarizes our excursion: Of course, as we … Continue reading Unraveling the mysteries of the glaciers in Patagonia
We started to go north in the southern Patagonia and we visited what is known as the 8th wonder of the world according to the Chileans. The national park Torres del Paine. Many hikes are possible in the park, the most famous one is called the “W” and can be done in 4 days. The organization of this hike by booking camping places is deliberately … Continue reading Birdwatching at the 8th Wonder Of The World
The strait of Magellan was a mythical place for me, a synonym of the end of the world and ancient legends. When we arrived in Punta Arenas in Chile, in front of the strait of Magellan it took me some time to fully realize where I was. And once I realized I had a deep feeling of excitement imagining the first sailors crossing these waters leading to … Continue reading At the end of the world, a gateway to Antarctica and some penguins.
I wish we could always travel with the perfect weather but all travelers meet at some points of their journey cold and rain. We wanted to show solidarity with our families enduring winter in Europe so we spent some days in the rains of Puerto Montt in Chile. By a funny coincidence, we arrived just when the Congress of the Chilean Limnology Society started (Limnology … Continue reading I am singing in the rain in Chile