Elle Kirsten (@thisisyugen) — Let me show you the colours of the world 🌍
Wanderer from Sydney 🐨
🎓 Environmental Science
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Wanderer from Sydney 🐨
🎓 Environmental Science
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Because one can find beauty everywhere - even in a junkyard where trains are left to rust away ✨ ••• Near the end of the 19th century, Brotish engineers came to Bolivia with the Antofagasta and Bolivia Railway Company, which was building a railroad to carry minerals from the Bolivian capital of La Paz to Chilean ports on the Pacific Coast. In the 1940s, the mining industry declined,leading to the creation of the Cementerio de Trenes, or train graveyard. Buffeted by wind, rusted out, and long ago stripped for useful parts, the trains remain as strangely beautiful relics of an industry left behind. ••• Do you love visiting abandoned places? What’s the coolest and/or creepiest you’ve visited? 👻
A ‘succulent’ adventure with @gadventures in the Salar Di Uyuni 🌵 ☁️ ••• Driving through the Salar de Uyuni at 3656 metres above sea-level and seeing this island appear in the distance, feels sure to be a hallucination or some effect of altitude sickness. It certainly isn’t what you would expect to come across when cruising through the vast expanse of crisp whiteness that makes up the largest salt flats in the world. ••• The island which consists of giant cacti and unusual coral structures and deposits is actually the top of the remains of an ancient volcano, which was submerged when the area was part of a giant prehistoric lake, roughly 40,000 years ago. Pretty cool, huh?
‘The life of the dead is placed in the memory of the living’ ✨ ••• Whilst a visit to a cemetery may not be everyone’s idea of fun, the Sucre General Cemetery is a truly beautiful place that offers a great insight into the Bolivian culture. The vast cemetery houses countless graves hidden behind glass-plated shrines which are filled with photos, flowers and objects dear to the deceased. If you don’t find the experience too grim, it can be fascinating to see the different way that the Bolivian people say goodbye.
The moment you’re out hiking and come face to face with the footprints of Little Foot and his friends 🦖 🦕 ••• During my time exploring Sucre with @gadventures, we set out on a 10 kilometre hike within the Maragua Crater which included parts of the Bolivian Inca Trail and a visit to the dinosaur footprints at Ninu Mayu. The crater epitomises why Bolivia is one of the most visually intriguing nations that I’ve visited to date: fields of wheat and corn appear in patches across the centre of the crater, while the surrounding hills seem to roll and swirl – all thanks to the powerful forces of tectonic activity which have shaped the landscape over millennia.
If the altitude of La Paz (3650m above sea level) doesn’t take your breath away, the views over the city and surrounding lunar landscapes surely will ✨ ••• For the next two weeks, I will be taking a break from adventuring around Patagonia (it was so hard to leave even temporarily) to experience the rich culture and natural wonders of Bolivia with #gadventures . Feel free to follow along and ask me any questions about my time in the county or touring with @gadventures . 🙏
‘The goal of life is to make your heartbeat match the beat of the universe, to match your nature with Nature’ 💦 ••• I was first introduced to these marble caves located in Chilean Patagonia several years ago in one of my geoscience classes and immediately knew, one day, I had to witness them with my own senses. Yesterday that dream came true. ••• As we waded into the caves, we were surrounded by a blanket of different shades of iridescent turquoise as the water reflected in a poetic dance across the marble in a phantasmagorical manner. In disbelief, I reached out my arm to touch the walls to confirm that this was indeed real life, and not just some fantasy. ••• When was the last time you felt your heartbeat match that of the universe? ✨
The answer, my friend, is blowing in the wind. ••• Shakespeare once ever so eloquently wrote that ‘The Earth has music for those who listen’. Standing close to a volcano – whether active, dormant or extinct – it’s impossible to ignore this music which reveals itself to us through the harmonies of the natural environment; as the atmosphere appears to dance perfectly in rhythm with the heartbeat of the Earth, as if just another member of the Earth’s orchestra. Let’s just say, Osorno sung me a whole album of enchanting harmonies. 🎶
You’re just going to have to trust me that through that cloud, I’m staring straight at one of the most enchanting volcanos 🙃 ••• One of the most captivating elements of the town of Frutillar for tourists is the views it offers across Llanquihue Lake to the Osorno Volcano. Even with the volcano shrouded by cloud, I felt it was still worth the trip however to be enchanted by its black sand beaches and German-style wooden buildings that reflect its colonial past. Oh and this pier!
Mother Nature sure knew what she was doing when she made this place. 🙌🏻 ••• Whilst it may look more like I am in Japan based on this photo, I’ve actually just arrived in Chile where I will be appreciating many of the natural wonders around Patagonia (with some intermittent exploring of Bolivia thrown in the middle). The featured volcano is actually Chile’s Osorno Volcano which easily rivals Japan’s Mt Fuji for its symmetry and perfectly snow capped crater. One of the best spots to appreciate this stratovolcano is at the Saltos de Petrohue - a chute waterfall supported by basaltic lava stemming from the Osorno volcano 🌿
What’s better than 1 sunrise? 2 sunrises! ☀️ ••• Last night, I got to watch one of my all time favourite actors and human beings (Bill Murray) perform a song by one of my all time favourite musicians (Tom Waits) at one of my all time favourite buildings (the Sydney Opera House) proving that you never know what the universe has in stall for you. If this is possible, anything is ✨
‘Imagine if trees gave off wifi signals, we would be planting so many trees and we'd probably save the planet too. Too bad they only produce the oxygen we breath’. 🌲 🌳 🌲 ••• Just a little quote I came across whilst researching for my assignment tonight. Comment 🌳 if you wish people cared as much about the health of trees as they did about the strength of their wifi signal.
Feeling incredibly lucky to be returning to experience the European winter for the third year in a row and even more lucky to have the opportunity to catch up with my family and friends over there in person ⛄️ • What are your favourite European destinations for the winter season? I need some help narrowing down my ever growing list... ✍️
Did you know that approximately 95% of the population of Thailand are Theravada Buddhist? As a result, the country is brimming with breathtaking temples (wats in Thai). Thailand has over 33,000 active Buddhist temples and countless other temples currently in ruins or preserved as archaeological sites. ••• Be sure to check out my latest blog post (or just watch my latest story) for the low down on the dos and definitely do nots