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    Top 60 Days of Beauty

    Well into my third year of cycling around the world, there’s been so many special, visually (among other levels) beautiful moments. Amazingly photogenic days that seriously help making this travel life highly addictive. Days that often leave me feeling satisfied wow!-like for a few days (until the next pangs of hunger for the beauty of the world strikes again, that is).

    Here’s a chronological list of 60 of these days of visual beauty (be it naturally, culturally, or otherwise). In any case, days that showed me the incredible visual feast that is the world. And another beauty of it all is that it is all out there. All we have to do is to choose the world, open the eyes and the mind, stop for a while, and push the release button.

    Here we go…

    1. Sighisoara, Romania
    2. Istanbul, Turkey
    3. Cappadocia, Turkey
    4. Kazbegi, Georgia
    5. Ashgabad, Turkmenistan
    6. Bukhara, Uzbekistan
    7. Samarkand, Uzbekistan
    8. Margilan, Uzbekistan
    9. Osh, Kyrgystan
    10. Kochkor, Kyrgystan
    11. Kashgar, China
    12. Darchen, Tibet (China)
    13. Kathmandu, Nepal
    14. Battambang, Cambodia
    15. Angkor Wat, Cambodia
    16. Sa Pa, Vietnam
    17. Luang Prabang, Laos
    18. Chiang Rai, Thailand
    19. Chiang Mai, Thailand
    20. Ayutthaya, Thailand
    21. Koh Tao, Thailand
    22. Georgetown, Malaysia
    23. Pulau Tioman, Malaysia
    24. Tanjung Pinang, Indonesia
    25. Bandung (daytrip to Kawah Putih), Java, Indonesia
    26. Tasikmalaya (daytrip), Java, Indonesia (DK text)
    27. Yogyakarta, Java, Indonesia
    28. Solo, Java, Indonesia
    29. Mt. Bromo, Java, Indonesia
    30. Bali, Indonesia
    31. Gili Trawangan, Indonesia
    32. Sumbawa Island, Indonesia (or here or here)
    33. Katherine, NT., Australia
    34. Outback, SA., Australia (or here)
    35. Barossa Valley, SA., Australia
    36. Twelve Apostles Nat. Park, VIC., Australia
    37. Tasmania, West Coast, Australia (and here)
    38. Tasmania, East Coast, Australia
    39. Mornington Peninsula, VIC., Australia
    40. Sydney, NSW, Australia (or here)
    41. Milford Sound, New Zealand
    42. Mt. Cook Nat. Park, New Zealand
    43. Queenstown, New Zealand
    44. Glacier Country, South Island, New Zealand
    45. West Coast, South Island, New Zealand
    46. Tongariro Crossing, New Zealand
    47. Wai-O-Tapu Wonderland, New Zealand
    48. Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand
    49. Foa Island, Ha’apai, Tonga
    50. Moorea (daytrip), French Polynesia
    51. Easter Island, Chile
    52. Santiago, Chile (or here)
    53. San Juan Province, Argentina
    54. Chilecito surroundings, Argentina (and here)
    55. Cafayate, Argentina (and here)
    56. Salta, Argentina
    57. Purmamarca, Argentina
    58. Villazón, Bolivia
    59. Tupiza, Bolivia (and here)
    60. Potosí, Bolivia
    (to be continued)

    Nicolai (Sucre, Bolivia)

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    6 Responses to “Top 60 Days of Beauty”

    1. Pao! Says:

      Amigo estoy feliz de vivir en el numero 52! hahaha
      Im very lucky coz i went to some of this places and i thought the same about chiang mai, Koh tao , Ayutthaya in Thailand, and of course Gili and Bali in Indonesia, Sydney in Oz, and In new zeland my favorite was Coromandel, Milford sound and Queenstone in Nz ….but i have a question for u….u didnt like the Andes Mountains???
      take care and good luck !! 🙂

    2. Nicolai Says:

      Hi Pao! Good to hear from you again 🙂

      Indeed, I did (and still do) love the Andes. Absolutely! Those days cycling across the Andes from Santiago to Mendoza could´ve easily made it to the list as well.

      I hope the summer is on its way in Santiago.

      Besitos para Emma, Pedro, Germán, Roxanna, Nicki and all your (and my!) lovely friends in Stgo. Y tu, Paoooo…


    3. Rob Thomson Says:

      Loved the new Info Page:


      True, true, and more true.

    4. RichNYC Says:

      Wow, what a 60 days Nicolai!!! Glad to see you have some time for reflection of what you are living through. I still remember the good times when we cycled together from Saga to he Tibet/Nepalese border and days spent in KTM. Your travelogue keeps my dreams alive;)

      PS: Rob, nice to see you around here, too;) BTW, the Nicolai’s link you posted is truly the best ever summary of what an independent travel is all about: be it on a bus, bike or a skateboard… Thanks…

    5. Nicolai Says:

      Thanks a lot for the words, guys… Appreciate it heaps!


    6. Ren Says:

      Will call you today from india mailed you yesterday hooked to ur website. Inspired…. Have done cycling on highest motorable road of the world in Ladakh and some downhill in lugano switzerland but your journey inspired my soul.

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