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In response to: A job with a royal view

Comment from: [Member]
Thank you for the comments! By the way, if you’d like to see how the castle looks inside, you can take a photo tour on the Neuschwanstein homepage.
2016-07-04 @ 01:57

In response to: A job with a royal view

Comment from: Rainer [Visitor]
Hi there, really nice to hear. It is near my ’second home town’ , Munich. Been there too - the scenery is beautiful. Nice bicycling area also.
2016-07-03 @ 21:22

In response to: A job with a royal view

Comment from: Frank [Visitor]  
Exciting job and very fantastic castle
2016-07-03 @ 17:11

In response to: The small quiet island called Tristan

Comment from: Craig [Visitor]  
Moi Arto Olin Tristan da Cunhalla 23 päivää syyskuusta lokakuuhun v. 2013. Kirjoita mulle jos haluaisit teitää mun matkustani.
2016-03-05 @ 08:16

In response to: Good bye bicycles, we'll go sailing!

Comment from: [Member]

We bought our bicycles in Germany already a few weeks before our departure. That way we had plenty of time to prepare them for touring, and do a weekend trip to test them before our long tour.

Buying the bikes in Santiago would have been another alternative. I checked the second hand market online (for example, go to http://www.mercadolibre.cl/ and search for “Trek” which is a popular brand in Chile) and found several which would have been okay as a base. However, we would have still needed to buy racks, drinking bottle holders, perhaps some parts to replace worn out ones and to adjust the bikes for us. In summary: it would have been possible but would have needed extra time in Santiago.

Selling the bicycles in El Chalten was surprisingly easy. It’s a popular area for mountain biking and people appreciate quality bikes. However, trying to sell an expensive touring bike with top of the line equipment might be a different story. We asked 250 USD each for ours (accepting Argentinian pesos for payment), which seemed to be a price locals were willing to pay for a decent bike.

2015-10-06 @ 19:23

In response to: Good bye bicycles, we'll go sailing!

Comment from: Jessica Kutz [Visitor]
Hello! i was just wondering did you bye your bicycles in Chile? If so where did you find second hand bikes? And by the sounds of it it is pretty easy to sell bicycles in Chalten? Thanks! Jessica
2015-10-06 @ 00:25

In response to: First time on open sea

Comment from: Andy Dodds [Visitor]
Good detail Arto, brings back happy memories, looking forward to the next chapter
2015-07-11 @ 11:02

In response to: Camping up in the mountains between border controls

Comment from: TT [Visitor]
Arto and Sandra, When you are back from the Antarctic sail and read your mails and blogs again, you may be interested in knowing that Villarica, one of the volcanos you past from a relatively close distance, erupted on March 2, 2015. TT
2015-03-03 @ 13:30

In response to: Like a painted scenery

Comment from: Jochen Schönmann [Visitor]
Einfach tolle Fotos! Weiterhin gute Reise. Wolltet Ihr nicht Cap Horn umrunden? oder nur die Magelan-Straße?
2015-02-21 @ 17:45

In response to: Seaside villages, huge leaves and roadworks on the Carretera Austral

Comment from: Jochen Schönmann [Visitor]
Reisebericht und Bilder: Einfach super! Vielen Dank:) Weiterhin gute und glückliche Radlertage! Freue mich auf ein Wiedersehen! Jochen
2015-02-01 @ 09:34

In response to: Cycling and camping in Chilean summer

Comment from: Helio e Lori [Visitor]
Muy lindo viaje, congratulaciones a los dos! Abrazos!
2015-01-13 @ 14:04

In response to: Volcanic scenery in Malalcahuello and Conguillio

Comment from: Inge [Visitor]
Hi Arto and Sandra, your blog takes us with you to the wonderful places you’ve explored. Thanks a lot. For the coming discoveries I wish you all the best, take care and have a great ’slide’ into the New Year!
2014-12-30 @ 17:44

In response to: Cycling and camping in Chilean summer

Comment from: Joni Virtanen [Visitor]
Nice trip! Bon voyage!
2014-12-14 @ 22:57

In response to: Wedding with a sauna

Comment from: Tuula [Visitor]
Beautiful photos, I’m sure it was a beautiful wedding. Too bad I couln’t make it!
2014-09-22 @ 13:08

In response to: Wedding with a sauna

Comment from: Katri Kulju [Visitor]
Lämpimät onnittelut!
2014-09-21 @ 07:42

In response to: Wedding with a sauna

Comment from: Aaro "Frank" Huhtala [Visitor]
Congratulations both of you.
2014-09-20 @ 08:04

In response to: Mumbai, city of contrasts

Comment from: call me katha [Visitor]  
HEllo my name is Katha Pungijaniba.I’m from new delhi and i would love to visit mumbai someday.It seems to be such an interesting an beautiful city.I want to go there with my 5 sisters and 4 brothers. do you want to be my next brother? thank you bye
2014-02-26 @ 12:14

In response to: Introducing Germaine

Comment from: Pirkko M [Visitor]
Very nice!
2013-12-23 @ 10:03

In response to: Four weeks without sun

Comment from: Eudes Arduini [Visitor]
Ça c’est complètement impensable au Brésil. Surtout dans ma région où le lever et le coucher du soleil varient en une heure (maximum) entre l’été et l’hiver.
2013-02-12 @ 21:53

In response to: Winter nights in the Alps

Comment from: [Member]
I don’t know the Berchtesgaden area particularly well, but here’s some general advice: The amount of equipment you need depends a lot on the weather conditions. Sometimes in December there’s very little snow (especially if you’re not aiming to climb very high), and it is possible to go with normal hiking boots without snowshoes, skis or other special equipment. Warm enough clothes for temperatures below zero are necessary, as well as a good map, a compass and ability to use them. In addition to weather forecasts it’s a good idea to take a look at webcams to get an idea of the snow conditions. When there’s more snow, then it’s usually necessary to have snowshoes or skis. However, even more important is to get informed about safety. Avalanches are common in winter and especially steep slopes with a lot of snow are dangerous. You should either have someone in the group who has winter hiking experience or get detailed advice which routes are safe to go. A few of the huts in the Berchtesgadener area are open and staffed also during the winter season. These are of course the easiest possibility, because you can call the personnel, ask for advice about routes and be sure to have a place to sleep and everything you need up on the mountain. For huts which are closed, look for the following words: “Winterraum vorhanden". That means that there is a winter room. “Schlüssel für Winterraum: offen” means that the room is open and no key is needed. “Schlüssel für Winterraum: AV-Schloß” means that the room is locked and you need a key to open the door. Normally the same key is valid for all German and Austrian huts. Alpine club members can borrow the key in exchange for a money deposit. I’m not sure if it’s possible to get the key without being a member. When using a winter room, you’ll need to bring your own food. Normally there’s always a possibility to cook either with gas or wood, and a couple of pots, pans, plates and cups provided. I have stayed about 10-15 times in different winter rooms. One time there were no pots (but still a pan) and one time very little firewood, otherwise the facilities have been at least adequate. If you want to be 100% sure, you can of course take your own cooker. Both when staying in a staffed mountain hut or when staying in a winter room, you should take your own travel bed sheet ("Hüttenschlafsack” in German) with you. For a winter room stay, a sleeping bag may be more comfortable. There is usually always an oven to heat up the room in the evening, but during the night after the fire is out the temperature drops down quite a bit. All of the winter rooms I’ve been in have had blankets, but if many people come there’s a small risk that there are too few blankets to keep everyone warm. Alpine Club members have a discounted price when staying in mountain huts. Generally members pay about 7-10 euros per night per person and non-members about double. Winter room prices are usually 5-10 euros per night per person, with sometimes a separate fee for firewood or gas. Payment is in cash into a locked box (good to take some small banknotes with you) or by bank transfer. I would recommend you to visit the German Alpine Club Berlin office (http://www.dav-berlin.de/) to take a look - you can then make the decision yourselves if it’s worthwhile to join or not.
2012-11-24 @ 20:59

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