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Have you ever tasted a Pisco Sour?If not I highl 1670857309080037505

Have you ever tasted a Pisco Sour?If not I highly recommend doing so, as it is the South American cocktail classic. The Peruvian pisco sour uses pisco as the base liquor and adds freshly squeezed lime juice, syrup, ice, egg white, and Angostura bitters. Although the preparation of pisco-based mixed beverages possibly dates back to the 1700s, historians and drink experts agree that the cocktail as it is known today was invented in the early 1920s in Lima, the capital of Peru, by the American bartender Victor Vaughen Morris. In 1916, he opened Morris' Bar in Lima, and his saloon quickly became a popular spot for the Peruvian upper class and English-speaking foreigners. His apprentice, Mario Bruiget, became Hotel Maury’s bartender and continued to perfect his teacher’s recipe, improving it by adding two ingredients that shaped the cocktail’s texture: egg white and Angostura bitter in the latter part of the 1920s. It is believed that the Pisco Sour’s popularity began to grow at the Hotel Maury upon Vaughen Morris’s death.Here I am with Eloy Cuadros, the bartender of the Grand Hotel Maury. It is located in downtown Lima and the old-fashioned wooden bar has been managed by Eloy for 55 (!) years. Trust me, he knows what he’s doing when preparing the cocktail and has seen a lot of people drinking his Pisco Sour. We had an interesting conversation about the old times and how the city has changed. He also told me the story how the heirs of the Hotel had fought over the heritage, which led eventually to its sale to a Chinese investor. Since then, fewer and fewer people are coming to the bar, as locals don’t approve of the foreign owner. Eloy will probably continue to make exquisite Pisco Sours till the age won’t let him anymore. I hope that in the future, more people will visit this unique place to learn about the cocktail’s history and appreciate the classy charm of Eloy’s bar #piscosour#grandhotelmaury#helloperu#lima#victorvaughenmorris#mariobruiget#eloycuadros#hola#bartender#bigcity  #peru#🇵🇪 #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney


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After a long journey, crossing the pacific with an amazing stop in Hawaii, I finally arrived in Peru’s capital Lima. It’s been almost one year since I’ve left the continent and since then, there passed few days that I didn’t think about returning to South America.The city is located in the valleys of the Chillón, Rímac and Lurín rivers, in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. With a population of more than 10 million, Lima is the most populous metropolitan area of Peru and the third-largest city in the Americas behind São Paulo and Mexico City. Around one-third of the national population lives in the metropolitan area.The city was founded by Spanish conquistador Francisco Pizarro on January 18, 1535, as Ciudad de los Reyes. It became the capital and most important city in the Spanish Viceroyalty of Peru and following the Peruvian War of Independence, it became the capital of the Republic of Peru. Lima is known as the Gastronomical Capital of the Americas, but I’ll come back to this laterHere I’m standing on the clocktower of the Convento de Santo Domingo, looking over the Historic Centre that was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1988. In the background you see the Basilica Cathedral of Lima with it’s colonial structure and facade, located in the Plaza Mayor or Plaza de Armas. I didn’t expect too much of Lima apart from the food, as most of the city is not accessible for tourists, but strolling through the historic centre really was a beautiful journey into the continent’s colonial history!#goodbyehawaii#helloperu#lima#unesco#conventosantodomingo#ciudaddelosreyes#hola#plazadearmas#cathedraldelima#franciscopizarro#bigcity   #peru#🇵🇪 #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney


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Can you see these colours? The nature on these islands offers some of the brightest tones of green, blue and turqouise I’ve ever seen. You definitely get the best views of this interplay of colors from the volcanic mountains. A simple but beautiful hike to this rock ledge called the Crouching Lion offers you this amazing perspective.The Hawaiian islands were formed by volcanic activity initiated at an undersea magma source called the Hawaii hotspot. The process is continuing to build islands; the tectonic plate beneath much of the Pacific Ocean continually moves northwest and the hot spot remains stationary, slowly creating new volcanoes. Because of the hotspot's location, all currently active land volcanoes are located on the southern half of Hawaii Island, therefore I unfortunately didn’t get to see any magma. Nevertheless you can learn a lot about the Island’s origin by looking closely to the geologic details#crouchinglion#hikinginhawaii#turqouise#green#alohahawaii#hawaiihotspot#aloha#waikiki#oahu#sunset#smallparadise#honolulu#hawaii# #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney


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One off the bucket list: Having a sundowner Mai Tai in HawaiiHow could you possibly end a day better than having a strong Mai Tai with the sun in your face. I first got to know the cocktail at the Trader Vic’s in Munich, still one of my favorite bars. Trader Vic's is a restaurant chain of Polynesian-themed restaurants, founded on the 1930s by Victor Jules Bergeron Jr., that bore his nickname: "Trader Vic". He is one of the persons to claim to have invented the Mai Tai. The Trader Vic's story of its invention is that the he created it one afternoon for some friends who were visiting from Tahiti. One of those friends, Carrie Guild, tasted it and cried out: "Maita'i roa ae!" (Tahitian for "very good!", figuratively "Out of this world! The best!")—hence the name.Most current recipes for Mai Tais based on Trader Vic's 1944 recipe include rum, lime juice, orgeat syrup, and orange liqueur (typically orange curaçao). Variants may include orange and grapefruit juices, bitters, grenadine, falernum, and so on.The Mai Tai was created as a way to showcase the flavors of good-quality rum and still a proper should have a deep amber hue and allow the rum to shine through with the other ingredients. One of my absolute favorites. Huli Pau!#maitai#maitaibar#sundownder#tradervics#alohahawaii#aloha#waikiki#oahu#sunset#smallparadise#honolulu#hawaii# #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney

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Most people primarily have surfing in their head when they are thinking about Hawaii, but there is so much more to do here. The volcanic archipelago is full of possibilities to go hiking, starting from easy walks to difficult rock climbing. Today I decided to go up one of the prominent craters of O’ahu: Koko Head (169m). It is an ancient tuff cone that is somewhat dwarfed by its neighboring tuff cone, Koko Crater, with its peak, Kohelepelepe (or Puʻu Mai), rising to 1208 ft or 368 m. The last eruption is estimated to have been 30,000–35,000 years ago. Leading up to the top is a 1000 plus step-like walking track consisting of abandoned railroad ties that run along the crater's west side. The military used them previously during World War II as part of an incline tram to transport supplies to a lookout post at the summit. The steep climb to the top of Koko Head Crater offers spectacular panoramic views of the east Honolulu shoreline, which I wanted to enjoy for sunset. Unfortunately I was surprised by dense clouds and constant rain, which blocked the sight completely. Nevertheless it was great fun to push myself to the limit on the way up. I actually thought Hawaii might be the laziest of my stops but until now it looks like its becoming one of the sportiest#kokohead#kokoheadstairs#hiking#alohahawaii#aloha#waikiki#oahu#sunset#smallparadise#honolulu#hawaii# #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney

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Aloha HawaiiFinding a way for me to fly from Japan to South America was not easy, as all the flights take a western route but my premise was to really make a circumnavigation. Therefore I had to make a stop in Hawaii on my way to Peru. I never put much thought into this stop as I expected not much more than a very touristic place full of couples and pensioners. Oh boy how wrong I was!After having spent just half a day on the island of O’ahu, I wished to have planned more than just five days here. The vibe that immediately surrounds you when setting foot on this island is incredible. Automatically you’re tempted to think you entered a small paradise. I live in Waikīkī, the most popular beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu and one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii. As it faces the south you have a great view on the sunsets from here and believe me, they are one of a kind. This is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy life!#goodbyejapan#alohahawaii#aloha#waikiki#oahu#sunset#smallparadise#honolulu#hawaii# #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney

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It’s time to say goodbye to beautiful Japan🇯🇵Trying to summarize all that I’ve seen, experienced and learned during the last three weeks is all but easy. This country has been the perfect ending to three amazing months in Asia. The food got me addicted in all it’s variety, tastefulness and creativity. Japan’s distinct culture has fascinated me in so many ways and still does. Furthermore I was impressed by the politeness of the people, loved the beautiful nature, found out I love Karaoke, got a taste for Sake and found a small paradise in the Onsen culture. There were also difficult moments during the last weeks. For example some Japanese people are not easy to connect with at first glance and sometimes they give you the feeling of not being able to enter their world at all. Adapting to a different code of conduct, different ways of living life and connecting with people is always an interesting challenge, but I was happy to try my best to overcome these obstacles. I was rewarded with several new and interesting people that entered my life and taught me a lot about their culture. I could go on and on talking about Japan but its time to leave this wonderful country.Thank you so much for having me, I will be back for sure!#goodbyejapan#thankyou#arigatou#japaneseautumn#kimono#ginkgo#kyoto#beautifuljapan#konichiwa#japan#🇯🇵 #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney

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Kūkai (空海) is one of the most interesting figures of Buddhist history in Japan. He was not only a Japanese Buddhist monk, but also civil servant, scholar, poet, and artistl. Shingon followers usually refer to him by the honorific title of Odaishisama (お大師様) and the religious name of Henjō-Kongō (遍照金剛). Apart from founding the Shingon or "True Word" school of Buddhism, Kōbō-Daishi is famous as a calligrapher and engineer. Among the many achievements attributed to him is the invention of the kana, the syllabary with which, in combination with Chinese characters (kanji), the Japanese language is written to this day.Kūkai began construction on the original Garan temple complex in 826 after wandering the country for years in search of a suitable place to center his religion. Since then over one hundred temples have sprung up along the streets of Kōyasan. The Danjo Garan is one of the two most important areas in Kōyasan. The name Garan is derived from Sanskrit, and means an quieter and secluded place where Buddhist monks may train. Initial construction of the monastic complex at Kōyasan began here in the early ninth century. Kobo Daishi planned the Konpon Daito, or Great Pagoda, as the center of his monastic complex, which you see at the right side. According to Shingon doctrine it represents the central point of the lotus-flower mandala formed by Kōya-san's eight mountains, covering not only Mt. Kōya but all of Japan. The present structure was rebuilt in 1937 after destruction by fire several times, like so many other wooden buildings in this country. To the left is the Danjogaran Kondo, the main hall of Mt. Kōya (Golden Hall), where major Buddhist services are performed. Kōyasan is a magical place that is perfect for wandering around the temples and absorbing the atmosphere. Fortunately it is secluded enough to maintain spared from tourist masses during the week. When I left for Osaka a snow storm was coming and made this magical place disappear into its secludedness again#koyasan#mountkoya#kukai#konpondaito#garan#kobodaishi#japaneseautumn#japanesebeuaty#beautifuljapan#konichiwa#japan#🇯🇵 #impressions#adoctorsjourney

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Hiking the Kōyasan chōishi-michiI couldn’t leave Japan without hiking in the mountains. I decided to go to the holy Mount Koya (高野山, Kōyasan), which is the center of Shingon Buddhism, an important Buddhist sect that was introduced to Japan in 805 by Kobo Daishi (also known as Kukai), one of Japan's most significant religious figures. A small, secluded temple town has developed around the sect's headquarters that Kobo Daishi, built on Koyasan's wooded mountaintop and is now reachable via cablecar. I took the Choishi Michi, a 23.5 km long hike which takes around seven hours and forms part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site: Sacred Sites and Pilgrimage Routes in the Kii Mountain Range. Among the several pilgrimage routes, this is the one constructed by Kukai and the one that has been most used throughout history. At intervals of one Cho (about 109m) all along the route, stone signposts called Choishi have been erected. On these signposts are Gorintos, which are five-story pagodas, consisting of five pieces: square, circular, triangle, semicircular and a flame-wreathed gem. Each one of them represents Earth, Water, Fire, Wind and Space. They are the five elements of the universe in Buddhism, and each character is engraved on each of the five pieces in Snaskrit. Out of the 220 existing Choishi signposts, 179 are the original monuments, which for eight centuries have witnessed people on pilgrimage as they proceed towards the mountaintop. Hiking through these remote mountains on old pilgrimage trails really was a spiritual experience. Absolute silence around me, barely touched nature wherever I looked and several shrines on the way made this a highlight of my journey. When I finally reached Kōyasan I met some monks that told me, that I had been the only person they saw coming up the final stairs of the hike this day. You don’t get this solitude easily on beautiful hikes nowadays!# # #koyasan#choishimichi#unesco#pilgrimageroutes#japaneseautumn#bamboo#ginkgo#hiking#japanesebeauty#beautifuljapan#konichiwa#japan#🇯🇵 #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney

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One of Kyoto’s most famous sIghts is the Fushimi Inari Taisha (伏見稲荷大社), which is the head shrine of the god Inari, located in Fushimi Ward in Kyoto. First and foremost, Inari is the god of rice, but merchants and manufacturers have traditionally worshiped Inari as the patron of business. The shrine is most famous for the rows of torii gates(around 10,000), called Senbon torii, often used as scenery in film and literature like Memoirs of a Geisha. The custom to donate a torii started to spread since the Edo period (1603 – 1868) to get a wish to become true or to thank for a wish that became true. Each of the torii at Fushimi Inari Taisha has been donated by a Japanese business. The shrine sits at the base of a mountain also named Inari which is 233 metres above sea level and includes a beautiful trail which we took up to the top early morning to avoid the tourist masses#kyoto#fushimiinaritaisha#fushimiinaritaishashrine#inari#tori#shinto# #japanesearchitecture#konichiwa#japan#🇯🇵 #impressions#experiences#exploring#adventures#travelislife#travelling#worldtrip#oncearoundtheworld#adoctorsjourney

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