Vivid Sydney 2015

Vivid 2015

Hello everybody,

Vivid festival in Sydney is always great for lots of colourful photo opportunities.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Vivid.”

Vivid 2015
The spectacular light theatre in Darling Harbour Sydney, Vivid 2015

The power of positive thinking

orchid in the rain

Nowadays everybody talks about positive thinking but what are the benefits of it and what does it really mean. How do you think positively? Can you just press the button and there you go? Well, it is not that simple.

A positive mindset focusses on the bright side in life. People who are positive, seem to have more energy and attract a lot of other positive people around them; they are optimistic. On the other hand there are negative thinking or pessimistic people. They are mostly perceived as being toxic and people stay away from them. Have you ever been in a situation where you had a great and happy day until you catch up with your ‘negative’ friend. After that you go home feeling depressed?

Having a positive mindset is very powerful and has a great impact on our health:

It reduces stress. We all know that stress makes us sick, so being positive improves our health.  We are dealing with stress situation in  a more effective way. We are staying focussed and positive about an outcome which helps us in dealing with it in a calm manner.

When being positive our voice becomes more powerful and our body language shows the way we feel.

Positive people get more physical activity, such as exercising or dancing, they follow a healthier diet, don’t smoke or drink alcohol in excess. Some health benefits could be connected to them:

  • people with a positive mind live longer
  • they are unlikely to suffer from depression
  • they show lower levels of distress
  • having greater resistance to the common cold
  • better psychological and physical well-being
  • reduced risk of getting cardiovascular disease
  • coping better during hardships and stressful times

Positive minds are attracting positive things in life. It seems that everything is just flowing without greater effort.

What actually does it mean to be positive, what exactly do we have to do:

  • It starts with our self-talk. How many times do we realise that we stop believing in ourselves and started the doubt talk…”oh I am sure I won’t be able to achieve that…they don’t want me…’I am not good enough….etc”. I am sure we all do sometimes. That’s were we need to step in. Believe in yourself. You can do and achieve everything you put your mindset to. In order to start the positive self talk, use positive words such as I can do it; I will do it, there is an opportunity and get rid of ‘no’, ‘not’, ‘cannot’ etc.
  • Believing in everything happens for a reason: Sometimes things happen in our life which makes us feel unsettled and upset. Once you start believing in ‘everything happens for a reason’ you will see it from a positive point of view. You might not find out immediately what the reason was but in the end you will. Don’t get too upset and instead look at the bride side. Maybe it was not meant to be. For example in case you lost your job due to redundancies in your firm it could have been a good thing for you. Maybe you didn’t like that job anyways and you would have stayed there forever being unhappy because you are afraid of changes. Sometimes we need that push from the outside in order to follow our real purpose in life and finding happiness.
  • Having a sense of humour helps. Instead of getting mad at certain situations, it is good to laugh about it. That way we create positivity and it might not be as bad anymore. Sure we all have been in situations where you wait at the airport and the plane is getting delayed for hours. It might be annoying at that stage but once you have a laugh about it you feel better. When I was in South America I experienced it quite frequently. However, we started joking about it, laughed and felt good. Have a cup of coffee and chill out.
  • Exercising increases the level of endorphins in your body which leaves you with a happy feeling.
  • Listen to your favourite music and sing (if you are like me and you cannot sing then only sing where nobody can hear you:))
  • Surround yourself with positive people. Stay away from negative, toxic friends.

Positive minds attract good things. Nevertheless you still might have to encounter unpleasant situations in your life but the way how you deal with it makes the difference. With a positive approach you see the good in everything, you learn your  lessons in life, improve and move on.

Remember after rain is always sunshine and where there is a dark side there is always a bright side. You just need to open your eyes.

Always look on the bright side.

orchid in the rain
Even in the dark you can see the light

Why is Machu Picchu such a magical place and photos you haven’t seen before

Machu Picchu is arguably the most magical place in the world. Everyone knows it, has been there or it is still on your bucket list to visit. But why?

Machu Picchu is the lost city of the Incas located in the High Andes of Peru in the Urubamba Valley approximately 6 hours drive from Cusco and 2,453m above sea level. Luckily the spanish conquerer have never found that magic place. The Machu Picchu ruin had capacity for around 1000 residents and is known as the most sacred Inca site. It was forgotten after the collapse of the Inca empire and rediscovered in 1911 by the explorer Hiram Bingham.

Machu Picchu is hiding behind the clouds
Machu Picchu is hiding behind the clouds

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It is that simple to be happy?

Sometimes we are facing not so pleasant challenges in life which makes it hard for us to be happy. If you don’t like the life you are living at the moment, then change it. However, there can be circumstances in which we cannot change a particular situation in our life but there is one thing we can do. We can change our attitude. Once your mindset is positive; life becomes so much easier. You start seeing obstacles as chances rather than negative road blocks in your life. So choose to be happy and you will be.

If you want to be happy then be.

If you want to be happy then be
big smile from a happy sloth

Do more of what makes you happy

happiness

I love happiness quotes and instead of reading it to myself, I thought I will share it with you together with one of my travel photos from around the world. Enjoy.

Are you sometimes curious of what life has to offer? Why don’t you just go and find out?

This little penguin, I called him ‘Mr Curiousity’, wasn’t sure if he wanted to go for a swim or not. In the end he did.

Do more of the things what makes you happy. 

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Mr Curiousity from the Beagle Channel, Ushuaia, Argentina.

 

The one day Inca trek to Machu Picchu

You want to do the Inca trail but you are not keen on camping? No problem at all.

There is an option to do a one-day hike to Machu Picchu. That was perfect for me. The hike goes for roughly 6 hours and is approximately 12 km long. Bear in mind it can be pretty steep at times. It is amazing to experience the excitement of hiking to the magic place Machu Picchu. After an exhausting day, the bus will take you to Agua Calientes, where you can relax, have some Pisco Sour and one of the delicious Peruvian dishes, sleep well and get up early in the morning to see the sunrise at Machu Picchu. Don’t worry, now you can take the bus up there.

The tour started on the train from Ollantaytambo to Agua Calientes. The train is very comfortable, they serve some snacks and something to drink. My recommendation is to use the bathroom before you leave the train for your hike. You will get off at km 104 where the fun begins.

Check in on the entrance at the Inca trail and start embracing the beautiful scenery and some smaller Inca sites on the way.

Here is where the one day hike to Machu Picchu starts
Here is where the one day hike to Machu Picchu starts
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Why you should take your time travelling through the Sacred Valley – Inca site Pisac

Inca Site

You arrived and visited Cusco, you are acclimatised to the altitude and now you are ready for Machu Picchu? Wait, don’t rush. Take your time and embrace the drive through the Sacred Valley and here is why:

1. The Rio Urubamba Valley, also known as Sacred Valley, is a beautiful and peaceful land of the Andes.

The beautiful Sacred Valley
The beautiful Sacred Valley
on the way to Machu Picchu
on the way to Machu Picchu

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The local market and silver factory in Cusco, Peru – part 3

Hello lovely travellers to part 3 of my Cusco series.

Before I start I would like to thank our tour guide Alim Escobar from Gadventure who showed us all the beautiful things in Peru, explained all the history and stories behind places, introduced us to the Peruvian cuisine and recommended nice restaurants and what dishes to eat. Even though my trip was last year in November, he is still available and answers all the questions I have. Without him, I would’nt be able to write much about this beautiful country. So a HUGE THANK YOU Alim, very much appreciated. If you are about to book a tour, I really recommend Gadventure, and when you are in Peru and Alim is your CEO, you will have a great time.

So you are in Cusco and ready to experience some more of the things the local do? Let’s go and visit the local market in Cusco called ‘San Pedro Mercado‘:

San Pedro mercado - the local market in Cusco
San Pedro Mercado – the local market in Cusco

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Essen und Tanzen in Cusco – Teil 2

Es ist nun schon einige Monate her, seitdem ich in Cusco war. Wie ich doch diese Stadt ins Herz gefasst habe. Ich kann nicht erklaeren wieso, aber Cusco war ziemlich speziell fuer mich. Nun sitze ich hier in Sydney und schreibe ueber Cusco, Fernweh kommt auf.

Spaziergaenge durch die beeindruckende Stadt, deren Peruvische Gerichte auszuprobieren und natuerlich Salsa und Bachata tanzen war alles, was ich brauchte, um gluecklich zu sein.

Im Falle, Sie haben meinen letzten Beitrag ueber Cusco nocht nicht gelesen, kein Problem, hier ist der link:

http://blog.photographybyalexk.com/2015/04/19/was-ist-so-speziell-an-cusco-teil-1-der-cusco-serie/

1. Peruvische Kueche in Cusco

Cusco hat jede Menge netter Restaurants, in denen Sie unbedingt die Peruvanischen Gerichte probieren sollten.

Das Foto ist vom Restaurant ‘Nuna Raymi’, was uebersetzt heisst: ‘Fest der Seelen’. Ein sehr suesses Restaurant; das Essen war genial. Probieren Sie “Al Paca”, das ist ein sehr mageres Fleisch. Der link zu deren Webseite fuer mehr Informationen: http://www.nunaraymicusco.com

restaurant in Cusco
Nuna Raymi – Festival of the soul

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Warum ist Cusco so einzigartig? – Teil 1 der Cusco Serie

Von Lima nach Arequipa ueber Nazca zu reisen, war schon einzigartig aber Cusco hatte etwas Besonderes. Cusco ist nicht nur der Ausgangspunkt fuer Machu Picchu, sondern eine tolle Kolonialstadt.

Es gibt so viel ueber Cusco zu berichten, dass ich beschlossen habe, mehrere Artikel zu schreiben:

So, warum sollte man Cusco besuchen:

1. Starten wir mit dem Hauptplatz “Plaza de Armas”. Dieses Foto wurde zum Sonnenuntergang aufgenommen.

Plaza de Armas, Cusco, is showing its beauty in the sunset
Plaza de Armas, Cusco, is showing its beauty in the sunset

2. Cusco war  die historische Hauptstadt des Inca Empires, und war das Zentrum der Incawelt vom 13. Jahrhundert bis 1532 als die Spanier Cusco erobert hatten. Man kann immer noch die Architektur der Inkas in Cusco sehen, viele der Mauerstuecke sind in den spanischen Gebaeuden mit eingebaut worden.

Two ladies and their llama on their way home
Two ladies and their llama on their way home

beautiful lane in Cusco

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