•   amahau Vart är du någonstans nu? 😀 2d

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aisimons It's cold here. My lips are dry and cracking. I drink several liters of water daily and I still feel thirsty. The weather is deceptive. It's sunny and hot during midday and my pale skin burns easily, but during the night it's icy cold and my feet don't get warm until after hours under the duvet.
The city is framed by snow-capped mountains. Many of the buildings in the center are run-down with corners crumbling and covered in graffiti. The Bolivian people of the Andes practice two religions, their own belief in Pacha Mama, and Catholicism, the forced religion of their former suppressors.
For me, it's a city of contradictions living in symbiosis: the natural beauty of the Andes and the crumbling colonial buildings. Hot and cold. It's alluring, but it scares me a little.
It's like nothing I've ever experienced and I enjoy the array of feelings that wash over me as I walk through the city.
La Paz, you give me more mixed signals than any man I ever met, and I'm captivated.
#lapaz #lapazbolivia #bolivia #travel #travelsouthamerica #discoversouthamerica #writing #wanderlust #bucketlist #Andes #southamerica #traveltheworld #adventure #followyourdreams
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  •   aisimons Tack Anna! Det ska jag @manzanaanna 3d
  •   miemile Kom ner till Zona Sur om du fryser, här är det alltid varmt och behagligt. Teleferico till Irpavi och sen buss eller taxi till San Miguel, strosa runt på smågatorna kring Avenida Montenegro, det är som ett helt annat La Paz, annat folk, annan dialekt. Här finns också stans enda bra kaféer, restauranger och nattklubbar - det är här vi festar, hänger och bor. Uppe i centrum är det bara stress och avgaser. 2d
  •   aisimons Åh tack för tips!! Åkte till Uyuni i natt, men om jag kommer uppåt igen ska jag definitivt ta mig dit. Den del av La Paz som jag såg vet jag inte om jag gillade. @miemile 2d
  •   miemile Ja det är jobbigt uppe i gamla stan. Men det är bara en pytteliten del av stan, här nere är det helt annorlunda, varmt och skönt och modernt och mindre trafik. De flesta turister stannar dock av någon anledning bara uppe kring San Francisco, Sagarnaga och Murillo. 2d

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aisimons I went on a walking tour of La Paz yesterday. The guides told us about Cholitas, the indigenous Bolivian women who wear wide skirts, bowler hats and long braids. In the Aymara culture, the most attractive physical traits for a woman is to be chubby, have long hair, thick thighs and muscular calves for walking up the hills and wide hips for childbearing. Their women are valued for their strength, power and endurance.
We were a group of blonde Europeans who looked like sticks compared to them. Traveling challenges your perception of beauty and you realize that not all cultures appreciate the western ideal of thin muscular bodies.
All bodies are okay. We come in different shapes, and your body has the ideal shape somewhere. It's all about perception.
I wish i had a picture of a cholita to show you, but I don't. So here is a happy picture of me after the tour drinking a very sugary irish coffee.
#cholita #lapazbolivia #travellife #beauty #selflove #bodypositive #love #peace #mindfulness #travelsouthamerica #bolivia #lapaz
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aisimons What I appreciate most about traveling is the silence. That statement may sound odd, as many of the places I visit are a bit chaotic and anything but silent. In La Paz there is loud traffic, church bells ringing, drunk backpackers partying all night and the hustle and bustle of a big city. Even so, I am enjoying the silence, because the noisiest place I've visited is my own mind, and now that room is becoming silent.
Being highly sensitive, outside noises can drive me out of my mind, like someone is physically hurting me. When my head is full of thoughts and anxiety, I can't deal with any noise.
The silent room in my head is a truly a blessing. Now I can observe the noises like they are decorations on the edge of a painting, or the spices that make a dish special.
Nothing has ever felt as good as a quiet mind. Instead of worrying and overthinking, I just am. I eat, I breathe, I write. I AM.
That's it.
#Mindfulness #silence #gratitude #selflove #selfacceptance #peaceloveyoga #travel #costarica #wanderlust #happiness #sunset #yoga
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aisimons Life is now.
I'm realizing that.
Life is now.
There is no later.
My whole life, I've been waiting for things, thinking that if I just live somewhere else or get a different job or another degree: then maybe I'll be happy. Or maybe if I work out more and eat differently? But happiness is not something that just happens. It's a mindset and a practice and unless you decide to be mindful and focus on the good things, those moments will be far apart. I've decided to only let good things into my life. If people or places don't serve you anymore, move on. Let go. You've only got one life and it's supposed to be fun and interesting and feel good. Eat the pizza. Spend time with those you love. Write that book. Do what you love. The time is now.
Life is now. Live it.
#Mindfulness #livelife #happiness #gratitude #pizza #selflove #dreams #travel #sunset #costarica #wanderlust #lifeisnow #growth #loveandlight #peaceloveyoga
7d

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aisimons Heading to Bolivia today after a month in Peru. I've turned 27, experienced Machu picchu and met wonderful people. It's been amazing and I feel so grateful. This life is pretty amazing
#cuzco #cusco #peru #travel #travelsouthamerica #discoversouthamerica #wanderlust #gratitude #backpacking #bolivia #bucketlist #Inca #mindfulness
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aisimons I woke up at four in the morning to climb a mountain today. After two hours as we were reaching the top, the sun started to rise. It was magical! 🌞
#peru #machupicchu #southamerica #discoversouthamerica #wanderlust #travel #thecelestineprophecy #aguascalientes #travelsouthamerica #bucketlist #sunrise
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aisimons A few days ago we went horseback riding in the mountains. My horse's name was Amigo and he was afraid of dogs and streams and chickens and sheep but still liked to be in the lead. He freaked out and turned back and didn't want to go with the other horses because it was scary, but he wouldn't let anyone walk in front of him either. So Amigo couldn't really decide what he wanted to do and needed a lot of encouragement and persuading to get to where we were going: to a temple next to a stream with juicy, lush grass all around for the horses to feast on. "Why do I have to ride the skittish horse?" I thought.
But now it doesn't seem so strange to me. The universe has a knack for giving us the lessons we need, and what we see in others is a reflection of ourselves. As I battle with fear, I get to ride a horse who is scared of everything. I was being given a lesson in how to be calm, compassionate and to let go of the fear of everything that could go wrong.
I could worry about falling off and breaking my neck or I could give my horse some encouraging words and enjoy the breathtaking view.
Just let go.
Don't let the dogs and sheep stop you from getting to the juicy grass, Amigo.
#selflove #growth #fear
#letgo #southamerica #travel #discoversouthamerica #peru #cusco #sacsayhuaman #Mindfulness #wanderlust
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aisimons Friendly reminder! Be nice to yourself #selflove #growth #love 2w

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aisimons I have struggled with fear and homesickness lately. I've wanted to run and questioned why I was alone in a foreign country. I looked at flights to Sweden and Bali and LA, thinking that going somewhere else would make me happier. I had forgotten that I felt restless at home too.
Now, in moments of weakness I try to stop for a moment and remember that the grass is green where I water it, and that you need to break down to break through. I read somewhere that birth always looks like death from the other side. I like to think about that quote when life feels like a struggle. This is just a rebirth, that's why it scares me. And the grass looks pretty damn green over here too!
#travel #discoversouthamerica #Cusco #Perú #templodelaluna #freedom #wanderlust #Mindfulness #southamerica #travelsouthamerica #growth #selflove #bodypositivity
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aisimons Sea lions! I also saw penguins and a million other birds. It was smelly but pretty. 🌞 #Paracas #sealion #ocean #Perú #visitperu #visitsouthamerica #discoversouthamerica #travel #wanderlust 1mon

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aisimons This is how excited I felt about trying cacao fruit today😀 The seeds from this fruit are used to make cacao powder which is used in chocolate, but the fruit tastes nothing like chocolate. It is delicious though!! Thanks for the pic @scharron
#travel #discoversouthamerica #peru #miraflores #wanderlust #cacao #cacaofruit #Lima #visitperu #visitsouthamerica
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aisimons Ceviche de pescado peruviano. Peruvian ceviche! I ate this yesterday with my new friends from Canada, Peru and Spain. Peru is famous for its delicious cuisine and Lima is considered the gastronomic capital of South America, and every meal I've had so far seems to support that!
This dish is made up of white fish marinated in garlic, lime juice and chili, with red onions, lettuce, maiz choclo (huge corn from Cuzco in the Andes, the former capital of the Inca Empire) and maiz tostado (toasted corn) and seaweed. It was delicious!
#Perú #ceviche #foodie #foodphotography #travel #wanderlust #southamerica #travelsouthamerica #discoversouthamerica
1mon
  •   aisimons Ja det var jättegott. Ja det är det! De är inte lika söta och mer starchy typ. Det finns röd majsjuice här också, gott faktiskt! Så spännande att prova massa ny mat när man reser 😀 @amahau 1mon
  •   amahau I mitt huvud smakar de mer bönigt typ? ️ Förstår att det måste vara jättespännande - speciellt när mycket liksom inte ens går att få här hemma överhuvudtaget. Ät lite för mig också, som åt kexchoklad och en finncrisp med getost till lunch 1mon
  •   aisimons Ja men lite mer bönigt skulle jag nog säga! Nej precis, det finns frukt och grönsaker här som jag aldrig ens hört talas om! Igår provade jag kaktusfrukter som smakade som en söt gurka typ. Är spänd på att prova kakaofrukter som jag sett på marknaden! Finn crisp med getost låter ju ifs väldigt gott @amahau 1mon

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aisimons When I left home I was scared. Not only because I was going into (to me) unexplored territory that the world claims to be dangerous, but also because having all this free time on my hands I would have to face my thoughts and wishes that only surface for a bit of air once in a blue moon and are usually tucked away nicely in the bottom sediment to not create any trouble in my organized life.
It is terrifying to face your deepest desires and dreams, listening to your heart and not lying to yourself anymore. Once you do, there is no going back.
My creativity is starting to wake up from hibernation and I am starting to enjoy the little things again like watching a bird eat and how beautiful the mountains are and how good my food tastes. I am realizing how peaceful my own company is and how important self-love is and throwing away stuff I didn't even know I carried, and the load is getting lighter every day.
Traveling isn't for everyone, but time alone to explore yourself, your dreams and passions, cleaning out old junk and growing in the process really is. That's just housekeeping. And I want my house clean, peaceful, happy and full of creativity and love.
#selflove #followyourdreams #peace #creativity #love #traveling #wanderlust #peru #guatemala #loveandlight #writing #believeinyourself
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aisimons *dreaming of a full nights sleep* 😴 #hostellife #grandma #hsp #travellife #bocasdeltoro #Panamá #travel 1mon

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