Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh (Bergen fjords)

Snow-capped mountain, Bergen

The Bergen fjords were one of the first places I visited in Europe and it captivated my heart the moment I set my eyes on it. Steep, pristine mountains protrude out from both sides of a narrow body of water. The crystal-clear water reflects and creates a mirror image of the snow-white mountains in its icy blue water. Simply majestic!

To me, the snow-capped mountains represent freshness. At the end of winter, the snow begins to melt and flows down in streams, where it can be collected and bottled into fresh mineral water.

My Virgin Hike: Mount Merapi

The Virgin

“Hiking?!?! No wayyyyy…” I have never been an outdoor-sy person, and although I am by no means out-of-shape, I am not in-shape either. So, I have never thought that I will someday go hiking!

So, when my friend pitched to me the idea of hiking Mount (Gunung) Merapi – I surprisingly said yes. But at the back of my head, I kept thinking “well, If I can’t do it, I could just stop halfway up the mountain and enjoy the view from there”. (PS: Little did I know, the view is actually obstructed by trees all the way, and it’s only at the summit that you get a clear view)

View of Mount Merapi from the village, JogjakartaGunung Merapi – standing at 2,930m – is one of the deadliest volcanoes
in Indonesia, with the last major eruption in 2010 killing 38 people.

So, at 2am in the morning, this virgin hiker wore his winter boots (the closest substitute to hiking boots!), carried his backpack (stuffed with 1 litre of mineral water, 1 litre of energy drink, two packets of biscuits and a few chocolate bars!) and started to climb Gunung Merapi with his friend, 2 German tourists and 2 guides.

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