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Swimming with Sea Lions – Galapagos Islands

 
Back in February 2012 I took a trip to the Galapagos Islands to discover what some consider to be the top place on earth to interact with animals. The highlight of the trip was definitely the several times we got to swim out in the wild ocean with rafts of sea lions. Spending time underwater playing with these massive mammals was a surreal experience and unlike anything I had ever done before in my life.

Here is a quick video I put together of the shaky footage I captured with my new whiskered friends.

Do you have any unique animal encounters from your travels?

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Tijuca Sunrise – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 
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Açúcar Reality – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

 

AV Travel Photo – Açúcar Reality – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The original AV Trip plans had me flying to Madrid in a few days, but with our new changes I found myself landing in Rio de Janeiro on Thursday. Different continents, similar (and very different) languages, and both places that I really love. No complaints with the swap here :)

I’ll be in Rio for the next two-weeks. The plan is to split time between working on AbsoluteVisit and exploring my favorite city in the world from more of a local perspective. I’m staying with a local friend (Paloma), in a very local neighborhood (Tijuca) and trying my best to do very local things (like attempt to speak Portuguese…attempt).

Today I took my local host Paloma on a several hour afternoon street walk through the historic neighborhood of Santa Teresa. The narrow, cobblestone streets are dotted primarily with old school colonial buildings from when the Portuguese ran the place. The walk can be tough at times, but you are handsomely rewarded for traversing the steep hills with some of the best views I have found in Rio, including the view of Pão de Açúcar from Parque Das Ruinas shown in the photo below.

Since I planned out the tour and dragged my Carioca (Rio de Janeiro inhabitant) friend with me, I’m not sure this was really a “local” thing to do, but it was far away from the sun-soaked beaches of Copacabana and Ipanema – good enough in my book!

Açúcar Reality - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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AV Trip Blog – Borobudur – AbsoluteVisit #25

 

Borobudur, AV #25

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Brad, Will and the Stupas

Two weeks ago we visited AbsoluteVisit #25, Borobudur! This was our 8th AbsoluteVisit of the trip and was one that we had never seen before, but were both very curious to explore and compare to the other incredible temples we had seen in the region.

Unfortunately the weather gods delivered us clouds for our entire visit, but we were still able to enjoy a decent sunrise and sunset from the top of the temple. All in all we had a great time and really enjoyed spending hours trying to take the perfect photos of the bell-shaped stupas from the top!

[Don't miss our favorite PHOTOS and a VIDEO from our trip to Borobudur!]

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The Most Incredible Pool in the World – Marina Bay Sands SkyPark

 

A quick layover in Singapore and one EPIC view of the city

Our path taking us from the Philippines and the Banaue Rice Terraces to Indonesia and Borobudur left us with a several hour layover in Singapore. Even though the Singapore airport is known for offering one of the most comfortable layovers on the planet, the two of us were eager to get out and have a quick look at Singapore.

The Marina Bay Sands Infinity Pool
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Two Wheel Circus – Jakarta, Indonesia

 
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The Future Riders – Jakarta, Indonesia

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AV Trip Blog – Angkor Wat Visit – AbsoluteVisit #7

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Angkor Wat Visit, AV #7

Looking up at the massive trees of Ta Prohm

Last week we visited Angkor Wat in Cambodia, marking our 6th AbsoluteVisit on our journey to see the top 100 places in the world! We spent three days exploring the temples, waking up at 4am every morning to beat the tourists and capture all of the magic at sunrise. The infamous Angkor heat and the early starts really wore us down towards the end, but I think we were able to capture some amazing stuff before our eventual collapse on the bus ride back to Bangkok.

[Don't miss a VIDEO of us attempting a jump squat in front of Angkor Wat!]

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Sleeping Stone Giant – Bayon Temple – Siem Reap, Cambodia

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Angkor Wat Stone Battle – Siem Reap, Cambodia

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