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Matthew Karsten

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🌎 Exploring the world & sharing it with you! 📍Italy 🇮🇹 Travel & Photo Tips⇣

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Kamchatka! Russia’s land of volcanoes. 🌋 - This is the city of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky, the main city on this remote peninsula in Russia’s far-east. - From here we bussed to the interior, then hopped on snowmobiles to visit ethnic Even reindeer herders and learn about their way of life in the wilderness. It was such a wild trip!
It’s a #whitereindeer invasion! I found this guy in the Siberian wilderness of Kamchatka, Russia. He wasn’t so friendly... and let me know it. 😝 - Inspired by @mads viral shot earlier this week. 🎄 🦌
No one truly knows why the Maya civilization collapsed. - Some think it was due to over-population and lack of sustainable resources. - Others believe it was constant warfare that led to a breakdown into chaos. - A third theory is that a long dry-spell killed their harvests. - Then Spanish invaders helped finish them off. - All we have left is the ruins of their impressive cities... I really hope modern humanity doesn’t succumb to the same fate. 🗿
This is Verona, Italy. Our new home-base for the next few years. 🇮🇹 - I’ve been asked why we moved here: - • The food is amazing! • It’s very affordable • Slow paced lifestyle • Universal health system • High-speed trains • Easy access to the rest of Europe (cheap flights!) • Dolomites are only an hour or two away 🏔 • Family friendly & low crime 👶 • Amazon Prime works! • Fiber internet available • Pet friendly (we can take @poofythefluffycat to restaurants!) • Larger cities like Milan & Venice nearby • Mild climate • Regional airport for Europe, train to Milan for overseas flights • Tons of culture & things to do!  So that’s the gist. We had other areas in mind, but this seemed to be the best compromise for us both, and our different tastes. I wanted easy access to big mountains, @anna.everywhere didn’t want to live in a small town. 👍🏼 - Just posted a quick walk-through of our new apartment on IG Stories if you wanna check it out! ✅
Once you get past the army of vendors at the entrance, ancient stone carvings of fearsome creatures and bloodthirsty warriors at #chichenitza inspire awe and trigger unease at the same time. - The ruins are extensive, covering 740 acres. Many sections have still never been excavated. While wandering around the massive archaeological site, I kept wondering what hidden treasures lay undiscovered beneath my feet… - Read my new blog post ✅LINKED IN BIO✅ to learn what you need to know before visiting this amazing place!
Just chillin’ with my new furry Russian friends... 🦌 - And.... 🏆 WE HAVE A WINNER! 🏆  Congrats @___ladykatie___  on winning the travel pillow giveaway. 😎
Early morning photography session in Iceland. 📷 Getting out into nature with my camera on a regular basis helps recharge my soul. 🏔 - Much of my job entails sitting in front of a computer for hours each day, but it’s these adventures outside in beautiful exotic locations around the world that makes it all worthwhile! - • Camera: @sonyalpha #a7riii (photo taken with my backup #a6500) • Tripod: @reallyrightstuff TQC-14
Of the many religious buildings I’ve visited around the world, #hallgrimskirkja in Iceland is one of the most memorable. It really embodies Icelandic minimalist design and was modeled after their rugged landscape of mountains & glaciers. - I definitely recommend paying the extra fee to take an elevator to the top for a colorful birds-eye-view of Reykjavík too!
Kalalau Beach is one of the most beautiful places in Hawaii. - The only way to reach it is a sketchy 11 mile hike in, or by sea kayak. - The Kalalau Trail has been on my bucket-list for years, but a series of landslides blocked access during our visit to Kauai with @hawaiianairlines. I’ll just have to return! - Would you go camping here? ⛺️🌴 - #ad #hawaiianairlines #closereveryday
This is why Kauai is called the “garden island”. Staring down from an open-door helicopter at Manawaiopuna Falls cascading 400 feet into the river below. Our pilot banked sharply to the side so all that was keeping me from falling out was the harness. What a rush! 🚁 - Sometimes the waterfall is also called “Jurassic Falls” due to its prominence in the original Jurassic Park movie. A place so remote that the only way to reach it is by helicopter. - Anyone afraid of heights? Or flying? Or both? Because this was one wild ride! 😳
Anna & I had a wonderful time island-hopping between Oahu & Kauai in Hawaii with @hawaiianairlines for the re-launch of their Hawaiian Airlines World Elite Mastercard. -- We hit the waves, did some cliff jumping, and ate more poke than I thought was humanly possible! 🏄🏻‍♂️ -- The new card makes it easier than ever to get #closereveryday to your next Hawaiian vacation. Check out what else we got up to by reading my latest blog post ✅LINK IN BIO✅ -- #hawaiianairlines #ad
Standing in awe above Þórsmörk, the “Valley Of Thor”. - This massive valley in the Icelandic Highlands has tons of epic hiking trails. I spent an hour shooting photos from this spot, and simply taking in the view! 🏔

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