[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]As the year comes to an end, its time to reflect on the past year, form new plans and resolutions for the year to come!

Throughout our friendship of 17 years, we have made so many unmissable memories together. From wild parties during our teenage years, to miles and miles traveled together and living together. We have been through a lot together.

Yet, 2018 marked a very special for the two of us. We took all of our courage, followed our hearts, took a leap of faith and founded Unique Universe Blog.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The countless hours of work surpassed our imagination. From the photo and video classes, programming tutorials to content creation and social media communication. So many things to do and learn. Tired from sleepless nights and sometimes a little frustrated, we had to learn how to be each other’s best friends and business partner at the same time.

Despite the countless our of working on our Blog, 2018 was an incredible year not just of traveling![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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Nicaragua

At the beginning of the year, we were lucky to visit Nicaragua before the political unrest. Our time there was not just characterized by the natural beauty of Nicaragua (we even saw REAL lava) but by the Nicas themselves. We have gotten to know welcoming people with a strong passion for poetry and music. We have met Nicaraguans who were open to telling their story, reflective on politics and life in general. It felt unreal to read to all the sad and angry messages from our new-found friends as soon as we left and the unrest erupted.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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El Salvador

We crossed borders by boat for the very first time and followed Dani’s calling to visit El Salvador. The tiny country surpassed all our imaginations. It’s so diverse, hospitable and beautiful! Many travelers skip El Salvador due to safety concerns. Even though we have met nothing but unbelievably friendly and open people, we have also listened to many life stories shaped by violence. However, as with many countries, El Salvador is a lot safer for tourists than for the people living there.

El Salvadorians are very aware of their current struggles and most current history. The wars of the civil war still run deep.

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Honduras

The Pacific Coast in El Salvador was beautiful, but to us, nothing compares to the Carribean. On our way to Belize, we took a detour to Honduras and visited the magical Ruins of Copan.  During the time of our visit, Honduras was in political unrest. We have heard from may travelers that the feeling was tangible. We were pleasantly surprised when we arrived in Copan. Compared to other parts of Honduras, the city of Copan profits tremendously from tourism. The UNESCO world heritage site creates jobs and perspectives for the people living there. Many told us how much they appreciate visitors and resulting from income and safety.  We promised to be back and truly discover Honduras soon![/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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Belize

The only English-speaking country in Central America is home to about 300 000 inhabitants. Belize may be small, but it’s truly unbeliezable! This wasn’t our first visit to Belize, and it won’t be our last. Life is slow in Belize, and if you stay away from the heavily touristy spots, you are likely to learn an entirely new way of unwinding. Don’t let gloomy crime statistics about gang activities scare you off. The friendly Belizians are eager to introduce their lives, believes, and customs which vary drastically from it’s neighboring Latin countries.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]

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Mexiko

Spoiler alert: before heading back to Germany we got to spend some time in Mexico. On this trip, we crossed one point of our bucket list: a visit to the pink Lagunas!

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Morocco

Our trip to Morocco was Dani’s birthday gift to Lauri who also turned 30 this year. The medinas with all their life, narrow alleys, delicate architecture, colors and smells mesmerized us. Visiting Morocco let us catch a dream of 1001 nights. The Riads with all their beauty stood in contrast with our usually rather sparse accommodations. For the first time in a long time of traveling, we were facing severe language barriers and prayed our High-School French skills would come back to us. Morocco to us is as beautiful as it is rough. It mesmerized us and challenged us.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]


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