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Ha Long Bay – Where Ground Rises Sky High

Posted by on September 16th, 2012 in Asia, Destinations, Photos, Vietnam | 25 comments

“This wonder is ground rising up into the middle of the high sky” Nguyễn Trãi   We watched the majestic stone islands rising vertically from the calm sea. Straight rock faces ricing directly with lush green jungles pushing out where ever they could; such a bizarre sight and definitely one of the most popular sights in Vietnam. And here we finally were. Our journey had taken us from Saigon to Ha Long Bay, sort of like that Top Gear episode about Vietnam, except we didn’t drive the whole route with scooters and we went to Cambodia and Laos along the way. But I am quite interested in driving thru Vietnam on a motorbike; if anybody has done it, let me know. Anyway, we had gotten into a bus in the early hours of the day in Hanoi, which had...

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Cheung Chau – You won’t Believe you’re in Hong Kong

Posted by on June 18th, 2012 in Asia, Hong Kong, Photos | 8 comments

Welcome to Cheung Chau I’m sitting in a restaurant in Hong Kong, but something is different. I hear my fork click against the plate. I hear someone adjusting the radio in the building opposite of me. I hear a push cart screeching closer, I know exactly which direction it is coming from before I actually see it. There is an old chair on it. I hear the quiet but increasing hum of a bike approaching form the other direction. It’s weird. I can hear each sound and I can hear whey they are coming from. There is no background noise, no cars in the background, not even far away. I am still in Hong Kong, but not as you might think. Alley in Cheung Chau Boats in harbour I am sitting in a back alley restaurant in Cheung Chau,...

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing, chasing Mt. Doom

Posted by on June 23rd, 2011 in New Zealand, Polynesia | 3 comments

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Everyone I had met in New Zealand, who had tried to do the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the last thirty days, either had to cancel because of bad weather or had to turn back midway because of sudden change in weather. Usually this time of the year, you need a guide and proper alpine equipment to go to the crossing. But I was in luck as the winter was late this year. Here it all begins - The Tongariro Alpine Crossing Even if the winter is late, the weather is still very unpredictable and usually poor this time of the year. I just arrived to Taupo, and my plan was to go to Turangi first and go to the alpine crossing from there. This however was not to be. I went to check the weather forecast...

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