The Temples of Abu Simbel are about 300 kms south of Aswan in the south of Egypt. The 2 massive temples were carved into the surrounding mountains during the reign of Ramses II, as monuments to himself and his queen Nefertari. Continue reading
Arriving in Spain with the intent to explore Spain’s wilderness by hiking and rock climbing we rented a speedy Golf TDI and quickly drove out of Barcelona. I had heard that there were many abandoned caves in Spain and it was possible to bivvy in them. I had planned on our one month trip to find and stay in Spanish caves. The TDI headed south west to Parque Monsant. The park itself consists of a massive limestone table top one hundred kilometres in circumference, with small valleys, forests, natural springs, and rocky crags inside of it. Outside of the park are olive orchards, vineyards, fruit trees, and pueblos throughout the region. The hillsides have all been terraced and four hundred year old rock walls can be seen. Continue reading
I’ve wanted to swim with wild dolphins ever since I can remember. I went through a petulant teenage denial of this when swimming with dolphins suddenly became a fashionable life dream to possess. This period didn’t last long – my dream was too big to be contained through contrariness and it persisted like an itch that needed scratching all through my twenties. By the time I was in my thirties it was virtually at obsession level. Continue reading
As part of an organised tour through Morocco, we had an overnight camp in the Sahara Desert. Arriving at an auberge or inn, we had a chance to offload our bags, collect overnight gear and sip mint tea before climbing onto camels for an hour long ride through the magnificent dunes of Erg Chebbi. The views as we were riding were amazing — rolling dunes of a beautiful orange gold colour and so peaceful. The camels seemed so placid, happy to stay in formation, and did as they were told. I’m sure they would have found their own way to the camp, but we had a guide leading us. Continue reading
I am always surprised at how efficient and friendly the Indian rail reservation people are. 5 minutes in their office and I left with a 300 Rupee ticket for an overnighter from Mumbai to Goa, leaving tomorrow night. Saves me a nights accommodation as well! Really looking forward to the beach now!
Strolling around in Seoul in 2009 we found this façade made of old doors on a building of the Seoul Women’s University. Continue reading
I’ve finally gotten my new backpack. It’s a Deuter Futura Pro holding 42l. This means that I have 33l less than with my earlier backpack, but I won’t be taking my dive gear with me anymore, so I have actually more space for my other stuff.