“Life is simple, all you need is a comfortable bed to sleep, hot shower and a good kitchen for you to cook.”
Tuesday, December 25, 2007
Sunday, November 25, 2007
時間：3:00pm - 5:00pm
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Finally, I have drawn my route on the map.
It is not very detailed but I have tried my best! You can refer to different transportation methods by,
Blue - Air
Red - Land
Green - Sea
By looking at the map, you will find out that there are lots of places in the earth that I have not visited!!
And, you can always refer to the same map by clicking "Graphic Version" under my "Itinerary".
Saturday, November 10, 2007
另外，我還上傳了兩段短片，分別是於South Omo的Hamer people dancing 以及在Etosha National Park的大象。
Friday, September 28, 2007
Back to Home!
After 342 days, I finally came back Hong Kong in one piece. I have been dreaming of coming back, where I can find familiar faces, tasty Chinese food and Cantonese.
And, I really want to thank everybody who have hosted me in their places. They really make me feel different in my long journey.
Also, thanks for all those reader who read my blog. Your support keep my energy updating this blog.
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Sunday, September 23, 2007
This is the end of my overland truck tour. Three weeks have been spent on the truck where laughing never end. Really enojoy every moment and I do miss everyone!
Victoria Falls, at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia, spans 1.7km and drop over 100m cliff. However, the water level is low during this season. So, it is not so spectacular.
I did one of the best adventure activities, rafting the Zambezi rapids in the Victoria Falls which is very exciting!
P.S. I had also do Bungi jumping from the Victoria Falls Bridge which is just between the border.
Country: 29 Zimbabwe
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
The Okavango River rises in central Angola and flows southward to Namibia, then the river begin to spread over the delta. Eventually, the water is lost in 15,000 sq. km of lagoons, channels and islands. It never reach the sea.
I went for an overnight mokoro trip (wooden made canoe) which the polar using a long stick to move the mokoro.
We stayed in one of the islands and we saw water lily, dragonfly, birds, hipos, elephants and Zebra.
Country: 32 Botswana
Friday, September 14, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
The game drive here is not particularly exciting. But, Etosha is very dry so the animals always go to the waterholes for water. So, just wait near the waterholes and you will see different animals.
During the night, I saw rhinoceros!
I just added the vidoe of the elephant!
Monday, September 10, 2007
Sunday, September 09, 2007
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Thursday, September 06, 2007
My camping overland tour started in Cape Town, our truck drove north to Namibia. On Day 4, we reached the Sossusvlei Dunes, beautiful sand dunes in orange color.
In the early morning of the next day, we hike up Dune 45 to view sunrise. Then, we went for desert walk to Deadvlei. An area inside the desert that used to have water in it. But, it sealed by sand dune later and the trees were dead for over nine hundreds years.
Saturday, September 01, 2007
It sounds not right that you miss Cape of Good Hope when you visited Cape Town. But, the weather is terrible and I hardly saw anything at the lighthouse.
The AFrican Penguin is different from the other I saw before. Still cutie!
Tomorrow, I will start my 20 day overland tour to Victoria Falls via Namibia and Botswana. This is my last journey. And...... my return flight to Hong Kong has been confirmed.
Thursday, August 30, 2007
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Cape Town in South Africa, so modern that you do not feel like in Africa. I went to Robben Island where Mandela was imprison here. The ex-political prisoners guide told us the stories of the Island. The table mountain, is really flat. However, the table cloth, dense cloud, came and I saw nothing at the top!
Sunday, August 26, 2007
It is surprisingly easy to pass the border to Zimbabwe and back to my HKSAR passport.
And, this is my first time to take a ride by truck, heading to Harare, the capital of Zimbabwe.
Many stories were heard before my trip to Zimbabwe: No food in the shop, lacking fuel for car, water shortage, the official exchange rate of USD to Zim dollar is 1 to 250 while the parallel market is 1:200,000, etc.
And the situation is not so bad when I arrived. This is true that I cannot find Coke in the city centre, the menu has separate pages for the prices due to the huge inflation rate.
Country: 29 Zimbabwe
Thursday, August 23, 2007
I joined 3 day canoe safaris on Lower Zambezi River, the nature border between Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Along the river, you can see elephants and hippos. It is a luxury trip as we have a support boat following us. I can even have cold beer on the camp.
It is good to see elephant crossing the river during sunset and hear the noise made by hippos during the night.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
Tazara train connecting Tanzania to Zambia was built by China in 1970. I spent 46 hours for this journey, first class is quite comfortable. I even have showers in the train!
The visa problem did not come easy. The immigration officer in the train did not think that I should have 2 passports and only grant 1 day entry to me. I need to report to teh immigration office in Zambia's train station.
The situation did not get better when I talked to the immigration officer in the train station. At last, they ask me money (~HKD40) for "talk time" of mobile phone to talk to his boss! Finally, I got the entry stamp but I missed the bus.
I walked to the town for bus going to Lusaka. On the way, the bus ran out of gas and we stopped, waited for the passby vechicle for petrol!
Monday, August 13, 2007
Once an important trading port of spices and slaves, Zanzibar Island has old stone town and nice beaches. There was many food stalls along seashore of the stone town, the food is good and really cheap.
I spent tow days on the beach, Nungwi, at the north of the island. Every evening, people crowded on the beach to watch the sunset.
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Dar es Salaam, the major city of Tanzania. Besides as a passby city, there is not much to see. However, I have to get my visa to Zambia here and this is the first time I need to apply visa in the neighbouring country in advance.
However, it is not smooth. My HKSAR passport required 7-14 days to processed. That make me feel really bad as I have already bought my train ticket departing next week to Zambia and I am going to Zanzibar this afternoon.
After discussion with the reception of the cosulate, it seems the best way is to use my British passport for visa application. However, dual nationality is not accepted in many African countries. I don't know, just go and see!
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Friday, August 03, 2007
I spent six days Safaris in three different national parks, Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru and Amboseli National park. But, I have spent half the time on driving between the parks.
Visiting the national park in Kenya is one of my highlights in Africa and it really was. At the beginning, I do not really know how can I enjoy the tour because I am too busy with taking photos. However, only on the last day, I finally realized that I was really happy when I saw a dikdik jumping or an baby Zebra running or an exhausted lion after hunting a wildbeast. I was happy when I saw the wildlife in their living place which is the reason I am here.
Country: 26 Kenya
Saturday, July 28, 2007
As the guidebook said, the nickname of the Capital of Kenya is "Nairobbery". So, I arrived here with extreme cautious, no bag, no camera, no watch. I was trying to find the Safaris company in the airport but the price were out of my expectation. So, I headed to town and spend the next day to find better deal.
I did not dare to go out at night, only had dinner in the restaurant nearby my hotel. But, I did go to a bar in the evening (just opposite to my hotel). It is interesting that they have a butcher in the centre of the bar. I asked a local how come it is. And they said that you can have fresh food with the beer!
Country: 26 Kenya
Friday, July 27, 2007
I have grouped all photos which my friends have voted into the following set.
If you have not chose your photos or you find your favorite photo is not here, pls vote! And I will put them into the same place. So that other people can share your view.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Mursi, Hamer, Benna, Karo...... different tribes in South Omo area. Each has their own dressing, hut, hair style, custom. It is quite difficult to access them with public transportation. So, I joined a luxury tour on 4WD for 10 days with another English girl who I met in travel forum over the web.
The people are really still living their own way with nothing from modern world. However, when our jeep arrived at each village, everybody come and ask us to take photos for them which cost around 2 HKD for each shot.
Below pls find a vidoe tape of the traditional dance of Hamer tribes.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Addis Ababa of Ethiopia, the first place I stepped in Africa. Here, even in Africa but at an attitude of 2400m high, weather are really cool. Not the feel that you will expect in Africa.
The people are really friendly here which I cannot find elsewhere. Most people will smile at you.
The Mercato, the largest market on the African continent, are big with lots of people.
I am going to South Omo Valley by 4WD tomorrow for 10 days to visit different tribes...
By the way, the internet connection here is really really slow.
Monday, July 09, 2007
Another 4 months in Europe and now I am heading to Addis Ababa of Ethiopia. For me, countries in Europe do have some difference in various aspects, but they share a lot of common features. So, I do feel bored sometimes.
My photos in Europe may not as good as those I took in South America. But, I still invite you, to pick the photo which you like most. Your support will make me feel good, always.
Here is the steps to pick your favorite:
1. If you have Yahoo account, go to Step 3. If not, go to Step 2.
2. Sign up for a Yahoo account (free of charge)
3. Sign in www.flickr.com using your Yahoo account
4. Go to my Flickr collection,
5. Pick Europe and browse country by country
5. Choose your favorite photo, only one photo
6. Click on that photo
7. Click the [Add to Faves]
8. Type your name in [Add your comment], or add more comment if you like.
The timeline is 2 weeks and the deadline of this voting is 23 Jul 2007. After counting your choices, I will let you all know the photo which has most votes. I am not sure about how often I can get connected, but I will try my best to let you know.
P.S. Pls leave the photos of Morocco to the voting of Africa.
Thursday, July 05, 2007
London, my last stop in Europe. Here, everything is so familiar, the people, language, the traffic light..... London is very similar to Hong Kong, or should I say Hong Kong is very similar to London?
This time, I stayed in my cousin's place, quiet living district not far from the centre. I also went to the birthday party of their relative. Good fun!
Country: 24 United Kingdom
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Newgrange, the Irish passage tomb built in 3000BC of the stone age, i.e. iron and copper were not yet used by human.
It is a big dome like structure where the stone are moved from distance to built it. Inside of the tomb is complete darkness, except every winter solstice, at 8:58, the sunlight passes through the roof box via the passage reaching the tomb chamber. Interesting!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Before heading to Aran Islands, I spent one night in Galway, which located at the west coast of Ireland. It is a nice town with lots of sea birds around the old pier.
Inis Mor, the largest of the three Aran Islands, has the semicircular Dun Aengus located on the south cliffs. The cliffs here is amazing and no fence is installed. So, you can sit on the cliff, like me.
Sunday, July 01, 2007
Dublin, the capital of Ireland, was famous for Irish Pub and Guinness.
Rain, sun, rain, sun and then rain again. You never know what will be teh weather like next minute, the cloud are moving very very fast. But you should never forget to bring your raincoat.
Here, the Guinness draught seems not so bitter.
I stayed in the apartment of Kristupas, who I met in the ferry from Turkey to Samos. Now, he went back his home country, Lithuania for holiday but he still let me stay in his place. Super good guy!
Friday, June 29, 2007
Thursday, June 28, 2007
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
The Auschwitz camp, the largest concertration camp set up by Nazis where 1.5 million people were killed, of which 90% were Jews.
At the gate of the camp, where Jews went to work everyday for their live, you can see "Abeit Macht Frei", meaning "Work bring freedom". This bring hope to Jews that they may be released someday.
Perhaps, we can set this as our office PC wallpaper..... Work bring freedom!?
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
A really small town surrounded by river Vltava, click the "Photos - View on Map" on the left and you will see how it looks like from the sky.
The weekend I stayed there was happened to be festival for the Celecbrations of the Rose.
So, lots of events and people dressed in traditional way. Lots of fun, beer and photos.
Friday, June 22, 2007
Ceske Budejovice, Budweis in German, is another stop of my Czech brewery tour. The beer from Budweis is called Budweiser, but do not confuse with the one from US. They are different company with the same name. And of course, this one in Czech is the original.
They told me that they also export beer to Hong Kong. So, try to get the Budweiser Budvar and taste it, it is one of the best beer I have ever tasted.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Pilsner lager, the kind of golden beer we drink everyday, was born in Plzen (Pilsen in German) in 1842.
In the Pilsner Urquell Brewery, you can taste the unfilter beer in the brewery cellars straight from the beer barrels.
I also went to a pub where they have tap on each table and you can drink as much as you want. The bill is based on litre consumed. Around HKD22.00 per litre.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Karlovy Vary is an old spa district along the river. Even though packed with luxury hotels and spa, you can still drink the hot spring water free of charge from the 12 springs along the river.
Normally, tourists will buy a spa cup which you can drink the water via the handle. I did not buy one so I tried to find models for my pics.
Sorry that I cannot find any beautiful gals with spa cup and the above pic is the best model I found.
Monday, June 18, 2007
I was told that Prague is the most beautiful city in Europe. And now I am here and it is really nice. However, I do not have mood to take photos. Don't know why.
I tried to get up early to take pics of Charles Bridge when there is no people (4 o'clock in the morning). But, I failed as I am too lazy. During the day time, the bridge is as crowd as Mongkok.
I spend 4 nights in Prague and watched 2 movies, the cinerma are comfort with really large screen!
Saturday, June 16, 2007
My first Eastern Europe city, Budapest in Hungary.
Here, you can enjoy beer for as less as HKD6 for 0.5L of draft beer if you find the right place. You can enjoy the thermal baths in outdoor pools built in 19th century, Szechenyi Furdo.
And now, I can enjoy dining out with the price similar to Hong Kong.
Country: 20 Hungary
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
I took the Golden Pass scenary train from Montreux to Interlaken where I spent 3 nights in a party hostel. The weather is not very nice during my stay but the landscape are very amazing, beautiful flowers, waterfalls, snowy mountains, and I did:
- Ballenberg Open Air museum, where zou can see farmyard animals and demostration like baking bread.
- Hking from "First" to Lake Backalpsee, and then walked down to Grindelwald via Waldspitz and Aellfluh. Very nice walk around 6 hours.
- Took the train up to Jungfraujoch, highest train station in Europe. Tough expensive, but still nice that you can play on the snow.
- Stay overnight in Gimmelwald (single room!) and the window of my room is facing the snowy mountains.
- Visited the Trummelbach Falls, the waterfalls inside the mountain.
- Took ferry from Interlaken to Brienz.
Wednesday, June 06, 2007
The Chateau de Chillon is the famous historial building in Montreux, locate on the lakefront.
I have heard that Switerland is a very expensive country. So, I have stocked some food in France and I went to the supermarket today to check the real price, hmmm, as expected, quite expensive. Like 40HKD for 4 pieces of chicken wings. And the internet cost around 70HKD per hour!
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Chamonix, the town just under the Mont Blanc. I stayedin a traditional apline-style cottage, Gite La Montagne, surrounded by snowy mountains for only 13 euro per night.
Took the cable car to Aiguille Du Midi is a good experience that you need not hike to see the mountains. The sky was clear at the early morning. However, when I reached Pointe Helbronner, another cable car stop. The cloud was getting dense adn this was my first time seeing snowing. Quite excited like a child, watching the snow melted on my hand.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
I thought I can find little prince somewhere in the city. Yes, but only a small part in a wall painting.
They had festival near the church and people dressed like middle age and children enjoyed much in the counters about different things of their history. Why don't we have something similiar in Hong Kong for us, but not only for tourists? May be it is good to let our children know how chinese people live two thousand years before now.