Following a short stay getting my bearings in Colombo, I decided to head to the mountains. I had very limited time and public transport is time consuming, and so the visitor’s center made a good argument for renting a car with a driver, something I’m typically very reluctant to do. But it worked out nicely, […]

25 Apr, 2018 in Granada
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Heading west from Granada in Nicaragua, towards Leon, I made a few stops along the way to admire some of the local nature and volcano mountains. First stop, the Mirador de Catarina, overlooking the Apoyo Lagoon (Laguna de Apoyo), with grand panoramic views of the lagoon from the west. I then continued to the Parque Malecon de Masaya […]

I’m not exactly sure why, but I’ve heard – a number of times – that Athens isn’t a very pleasant city. Which just made my enjoyment of this gorgeous city even greater. I expected little, and got a world class capital city, with the obvious remarkable Greek history sites, but also with lots of terrific […]

22 Apr, 2018 in Vilnius
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Vilnius was one of my last minute rush weekend getaways during my last month in Europe to try and see as much as possible. Haven’t been to Lithuania before, so this was meant to give me a taste of the country, people, and culture, and the weekend far exceeded my expectations. Vilnius was a lively […]

In my recent visit to Yunnan province in China I spent a few days roaming around, from Kunming, to Dali, to Lijiang and Shuhe, and then back for a final day near Kunming to fly back to Hong Kong. In that last day before going back I was looking to do something a bit different […]

18 Apr, 2018 in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Visions

Back to exploring Asia, and so been looking for a new exotic destination. I’ve been eyeing Sri Lanka for many years, but have not had the chance to go. A “reading week” at uni combined with low airfare resulted in last minute booking and so I found myself in Colombo Sri Lanka with no plan […]

Crossing the Costa-Rica Nicaragua border I went straight to the car rental, got my ride, and headed to San Juan del Sur for my first glimpse of Nicaragua. The contrast to Costa Rica was apparent, the beach wasn’t as nice, the town seemed less developed, and prices were way down. After grabbing a meal and […]

Do you know where chocolate comes from? how it’s made? I didn’t. Costa Rica is a good place to figure that out, it still, somehow, has an active Chocolate growing market, even if competition from cheaper labour countries is driving local farmers toward tourism to replace the mass plantations. So what you basically have are […]

5 Apr, 2018 in Leon
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Leon, the revolutionary capital of Nicaragua, presents a much more rough colonial history than Granada. It’s more lively here, but you’ll also get to see far more poverty and it’s less developed and overall feels a bit rundown. Even the “attractions” don’t really make much sense. I’m not sure why, but I ventured into the […]

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