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Europe » Russia » Northwest » Moscow January 4th 2011

Day 1 After a very long day I landed at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo airport with the announcement that it was -15 degrees outside -yikes! After catching the Aero train into the centre of Moscow I had my first taste of the complexities of the Russian Metro which would confuse me fr the rest of my stay in Moscow. I foolishly gave up in the end and asked a policeman who promptly sent me in the wrong direction but eventually after catching 6 trains even though there was only one stop between my arrival and destination I finally arrived and followed the directions to the hostel which was called Godzillas at nearly midnight! I was then shown to the room and I don't know what hit me first, the smell or the snoring!!, it was the worse I’ve ... read more
Metro station
Moscow
The armoury at the Kremlin

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Bergen August 16th 2010

Bergen is a beautiful, charming and small city, like most of Norway it has these lovely timber clad houses, it has a world heitage site - Bryggen, which is a small cluster of ancient wooden houses facing the harbour. Its appeal does bring in hundreds of thousands of tourists during Summer and there was the usual procession of japanese tourists following umbrellas. Bergen was Norway's capital in the 12th and 13th century but 70% of its population was later wiped out by the Black death. There are loads of museums with steep admission fees and plenty of things to do, but I must be honest it didn't float my boat. I was only there a day and that was enough for me, later on. You should book well in advance when visiting Bergen and the only ... read more
Bergen harbour
Nordes
Nordes

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Flåm August 15th 2010

Today I would be among the mass of tourists that visit Flam every summer, most people take the Norway in a Nutshell tour which I would recommend as it was easier and was not much more expensive than doing it yourself (it uses public transport anyway). My German chums and myself caught the ferry from Aurland to Gudvangen, this stretch of the Sognefjord (the longest Fjord in Norway 126 miles long) is one of the most beautiful, we were surrounded by near vertical mountains up to 1400 metres high. Flam is a world heritage site and is the starting point for most of the activities in the area - you can even go on a tractor safari!!. After around 2 hours the ferry reached Gudvangen, which was a departure point of the Vikings on there maraudering ... read more
Aurlandsfjord
Aurlandsfjord
Aurlandsfjord

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Flåm August 14th 2010

This was the last day of my hike and it was supposed to have the best scenery and as a result is one of the most popular routes in the area. After the downpour the day before the sun was out again for the hike to Vassbygdi. I set off with my Belgium chums and on the way passed a German couple that had been doing the same journey from Finse. There are 2 options for this last part of the journey, you can follow the river, which is basically flat or climb 400 metres up Bjornstigen, this is ominously called the bear trail. Obviously wanting to make things as difficult as possible I chose the bear trail, and regretetd it immediately. It did off amazing views but I was that exhausted when I finally got ... read more
Loads of shrooms
Osterbo to Flam
Osterbo to Flam

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Hardanger August 12th 2010

The sun had come out for the start of my hike from Finse to the NTA hut - Geiteryggshytta, the distance was 18km but I would have to traverse numerous peaks of between 1300m to 1600m. The path is clearly waymarked with red T's painted on rocks along the way, this didn't stop me taking a few wrong turnings along the way though. On the way I bumped into Milla again - real name Charlotte and her 2 chums from Belgium, we were doing the same journey so walk together most of the time. The journey took 8 and a half hours and I was knackered at the end of it, I wasn't sure which hurt most, my shoulders (from carrying my rucksack), or my feet. The Geiteryggshytta had much better dorms than Finse, they had ... read more
Finse to Geiteryggshytta
Finse to Geiteryggshytta
Finse to Geiteryggshytta

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Hardanger August 11th 2010

I didn't have the best nights sleep, but my spirits were cheered as tucked into a very impressive breakfast. After a while i noticed that most people were making themselves a pack lunch from the breakfast buffet to take with them so I did likewise. I also did this for the next 4 days at the hostels I stayed in. It was only when I was talking with someone later on that I was told that you were supposed to pay for the sandwiches at £1.30 a slice - I did feel slightly guilty that I hadn't paid but that soon passed. I had booked with joklagutane.no to go Glacier walking joklagutane.no which cost 490 NOK, I met the guide at the railway station at 11:00 and we hiked for 1.5 hours to reach the base ... read more
On the way to the Glacier
On the way to the Glacier
kitted out

Europe » Norway » Western Norway » Hardanger August 10th 2010

So I am off on my travels again and this time to Norway, the land of the midnight sun, fjords and home to gorgeous women:-) After the 1.5 hour flight from Liverpool a free bus service takes you to the train station ready for your onward journey, for me it was on to Finse via Drammen. The main attraction in Finse is its glacier but it does have a very interesting history... Finse is at an altitude of 1222m and is snowbound most of the year, the previous winter it experienced temperatures as low as -40c but -20c is the norm! In the past arctic explorers such as Shackleton, Amundsen and Nansen trained at Finse before departing for their expeditions. The population blooms to nearly a hundred in the summer but there are only 6 people ... read more
Finsehytta
the Dorm room in Finsehytta
the Dorm room in Finsehytta

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Lake Naivasha June 16th 2010

My good friends Maggie annd Paul whom I met in Jordan had kindly let me stay at there house in Naivasha for a coulple of nights before I relocated to their other house in Nairobi before I caught my flight back to England. I say house in Naivasha but it is more like a safari lodge -very luxurious, especially compared to where I have been staying elsewhere on my trip. On the drive up to the house we drove past a hippo who was feeding outside the water at night!! On my first morning in Naivasha I had a wander round the lakeside, it was part of a private wildlife park but my hosts worked for the people who owned it. It was fantastic as it was very similar to Hells gate NP as you could ... read more
Giraffes in Oserian Park
Lonely Lion
Tawny Eagles

Africa » Uganda » Eastern Region » Bujagali Falls June 12th 2010

So after yet another cold shower I was off to catch the bus to Jinja. Jinja is the No.1 White water Rafting town in Uganda and is famous for its grade 5 rapids on the White Nile. The bus departed at 09:00 and the only other Muzungu’s on it were a Christian missionary from South Korea - who even gave me a pamphlet to read on his church - I told him I was a lost cause. And a woman from Norway with a moustache, a bloke’s tattoo and comfortable shoes - needless to say I steered clear of both of them. The journey was 9 hours long along sometimes atrocious roads and the entertainment was provided by a dvd of the latest African soap - “Caught in the act” in which the acting was so ... read more
View from Explorers campsite
View from Explorers campsite
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Africa » Congo Democratic Republic » East » Goma June 9th 2010

I was up bright and early, despite having a hangover, not the best prep for what was in store! I left my big pack at the Auberge and set off with my day back to catch a boda-boda, to the border I had to wait a bit for my visa as the man with the stamp wasn't there. Once I had this I was walking off to get another boda-boda when I heard someone hissing at me (they don't whistle here), I knew this was trouble so I quickened my step but the guy started running and grabbed my arm. I looked round with a "Oh, you meant me expression" and he asked for my yellow fever certificate. I immediately knew I was doomed - I had left my form in my big pack - doh. ... read more
The 4 soldiers that would trek with us
On the way up.
Another crater on the volcano




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