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My arduous journey to the Philippines' Himalayas of the South - Mt Apo

PHILIPPINES | Sun, 15 Jan 2023 | By ritchiebasilio | Views [119] | Video

https://youtu.be/EcZx8q9jvnY Beyond enjoyment, some people and some animals sacrifice their lives to make you feel safe and comfortable all the way through. Remember them! What struck me first when I set foot on the land of the municipalities of ... Read more >

Tags: mauntaineering, mt apo, philippine highest mountain, trekking

Missing Fin

TIMOR-LESTE | Tue, 14 Feb 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [72]

It's Valentine's Day but I don't really care. Bec is my heavenly valentine, and I love and miss her every day of the year. I've been in Timor-Leste for nearly three weeks now, but I'm gonna have to make a move soon because my time isn't exactly unlimited ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, culture, snorkelling

Tengboche and Heli Flight videos

NEPAL | Mon, 26 Dec 2022 | By krodin | Views [65]

Here are the links to two videos from my October 2022 trek to Tengboche and then a helicopter flightfrom Tengboche to Kala Patar and back to Everest View Lodge.  The heli video is intended for friends to at least virtually go on the ride with me ... Read more >

Tags: helicopter ride, trek

Kerala 1: Kochi to Alleppey

INDIA | Sun, 11 Dec 2022 | By krodin | Views [64]

Kerala Kerala has long held a certain fascination for me.  The combination of saltwater sea, freshwater Backwaters, Western Ghats, and lush rainforests evoked a mystical magical world in my imagination, and I thought it would be a fitting place ... Read more >

Tags: historical sites, lake cruises, nature


TIMOR-LESTE | Thu, 26 Jan 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [63]

When I was about 15, my mother yelled out to me "Chris, where the hell is East Timor!?" She said "Timor" very emphatically yet even I, despite knowing the capital of every country, had no clue where it was. It was all over the news and I had no idea ... Read more >

Tenerife: San Cristóbal de La Laguna and Orotava

SPAIN | Sat, 17 Dec 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [59]

SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, so say the brochures, is “the most beautiful city you must go to in Tenerife.” On the other hand, they say that La Orotava is “a town you must visit in Tenerife.” With two weeks to spend and a car at ... Read more >

No Kidnapping at Kidnappers

NEW ZEALAND | Sat, 10 Dec 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [57] | Comments [1]

What an ominous name for a place. It sounds like somewhere Superman wouldn't want to be near. Cape Kidnappers, known as Te Kauwae-a-Maui (the fish hook of Maui), is named due to the local Maori attempting to kidnap a member of Captain Cook's crew in ... Read more >

Cabalgata de los Reyes Magos (Parade of the Three Kings)

SPAIN | Thu, 5 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [57]

SHOULD WE DRIVE OR TAKE THE BUS into Córdoba? that was the question. I even downloaded bus schedules and made a list of possible parking lots. In the end we decide to walk in—it’s only 3½ miles, mostly downhill—and take ... Read more >

A new year and about *** time

NEW ZEALAND | Thu, 9 Feb 2023 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [57]

The thought of a new year, new adventures, new travels, new rides, was soul lifting but as we float (literally) on into the second month of 2023 I realise that someone forgot to tell the weatherman/person that it is now summer. Now of course I'm speaking ... Read more >

Thiruvanananthapuram Temples and concluding thoughts

INDIA | Wed, 14 Dec 2022 | By krodin | Views [55]

Temples & Beach: Thiruvananthapuram & Kovalam I had a hotel booked on the beach in Kovalam for the last couple of nights and the drive went through Thiruvananthapuram, so I stopped at a couple of the temples before heading further south.... Read more >

Tags: beaches, reflections, temples

Tenerife: You Win Some and You Lose Some

SPAIN | Mon, 19 Dec 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [55]

AS YOU MIGHT EXPECT, TENERIFE has some endemic bird species—why else would Connie be here? While some are unimpressive and easy to find, others require long drives to remote areas—sometimes twice.          ... Read more >

Happy New Year, Toledo!

SPAIN | Sun, 1 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [53]

JUST LIKE CHRISTMAS EVE IN MADRID, many of Toledo’s attractions closed at 1PM on the 31 st and will remain closed on New Years Day. We managed visit the Church of El Salvador before closing time. El Salvador has been in turn, Roman, perhaps ... Read more >

Time for Málaga

SPAIN | Tue, 10 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [51]

THE HOLIDAY DECORATIONS WERE STILL UP on Calle Marqués de Larios, turning Malaga’s oh-so-classy pedestrian mall into a magic fairyland. And it was just as beautiful in daylight. Our AirBnB was right in the heart of it all. It turned out ... Read more >

Alcalá de Henares

SPAIN | Thu, 12 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [51]

 ALCALÁ DE HENARES IS 560 KM from Málaga and 30° cooler. It’s also a World Heritage site, birthplace of Miguel de Cervantes and, most important, only 30-minutes from Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas airport. We will be ... Read more >


TIMOR-LESTE | Fri, 17 Feb 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [50]

It’s safe to say that I’ve officially taken Timor-Leste by storm. After today I’ve been to practically every region in the country. Oecussi is a little-visited enclave of Timor-Leste located in West Timor, and is where the Portuguese ... Read more >

¿Mallorca or Tenerife—Why Choose?

SPAIN | Sun, 26 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [48]

AS WE BID “ADIOS” TO SPAIN, it seems natural to compare our time in Mallorca to our stay on Tenerife. Both islands are holiday destinations for Spaniards and other Europeans, Tenerife is more of an escape from winter and Mallorca a summer ... Read more >

Mezquita-Catedral de Córdoba

SPAIN | Fri, 6 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [48]

CÓRDOBA, ONCE ROMAN AND LATER VISIGOTH, came into its own in the 8 th Century when the Umayyad Muslims made it the capital of Al-Andalus—Islamic Spain.  While the rest of Europe succumbed to the ignorance and superstition of the ... Read more >

Welcome Back!

INDIA | Sat, 14 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [46]

AFTER OUR THREE-MONTH INDIAN ORDEAL in 2014 we'd had enough. It isn't that India is so bad, it's just the cumulative stress, noise, squallor and crowds that get to you. Yet here we are, freezing our butts in a third-rate hotel in smog-shrouded Delhi, ... Read more >

Christmas in Madrid

SPAIN | Sun, 25 Dec 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [46]

T’WAS THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS . . . and Santa didn’t come! It wasn’t that Rudolph got lost or Santa couldn’t find us again or, heaven forbid, we were naughty, not nice! Saint Nick just doesn’t bring presents to good little ... Read more >

Bermuda, Ahoy!

BERMUDA | Sat, 29 Apr 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [45]

"You can go to heaven if you want to. I'd rather stay in Bermuda." -Mark Twain For the first time I've taken a journey where geocaching is my dominant goal as there are a lot of them in Bermuda. Upon landing yesterday on my Delta flight, I immediately ... Read more >

¡Bienvenida a Madrid!

SPAIN | Fri, 23 Dec 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [44]

WE ARRIVED IN MADRID ON THE wrong side of Winter with cloudy skies and damp chill replacing the sunshine of Tenerife. To make matters worse we had to wake at four in the morning for our 6:30 flight, followed by a 30-minute bus ride into town and a kilometer ... Read more >


TIMOR-LESTE | Mon, 30 Jan 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [44]

A raw, unadulterated adventure it is here in Timor-Leste. Whilst not as wild as Papua New Guinea, this small country gets very few tourists and is behind in a lot of respects. From near sea level in Dili, I'm now staying in Hatabuilico at close to 2000 ... Read more >

Rome: Sistine Chapel and the Vatican Museum

VATICAN CITY | Fri, 24 Feb 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [43]

YESTERDAY’S SIX MILES SEEMED LIKE A STROLL in the park compared to today. Vatican City is three miles from our hotel and we added another four miles—yes four!—just walking around the Vatican and through the museums, a total of ten miles.... Read more >

Sicily: Taormina and Catania

ITALY | Wed, 1 Mar 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [43]

WITH SYRACUSE OUT OF THE WAY and heavy snow making Mt. Etna out of the question, we decided to drive to Taormina for the afternoon. We weren’t particularly interested in another 3 rd Century Greek theater but rumor has it Taormina is famous ... Read more >

Returning to Toledo

SPAIN | Fri, 30 Dec 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [42]

MY TIRED FEET WERE GLAD to say good-bye to Madrid—walking 6 to 8 miles on cobbles really took a toll. But they shouldn’t get their hopes up—Toledo may not have as many cobbles but the narrow streets and alleys are seldom flat! ... Read more >


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