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

PHILIPPINES | Sun, 15 Jan 2023 | By ritchiebasilio | Views [151] | Video

https://youtu.be/EcZx8q9jvnY Amidst the vibrant greenery of Bansalan, Davao del Sur, in a place called Sitio Balutakay, Puruk Pluto, something caught my attention. It was the lush and colorful spread of vegetable cultivation, a sight reminiscent of ... Read more >

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

Bhutan Impressions

BHUTAN | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [117]

Bhutan Impressions   I had wanted to get to Bhutan for a very long time, but the daily government fee of US$250 was always too expensive.  I had decided that I was going to nonetheless do a 10-day trip once the country reopened after ... Read more >

Tags: buddhism, museums, sacred sites


NEPAL | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [116]

Manakamana When I was in Nepal for the first time in 2000, my colleague, Jeet Joshee, and I were leading a group of students from the University of Connecticut on a three-week study abroad program. Jeet’s brother in Kathmandu had put the ... Read more >

Tags: hindu temple

Central Bangladesh: Full of Contrasts

BANGLADESH | Mon, 7 Nov 2022 | By krodin | Views [116]

Central Bangladesh – Full of Contrasts I wasn’t sure what to expect on my tour to visit ancient Hindu and Buddhist sites through Central Bangladesh. As I made my way around, I was struck by the contrasting images confronting me. ... Read more >

Tags: buddhist viharas, cities, hindu temples, history, medieval towns, museums

Luanda Highlights

ANGOLA | Mon, 19 Jun 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [112]

Luanda gets an unfairly bad rep, and most people who criticise Angola's capital have never been here. Cranes and skyscrapers dominate the skyline but there are more highlights and standout sights than many other capital cities. The other day after settling ... Read more >

Trekking the Larapinta Trail

AUSTRALIA | Sun, 23 Jul 2023 | By welcometomyworld | Views [110]

Trekking the Larapinta Trail- This was my first solo multiday hike trekking The Larapinta trail in the West Macdonnell Ranges on Arrernte Country.   Day 1 – Serpentine Gorge to Ellery Creek North  First day on the trail and was ... Read more >


BANGLADESH | Mon, 7 Nov 2022 | By krodin | Views [103]

Sonargaon After the Central Bangladesh tour mostly north and west of Dhaka, I decided to take a day trip to Sonargaon, 30 miles SE of the capital. We left at 7:30 to avoid some of the traffic. The fog in the city was so dense that the sky wasn’... Read more >

Tags: hindu temples, history, museums, river boat trip

Trek to Tengboche Days 3-4

NEPAL | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [102]

Trek to Tengboche Monastery   Have been trying for days to upload the first two days of this blog, but the system doesn't accept it. I haven't a clue why.  Please just see the photos.   Trek to Tengboche Days 3-... Read more >

Tags: trekking

Lady of the Lake

NEW ZEALAND | Mon, 26 Sep 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [102]

The Lady of the Lake? You may wonder who she is. Is she a gorgeous lady who hangs out at the lake? Is she a mythical creature akin to Loch Ness or some sort of mysterious legend? Those would all be great guesses, but the TSS Earnslaw is known has the ... Read more >

Back in Kathmandu: Kathmandu Valley Pilgrimage Sites

NEPAL | Sat, 15 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [102]

Back in Kathmandu  It has been nine years since my last trip to Nepal, and in the meantime the 2015 earthquake did a tremendous amount of damage and cost almost 9,000 lives. It has been fascinating to see the changes time and the renovations ... Read more >

Tags: ancient cities, mountains, on the road, temples

Routeburn in One Boot

NEW ZEALAND | Tue, 11 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [99]

When I came to New Zealand back in 2008, I saw in a Department of Conservation (DOC) brochure that there were nine Great Walks, and I made a goal of doing at least five. Now there are 10 Great Walks, and I've done three so far: Milford, Kepler, and Rakiura.... Read more >


INDIA | Thu, 6 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [93]

Nainital, Uttarakhand, India The province of Uttarakhand in Northwest India borders Nepal on the east, Tibet on the north, Himachal Pradesh on the west and Uttar Pradesh and Haryana to the south.  It used to belong to Uttar Pradesh under the ... Read more >

Tags: festival, lakes, temples

Giant's Playground

NEW ZEALAND | Sun, 30 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [92]

The Roaring Forties pounded their windy fury this morning as I woke up, and I sure wouldn't want to be flying Juliett (my drone) today. A lot I had planned today yet all sorts of things would throw a spanner in my plans, and I know to absolutely never ... Read more >

7 week trip with a 30 Litre daypack

ITALY | Fri, 2 Dec 2022 | By pauluiza | Views [92]

How we packed for a 7 week trip with only hand luggage We are good at minimalist travel. If you have been following us for a while, you know from 2010 to 2012, we backpacked through 35 countries for 2 years, seven months and 4 days. We also travelled ... Read more >


TIMOR-LESTE | Thu, 26 Jan 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [92]

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 >

Sea of Rippling Waters

NEW ZEALAND | Wed, 9 Nov 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [91]

Four of the NZ Great Walks I've completed, so I've set out to complete my goal of walking at least five (eventually, I want to walk all of them). Meaning "sea of rippling waters" in Maori, Lake Waikaremoana is a spectacular lake. Stocked up on stuff ... Read more >


NEW ZEALAND | Thu, 27 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [91]

Windswept, remote, desolate. Those are just three words that describe the Chatham Islands. Called "Rekohu" meaning "misty skies" by the Moriori, the Chatham Islands are the first inhabited place on Earth to see a new day. My friend Pete Fowler, who passed ... Read more >

Beginning of the Trek to Tengboche Day 1

NEPAL | Fri, 28 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [91]

Beginning of the Trek to Tengboche Monastery  Tengboche is perhaps the most important monastery in the Solo Khumbu region. The lama at the monastery has traditionally been the person to bless those who attempt to climb the sacred mountain Sagarmatha, ... Read more >

Tags: trekking

Earland Falls

NEW ZEALAND | Wed, 12 Oct 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [89]

The Routeburn Track is one of the shorter Great Walks but it still feels that days are long. With a broken boot, I walked for more than seven hours yesterday. At 32 kilometres in length, some people rush it and walk the track in only two days but what's ... Read more >

Missing Fin

TIMOR-LESTE | Tue, 14 Feb 2023 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [87]

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

Antelope Canyon Roadtrip

USA | Mon, 26 Sep 2022 | By graynomadsusa | Views [86]

WHAT’S ON YOUR TRAVEL “BUCKET LIST?” We have been everywhere from Antartica to Zimbabwe so ours is more of a “been there, done that” list,  filled with tick marks and a few scribbles of final additions in the margins.... Read more >

Almora to Baijnath

INDIA | Sat, 8 Oct 2022 | By krodin | Views [85]

Almora, Bagheshwar and Baijnath  The drive from Nainital to Almora consists of windy hill roads with some steep hairpin turns.  There was more damage on this stretch of the road from the monsoon rains than even the section from Delhi. ... Read more >

Tags: mountains, on the road, temples

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

SPAIN | Thu, 5 Jan 2023 | By graynomadsusa | Views [85]

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 [85]

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 >

Manila, Puerto Galera and beyond

PHILIPPINES | Fri, 2 Dec 2022 | By krodin | Views [83]

Manila, Puerto Galera and Beyond I flew to Manila from Bangkok as I wanted to get to the National Museum of the Philippines to see what they had that might relate to my work on Goddess Studies.  The National Museum of Archeology is in Rizal ... Read more >

Tags: beaches, islands, snorkeling


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