Tag Archives: 2014

Preikestolen and the Stavanger Region

Overview

Billed as one of the most visited attraction in Norway, Preikestolen or the Pulpit Rock is a 620m high rock cliff above the Lysefjord, which as the name suggests, looks like a pulpit. (Quoting The Castle: “Dad, what’s a pulpit?” “Where the minister gives his sermon from. How much?” “Eight hundred…” “Tell’em he’s dreamin…“).  What makes the Pulpit Rock such a highly visited attraction is that it gives people the opportunity to literally live life on the edge as there are no safety rails or barriers preventing anyone from falling off the cliff face. In fact, many people tempt fate by nervously creeping towards the edge, some on their stomachs to peer over and straight down into the Lysefjord… Continue reading Preikestolen and the Stavanger Region

“Kathmandu by bike”

Sounds easy enough right? The words of the Himalayan Encounters brochure went like this:

Escape from the hustle and bustle of Kathmandu.  Experience the thrill of off-road mountain-biking.  Visit the historic town of Kirtipur.  Discover the richness and ingenuity of Newari cuisine.

So, with nothing better to do in our afternoon after arriving back in Kathmandu from Lukla, Mark and I decided to book this 4-5hr tour in for 8:00am the next morning… Yep, that’s right.  After trekking to Base Camp, up Kala Patthar and back down, what did Mark and I decide to do the day after?  A bike ride… Continue reading “Kathmandu by bike”

USA: Photo Summary

Want to see the photos but don’t want to read my ramblings?  Look no further! Continue reading USA: Photo Summary

Texas Forever!

Here we are at the final stop on my 5-and-a-half-week journey up, across and down the United States and what a way to finish up!  As they often say, save the best for last and I’ll have to be honest with you that throughout my entire journey, I was always thinking, I just can’t wait to head to Texas.

Now what I was going to do whilst in the biggest State of The United States was a bit of a mystery to me.  All I knew was that I would be meeting up with Steve and Shirley (family friends of my sister and brother-in-law who I met at their wedding in 2012), heading up to Waco, the home of Baylor University, their alma mater, then back down to Houston.  Apart from that, the plan was to just wing it. Continue reading Texas Forever!

The West Coast: San Francisco

Arriving in San Francisco concludes the Amtrak journey from East Coast to West.  After over 75 hours on the train, it was only a from Emeryville to San Francisco to go! After crossing the Bay, the coach stops at various places in the CBD.  These include near AT&T Park, The Ferry Building and a few stops along Market St including my stop at the San Francisco Shopping Centre Bus Stop (the shopping centre is actually a Westfield…). From there, it was a short walk up Mason St to my hostel on O’Farrell St. With 3 nights in San Fran, I had a rough idea of the things I wanted to check out.  These included Fisherman’s Wharf, the Ferry Building and surround area, Alcatraz, a ride on one of the city’s historical cable cars, Japan Town, AT&T Park, Land’s End, the Golden Gate Bridge and whatever else I could fit in between. Continue reading The West Coast: San Francisco

Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento

With the current Amtrak timetable, getting from Denver to Yosemite National Park requires a mandatory overnight stop in either Sacramento or Emeryville California, after arriving there using the California Zephyr.  This is due to the lack of connecting trains and buses which leave in the area to get to Yosemite and the relatively late arrival time of the train into Sacramento.  From Sacramento however, it’s a bus, then a train, then another bus to get to the national park. Continue reading Rocky Mountain High to Sacramento

A mile high in Colorado

Whilst marijuana has been legalised in the state of Colorado, a ‘mile high’ doesn’t refer to that at all… Instead it’s actually a literal figure for the altitude of Denver, my arrival point in Colorado but by no means was it the highest altitude I reached during my time in the state.

As I was writing in my previous post, I had just hopped on board the California Zephyr, described as one of the most ‘beautiful train trips’ in all of North America. Continue reading A mile high in Colorado