I have just returned from 3.5 weeks in Kyrgyzstan where I lead 13 volunteers and 4 staff on the Snow Leopard expedition for Biosphere Expeditions.
I still can’t decide what I liked the most about the hike up Gwanaksan Mountain, if it was the path right at the start filled with spring flowers and cherry blossom, whether it was the rewarding views of the city of Seoul from the summit or whether it was the sight of the tiny hermitage (Yeonjudae) sitting defiantly on top of vertical stone pillars like a diamond on a precious ring. […]
Seoul city is always bustling. When I step out of the flat it feels like it sucks me into a vortex but I just need to step slightly to the side, into a park or a hidden corner to find beauty and peace. Gwanaksan Mountain is one of those places.
The weather at the moment is extremely pleasant in Seoul. Long, warm sunny days. It is a great opportunity to take advantage of the parks so yesterday I decided to go to one of my favourite spots on the river Han: Ttukseom Resort.
While all the travel media attention is focused on the cherry blossom in Japan not many are aware that South Corea has also some amazing cherry trees blossoming into a pretty show in early spring (right now).
In the last couple of weeks the temperatures have risen and there is a very pleasant feeling of spring in the air. Seoul is suddenly carpeted with pale pink petals; roads, parks and trails are lined with incredibly fluffy trees. It is a beautiful spectacle.
I didn’t know what to expect of Seoul.
My very first experience with this sprawling metropolis was in December 2013. I was there for a two-weeks holiday but in my mind I was already evaluating it as a place to live as I knew I would be coming back a short while later to make it my home.
It was not love at first sight. As I looked at the cityscape spreading in front of me from the big window of our lounge in our swanky, modern flat on the 13th floor of a block in the borough of Gangnam I felt a little pang. The view was pretty but there was nothing in this comfortable flat or the streets downstairs that made me feel at home.
I am a bit sleepy as I wait for my breakfast to be delivered to our room. As the New Year celebrations unfold around the world our first day into the new year has already started. We are in Sokcho, a sleepy seaside town a stone throw from the north border, on the east coast …
Today I went on an alternative London tour looking at some of the world’s best street art. Amazing, inspiring and provocative. The tour also included a workshop that enabled us to practice with some spray paint.
This day out has left me with a whole new perspective on the underground world of graffiti art. Even the smallest tag is a form of expression. Individual, often undecipherable messages that spell out scorn for our ever so over-controlling society.
I guess that by exploring the world one collects a greater number of unusual stories than when staying put or at least that’s what I have been pondering about today and what has always enthralled me about travelling and living overseas.
The downside is that it becomes a bit of a bug.
Mostly it is the people and the interesting lives that I am after. That vibe that you sense when you talk to those who have had the courage to leave everything behind to follow a dream of their own; be it to try an adventure – like cycling around the world – or to start a new life. I always light up when the opportunity to peek into an adventurous life arises.
An adventure in Dhofar, a land filled with more wildlife than meets the eye.
I am proud to announce that recently one of my articles was published on the Al Ghanjah magazine, one of Oman LNG’s publications. A scanned copy of my article is available on the following link: http://www.biosphere-expeditions.org/images/stories/pdfs/media/mu-AlGhanjah12%20E.pdf Enjoy!