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Surviving the Swiss Alps

The Swiss Alps offer not just breathtaking beauty, but also danger of a domestic kind???

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Hiking in Hong Kong #4 – Coasteering

Coasteering is the sport where you find a rocky coastline and stay as close to it as possible, either on the rock, or swimming in the water! This is part 4 of my Hiking in Hong Kong series. Read part 1 on the best-known hikes, part 2 on another bunch of good hikes and part […]

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Hiking in Hong Kong #2 – Some other good ones

Pitiless Traveller: More amazing stuff that you can see if you hike in Hong Kong.

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Hiking in Hong Kong #1 – The big names

The first of a series of blog posts on Hong Kong’s amazing hiking options!

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Gunung Padang

I have been to Indonesia so many times that I have lost count. It started with the disastrous “Lost Christmas”, many years ago. Indonesia has provided me with a variety of travel stories, being the country where I learned to scuba dive; checked out a bunch of volcanoes; tried a hand at surfing and saw […]

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Tiger Leaping Gorge and the scuba diving girl

I like meeting people on my solo trips and often stay in touch with them after the trip ends. Facebook became popular at the right time for me to stay connected with people across the globe with whom I might have spent just a day or a few days travelling. Some of these people have […]

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Lost Christmas

“You get the best stories when shit happens to you”, a traveller once said to me. I had agreed. I could tell and retell stories of some of the worst things that I had endured. When everything went according to plan, there was usually not much to talk about. It was December 24, 2009. I […]

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Muck diving in Lembeh

I was on a scuba diving trip in Sulawesi, Indonesia. The first part of the trip was spent on the island of Bunaken, including my best New Year celebrations ever. Part 2 was to be spent on the island of Lembeh, known for its muck diving. At the port of Bitung, I found myself a […]

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The Ride to Moni

My vacation was ending in just a few days and I was heading to my last stop: a volcano named Kelimutu. I had wanted to see the three famous crater lakes that were reputed for their distinct, striking colours. It was 4PM and I was about fifty kilometres from my destination, a village named Moni […]

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The subterranean river

I had business in Manila on a Friday and the following Monday, so I decided to remain in the Philippines and visit Puerto Princesa on the island of Palawan for the weekend. The longest-known subterranean river in the world at 8.2 Km length is a two-hour car-ride from Puerto Princesa, where I landed on Saturday morning. […]