"He is truely wise who's travelled far and knows the ways of the world."
One of my greatest passions is travelling. I started when I was 19 and have never really stopped. I still feel the thrill of exploring a new city, visiting ancient monuments or disappearing off the beaten path. I don’t get to travel as much as I would like to, and I definitely don’t get to do the expedition type travel I would love, but still I can’t complain too much. So far I have been lucky enough to visit some 110 member countries of the UN and 145 on the Traveler’s Century Club’s (TCC) list and hope to visit many more in the years to come.
It was travelling which initially got me inspired to start writing. However, I shall spare you the usual vacation stories and just share a few comments and photos from places I thought were special.
Off the coast of Cape Town
A great white shark. Truly impressive and somewhat frightening. From it emerged as a shadow in the deep and till it was in my face it only took a split second. And yes, in case you were in doubt, the photo is taken from the relative safety of a shark cage!
One of the few places in the world where Lenin is still in fashion. Transnistria is a small breakaway republic next to Moldova which is not recognised by any other country. I was briefly detained when trying to leave the place, accused of being a journalist who would write bad things about Transnistria (not that I in my wildest imagination could see why anyone would write something bad about such a charming place…. It was just like the Soviet Union in the good old days. Full of service minded people). My crime was that I had a camera which apparently was proof that I was a journalist...
Kruger National Park
The grey dawn in the African bush. Early morning in one of the greatest national parks in the world. One of my absolute favourite place on earth.
Away from all the sights and archaeological treasures, a small Egyptian village in Luxor close to the Valley of the Kings. The picture is taken in the early morning from a hot air balloon.
It’s not even rush hour. One of the few places in the world where you still find horse drawn carriages used for public transport in a nation’s capital, in addition to the millions of bicycle rickshaws of course.
Biñan, The Philippines
The local ferry man. The only means of transport across the Biñan river in that part of the Biñan city slum. For five pesos (10 US cents), he will pull you across using the rope. It is considered good manners to give him a hand if the boat is heavily loaded.