So, I just decided that I will spend Christmas in Nepal and New year in India. I always wanted to go to India because it seems like such a magical and chaotic place, and Nepal because it is mysterious.
I'm kind of excited now.
Sunday, 3 August 2014
Today, I took the shuttle bus to Antigua. It’s a very touristy town but it’s quite nice; it reminds me of Hoi An in Vietnam. It seems safer than Guatemala city; you know this because you don’t get stared at on the streets.
Antigua was once the most important city of Central America, but destroyed by an earthquake in 1773. Most Spanish colonial buildings have been restored. I spent most of my day exploring the city. I like that the buildings are not very tall which allows you to see the mountain peaks and volcanoes.
Here's Antigua in pictures...
Here's Antigua in pictures...
Saturday, 2 August 2014
I arrived in Guatemala city at noon and took a taxi to zone 1, which is where I stayed. The city is divided into 22 zones and zone 1 is known as the most dangerous zone due to its disturbing crime rate. I was actually a little scared after reading the horror experiences of other travellers...but there is a lot of history there and a fantastic flavor of its own.
I did not take many pictures because I didn't want to attract unnecessary attention. I found a street where there were people performing, singing, beat boxing, dancing, braiding kids hair, doing make-up, etc. It's quite different from the other countries I've visited before. I loved the rustic look and the mountains surrounding the city.
Right after they left, another guy approached me saying that he's doing the same project and wanted to interview me. Ok, that is weird I thought...but again, we were in a very public place so I didn't mind. "The girls I talked to...is it true that they are doing an interview for a school project?" I asked. He probably thought what I thought and reassured me that he's wasn't trying to mug me. I felt bad I made him feel this way; it is probably hard for him to talk to foreigners because every foreigner is told that Zone 1 is dangerous. So I sat down with him and we talked for a while.
It reminded me to keep an open mind when you travel, and don't let people tell you to avoid a place just because it's not safe. There are no places that are too safe. Just be careful as you would be anywhere else and you should be fine. Go out there and let stories happen to you!
Sunday, 20 July 2014
I love hiking, but I have runner's knee, which as the name suggests, it's common among runners, and hikers too. I bought a knee brace after reading many positive reviews on it, and decided to test it out on the third highest mountain of Vermont; Camel's Hump. That thing really worked!
Why Camel's hump is amazing:
-It is Vermont's highest undeveloped peak
-It has an exposed rocky peak that rewards you with a 360° views
-You can see the highest peaks in three states; Washington, Marcy, Mansfield.
-Vermont isn't too far and the mountains are much nicer than Quebec's
-Americans are friendlier
...and yeah apparently it's funny that I hike with walking sticks :)
Saturday, 19 July 2014
My favorite feeling at the moment is that feeling of exhaustion after a long day of hiking, you completely trashed your body and you can't go on anymore; you feel weak and tired, your muscles are sore, your body hurts all over, but your mind is quiet, and you truly feel awake...
Saturday, 5 July 2014
just driving to random cities, tasting ice cream in random shops, trying random restaurants, visiting random museums, just a random day well spent...