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Cornish. Shredder. Gamer. Longboarder. Surfer. Living the dream in Whistler.

On the way down we took a detour to Garibaldi Lake, one of the most beautiful lakes I’ve ever seen.

After a 6 hour hike we finally made it to the top with this amazing view of Black Tusk, Garibaldi Lake and Garibaldi Provincial Park.

Another piece I’ve written hoping to get published…

3 Days in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Skyline

As far as cities go, Hong Kong is one of the safest, most interesting and beautiful cities I’ve ever visited. From the bustling markets to the towering Victoria Peak, the allure of Disneyland to the magic of the Symphony of Lights, there is so much to see and do. What if you only have 3 days?

Day 1

Make sure your flight lands early enough that you have most of the day to explore. The airport itself is fantastic, transport into the city is hassle-free and the locals are more than happy to direct you in the right direction. I would recommend finding a hostel, guesthouse or hotel located in Tsim Sha Tsui, within walking distance of the main downtown attractions, Nathan Road has a few good picks.

Spend your first day getting to know the area. Take a stroll along the Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade and see if you can find Jet Li and Jackie Chan along the Avenue of Stars. Find yourself a nice place for lunch before taking to the streets of the Ladies Market in Kowloon, where you can barter for anything. When the sun starts to set, head over to the Temple Street Night Market, buy a souvenir and have your fortune told. If you make it back to the waterfront in time, you’ll be able to catch the Symphony of Lights, an incredible nightly multimedia show. Listen to the music and narration of Hong Kong’s story while watching over 40 buildings on both sides of the harbour light up to the beat.

The Symphony of Lights
 

Day 2

Get up early and grab yourself some breakfast on the way to the Star Ferry pier in Tsim Sha Tsui. The Star Ferries have been in operation since 1888 and what better way to enjoy the harbour views and reach Hong Kong Island than by boat. Walk though the winding city streets to the base of Victoria Peak, hop aboard The Peak funicular railway and enjoy the views as you slowly climb to the highest point on the island. There are plenty of vantage points but the best way to see the city below is the 3.5km Peak Circle Walk. If it’s foggy in the morning don’t worry, it normally burns off around 1pm.

You can walk or ride back down to the city streets, when you get there be sure to take a stroll along the historic antique shops of Cat Street, and don’t miss seeing the famous Bank of China from street level. On your way back to the waterfront stop by the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Center to admire this major landmark, and the beautiful Golden Bauhinia, the emblem of Hong Kong. Take the Star Ferry back to the mainland at sunset for spectacular views of the city skyline.

View from Victoria Peak

Day 3

It’s time to get out of the hustle and bustle of downtown. Hop on the MRT all the way back to Lantau Island. It’s tempting to get off at Disneyland… but if you can resist the urge an amazing adventure awaits. Climb aboard the Ngong Ping 360 cable car as it winds above the towering mountains, the first thing you see in the distance is a statue of Buddha, and as you arrive at your destination you’re immersed in the culturally themed village of Ngong Ping.

Fill yourself up on traditional food and follow the smell of incense towards the Po Lin Monastery and its beautiful garden. Climb the 268 stairs to gaze upon the giant bronze form of the Tain Tan Buddha and enjoy the panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. When you’ve had your fill of ancient tradition make sure you catch the cable car back at sunset to end the day.

The Tian Tan Buddha

Getting itchy feet and planning a trip to Mexico, Central and South America…

Cirque Lake

The other side of the lake.

What a view to wake up to…

morning, noon and night

Just sent off an article that I’m hoping to get published on some obscure travel blog…

6 Reasons to Visit Bangladesh

1. Dhaka

When I first arrived in this dusty, hectic city I was confronted with unnerving stares from the locals and a feeling that I really wasn’t in Kansas anymore. If you can safely navigate your way through the hordes of people, rickshaws, motorbikes, cars and buses then this capital city has some great places to discover. The Ashan Manzil, aka the Pink Palace, is a must see, as is the National Assembly Building, both places to escape the big crowds, but not the stares. The markets and tiny streets lined with stalls are easy to get lost in a whirlwind of hand-printed fabrics and knock off t-shirts, the smell of incense burning your nostrils and the sound of honking traffic never quite fading away. If it ever gets too much for you, all you have to do is escape to one of the many roof gardens, high above the chaos and watch the sun set through the smog.

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2. Paharpur Buddhist Monastery

When you step off the bus (that only just made it here in one piece) you feel like you’ve travelled back in time. Paharpur is the second largest Buddhist monastery south of the Himalayas, and even in its ruined state it’s impressive. Being a tourist grants you special privileges, we were allowed to spend the night in the original research building and were taken on a private tour at night, the full moon our only source of light. It’s even more mysterious in the dark.

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3. Srimangal Tea Estates

After another terrifying bus journey you arrive in the quaint little town of Srimangal. The first thing you should do here is rent a bicycle, find yourself a quiet little tea shop on the edge of one of the many private tea estates and try their famous 7-layered tea. You should then immediately ride to Lawachara National Park and spend a day hiking through the forests and tribal villages in search of the endangered Hoolock Gibbon.

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4. Cox’s Bazaar

Listed as the world’s longest ‘natural sand’ beach at 150 miles, it’s 149 miles of pure golden sands, untouched by anyone other than the fisherman from Myanmar with their beautifully carved wooden boats. The other mile is crowded with amazing restaurants teetering on wooden stilts built 40 foot above the surf, alcohol-free bars and hotels for every price range. The locals gather on this one mile stretch and wade into the sea fully clothed. Be careful to stay covered up, especially if you’re female.

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5. The Sundarbans

According to Wikipedia The Sundarbans ‘is the largest single block of tidalhalophyticmangroveforest in the world’. To me, it’s a place where you can pretend you’re Indiana Jones. As you reach the muddy shores by boat, you’re greeted by a man with a gun - ‘just in case’. You’re hunting for Bengal tigers, following tracks, wading through mud, in and around the mangrove forest. Even if you don’t spot any, everyone has a chance to see crocodiles and monkeys before sailing back to the mainland at sunset, keeping an eye out for the rare Irrawaddy dolphins.

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6. The people

At first, being stared at silently by everyone, and I mean everyone, leaves you feeling a little violated. Especially once they take their phones out and start snapping pictures of you while you’re squatting down to pee or trying to sleep on the train. But understand this, Bangladesh doesn’t have much of a tourist industry and you are as interesting to them as the sights are to you. Smile, be kind, give away a little money or leftover food to the poor, and they will return your kindness. Everywhere we went, word got around and the locals would run for the one person who spoke a little English. We were driven around, given tours of the town, help with buses and trains, we even had breakfast and lunch cooked for us by complete strangers.  Kids in Bangladesh are happy, energetic, kind, curious, love to have their photo taken and can have fun playing with sticks in the dirt, no need for an Xbox or a PS3.

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