The New Territories – Temples

The New Territories are one of the three main parts of Hong Kong, along with Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. They were also under British occupation between 1898 and 1997. Full history lesson on Wikipedia. The area is pretty big, so it’s getting two articles. Let’s start with the Ten Thousand Buddhas Monastery. Well, it’s actually more like 13000, but who’s counting? The more, the golder, the merrier. All of Continue…

Kowloon

Kowloon is the urban area on the south of Kowloon Peninsula. Along with Hong Kong Island, this was under British administration until 1997. It is one of the most crowded places on Earth. It is also where we had our basecamp for about two weeks. The district of Mong Kok has a density of 130.000 people per square km. A lot of the housing buildings here have been converted into shopping centers. Continue…

Night skiing at Balea

It was February. It was a depressing winter. With the snow cover they had, the nearby Bucegi Mountains were more suitable to pretty much anything beside skiing. So we packed our stuff and went to the snow Mecca of Romania. Balea is THE place for off piste snow sports around here. Coming from Bucharest, you’d have a 4 hour drive to km 104 of the Transfagarasan. From there the road Continue…

Visiting Hong Kong Island

The top tourist attraction on Hong Kong Island is definitely Victoria peak. We’re not talking here about the actual peak (which is a little higher up) – normal people don’t care about these technicalities. If the road stops there and it says “Victoria Peak” and there’s a 5 story shopping mall with a viewing platform on top, then it must be the peak. There are 3 ways to get there. Tram Continue…

The island of Thassos

Thassos is one of the most easy to get to destinations in Greece if you’re coming by car from Romania. And by easy I mean it’s just a short 10 hour drive from Bucharest – and that if you’re lucky with the queue at the two border crossings. You’ll also be taking a ferry, but there’s one every 30 minutes or so. So why come here? I guess most people Continue…