Injury Log Part IV – Back on a Bike

In the previous log I described how I got back to walking. Great! That means I’m cured, right? Actually, 5 weeks post op, I could barely walk, keeping my right leg completely straight and relying on one crutch. The joint was still painful, especially when putting my weight on it. Stepping with the right leg while also flexing the knee was out of the question for a few more weeks. The Continue…

The Ancient Trees of Alishan

Stayed in Alishan less than 24 hours. Still it seems we pretty much got to see everything (according to the leaflet we got at the visitor office). We got to Alishan by taking a mini bus from Sun Moon Lake. We went on a mountain road, winding up to over 2600 meters. Steep slopes barely allowing switchbacks. The 30 kmph speed limit seemed to be making fun of our little Continue…

Sun Moon Lake

No, those are not three random nouns. It’s actually Taiwan’s largest lake and a popular tourist destination. Sun Moon Lake – how can you not love such names? It’s how I’d expect Google to translate the Chinese name of some type of noodle soup. I was back in Taiwan after my first visit over 5 years ago. Remembered one of the reasons I like this country. Being well developed, but with Continue…

New Year Fireworks Show In Hong Kong

Here are the fireworks: Now let’s talk about logistics. Since the fireworks are launched from barges in Victoria Harbour, you can see them from either the north (around Tsim Sha Tsui) or the south (Hong Kong Island). We read stories about hundreds of thousands of people crowding in Tsim Sha Tsui. Somebody even wrote how he arrived in the area at 10 pm, but was not able to make his Continue…

Lion Rock

It was our last full day in Hong Kong. Based on the weather forecasts I’ve been checking the past week, this looked like the best shot we had for some clear skies and good views over the city. Lion Rock is known for some spectacular nightscapes. So we went on a hike. Sections 3 and 4 of the MacLehose trail. The whole trail has 100 km, while our route had Continue…