Oct 25, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Careful

Zhangjiajie, China, taken on August 11, 2010

You can never be too careful while walking on a path made of wooden planks attached to the side of a cliff at 1400 metres above the ground. Such was the experience in Zhangjiajie when we stepped on a path known as the “Guigu Zhandao”, which literally translates to the “Ghost Valley Plank Way”. It really didn’t feel too scary at the time but looking back, that was a big drop, alright, and definitely not for one afraid of any sort of heights!

Mar 01, 2015 – [Sunday] WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: Reward

Cinque Terre, Italy, taken on November 2, 2013

When I visited Cinque Terre, Italy, I was determined to do the entire hike between the five villages – but unfortunately, only the stretch between Monterosso and Vernazza were open to the public at the time 😦 And that was enough, really. It took my friends and I around 2 hours to get from Monterosso to Vernazza, climbing steep steps and crossing heavily forested areas and ravenous when we stepped into Vernazza. What for, other than the stunning view of the villages from the top of the mountains and for the food that awaits? With this reward in mind, we charged onward to conquer the hill between us and Vernazza, shown here. Maybe another hour or so to go from this point onward? 😛

January 11, 2014 – Mount Rigi

[Travel time] Alright, 3rd trip to Switzerland – first up, Mount Rigi. Out of Titlis, Pilatus, and Rigi, I chose Rigi as a half-day excursion from Lucerne. It was hugely foggy in Lucerne in the morning, but as the train mounted higher and higher into the Alps, we broke through the fog and came out in the clear. The views from Rigi were amazing. The lake of clouds hovered in the air while the Alps stretched endlessly into the distance. The view of my dreams – wow. I wasn’t adequately prepared for the cold (though I did manage to stay warm), or else I would have done the hike down halfway. Switzerland, what a fascinating country.