It’s my third time I visit Cape Town so it was about time I finally got to see these famous penguins near Simon’s Town. It took almost exactly one hour to get there from Cape Town with my Uber, and the driver was super fun! He played all the famous oldies from the 80’s and 90’s and sang along with every song, even though he didn’t knew the lyrics. I loved it! When arriving Boulders Beach I was chocked over how many penguins the colony had. Crazy! To have the opportunity to see these birdies from a very close range is the reason why you should visit this place.
During my first day in Cape Town I posted this text: “I have also decided to do the paragliding experience while staying here so I’ve made a reservation with a company that seems to be good at what they do. When writing down the time and date on my phone I had a small premonition. When I wrote skärmflygning (paragliding) in Swedish, the autocorrect suggested skärmflygningsolycka (paragliding accident) instead. Kinda weird but I’m going to do it anyway, as long as the weather allows the activity of course :-)”
I met Laura Ndukwana the first time three years ago when she showed me and Henrik her first school project in Guguletu, Nondzame pre school, which sadly was destroyed very recently. But during over two years now she also runs Umyezo Children's Garden pre school in Charlesville, where the teachers goal is to create a safe environment which supports a child's growth and allows them to have a wide range of friends. The school is growing very fast and she’s doing a remarkable job for the township children, and it is a real privilege to have this strong woman as a friend.
We started from Kirstenbosch and hiked all the way to Table Mountain. I’ve done many hikes around the world but this is one of the best trails since my trip to Hong Kong for almost two years ago. The nature is very beautiful and I love that the trail had varying degrees of difficulty, meaning you won’t get bored. It took us approximately three hours (breaks excluded) to reach the top where the weather changed dramatically. It became windy, foggy and colder which was nice because when we started this hike it was extremely hot and a bit too sweaty. I would recommend anyone who loves hiking to do the Skeleton Gorge hike, but don’t forget to bring lots of water!!
I had a really good sleep on the airplane from Istanbul to Cape Town so I felt I had the strength to do some exploring during this first day on my third trip to South Africa. Waterfront is always nice to visit and as I chose to walk the 4 kilometres from the hotel I could enjoy more of Cape Town on the way to my goal. It has been a super hot day but luckily also windy which makes it much easier when you’re out in the sun for several hours.
This time I (Liam) will travel all alone to Cape Town in the amazing country of South Africa. I will mainly focus on activities such as hiking, paragliding, traditional city sightseeing, and I also have lots of other ideas on my mind that I would love to fulfill during this trip.
My flight will depart from Gothenburg in Sweden on the 22nd of January.
We haven’t been in Denmark since 2010 so we decided to make a short visit. We explored beautiful Copenhagen during our last visit and yesterday we traveled to the small town of Frederikshavn in the northern parts of this very flat country. It was a cold and rainy day as most days during November in the Nordics, and this is a very very small town so you won't need more than one or two hours here.
We are doing a trip to the United Arab Emirates and will stay between 13th to 20th of November, visiting both Dubai and Abu Dhabi, and of course the Rub' al Khali (Empty Quarter) which is part of the larger Arabian desert. Nothing is pre-planned but with one exception: the Burj Khalifa tower that we had to book in advance. Our strategy is to be as spontaneous as possible. We'll see how it goes...
After our three night stay in small and picturesque Perast on the Montenegro coastline, it was time to go north and up in the mountains. On the way to Žabljak we have enjoyed the fantastic diversity of Montenegro, both at sea level and now at about 1450 metres altitude. The Black Lake (Crno jezero) lies close to Žabljak and we had a nice walk in the surrounding forest and around the lake itself. The nature is incredibly beautiful and actually quite similar to the Swedish forests.