Being a predominant Buddhist country, Thailand is temple heaven. I largely borrow from some of the philosophies of Buddhism; insistence on the power of the mind: how we are shaped by our thoughts, letting go of fear, what happiness should be : not linking it to material possessions, self love, spirituality and health. A summary of my 2017 personal goals guys! You can then imagine how this was a great opportunity for me to immerse and learn!
White temple (Wat Rong Khun) in Chiang Rai (A town in Northern Thailand)
2. The Black temple (Baan Dam), a few minutes from the White temple
3. The temple of the Reclining Buddha (What Po), Bangkok
4. The Blue temple (Wat Rong Suea) Ten, Near the black and white temples
5. Doi Suthep (Wat Phra That Doi Suthep) ,Chiang Mai
This is the list of jaw-dropping beautiful temples I came across while in Thailand. In my opinion, visiting these places is a must for someone who wishes to have a deeper understanding of Thai culture as explained in one of my other posts.
Remember when visiting, most temples will not have an admission fee but will demand that you dress decently (ie. no shoulders and knees/thighs showing). Ladies, you can wear an off shoulder dress but have a scarf in your bag which you will wear as soon as you get there.
Nothing is sure in London than expense, rainy and gloomy summer days, fish and chips, red telephone booths, the tube, double decker buses and eccentrics. The couples scene is also as diverse and as PDA plastered as it gets! London was a great place to disappear – for me. I got to people-watch a lot. The city has a coldness to it that is very hard to explain. It’s seemed everyone was busy rushing somewhere; ‘pretentiously’ busy’. Most people seem reserved enough not to be rude but you can still see it on their faces, as though genuine social interaction is a form of neediness – but maybe its just me used to too much warmth and friendliness back home. All in all, it was an interesting culture to be immersed in. Has any one experienced something similar while in London?
I missed out on vintage shopping, brunching and afternoon tea, a stroll around Canary Wharf, Buckingham palace, Kensington gardens, the Little Venice and a day trip to Stonehenge but well, there is always a next time right? 🙂
Few tips if you have never been but plan to:
Even in summer, carry an umbrella.
Don’t under-estimate the transport system! Install the “City mapper” app to help you easily plan your trips otherwise you will get yourself on the wrong train
Don’t under-estimate the hard water! Carry some coconut oil for your skin. The hard water can damage your skin and leave it too dry
For most people, Rwanda is best known for Gorilla trekking, but after the government recently raised park entry fees to $1500 for non-residents, what is left to do? Safari. Rwanda is one of the 10 countries in Africa where you can go for Safari – with the Akagera park boosting 100 acres of untapped land reserve for the animals.
Akagera National park, in the eastern part of Rwanda – a 2 hour drive from Kigali. This was a thrilling adventure because the weather was so favorable and most of the animals were out to play. Also, you have never seen a terrain as beautiful as Rwanda’s – the hills, the plains and the lakes make a perfect blend. Here we go :-).
Looking for a chance to learn about the Sheikh Zayed Mosque, Islam and Emirati culture? Then a visit to Abu Dhabi will help. I had the pleasure of visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand mosque on a day trip to Abu Dhabi. It is the 8th largest mosque in the world and arguably one of the most beautiful structures in the world.
We arrived at night and were crossing fingers to find it open after taking the 2 and a half hour drive from Dubai. Lucky for us, the mosque usually closes at 10 pm. Even at night, the mosque looked stunning; though I have to admit that I would love to see the mosque again, in the sun, with its white marble, domes and minarets reflecting on the blue waters surrounding it.
Here are some shots and of course, I have highlighted some of the striking things I learnt/noticed during the visit.
I would go ahead to call these islands a ‘well kept secret’ but my Ugandan friends from Kabale would beg to differ. Lake Bunyonyi is in the South western part of Uganda and is one of Africa’s deepest lakes. It is closest to Kabale town, which is an hour’s drive from the Rwanda/Uganda border. It has 29 concentrated islands therefore visitors are spoilt for choice on where to go.
We happened to visit Habuharo Island and it was spectacular. Each of the cottages face the lake so you are assured of a beautiful view whichever cottage you decide to sleep in.
I was sure to capture some beautiful views and sunsets on this beautiful gem. Definitely should be on your ‘Places to travel’ list.
“Simplicity is the heart of everything. If you look to the desert, apparently the desert is very simple but it’s full of life, it’s full of hidden places and the beauty is that it looks simple but it’s complex in the way that it expresses the soul of the world or God.” — Paulo Coelho
Sand dunning in a 4*4 while heading out to the desert safari made me scream a little. It will make you scream a little too unless you are an adrenaline junkie, then you will think the ride was too short.
The desert sunset is breath-taking.
Intriguing middle east dance acts, Arabian tea, authentic shisha and henna tattoos.
Gisenyi is located in the western part of Rwanda. It’s a 3-hour drive from Kigali. Last weekend was a perfect time to unwind and practice on my new found photography skills. I hope you enjoy the photos. Shot them with a Nikon D3300 DSLR (though the last 2 were from a friend’s phone)
The weather in Limuru was horrible. But as soon as we got to Mai Mahiu, it started warming up & that allowed us to make a stop at the beautiful view points.
HELL’S GATE: THE PARK
We caught the giraffe’s graceful run, a few warthogs and lots of zebras! Peaceful enough for a chilled bike ride.
HELL’S GATE: THE GORGES
God is such a sculptor! This unusual beauty has to be seen so as to be felt. Did you know they have a devil’s bedroom in there? Guess which of these pictures it is.
Tip: There is a lot of hiking and climbing in the gorges so you better dress the part!(we had not anticipated this)
HELL’S GATE: THE GEOTHERMAL SPA:
You will be awed by the winding roads and beautiful landscapes inside Hell’s Gate leading to the Spa. At the spa, the waters are just the right shade of blue and get steamier the closer you get to the inlet.
That is me trying to tell you to get there already!
After Nairobi decided to rain silly last weekend, myself and a couple of friends decided to visit the beautiful Watamu: to get that well deserved little break . Pictures are worth a thousand words right?