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Hiking in Cape Verde Part 5: Agua das Caldeiras – Ribeira de Torre

Hiking in Cape Verde Part 5: Agua das Caldeiras – Ribeira de Torre

If I had to choose a favorite hike in Cape Verde it would be a tough decision  between this one and the Pico d’Antonio one. It’s a spectacular descent (you coud walk the other way round, up, if you’re mad enough), you pass through breezy pine forests, the clouds, a marvellous mountain village and finally get to the bottom of Ribeira de Torre. This ribeira is many peoples’ favorite, and I can see why. The peaks around look absolutely dramatic….

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Hiking in Cape Verde Part 3: Corda – Coculi

Hiking in Cape Verde Part 3: Corda – Coculi

This is another hike you can do in either direction – we chose the easy one down again. There is also easy transport to Ribeira Grande from both ends. We planned to take an Aluguer from Ribeira Grande, and it looked good at the beginning. „Collectivo?“ we asked the driver and he nodded. But when after 15 minutes we still remained the only passengers in his Toyota Hiace, he told us we could either wait until 2 in the afternoon,…

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Hiking in Cape Verde Part 2: Walking down from Cova de Paúl to Paúl Ribeira

Hiking in Cape Verde Part 2: Walking down from Cova de Paúl to Paúl Ribeira

  This one is pretty famous, well at least it’s in both guidebooks we took with us. Still, you don’t have to fear masses of people there. On our way we met three other tourists. And two locals. It’s not a round trip, you can either go up (if you’re really tough, it’s 1000 meter ascent in just 3 kilometer or so), or down, like we did. We took a taxi to the crater. I guess you can try to…

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Hiking in Hongkong or China for Beginners

Hiking in Hongkong or China for Beginners

  We think it’s best to put Hongkong at the end of your China trip, since it’s likely you’ll get a cultural shock when doing it the other way round. Hongkong is China, but it’s still completely different. Must be the British influence, that’s still lingering around. It’s much easier. Starting with the language, English is present everywhere, on street signs, busses, trams, on menus in restaurants, in shops… And most people speak it, too, and quite well. So no…

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Helmsdale & Highland Games 2015

Helmsdale & Highland Games 2015

Helmsdale Not a place that I would call very picturesque but all in all a very pleasant town with a good Chippy and surrounded by nice walks in a gorgeous setting. We embarked on this journey to walk and so walk is what we did. We chose a path that would take us to the top of Eldrable Hill where we had a some very nice views over the countryside and moors. The walk was about 13km and ascended 410m. All…

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Hill (and Moor) walking around Kingshouse

Hill (and Moor) walking around Kingshouse

  On our second day in Kingshouse we got lucky, it was a warm, sunny day. Perfect for some hillwalking. Behind the café of the Mountain Resort a chairlift went up a hill to a viewpoint (which is also the starting point of a really scary-looking downhill mountain bike trail) and a trail to the top of the Creag Dubh hill, 748 meters high. Underneath the chair lift, a designated footpath would lead the daring hiker to the same destinations. So we…

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