So right now I’m currently editing pictures for the long overdue Antarctica post that I should have up in a couple of weeks. That being said I do not have time to go through all 1300 photos that I took from the 20 day Annapurna trek in Nepal, but I would like to have some content up from the trip because everybody is asking how it was and wanting to see pics. As a solution to this predicament I decided to link you the post that Dawn has written on her blog “Experimental Happiness”. We have traveled together for good chunk of our RTW trips so be sure to take a look at the rest of her awesome blog to read about other amazing countries and destinations that we’ve been to that you can’t find on my site.
While in Dubai there was no way I was going to miss out on a chance to snowboard on an artificial hill with artificial snow in the middle of Desert. Not a very long run but a fun experience since I missed the season in the Pacific Northwest this year.
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Night shot from the tallest building in the world.
I’ve always wanted to visit Dubai but the cost has always steered me away. While researching for flights from Nepal to Turkey I found that my cheapest option was to buy a ticket from Kathmandu, Nepal to Dubai, UAE then use some of my United airline miles to get to Istanbul via Frankfort, Germany. I gave myself one full day in Dubai which was very rushed but I ended up getting to see about every major attraction there.
Hop on Hop off Bus
Burj Al Arab hotel (Tower of Arabs)
Men at work
Only way to describe the city is OVER THE TOP. Tallest building in the world, biggest mall in the world, man-made islands in the shape of a palms, 22,000 dollar rooms in hotels shaped like sails, Indoor Ski resort in the middle of the desert and the list goes on. You can really tell that this middle eastern country made up of 7 city states has a lot of wealth and they’re not afraid to flaunt it.
Most of the day I spent riding around on the Hop on Hop off bus. Sadly I had only one full day to see everything so I only hopped off twice during the entire day to explore. Probably two of the most standout items on my one day adventure was heading up to the view deck in the Burj Khalifa, tallest building in the world, and hitting the man-made snow slope at Ski Dubai in the Emirates mall.
Burj Khalifa-Tallest building in the World!
Looking up from the view deck at sunset
Shadow over the largest mall in the world
Height comparison with other buildings of the world
I think if I had more time and more money I would have stayed at least 3 days in Dubai to see everything at a non rushed pace and possibly booked a Desert tour. But at the end of the day I was happy with what I had seen and done and was ready to crash out on my long flight to Frankfort, Germany.
Tomorrow I start the Annapurna Circuit which is considered one of the best treks in the world. The hike will take me around some of the highest mountains in the world. See ya in 3 weeks!!!
While making my way to check out Basantapur square in Kathmandu I got the urge to shoot some street photography. Pulling my EPL-1 out of my backpack and mounting my trusty 45mm 1.8 lens I headed off down the street excited to feed one of my passions in life.
After about 10 mins of shooting I realized Kathmandu is a street photographers paradise! Every second something or someone interesting would catch my attention keeping me left eye glued to my viewfinder. Also the streets and squares are very busy which makes for an environment were you can really get in close without being detected to capture those candid moments in people’s lives.
Life on a string
Making the move
Dream of flight
Smile for a smile
Never trust a monkey!
Going for a walk
Light in the cage
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