Monthly Archives: November 2008

365 Photos Later….

Posted by on November 23, 2008

Today marks the one year anniversary of me putting up my very first daily photo. I had already been into my trip 9 months when I decided I had a large enough stock of photos to begin putting them up every day. The very first one was a shot I took from the plan when I arrived in Tarawa, Kiribati. I believe I was in Japan when I started it.

If you’ve been following along for a while now, you’ll notice a few things:

  • I try not to have a country represented twice in a week. The exception to this is Australia because I was there for so long. It treat each Australian state as a country for this purpose.
  • Not all the photos are artistic. Some are just snapshots of signs or other oddball things, which are often more informative.
  • Sometimes (especially in the last week) I might be late in getting a photo up, but I make up for eventually. There were 2 days in June I missed, but I eventually went back and filled them in. Other times I have lined up a month in advance. I really should do that more often. It would make life easier on me.
  • I had to take down the Lightbox plugin that showed the larger image on the screen because it would crash Internet Explorer. I hope to have it back up again soon. I’m coding all the photos so they will work going backwards.

I hope everyone has enjoyed the photos. It isn’t easy updating a website on the road every single day, but somehow I manage to do it.

Lets hope I can do 365 more.

Daily Travel Photo – New South Wales, Australia

Posted by on November 23, 2008

Sand erosion formation, Mungo National Park NSW Australia

Sand erosion formation, Mungo National Park NSW Australia

Mungo National Park in New South Wales is one of the most underrated attractions in Australia. It is a dried out lake bed with some of the earliest known remains of modern Homo Sapiens dating back 40-60,000 years. The formations such as this are very striking, but are only temporary. The sand pinnacles are eroding fast enough that you can see the changes on a year by year basis.

Daily Travel Photo – New South Wales, Australia

Posted by on November 23, 2008

Sand erosion formation, Mungo National Park NSW Australia

Sand erosion formation, Mungo National Park NSW Australia

Mungo National Park in New South Wales is one of the most underrated attractions in Australia. It is a dried out lake bed with some of the earliest known remains of modern Homo Sapiens dating back 40-60,000 years. The formations such as this are very striking, but are only temporary. The sand pinnacles are eroding fast enough that you can see the changes on a year by year basis.

Off to Hue

Posted by on November 23, 2008

I went and visited the My Son Sanctuary today as well as roamed around the Hoi An old city with my camera today. My Son was a bit disappointing. First, it rained which sort of made for difficult conditions taking photos. Second, it was much smaller than I expected. It was the size of a single one of the side temples you’d see in Angkor. The architecture is very similar to the older temples you see around Angkor, and in fact My Son is older than Angkor. There was a giant map of My Son where you could see the layout of the area, and the size of the map sort of gave the impression that it would take hours to stroll around the premises. In fact, we had only an hour and it was more than enough time. The ruins were pretty ruined and in a state of dilapidation well beyond what you’d find in Angkor. (which is to be expected given its age).

The ancient city of Hoi An is an old trading port. The building styles you find are a mix of Chinese and French, and very different from what you see in the rest of the country. A lot like Penang in that the whole city (or at least part of the city) is the attraction. You can walk around the areas near the riverfront and pretty get a flavor for the places in a few hours. There are lots of good restaurants in the area.

The third location of my central Vietnam World Heritage trifecta is Hue. The citadel in Hue is probably the biggest historical attraction in the country. For the first time in ages, I actually have a room booked in advance (my current hotel did it for me, as they get a finders fee).

After Hue I have two options: 1) Take a 12 hour bus ride to Hanoi. 2) Take a bus or fly from Hue to Dong Hoi to visit Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park on the way to Hanoi. I’m leaning towards #2, but I’ll get more information in Hue.

Hoi An

Posted by on November 21, 2008

I made it to Hoi An. The word which best describes it is…..wetter. It has been raining even more here and the surrounding area looks flooded, which is to say the rivers are high and the water in rice paddies seems to be overflowing.

My bus ride from Nha Trang turned out to be 14 hours instead of 12. I didn’t get the sleeper bus which isn’t really a bad thing. I had more room to spread out on the normal bus and wasn’t crammed into a bed type compartment which was designed for someone smaller than myself. I spent yesterday sleeping and walking around Hoi An, because I got about 4 hours sleep on the bus.

Hoi An can best be described as quaint. The main tourist attraction here is the old town, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. However, it really doesn’t seem like a tourist town in the same way in which Mui Ne and Nha Trang were. I guess beaches attract more people than historic buildings. Go figure….

Playing the “what places does this remind me of” game with myself, the city which most comes to mind when I walked around Hoi An was George Town in Penang, Malaysia.

Hoi An is also very close to My Son, which is a religious complex, and also a World Heritage Site, about an hour from here. I should be visiting there tomorrow. Today will be walking around Hoi An with my camera, hoping to get a few moments of blue sky. (I hate taking photos on overcast days) I hope to be on the road again by Monday for the short trip to Hue (not pronounced like the word used to describe a color).