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Greenland Visit: 2004-2
2008-09-09 - I went to Greenland by plane from Reykjav?k. The first plane for some climatical reasons couldnt land and we were back to Reykjavik, three days later we took another plane and we finally arrived to Kulusuk. (east coast of Greenland). In Kulusuk are 350 inhabitants. It was the first plane after the winter and kids were very happy staying with us. The Inuits (local people) get money from danish goverment and still are hunting seals, speacially to feed the true huskis and work the skin. It was and amazing trip with an unbelievable landscape. Ice sea, full of snow everywhere, mountains.... I was there 10 days, but 3 of them I went to Amaasalik (Tasilaq) , the capital of the east coast. Tasilaq has 1500 inhabitants. I went by helycopter because the sea was frozen, it was a very good experience, my first time in helycopter and in Greenland!! I found people very interesting, they talk/understand sometimes just moving the eyes. In Tasilaq they have only one bar (its what I heard) in all the east coast where there are 5000 inhabitants, and I was there in a Friday in the begining of March where they get money from Danish goverment ( the first days of the month) ... so friday, fresh money, only 1 bar... everybody except me was drunk... very funny conversations.... I remember I saw a father and dother talking and I couldnt know who was more drunk. I enjoyed a lot there, specially the silense, calm, peace, beauty. When I was there they recomended not to go alone in kulusuk (its a island) without a gun because polar bears were around.




Korea, South (mainland) Visit: 2009-6
2009-06-25 - I cross South Korea by bicycle. From Dalian (China) I took a ferry going to Incheon, 16 hours to get there. I arrived there the 11th of June and form Incheon I was riding my bycicle to Seoul. I guess there are 30-35 km and took my 5 hours to reach the house of my friend in Seoul, near the city hall. I was quite lost, I couldn’t take out money from my card because you need to go to special ATM and I was a little bit tired of so many cars. After 3 days enjoying Seoul…I left direccion to the east coast.In Seoul I had time to try Korean food, visiting the tower ville, visiting a tradicional Korean viallge, going out in the crazy night of Seoul (nothing to envy to Beijing), meeting Eungjung a friend that I met in Uzbekistan and renew my energies to follow riding.Going out form Seoul my trip was difficult, I was burn by the sun, some wind, some mountains….however the views were great, full of rice fields, rivers, some lakes and mountains. From Seoul to Gangneung (east coast) took me 4 days.Three days took me form Gangneung to Busan doing all the coast. The coast was not easy, full of ups and downs and quite windy all the time. I was surprise because we are in June and people were not in the beach, but once I tried to swim I got why people were not in the beach…. The water was really cold. Almost all big villages has saunas (quite cheap around 4 or 5000 wons) in some you can spend the night or at least you have a shower… I used quite a lot because after long days with bicycle you need to relax and I was camping with my tent, so I was not taking hotels. I took only one hotel in all my trip to Korea and it was quote cheap, sharing one room I paid 15000 won (around 9 euros). Camping is easy and nice in Korea. It seems that now after (or in) the crisis the won had devaluated a lot and things are more cheap than before. Soemone told be that the won devaluated around 60%.People was not really surprise to see someone foreign with bicycle, in other countries they stop you and want to talk to you, try to speak English o whatever… in Korea they look just a little bit and the change looking to you… It was quite surprising… but its true that when you stop someone they are extremely helpful.. Koreans are very kind and friendly. One thing I was impress it was the quantity of militars I saw. Even quite a lot of war planes. Specially in the center of the country, maybe because I was close to North Korea. In Korea you can find Wi-fi almost everywhere and that helps a lot.


Kyrgyzstan Visit: 2009-2
2009-03-05 - In Bishkek, I saw a Kyrgys dance show in the philarmonia. It was very cheap and they still have the soviet tickets with Communist symbols. The dancers worn colourful clothes and looked happy, smiling all the time. Their movements remind me some dances from Tibet. After Bishkek I went to the Issyk-kul, the largest lake in Kirguistan (there are 2000 lakes in this country). It is famous because it never freezes, actually Issyk-kul in Kyrgys means warm lake. My first stop was Tamchy (4 hours by marshutka), a small village in the North of the lake.I enjoyed walking around the lake becuase you could see the snowy mountains on the other side. After two days I went to Karakol (4 hours by marshutka), the administrative capital of the region, a little bit far form the lake. On the way, the marshutka got stucked due to the snow, but with some help of other marshutka drivers we could finally move. Karakol was full of snow and colder; It is above 1600 meters to the sea level. I did a wonderful excursion to the mountains and saw a lot of horses, sheeps and cows. The view from the mountains was magnificent. This country is 93% montainous (more than 1500 meters high). The last stop in the lake was the Southern village of Tamga (2 hours by marshutka). Tamga is known because of the Sanatorium, where cosmonauts used to rest in Soviet times. Nowadays, it is a training center for sport people. Tamga has a great view of the mountains and the lake.


Tibet Visit: 2007-2
2008-09-17 - I took the train from beijing to Lhasa, if I dont remember bad, it was 45 hours long. His route is the highest one in the world. Its completly new and before you take it you have to sign a paper that you have no healthy problems due to the altitude. You need a special tourist Visa to go to Tibet (Chinese Visa doesnt work) i got that Visa buying the train tickect to a Chinese travel agency and they do this paper for me. I paid a litlle bit more that if you buy the train tickect in Beijing, but to get this special Visa its not easy ... I was travelling with my own, i booked a hostel in Lhasa in internet and I chinese boy from the hostel pick me up in the train station. He didnt speak english but was very friendly, The hostel was cheap and plenty of young chinesse people, located in the Chinese part of Lhasa. The time in train its amazing, very nice views, the route cross Xian and a big desert, outside the train was minus 25ºC. I think we were 3 westem people in all the train. I choose the first class because it was not expensive at all and it was almost 2 days trips.Once i arrived, my first impression was very nice. I like budism countries. In the begining you feel the altitude but you get use to. Going up to Potala Palace was very nice and enjoyed a lot that day. Actually that day was my 26 birthday and in the nigth we went to a Tibettan show with the chinese from the hostel (very nice people) and was full of T?betan people there. Families together were dancing in the scenario. In Potala Palace you can breath peace I love the decoration and the wood construction. Tibetans were pray?ng all the time there i think its a pity that Dalai Lama is in exile. The f?rst Buddha that arr?ved to T?bet went to Jokhang Temple, this temple its very nice, a lot of T?betan goes there to pray.
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