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A Regular Travel Digest from Mark Moxon



A selection of travel tales by Mark Moxon.



Published: Sun, 30 Apr 2017 07:05:03 GMT

Copyright: Copyright 2017 Mark Moxon
 



Nepal: Pokhara

Sat, 29 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 29 April 1998, 19 years ago. The return to civilisation from the Annapurna Circuit came as a shock. Burning through the last few days of the 21-day trek, Bob and I managed to arrive in Pokhara soon after experiencing the first inclement weather of the trek, which was lucky timing. Rain smattered the windscreen of the bus as we wound our way from the track end at Beni, smudging the dirt into impenetrable patterns for the driver to negotiate on the hair-raising journey through the paddies and ponds of the foothills. I'd...



Colombia: Thoughts on Leaving

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 28 April 2014, 3 years ago. Colombia is an easy country to like. Not only does it have a large variety of great attractions, but the people are genuinely friendly; other passengers strike up conversations with you on the Transmilenio, and if you ask strangers for directions or help, they're really happy to help. Even with the language barrier, the Colombians are a delight, and that on its own would be enough to make this country worth visiting. Add in the Caribbean beaches, the colonial towns, the cosmopolitan cities and...



Colombia: The Bogotá Transmilenio

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 27 April 2014, 3 years ago. The Transmilenio is Bogotá's answer to the Medellín Metro, and while it isn't as elegant and efficient as a proper metropolitan railway, it does a pretty good job of shifting people round the capital. Instead of using trains, the Transmilenio runs on buses that have dedicated lanes down the centre of Bogotá's main roads, and most of the time this means that the buses run smoothly (though they still have to stop at traffic lights and can get a bit stuck in particularly heavy traffic, so it...



Colombia: Bogotá

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 27 April 2014, 3 years ago. On paper, Bogotá doesn't sound terribly appealing. For a start, the sprawling capital of Colombia sits at a heady 2600m above sea level, which means the weather is surprisingly cold and wet, despite being less than five degrees from the Equator. Then there's the graffiti that's scrawled pretty much everywhere in the centre of town, which is a subtle hint that there are areas of town that you should absolutely avoid, some of them quite central. Then the locals warn you never to flag down taxis...



French Polynesia: Anatomy of a Yacht

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 24 April 1997, 20 years ago. Let's look at this yacht, then, all 36-feet of it. Zeke – a happy name, don't you think? – is a home, a place to explore and explore in, an intriguing mixture of mod cons, traditional equipment and sea-salt-worn fittings that hold together as a safe environment. Let's do a tour... The main cabin is large, stretching from the bow of the boat to about three quarters of the way to the stern. It's very open plan, with the front point being taken up by the forward locker, which...



Colombia: Zipaquirá

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 23 April 2014, 3 years ago. Seeing as our Bogotá hotel was just down the Transmilenio from the Portal del Norte terminus, we couldn't miss the opportunity to visit the attractive historic town of Zipaquirá, and in particular its amazing salt cathedral. A 40-minute bus ride from the terminus, Zipaquirá is the most popular day trip from the capital, and it's absolutely worth the effort. For starters, Zipaquirá town has a lovely historic centre with cathedrals, squares and shopping streets. The bus from Bogotá drops...



Nepal: Annapurna Circuit: Stage 2

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 22 April 1998, 19 years ago. Please note that since I walked the Annapurna Circuit in 1998, things have changed a lot. There are now roads all the way to Muktinath in the west and to Bagarchap in the east, and by all accounts this has completely changed the nature of the trek. I've left my writing untouched, for the sake of nostalgia if nothing else, but if you intend to walk the circuit yourself, you should be aware that it will be very different to the trek I describe here. And probably not in a good way... The western...



Nepal: Annapurna Circuit: Stage 1

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 22 April 1998, 19 years ago. Please note that since I walked the Annapurna Circuit in 1998, things have changed a lot. There are now roads all the way to Muktinath in the west and to Bagarchap in the east, and by all accounts this has completely changed the nature of the trek. I've left my writing untouched, for the sake of nostalgia if nothing else, but if you intend to walk the circuit yourself, you should be aware that it will be very different to the trek I describe here. And probably not in a good way... During the...



Nepal: Annapurna Circuit

Sat, 22 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 22 April 1998, 19 years ago. Please note that since I walked the Annapurna Circuit in 1998, things have changed a lot. There are now roads all the way to Muktinath in the west and to Bagarchap in the east, and by all accounts this has completely changed the nature of the trek. I've left my writing untouched, for the sake of nostalgia if nothing else, but if you intend to walk the circuit yourself, you should be aware that it will be very different to the trek I describe here. And probably not in a good way... Nepal...



Australia: Kalgoorlie

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 20 April 1996, 21 years ago. Before arriving in Perth, I'd fired off an email to the city's Acorn dealer and said it would be nice to meet up, and much to my surprise he invited me round for a chat. Wouldn't you know, my visit coincided with the girl on technical support going on holiday, so when we met up and I mentioned in passing that I was looking for a job, it suddenly turned a job interview. Much to my delight, I got offered three weeks' employment, starting in a couple of weeks' time; it would end up turning into...



Colombia: The Medellín Metro

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 17 April 2014, 3 years ago. We weren't terribly well in Medellín, but we still managed to see a fair amount of the city, albeit gently and without a great deal of energy. This was mainly down to the fact that Medellín has a wonderful metro that makes getting around a doddle, so even those recuperating from a mystery illness can hobble round the main sights without having to cram into a public bus or spend a fortune on taxis. First opened in 1995, the Medellín Metro is small, with only two lines (A and B) and three...



Colombia: Medellín

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 17 April 2014, 3 years ago. Just in case you were wondering, I can vouch that Medellín, Colombia's second-largest city, is a great place in which to feel absolutely terrible. If your insides have turned to jelly and you've got an itchy rash that you can't quite explain, then Medellín is a nice, comfortable place in which to get better. For one thing, it has a pleasant climate; after the oven-like temperatures of Santa Marta and Cartagena, the perpetual spring climate of mountainous Medellín comes as a huge relief. It...



London Loop, United Kingdom: Moor Park to Elstree

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:00:00 GMT

Written on 17 April 2003, 14 years ago. Oh dear, this is a boring walk. I was lucky enough to do it on the hottest and sunniest day of the year so far, a delightful Thursday in April that woke up to blue skies and temperatures in the mid-20s, but even the weather didn't manage to hide the fact that this section of the Loop dragged on and on for me. Sure, the walking is easy enough, the length is about right, and there's plenty of countryside to look at, but before I was even half way through the walk, I wanted it to be over. The...