Monthly Archives: October 2011

Adventure Photographer Krystle Wright – Traveller Profile

Krystle Wright is an amazing adventure photographer who is always on the next big adventure. She’s been to Baffin with a crew of base jumpers, Pakistan to capture para-gliders and even to Chitwan, Nepal for the elephant polo.

 

She has quality work and has been published in magazines and papers all over the world. Not only that, she is a top chick. She has become a friend through our connection on http://www.explorergirls.com.au where we are both ambassadors. Read why Krystle loves her own country, Australia.

 

Krystle in action

 

  1. Name: Krystle Wright

 

  1. Occupation: Adventure Sports Photographer

  1. Country of Residence: Australia

 

  1. Country of Origin: Australia

 

  1. email/contact/ website : http://www.wrightfoto.com.au

 

  1. Why do you love Travel? Travelling can offer so many unique experiences whether it be meeting new people or discovering new places. It’s always a different experience continually opening your mind to new things.

 

Krystle's work

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why? Probably Sunshine Coast because it is where I grew up and it’ll always have the home feeling. Plus the vibe there is relaxed and it’s easy to find your own beach to play on or escape to the hinterland.

 

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country? Australia is incredibly diverse that it’s hard to only choose one place. The central desert area showcasing Ayres Rock is amazing to visit, or the picturesque Lizard Island surround by crystal blue waters and the majestic Great Barrier Reef. The choices are endless and Australia has something to offer to any tourist visiting.

 

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country? Well I haven’t been to Europe yet and I think Spain sounds pretty good.

Krystle enjoying BAFFIN

 

  1. Favourite activity when around your city? I love bodysurfing at the beach as it’s such a good release for the body and mind. Otherwise I’m usually on the hunt for a plate of awesome dumplings in the city.

 

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed? There is always more exploring to be done especially when your country is as vast as Australia.

 

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country? Use your common sense. Like any country, there are good and bad things and just keep alert of your surroundings.

 

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why? The Castle. An absolute classic Australian comedy though it tends to be a movie that people absolutely love or the complete opposite.

 

Krystle and I with my friend Sundar and her friend in Kathmandu, Nepal

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country? I’m more of a visual person so my book to recommend is; A Day in the Life of Australia: Photographed by 100 of the World’s Leading Photojournalists on One Day, March 6, 1981

 

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country? Have a massive BBQ surrounded by friends or family. Perfect way to spend the afternoon!

 

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

Whose next shout?

About as useful as tits on a bull

Hit the frog and toad

 

  1. Best time of year to visit? Anytime. It just depends on what activities you wish to do!

 

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country: Relaxing, Breath-taking, Unique, Beer

Krystle's article from Pakistan


Y Travel? Ask Caz MakePeace – Traveller Profile

Caz and Craig Makepeace are true travellers and lovely people! With 12 years of travel under their belt and so many amazing experiences, they are certainly the go to people for Travel advice. I met the great team through blogging and have really enjoyed getting to know them, in person and through their writing.

Learn more about Y they travel and Y they love Australia!!

At a beautiful Aussie beach - The lovely family

  1. Name Caz Makepeace
  1. Occupation formerly a teacher, now a blogger/ publisher/editor
  1. Country of Residence currently Australia
  1. Country of Origin Australia
  1. email/contact/ website

http://ytravelblog.com

East Coast beach

  1. Why do you love Travel?

Travel gives me the freedom to live my life the way in which I choose. It gives me the opportunity to explore this beautiful and diverse world of ours and to learn so much about it and myself. When I travel I feel as if I am truly alive and doing what I was born to do.

  1. Favourite place in your home country and why?

I think Broome, Western Australia would have to be high up on the list. It is a small country outback town on the beach. I think it is a really unique town to Australia. Cable beach is consistently rated as one of the world’s best and Broome is the entry to the spectacular Kimberly region.

  1. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

This is a difficult question to answer as there are so many different areas. The East Coast is the most popular area as this is where the majority of tourist places are. I like to recommend Western Australia to tourists though as it is so untouched and very beautiful. It is not heavily populated with tourists so your experiences may be a little more unique.

  1. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

Thailand or the USA, but there are many more countries I could live in for a short while. We wrote a post on it called 11 places we could live around the world

Our pearl farm in WA

  1. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

Craig and I lived and worked on a pearl farm in the Kimberly region, Western Australia for 4 months. It was a fantastic experience to live in a remote area in the outback region. We would fly in and out of work on a sea plane and our camp was surrounded by dingos, snakes, wallabies and plenty of underwater life.

On our weeks off we would fly to Broome and explore more of the beautiful gorges and waterfalls of the Kimberly region.

  1. Favourite activity when around your city?

We love to walk around around Sydney Harbour, it is just so beautiful and there are plenty of walking paths. We might stop for lunch and a pint at one of the pubs in the Rocks area and catch a ferry around to Darling Harbour. We recently went to Taronga Zoo which we felt was a great Sydney day out

  1. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

Australia is so big and diverse, I feel that I haven’t even touched the surface. We definitely need to explore more of Australia and would love to travel around it in a motorhome for at least a year.

  1. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Bring plenty of cash! Australia is expensive so be prepared for it and look for ways you can reduce the cost.

Also wear sunscreen. Many tourists coming here don’t understand just how harsh our sun is until they go out in it for ten minutes on a hot summers day and they turn into a nice shade of vibrant red. The sun in Australia is brutal.

Sydney harbour

  1. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

Priscella Queen of the Desert- it is fun, flamboyant and hilarious- showing a different side of Australian life and the country as well.

  1. The best book to read before visiting your country?

I love anything by Bryce Courtney that is set in Australia as he predicts our culture and history very well.

Bill Bryson’s ‘In a Sunburned Country” is also good.

  1. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Vegemite. Its our most famous spread and much loved by Aussies. You also must try a meat pie, a lamington and some pavlova.

  1. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

G’day mate- is for hello

The dunny is what we call the toilet

Fair dinkum- aussies use it all the time so its best for you to know what it means. It can mean “truly” or in asking if you “are being serious” or can be used in replacement of a swear word.

  1. Best time of year to visit?

I think from November to Easter is the best time. The weather is warm and sunny and there are so many festivals and events on to enjoy.

  1. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Outdoorsy, laid-back, diverse, exotic


Views of Kilimanjaro

Mt Kilimanjaro. The roof of Africa. The largest freestanding mountain in the world. A marvel and a beauty.

I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and it was amazing to see it from so many angles and so many views.

 

Here I will share with you 5 gorgeous photos from 5 different points of the mountain. Each one more breathaking and inspirational then the next.

My first beautiful view of Kili from the plane

A view of the mountain from our hotel roof, the day we were to climb it

KIBO peak. Our first views of it from the actual mountain, at Simba camp on morning of Day 2

 

Good morning Uluru, wait no it's KILI! with the sunrise on it, it looked just like the red dessert rock of Australia. Day 3 - Kikelelwa camp

The most incredible to stop on Day 3 and have a rest - it's wonderful to see where you are heading! To be able to visualise the goal

I have to say one of my favourite things about doing the climb was seeing the mountain from so many new and unexpected views. Sights you can only see when you are climbing her beautiful faces.

 

From 16th September -22nd September 2011, I Climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW!  I did this in honour of my Grandpa who passed away from Alzheimer’s in 2008. I was in Africa when I found out and I said at the time I would one day do this for him, in his memory! We are raising money for Alzheimer’s Australia NSW to raise awareness and the necessary funds for prevention of the disease that affects so many. Dementia is the third leading cause of death in Australia, after heart disease and stroke. 

You can still help me reach my $10.000 target by donating to my online fundraising page:

http://my.artezpacific.com/personalPage.aspx?SID=357503&Lang=en-CA


Dismas (MUFASA) Alex, TANZANIA, Travel Profile

Introducing you to Tanzania by Dismas (Mufasa) Alex.

 

Mufasa is a dear friend to me who I only recently met on my amazing and epic journey, Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro. As head guide, mufasa is responsible for all arrangements with staff and for the primary care of all 9 international participants on the trip. He commands his crew and orchestrates his tribe incredibly for a seamless and highly enjoyable tour.

 

I cannot wait to go back to Tanzania (planning 2 years time) to see more of the wonderful country and with my best guide and dear “Rafiki” (friend) by my side.

 

Read more about wonderful Tanzania from Mufasa and see his contact details below for those who are going!

 

 

1. Name: Dismas Alex (MUFASA)

 

2. Occupation: Tourism

 

3. Country of Residence: Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

 

4. Country of Origin: Tanzania

 

8 NORTHER ICE FIELDS FROM THE RIM

5. email/contact/ website ( If happy to be published on a website):

dismasguide@hotmail.com, safaris@tanganyikaparks.com

P.O.BOX 7711, MOSHI

Cell: +255 768 848 323; + 255 658 848 323

 

6. Why do you love Travel? I feel happy to participate and deliver my community with responsible travel caring about nature flora and fauna living free in wilderness.

 

7. Favourite place in your home country and why?

Kilimanjaro (the roof of Africa), been there more than 150 times. I feel freedom of mind on the highest peak of Africa, as on the foothills where I grew up in Marangu volcanic fertile land, God given us. I’m so proud of it.

 

Snows of Kili background

8. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

Places in combination eco-tourism Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro & Serengeti.

 

9. What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

I love my country Tanzania; more important, it’s a peaceful country; If it happens I’d like to live in any country similar as my home country.

 

10. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

That is during my childhood, when I first climbed Kilimanjaro 14 years ago; with no proper gearsuntil 4,600 meters, and that I was happy getting closer to those big blocks of permanent glaciers I use to see from the bottom, and also landscape when on Ngorongoro crater rim and Serengeti endless plain with vast wild beast migration.

11. Favourite activity when around your city?

Chatting and exchanging tourism ideas with friends and colleagues

 

12. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

I know most of my country places of interest physically in spite of the fact that more exploring needed (eco-tourism) to the new places for Tourists to visit as Tanzania is big and believed to have plenty of virgin interesting places to visit.

 

13. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Others are normal like any other country, to bring/have copy of their yellow fever certificate.

 

14. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

Novels and movies featuring Tanzania, so they can have an idea what kind of a country they are going to visit

October 2011

 

15. The best book to read before visiting your country?

The Snows of Kilimanjaro by Ernst Hemingway.

 

16. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Ugali (stiff porridge- corn flour) Banana stew, banana beer,

 

17. The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

“Karibu” – Welcome

“Hakuna matata” – No worries, no problems

“pole pole” – slowly slowly

“Poa kichizi kama ndizi” Crazy cool like a banana.

 

Our mountain tent

18. Best time of year to visit?

All year around, except the raining season March & April for hikers

 

19. The 4 words that best describe your country:

Tanzania the land of “Kilimanjaro”, “Serengeti”, “Ngorongoro” & “Zanzibar”

 

Emma and Mufasa on the SUMMIT!!!

 

 

 

 

 

KILIMANJARO

Mountain Guides & safari Outfitters

Post Office               Home Address:-

7711 Moshi              Taifa rd.

East Africa               Tanzania

Phone +255 768 848 323

E-mail: dismasguide@hotmail.com

Climbing/Safaris & Beaches


MELBOURNE – THIS IS YOUR TIME

Melbourne, you are my home and I have sadly neglected you. I’ve been living here 5 months and I promised to write every day for the first month and share your wonderful treasures with the world- possibly wrote 5, epic fail.

View of Melbourne from St Kilda Pier

I was then all consumed by my journey to Climb Kilimanjaro. Training, working and focusing all my attention on that enormous challenge. I had little to no time to see or do anything else.

Me with Kili as my crowning glory

It’s now your time. Mountain conquered, mind open and a slower pace of life is coming. Giving me more time to discover and explore your intricate and intriguing ways. Melbourne is somewhere you need to take the time out to engage with  to see the real beauty and I cannot wait.

Tutankhamun exhibition at the Melbourne Museum

Expect many more Top 5 blogs of Cafes, bars, shops and areas that I have explored. I will also be sharing my wish lists of things to do and see.

Please send me suggestions, ideas and hot tips on what’s best of Melbourne.

I do enjoy my Weekend Notes emails and have got lots of ideas from here, but I also think it’s great to hear it from a friend.

Melbourne here I come!


Whales vs. Mermaids

My friend just posted this on Facebook and I think it is absolutely beautiful!!

Women are gorgeous creatures – of all shapes and sizes, and the likeness to the Whale, more so than to the Mermaid, is such a wonderful metaphor.

Please share this with your gorgeous girlfriends.

 


A while back, at the entrance of a gym, there was a picture of a very thin and beautiful woman. The caption was “This summer, do you want to be a mermaid or a whale?”

The story goes, a woman (of clothing size unknown) answered the following way:

“Dear people, whales are always surrounded by friends (dolphins, seals, curious humans), they are sexually active and raise their children with great tenderness.
They entertain like crazy with dolphins and eat lots of prawns. They swim all day and travel to fantastic places like Patagonia, the Barents Sea or the coral reefs of Polynesia.
They sing incredibly well and sometimes even are on cds. They are impressive and dearly loved animals, which everyone defend and admires.

Mermaids do not exist.

But if they existed, they would line up to see a psychologist because of a problem of split personality: woman or fish?
They would have no sex life and could not bear children.
Yes, they would be lovely, but lonely and sad.
And, who wants a girl that smells like fish by his side?

Without a doubt, I’d rather be a whale.

At a time when the media tells us that only thin is beautiful, I prefer to eat ice cream with my kids, to have dinner with my husband, to eat and drink and have fun with my friends.

We women, we gain weight because we accumulate so much wisdom and knowledge that there isn’t enough space in our heads, and it spreads all over our bodies.
We are not fat, we are greatly cultivated.
Every time I see my curves in the mirror, I tell myself: “How amazing am I ?! “


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