A little story about Tasmanian devils
When I made my trip to Tasmania, I had to learn more about the Tasmanian devils, naturally. The thing is, they are now an endangered species. They once used to roam Australia but now they are only confined to the island of Tasmania. They were not well liked for centuries. In the 1800’s many people falsely believed that Tasmanian devils were responsible for killing livestock so they took efforts into eradicating them. The effort was almost successful. It wasn’t until 1940 that the Australian government declared the devils a protected pieces. Thankfully, their numbers have grown since.
Checking out the Monkey Forest in Ubud, Bali
Although I spent just about all my time in Canggu while I was in Bali, I did spend a day exploring a few other places. One of them was the Monkey Forest in Ubud. It’s a pretty popular destination for when you’re in Bali. It makes sense; who wouldn’t want to see some monkeys running around? As any responsible traveller, I’ve done my research on the place after I visited it. What I found out was pretty interesting. Overall, the Monkey Forest is a good place.
How to get a sacred, ancient Sak Yant tattoo in Bangkok
Sak, meaning tattoo in Thai, Yant, Thai pronunciation of yantra, is a form of yantra tattooing. It dates back over 2,000 years. Originally the tattoo was performed by Tai tribes in the region ranging from southwestern China all the way through to northwestern Vietnam. Today, it’s predominantly practiced in Thailand but also to some extent in Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar. In Thailand, the tattoos are performed by Buddhist monks or wicha practitioners. The tattoo is meant to provide a spell of protection, power, fortune and the like for the bearer.
Hiking Adam's Peak for the unfit
Adam’s Peak, locally know as Sri Pada, has an interesting history. The mountain has significance in almost all major religions. In Buddhism, it’s believed to be the footprint of the Buddha. In Hinduism, it’s the footprint of Shiva. While in Islam and Christianity, it’s believes to the first footsteps of Adam on Earth.
Many people climb the mountain as part of a pilgrimage. Some, like myself, do it as a touristic stop. The mountain is beautiful from the ground. But it provides even better views once you climb its high peak. I’m not the fittest person in the world. I was a bit timid about climbing it. But, I did just fine. Let me tell you about it.
O, I forgot to mention that I did the climb in the middle of the night to watch the 6am sunrise.
Morocco from the Atlantic coast to the Algerian border in 4 days
I came to Morocco to sleep in the desert. It’s been my dream for over two years. I booked myself 10 days in Morocco. Flying in and out of Marrakesh, I decided to spend all my time here expect with a few excursion. I realized that I managed to see Morocco from west to east in only my first four days. I saw its Atlantic coast by visiting Essaouira on my second day. And, I got to see its Algerian border through my desert trek. Sleeping in the desert is also part of my 25 before 25 bucket list - #9.
Spending an afternoon in Monaco
Monaco gained its independence from the kingdom of Genoa in 1297. It was ruled by the House of Grimaldi. Actually, it still is today. Monaco's current prince, Prince Albert II, still belongs to the Grimaldi family. He is also the second son of Princess Grace.
I've been wanting to see Monaco for a couple of years now. Although I am no millonair, I can still frugally enjoy the city state by making a day trip out of my visit. My friend Anna came long as we drove around the little country. We exploring the awesome things it has to offer, mainly scenic views. My favourite part was the Princess Grace Garden within the Monaco Castle grounds. Without further adieu, here are some pictures from that afternoon.