Everything had gone to plan. I darted away from school at 12:40, repacked the bags, checked we had everything and began our journey Edinburgh Airport. Our first flight would take us to Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport, where we had a 2 hour stop before our next flight to Muscat, Oman. At Oman we waited … Continue reading The Flight that Didn’t End!
29/01/16 Day 1: We'd been in Lukla two days more than we desired. Everyone in the lodge was crouched around a tiny log stove, bored shitless, freezing cold, trying to be hopeful and stay warm. When we first arrived back in Lukla on 26th January we were feeling rather pleased with ourselves. We had completed … Continue reading Kathmandu: The Temple Dash!
11/01/16 Day 1: Norbu collected us from the Yak hotel to take us to the airport. It was sadly time to say goodbye to her, she had been a wonderful guide and was more like a friend now. She accompanied us into the airport and waited for us to go through the check in process. … Continue reading Kathmandu and Everest Base Camp: Breathtakingly Breathless!
01 and 02/01/15 Day 1 & 2 The world passed by through the window of our cabin. We'd had two nights sleeping on the train, and apart from the first 4 hours (when we shared with a Chinese couple) we had the cabin to ourselves the whole time. I had been working on my sketch … Continue reading Tibet: The Land of Snows and Mo-Mos
25/12/15 Day 1: Pauna had decided that she would leave Shangri-La the following day after arriving. It is a mythical town brought to fame by James Hilton's novel Lost Horizon, where the people were said to be eternally happy and had found the fountain of youth, living longer than average people and hardly ageing. This … Continue reading Chengdu and Juizhaigou: Where Pandas Recline and Demons Smash Mirrors!
22/12/15 Day 1: So we still managed to be in a rush to get to the airport, but what's new eh! So today would be the first flight we had taken since flying to St Petersburg over two months ago. A sad day, yet, we now have to think about time and the fact that … Continue reading Tiger Leaping Gorge & Lijiang: Almost In Tibet!
18/12/15 Day 1: We hopped on a bus (that had no number just Chinese symbols) outside the old town. We were taking the high speed train to Changsha and it would take about 4 hours to get there. The station was a massive expanse that again resembled an airport . There was so much wasted … Continue reading Zhangjiajie: MIST-erious, MIST-ical, MIST-ifying.