Abu Simbel, Egypt
A little about Carly.....
I was excited to have reached Xian. Today Xian is a big, modern Chinese city but formerly it was known as Chang’an and this was the beginning of the Silk Road (or the end depending on your direction of travel). As my plan is to travel the Silk Road it now felt like my journey
In the distance thunder rumbled ominously. At first this didn’t dissuade me from attempting to follow the ancient walls some more. But the thunder was persistent and as I looked back it was clear a storm was on it’s way. Abandoning my plan I hurried though an old gate back into the old city. As
Wanting a crowd-free Great Wall experience I travelled three hours north of Beijing to a section of the Great Wall called Jinshanling. With hardly any tourists it didn’t disappoint. Perhaps the 6km walk along the wall as it rose up and down the steep ridges and the fact it was over 30 degrees also deterred them!
I fell in love with the hutongs of Beijing immediately. Enchanting narrow streets and laneways that twist and turn to create a thoroughly confusing maze. Full of character and often where people simply live and kids play on the streets. While others are bustling with everyday shops, stalls and workshops and then a handful have
Finally my adventure has begun, and while the Silk Road didn’t extend to Shanghai I wanted to see it’s bright lights and towering skyscrapers given they seem to be the perfect icons for the rise of China. Shanghai really is a thoroughly modern, international city which embraces the future and I spent my whole time
The Silk Road evokes images of caravans of camels, caravanserais, bazars and teahouses. Legendary cities with exotic names like Samarkand, Bukhara, Khiva, Persepolis and Palmyra. An ancient trade route stretching from Ch’ang-an (now Xian) to Constantinople (now Istanbul) that threads through some of the world’s harshest landscapes. Extreme deserts. Spectacular mountains. The name itself is
……from Argentina to Vietnam. I’ve travelled wide and far. Here’s a little list to give you a bit of an idea. 2014: New Zealand 2013: Myanmar; Gili Islands and Bali; Koh Tao; 2012: Nepal (Annapurna) & Hong Kong; 2011: Argentina 2010: Cuba 2009: Egypt 2007-2008: Working holiday based in London, and travelled to Spain, Italy,
I believe in following your dreams and for me right now that’s quitting my job and packing up my comfortable life in Sydney to travel around the world (again!). Yep, it’s not my first time to take off like this. In my 20s travel was a priority and I quit 4 jobs to travel, sometimes