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You can lose everything, but nobody will take away what you saw and what you experienced...
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May 04, 2018 12:00 AM High mountains, deep gorges...

High mountains, deep gorges... On approach to Tagong you will see many painted stones with "Om mni padme hum" inscription in Tibetan. Also thousands of prayer flags - sometimes they put them high on the mountains. Tagong itself is a little, picturesque town filled with Tibetan-style architecture. Some 50 percent of the people wear national costumes...
The monastery is right at the main street with nice gate, great court and two temples. Pilgrims are coming to pray here, very few tourists - this creates great atmosphere. From Tagong we were driving down to the canyon of unnamed mountain river with the great view of sowy Mt. Yala.
The tiny road was destroyed by the river in many places. Fortunately the traffic is little. Then fromDanba we were climbing 6 kms to the picturesque Jiaju Tibetan village located on the high slope. All houses are in Tibetan style here so you feel like in the skansenn, but the village is alive - locals are working on the miniature potato fields and in vegetable gardens selling nuts and cherries on the roadside. Very nice people, but zero English knowledge... I spent 3 hours wondering around...
Today we are heading through the mountains to Luding - if there will be no landslides blocking the mountain road.



May 03, 2018 12:00 AM Tibetan monasteries and villages

Tibetan monasteries and villages The highlight of yesterday's long drive was restored gompa in Kangding with the great view of the town squeezed in the canyon. Then we climbed to the Zheduo mountain pass 4298 m high, covered by snow. It was still snowing there and sorry, visibility was poor.... On the pass there is a chorten (see picture) and vertical stone confirming the altitude. In the little, new pavilion you can buy drinks and souvenirs.
After a night in Xinduxiao (poor hotel and poor Chinese breakfast) spent on the level 3400 m today we will go northwest - to Tagong Monastery and to the Jiaju Tibetan Village - it is on the list of tourist wonders of China. I pray for the sunny weather, but on this altitude it is very changeable.. Let's hope!



May 02, 2018 12:00 AM Up to the mountains!

Up to the mountains! Yesterday in the afternoon I took a walk around central Chengdu. The city is even more bright that 2 years ago during my previous visit. There are new pandas (the symbol of Chengdu) made of metal, plastic, stone in mane places. I walked to the central Tianfu Square to say Hello to the Chairman Mao - he still stands there adored and respected.
In the evening we had a meeting with the other members of our small group - it is only 4 of us: 3 from Switzerland and me, plus Luis - the local guide. It seems that the Chinese closed the part of our route and we will be forced to fly over the part of our planned itinerary. That's China!
Can you imagine that it takes me 20 minutes or even more to upload one page to the internet? The Big Brother is watching me here. The page can be sent when approved. :)
But today we are starting to drive up to the west - the next overnight stay will be on the level of 3400 m above the sea!



May 01, 2018 12:00 AM Landed in Chengdu!

Landed in Chengdu! I was very much impressed yesterday when I was boarding China Southern plane to Beijing and they offered me free upgrade to the economy premium class. Food is the same in tnis class but you have much more space for the legs and wider seats. Thank you!
6 hours time change. We landed in Beijing at 6 am local time. After immigration and costoms control I was going 2 levels up to check-in for the domestic flight to Chengdu. Elegant Chinese young lady speaking basic English approached me asking which is my flight. Then she went with me to the check in counter and onward to security.
Then she pointed herself saying Moni. - Thank you very much Moni, it was very nice to meet you! -Moni, dollar, euro, pound...
Oh my God! She wants money from me! Is this how it works in communist China?...
Security guys wanted me to drink all water from my bottle. I was just on time for boarding A330 to Chengdu.
Big plane was half empty. Young attendents were very enthusiastic - I got warm breakfast and two Yanjing beers. We were talking about my travel plans and finally we made a picture...
Hazy weather and 25 deg. Celsius in Chengdu.... The driver took us to the Ibis hotel in the center. Is seems he doesn't know the city - it was not easy to find the way.
So, it is time to rest... Greetings from Sichuan!



Apr 30, 2018 12:00 AM Yes, I got Tibet Permit, but...

Yes, I got Tibet Permit, but... Early wake-up. At 5.20 am I have been already in the Gdansk airport, the flight to Amsterdam was departing when the sun was rising over Gdansk... Yesterday I got via e-mail from the Chinese Agency my travel permit for Tibet. I believe that you know the situation... Foreigners are not allowed to travel to Tibet alone. OK, I will have the escort. But it is not the end of the limitations... You need special permit issueduby Chinese Authorities with the list of the places you are allowed to go with your escort. In the document I got it is written only in Chinese...
And the agency wrote that they did not received the permit for all requested places.... Not clear... Who knows... we will see...
I am now in Amsterdam airport waiting foe China Southern flight to Beijing. It will be flying around 10 hours. Due to the time change I will be in Beijing around 6 am.



Apr 29, 2018 12:00 AM New exciting expedition - East Tibet!

New exciting expedition - East Tibet! Years ago a journalist asked me if I still have travel dreams after visiting all the countries of the world and twelve trips around the globe. I mentioned then that I dream of meeting with the imperial penguins and a land trip along the main range of the Himalaya from Yunan to Kashgar. I tried to deal with this second project many times, but the Chinese authorities have always refused to let me pass through Eastern Tibet. And this year, there is finally a hope for crossing the Chengdu section - Lhasa! After arriving to the capital of Tibet, I intend to go on the transtibetan railway to Lanzhou. When in 1987 I was in Tibet, this railway did not exist...
Traveling now the highest railway in the world will be an additional attraction of this trip. Let me remind you that just recently the primacy in this field was held by the Andean railway designed by Ernest Malinowski - I rode it in 1984. I am also interested to see how Lhasa looks like after 31 years. I want to stopover in the unknown to me Lanzhou. From there I will return to Chengdu by train, and then by plane to Poland. If there will be internet access on the route the hot messages and photos from this expedition you will see in my travel log Please keep the fingers crossed for me - on the route there are the passes higher then 4000 m...



Apr 26, 2018 12:00 AM New tulips in Wojtkówka

New tulips in Wojtkówka Spring arrived to Gdansk. I have a lot of work in my garden - seeds are already in the ground and flowers are already in blossom.
But it is also the time to think about future voyages - I am planning already my November and December in South America! :)
I also started counting down to my next trip. It is four today! Wow!



Apr 20, 2018 12:00 AM Spring day in Amsterdam

Spring day in Amsterdam In the morning our ship entered the canal crossing the Nederlands to Amsterdam. Sunny, warm day. We were sailing till 1 pm when we docked in Amsterdam Cruise Terminal. Bye-bye Magellan! It took me only 20 minutes to walk to the Amsterdam Central Station. I wanted to leave my pack in the locker ant took a walk around old town. Aha! They have lockers, but in the area reserved for rail passengers. So first you have to buy the ticket, go through the gate and put your stuff to the locker. Big locker housing two carry- ons costs 10 euros up to 24 hours, they accept credit cards... Then you can go out and again in for the same rail ticket to Schiphol Airport...
Wow! Amsterdam today was full of sun, of tourists and flowers. I have been here several times, but the city never was so bright. It was nice to stroll along the canals, to see the ladies in the windows around Oude Kirk and the barges saiing under the bridges...
After few hours I returned to the station to collect my luggage and take my train to the airport. Sorry, no wi-fi in the train but you will have good, unlimited and free connection on the platform of Schiphol station.
I am waiting for my flight to Gdansk. Another interesting voyage is almost over...



Apr 20, 2018 12:00 AM Sorry, no more pictures in April...

Sorry, no more pictures in April... Sorry dear friends! GS administrator gives me only limited space to upload pictures to my gallery. I already reached the April's limit, so the next pictures will be uploaded in May...
Yeees, there will be another voyage in May :)
Enjoy enclosed view of the canals of Amsterdam...



Apr 19, 2018 12:00 AM Spring in London

Spring in London It is already not a spring, it is the summer! We docked in the morning in Tilbury port on the Thames River, 45 kms from London city. I started the day with 1,5 kms walk to the Tilbury town rly station. The Round trip ticket to London costs 12,10 pounds and the travel lasts 40 min. The end of the track is at Finchurch St station - some 400 m from the Tower of London. So I started my walk from the Tower, then there was St Paul Cathedral and Millenium Bridge... Long walk in the sun along the River to Westminster, then Parks and Buckingham Palace, where I enjoyed the parade (is it Commonwealth Day today?) Lunch in the park, then Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square and Strand, Fleet Street back to St Paul and Tower... So it is possible dear backpackers to visit London without spending a penny. Well - if you want to see the museums and other attractions you will leave here the fortune. I visited them many years ago... Lucky me! :) But it was nice to see again well-known places in the sun!

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