List of travels
West Africa - february 2018
This time I am going to spend three winter weeks in Senegal, Gambia and Guinea Bissau. Each of those countries has a different official language: French, English and Portuguese, respectively. One of the main attractions - carnival in Bissau.
EAST AUSTRALIA 2016
It is not easy to see much in Australia with only for weeks of holidays, so we decided to focus on the east coast only. We started in Melbourne which was cold and rainy. We then flew to Sydney, rent a car and travelled by land up to the Tropic of Capricorn. It felt more like the autumn than the summer and I enjoyed a little bit of the sun only when I flew to Cairns.
On the way to Australia we had a stopover in Singapore.
I went there for the first time nine years ago and was by that time impressed how modern this little country was. And this time I was impressed too.
GUYANAS, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO 2016
Three weeks in the part of Latin America where Spanish is not an official language. In French Guyana we saw sloths, turtles and the Space Center, while the prices (in Euro) were emptying our pockets. Suriname is a laid-back country with a variety of Asian food and relatively easy backpacking. Opposite to Guyana, where everything needs to be organized by a travel agency and paid in the US dollars. And finally Trinidad and Tobago, a mixture of industrial ugliness with paradise beaches of the Caribbean Sea. It was fun!
After ten year break I came back to Latin America, this time to Colombia. The security in this country had increased enormously in recent several years, many regions, that for a long time had been controlled by guerrillas and drug cartels, now are reclaimed by the government forces, and Colombia is finally open for tourism. Toghether with Agnieszka and Tomek Lipeccy we spent there four weeks. We were nicely suprised by the kindness of Colombians and by the geographical diversity of the country. We saw Caño Cristales in savanna Los Llanos, Tatacoa desert, the Andes, as well as Pacific and Caribbean costs.
This was a typical "conference" trip, as the time and place were directly related to the high energy physics conference that took place in Ioannina. It was my first visit to Greece, while for Enrico a sentimental return to the days of his childhood. We travelled more than 2000 kilometers. We saw the most important historical sites of ancient Greece: Acropolis, Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae and Epidauros. We climbed Mount Olympus and after we took a well-earned rest at the paradise beach of Elafonisos island. And, naturally, we ate tons of greek salad.
Canada is a huge country and with four weeks of holidays one can see only a small scrap of it. Enrico and I decided to visit the south-eastern part. We landed in Toronto on September the 12th, we spent several days in town and around (Niagara Falls), and then we rent a car and started our road trip. We travelled through Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. We made 8248 kilometers. We saw whales, a moose and two black bears. We tried delicious sea-food and I became a fan of poutine
. And all the time we were in the middle of the spectacular Canadian folliage.