Saturday, April 28, 2007

.... and the winner is....

‘I love you all’… these should have been my words when I won the 2 tickets with 5 days hotel accommodation to Malaysia. The cherry on top was the 5 days is considered work.

I was over the moon, winning a prize which has to do with travel, alhamed lillah, just what I like to do as a hobby, travel, and to top it, getting paid to have to do it.

I talked to the travel agent and arranged with work to change the destination and I’ll pay the difference and they agreed. So having been in Malaysia before, I wanted to see a new place(s) so I deiced to head to Azerbaijan and Georgia.

We have a friend in Azerbaijan and we plan to meet in Baku then head to Xinaliq, Guba ,Sheki and Laza. A few days later go to Tiblisi, Georgia then to Mtskheta, Kazbegi, vardzia and Davit Gareja.

It would be my first time in that region and although I have been to Turkey before, this should be different. Turkey was the Middle East, Azerbaijan and Gerogia are in East Europe/ Middle East there might be some similarities but I am sure the Soviet, Christen/ Muslim and European influence, will make this destination unique.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

We Came, We Saw, We Conquered…. At least we tried

If you look hard enough you will see us resting on the bottom right

Its been a bit boring and slow for me the last few months, so when my friends told me they are going to “ Via Ferrata” ( cross wadis and mountains using robs) I jumped on the opportunity. I had no prior training but I am willing to give everything a try. After all, it’s doing something outdoor in Oman, Wadi bani Auf to be exact, the other side of Wadi Guolh, I was in for a good time, no matter what.

I was told I need to be fit, but heck, if others can do it, so can I. Well I was right; it wasn’t hard to learn. It was great fun, but I had no stamina to even complete a ¼ of the course. I was huffing and buffing like a dog on rabies and my hands just gave in, they could not support me after 25-35 min.

I need to get into shape and try this again. I don’t have enough upper body strength to carry myself. I wonder if I could ever finish the whole course, but I am sure I will give it another try.