Cross-country skiing around Grenoble

It’s mid March and today is the first day of spring! Winter is over. Again this winter we feel that the climate is changing. Some weeks were cold with heaps of snow that turned drastically into springy warm.

After returned back from my tropical holidays at the beginning of the year I went right away to ski; Not the downhill one but the cross-country skiing. The less risky cross-country skiing appeals to me more as an amateur – or as the one who has broken his knee during a downhill journey. Some people don’t like it because it’s more tiring and you don’t get the same speed as downhill. Continue reading

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A note on skiing for those who have never skied..

I first touched snow during 2009 winter in Paris at the age of 22. It felt funny how the white snow became wet water on my hands. Having lived my entire life in a tropical country I surely got excited. I did all the things I could imagined: made snowmen, made snow angels, did snow fights, opened my mouth up in the air until I got sore throat, etc. But that was it. Continue reading

Greece Part 4. Athens – Finished

I had been wanting to visit Athens since summer 2010 when I did a West Europe trip with a friend. But a riot due to the economic crisis in Greece exploded and forced us to cancel the visit to Athens. I was not sure if the situation in 2016 was better but things had moved on. There was rumor that Greece would leave UE but again everywhere in the world things were somehow unstable. Continue reading

A day and a half in Singapore

At the end of 2016 I took a trip back home to Jakarta. During this trip I also took two days to visit a neighbour country, Singapore.

Singapore is a rather small (in size) country in South East Asia but is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. It’s a clean country where you don’t litter and is served by an integrated public transportation system (with MRT, LRT, and busses). Continue reading

Greece Part 2. Crete: Hikes around the south-west part of the island.

I’m sorry if that my five months old Greece trip has taken too long that it lost its freshness. I’m sure that I lost details of the trip but with several souvenirs that I keep: bus tickets, museum cards, and city maps; it should be alright.

I would say that this walking trip in Crete was one of the best trips I have ever done until now. The richness of the nature and the culture of Crete is truly amazing and worth experiencing. Continue reading

Volcanoes in France. Part 2. Around Clermont-Ferrand: Vulcania, Puy-de-Dôme, Monts du Cantal

Part 1

It was sunday, the second day of my holidays in Clermont-Ferrand. Waking up in the morning, the weather was so grey and gloomy, and it was cold! The streets were empty. I put my polar sweat then went outside to find breakfast. My hotel was located not too far from the center, but guess what, I couldn’t find any boulangerie/bakery shop open that morning. After walking around and around, finally found the bakery just in front of the Jaude mall was open. It appeared (in the next two days) that this was the single bakery that is open during holidays when other bakeries are close. But, they were expensive and the bread was nowhere near good.

Hiking in the Monts du Cantal

On this sunday we planned to do hike around Clermont-Ferrand.  As I wrote on the first part, the massif Central is located in this region. Massif Central consists of several (sixteen if I remember correctly from the explanation in Vulcania) volcanoes chains. After hearing some explanations from Anne, a friend who lives there, and Vulcania, I understood that the volcanoes in the region are rather young. Some of the last eruptions date only back to less than 10,000 years. Continue reading