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KSA: Flying in!

Looking forward to posting some photos and thoughts from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia ūüôā

Australia: Denmark to Byron Bay | Through the Middle via ‘the Outback Way’

It’s been a while since i took a holiday. In less than three weeks I’ll be setting off from Denmark (WA) to visit the folks in Byron Bay (NSW). I’m travelling ‘The Outback Way‘ aka Australia’s longest shortcut. Google maps tells me the journey is 5,556 km, not including any detours. I’ll be travelling unsealed outback roads (such as the Great Central Road), some dirt tracks, and probably a dry riverbed or two. There is plenty to see along the way, including the Olgas, King’s Canyon, Uluru, and numerous gorges and national parks. The Landcruiser is in good shape and…
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Myanmar: Sights Around Myitkyina

Prem and Raj have a friend with a car, and they¬†arranged a little tour for my last day in Myitkyina. The first stop was a temple approximately¬†30km from Myitkyina off the road that follows the Irrawaddy River (25.63733, 097.50020). The temple has a large¬†world globe at its centre, which¬†isn’t something i have seen before. The view from the temple is pretty good,¬†and the¬†dwellings that can be seen from this viewpoint are mostly inhabited by the¬†villagers that were¬†relocated¬†here¬†to make way for the¬†Myitsone hydroelectric¬†dam project. The Myitsone Dam is a¬†a joint venture between the Myanmar government and Beijing-based China Power Investment Corporation.¬†The…
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Myanmar: Makhanti Village Tour

On the far side of the Irrawaddy River from Myitkyina are a line of villages called Makhanti (also called Makhundee). They are known as Makhanti 1-4. Prem and Raj kindly offered to take me on a village tour, so¬†I rented a motorbike¬†through the YMCA and we¬†set off. I took the back seat of Prem’s bike, and Raj rode my rental, which we nicknamed ‘the Harley’ due to the noise it made due to a missing exhaust silencer. Before crossing the river we quickly checked in on the progress of construction at Raj’s¬†house site, and then visited to¬†Raj’s father-in-law. ¬†His father-in-law…
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