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Hiking the Kings Canyon

I wanted my final sightseeing in Ayers Rock to be an all day excursion. The SEIT company were running a tour called the Cave Hill Safari, which promised “a full day cultural immersion experience exploring the Aboriginal Songlines (stories)” from an Aboriginal guide. Unfortunately, the guide wasn’t available the day I had, so instead, I opted for hiking the Kings Canyon instead through AAT Kings costing $199 for the day.
I’m a little crazy when it comes to walking, hiking or running conditions – I always like to test the limits. As a young boy, I remember on a 3 week summer holiday with my parents in the Greek mountains, running a good 30 minute return journey down the mountain to the shops to buy ice cream. I had also recently ran the Angkor Wat 10k whilst I was travelling through Cambodia.
Without doubt, this was probably the hottest walk I’ve done in my life, with temperatures in the sun as you hiked around 44 degrees (taking into account direct sun and the heat coming off the rocks). The advice from the guide was to take 1 litre of water for every hour you’ll be walking to prevent dehydration. For the 3-4 hour walk I chose, I had to sign a disclaimer that given the conditions, any medical attention during the hike would need to be at my own expense. My guide insisted on checking everyone’s bag and my 5 litres of water was enough let me join. Given the conditions and the fact the canyon was a 3 hour drive away, meant a harsh 04:00 pick up from the hostel in order to do the majority of the walk before the midday sun. […]

Life As An Alien

The picture you see was on the text on the back of my entry application form. Apparently, any foreign citizen in China is considered an Alien.
Today was a long day. It took 3 planes and a taxi to arrive at the kung fu school. It started with an early morning flight from London to Warsaw, then onto Beijing and finally Zhengzhou totalling about 20 hours of travel. All that part went incredibly smoothly. I wondered how I’d cope in the Chinese airports (experienced globe trotters may laugh), but to be honest, it was easy because everything written had English beside it too. I can safely say airports are a safe haven.
The smoothness went a little rough once I left Zhengzhou airport.  […]