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My trip to Crete 2000-2009:

Finally did it! The walk down the Gorges I meant.

Was great. Couldn’t move a muscle after that but no regret. 16Km down the gorge, and just when you thought it was over, an other 2Km to the sea! Will not walk it again….ever!!!

As for the Cretan People, well having lived there 9 summers and 1 full year, I feel there is a genuine warm welcome felt there towards “outlanders”… as long as there aren’t too many of them! Same as anywhere else then. Where the tourists are, Cretan can’t wait for them to go home. On the other hand, if you spent time in a lost village, you quickly become the main attraction. What can we say, human nature…

Beautiful countryside, eclectic landscape. There are mountains covered in snow as well as sandy beaches and archaeological sites all around the island. Shame hotel construction is favoured over them :(

Great Place to visit (I recommend green tourism) and retire.

My trip to Cambodia 2009:

Amazing trip, beautiful country. Shocking how folks there still have their sense of humanity after the shit they’ve been through. Ours is gone and we don’t even have a reason for it (Wait til they get tired of the tourists when they start coming in mass… )! I’m just not used to seeing so many people smiling.

Corporate mentality hasn’t reach the country (yet) meaning that you can observe a lot of liberties that no longer exist in the west (no regulation, no health and safety, no court summon it’s all sorted out on the spot with the police, etc.) like on the road for example.

Amazing landscape though you can see the illegal logging is becoming a problem there. The big cities have already been contaminated by capitalism and the contrast with the countryside is huge (people living naked in shacks as opposed to concrete housing and Khmer women dressing like Irish girls on a night out in Falaraki only tackier).

My trip to Reunion Island 2011-2012:

Still on it to this day. Being ill at the moment, I’ve chosen to go back to the roots for re-sourcing, peace and quiet. I’ve forgotten how beautiful this place was. Last time I visited was 25 years ago! Obviously, a lot has changed; buildings have grown pretty much everywhere along the coast, mainly the west side. I landed on 1st, January 2011, spending my new years eve up in the air. Since celebrating the Christian Gregorian Calendar doesn’t mean anything to me, I was glad I spend my night watching the African night sky with its stars, meteorites, etc…

Since it is a French overseas department, the consumerism had to reach the island eventually and it did. The young generation has gone a little fatter, McDonald’s and co have flourished across the cities. Kids walk around with mp3, designer clothes. Just not as bad as Europe though…yet. Such a shame.

Into the country side has remained pretty untouched. Good, cause that’s where all the beauty lays. There are 3 Circus, one active volcano, waterfalls, lagoons, flora and fauna, etc.

So far so good.


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