Map of Fi’s Overland Journey 廢丫頭的路綫圖

 

CURRENT LOCATION (1 October, 2011): Kampala, Uganda – After passing through some amazing hilly landscapes in Rwanda, and having a close encounter with the real life Godzilla,  I am now in Uganda – anticipating the source of the Nile River and probably some trekking around the region!

2011年10月1日:烏干達 坎帕拉  

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PHASE 1: Hong Kong –> South Africa –> South America (Brazil) –> Hong Kong
第一階段:香港 –> 南非 –> 南美洲 (巴西) –> 香港
Phase 1 - South America

  

PHASE 2: Hong Kong —flight—> India —flight—> Egypt —land (southern route)—> China —land (northern route)—> Africa
第二階段:香港 — 飛機 –> 印度 — 飛機 –> 埃及 — 陸路(南綫) –> 中國 — 陸路(北綫) –> 非洲
Phase 2 - Asia & Africa

StepMap Phase 2 - Asia & Africa

 

Past Updates

21 September, 2011: Bujumbura, Burundi –After Vic Falls, I travelled back north and boarded a cargo boat for 2 days to cross Lake Tanganyika, the longest lake in Africa, from its southernmost point in Zambia to its northernmost point in Burundi, a total distance of 673km.  And guess what was the first thing I did when I arrived in Burundi? Shopping – in a grand market of second-hand clothes.  This is certainly a weakness which will remain with me forever, no matter in which corner of the world.
2011年9月21日: 布隆迪 佈瓊佈拉

 

8 September, 2011: Harare, Zimbabwe – I really haven’t moved this fast for a long time.  Nearly 42 hours of commuting plus 3 sleepless nights (1 night on a bus and 2 nights on the streetside!) brought me from the northern tip of Mozambique to the capital of Zimbabwe.  Victoria Falls, I’m coming!!
2011年9月8日:津巴布韋 哈拉雷

 

29 August, 2011: Ilha de Mocambique, Mozambique – Crumbling pastel-coloured colonial buildings against a deep blue ocean – it looks like a film set only that it’s inhabited by local villagers – I was shocked by the raw beauty as I arrived.  From Malawi it took me 2 days on the dusty road plus one night sleeping in the bus station before I could get here – but decision well made.

2011年8月29日:莫桑比克 莫桑比克岛

25 August, 2011: Blantyre, Malawi – Hmmm… how did I end up in Malawi instead of Mozambique? Turned out that the immigrations at the Tanzanian-Mozambican border don’t issue visas, so I had to take a full day bus ride back to Dar es Salaam, followed by 26 hours on a train to Mbeya, from which I first entered Malawi.  After a vomiting 3-day journey on a vintage ferry crossing Lake Malawi, and some days recovering on the beaches along the beautiful lake shore – I am ready to enter Mozambique again.  This time, for security reasons, I’ve already got my visa in advance.

2011年8月25日:馬拉維 佈蘭泰爾

 

8 August, 2011: Mtwara, Tanzania – As I slowly approached near the border to Mozambique, I discovered that my camera had stopped functioning!! Argh! I am nowhere near any major town with a Canon shop and I am clueless as to how I can fix it. Can anyone help me???
2011年8月8日:坦桑尼亞 Mtwara

 

12 July, 2011: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – After some beach hopping along the Kenyan coast, it’s time for the ultimate paradise island – Zanzibar! Looking forward to the historical monuments as well as snorkeling and diving in its turquoise waters!
2011年7月12日:坦桑尼亞 三蘭港

 

26 June, 2011: Nairobi, Kenya – No longer a “Faranji”, now evolved into a “Mzungu”… finally arrived in Nairobi, Kenya from Ethiopia after hanging on monkey bars on top of a cattle lorry for 8 hours and then ‘vibrating’ in a tiny bus seat for 17+ hours.  At first glance, people seem rather nice in this so-called ‘most dangerous city in the world’.  Btw, can someone give me a massage, please?
2011年6月26日:肯尼亞 奈洛比

 

30 May, 2011:  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia – I really enjoy how I can still frequently hear the sound of the rooster, and see goats and donkeys roaming the streets, and then realize that I am actually in a capital city with a population of 3 million, Addis Ababa.
2011年5月30日:埃塞俄比亞 亞的斯亞貝巴

 

The following statuses extracted from my Facebook profile may give you a general but incomplete idea of what I had done before I set up this website. Of course, for further details, please refer to my posts, which I will try hard to update ever so often.

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2010

 

December 2010: Turkey… and where next?

“…am done with the comfortable & glamourous Istanbul city life and feeling great to be hitting the road again!! First time in my life that I have no idea where I’ll be or what I’ll be doing for Xmas or NY, back then I would probably get paranoid and frustrated, but right now I’m totally at ease, enjoying the moment and looking forward to any random adventures that may come along!! Merry Christmas everyone!! x”

“Having spent over a month in Turkey, I still haven’t been to Istanbul – sounded like a joke to everyone, but now here i am finally! Istanbul, Constantinople, the European capital of culture!!”

“…was absolutely stunned by the surreal landscape in Cappadoccia and the fairy-tale like cave houses within those jagged rocks.. just how is that possibly real?”

 

November 2010: Caucasus → Turkey

“…just had a nice chat with a good old friend and am very grateful to be reminded that some things never change. Like-minded people drawn together on the first day will always remain so regardless of time, distance and differing life journeys.”

“Latest update: New toy, good food, fat belly (with my adopted family in Adana). Happy happy happy.”

“…said an unwilling bye-bye to Georgia and its marvelous food & wine, hitched a few trucks and cars, crossed an extremely remote border between high mountain passes, followed by harassment by a series of sexually deprived men… welcome to Turkey again!!!”

 

October 2010: Central Asia → Caucasus

“Georgia, oh Georgia, no peace I find… Just an old sweet song, keeps Georgia on my mind…”

“…crossed the Caspian Sea and arrived in Azerbaijan, after 13 hours on a cargo ship and 15 more hours of waiting. Hmmmm… am I still in Asia??”

“…is off to Turkmenistan… ready to be dumbstruck by a cityscape created by the world’s most bizarre dictator.”

 

September 2010: Central Asia

“…entered Uzbekistan – without being asked to pay any bribe at the border customs, and was even invited to visit the family of one of the officials! And I’m totally loving the millionaire-like feeling of carrying and counting huge stacks of 1000 som notes – the largest denomination of Uzbek currency equivalent to only US$0.6!”

“…is in Kazakhstan… and couldn’t find anyone who looked faintly like Borat.”

 

August 2010: Central Asia

“How should you react when you are confronted by a mad group of 20 who are threatening to beat you up and smash your camera cos you are being suspected of photographing a nasty quarrel and vandalism of a restaurant?? Ethnic violence is still going on in Osh, although in a much smaller scale…”

“…is exhausted from a superb trek amidst turquoise coloured alpine lakes, coupled with rounds of vodka shots. Time to bid farewell to lovely Tajikistan, and on to Kyrgyzstan tomorrow!”

“Water can be a lifesaver, it can also be a disaster. A few days ago I drank the sweetest drop of water in my life after walking dehydrated in the mountains for over 7 hours. A bit further down south, millions of lives were at risk due to massive river floodings. May peace be with the victims in Pakistan.”

 

July 2010: Central Asia

“…is in the Pamir highlands in Tajikistan, and there is nowhere where transport can be less convenient – imagine waiting for 2 days for a public minivan – a test for my patience. But then, the landscape is jaw-dropping… not a bored moment looking out through the minivan window for 8 hours straight!”

 

May – July 2010: Pakistan → Xinjiang, China

“After 6 weeks, I had rode, hitched, boated, walked my way from Pakistan back to China via the Karakoram Highway… and what is named a “highway” is actually a narrow winding road that’s been entirely dug apart by bulldozers and road workers and occasionally gets blocked by landslides and flooded by glacial rivers – now this is called a real road trip!!”

“兩個月以來終於第一次有熱水沖涼,雖然熱水只維持了5分鐘,但實在爽得忍不住要高歌一曲!”

“Two mosques in Lahore were bombed yesterday leaving 64 dead – how blessed I was to be stuck in the hostel at that time due to stomach flu!!”

“…is off to Pakistan tomorrow, fingers crossed for a smooth border crossing!”

 

April 2010: Middle East

no access to Facebook as it was blocked in Iran.

 

March 2010: Middle East

“After crashing with local Kurdish families for over a week and some frustrations at the Iraq-Iran border crossing, I am safely out of Iraq and finally in Iran!!”

“Brief stop in a small Turkish town, Iraq Kurdistan tomorrow. I am totally spoiled by Kurdish hospitality!”

“…is in Beirut, Lebanon.”

 

February 2010: Middle East

“…got into Syria successfully… wait isn’t Facebook blocked here?”

“…is in the holy city of Jerusalem.”

 

January 2010: Middle East

“Day 1 in Jordan: had 2 free rides, 1 free dinner, heard a dozen welcomes, was offered help many times without even asking for it and even received 1 small gift – can there possibly be any people who are more hospitable than the Jordanians?”

“…is going to dive in the Red Sea!”

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2009

 

September 2009 – January 2010: India – settled for a few months at a small village in Himachal Pradesh, near the Himalayan foothills, to teach English, recharge and simply to enjoy my life as a local villager. Life was simple, yet unforgettable.

“…is going to spend her birthday on a night bus – fellow passengers, let’s celebrate!”

“…is spending her NYE at a seaside town named Diu.”

“…is speaking increasingly broken English after spending quite some time in India – one chicken masala with roti, water… mineral not dap… no? den i get 1 gup of chai. doogether how much? any discount?”

“…crashed two Hindu weddings in two days!!”

“…is having very mixed feelings after spending some quality time with the Tibetans in exile.”

 

July 2009: South America

“…is heading to her final stop in South America – Sao Paulo, where her amazing adventures there began.”

“…is in Salvador, Brazil.”

 

June 2009: South America

“…will be venturing into the Amazonian jungle tomorrow to befriend the mosquitoes again.”

“…is in the Carribean Coast with 40 (and still counting) mosquito bites on her legs.”

“…is in Cali, the salsa capital!”

“…is back from the Galapagos…completely tanned and well fed. Back to a backpacker’s diet from now on!”

 

May 2009: South America

“…is going to sunbathe with sea lions and dolphins on the Galapagos Islands this coming week!!”

“…is in Ecuador.”

“…is done with trekking in Huaraz and now in Mancora… beaches and sunshine!!!”
“…is back to highlands and snow peaks in Huaraz, Peru.”

“…is opening her arms to the sun after being in the chilly highlands for over a month!”

 

April 2009: South America

“…is in Cuzco, embarking on the 4-day Inca Trail to Machu Picchu this Saturday.”

“…has survived biking down the death road… but her camera hasn´t.”

“…is in Potosi, apparently the highest city in the world @ 4060m. Breathless.”

“…is in Bolivia.”

“…is taking a 24-hour bus ride to the Atacama Desert tomorrow.”

 

March 2009: South America

“…had kissed the Moai’s on Easter Island and will head to Valparaiso next.”

“… is in freezing cold Patagonia!”

“…is finally a legal entrant in Uruguay and will be off to Buenos Aires tomorrow.”

“…is in the middle of nowhere in Uruguay after 24 hours on the bus… and hopping on another bus in 2 hours (which will hopefully get me) to Punta del Diablo.”

 

February 2009: South America

“…is going to get soaking wet under the Iguaçu Falls in 2 days!”

“…was on top of a carnaval truck at a street bloquinho last night!!”

“…is catching the overnight bus to Rio tonight…it´s Carnaval time!”

“…is in Joburg waiting for her flight to Sao Paulo. YAY!”

“…is off to the south! Bye for now, my lovely folks in Hong Kong!”

 

January 2009: mixed feelings before the journey began

“…cannot stop the smirking – ONE more day to go baby!!”

“…is getting more and more excited… TWO more days to go baby!!”

“…is both anxious and restless – THREE more days and a bit to go baby!!”

“…is planning for her upcoming big trip!!”

“…is overcoming her fears.”

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2008

 

December 2008: warm-up trip around Yunnan China

“…was enlightened by a group of photography pros at the scenic rice terraces in Yuanyang.”

“…is done trekking the Tiger Leaping Gorge → Haba → Baishuitai, and is going biking around Shangri-la today!”

 

 

  • Yimkoonfu

    Are you heading south?

    • Fiona

      Yes… kind of heading south, but I might be heading north again later on, will see!!

  • Orangerao

    wowwow,太不可思议了!

    • Fiona

      heehee, thank you!

  • kelly

    Can’t wait til the entire map is completely covered in berries =)
    I know you will!
    Miss u!