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  • Life on the Road: Will you be my travel buddy..?

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    “I want to stand as close to the edge without going over. Out on the edge you see all kinds of things you can’t see from the centre.” ~Kurt Vonnegut 

    And I’m off again! It’s been too long now – 2 months of doing nothing more than reading, watching ’90s shows and knitting. I’ve had enough.

    I’ve been feeling it in my bones for a month or so already. The buzz was building up – it needs release now. My soul needs to see new places, to meet different characters, to pack again!

    Already, Mona?? You’ve just finish your Asian adventure, some of my friends said at my birthday dinner last week.

    My answer to that? Why not. What do I have to loose. Nothing. But I’ve got everything to win. And more experiences to add to the book of my life.

    And because this blog is my testament for when I’ll be an old granny with loads of puppies and grandkids, I decided to post a life update of my life in the next few months.

    Sunday I’m heading to North Devon for a WorkAway volunteering experience. What’s this Workaway? It’s a very popular site at the moment – it allows nomads to live with families and help on different projects around their homes, in exchange for food and lodgement. You can check it out here.

    I’ll be going on my first experience for few weeks. I decided to pick Devon because we’ve recently visited the place, and it was beautiful! I’m informed by the family that I’ll be staying 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from a permaculture farm, and that I’ll be helping around with tasks around the house – which the control-freak in me loves!

    A post on my experience will be coming in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.

    I’ll be coming back to where my sister lives around November – for her *drum rolls please * Graduation!! I’m so excited for that one, and proud of my baby sister for finishing up University. Besides that, Mama Bear is coming too, so it would be nice to spend some time with her.

    In December, I’ve decided it’s a good time to go to Romania. Second time this year. I’ll be spending Christmas with my mum – the first one in 7 years – a very much anticipated one.

    From Romania, I plan to head back to Asia again, for the second part of my Chinese experience – better prepared this time – and hopefully I’ll gain a bit more language knowledge (it’s a tough language, y’all!)

    I’ll be leaving China for India – I’ve been thinking of getting a Yoga certification in few years – I think it’s time I did it.

    From India, all re-charged and full of new found energy (I hope), I will be going down towards * second drum-roll, please * Australia!! I decided I should be heading to the land down under before I turn 30 (which is not that far *sob sob*).

    And there you have it – my plan for the next year or so. I mostly wanted to write it down – it helps me reflect better and it gives me energy. I’m very hopeful this plan will become reality, like everything else that does when you work your butt off for.

    Do you want to join me on any part of my journey? Drop me a message/email/Facebook me. I’d love to have more like- minded around me.

    Until next time, I’d leave you with this tune – it helped me wrote down my future plans. Maybe it helps you to.

    “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste it, to experience it to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” ~ Eleanor Roosevelt 

     

    Peace, Love, Happiness,

    Mona.

  • |The Mountains are calling again ~ 4th hike in China|

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     “The woods are lovely, dark and deep, 
     But I have promises to keep, 
     And miles to go before I sleep..” ~ Robert Frost 
     
    As part of my latest  adventure in China – The Tonglu County (I’ve talked about the first stop here)  the second leg of the trip were two hikes: one in a natural park with loads of beautiful lakes; and the second one was a hike up in the heart of a mountain and above a splendid waterfall.
    It was breathtaking – part of it because it was so hot, but part of it because it felt like I was on top of the world. So many beautiful places, so close to where I live. 
    I was just so happy to have taken this trip – I’ve made friend, I spent time in the mountains and had time to reflect on myself. 
     
    For me, nothing compares to a trip in the mountains – not the beach, not the amusement parks, not the zoo (especially not the zoos). Being in the nature gives me a sense of  liberation, but also it remembers me how small I am.. I’m a particle in this whole universe, a universe that does not revolve around me. 
    All my problems seem particularly smaller when I look around myself and I’m surrounded by the greatness of nature. 

    I hope you enjoy the following pictures – I think we picked the most perfect time for the hike – everything was blooming, everything was green and welcoming.

     

    The first stop was Daqi National Forest Park. The park covers about 700 hectares, and it’s spread for several kilometres west of Tonglu. It has it all: forests, waterfalls, chain bridges and breath-taking views.

    The entrance is about 25 yuan, and the opening times are from 7am to 6.30pm. If you find yourself in the area, it’s definitely a place that you should visit.

    ~ Daqi Mountain ~
    ~ Daqi National Forest Park ~
    ~ Daqi Mountain ~
    ~ Daqi National Forest Park ~
    ~ Daqi Mountain ~ The water was unbelievably blue.
    ~ Daqi National Forest Park ~ The water was unbelievably blue.
    ~ Daqi National Forest Park ~ Living life on the edge, basically.
    ~ Daqi National Forest Park ~ Living life on the edge, basically.
    ~ Daqi Mountain ~ The sun sets on the world ..
    ~ Daqi National Forest Park~ The sun sets on the world ..
    'I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time .. '
    ‘I wanna leave my footprints on the sands of time .. ‘

     

    The second stop was Bai Yun Yuan Waterfall 白云源. This place is not as known as Daqi Park, and because of that we were rewarded with a more quieter and peaceful hike. Not that many people adventure here.

    But let me tell you, it was well worth it! The view from the top of the waterfall – the wind through my hair, the cloudy day – it was just perfect. It made me stop there for few minutes and just say few prayers of gratitude.

    I realised in that moment that the only way to come back to ourselves, is by going back to nature. No technology, no parties, no pills or alcohol will ever manage to fix our deepest issues, the way that going back to nature and reflecting does.It’s a lesson that I need to remind myself every day – even taking a walk outside, getting out of my crowded head will help. 

     

    ~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ The Big Waterfall seen from above.
    ~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ The Big Waterfall seen from above.
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    ~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ Leave safety at the door when travelling in China. And purchase a travel insurance!
    ~ Bai Yun Yuan ~ Leave safety at the door when travelling in China. And purchase a travel insurance!

     

    Peace & Love,