The Body of Chairman Mao

Getting into Tiananmen Square was hard enough. We joined a large crowd of Chinese people, shuffling slowly forwarded. We waited while people looked at us strangely, pointed at our feet and laughing, not knowing if joining the group was even the right thing to do. Eventually we arrived at a security checkpoint, where our bagsContinue reading “The Body of Chairman Mao”

Sibelius Monument

Jean Sibelius was born in 1865 and was a composer of classical music, his music is often credited with giving Finland a national identity as they struggled for independence from Russia. Sibelius’s image was on the 100 mark note before Finland adopted the euro and his national day is celebrated on his birthday, December 8th.Continue reading “Sibelius Monument”

Vanhankaupunki, Helsinki Old Town

Vanhankaupunki or Helsinki Old Town is 5km from where the center of town is now situated. The town was established in 1550 by the Swedish King Gustav Vasa, as Finland was under Swedish rule at the time. By 1570 it is thought that there were around 500 inhabitants. By 1640 the town was moved from thisContinue reading “Vanhankaupunki, Helsinki Old Town”

Three Nations Border Point

The Three Nations Border Point can be reached by ferry or an 11 km one way walk from Kilpisjärvi. There are a few different ways it can be reached of varying difficulty, I chose to take the ferry one way and return on the Malla Trail to Kilpisjärvi Via Pikku Malla making the total distance 16Continue reading “Three Nations Border Point”

71° North

Nordkapp was once thought to be the northern most point of the Norwegian island Magerøya and has become the ending point for many peoples journey. But in actual fact Knivskjellodden point is further north and has become a popular walk for people trying to avoid the crowds and high entrance fees of Nordkapp. 7km south from NordkappContinue reading “71° North”

Lady Liberty

The Statue of Liberty has been in the news recently after a bomb threat causing an evacuation of Liberty Island. Since 9/11 the statue has had a rough ride. it was closed after September 11th 2001 due to security concerns, the statue underwent modifications that would make evacuations easier if it was needed. Since then LibertyContinue reading “Lady Liberty”

The Killing Fields – Inside the Monument

In the center of The Killing Fields stands a huge monument to the thousands of people that were killed there and buried in the mass graves. What’s inside may shock you. The thousands of remains of those unnamed victims who were killed during the reign of the Khmer Rouge. Layer and layer of skulls reachedContinue reading “The Killing Fields – Inside the Monument”