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6 Unusual Sunsets

by on Nov.09, 2015, under China

I usually hate travel lists and particularly repetitive “top 6 things to do etc.” but everyone else writes about it so here’s my bit…

As a random wanderer you simply have to love and embrace sunsets. That defining moment that ends your natural daylight part on any given day. As the sun disappears, you can take with it memories on how gracefully this hot sphere left your world. Where were you and what were you doing for sunset? These are 6 random sunsets – not necessarily the best just a list of unusual ones I came up with from my travels. Check it out:

1. Sunset at Casapueblo, URUGUAY:

Sunset at Casapueblo is phenomenal. It was recommended to me while moving around the south coast of Uruguay. I would recommend getting a bus from Punta Del Este (a decent seaside resort to stay in!) out to Punta Ballena and walking the 2 kilometres or so down to the coast itself. There you will find the glorious Casapueblo! An exquisite, self designed, artistic seafront building which is also an art museum. Pay to get inside, walk around and then about an hour or so before sunset, get yourself a balcony seat by the bar. You can order beer and food and watch the sun go down. If you want to watch it for free, you could go to a nearby lookout spot of course, but being at Casapueblo for sunset is just incredible. My pick for sure!!!

2. Sunset at Bruny Island, Tasmania, AUSTRALIA:

Bruny Island is not the most southern Australian island, but it’s one of them. It’s a marvellous little remote island, reached by ferry from Kettering in mainland Tasmania. Get yourself up to “The Neck” for sunset. Apart from wallabies and rabbits, you may be the only person in sight. A peaceful sunset in contrast to the lively bar at Casapueblo. Bring a coat! As soon as that hot sphere fades it’s windy and chilly, especially in winter!

3. Sunset at Boscombe in Bournemouth, ENGLAND:

I spent six years living in Bournemouth yet don’t always write about it, so here it is getting some publicity in the form of a place on my top six random sunsets. While I worked away down by the beach, far to the west the sun was setting, taking with it the lighting over the splendid beaches and being replaced by darkness, which is when Bournemouth comes alive. It may be best remembered for a beach and party town, but believe me, get yourself a cocktail and watch the sunset by Bournemouth beach. It’s glorious!

4. Sunset from The Fortress in Danxiashan, Guangdong, CHINA:

China has far too much for any traveller to ever see all of it. That’s the beauty of places like Danxiashan – it is relatively unknown yet this place is just amazing. It’s well off the beaten track. This is an area of outstanding natural beauty and has some incredible hikes, mountains and rock formations. You will walk past a rock like is shaped like a penis willy or todger on your way up to a fortress. From this fortress you can get an away view of the sunset – far into the distance over Guangdong Province in China. Worth seeing!

5. Sunset on Kenting Beach in TAIWAN:

I love Taiwan. My trip there in 2009 sparked off a new lease of adventure for me and I have fond memories of it, none more so than having a beer on Kenting beach on the south coast as the sun was going down. Myself and my travel buddy went in for a swim in the splendid waters before getting a glimpse of how the hottest sphere we know about disappears for the evening!

6. Sunset at Lam Tin in HONG KONG:

It wasn’t intentional to put Asia on this list three times but Hong Kong has to be on it. With a vast array of skyscrapers, mountains and constant traffic flow, this city allows the freedom to enjoy sunset in a more relaxed way if you’re up for it. Head over to Lam Tin in the east of Kowloon where you can see the sunset to the west and get a spectacular view of Hong Kong Island. Bliss.

So there you have it – 6 odd but spectacular locations you can watch the hottest sphere in existence head away for the night. Don’t you just love sunsets…

To check out further articles like 6 incredible sunsets check out Jonny Blair’s global travel, work and lifestyle website Dont Stop Living for further travel tales and tips!. Unique version for reprint here: 6 Unusual Sunsets.

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    Up Close to Cape Horn

    by on Apr.22, 2013, under Adventures

    The magic of Cape Horn – this is basically the last part of planet earth as you head to the South Pole that you can realistically live on! Any further south and it’s just too cold to live. Michael Palin once managed to step foot here on a BBC Documentary a few years back and now it was time to make the trip to Cape Horn.[]

    It’s owned by Chile, not Argentina and forms the southern point of the island area known as Tierra Del Fuego. I love the name actually – CAPE HORN. It has a certain inspired ring to it. I was hell bent on seeing it for real, and selfishly I wanted to step foot on it.

    Stepping foot on the cape of Horn is at a high cost, hence why Michael Palin was able to do it – being a posh English type on a rich BBC budget, I envy his adventures but cannot afford them. Chilean officials do not allow any boats that are not Chilean to go within 12 or 13 miles (can’t remember which) of the Horn itself, without a strict permission.

    We left Argentina behind for Antarctica sailing on the MS Expedition which was built up in Denmakr, had been registered in Africa at Liberia and was now making these regular trips down to the white continent. Everyone on the ship was asleep (except the crew) the night we headed south on the dreaded Drake Passage, so getting up close to Cape Horn wasn’t happening – we were much too far east for that anyway and we had one intention – arriving in Antarctica[]

    There were rumours circulating on board the ship that we would be calling at Cape Horn on the way back up to Argentina. This all began by the crew showing us an intriguing documentary about Cape Horn as we headed back onto the Drake Passage, however nothing was confirmed.

    However the map of the route onboard the ship was the giveaway as we had departed from Antarctica at Elephant Island and were changing direction rapidly, instead of heading directly north, there was a slight tilting to the north west, where Cape Horn sits.

    This meant we were obviously planning to sail within viewing distance of Cape Horn, which was then rumoured to be our final “surprise” on board. This was later confirmed at that day’s “Recap and briefing” where we were told we would get an early morning wake up call on our approach to Cape Horn so none of us would miss out. We were told this would be around 5 am.

    The night before proved to be quite a late one in the onboard Polar Bear Bar, it was our final journey on the treacherous Drake Passage and we had all bonded as a group on board the ship and on land on the magical continent. I left the bar around 2.30 am, with many still up. Sunset had passed us by on the west and sunrise had begun in the east, giving the boat the odd position of one side in darkness and the other side in early morning light.

    After 2 hours sleep the alarms went off and I was up waiting to see Cape Horn, we assembled on deck and it was by around 6.30 am that we finally got close to Cape Horn – an incredibly exciting moment for all concerned!

    Finally just before 7 am we had the announcement that we were on our approach to Cape Horn. We were also informed that the Captain had been in touch with the Chilean authorities and that we were able to breach the normal barrier of 12 – 13 miles within the Cape.

    It was straight upstairs to the For’d Deck for the fantastic morning view of the fabulous Cabo De Hornos. In the end we got within 3 miles of Cape Horn! It wasn’t even a dream. I saw Cape Horn for real. Totally immense. Been there, done that, didn’t stand on the land there.

    To read more articles like Seeing Cape Horn go to Jonny Blair’s excellent website A Lifestyle of Travel for ongoing travel stories and advice.. Unique version for reprint here: Up Close to Cape Horn.

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      A Visit to Jougla Point in Antarctica

      by on Mar.08, 2013, under Travel

      Oh the magnificent winter wonderland of Antarctica! It offers endless fun and amazing travel memories. During my trip I ended up at Jougla Point on Goudier Island, which got me reminiscing about working in Public Relations and had me in awe of the world around me. It’s the most remote and amazing continent to see! []

      This place served as a reminder to me that travel is really about seeing new places and having amazing experiences and in this fantastic wonderland I was many miles from those busy office blocks of a big city! The commerical world is out of your mind as you wake up in a world of endless snow, strong blizzards, penguins and complete wilderness. Just amazing!

      Jougla sits nicely on Goudier Island. My visit there was special as the adjoining part of Goudier Island houses a British Base – Port Lockroy! Jougla Point was the first stop off that day and prepared me for the epic trip across to Port Lockroy. It’s unlikely I will visit Port Lockroy again but the place left a lasting impression – sliding penguins and in the background a flying British flag!

      The previous night we docked off the coast of Goudier Island. Our boat was the MS Expedition, a marvellous red vessel, great place to relax on board with Antarctica outside. Just amazing feeling and the next day we were all set for the landing at this place.

      There was a sense of magic in the air when a snowstorm greeted our departure from the ship and over to the small Jougla Point. This is the adjacent island to Port Lockroy, the British Base. []

      Penguins were the main attraction. And lots of them, sliding up and down and all over the snow! Just epic – such a breathtaking landscape! The background scenery is immense.

      Jougla Point was probably our quickest and shortest Antarctica landing. It was all quite surreal and I’d give a lot to be standing back there right now in a blizzard miles from civilisation.

      To read more marvellous travel tales like Jougla Point go to A Lifestyle of Travel – Jonny Blair’s epic site.. Also published at A Visit to Jougla Point in Antarctica.

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