Waikiki, Oahu, Hawaii

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For Spring break this year, I decided to treat myself to my first solo trip since I came back from my South America trip in 2016. It was a long needed alone time for me, but I wanted to make sure it was simple and required a small amount of organization. I knew I had enough travel points to book a flight to Hawaii, but I was looking for a place where I wouldn’t need to worry about transportation (renting a car in Hawaii can get quite expensive) and where I knew I could walk around and have access to the beach, some hiking, diving and more adventures if I wanted to. After discussing with a friend, I decided to head to Oahu, as I already visited Maui a few years ago (see my posts on Maui here and here).

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Teapot Mountain and Jiufen Old Street, Ruifang, Taiwan

After spending most of our week in the city, it was time to get out of town and get some hiking done.  We headed on the coast for a hike. We chose to hike Teapot Mountain in the Jinguashih region. We had to take a train for about one hour up to the Ruifang station, and a taxi to head to the Gold Museum, where the trailhead starts. The taxis are waiting on the left, just outside of the Ruifang station and have pre-set prices for the trip depending on where you want to be dropped off so you will know ahead of time what to expect.

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Taipei, Taiwan

Back in January, I was fortunate enough to take part in a trip to Taiwan, as part of a team presenting projects at an event at the Taiwan National Science Education Center. Most of the activities that we joined during the week were organized for us, although we had a lot of free time in the evening to visit on our own. We also had 3 extra days that we used to visit additional spots, including a one day excursion that I organized as I really wanted to get some hiking in.

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Mt. Washington and Forbidden Plateau, Comox Valley, BC

It was a short time for our holidays, so we decided to stay on the island and keep exploring our new backyard. All fully equipped now with my new mini-van DIY camper, we found a campground that was still opened in Comox to stay for 3 nights (we would treat ourselves to a nice Airbnb for our last day!).

The camper is getting better each time we drive out – this time I built an awning from individual items I found (awning poles, a small tarp and some heavy duty suction cups, along with some rope!) to protect me from the rain when I have to go out to the bathroom in the middle of the night (yep, that’s an issue when you have to sit right back onto your bed with your wet raingear!). It held very well the first night, but unfortunately, we had to take it down the second night as the valley was hit by another massive wind and rain storm… The small tree that I attached my rope onto actually was pulled out of the ground (roots and all!) because the wind was so strong… But other than that, the awning proved to be quite efficient and simple (5min to put up!) (and cheap!). Read More

Exploring Vancouver Island – Part 2

Living in Victoria now, I have been able to go on some short adventures during the past few months. Any time we get a chance, we get into the camper and drive for a bit to explore new spots, get some new ideas of places we would like to go back, just getting a vibe for our new backyard.  Read More

Exploring Vancouver Island – Part 1

On our way to Campbell River, BC

I haven’t taken the time to sit down and post for a while. It’s been a busy time, settling on Vancouver Island, getting used to the new life in Victoria, getting new jobs and trying to keep exploring all at the same time.

Luckily, it didn’t take me too long to join in the island vibe. I bought myself an old mini-van, which we converted quickly into a simple but efficient DIY camper. Looking forward any suggestions of good places to go around the island is you have any! Read More