Now Discovering Seattle, Washington, USA with @alberthbyang
From its retro Space Needle to the booming tech scene, Seattle has always been looking toward the future—but always with the backdrop of the lush Pacific Northwest. Luxury hotels, high-end restaurants, and art galleries are proliferating, and the city's vaunted music scene never went away (even though grunge did), making Seattle tourism more desirable than ever. #thediscoverer
It was this time last year that I was returning from a 5-week, 5-country "bucket list" trip to Africa. Four of the five countries were new: Botswana, Namibia, Rwanda, and Mozambique. The last country was a repeat (South Africa), but the city I visited was new: Durban. Of the five countries, Botswana and Namibia were my favorites. The topographies, and thus, the wildlife they support, are so varied and unexpected. Botswana, for example, has everything from a wet environment (the Okavango Delta) to a dry environment (the Kalahari Desert). Namibia is even more fascinating. Animals finding a way to not only survive, but thrive and raise young in a dry, barren desert!
I think the most unexpected sight in Namibia were the seals of the Skeleton Coast! One expects to see lions, elephants, and giraffe in Africa...but seals?! And yet, seals are what I saw! On the day of my morning visit, many jet-black baby seals had just been born, some with fur still wet and drying off. In some areas, it was like a baby seal nursery because there were no adults around, only newborn baby seals...some sleeping, some looking for food (or Mama, which is the same as food, Lol), some crying...but ALL were cute as a button!
When advising folks on visiting Africa for a safari, I recommend Kenya and Tanzania for first-timers and families. The infrastructure to support those two groups is well-established. For adults without children, I recommend South Africa. With culture, luxurious accommodations, great food and wine, and diverse coastal cities like Cape Town, it's perfect for those wanting more "grown-up" fun with some safari adventures thrown into the mix! For those who are totally about wildlife, scenery, and luxury and exclusivity, I recommend Botswana and Namibia. These two countries are still "off-the-beaten-path" enough that the crowds are never huge and you can get lost in your own safari escape without sacrificing luxurious accommodations or attentive guest service!
I'll be sharing more photos in the coming days, not just of Africa, but also of Antarctica. It was this time two years ago that I was finalizing preparations for my journey to Antarctica, my 7th continent visited!
One of the first things I did when I moved to @purenewzealand
two years ago was explore my new #hometown
. There’s so much to do in the city, but I also looked at the surroundings and found the #redrocks
trail and seal colony. One hot sunny summer day, I walked from my house in Brooklyn down Owhiro Bay Road to the coast, and then walked along the coast to the far edge of the park. I wasn’t really watching where I was going, so I was definitely surprised to stumble upon this guy!
This massive fur #seal
was just hanging out on the rocks, so I joined him for a bit. It was nice to just sit back and relax in the sun! .
Owhiro Bay isn’t hard to get to - it’s only about a fifteen minute drive from the city centre! There’s a car park at the bottom of Owhiro Bay Road, and there are local buses that run regularly (on weekdays). However, one of my favourite ways to get around #wellingtonnz
is by #ebike
. Pick one up for the day at @switchedonbikes
(city centre) and explore the many bays in this coastal city!