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Breakdown of my Dream Trip


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  • Mississauga, Canada- Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia... Depart from Mississauga on June 1 and arrive in Ulaanbaatar on June 2
  • Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia- Manila, Philippines ... Depart from Ulaanbaatar on June 8 and arrive in Manila on June 9
  • Manila, Philippines- Bali, Indonesia... Depart from Manila on June 16 and arrive in Bali on June 16
  • Bali, Indonesia- Cape Town, South Africa... Depart from Bali on June 22 and arrive in Cape Town on June 23
  • Cape Town, South Africa- Addis Ababa, Ethiopia... Depart from Cape Town on June 29 and arrive in Addis Ababa on June 30
  • Addis Ababa, Ethiopia- Rabat, Morocco... Depart from Addis Ababa on July 4 and arrive in Rabat on July 5
  • Rabat, Morocco- Mar del Plata, Argentina... Depart from Rabat on July 12 and arrive in Mar del Plata on July 13
  • Mar del Plata, Argentina- Asuncion, Paraguay... Depart from Mar del Plata on July 17 and arrive in Asuncion on July 17
  • Asuncion, Paraguay- Lima, Peru... Depart from Asuncion on July 25 and arrive in Lima on July 26
  • Lima, Peru- Mississauga, Canada... Depart from Lima on July 31 and arrive in Mississauga on July 31

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My trip to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

The first stop in my trip around the world.

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On June 1st I started my dream trip around the world. I left for Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from Mississauga, Canada, arriving on June 3rd. The total duration of the trip was 33 hours and 40 minutes, the flight had 2 stops in New York, United States of America and Moscow, Russia. The cost of this flight was $1681. From Mississauga to Ulaanbaatar it is 9830.40 km. While in Mongolia, I chose to travel around the city of Ulaanbaatar for 4 days (this does not include the days I spent travelling on an airplane). I visited the Terelj National Park, Gandantegchenling Montastery, and Tunmen Ekh Ensemble. The Terelj National Park was stunning and well worth the visit. It was in the middle of nowhere, but was quite incredible. I got to meet local families, and watch children ride horses like they were born on them! It was so beautiful to see and brought a huge smile to my face. The horses were beautifully cared for and the park was clean and peaceful. For most of the afternoon I sat on the mountain top and looked at the clouds and scenery. I really enjoyed taking many pictures of all the different wildflowers and plants along the walking trails. I chose to go off the beaten path for my walks, however, this is highly not recommended. Don't forget to pack lots of water and snacks, if planning to stay there the whole day! I learned this, the hard way!
Terelj National Park, Mongolia

Terelj National Park, Mongolia

The Gandantegchenling Monastery is 1.5 km north west of the central square in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. I found it to be a working institution rather than a tourist attraction, which was very nice. The interior of the Buddhist Monastery was very impressive and awe-inspiring. I arrived at noon and it was full of people however, it is so big that you did not feel overwhelmed or crowded. The interiors were wonderful and gave a great representation of Buddhist symbolism and art. The Monastery is home to one of the largest standing Buddha's. It is also one of the few Buddhist temples that was not destroyed during the early communist years, which I found to be very interesting. If you go between 9 and 10 am you can see the Monks chanting. It costs roughly 5 dollars (Canadian) to get in, and 3 dollars (Canadian) to take pictures. It was most definitely worth the stop. It was also nice to sit outside and catch some sun, while feeding the birds. One thing to be cautious about is that it is a place of worship so long pants and shirts that cover the shoulder are to be worn at all time while visiting.
Gabdantegchenling Monastery, Mongolia

Gabdantegchenling Monastery, Mongolia

Tumen Ekh Ensemble at the National Recreation Centre was extremely entertaining at such a low price. I expected the National Recreation Centre to be centrally located but instead it was located down a long windy street. For a second I though the taxi driver was taking us somewhere else, I was so scared! The building seemed very tiny from the outside, but it was fairly large. The theater is a room with step/bleacher style seating on the far wall (which felt like the 1900's). It was a great place to see traditional dance and music. After watching the show I have more understanding about the culture and traditional customs of Mongolia. The singers, instruments, contortionists, and instrumentals were all remarkable.
Tumen Ekh Emsemble, Mongolia

Tumen Ekh Emsemble, Mongolia

A restaurant that I really enjoyed was called 'Hazara', it specialized in authentic Indian dishes and served local dishes as well. The restaurant had amazing service and excellent food that made me go back two other times! I spent my nights at the Ramada Ulaanbaatar in City Centre, the hotel was located in a good area for shopping and sight-seeing. The cost per night was roughly $211. After Ulaanbaatar I plan to visit Manila, Philippines. This has so far been an amazing vacation.

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My trip to Manila, Philippines

The second stop in my trip around the world.

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On June 9th I arrived in Manila, from Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. Ulaanbaatar was so much fun, and I am sure Manila will be just as fun! I left Ulaanbaatar on June 8th, on an overnight flight that was 10 hours and 55 minutes. The flight had one stop in Seoul, South Korea. The cost of the flight was $569, and I travelled 3929.79 km. I planned to visit Manila for 5 days, and I was honored to see the Corregidor Island, the University of Santo Tomas, and Paco Park. Corregidor Island is a tad-pole shaped island (rock island) that is the largest of the five islands between the historical Bataan and Cavite shores. I decided to go on a tour with a company called Sun Cruise, just so I could learn more about the history of the island and the scenery. The tour guide did a fine job handling transportation to and from the island, and lunch was great. It was fascinating to see the ruins and realize its strategic importance in World War Two. I wish I was able to spend more time on the island to go hiking.
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Corregidor Island, Philippines

Corregidor Island, Philippines

The University of Santo Tomas is the oldest University in Asia, and was founded in 1611. It is also one of the world's largest Roman Catholic Universities and is based on enrollment. Some things that I really liked about the University was that it was an oasis from the more chaotic, rundown traffic and buildings around Manila, it is very multi-cultural, you felt very secure and safe, its is extremely picture-esk, and the history behind the building is remarkable. I had the chance to speak to a student from Spain and he showed me around the campus, he seemed to be very happy with the school and has done very well academically.
University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

University of Santo Tomas, Philippines

Paco Park was a former cemetery and is now a manicured park that is a venue for fairs and concerts featuring local artists and musicians. The cute chapel in the middle of the park would be great for intimate weddings. I loved this park for its rich history and beautiful scenery. One thing I learned from talking to some locals was that I should have walked up the side road and entered from one of many entrances, which is known by only locals to avoid being hit by a fee at the main entrance. I could have saved some money! I was mesmerized by all the beautiful flowers and I was so happy I took my camera!
Paco Park, Philippines

Paco Park, Philippines

I chose to eat at a well known restaurant, known as 'My Kitchen by Chef Chris'. It offered good quality Italian food, but I had the Panizza! The Panizza was an interesting combination of Pizza and Panini, it was quite different. The restaurant was beyond good... it was excellent. I stayed at a hotel called 'The Bayleaf' and for 6 nights the price was $636. The hotel was strategically placed within range of numerous tourist destinations, which made it very easy for me to get transportation to these well known spots. From my room I had a great view of Intramuros an Manila Bay. The rooms were well kept and I would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Manila, whether it is a business trip of a family trip. It was well worth the money! After Manila, Philippines I plan to visit Bali, Indonesia! Bali is my last stop on my way through Asia.

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My trip to Bali, Indonesia

The third stop in my trip around the world.

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Bali, Indonesia will be my last stop in Asia, the next continent that I will visit will be Africa! To get to Bali from Manila I had one stop over in Jakarta, Indonesia. The total duration of the trip was 7 hours and 55 minutes. The cost for the flight was $321 and was a total of 2640.05 kilometers. I was glad to spend 5 days in Bali, there is so much to do and see while there. Some highlights of my trip included visiting Dreamland Beach, Canoeing in Lake Batur, and visiting the Melatin Waterfall in Munduk Village. Dreamland Beach consists of white sandy beaches stretching over 100 meters. The beach is leaned up against a white stone cliff that provides an amazing view of the Indian Ocean. I was so happy to spend the whole day at this beach! My favourite part of the day was the sunset, and walking around looing at the luxurious residences, hotels, villas, and the world class golf-course.
Dreamland Beach, Indonesia

Dreamland Beach, Indonesia

Canoeing in Lake Batur was a magical and tranquil experience. Lake Batur sits under the shadow of three mountains, Mount. Batur, Mount. Abang, and Mount. Agung. The mountains are known as the 'Holy Mountains'. It is a rare opportunity to paddle the lake as no other water sports are permitted on the lake, it was only people canoeing and local fishermen. I had to be apart of a tour group in order to do this; Canoe Bali is the only tour company to offer this experience. Knowing that I was canoeing in the middle of a giant volcanic crater was unbelievable!
Lake Batur, Indonesia

Lake Batur, Indonesia

The Melatin Waterfall was an excellent experience. The path to the waterfall is densely planted with clove and coffee trees as well as avocado, taro, banana, and some durian trees. It was great exercise walking up to the waterfall, and time went by so fast as I was learning about local farm and vegetation. The waterfall is 800 meters above sea level, and the fresh mountain air is pollution free. While at the waterfall we were able to have an amazing view of the coastal lines of Northern Bali.
Melatin Waterfall, Indonesia

Melatin Waterfall, Indonesia

I stayed at the Samaya Hotel in Bali, which was $30 per night. This Hotel had amazing service, helpful staff, and a simple by stylish atmosphere. I really enjoyed the King Cole Bar at St. Regis Bali Resort. It was an international cuisine that had a various selection of tea, coffee, and a buffet of warm and cold, savoury and sweet food. I would highly recommend this restaurant. I am sad to leave Asia, it has been so much fun. Can't wait to see what Africa has in store for me!

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My trip to Cape Town, South Africa

The fourth stop in my trip around the world.

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I arrived in Cape Town, South Africa! I am so excited to be visiting a new continent. The total duration of my flight from Bali, Indonesia to Cape Town, South Africa was 28 hours and 40 minutes. I had two stops in Jakarta, Indonesia and in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. It was an overnight flight so I am still very tired. The cost of the flight was $1493 and I travelled 10 114.88 kilometers. I am sure it will be all worth it! I was able to spend 5 days in Cape Town, and saw the Clifton Beach, the Cape Town Diamond Museum, and the Bi-Kaap Neighbourhood. Clifton Beach is a white sand beach with water that is beautifully blue and icy cold. There is a total of four beaches within Clifton Beaches and all four of them are truly spectacular as they are shielded from wind by huge boulders. The wind boulders allow you to enjoy the beaches even on a windy and unpleasant day. There are amazing restaurants within the vicinity however, locals pass by selling refreshments and snacks so you don't even have to move from your spot and risk it being taken away. You only have to pay for a seat and an umbrella and you are set for the whole day. I wish we had beaches like this back at home!
Clifton Beach, South Africa

Clifton Beach, South Africa

The Cape Town Diamond Museum paid tribute to the world's most precious gem. Our tour guides name was Jim and he explained the whole story of the diamond to us. It was so interesting to listen to. I was also able to see some of the some of the areas were the diamonds are worked on as they are in the diamond cutting and polishing phases. It was really fascinating to see the raw diamonds become brilliant stones.
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Cape Town Diamond Museum, South Africa

Cape Town Diamond Museum, South Africa

The Bi-Kaap Neighbourhood was something I have never seen before. It was vibrant with lots of colour and character. I went during the week so I was only able to see music classes practicing for annual concerts. On the weekends major sporting events like Rugby, usually occur. I was hoping to sign up for a cooking class at a home, but I was late getting around to it. The gorgeous colourful cottages and the lovely Malay dishes served by the locals provided a great atmosphere accompanied by a real nice view of the top of table mountain.
Bi-Kaap Neighbourhood, South Africa

Bi-Kaap Neighbourhood, South Africa

I spent my nights at a hotel called "Upperbloem", it was $49 per night. The location was right near the centre of the town so it was perfect for finding transportation to and from destinations. The rooms had a fantastic view, that was most definitely picture-esk. The owner was extremely knowledgeable and always went the extra mile to help with anything that we needed. A restaurant that I really enjoyed was called the 'Savoy Cabbage' which specialized in exotic African food. You have to go there and be adventurous. the food was imaginative, well-presented, and tasty. I ended up trying the warthog and really enjoyed it! I never thought I would like it as much as I did! After Cape Town, South Africa I planned to visit Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

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