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Испания

...Первое, что я увидел в Испании, это как какой-то слегка бомжеватого вида мужик вышел на середину площади Пеликанов в Севилье, лег на землю, заложил руки за голову, и стал смотреть на небо. И вся поездка как-то прошла в таком духе.

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Ode to Istanbul

Стамбул встретил меня запахом дыма, моря, и потрясающим закатом над Босфором. Глядя на сотни кораблей в проливе, и мечети над ним, я сразу понял, что это - мой город. Стамбул собрал в себе все что мне нравится в Ближнем Востоке - кальяны, старые балконы, бесконечный чай, голоса муэдзинов с мечетей. Этот город также несет в себе дух старого юга, как Крым, и слегка грустную атмосферу рухнувшей империи и былого величия, Полуразрушенные дворцы, дворики с забытыми фонтанами, неубранные старые скверы - и везде рядом море и гудки кораблей. А над всем этим - Святая София и Голубая Мечеть, дворик которой усыпан осенними листьями. Я даже встал в 5 утра и встретил рассвет над Босфором. На камнях волнореза рыбаки жарили на углях свежепойманную рыбу, а в Мраморном Море мигали далекие сухогрузы. 

Меня зовут Михаил Денисенко, я люблю южные портовые города, и Стамбул - первый среди них.

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На БМ было очень хорошо. Уютно и по-ДОМашнему. Парочка встреченных рассветов, парочка новых опытов. А потом я поехал на север, в Орегон. Гулял по сохранившимся кое-где снежным полям, купался в холодных горных озерах, исследовал белые пятна на карте Америки. Отлично отдохнул. В планах Париж, Израиль, Тахо. 

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Around the World. The Stats

The trip was complete when I landed in the same place I took off from, JFK airport. 



Total miles travelled: 29,517
Total flights: 9
Total hours in flight: 60
Countries: New Zealand, Australia, UAE, India
Path: NYC > SF > LA > Auckland > Christchurch > Arthur's Pass > Moana > Greymouth > Okarito > Franz Josef Glacier > Fox Glacier > Haast > Wanaka > Queenstown > Invercargill > Bluff > Riverton > Te Anau > Milford Sound > Manapouri > Doubtful Sound > Te Anau > Queenstown > Auckland > Sydney > Katoomba > Sydney > Dubai > Delhi > Kota > Delhi > NYC

Around the World. India

The first thing I saw once I got to my hotel in Delhi was the headline of a newspaper that proclaimed that the airline I flew from Dubai, Kingfisher, was deemed a safety risk and ordered to shutdown. Awesome. 

After much needed sleep, I set about exploring Delhi. The New Delhi area, where I stayed, was very unlike most Indian cities. It featured tree-lined boulevards, orderly public squares, and (gasp) actual traffic lights. I was so energized by the orderliness of the place, that I walked all the way to Humayun's tomb, a sort of a poor man's Taj Mahal. I finished the day by hanging out with my good friend Abi, who took me to a revolving restaurant that would have had an amazing view if not for the thick smog/fog covering the city.


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Around the World. Dubai

After a half day exploring Sydney (one of the coolest cities in the world), I headed to Dubai. The flight wasn't very comfortable, and the promised Emirates Airbus didn't materialize either. Oh well.

After an hour of running around what had to be one of the worst-designed airports in the world, I took the metro into the city. The automated metro ticket machine wasn't working, so in order to buy a ticket one needed to see an agent, who then proceeded to go to the machine and retrieve the ticket manually. This was a common theme in Dubai - a sleek, modern exterior, with chaos and shoddiness underneath. 

All of my concerns evaporated, though, once I stepped off the metro and saw it.

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Around the World. New Year's in Sydney

A bit belated, but happy New Year's from Sydney!



I arrived in Sydney and met up with levik and friends right in time to have a delicious New Year's dinner in the apartment we were staying in. We then proceeded to North Sydney and occupied a prime spot across the river from the Opera House. There was a lively, but not overwhelming crowd, and the fireworks show over the Opera House was spectacular. It was all a bit unreal - the celebrations I usually see on TV (in the context of the first big city to greet the New Year) were unfolding right in front of me. Another magical travel moment. 

The next day we were off for two relaxing days in the Blue Mountains, north of the city. The caves were especially magnificent - so much so that our bus driver leaving without us didn't dampen the mood. 

Tomorrow I am back to Sydney and off to Dubai, then Delhi.