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Trip Summary

I have just returned home from Hong Kong, thus, bringing an en to my dream trip around the world. Throughout the course of my trip, which lasted 27 days, I travelled a total distance of 39 292.72 kilometres (including my flight home from Hong Kong, which covered a distance of 12558.58 kilometres). Although I am sad that my trip is over, I am glad to be back at home. I am very tired from all the travelling, but I now have great memories of all the places I visited that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I hope I will be able to take another trip like this some time in the not so distant future.

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Hong Kong, China

Ninth Destination on My Dream Trip Around the World

semi-overcast 24 °C

Day One
My flight from Kuala Lumpur has just landed at Hong Kong International Airport in Hong Kong, China. The flight was just under four hours long and cost me $183.00. The total distance between Malaysia's capital and Hong Kong is 2528.70 km. Since I arrived before noon, I still have plenty of time to do some sightseeing today, after checking in to my hotel, the Jen Hotel Hong Kong. First, I will visit Victoria Peak, a mountain located in the city's southern end, famous for the panoramic views it offers of Hong Kong and Victoria Harbour. I will then stop by the Hong Kong Wetland Park, a 60 hectare wetland reserve located about 30 minutes north of the city.
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I have just finished eating dinner at my hotel. As I make my way to my room, I reflect on my first day in Hong Kong. The views from Victoria Peak were stunning and the tram that I took to travel up and back down the mountain was an interesting and convenient feature. Furthermore, the Wetland Park was well worth the drive, as I learned a lot about the region's wetland ecosystem's and wildlife.
Day Two
My last day in Hong Kong will be spent appreciating Hong Kong's modern architecture. First, I will visit the International Finance Center and then I will travel across Victoria Harbour to the International Commerce Center.
I have just stepped out of the International Commerce Center and I am now on my way to dinner. The views from the tops of both skyscrapers I visited were breathtaking and allowed me to see the city, mountains and harbour from two different perspectives. For dinner, I will be eating at Tim's Kitchen, a small restaurant serving traditional Cantonese dishes. When I return to my hotel, I will probably relax in the pool for an hour or so before getting some rest prior to my flight back home to Mississauga Tomorrow.

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Eighth Destination on my Dream Trip Around the World

31 °C

Day One
My flight from Almaty has just touched down at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The flight was just over 12 hours long, but I had to make a connection in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates, which lasted 5 hours and 40 minutes. It cost about $800.00, and covered a distance of 5092.60 kilometres. As was the case in Almaty, the length of the flight leaves me only with enough time for dinner and a trip to my hotel, the Shangri-La Kuala Lumpur, where I will be staying for the duration of my time here in Malaysia's capital.

Day Two
Today is my first day of sightseeing in Kuala Lumpur. The first attractions I will be visiting are the Petronas Towers. The towers were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 until 2004 and stand just over 450 metres tall. I look forward to visiting the towers' observation deck, as well as the double-decker bridge that connects them on the 41st and 42nd storeys.
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The view from the top of the Petronas Towers was truly breathtaking. I was able to see the entire city. However, it is now time for lunch and after that, I will be off to the Batu caves, a series of caves buried underneath a limestone hill just north of Kuala Lumpur. The caves also feature Hindu shrines, temples and statues and so, by visiting, I know I will learn a lot about one of South Asia's most prominent religions.
The caves and temples were spectacular and should not be missed by anyone who visits Kuala Lumpur. While in the cave, I was even able to try out rock climbing for the first time. This was a huge surprise to me, as I had no idea prior to entering the caves that rock climbing was available as an activity. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed my time at the caves and my visit to the Petronas Towers earlier in the day. Currently, I am about to sit down to dinner at Enak Restaurant KL, one of the city's most high-end restaurants, specializing in spicy Malay food. After dinner, I will return to my hotel for the night.

Day Three
Today, I will be visiting the Sepang International Circuit, a car and motorcycle racetrack located just south of the city, adjacent to its international airport. Following my visit to the circuit, I will return to the city to visit the Kuala Lumpur Bird Park, a bird sanctuary located in the heart of downtown Kuala Lumpur. Visiting both of these attractions will take until about mid-evening, when I will eat dinner, then return to my hotel.
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I am now back in my hotel room after a long day in Kuala Lumpur. The visit to the racetrack was spectacular! I was actually able to be driven around the track - by a slow moving van of course, rather than a Formula 1 race car. This experience was interesting, as it allowed me have the same perspective of the track that MotoGp and Formula 1 riders and drivers have when they navigate it at break-neck speeds during a race. In addition, what I really liked about the Bird Park, aside from all the exotic birds that I had never seen prior to my visit, was the fact that the birds were allowed to fly out in the open, rather than being kept in cages. This gave me the feeling that I was in one of Malaysia's dense jungles, rather than in a controlled environment in the middle of its capital and largest city. Unfortunately, my time in Kuala Lumpur has come to an end. Tomorrow I will be leaving Malaysia for Hong Kong, China, the final stop in my dream trip around the world.

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Almaty, Kazakhstan

Seventh Destination on my Dream Trip Around the World

overcast 18 °C

Day One
I have finally landed in Almaty, Kazakhstan, following a 14 hour 30 minute flight from Venice, during which, there was a 6 and a half hour layover in Istanbul, Turkey. The flight cost $934.00 and covered a distance of about 5000 kilometres. Almaty is the first Asian stop on my worldwide voyage. I chose to visit this city because I feel that it, as well as Kazakhstan as a whole, are "off the beaten path". Therefore, by spending time here, I can discover, experience and learn about a part of the world that I currently do not know much about. However, my exploration of Almaty will have to wait until tomorrow, as it is already late in the evening and I am very tired from my long flight. I am now en route to my hotel, the Royal Tulip Almaty, where I will get some sleep before a full day of sightseeing tomorrow.

Day Two
Today is my second day in Almaty. Refreshed from an eight-hour sleep, I am now ready to begin sightseeing. Today, I will be visiting the Medeu Skating Rink and Kok Tobe hill, both located in the east end of the city. The Medeu Skating Rink is the highest skating rink in the world in terms of its altitude and it was used as a venue for skating during the 2011 Asian Winter Games. Furthermore, Kok Tobe hill is located not too far away from the rink and boasts stunning views of Almaty and the surrounding countryside. Also on Kok Tobe hill, is Almaty Tower, the tallest tubular steel structure in the world.
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My visit to the Medeu Skating rink was amazing! The facility was world-class, and its lack of a roof meant the fresh mountain air was able to fill the rink, allowing for a truly unique and memorable experience (even though I was only able to walk on the rink because it is summer and therefore, is not cold enough for skating). Moreover, the views from the top of the hill were picturesque and the tower was a magnificent sight, although it is a shame that the observation decks are not accessible to the public. To ascend and descend the hill, I travelled on a cable car which also offered great views, as well as a relaxing ride. Before eating dinner and calling it a night, I will pay a visit to Zenkov Cathedral, a Russian Orthodox church located in Panfilov Park in Almaty's east end. The Cathedral is built of wood and is in fact, the second tallest building in the world.
Day Three
It is now my last day in Kazakhstan's most populous city. Today, I will be travelling approximately two and a half hours north of Almaty to visit Tamgaly Tas, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tamgaly Tas is a petroglyph site (petroglyphs are drawings or carvings on rock, made by prehistoric peoples), containing drawings and carvings nearly 3000 years old. In addition to the petroglyphs, I have heard that the park features great hiking and biking trails, perfect for enjoying Kazakhstan's back country's unspoiled natural beauty.
Tamgaly Tas was well worth the visit. I have never seen prehistoric carvings or drawings before, so the experience was a first for me. At the moment, I have returned to the city and have just completed a visit to the Central State Museum. The museum featured various exhibits about the history of Kazakhstan, including sections on archaeology, culture and modern history (1991 independence of Kazakhstan from the Soviet Union and onwards). I feel that visiting this museum was the best way for me to learn more about this landlocked nation in central Asia. After an authentic Kazakh dinner at Gosti restaurant, I will return to my hotel to rest before departing for Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia tomorrow morning.

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Venice, Italy

Sixth Destination on my Dream Trip Around the World

sunny 25 °C

Day One
After a 1 hour and 5 minute flight that cost me about $400.00, I have now arrived at my hotel, the Hotel Danieli. The distance between the two cities is approximately 360 kilometres. Furthermore, I had originally planned to drive between the two cities, but the rental car company did not have any vehicles available.

As my flight arrived early in the afternoon, I still have time to do some sightseeing today. The first thing I will do is something I feel no one should leave out on a visit to Venice - a gondola ride through the city's famous waterways. The tour I have purchased tickets for will take me - on a gondola, of course - through the Grand Canal, starting at the city's west end and culminating in the east, before heading back to where it began via the narrower secondary waterways. After my gondola ride, I plan to eat dinner at Ristorante Alle Corone, a restaurant which I have heard serves some of the best seafood in Venice.
I have just finished my seafood dinner and I am currently back in my hotel room preparing for bed. The gondola ride through the waterways did not disappoint me and was in fact, more magical and picturesque than I expected it to be. All in all, my first day in Venice could not have been more enjoyable! I hope that my second and last day in Venice will be as good as today.

Day Two
Today, I will be visiting Piazza San Marco, the main Plaza in Venice, and one of the city's most popular attractions. The Piazza is the political and religious centre of Venice and located on the Piazza, is St. Mark's Basilica, a structure which dates back to the eleventh century AD. I will be taking a tour of the Basilica, as well as it's bell tower, the Campanile. This tower, standing at almost 100 metres tall, is one of Venice's most recognizable landmarks.
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The interior of the Basilica was absolutely beautiful, particularly because it consisted of many elaborate sculptures, paintings and other details which contribute to its grandeur. In addition, the observation deck at the top of the Campanile provided me with a spectacular lookout over the Piazza and the rest of Venice. Currently, I am enjoying a coffee at Cafe Florian, which, located on the Piazza itself, is the oldest cafe in the world. Apart from that, it also serves some of the best coffee I've ever tasted! After I finish my light snack here at the cafe, I will travel by boat to the Island of Murano, situated in the Laguna Veneta about 1.5 kilometres north of Venice. The island is famous for its glass-making and thus, my time there will be spent at a glass factory, where I will watch a demonstration of the making of Murano glass. I hope to buy a couple of pieces to take home with me to add to my collection.
My trip to Murano was a really interesting experience and I learned a lot about the glass-making process. However, after a long day of sightseeing and exploration in this splendid maritime city, I am now tired and ready for bed. Tomorrow, I will be off to the seventh destination in my trip around the world - Almaty, Kazakhstan.

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