25 June 2013

Please visit my new blog location

From this point forward, I will no longer be updating this blogspot version of Global Goebel.  To continue reading about my travel adventures, please visit my new self-hosted site:

20 May 2013

Beeing Attacked In Bagan

Temples of Bagan

Bagan is an ancient city in Burma (also known as Myanmar).  There are literally thousands of temples and pagodas that dot the Burmese countryside in the area.  While some of these temples are popular tourist attractions, many of the smaller ones are rarely visited just because there are other more impressive temples nearby.

Everything about Bagan resonates with beauty, tradition, and peacefulness..... until you get attacked by a swarm of bees, and it becomes the setting for one of the scariest moments of your life.  This is what nightmares are made of.

15 May 2013

Through My Lens: Mongolia

Ger in the Grassland
Ger near Kharkhorin.
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A couple years ago, I decided to take a last minute trip (only two weeks notice) to Mongolia to see the Naadam festival and to experience the vast openness of this primarily nomadic nation.  It was a trip where I felt I grew a lot as a photographer.  When I returned home after the trip, I was happy that I had captured my best photo set ever up to that point in time.  Looking back, there are definitely some good photos in the set, but it's pretty obvious to me that my post-processing skills were still fairly amateur (and have come a long way since).  However, like most things in life, practice makes perfect.

These are some of the photos I took during my trip to Mongolia.

10 May 2013

My Adventure With Indiana At Petra

When I found a creative and cheap way to add Bahrain and Petra onto my Kenya and Tanzania trip, I jumped at it.  The ancient city of Petra had been on my travel bucket list pretty much ever since I learned that the place where Indiana Jones finds the holy grail in "The Last Crusade" is actually a real place. 

05 May 2013

Through My Lens: Brasilia

A view of Brasilia from the TV Tower observatory.
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Last year, I took a trip to Brazil with my dad and my uncle.  One of the places we visited was the capital city of Brasilia.  I had read in various blogs, articles, and guidebooks that this city is written off by a lot of travelers as being too boring.  However, as a fan of architecture and photography, Brasilia quickly become one of my favorite cities in South America.

These are some of the photos I took during our day in Brasilia.

29 April 2013

My Top 10 Experiences In North Korea

Giant Arirang Pig (20081008_0294)
Yes, this photo was really taken in North Korea.

Although it's been nearly five years since I went to North Korea as a tourist, it's one of the countries that I get asked about the most.  It's also one of the most unique and interesting places that I've ever visited.

Since I haven't written a "Top 10" list on my blog yet and they seem to be popular on most other travel blogs, I'm going to give you "My Top 10 Experiences From North Korea".

24 April 2013

Mount Kenya: The Descent

The Mt. Kenya Crew
Front row, left to right:  Harrison (porter), Peter (our guide), Steven (porter).
Middle row, left to right:  Charles (porter), David (porter), Craig.
Back row, left to right:  Me, George (assistant guide), David (cook), Dave, Samuel (porter)

After successfully reaching the summit of Lenana Peak this morning, we enjoy a celebratory cup of hot coffee and some breakfast while taking in the beautiful views from Shipton's Camp.  Yesterday when we arrived at camp we couldn't see much due to the clouds, and then this morning we couldn't see much because it was still dark.

We lounge around camp, taking naps, resting our feet, and repack our gear before leaving camp again at 12:30pm for what we think will be a slow, easy hike.

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