Carpe Diem #144 – Put my hands in the air on the Fastest Roller Coaster in the World!

I spent a good chunk of the last 8 months working (with very minimal time off) as a temporary resident in UAE. Unfortunately I was either chained to a desk or travelling on a tight agenda for work most of the time, which meant I didn’t really get to see as much of the place as I would have liked… but I did what I could.

One of the cool things I got to do was tick off Carpe Diem #144 – Put my hands in the air on the Fastest Roller Coaster in the World! The Fastest Roller Coaster in the World is at Ferrari World in Abu Dhabi.

My friend Ace and I at the point off take off!

My friend Ace and I at the point off take off! (Sorry it’s so little , photo of a photo.)

Named Formula Rossa this rollercoaster goes from 0-240km/h (149mph) in about 5 seconds! Unbelievably Fun! Not sure what more there is to say about it. I couldn’t stop smiling and giggling once it was over. Love, love, loved it!

Super Fun!

Super Fun!

Some of the other stuff you can do at Ferrari World (that isn’t nearly as cool as Formular Rossa) include; race car simulators (you can race against your mates, history of Ferrari doco movies, a couple of other roller-coasters, one of those plunging tower rides, interactive exhibits for how Ferrari make their cars and the list goes on. All in all, a good day out with an uber uber fun moment. 

Ferrari World

Ferrari World

Ferrari World

Ferrari World

Till the Last page, stay safe,

Kazza x

Wolverine! Sabretooth!

Well that’s about all I’m going to do on Africa for the time being. However, while I’m on the topic of animals (seals in particular)… here’s a fun little YouTube Clip.

Wolverine!!! Sabretooth!!!!

There’s a whole set of talking animal clips produced by the BBC called “Walk on the Wild-Side”. My favourites are “Steve, Steve, Steve, Alan?” and “Night-time, Day-Time” are my favourties! Continue reading

Animals of Africa # 5 – Cape Fur Seals

As you can probably tell from some of my past Africa Posts (Lions, Elephants, Zebras, Hippos), I kind of like stalking learning and photographing animals. So often I find that when I’m watching wildlife, I get so caught up behind the lens that I end up taking the same photo over and over again. It’s not so noticeable with animals that move quickly (for example crocodiles), but in this case, Cape Fur Seals, I ended up with about 100 photos of essentially the same thing…. seals sitting on rock. Continue reading

Sunrise at Dune 45

45 km down the road from Sesriem (Namibia)to Sossuvlei, lies perhps the most photographed dune in the world - Dune 45 Most photographed due to it’s accessibility, right next to the well trodden tourist road. This dune stands over 170m high and is composed of 5 million years worth of sand accumulated by the Orange River. I got over my distaste for dune-climbing and headed up for sunrise. Continue reading

Back in Oz

Just a quick break from Africa travel to let you all know that i’ve finished up with work in Dubai and i’m back in Australia for two weeks!

I touched down in Darwin (where I sort of live) late last week, unpacked my bags, made sure my apartment hadn’t moulded over during the wet season and then repacked and headed to an interview for a new job in Canberra.

My folks are in Canberra, so after the interview we went  out to see Ahn Do’s latest performance “The Happiest Refugee” at the Canberra Theatre.

Ahn Do, picture from

Ahn Do, picture from

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