600km Walking Pilgrimage through Spain

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on September 2 2008

From the moment I discovered an ancient pilgrimage path in Spain in June last year, the attraction of walking hundreds of kilometres towards an assured destination grew on me daily. My eagerness to go on a month-long journey on foot across the steep slopes, lush valleys and forests of the Pyrenees, and through countless small towns and villages, was part of a subconscious quest to find depth and meaning in my life. At the age of 33, I was approaching – prematurely, perhaps – what seemed to be a mid-life crisis.

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Letter from Quebec: Preserving Heritage

Written by Denise Chng Lisan & published on November 8 2008

'TRAVEL is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living,' wrote Miriam Beard. Life in Quebec is now my teacher, pointing out my knowledge gaps and honing my ideas of living - be it language, culture, life-skills, or the environment.

Denise Chng Lisan

Day 7: Cycling in Paris

Posted by Denise CHNG Lisan On Sunday, September 16, 2007
I only had a full day in Paris and so I planned to see art in the city. Pompidou is one of my favoured museums and so I had planned to go there.

I got distracted on the way to the museum as I discovered a new invention in the city of Paris. They have now installed many many bicycles all over the centre of Paris, so that for 1 euro one can rent a bike and cycle around town. I was determined to ride one...and finally did after fiddling around with three garages to find one that took my credit card.

I became a road hazard as my cycling skills are really amatuer. Without a clue on the directions, i zapped across towns riding along side buses and other cyclists in cold sweat. It was a real task of concentration to avoid those little poles on pavements that are put up to make us cycle straight I'm sure. But I had a great time. Something I had not done before.

The funny thing was I never made it to the museum because by the time I got done with getting lost, the museum environ was swamped with a stampede of youths chasing after a disco DJ Parade Bus.

Alors, I decided to head back to the hotel after getting tired from cycling, getting lost and swamped with crowds.

(Photos to come - as this computer terminal is a dinosaur and has no USB port. It is free though.)

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