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This is it! I've given up work -retired from the rat race and am about to start on a 10 year adventure, doing all those things I've been meaning to do but never had the time to do them. I've offloaded my responsibilities and it is now my time. So follow my adventures and see whether I actually manage anything!

Saturday, 29 September 2012

Aberdeen Harbour

This afternoon I was back on the metro again and then tried out the buses as I wanted to go to Aberdeen Harbour which doesn't have a metro station. Again the bus was very clean and air conditioned which made it very comfortable for travelling in this heat. I hadn't quite got the ticket situation sorted. I thought the ticket I bought this morning was for all transport today evidently not as I was told in broken english to pay or get off.

Once I got to Aberdeen I wandered down to the harbour. It was late afternoon by now so all the fishermen selling their catches had finished for the day. I did see some evidence of the fish though.

Wandering along towards the ferry pier I bargained with one of the sampan owners for a ride out into the harbour. I paid what I had been told was a reasonable price and was taken for an interesting trip in amongst the houseboats and other sampans.

Here are some of the houseboats

Larger fishing vessels
These boats all had rows of lights on them which I think were for night fishing.

Jumbo the floating restaurant

 The back view of the floating restaurant!

Fishing for their supper I assume.

Lots of these birds of prey flying around but I don't know what they are - maybe someone else does.

He had 2 baskets of laundry on this punt which he skilfully manoevered around other boats.

Just so many skyscraper blocks of flats around the harbour.

The skipper of the sampan



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  2. Fascinating contrast of the front and back of the Jumbo restaurant! I think it could symbolize the façades on a lot of things in this world so as not to reveal their full nature. And what a bustling waterway! I like the skipper, too. It looks like everything she needs is within arms reach. :)

  3. I remember doing that. It is interesting and it doesn't look like it has changed much.

  4. What a different world it is out there in the Bay ... I've seen the Jumbo floating restaurant from a distance but interesting to see the back-end of it.

  5. Wow, that's a busy harbour! Not sure I'd try the front after seeing the back of the Jumbo restaurant though!!!

  6. That Jumbo sure doesn't look as nice from the back!

    What a brilliant way to visit the Harbour! :o)

  7. Andy_the brother5 October 2012 at 18:27

    Looking cool Marie...hope the camera tips are working


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