The skyline of one of the world’s great mega-cities spread out before me and away into the distance. The views from Victoria Peak were staggering, and despite the heavy tourist traffic on the tram coming up, the trail around the peak was virtually deserted which suited me just fine. After a few hours ambling around, […]
Hong Kong Queuey
Prelude : An apology. Apologies for the delay between posts, it’s been a chaotic 3 months however there’s no excuse for not posting in so long! I’m looking forward to getting you all up to speed on the most recent set of travels and activities (including finally making it to one of China’s ‘big hitters’ […]
Harbin(ger) of doom! (part 1)
Just over two years ago, sat in a cafe somewhere in Cambodia, Leighton was showing me some pictures from his visit to the Harbin snow and ice festival in Heilongjiang province, China. It looked spectacular, a cacophony of ice, snow and colour with gargantuan sculptures between huge, illuminated buildings forming a mini-city made from ice. I […]
A year ago today….
Although it’s been a very busy few weeks in the run up to Christmas (which is odd given they don’t really celebrate it over here) I thought today would be a good day to reflect on the last year. I appreciate this is normally very much a New years day thing to do (usually while […]
Nobody should ever get that excited about BBQ sauce…..
PAYDAY!! It’s 11 months now since I handed in my notice at and walked away from my old job to start off on my ‘adventures’ and so when my first payday in nearly a year came around last week, a celebration of some description was obviously in order! That celebration took the form of a […]
My old enemy…..stairs.
I’m now 5 weeks and 80 additional working hours into the lesson planning project mentioned in my last post which has me effectively shackled to the desk and so I decided that for my next couple of days off I was in need of some serious leg-stretching exercise! Thankfully Ruian gladly provides in that respect […]
Going Strong on Koh Rong
Thanks all for the birthday wishes, it’s been a fantastic day! Started with card opening while overlooking the beach from the raised tent I stayed in the night previous. Upgraded to a bungalow for a second night (with a nice big birthday discount) then trekked through the ‘jungle’ for a few km to the next […]
Genocide & Puppies
Second day in Phnom Penh, an interesting yet highly sobering day exploring the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum followed by the Choeung Ek Genocidal Centre (The killing fields) Harrowing stuff 😦 I can’t really explain the feeling you get visiting these places and reflecting on the atrocities performed here; even trying to begin to imagine going through […]
F**k me, that’s a lot of bats!
After my Ankor Wat exertions I spent the following morning taking in the Ankor museum before spending the afternoon pottering around Siem Reap. Then it was another day temple-touring, talking in some of the more ‘remote’ temple sights with a trip to the landmine museum on the way round. Pretty templed-out after that so yesterday […]
Living the dream in Ankor Wat
A big one today! This afternoon was the culmination of a lifelong dream which for the last 20 years looked like would never be fulfilled. I’m not sure why but Ankor Wat has always been the symbol of my travel dream, a far off exotic place in the jungle which only existed in the pages […]