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! (final part)
The minibus pulled up at a nondescript junction of a duel carriageway and the driver motioned for everyone to disembark. In both directions all I could see were snow covered fields and road, with the exception of the huge billboard marking the turning for Sun Island pointing back the direction we’d just come. As the […]
Harbin(ger) of doom, part 2
Tired, cold, sick and deflated. After being comprehensively defeated by the cold on the previous two days I was staring defeat in the face for the first time in my travels in China. After a second night of virtually no sleep in my boiling hot, windowless hotel room the thought of going out and facing […]
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 […]
Wonderful West Lake
Having dealt with British Rail on a bank holiday weekend in the past I was expecting the worst. On the first day of ‘Golden week’, with almost half of China’s population on the move and an estimated 11 million people headed for the same city as us, surely the train was going to be a […]
Dec 26th & not a turkey in sight!
Firstly thank you all for showing the love yesterday, was as a bit down & homesick after speaking to the family Christmas morning (sounds ridiculous in the circumstances I know but if you had full control of them, all the time, they wouldn’t be emotions!) Grand now anyway so here’s the overview for my Vietnamese […]