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Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 3 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Travellers

This will be the last part of my “A Year in Review” segment, I promise.  If you caught the previous two parts of this series you will have seen that they covered our first four months away from England; the first part covered China and Hong Kong, the second part of the segment covered Thailand,… Continue reading Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 3 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Travellers

asia · bali · Indonesia · Malaysia · thailand · Travel

Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 2 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller.

In the first part of my ‘Year in Review’ segment I covered our travels in Amsterdam, Beijing, Harbin and Hong Kong.  We were in Hong Kong with only three days remaining at our accommodation, and we still hadn’t figured out where we were going next – this is one of the beauties of backpacking in my… Continue reading Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 2 – Plus 5 More Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller.

asia · Beijing · China (PRC) · Heilongjiang · hong kong · Travel

Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 1 – Plus 5 Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller

In January of last year I was working as an analytical chemist in the pharmaceutical industry, and my partner was working as a PA in the nuclear energy sector.  We both handed in our resignations a few months earlier, booked a flight to Amsterdam and then onto Beijing; after that we were just going to… Continue reading Our Travels: A Year in Review, Part 1 – Plus 5 Real-World Tips for the Prospective Traveller

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Balinese New Year, Nyepi – A Truly Amazing Time to be on the Island

My fiancee, Becky has previously spent 7 months living and working in Ubud, Bali – during this time she gained an appreciation for the culture of this small island, unfortunately she never got to witness the most important time of year for the Balinese people, Nyepi. Since arriving in Bali almost a month ago I… Continue reading Balinese New Year, Nyepi – A Truly Amazing Time to be on the Island

asia · China (PRC) · Travel · Yunnan

Lijiang City, Yunnan Province, China – The 800 Year Old UNESCO Heritage Site in Yunnan’s North West

From the provincial capital of Kunming you can reach Lijiang via an internal flight, a one-way ticket can usually be found for around 500 RMB, the journey takes 1 hour which certainly beats the 8 hour minibus journey if you haven’t got a lot of time to work with.  The bus journey from Kunming takes somewhere in… Continue reading Lijiang City, Yunnan Province, China – The 800 Year Old UNESCO Heritage Site in Yunnan’s North West

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Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China – The Best Trail I’ve Ever Hiked

After I finishing my 12 month contract in Shanghai I had a week remaining before I needed to board my flight back to the UK.  I had been scanning the map of China looking where most appealed to me and found myself repeatedly drawn to Yunnan province, I didn’t fight the urge for long and… Continue reading Tiger Leaping Gorge, Yunnan Province, China – The Best Trail I’ve Ever Hiked

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小矮人王国 The Kingdom of the Little People – It’s Exactly What it Sounds Like

During my time in Shanghai one of my home comforts was to occasionally binge watch British and Irish TV shows, I don’t watch much television but when I grew a little homesick the cure was usually a few hours of back-to-back episodes of Father Ted, That Mitchell and Webb Look, Peep Show or An Idiot Abroad;… Continue reading 小矮人王国 The Kingdom of the Little People – It’s Exactly What it Sounds Like