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Gallery: morocco

MOROCCO | Monday, 26 Feb 2007 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Misc

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | Photo Gallery

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UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | Views [575]

Well, the Hogmanay that wasn't actually. The street party in the centre of Edinburgh was cancelled due to "adverse weather conditions" (the general theme of my holiday...), being 60+ mph winds, rain and bitter temps.  Aside from that (and ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

Gallery: Russian Christmas

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Tuesday, 2 Jan 2007 | Photo Gallery

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St Petes ... again

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 29 Dec 2006 | Views [591]

Back in this beautiful city ... cold out there tho. My overnight train was uneventful, if a little too warm, but a cabin with meals included in the ticket price (yoghurt and bread good, not so keen on miscellaneous pate and salami) and I had nice cabin-... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Vodka, baboushka and -8 celsius!

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 27 Dec 2006 | Views [990]

I got a blink-and-you-miss it tour of St Petes thanks to Roman, the "On the Go" tours manager, driving around the heart of the city, so I have seen the outside of the Hermitage, St Isaacs cathedral, cathedral of spilt blood, some (now very salubrious) ... Read more >

Tags: Snow

Heathrow Travel Chaos

UNITED KINGDOM | Saturday, 23 Dec 2006 | Views [579]

The British media generally lack imagination. Every serial murderer is dubbed the someplace-shire ripper. Politians never have affairs, only steamy romps. And when Heathrow is virtually closed by fog, it is nothing short of "travel chaos" and the TV breakfast ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles

Christmas is coming!

UNITED KINGDOM | Tuesday, 12 Dec 2006 | Views [543]

The Christmas trees are up on each office floor now and very prettily decorated with lights giving off a cosy glow when its dark at 4pm! We had the joint office party last Friday (there are 2 offices in London) at Claridges Hotel - I've put lots of ... Read more >

Tags: Party time

That time again

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 22 Nov 2006 | Views [554]

It's been nearly a year, time to dust off the old journal and post some more adventures.  Unfortunately, life in London boasts few adventures of the travel variety, although there are plans afoot for a Russian Christmas, and also a trip to the Continent ... Read more >

Tags: Work

Gallery: UK

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 22 Nov 2006 | Photo Gallery

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Zai Jian Beijing

CHINA | Friday, 23 Dec 2005 | Views [1089] | Comments [3]

I've spent the last few days on a bit of an eclectic tour of Beijing owing to extreme coldness - today and yesterday have been marginally warmer, which is great as I've lost my third pair of gloves so far this winter, and my hat also! The Forbidden ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Financials etc

CHINA | Friday, 23 Dec 2005 | Views [739] | Comments [3]

Here are a few details about transport, departure times and costs from the trip from Korla to Beijing - I found that much of the info in the guidebooks was out of date.  The prices are for the low season, and are in RMB, and the times are correct as ... Read more >

Tags: Budgets & money

Terracotta Warriors

CHINA | Tuesday, 20 Dec 2005 | Views [633]

I have just arrived in Beijing and will go to see the Forbidden City in a moment, but before I do ... Spent yesterday in Xi'an on the 'Eastern day trip' to see the Terracotta Army.  It was amazing, so big, and so ancient. The site is enormous, with ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing


CHINA | Sunday, 18 Dec 2005 | Views [699] | Comments [1]

Well, I survived the train - managed to upgrade to a hard sleeper in Lanzhou, 12 hours into the journey after crouching on my backpack in the aisle being stared at, tripped over and peed on (almost) by an infant (and its mother was encouraging it to ... Read more >

Tags: planes trains & automobiles


CHINA | Friday, 16 Dec 2005 | Views [773] | Comments [1]

I posted an article yesterday about Jiayuguan which seems to have disappeared ... perhaps it's just this computer, in which case my apologies for repeating myself. Jiayuguan is fairly industrial and your typical Chinese town - white tiled buildings ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

Guess where I am now ...

CHINA | Tuesday, 13 Dec 2005 | Views [547] | Comments [5]

"The man who travels alone can start today, but he who travels with another must wait until the other is ready." - Henry David Thoreau ... Fortunately for Thoreau, he never had to deal with the Chinese Police Security Bureau ... I am still ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

Ah, Chinese bureacracy

CHINA | Monday, 12 Dec 2005 | Views [527]

Well, I am still here in Korla, still anxiously awaiting the return of my passport with 15 day visa to enable me to get outta here. The official reason is that there is some new and special kind of paper on which all visas must now be printed, and ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

Walking backwards into the future

CHINA | Thursday, 8 Dec 2005 | Views [718]

This little fishy is about to do everything backwards - a journey to the east from the farflung province of Xinjiang to the metropolis of Beijing and then back to the western world!  The aim - to get to Beijing in time to fly home for Christmas.  The ... Read more >

Tags: The Planning Phase

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