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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA April 21st 2014

Happy 60th Birthday Nanny Dragon!!!! Hope you enjoy your presents from us and have a lovely day!! Love Lindsay, Andy, Matthew and William xxxxx... read more
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Asia » China » Tianjin » TEDA April 21st 2014

It has been a busy weekend!! On Friday I decorated lots of eggs ready for our Easter Egg hunt on Sunday. The boys had a great time reading the clues and searching all over Green Park for them!! While we were hunting for eggs the Easter bunny followed behind us and left lots of little treats for Matthew and William!! In the afternoon we went to our second birthday party, one of Matthew's new friends from school. The whole class was there and it was nice for the boys to play with their new friends!! Matthew seems a lot more settled now and he really does have more than just 1 friend!! Next week is half term, Matthew is on count down!! The Monday is a bank holiday here so Andy is off work to - ... read more
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Asia » Vietnam » Southeast » Ho Chi Minh City April 20th 2014

I was 10 years old in 1970. My father became friends with a pharmaceutical representative who had four sons and one daughter. Our family had three daughters and one son, me. Once and awhile, my mom would send me to play with the boys and take their daughter home to play with my sisters, presumably to give me some exposure to testosterone and their only daughter some exposure to estrogen. On one visit, their father and the oldest son (Dale) were glued to the TV set. Dale was wondering if he would be drafted to go to Vietnam that day. He was not drafted that day, but I think he was later. He was one of the lucky ones. He didn’t come home in a box. Luckily, I was too young to go to Vietnam. 18 ... read more
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Asia » Hong Kong » Hong Kong Island April 20th 2014

8h08 heure de Hong Kong : On est à l'aéroport, on embarque à l'instant... Bisous 13h32 heure de Pékin : On est bien arrivés à Pékin, après un controle de sécurité hyper long et parfaitement inutile, nous voilà dans le vol pour Paris. Plus que 12h de vol ! Biz Bon voyage et essayez de ne pas ramener le mauvais temps avec vous :-) ! "Dans l'avion pour Paris , on avait 4 rangées de 3 pour nous 8,du coup c'était pas mal, on a pu avoir un siège de libre au milieu à chaque fois, c'était plus confortable. On est arrivés à Roissy avec de l'avance, les bagages sont arrivés direct, tranquille ! On a donc laissé Gabrielle et Dom qui ne pouvaient pas passer de Hong Kong à Brest sans une escale parisienne comme ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Karol Bagh April 20th 2014

Well after a 24 hour delay here I am a few days into my big adventure. Due to traffic on the M25 I missed my flight grrrrr! However I rebooked to fly out the same time the next day. I recovered my bag from the relevant area of Heathrow and decided to accept my fate. So I are a hearty breakfast at Cafe Rouge, took the National Express to the Ibis and had a restful day safe and sound. The next day I was awake mega early and headed to the airport and negotiated checking and passport control successfully. The flight to Amsterdam was delayed due to a no show and their bag had to be removed from the plane for security reasons. I thought blimey that was me yesterday lol. I began to panic and ... read more

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Asia » Thailand » Western Thailand » Hua Hin April 20th 2014

“The pizza delivery man just got jet washed”. Normally such a statement from Angela would require some kind of explanation or response but, on this occasion, I didn’t bat an eyelid. At that moment, it made perfect sense and, besides, my attention was on a dozen other similar events happening around us and on avoiding a similar fate to that of the delivery man. For one crazy day it seemed we had been transported into a parallel world of limitless water, noise, colour, chaos and laughter. We were in Hua Hin and it was April 13th. It turned out to be a day we will remember forever – it was Songkran!! Ok, here’s the bit I can describe. Songkran is a three day festival to celebrate the Thai New Year and is famous for the throwing ... read more
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Only Monks and Babies Are Exempt
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Asia » Cambodia » North » Angkor April 20th 2014

der duft von yasmin und frangipani durchsetzt die bereits vor sonnenaufgang sehr warme luft. mit unserem liebgewonnen tuktuk driver, ly, fahren wir noch in dunkelheit zum phnom bakheng tempel. relativ hoch auf einem hügel gelegen sehen wir nicht nur die sonne sich aus ihrer morgendlichen dunstglocke über den baumwipfeln erheben, sondern haben auch noch einmal einen neuen blick auf angkor wat. unsere heutige tour führt uns zu prasat preah khan, prasat preah neak pean, prasat ta som und schlussendlich, als glorreichen abschluss zu dem ausgezeichnet erhaltenen prasat banteay kdei. mit einzelheiten zu jedem tempel möchte ich euch verschonen, um ehrlich zu sein ist es nach drei tagen auch für uns schon schwer, die einzelnen tempel auseinander zu halten. ich bin zwar noch nicht ganz so weit, zu sagen: “i kon kan khmer mehr sehn!” (zitat hansi), ... read more
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Asia » India » National Capital Territory » Delhi » Karol Bagh April 20th 2014

Evening everyone! It's 21.11 here in Delhi. We'll I've now met my travelling companions for my trip. Latoya from USA, Mary from Canada but she has been in Tiwan for the last. 3 years teaching English and is very much the traveller and heading back to Canada via a few countries, and intends to head to South America ASAP after working temporarily to get some money together. There is also a couple from Preston Chris and Steph and then there is our tour guide Dushyant. He is lovely, easy going, has a sense of humour, and tells us he is a male model (yes ladies I will get a photo or two of him for you to check him out). He also works for G adventures to supplement his income. We've had the welcome meeting and ... read more

Asia » Singapore April 20th 2014

3 whirlwind nights in Singapore....where to start?! We started with an 8 hour flight to Dubai. I'd managed to get us seats together 'in the middle in the middle in the middle' of the plane, which I soon lived to regret. 2 wonderfully robust gentleman appeared either side of us fussing with their bags. I found myself praying that these gentlemen were hovering over the seats Behind us. But no, no. Hayley and I were rapidly condensed to a seat and a quarter. After the cramping, invasion of personal space and constant elbow/jaw bashing, the seats 'in the middle in the middle in middle' we're definitely not a great plan. STA had sold the 'quick' stopover in Dubai as 'just long enough, not much waiting around'. In hindsight I fear STA failed to mention that we ... read more

Asia » China » Hubei » Three Gorges Dam April 20th 2014

Easter Sunday began for us on the Yangtze River with the first glimpse of the sun we’d had all week. We went up to the fifth deck Lounge to see if we could connect to the ship’s Wi-Fi because the connection in our room this morning was spotty. We also decided not to do the Tai Chi class this morning. Sharon was able to upload yesterday’s blog as well as some pictures. We went to breakfast and ended up joining a table that filled up with travelers from Canada. At 9 am we went to a lecture by Bob on the Three Gorges Dam which we will be visiting this afternoon. This dam is the world’s largest generator of electricity by a renewable source. The need for this dam has been recognized for about a century, ... read more
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