Scott Dickenson


Scott Dickenson

I am a 23 year old traveler from Canada who is taking on all of Asia in 2010.
I hope this blog will serve as a way of keeping my friends and family up to date on where I am and maybe inspire some of them to travel as well.

Asia » India » Rajasthan » Jaipur October 3rd 2011

I arrived in Jaipur at around 11 A.M. on August 9th during the midst of an intense rainstorm. Monsoon season had reared its ugly head again and I jumped into the closest cab I could find. Luckily for me this was how I met Mukesh, who would be my personal driver/tour guide throughout my time in Jaipur. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of Jaipur and had journals full of recommendations from other travellers dating back to 1984. Needless to say, I was sold and we agreed to meet at nine the next morning. I checked into my dated room at The Holiday Inn and since I had been awake since 4 A.M. I settled in for a much needed afternoon nap. Later that day I went for a walk around town that lasted for several hours ... read more
Top 5 Meals in my Life
Candid Shot

Asia » India » Uttar Pradesh » Agra September 26th 2011

Foreigners have been making the pilgrimage to Agra, India for over three hundred years to see the stunning Taj Mahal with their own eyes. This massive white mausoleum lies only four hours South of New Delhi and remains widely considered one of the wonders of the modern World. It is India’s biggest tourist attraction and one of the most photographed buildings on the planet. It was my intention to spend a couple nights in Agra, exploring the town and seeing if the Taj lived up to the massive hype. Through some communication problems in New Delhi I ended up on the 3rd Class Non-Ac bus to Agra. This was a bumpy, crowded and loud experience that despite what I had been told lasted for over six hours (See previous entry on Indian traffic), but only cost ... read more
The Road to Agra
Animals in Agra
The First View

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Mumbai September 21st 2011

One year and twenty one days after ending my six months backpacking in Asia by flying home from Manila, I headed back to the Asian continent. This time I was headed to India, and I had traded in the MEC Backpack and quick-dry shirts, for a London Fog carry-on and some dress shoes. As strange as it still is to me, I now work at a job that can require me to go to places like India on business, and that was the primary purpose of this trip. On a secondary level, this trip gave me a great excuse to bring this travel blog back from the dead, and to visit a country I had missed (Somewhat intentionally) on my 2010 Asia tour. I spent the first two weeks of August in India; splitting my ... read more
Just doing my Job
World's Most Expensive Home
Hotel View in Mumbai

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Cebu City July 28th 2010

After another four hour bus ride we arrived back in Cebu City at around dinner time on July 7th. I knew my trip was winding down and this filled me with feelings of both anticipation and dread. Cebu City is not known for its culture or character, but we had come here looking for more excitement than tiny Malapascua Island could offer us. On Malapascua we had met an older Australian guy who offered to meet up with us in Cebu and show us the town. We met him for dinner and got our weekend in Cebu City started. Cebu City is the second biggest city in The Philippines but is still fairly undeveloped and incredibly cheap. For dinner we each had two big racks of ribs with potatoes and vegetables, split a big appetizer platter, ... read more
Fort San Pedro
Jail Cell
Cannon at Fort San Pedro

Asia » Philippines » Cebu » Malapascua July 27th 2010

I arrived in Manila, the capital of The Philippines at 12:30 A.M. on July 2nd, after the soberest Canada Day I have had in a long time. Sean was due to arrive at 4:30 A.M. so I set my IPod alarm and settled in for a nap at a quiet airport. I got a good three hours of sleep and then met Sean as the airport began to wake up. Sean and I tried to switch our flight from Manila-Cebu to Manila-Boracay but because of cost issues we were unable to do this. We grabbed breakfast and tiredly shuffled on to our 8:00 A.M. flight to Cebu City (The second biggest city in The Philippines). We had heard that Manila was a dump so we were happy to get out of there as soon as possible. ... read more
Bus on Cebu Island
Full Body Wetsuit

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu July 22nd 2010

I arrived back in the capital of South Korea on the afternoon of the 28th of June. I checked back into the hostel I had stayed in previously because the owners were very helpful and they had the cutest and most friendly golden retriever puppy imaginable. This time I was determined to see and get to the heart of the city that is the heart of the World's 12th biggest economy. On my first short visit to Seoul my impression had been that ironically the city didn't have any soul. It seemed like the epitome of an Orwellian big city; massive skyscrapers linked by overpass freeways and an extensive public transit system. It didn't seem to have an underbelly or really anything at all that resembled character. On my second visit I quickly began to realize ... read more
Major Boulevard
Crazy Architecture
Seoul's Soul

Asia » South Korea » Gwangju July 15th 2010

I arrived in Seoul late on the night of the 21st, as was becoming my habit. My first impression of Seoul was similar to my first impressions in other rich Asian cities, as it was sense of amazement at both the efficiency and size of the public transit system. I was able to take a train from the island airport that after twenty minutes connected with Seoul's subway system. As you can see from the picture below it has thirteen lines and can be both overwhelming and confusing at first. I was tired and disoriented at the time so I decided to ask a local for help in deciphering the colourful and confusing subway map. I received some friendly advice but in the end it was also wrong advice, which sent me in the opposite direction ... read more
Party Animals
Off Night
Kylee and Teddy Bear

Asia » China » Beijing » Tian'anmen July 13th 2010

I arrived in Beijing, the political heart of China, at nightfall on June 17th. Because Beijing hosted the 2008 Olympics, getting from the airport to the city centre was insanely easy. In fact, the public transport infrastructure here may be the best that I have seen yet on my entire trip. The only problem was that once I got off the subway, my hostel was down a dark alley, or Hutong as they call them in Beijing. The ten minute walk down this alley was never ending, but eventually I saw a light and found the hostel. I settled in for the night, excited for my four days in China's capital. Beijing is not the economic powerhouse that Shanghai is, nor is it the cultural centre that Hong Kong has become. However, anyone wondering where the ... read more
The Forbidden City
Selfie at the Forbidden City
I'm the Tourist Attraction

Asia » China » Shanghai » Jing'an July 12th 2010

Note: I have arrived in a place with very reliable internet connections so this is the 2nd blog I have published today. Expect one entry per day for the next couple of days at least. After arriving in Shanghai at 5:45 A.M. I made my way to Sean's apartment to see if I could catch him before he left for work. I got to his place just after 7 A.M. and missed him, but was let in by his confused girlfriend, Lea. I had told Sean I would be at his place at 7 P.M. so she was a little surprised to see me a full 12 hours earlier than expected. I dropped my bags and napped on Sean's couch for a few hours before waking up when Lea left at 10. I then spent the ... read more
China Pavilion
United Arab Emirates Pavilion

Asia » Burma » Yangon Region » Yangon July 11th 2010

This entry focuses on my journey from Yangon, Myanmar back to Shanghai, China. Two cities that are about as different as two Asian cities can be. During this journey I also spent time in Bangkok and Guangzhou. Seeing as this was at least my second time in all of these places, there are not many pictures associated with this entry. I arrived back in Yangon on June 5th and checked back into the hostel I had stayed in when I was last there. With my financial situation in dire straits I checked into a dorm room and spent the afternoon writing in my journal. At 6 P.M. my Burmese friend Tonee came by and I accompanied him on another night of English tutoring. We shared a final Indian style dinner together and I gave him my ... read more
A Pay Phone in Myanmar
The Tarmac at Yangon Airport
Guangzhou Hotel Warning

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