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Asia » Malaysia » Melaka » Melaka City February 25th 2015

Very few cities in Southeast Asia boast such rich history and have managed to preserve its architectural heritage as Malacca city. Initially a sultanate, it was later dominated by the Portuguese, Dutch and the British. Although several large scale projects are in progress, the city still possesses a distinct traditional charm. Several different cultures live there together in harmony, surrounded by fantastic examples of Buddhist and Hindu temples, churches and mosques located next to each other. Urbanism Malacca is a coastal city, located directly where the Malacca River enters the sea. While the city center has a rather medieval urban grid, with densely built houses and narrow streets, the periphery is organized as semi-independent neighborhoods similar to those of a garden city. The center itself is a place of complex cultural influences and apart from Chinatown ... read more
Masjid Kampung Kling
Cheng Hoong Teng
Sri Poyyatha Vinayagar Moorthi Temple

Asia » India » Tamil Nadu » Kodaikanal February 25th 2015

Kodaikanal clings to the hillside high in the Western Ghats. Once a colonial hill station, it now sprouts an ever growing spread of modern buildings – houses, hotels and shops. But there is still charm and beauty to be found. Kodaikanal marks the start of the second half of our holiday. The first half was the sea, heat and temples, the second will be cooler with hills, plantations and animals. The journey from Madurai takes three hours, with the best road of the holiday so far giving way to narrow winding roads as we make our way up into the hills. Our average speed drops to 30kph. Mr Hussain ignores the many signs exhorting drivers not to overtake on the bend, which is probably just as well since there is no bend free section for 80 ... read more
The honeymoon suite
Cement carriers
It's bright in the tent......

Asia » Vietnam February 25th 2015

-SP- Bueno, sin problemas otra vez. A las 8 en marcha, al norte hasta el pueblo de Cai Nuoc. De aqui al oeste, hacia Phu Tan, siguiendo los canales, y alli he llegado al mediodia, para que me digan que para ir al siguiente pueblo tengo que volver por donde he venido. En mi mapa hay una carretera, asi que he ido a un cibercafe a ver que dice google maps. Google maps dice que no hay camino. Asi que vuelta, a Cai Nuoc otra vez, y de alli sin paradas hasta la ciudad, pasarla y seguir hacia el norte, a la busqueda de un sitio donde acampar. Es dificil en esta zona, esta todo lleno de casas y de campos cultivados, ademas de vez en cuando hay canal a ambos lados de la carretera. He ... read more
Bahn Bao (like chinese Bao Zhi)
Ca Mau mini eiffel tower

Asia » Vietnam February 25th 2015

-SP- A casi las 9 en marcha, me he comprado un desayuno extra en el super, las noches que hago cena ligera me levanto con un hambre inmensa. He parado en una gasolinera a la salida de la ciudad para rellnar botellas de agua, y hoy los encargados estan todo borrachos a las 9 de la mañana, tienen cervezas, jamon y calameres secos sobrantes del Tet. No he podido librarme de tomarme una cervezacon ellos, y si es por ellos me quedo el dia borrachos en el gasolinera. Mucho calor hoy tambien, viento lateral un rato, luego viento ligeramente en contra durante 30km. El ultimo tramo es la region de Nam Can, todo marismas, apenas hay tierra firme, mas bien monticulos interconectados rodeados de agua. Quiero ir la cabo de Ca Mau (Mui Ca Mau) pero ... read more
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The crawling fish

Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » Da'an February 25th 2015

Our latest map, not weekly now, only when we do it ... read more

Asia » Vietnam February 25th 2015

-SP- Voy para el norte, en 2 dias he hecho unos 200km en bici, pero en realidad he avanzado solo120, los restantes 80km los he hecho perdido en el extremos del delta del Mekong. Mi mapa indica caminos donde no los hay, y de lo que te digan los locales mejor no te fies, porque cada uno dice una cosa distinta. Con mapas inexactos y con informaciones contradictorias de los locales intente de todas manears llegar hasta Mui Ca Mau, que es el extremo sur de Vietnam. Bueno, cruce hacia la isla donde esta el cabo este, y poco mas. La carretera se acaba alli mismo, y no hay caminos ni sennales, solo sendas entre los manglares, y la gente te cuenta cada uno una historia distinta. Parece que hasta alla solo se puede llegar en ... read more

Asia » Japan » Nagano » Hakuba February 25th 2015

Having had an epic amount of snow this season we have manage do arrive after a week of rain. Undeterred we set out for Iwatake resort for a days snowboarding. Thankfully we had a lovely sunny day and although the snow was a little slushy we had a lovely day. My legs were a little tired by the end but we held out for crepes and beer afterwards. Xx... read more
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Asia » Taiwan » Taipei » Da'an February 25th 2015

Well Folks before I start this weeks blog...........I would just like to say to you all just how we are so happy that everyone weathered cyclone Marcia. I know every one would have some kind of damage and I also know just how terrifying it would have been, we were with you all that day. We had our own cyclone day, feeling helpless and worrying about you all. Its been nice to read Face Book to see that slowly the electricity is being restored and things. It's good to know hat slowly things are returning to normal. Yeppoon community is strong and I am sure it will take a long time to rebuild life's as well as homes. But it will happen and it will be more beautiful place to live. We travelled to Donsol from ... read more
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Donsol

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 25th 2015

Because life is too short to stay in one country… I’m headed abroad to South Korea! Right now I’m about 10 hours in to a 24 hour airport extravaganza and on the longest flight of 15 hours and things are going very well. I’m not as tired as I should be considering the lack of sleep, have already met some wonderful people on the plane and at the airport, am about halfway through knitting a scarf (are you proud of me Sammy?), and have started reading “The Greatest Works of Dostoyevski” aka, “Five Books You Couldn’t Finish Even if You Read the Entire Flight”. I am super excited to get to the Seoul airport, which is ranked the world’s best and is apparently the absolute coolest place ever to be stuck waiting for a plane for ... read more

Asia » South Korea » Seoul February 25th 2015

Currently at Incheon Airport, which seems nice, but I spent a lot of time at customs and rechecking my baggage and didn’t get to explore as much as I wanted to. Never bring an apple to Korea. It will take you forever to get through customs because for some reason instead of just throwing the apple away it has to be taken to “Produce Quarintine.” This involves calling in a bunch of people who have to wear special suits and gloves to take the apple, ask you various questions about it and look at you like you are from Mars for even considering eating it. On the up side Korean toddlers are very cute and there are a lot of them here. I also like the uniforms that the flight attendants wear. Very classy.... read more




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