Binnson and Cheryl

Binns and Cheryl

Binnson and Cheryl

Two Canadians traveling the world, one country at a time...

“A ship in harbor is safe, but that is not what ships are built for” – John A. Shedd

Asia » South Korea » Jeju » Jeju-si May 4th 2015

Leaving Seoul to go to Jeju Island for the weekend, we lined up to wait for the airport limousine (a bus). A family ahead of us with a lot of luggage were poached away by a couple of taxi drivers but as the taxis started to drive away, the bus pulled up... the family got out the taxis and started to unload all of their luggage, Russ jokingly said "Well we are first in line now" but the Momma bear did not like that, she started yelling at Russ, "NO, we are first in line, we have been waiting for a long time. We are FIRST!" We all got on the bus and waited for it to leave but there was a problem with another passenger. She wouldn't be honest about the age of her children ... read more
Lava tube
The octopus on top was alive...

Asia » South Korea » Seoul » Jongno-gu » Gwanghwamun April 29th 2015

Our connection from Athens to Seoul was in Moscow and I was pumped to finally be stepping foot in Russia. Binnson has heard stories of Russia being a pretty racist place for Asians to travel to which has deterred us from getting there so far..... but I won't rule it out just yet! Although we weren't leaving the airport, we still had fun walking around checking out babushkas, lavish faberge eggs, and other such goodies - my favorite being a Putin t-shirt and cell phone covers vending machine :-) We shot into the future and landed in Seoul late the next morning. As we were meeting up with some friends in Korea to tour around with, we hung out at the airport for a little bit waiting for one of them who was getting in to ... read more
Waiting for Russ at the airport
War memorial and museum
Street food lady

Europe » Greece » Attica » Athens » Pláka April 23rd 2015

We got into Athens late on Easter Sunday. We were a little worried that nothing would be opened on Monday but luckily there was a lot to do, just with limited hours. The weather was beautiful as we walked from our hotel to the Panathenaic Stadium. The city was the same as I remembered - grey, dirty, and graffitied, but the big marble stadium looked beautiful as we approached. The entrance included an audio guide so we grabbed one and started off on our Olympic tour. We walked the perimeter before heading into the Athlete's tunnel towards the hall filled with Olympic torches and posters of many of the past Olympic competitions. A quick mini race on the track and hike up to the top of the stairs and we were on our way to the ... read more
Athlete's entrance to the stadium
Changing of the guards

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Santorini » Firostefani April 15th 2015

Flying out of Mykonos to Santorini with others who were stranded by the ferry schedules, only they were paying 4x the price of our tickets. We were grateful to land in much nicer weather, still windy but manageable. It was afternoon when we landed, staying in Firostefani our first stop was a walk to Fira. The views on the walk there were incredible- I took so many duplicate photos as none could do it justice. On Saturday morning, the ladies that ran our hotel knocked on our door with a little Easter basket containing 2 red dyed eggs, 2 candles, and 2 baked treats that they had baked themselves. We hadn't planned our trip to Santorini around the Easter weekend at all, it was just a happy coincidence. The girls explained to us that tonight we ... read more
Easter decor
Easter basket

Europe » Greece » South Aegean » Mykonos April 12th 2015

Sometimes you can’t do it all. I left Turkey with these thoughts as we waited for our flights out of Izmir. We had to be at the airport by 4:30am for our 6am flights to Mykonos, first flying into Athens then connecting an hour later. Touching down we got stuck in line for customs/passport control for an extended period of time. Because it was technically an international flight we had to pick up our bags in Athens and recheck them to Mykonos. By the time we were out of passport control, it was basically time to board. We ran with our bag to the bag drop off point and were struck with another huge line. After some flagging down of staff, Binnson was ushered to the front of the line and we took off running for ... read more

Middle East » Turkey » Aegean » Izmir » Konak April 9th 2015

Arriving to Ataturk airport, we handed over our passports and our flight confirmation email to the man behind the counter. “There is a problem.” Words you really don’t want to hear at an airport. “You are at the wrong airport.” Hearts sink. Here nice and early but not nearly enough time to get to another airport. “Go to the main ticket agent down the hall.” Our tickets were not refundable but flights are still leaving in 30 mins, 2 hours, 3 hours, etc. from now to Izmir. Feeling embarrassed about our error, we re-booked our flight to leave from Ataturk and we were on our way a couple hours later. We took the metro from Izmir Airport to a station that had part of our hotel name in it. We couldn’t narrow down the walking directions ... read more
Boo, wrong airport
Izmir clock tower
Konak square

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Beyoglu April 6th 2015

We arrived at night after being delayed in Paris (are things ever on time in France?), our car sent by our hotel was waiting for us to take us through the crazy Istanbul traffic. Even on a Wednesday late at night the roads were bumper to bumper traffic. When we pulled up to our hotel it was pouring rain, we grabbed our bags out of the back and ran inside. The staff at our hotel were really nice, we were pretty tired after traveling for 2 days but they welcomed us with tea and maps and gave us good advice about things to see and do in Istanbul. The next morning we were ready to hit the town and headed across the Galata Bridge to Sultanahmet. At the waterfront we were immediately greeted by a smattering ... read more
Hagia Sophia
Turkish Coffee
Basilica Cistern

Asia » China » Shanghai » Huangpu November 17th 2014

We took a taxi back to the bus station in Tunxi to head to Hangzhou where we would take the train back to Shanghai. We were walking onto the bus to find our seats when I heard a familiar voice... I looked up to see that our Korean friends were sitting directly behind us on their way to Hangzhou. They were excited to see us and hands were shook all around. What are the chances! Once last time in Hangzhou, we said our good byes and headed for the train station. Luckily we were able to get a train within the next hour and were off to Shanghai. Trying to get a taxi from a couple streets away from a metro station proved impossible, extra impossible when the couple taxis that did pull over couldn't recognize ... read more
Get buns here!
Morning view from our hotel window
Astor House Hotel

Asia » China » Anhui » Huangshan November 15th 2014

We arrived in Tunxi via a 3 hour bus ride from Hangzhou, a bunch of non-cabby cabbies were waiting at our arrival looking to score some customers. Like usual we ignored all of them, grabbed our bags, and kept walking. We went to the front entrance of the bus station and saw a row of cabs with their drivers hanging outside of their cars. One guy on his phone, away from his car, stops and asks us if we need a cab, we showed him where we needed to go, he quoted us a price and we were off..... to a parking lot with a non-cabby cabby! Dammit. We laughed and hopped in anyways, so much for our tried and true methods. Non-cabby cabby is talking to us in Mandarin the whole time and we have ... read more
We were here
Our crew

Asia » China » Zhejiang » Hangzhou November 12th 2014

When I read that Hangzhou was comparable to heaven on earth, I knew that we had to make a stop there on our way to Huangshan. As I have never been to heaven (that I know of), I think that this would be pretty acceptable. The lake, the trees, the old people dancing in the squares.... Looks pretty good to me! So relaxing around the lake and parkways... unless you step on the grass. Do not step on the grass. That guy will blow his whistle at you until you get off. And then just a couple streets a way, a super busy shiny city. We took the high speed train from Shanghai's Hang Qiao station. This train station is huge and rivals any other train station that I have ever traveled through as the biggest, ... read more
Hang Qiao St
West Lake
West Lake

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