Nomad Old Farts' Guestbook



28th February 2024

Great Memories
I can hear you talking when you write Neil - Good or a bad thing? I'm sad enough to be excited recognising where your photos were taken, so looking forward to your next instalments.
29th February 2024

Voodoo Cremony
I didn't get any good shots of the dancers at the voodoo ceremony and I couldn't find any in our group's whatsapp, so I had to borrow some. Don't tell anybody!
26th February 2024

Beautiful part of the world.
Not sure how this blog works Neil, but just wanted to say you're in a very beautiful part of the world down there.
27th February 2024

Beautiful part of the world
Thanks Ann, we certainly think so. Come and visit us. Even Irish people are welcome down here! I'm posting the first of my West African blogs tomorrow. You will note that I have traditionally not named or posted pics of my fellow travellers so will keep with that approach, so don't go looking for your lovely self.
3rd January 2024

wow lt is a great culutre
23rd December 2023

Wow!
That sounds like an extraordinary experience. Not surprised you got altitude sickness up that high - serious mountains! I wonder if the locals have been able to retain their culture.
23rd December 2023

Altitude Sickness
Yeah, it's an interesting experience when it is your first time and it takes you unawares! If you climb up the Andes or Himalayas, you are expecting it and prepare accordingly.
16th December 2023

Dubai
Right over the top in our experience, and sounds like yours wasn't too different. At least you had the good sense to go there in winter - my phone told me it "felt like" 62 degrees when we visited in their summer, and the sea was like a warm bath. We did however love our excursion out into the desert, probably because, unlike yours, I don't recall anyone trying to tip our jeep over, and there was even some respite from the heat when the sun went down, which was sadly lacking in the city.
16th December 2023

Dubai
Like my 24 hours in Las Vegas all those years ago, it was interesting to see the place but very low on my set of priorities for a repeat visit. I'm off to West Africa in February, which will be my next (and possibly last!) live set of blogs.
16th December 2023

Uzbekistan
Wow, very out of the way. I thought it was only me who got officials yelling at him not to take photos. I can never understand this. What mischief can you create with a photo of a plane. Think I might need to add this place to our bucket list.
16th December 2023

Uzbekistan
Most certainly you should go. And if you want to go to somewhere to really open your eyes, try Turkmenistan. If you want proof, try scrolling back to my blog #47 (Oct 2016) and you'll see why I suggest that.
2nd December 2023

Japan
You've just got to love those deer in Nara - wandering down the main street. It's a wonder there aren't a lot lying injured on the side of the road given the volume of traffic. We also loved Miyajima Island. Hiroshima - just so so sobering.
2nd December 2023

Japan
It's indeed a fascinating country, with a culture that stands all on its own. I see you guys are Melbourne based. We moved three years ago from Sydney's northern beaches down to a sleepy little town on the NSW south coast called Broulee. If you were ever thinking of wandering up this way, it would be great to catch up. I'm sure we could find something to talk about!
27th November 2023
Dancing with the younger Naxi women

Dance Moves
Good memories and some nice moves.
27th November 2023
Dancing with the younger Naxi women

Dance Moves
It was great fun, and I was much younger then! What a pity that our respective countries' politicians couldn't do some similar dancing together!
25th November 2023

Work culture
I never worked in Japan but have certainly heard all the horror stories about the work culture, and it being very much frowned upon to leave work before your boss, which must inevitably lead to all the juniors working the longest hours, which must then in turn result in all sort of social problems. All just part of the deal I suppose. Hmmm.
25th November 2023

Work Culture
Yeah, that certainly pissed off the couple of younger guys I had contact with in my dealings in Japan. It's obviously a bit institutional and very historical, but as the young Korean lass suggested to me: "Things are going to change around here"!
25th November 2023

Doing Business in Asia
I worked in Malaysia a bit where things weren't quite that hierarchical if I remember correctly. You wouldn't want to be late for too many Korean meetings if your seniority meant sitting next to the boss- very disruptive! But the drinking culture was very much there, and one local chief was notorious for having to prove that he could drink any westerner under the table.
25th November 2023

Doing Business in Asia
I also spent a lot of time visiting my customers in Malaysia as it may not surprise you that they are (or were?) the biggest per capita consumers of sugar in the world. I agree that it was much more relaxing dealing with those guys. I didn't get away that often in Malaysia but did spend a great weekend on Langkawi Island, which I shall blog about in due course.
17th November 2023

Opulent Dubai
We were in Dubai early 2008. They seem interested in the biggest & the best. The Burj Al Arab was too rick for our blood. The closest we got was a view from the hop on hop off bus. We were told they charged $50 for a cup of coffee to keep the tourists out. It worked. We enjoyed the desert excursion and agree with your assessment of the jeep ride. Dubai is an experience.
17th November 2023

Opulent Dubai
It was an interesting experience but not one that drives me to want to return. You are right about the Burj and I can assure you we paid much more than 50 bucks for our cocktails - thus my comment about company expense accounts! I also find it hard to ignore that for all the wealth in the country, they reputable still take the passports off the imported labour, pay them poorly, and banish them to hothouses for accommodation out in the desert.
14th November 2023

I also used to combine business with pleasure...
extending my business trips to include nearby sights. Well done!
14th November 2023

Silk Road
Yeah, I've got another couple to report when I get around to it but sadly the memory is struggling on some of these. It's a bugger to grow old!
14th November 2023
Local Uzbek Transport

Local Transport
Hard working

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