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Asia » Vietnam » Red River Delta » Hanoi October 13th 2007

i am now in a hot and sultry hanoi, capital city of vietnam, having arrived this morning from a much colder beijing, via a 36 hour train journey. was glad i could view rural china from the comfort of my sleeper cabin rather than having to endure it for real! (ive done china before in 2004, and didnt like the experience much.... anything worth seeing is usually swarmed over by large uncouth domestic chinese tour groups, usually shouting and generally barging people about....!) vietnam is so much more saner, and relatively comprehensible to western minds. china seems to deperately want western wealth and lifestyle, but unfortunately a large proportion of the population have a long way to go as far as western manners are concerned, ones which the "civilised" world (inc thailand) take for granted. it ... read more
GOBI DESERT FROM THE TRAIN WINDOW
SUNSET NEAR MONGOLIA/CHINA BORDER
BEIJING: THE FORBIDDEN CITY ENTRANCE

Asia » Mongolia » Terelj October 4th 2007

i have finally got round to uploading some pics to my previous blogs, took me the best part of 2 hours in my ill state, on the fastest internet i could find, so take a look if you want! have been in UB a week now, will be leaving on the "direct" morning train on saturday to beijing. will have to stock up on some edible provisions for the whole journey this time (ie two lunches, 1 dinner and 1 breakfast..) had planned on leaving today so i would be in beijing in time to hit the nightlife for the weekend, but the train was full...so thats not to be! earlier this week i went on a two night/3 day tour out into the countryside and to Tereji national park. stayed in a ger (a large ... read more
INSIDE THE GER
TEREJI NATIONAL PARK
VIEW FROM "TURTLE ROCK", TEREJI

Asia » Mongolia » Ulaanbaatar September 28th 2007

now in mongolia, home to genghis khan! spoke to soon about the weather not being that bad in irkutsk, the next day was really siberian, well below zero and a biting wind that cuts right though all layers of clothing. lake baikal was a great sight, took the bus there on wednesday morning, about 1 hour from irkutsk. got out of the bus at the lakeside village and was taken aback by not only the view but how cold the wind was. my warm clothes and hat are just about ok for the urban streets of moscow but they were not up to scatch (alas) for the remote shores of lake baikal. guess ive packed for 2 years in south east asia, not 2 days in eastern siberia! great views accross the lake to already snow ... read more
TYPICAL VIEW FROM TRAIN EN-ROUTE TO MONGOLIA
GANDAN BUDDHIST TEMPLE, ULAANBAATAR
SUKBATAAR SQUARE, ULAANBAATAR

Europe » Russia » Siberia » Irkutsk September 25th 2007

well here i am in irkutsk, in the southern part of eastern Siberia. have now travelled further east than bangkok (just!) this is the nearest city to lake Baikal, the deepest and most ancient lake in the world (nearly 6000 feet deep). the lake is about 60kms from here. i plan to go there tommorrow. (it is a freshwater lake, with the only freshwater seals in the world....) this morning i arrived on the train, 76 hours, 3days / 4 nights, 5178kms and five time zones from moscow! moscow was somewhere i had always wanted to go. i had only really seen red square on the boney m video for their classic hit rasputin... the day i arrived on the overnight train from st petersburg was really hot. (shared a cabin with 3 middle aged russian ... read more
KREMLIN, MOSCOW
RED SQUARE AND ST BASILS CATHEDRAL, MOSCOW
"BAIKAL" EXPRESS FROM MOSCOW TO IRKUTSK

Europe » Russia » Northwest » Saint Petersburg September 18th 2007

here i am in russia. left warsaw last thursday. it was interesting to visit, everything was reconstructed from ruins after wwII. the oldest parts were rebuilt in exactly the same style as before, though it is very hard to tell. despite the ketchup incident and a spat with a photo shop guy who accused my camera memory card of giving his computer a virus when i asked him to make a cd from it, it was an enjoyable city. it also has a brand new shopping mall that is probably the best ive seen design wise, and ive seen a few malls! next stop was vilnius, capital of lithuania, had to change trains at the polish/lithuanian border, from a fairly crappy train to an even crappier one! the journey was slow, most on single track, took ... read more
TRAKAI CASTLE, LITHUANIA
ST PETERSBURG

Europe » Poland » Masovia » Warsaw September 12th 2007

5 days into trip and this is my last night in warsaw. 1st night last saturday was in amsterdam, after an uneventful ferry from harwich. everywhere in amsterdam was really packed out, being a saturday night. i went to a couple of gay bars, didn't stay long in either as far too packed. also smoking in bars is still unfortnuately ok in the rest of europe it seems! caught an early train on sunday to berlin, extremely smooth and fast compared with crappy british trains, took just 7 hours... spent 2 nights in berlin, saw checkpoint charlie, the remaining bits of berlin wall, the brandenberg gate and the reichstag. all very interesting, if not that photogenic (especially in the torrential rain)! very cheap compared to uk, about two thirds cost, but city centre still bares the ... read more
REMAINS OF BERLIN WALL
WARSAW "OLD" TOWN

Europe » United Kingdom » Scotland » Angus » Dundee May 6th 2007

well i am back, now i have recovered, and no longer sad about being back in the uk without ekk, i feel like writing about the trip! arrived in bangkok at the new airport at lunchtime. very hot and humid. taxi to hotel was uneventful, slept for a while in preparation for meeting my thai partner Ekk in SILOM soi 4. we spent 3 crazy nights in bangkok, drinking too much, partying too much, shopping too much, spending too much, and not enough sleep! new gay nightclub "G.O.D." in silom soi 2/1 is open until past 5am every night.......top music too.... we then took bus south for 4 hours to to stay at hua hin, first time here, nice resort town but a bit staid for my liking. took overnight train south to surat thani, then ... read more
bangkok mbk centre
hua hin beach
phangna bay




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