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Europe » Lithuania » Kaunas » Kaunas January 21st 2024

I don’t think I slept a wink as I was too nervous about waking up early. I got up around three and was out the door by four. I was staying just a couple of minutes walk from the airport bus stop so headed there. I thought there might be some drunken revellers about but the streets were quiet. I didn’t have to wait long for the bus and the journey itself was quick. Deposited in front of Edinburgh Airport, I made my way into the terminal and headed to the luggage self check in. That was straight forward apart from figuring out how to actually attach the label. A nice member of staff helped me out. I haven’t checked luggage on Ryanair in years, and the last time I did it they still had people ... read more
Ryanair
Arriving into Kaunas
Nemunas River

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul January 11th 2024

After getting my morning coffee, I headed over to the area near the Spice Bazaar as that is where my food tour was starting from. I arrived a little early, so had a quick walk around the area. It was pretty quiet. I came across a little statue of a man and a boy with a table between them. The man was giving the boy a Simit and the boy was counting out his money. It was interesting because the table was empty, and there were some actual Simit and baguettes on it. I wonder if it was a good luck thing. I headed back to the cafe Brew Coffeeworks and met a couple of other guests who were on the tour and then the guide turned up and we went inside. The guide explained a ... read more
Istanbul
Istanbul
Yeni Cami Mosque

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul » Sultanahmet January 10th 2024

An early start today as I wanted to get out and beat the queues, if they existed. I am still not used to venturing out in the dark in the mornings. It felt like the middle of the night and watching people do their daily commute in the dark made me relieved that I wasn’t. First stop was the nearest Starbucks for coffee. The cafe was home to a cat, which seemed to have the run of the place. It has really impressed me, all the animals that are on the loose in the city, that they are well cared for and just do their own thing side by side with us humans and neither bother each other. It says good things about the citizens of Istanbul. Once the coffee was consumed, I walked down the ... read more
Blue Mosque
Blue Mosque
Hagia Sophia

Middle East » Turkey » Marmara » Istanbul January 9th 2024

An overnight flight meant an early morning arrival into Istanbul. Getting through the airport was unproblematic and I made it down to the airport shuttle. The bus journey was quicker than I had anticipated. It was however pretty cramped and there was nothing to see as it was still dark and I think we were just on motorways. I had booked a place to stay that was near the shuttle drop off point, so there wasn’t a long walk with my luggage. The place was meant to have a 24 hour reception, but I sent a while in the rain ringing the doorbell as the desk staff were MIA. I did get to check-in early, so that was nice and it meant I could have a quick shower and freshen up after my flight. Once I ... read more
Bue Mosque
Bue Mosque
Egyptian Obelisk

Asia » China » Guangdong » Guangzhou January 8th 2024

I had hoped to have an early start, but since I didn't arrive into Guangzhou late the evening before and didn't get into bed until after midnight, I was a little slow off the mark. Once sorted, I repacked my case ready for my late night departure and ordered some breakfast. I headed downstairs as the place I was staying at had a cafe on the ground floor and I ordered an iced americano as I was no longer used to the Guangdong heat since moving a bit further north. I got a nice surprise that as a guest my coffee had a slight discount. I drank my coffee and waited for my breakfast to arrive. I nearly missed the delivery bloke as he raced off up the stairs. I'm glad I saved him having to ... read more
Dong Shan Kou
Dong Shan Kou
Dong Shan Kou

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha October 29th 2023

I had the morning to spend in Changsha as my train wasn't until the afternoon. I headed to McDonald's for a coffee and a quick breakfast before making my way to the subway station. I took the train to Kai Fu temple, the temple was only a short walk away from the subway station, but the road in front of it was jam packed with cars, which was a shame as it meant that I coulsn't get any decent photos of the temple's beautiful facade. I found the cashier's window, paid my 10 yuan entrance fee and was given a bundle of incense sticks. Since it was a Sunday morning, the temple was packed. Kaifu Temple was built by a monk called Baoning on the site of Huichun Park. The park was given to him by ... read more
Kaifu Temple
Kaifu Temple
Kaifu Temple

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha October 28th 2023

After my expensive Starbucks the previous morning, I headed to McDonald's for my caffeine fix. Much cheaper, but a lot scruffier. I took the subway to Yingwanzhen station, which is near the start of the trail up Yuelushan mountain. There were a lot of people heading to the mountain. There were entry gates and it was the same mini program as the one I was unable to use for Orange Island so I just snuck through when the gates opened for the person in front of me. The mountain isn't much of a mountain, more like a big hill. The first part of the trail was along the road and just a gradual climb. I passed the entrance to the cable car that can take you to the top, but it was closed for maintenance. The ... read more
Yuelushan
Yuelushan
Ice Cream

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha October 27th 2023

I woke up having not had the best night's sleep. Changsha is a pretty noisy city, that never stops, and the windows in my room seemed to lack adequate soundproofing. First stop of the day was coffee. I had spotted a Starbucks on the main street the previous day so headed there. As I was walking along the street, I passed a few live streamers and wondered what they were streaming about as they were in front of the now shut bars and clubs. I made my way to Starbucks and saw that it was a fancy Starbucks Reserve type of store, I had never seen or been to one of these before. It had a fancy coffee bar in the middle to order your coffee at. I ordered my usual a basic americano and nearly ... read more
Hunan Provincial Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum
Hunan Provincial Museum

Asia » China » Hunan » ChangSha October 26th 2023

An unexpected few days off work meant I was able to visit Changsha. I had wanted to visit in the National Day holiday but train tickets were impossible to get. Changsha seems like a popular city for Chinese people to visit, but not really known so much outside of China. The train journey itself was nondescript and after a couple of hours or so, I arrived in Changsha. I was mildly irritated that I had had been unable to set up the subway app on my phone as it only worked with Chinese ID numbers. Luckily, ticket machines in all the subway stations were plentiful so it was easy enough to get a ticket, it just meant I had to know where I was going at all times. Exiting the subway station, I was in one ... read more
Genki Sushi
Genki Sushi
Genki Sushi

Asia » China » Jiangxi » Nanchang October 3rd 2023

After a strong coffee and a pastry, it was time to venture out. Since the weather was fairly nice, I decided to spend some more time outdoors. Gotta make the most of it not being too hot or too cold. I had found a lake park, Qingshan Lake Park, online that looked quite nice so decided to head there for a walk to stretch the old legs. Even though I had taken the subway several times from near where i was staying during my stay in Nanchang, I got lost on the way there this morning. So I wandered the backstreets for a bit. I enjoyed my little unplanned detour and came across some very popular looking restaurants hidden in the back of some apartment buildings. They are probably well known to locals and visitors who ... read more
Qingshan Lake Park
Qingshan Lake Park
Qingshan Lake Park




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