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Sabbatical 2017

Bangalore surprisingly charming modern city

Before arriving in Bangalore, or Bengaluru as it is now officially known, we had been told by some Bangalore residents that it is only known for its shopping centres and craft breweries. Well, if that is what is recommended by… Continue Reading →

Introduction to Sri Lanka

We weren’t planning a trip to Sri Lanka at all. But, we squeezed in a short Introduction to Sri Lanka trip after we realised that we were at risk of exceeding our 60-day Indian visa. So a quick week-long trip… Continue Reading →

What you need to know about toilets in Asia

Talking about toilets is one of those things we don’t really want to talk about, but something we definitely want to know about when we are travelling. As a westerner, I do find toilet experiences quite challenging, while travelling. But… Continue Reading →

Bangkok – Then and Now

  This is my fourth trip to Bangkok in 21 years and I have reflected on my impressions of Bangkok- then and now (and a bit in between). Bangkok 1996 Before I first came to Bangkok at the start of… Continue Reading →

Traveling makes you miss things

Traveling is great and every day is an adventure. Just some of the adventures aren’t of the exotic or exciting type, rather they are the kind of adventures that come from hunting for things we miss from home. What things… Continue Reading →

What makes Vietnam unique? Part 2

Vietnam still surprises me every day. It is definitely unique in many ways, so my list continues. (See part 1 of the list here). Boats have eyes.  Apparently different parts of the country, or even in neighbouring countries, they paint… Continue Reading →

What makes Vietnam unique – part 3

I love getting to know more about Vietnam and its people. And every part of Vietnam is a little different to other parts. The north, central and south have many things that are just a little different. Some parts you… Continue Reading →

What makes Vietnam unique? Part 1

Every country is different in its own way, but what makes Vietnam unique? I have been jotting down answers to this question since we arrived in Vietnam a month ago, and I am still adding to it daily. Some of… Continue Reading →

Almost a local in Hoi An

When we decided to spend 6+ months in Asia as part of a sabbatical, we had the choice of many destinations and a little time in each.  Or trying to become a local whilst slackpacking, i.e. slower paced backpacking. Most… Continue Reading →

A Vietnamese breakfast order to explain Brexit

Being on sabbatical in Vietnam whilst reading the BBC news and progress on shambolic and frankly worrying Brexit negotiations, made me think a little of a local analogy. In Hanoi, Vietnam, we stayed at a hotel that had a breakfast… Continue Reading →

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