Yearly Archives: 2013
At some point, we stopped being interested in souvenirs. We buy useful and beautiful things if we see them – linen, kitchen and tableware, paper, the occasional wall hanging, clothing, food.View full post »
I just wanted to pop in to this very neglected blog to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of all the good things!
We’ll be downing Champagne and panatone for breakfast,View full post »
I am generally a pretty adventurous eater, right up until that point where I’m offered stir-fried bamboo rat. Then I’m reaching for the Vegemite toast, thankyouverymuch.
We’ve doneView full post »
The Zhangjiajie National Park remains a little bit out of reach for Western tourists – we certainly saw some in the park, but not many. We found it difficult to find useful information online,View full post »
The Zhangjiajie National Park (also known as the Wulingyuan Scenic Area) inspired, frustrated and destroyed us. In equal measures.
It is brilliantly equipped for tourism, if you speak Mandarin.View full post »
While nothing beats that buzz of a new place, I love returning to a city I’ve explored before. It’s an opportunity to do what you want to do, rather than what everyone breathlesslyView full post »
The People’s Republic of China may be the largest Communist nation in the world, but no one understands Capitalism quite as well as the Chinese. Or meat, which makes for some particularlyView full post »
What a difference one year, four months and a day makes. Pudong under a cloud of fog last year – and on a brilliantly clear day last month. Whether it was a vacuum cleaner or just good luck,View full post »
When we first visited China last year, we expected to hate Shanghai and love Beijing. We were oh so very wrong.
Beijing seemed to encompass everything we find difficult and overwhelming about travelView full post »
The last time we visited Maldon I was still at school. Rob had just gotten his licence, and borrowed his Mum’s car for the afternoon. We had lunch and explored the shops, then I went home to doView full post »
It seems I’ve inadvertently retreated from this space again. Every so often my inclination towards introversion envelops me. I get busy with work, travel, personal life and all of theView full post »
While Kotor is charming at sea level, the real magic happens in the mountains, with a view over the bay and the red rooftops of the old town. It has become a running joke that Rob only likes townsView full post »
Rob still declares that Kotor is his “favourite place on earth.” I blame this a little on the fact that he was reading Game of Thrones at the time.
Kotor is the neglected and lonely loveView full post »
Don’t ask me how to pronounce it. Several locals did their best to get it into our head, but it still eludes me. Little Rijeka Crnojevic is the remains of an ancient trading port, surrounded byView full post »