Beaches, beaches, and more beaches. And some rice-fields. Would be an accurate description of our eighteen nights in Indonesia. Probably not too dissimilar to most peoples’ experience, though ours differs in one major way; we did not spend any time on Bali itself (except eight hours in a hotel airport). Bali is a hugely popular […]Read more "Into Indonesia: Bali to Lombok"
The Philippines is larger than one might imagine. It consists of nearly 8,000 islands which are home to over 100m people, making it the 12th most populated country in the world. Manila, the capital, has over 20m people living in its urban area, twice the population of Portugal. Whilst a beautiful country, at least in […]Read more "Island-hopping in the Philippines: A mixed bag."
We took the bullet train (such a cool name) – in Japanese, Shinkansen (such a cool name) – from Hiroshima to Kyoto. I love the bullet train. I love how fast it is (up to 200km/h), how sleek and futuristic it looks, how much better it is than what pass for high-speed trains in the […]Read more "Two weeks in Japan | Part two | Hiroshima to Tokyo"
Two weeks is nowhere near enough. Japan was amazing, the best country we’ve visited on “Le Grand Trip” and probably the best country I’ve ever visited (it certainly feels like that now, but it may be the PJSD – post-Japan stress disorder – talking). Recovery takes some time, and I’m nowhere near over it yet. […]Read more "Two weeks in Japan | Part One | Osaka to Hiroshima"
It is a truth universally acknowledged… that you can have too much of a good thing. From home comforts to public services, from friends, families and relationships to health, safety and the gift of life, we take things for granted. Call it complacency, call it being spoiled, call it temple syndrome. It’s human nature. And […]Read more "Arigatou gozaimasu Japan. You’ve left me reeling"
Create Taipei on Sim City and you’ve completed the game. At least the Asian version. It’s just so… perfect. We hit the (immaculate) tarmac and realised we’d landed in another world, a world away from Vietnam and Cambodia and Myanmar and (most of all) Laos. It was all so efficient, so modern, so spotlessly clean, so […]Read more "Lí-hó, Taipei (Taiwan)"
And now our journey – this part of it at least – has ended. Farewell Vietnam. It was a blast. Incredible landscapes, brilliant cities, great food, some wonderful people. Boats and bikes, planes, trains and automobiles, mountains, caves, beaches, islands, rivers, waterfalls and lakes. And temples. So many temples. A chaotic, often beautiful carnival of colours, […]Read more "Good… bye, Vietnam"