Reflections on returning to Hong Kong

Here’s a guest post from my Dad who we met up with in Hong Kong. Over to him: Hong Kong was the place for another reunion (we also met up in Buenos Aires in July) with Jack and Becki. They were en-route to Myanmar and I was coming from Singapore where I had been visiting friends. My…

Highlights from one year of travelling (2010-11)

It was an amazing year and I can’t believe we are home. Here are some of the best bits (along side ratings as you would expect from us): Brazil (8.5/10) Staying in the cool neighbourhood of Santa Teresa in a lovely pousada (Rio) Dancing the samba and getting drunk in Lapa (Rio) Watching the World…

I’m a traveller…get me out of here!

We were really looking forward to China, and in particular the countryside in the south-west, where we planned to go. However, we soon realised that this part of China wasn’t going to contain the lovely quiet rural scenery we had imagined. Our first stop was Yangshuo, a small UNESCO listed ‘backpacker’ town, famed for its…

Anyone for dog or cat meat?

WARNING: Do not read if you are squeamish (or like animals). I thought I’d seen it all when it came to markets, but this was before I had been to China. As part of our cookery course in Yangshuo we visited the local market. The first section was the usual selection of slightly unusual fruit…

Some ways in which China differs

After a couple of weeks in China I have noticed quite a few differences between it and other developing countries (we have been to): Hot showers are standard Pork is the top meat (rather than chicken or beef) Public toilets are often open squatters (squat toilets with low partition walls and no door so they…

Hectic Hong Kong

After a few weeks lazing on gorgeous beaches in the Philippines, we were looking forward to being in a city and doing some sightseeing. However, soon after arriving in Hong Kong we were missing our sedentary life! Without any accommodation booked, we started looking for a hotel in our meagre budget…it was hopeless. The cheap places in our guidebook had…