Top Ten Countries Countdown Number 4 – Laos

Moving back to Asia, number four in my top ten of countries I’ve visited is Laos. My favourite country in South East Asia without a doubt, Laos has a little something for everyone except for perhaps the shopaholic. Nestled between China, Vietnam, Thailand, Cambodia and Burma, Laos is not the most frequently visited country in …

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Top Ten Country Countdown, Number 5- Central Asia

Yes, I am going to cheat here and instead of specifying a country, I am going to lump ‘Central Asia’ together in my top ten. Technically I already cheated when I included the UK, right? But for me, Central Asia was the ultimate in ‘different’. I visited Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan over six weeks back …

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Top Ten Countries Countdown. Number 6 – Japan [Part One]

Well I wouldn’t still be living here if I didn’t like the place, would I? My visit to Japan was in 2011, in April not so long after the March 11th tsunami and earthquake which had caused so much devastation. However, this first time I didn’t head north of Tokyo. I flew into Kansai Airport …

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Japanese Girl and Boy bands, and what’s the deal there?

So, you know today's pop music, perhaps more than ever before (let's be honest this is always an ongoing criticism) has become homogenised and samey? Well, here in Japan they have seriously taken that to another level, and quite frankly, it's a worry. Yep. AKB48.   Sure, I've talked about AKB48 before, and for those …

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