A Kingdom of Tigers

The one thing I did with my time away that seems to have captured most people’s interest is spend time with tigers in the sanctuary ‘Tiger Kingdom’, not far from Chiang Mai, so I thought it would be worth a blog post. I must admit initially I had no plans to visit it, in fact …

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Sunday Spotlight – Mandalay

Yes, Sunday Spotlight is back this time with a city from my most recently visited country, Myanmar. Mandalay, made famous to the west by Rudyard Kipling and a poem he once wrote, possibly sounds a little romantic. For example: Come you back to Mandalay, Where the old Flotilla lay: Can't you 'ear their paddles chunkin' …

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Foto Friday – Festival Time in Japan

  First things first - Happy New Year! I am six weeks away from jetting off to Thailand and Myanmar so pretty excited about that! Hope that wherever you are you had a great New Year. Here in Melbourne we're getting some serious heat, it's about 38 degrees right now and we're heading for 41 …

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When I carried on up the Khyber!

For anyone familiar with the ‘Carry On’ films, there’s one of the best (it helps if you have an appalling taste in humour) called ‘Carry on Up the Khyber’. Which I am using to segue from my title to my actual post here. 2004, as part of my crossing from Dhaka to Europe by land, …

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Trip of a Life Time – Italy

So, it was from Cairo that I flew into Munich, Germany, and the Eurail adventure was set to begin.  Leading up to the journey, I was really looking forward to catching trains through Europe (as anyone familiar with my blog might guess!) and so I had a pass that 10 days travel across Germany, France, …

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The Kindness of Strangers

On Saturday I wrote a blog about my time in India in 1999. I talked about my experiences in Jalandhar where I was taken in by a family thanks to meeting someone on a bus and spending a few days staying with them, completely impromptu. It turned out to be probably the most rewarding experience …

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Train Journeys – Darjeeling

Most of the train journeys I have written about so far have been longish journeys, overnighters, epic stories of survival (ok that’s an exaggeration) but not all worthwhile train journeys in the world are like that, in fact some are quite short. Take the seven-kilometre toy train journey from Darjeeling as a prime example. It’s …

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Gateway Countries – Czech Republic (Eastern Europe)

  So folks, for the last one for now in my series of gateway countries, I’m heading to East Europe to a place that so many people are going these days, the Czech Republic. I could have named a few countries I liked more than the Czech Republic, and I was on the cusp of …

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