Category Archives: Travel Tips

101 Reasons Not to Leave Home without… a Sarong!

Long long ago, one night in a dorm after lights out and a few too many tequilas, idle chatter in the darkness began this slightly silly list…. here it is again, updated! Can you help us get to 101? 1. … Continue reading

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House-sitting – A Pup, Some Rabbits and… Google!

Daisy and I ran after rabbits today. Squirrels darted up trees. We jumped mole hills and rabbit holes and sniffed nervously at fox burrows. I’m sure one of us would have caught something if we weren’t attached to each other by … Continue reading

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“The Talk”

I had ‘the talk’ today (at Ulan Ude), walking alone around the huge outdoor ethnological museum – a talk I have about now on all of my trips. “We need to talk.” My subconscious finally gets a hearing in the … Continue reading

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The Trans-Siberian Railway at last!

Childhood dream fulfilled! First train on the long journey to Moscow conquered! Flooding along the Amur River – on the border between China and Russia – unfortunately meant it was best to skip some of my planned riverside destinations. I’ll … Continue reading

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Russian Family Rescue (and adoption)

Due to China’s unitary time zone, there is a three hour time difference between Harbin and Vladivistok – but only a 12 hour bus ride between them. I should have checked my sources (embarassing green traveller mistake) so I might … Continue reading

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Letting things go

I always thought I was a minimalist with things. I do love and hoard books and anything connected with foreign languages but otherwise I never shop. I am the hand me down girl. I guess I treasure what I do … Continue reading

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I found happiness on Yalu River

I found happiness on Yalu River Cloaked under a grey sky Lapping softly at its edges A fisherman cast his net, and hauled Empty again Cast again Excited tourists dress in North Korean costumes Pose for photos by the bridge … Continue reading

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101 Uses for a Sarong

This is a mental list I started for a laugh years ago on another trip…can you help me get to 101? 1.  A curtain. 2. A wall – hung off a travelclothesline or bit of string tied across a small … Continue reading

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Fat feet and smelly tevas

I’d forgotten how your body can freak out after being in a hermetically sealed flying tube for hours, then landing in intense heat, humidity and (bless it) smog… sweating, chafing, appetite and thirst mood swings, the works. Add our favorite … Continue reading

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Hard Seat Trains

One of my most epic travel  journeys was a 45 hour hard seat train from Kashgar  to Beijing. But that was nine years ago.  Could I hack it now?! Hard seat trains have it all. They are cheap cheap cheap. … Continue reading

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