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Back in the UK for Christmas

I am now back in the UK ready for Christmas and the New Year. I will visit the other countries on my bucket list soon and blog about them on this site then. See …

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CWH and CN, Day of Acronyms

This morning I hopped on the bus back to Hamilton to see the other Flying Lancaster in the World. This is situated in the Canadian War Plane Heritage (CWH) Museum near Hamilton airport, the …

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A Day Looking Around Toronto

Yesterday I caught the main sites around Toronto including the City Offices, The CN tower, Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery Ontario. In the evening I went to the Royal Alexandra theatre and …

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Montreal Day 2

My final day in Montreal, before heading back to Toronto, was spent climbing up Mount Royal to get a really nice view over the city, something I really love to do. I am looking …

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Day 2 in Quebec City

This morning I arose and went for a walk after I stopped for a quick breakfast in McDonalds. I had a Crepe McMuffin with Maple Syrup, Egg and Cheese. On the walk I saw …

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From Montreal to Quebec

This morning I hopped on the Montreal Subway for a few stops to the Berri-Uqam station where I went to the bus stop to catch a bus to Quebec. The most striking element of …

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Montreal

I arrived at Montreal train station yesterday evening from Ottawa and walked 20 minutes to the hostel. This morning after breakfast I went for a long walk and got lost before regaining my bearings. …

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Toronto to Ottawa

This morning I caught the train from Toronto to the Captial City of Canada, Ottawa. The journey took 5 hours on the train, plus a 30 minute walk to the hostel because I could …

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Hamilton City

I had a stop over in Hamilton on my way back to Toronto from Niagra Falls. Hamilton is lovely little city with quirky art galleries and shop and I am really please my friend …

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Niagra Falls

Yesterday morning I caught the AMTRAK train bound for New York from Toronto to the Niagra falls. The journey took just under 2 hours but was worth every minute of the trip because the …

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My Bed in Toronto

This is the third Hostelling International Hostel I have stayed at in Canada and it is OK but by no means the best. The atmosphere is not quite right and the bedroom smells a …

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Last Few Days in Toronto

Over the last few days I have walked around Toronto and explored the area. I have not been up the CN tower yet because it has been too cloudy, as you can see from …

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First Live NBA Game

Having arrived in Toronto and dropping my bags at the hostel, which was only a 10 minute walk from the train station, I headed out to explore the area to get me bearings. I …

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Jasper to Toronto Train Journey

This train journey was amazing! It is definitely one of the best experiences I have had on my travels. There was lots of interesting people to talk to and the train and views were …

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Jasper Canyon and Walking

For my last full day in Jasper I tried walking up the trail from the hostel which required me to wear snow shoes. It was difficult and only walked for an hour and fell …

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Wildlife and Scenic Tour of Jasper

I was hoping to go Ice Walk around frozen water falls today but this trip would not start until the 1st of December, if the ice is thick enough to walk on. Instead I …

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From Vancouver to Jasper

Yesterday I arrived in a very cold Jasper. Apparently it is -17 degrees outside at the moment. The journey from Vancouver to Jasper took 20 hours and as you can see from the photos …

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Granville Island

My final day in Vancouver has been spent exploring the south side of the city, in particular Granville Island. It was quite a walk from my hostel, an hour in total, to the island …

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Capilino Suspension Bridge

Today I managed to get to the Capilino Suspension Bridge on the north side of the city. As you can see from the photos the bridge and views were pretty cool. Tomorrow I am …

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Cycling Around Stanley Park

Today my aim was to go to the North Island of Vancouver to walk along the suspension bridge however, when I went to the cashpoint my card was blocked. this meant I had to …

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Vancouver Lookout

Today I managed to get up for breakfast, which was a bonus. After which I decided I would go and have a look out over the city. I have found on my travels that …

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24 hours in Vancouver

Last night I watched an exciting game of NHL Ice Hockey, unfortunately the Vancouver Canucks lost 3-2 to New Jersey Devils. The atmosphere of my first Ice Hockey game was memorable and something I …

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Back to Future Flight to Vancouver

I arrived in Vancouver at 20:50 on the 21st November 2015 which I find amazing because my flight left Manila at 00:50 on the 22nd November 2015! The flight was 12 hours long and …

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A Few Days in Manila

I have spent the last few days in Manila and an interesting stay it has been too. With the APEC conference and world leaders with in a few miles of my hotel the main …

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Last Day in Boracay and Back to Manila

Yesterday was my last day in Boracay and as I wandered around I noticed how many trikes were buzzing about me, so I filmed them. In the evening Dennis, our friends, and I went …

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Sunrise in Boracay

Yesterday morning I went to the back beach and saw more kite boarding and promised myself I would be there this morning in time for the sunrise at 5:30am. I am pleased I made …

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More Beaches and a View to Remember

Over the last few days I have been hopping on to the trike once again to explore more of the island. The day before yesterday I had my 2nd intense Yoga session, which had …

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Exploring Boracay and Sunsets

A couple of early morning walks along to station 1 and Dimiwidi beach and a sunset swim at station 3 have resulted in some amazing sights. I have been hoping on trikes and having …

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Dennis’ 40th Birthday

The reason I am here in Boracay is to celebrate my friends 40th Birthday with him. So the night before last, when Dennis returned from Manila, we went to Club Wave on the sea …

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Folk Dancing and Great Beaches

Yesterday evening I went to ‘watch’ folk dancing and go for some food with a few of Dennis’ old students who are now working in Boracay. Dennis is in Manila at a meeting. Once …

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Scuba Diving in Boracay

Yesterday I went Scuba diving. What struck me about this sport is that the gear is such a simple concept that opens a whole new world under the Sea. I was considering getting my …

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Manila to Boracay

A couple of days ago I caught a very early 7am flight, I had to be at the airport for 4am, from Manila to Boracay to meet me friend Dennis. The plane was a …

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From Osaka to Manila

Today I caught my 4 hour flight from a rainy Osaka to a sunny and very warm Manila in the Philippines. This is because I crossed the equator in to summertime in the southern …

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Ben and Devon’s Last Full Day in Japan

Today is Halloween and every where we look everybody is dressed up, so when had lunch Devon got in the act too. This afternoon we went on a big red ferries wheel which is …

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Kyoto and Osaka

The last couple of days we have been to Kyoto on the train where we experienced an amazing fish market and few temples. Yesterday we spent in Osaka exploring Tennoji again, before finding a …

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Universal Studios Japan

A visit to Universal Studios in Osaka was high on Ben’s list so today we visited it and it was really easy to get to and get in. Because we left around rush hour …

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Iga Ninja Museum

We caught the JR train from Tennoji to Iga-Ueno and then on to Uenoshi which in the end took 2 hours, which was about double the time we were expecting. It was worth it …

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Sunday and Monday in Osaka

Sunday morning we got up and left the apartment to see the 5th Osaka Marathon in progress. After watching this for a while we headed to Tenojei park once again for Devon to work …

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Bullet Train to Hiroshima to Watch Sumo

Today Ben and Devon had their first experience of the Japanese Bullet Train. We got up early and caught the train to Hiroshima to hopefully watch a regional Sumo tournament. Before we got to …

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Namba Parks, Tennoji Park and Shinsekai district

We had a great day looking around Namba parks which is shopping mall with a difference in that is is covered in trees and has nice places to sit down. At Tennoji Park Devon …

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Osaka Castle and Aquarium

Todays visit to Osaka Castle was relaxing one where we sat on the grass and Devon introduced himself to some school children. From the Castle we headed to the amazing aquarium where the animals …

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Fish Market and Umeda Sky Garden

Today we all went to an amazing fish market and then a stroll to see the Lamborghini and Mclaren salesrooms. We then arrived in Umeda where Devon had a paddle in the fountain before …

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Ben and Devon’s First Day in Osaka

For the first day and after Devon has adjusted to the time zone with his first overnight sleep. We decided to explore the area a little bit and started at Shinsekai before visiting the …

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The Last Few Days in Osaka

I have now rented an apartment for 2 weeks on AirBnB in preparation for my friend to fly from the UK with his 1 year old child. So you will be seeing more photos …

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Hello From Us!

As I have been travelling I have been taking photos of faces that I see in everyday objects with the intention of illustrating them into little cartoon characters. So here are the first 3! …

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Morning Walk Thinking About the Quirks of Japan

This morning I woke at 5am and realised that I had not seen a sunrise since I was staying with the Taoist Master in South Korea. So up I got and went for a …

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Last Few Days

I am conscious that I have not blogged for the last few days. In that time I have not really done much except have another look around Hiroshima peace park at night and then …

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Bed in Hiroshima

In Hiroshima I stayed at the Guest House Carpe Hiroshima Koi which was a nice place to stay for a few days. The owner was very helpful and a big baseball fan, his Hiroshima …

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Miyajima Island

This little island just of Hiroshima is a 35 min street car ride to the Hiroden-miyajima-guchi stop and a simple 10 min ferry ride away from the hostel. Once arriving on the island the …

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Hiroshima Peace Memorial

Yesterdays trip to Hiroshima from Kyoto was all quite simple on the bullet train. When I arrived at the hostel at 4pm I decided to chill and explore the city in the morning. Today …

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Morning Walk Along the River in Kyoto

This morning I woke early and decided to go for a stroll upto the area where the temple are, however on the was I spotted a riverside walk which I did instead. It was …

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Relaxing Sunday in Kyoto

A relaxing Sunday, reading books about Sumo and practising Origami, with two quick visits to very impressive temples: The first Sanjusangendo which has over a thousand ‘Kannon’ statues that stand around the buddha. The …

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Red Gates and Bamboo in Kyoto

Yesterday arriving at my hotel, yes another hotel it’s just the way it worked in Kyoto over this weekend, at midday I could not check in until 4pm so I thought I would see …

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Nine Hour Hotel – Kyoto

This is possibly the coolest hotel I have ever stayed in. I love the design and flow of the hotel and the futuristic capsule in which guests sleep. The locker room and shower area: …

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From Osaka to Kyoto with a Couple Surprises

My plan to get from Osaka to Kyoto involved a 40 min trip to Shin-Osaka main station hoping on train for another 40 mins, changing to the subway and making my way to the …

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Namba at Night

I visited the Namba district on my first day and loved it. I said it would be great to see at night when it has a different feel. Yesterday morning I met up with …

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Osaka City Centre

Today I explored the centre of the city, in particular the area around Osaka train station. The highlight was the Umeda Sky Building, which I have to say is an amazing piece of architecture …

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From Tokyo to a Full Day Exploring Osaka

Going to bed the day before yesterday my plan was to get up have some breakfast and make my way to Osaka around lunchtime. At about 5am I was wide awake, I will put …

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Odaiba Area – Tokyo

After speaking the receptionist in the hostel yesterday. He recommended that if I wanted to see a more modern side of Tokyo I could visit the Odaiba area. I was not disappointed this was …

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Shibuya and Harajuku Area

Today I had a look around the skyscraper and shopping districts Shibuya and Harajuku area. I was hoping to see the some modern architecture and some nice minimalist clothes and furniture design along with …

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Sumo!

This morning I rose at 5:50am and walked the 5 minutes to the Sumo Arena and queued in the rain for two hours to get a ticket for todays Grand Sumo Tournament event. I …

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Leaving Korea for Japan

My biding memories of Korea will always be staying with Master Kim, The Temple Stay, the food with oval metal chopsticks and the modern architecture. My final night in Korea was spent at the …

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Lotte World Theme Park

After getting up and planning a relaxing day of working on a website and preparing for my trip to Japan. This was until I got chatting to two Australians in my room Airdre and …

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Six Day Stay with Taoist Master

Since leaving the UK I have been doing quite a bit of reading and my interest in Zen led me to learn a little more about Taoism. Upon arriving in Korea I decided I …

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Gangnam Area

The day started with a wander several blocks from the hostel to the Olympic stadium. I realised on my way back that I have now visit or seen a few Olympic stadiums including the …

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Temple Stay at the Lotus Lantern Temple

Getting to the Gwanhga bus terminal on the 3000 bus from Sinchon took around 2 hours, 30 minutes longer than I had anticipated after reading an online article. Either way it was quite simple, …

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My Second Bed in Seoul

The Maru hostel was so much better than the first hostel I stayed in Seoul. It was not perfect, the owner and only person on reception did not appear until 11am and that was …

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Digital Nomad and Quiet Few Days

I have read a lot about digital nomads and it is a concept I like the idea off. Working from different locations has always seemed a great idea to me, with the quote ringing …

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Korean Oriental Medicine and the Soon to be Tallest Building in South Korea

Today was another day where I had a plan to meet an expert in mind body healing. Raimund Royer is an doctor in Korean Traditional Medicine(KTM) and his story is quite amazing. He visit …

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Dongdaemum Area and Korean Hand Therapy

Today was to be all about learning the basics of a cool Korean acupuncture technique called Korean Hand Therapy (KHT) but it turned out to be more than that. A couple of stops from …

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Hapjeong Area

The quirky Hapjeong area of Seoul near my new Hostel took me by surprise. Once settled at the Hostel I discovered two delights. A very unique shopping centre that has umbrellas as shelter. There …

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Insadong-gil and Baseball… again

Insadong Street is described by visit Korea as: ..one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul and represents the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts. Stores in Insa-dong specialize in a wide …

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Inwang-san Mountain

Today I took the metro several stops to the Dongnimmun station to hick up Inwang-san Mountain. I found the best way to get to main parts by a great review on Trip Advisor. The …

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Cheong-gye-cheon Area of Seoul

The Cheong-gye-cheon Area of Seoul came highly recommended because of its modern recreational space and palaces. In 2003 an old underground stream was revealed when an elevated highway was removed. It was then decided that …

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Arriving in Seoul

This morning I flew from JeJu to Seoul on Korean Air. I shared a taxi with Dan, the guy who use to work for Microsoft, to the airport. This is a half an hour …

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JeJu Day Two

Today I thought I would explore further and searched for the Jeongbang waterfall. The best part of this one was that you could get really close. So close that I got wet from the …

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From Busan to JeJu

Today I flew to JeJu a little island right at the south of South Korea. I thought it was going to be smaller than it is. It took me 1 hour in a taxi …

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Haeundae Area of Busan

I have been looking forward to exploring the Haeundae beach for a few days now and although I preferred the one at Gwangalli, I still liked the area especially the cliffside walk and the …

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Gwangalli Area of Busan and Baseball Game

After a relaxing morning I decided to re-explore the Gwangalli Area around the Busan Cinema Centre because on Tuesday when I was there it rained hard all day. Today though was Sunny and I first …

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Nampo Region of Busan

Today I hopped on the metro and just 3 stops from my hostel was Nampo. There was quite a variety of of attractions in a small area. First there was BIFF square which had …

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First Day in South Korea

A very wet day in Busan today, I was told it was a typhoon. If it was it was a very small one because it was just like a very rainy and windy day …

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China to South Korea

I have now arrived in South Korea with a day very much Sandwiched by high speed with a filling of delays in between. Either way I am here now and it has a completely …

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Last Day in China

Tomorrow morning I leave my hostel to head to Shanghai Airport, to get there I will need to use the MagLev which is the worlds fast train. I am quite looking forward to this. …

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The Shanghai Cityscape View from the Vue

Whilst in a hostel in YangShuo I was speaking to a friendly and helpful Scottish girl who had already been to Shanghai. She stated one of her best experiences had been looking out over …

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Last Day Volunteering at the Orphanage

Arriving at Jinhal Metro station a few minutes early I enjoyed a Pineapple yoghurt and an orange juice for breakfast. My driver arrived a little while later and I got to the Orphanage just …

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Shanghai Healing Home

Waking this morning I felt fresher and more sprightly. So I packed my bags because today I am off to another hostel after volunteering. The 1 and half hour trip to the Orphanage went …

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A Trip to Zhujiajiao

Today I went to Zhujiajiao, getting there it was a few subway stops followed by a 40 min to 1 and half hour journey depending on which bus I caught. I had no idea how to …

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A Relaxing Day in Shanghai

Today I thought I would do very little. I felt I needed one of the days. Yesterday I saw a barbers a few doors up from the hostel, so I thought I would pop …

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Volunteering and Exploring in Shanghai

This morning I had my induction at the Shanghai Healing Home on the outskirts of the city. I arrived at the JinJing Road Metro station in good time, though I was not sure of …

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Arriving in Shanghai

After leaving the train I headed straight for the metro, once there I realised I did not know where to go because it was 6:30am and too early to go to the hostel. So I …

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Guilin to Shanghai Overnight Train

It was pouring down as I left the Guilin hostel at 6am on the Thursday morning to catch the train to Shanghai. It was the first time had to use me rain mac! On …

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From Yangshuo to Guilin

After staying in Yangshuo for 4 days I chose to head to Shanghai to do some volunteering. So although I loved my stay I had to leave to head back to Guilin on the …

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Rock Climbing

My afternoon got off to a rocky start when the shop I was to meet the instructor at was closed. The instructor, Hector from Spain, arrived on time but was as surprised as me …

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Morning River Walk in YangShuo

During my first afternoon here in YangShuo I saw a man walking along some stepping stones in the river. This morning after I had woke and meditated I decided to see if I could find my …

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First Full Day in YangShou

When I first decided to visit YangShuo it was because of the views of the amazing rock formations poking out of the ground. Today my plan was to hike up to the Television mask …

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Morning Walk and The Li River

Waking at 6am I decided to, once again, explore the town early. I am really pleased I did. I got to experience something I would never have seen had I not been up early. I …

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GuiLin to YangShuo County

After arriving in GuiLin yesterday evening and a good nights sleep. I had a couple of hours exploring the city before heading to YangShuo. I saw a few of the main sights and may …

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Bullet Train from Beijing to Guilin

I had a 10 and a bit hour journey to Guilin today. I have some photos to share but not much of story unfortunately because I have sat on train full of people who …

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Last Day in Beijing

Today I planned to see more of the Forbidden City because I don’t think I saw it all last time. I got there and the queues were really long and there was no way …

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The Great Wall

Today I visited the Great Wall. It was a bit of a slug to get there but really worth it. Three became two right at the start of the day when Jordan decided to …