An hour and fifteen minutes in Hanover (not that I was counting)

Hannover Hauptbahnhof

Actually I was counting, but not in the sense that I was counting down the minutes until I could leave. My travels from Hamburg to Leipzig required a change of trains in Hanover (Hannover in German). Rather than wait on the platform I gave myself a mini-tour of Hanover. I had an hour and fifteen […]

Visiting the British Museum – one of the worlds great museums

British Museum

London is famous for having loads of musuems that you can visit for free. I always tell people this is one of the many great things about London, yet whenever I end up back in London on my annual visit I never get round to visiting them. I happened to be staying near the British […]

Don’t go to Bremen, they said – It’s an industrial scheiße-stadt, they said

Bremen - Germany

I don’t remember who “they” were. Perhaps it was a collection of travellers over the years; a disgruntled salesmen who had been covering Northern Germany for too long; or maybe it was from an actual Bremener I’d met in my travels. Who ever it was, they added to be the voice in my head that […]

Couchsurfing in Groningen, Netherlands

James in Groningen

[Groningen – Netherlands] Groningen is a city in the north of the Netherlands (in case you were wondering). I didn’t know much about it other than it would appear on Ryanair flight sales from London. I once met a guy from Groningen in Thailand who talked it up as a cool university city, so maybe […]

Bus Review: Eurolines from London to Amsterdam

Eurolines

I’ve previously travelled from London to Amsterdam by air and rail+ferry but I had never taken the bus, so for this trip I thought I would try Eurolines. They are always advertising great deals to Paris and Amsterdam and I found a ticket for £18.00 all up (the ticket was £13.00 plus a £5.00 booking […]

A monolith and a meerkat – camping at Namibia’s highest mountain

Sunset Brandberg Mountain

Brandberg Mountain is Namibia’s highest peak, standing at 2,606 metres. It is also a monolith, so when you cross the northwestern Namib Desert you will know when you see it. I was in Namibia visiting the Mad Max filming locations, which was mostly shot near Swakopmund (this was a press trip on behalf of the […]

On the trail of Mad Max in Namibia

Namib Desert

Visiting the filming locations of Mad Max: Fury Road in the Namib Desert Mad Max: Fury Road heralds the return of the Mad Max franchise thirty years after the third film was released. While the Mad Max world is still set in a post-apocalypse Australia, there is a new Max (Tom Hardy replacing Mel Gibson) […]

Propaganda posters and a parade – the 40th Anniversary of the reunification of Vietnam

40 Years - Liberation Day Vietnam

April 30, 2015 marks the 40th anniversary of the day the North Vietnamese Army arrived in Saigon and ended the war. The day is known in Vietnam as liberation day, in the US as the fall of Saigon, and to overseas Vietnamese as Black April. In Ho Chi Minh City (or Saigon) there are hardly […]

Notes on Phu Quoc Island – Southeast Asia’s next big thing

Long Beach Phu Quoc

Phu Quoc is an island of Vietnam in the deep south of the country, off the coast of Cambodia. I had never heard of it until I came to Vietnam, and having been in Vietnam for much of the past two years I’ve since heard varying opinions about it. For my first visit I combined […]

Telok Ayer Market – The historic hawker centre in downtown Singapore

Telok Ayer Market

One of my favourite hawker centres in Singapore is the Telok Ayer Market. This food court – also known as Lau Pa Sat – is in a heritage building that is worth a visit in its own right. While a Singapore foodie might tell you there are a dozen other hawker centres that are better, […]