The Acropolis and the saga of the Parthenon Marbles

On my first visit to Athens I of course went to the Acropolis. How could you not. This ancient monument is so well known that there was the danger of it not living up to a lifetime of expectations. Fortunately I was more impressed than I thought I would be. After my Athens visit I […]

Where I’m At: July, 2019 – Hanoi edition

Greetings from Hanoi and another edition of Where I’m At – my monthly summary of where I’ve been and site news. Hanoi in July is probably not the best time to visit if you don’t like sticky heat, but apart from that I’m always happy to be back. Where I’ve Been Saigon View this post […]

Flight Review: Vietnam Airlines – Ho Chi Minh City to Haiphong

Flight: Vietnam Airlines VN 1184 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Haiphong (HPH) I flew with Vietnam Airlines from Ho Chi Minh City to Haiphong. At the time of my booking there were four airlines serving this route (Bamboo Airways, Jetstar Pacific, Vietjet Air, and Vietnam Airlines). I compared flights on Skyscanner and went […]

Notes on Athens – Acropolis views for everyone, golden passports, graffiti, Greek coffee, and street cats

I knew I was going to like Athens even before I went. Apart from being one of the most culturally significant cities in Europe, Athens has a reputation of being a bit rough around the edges. That sounds like my kind of place, and after arriving I was asking myself why I hadn’t visited sooner. […]

Hotel Review: E-House, Taipei – Taiwan

Hostel Name: E-House Address: 3F., No.155, Xining S. Rd., Ximending, Taipei, Taiwan. I stayed at the E-House in Taipei. I booked it for its location in the Ximen area, which is a lively shopping and entertainment area. It’s also within a reasonable walking distance to the main train station for the airport rail (or one […]

Hotel Review: Classic Hotel City Resort, Hualien – Taiwan

Hostel Name: Classic Hotel City Resort Address: No. 139, Guolian 5th Road, Hualien City, Hualien County, Taiwan. I stayed at the Classic Hotel City Resort in Hualien, Taiwan. I booked it for its location near the main train station, where I would be arriving from Taipei. The hotel is about 5 minutes walk from the […]

Hotel Review: City Suites Main station, Taipei – Taiwan

Hostel Name: City Suites Main station Address: No.51, Sec 1, Yanping N.Rd., Taipei Main Station, Taipei, Taiwan. I stayed at the City Suites Main station in Taipei. The City Suites Main station is a 4-star hotel near Taipei Main Station. I booked it online and picked it for its location near the Taoyuan Airport Line […]

Flight Review: VietJet Air – Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei

Flight: VietJet Air VJ 842 From: Ho Chi Minh City (SGN) To: Taipei (TPE) I flew with VietJet Air from Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei. There are a few airline options between the two cities so I compared fares with Skyscanner to find the right flight. In the end I went with VietJet Air […]

Notes on Malta – old knights, planned cities, and EU passports

Malta is the 10th smallest country in the world, and it also qualifies as a microstate. When looking at a full map of Europe, Malta barely registers as a biscuit crumb under the Island of Sicily. This was my first time in Malta, and for this trip I just stayed on the island of Malta. […]

Taman Negara – the ancient rainforest in the heart of Peninsula Malaysia

Taman Negara is the largest national park in Peninsular Malaysia and one the most famous nature reserves in Southeast Asia. Taman Negara is Malay for “national park”, so there’s no need to say Taman Negara National Park when referring to it. As one of the world’s most ancient rainforests and being the green heart of […]