Shanghai Expo 2010: It’s a wonderful world, even without jetpacks and hovercars

I happened to be in Shanghai while the World Expo was on. I didn’t plan my travels around this event so it turned out to be a pleasant coincidence to be there at the same time. I entered with no expectations, and left feeling good about the world and its inhabitants. – China Pavilion at […]

Walking Westlake, Hangzhou – China

Before coming to China I had not heard of Hangzhou, but in China the city is famous for Westlake. After spending a day walking around this lake, I’m wondering why it isn’t famous around the world. AirAsia fly to Hangzhou from Kuala Lumpur but they advertise Hangzhou as Shanghai, even though it is over 190km […]

Getting cheap train tickets in Germany

Travel by train is my favourite way of getting around Germany. The trains are clean, nearly always on time and the rail network goes practically everywhere. All that efficiency though doesn’t come cheap. Unless you have a Eurail Pass, just turning up to the train station and buying a ticket is expensive. If you can […]

Keith Haring in Melbourne

Keith Haring was an artist whose graffiti became famous in New York in the 1980’s. He took his distinctive style to cities around the world, making him possibly the worlds first celebrity street artist. Haring visited Australia in 1984 and his mural at the Collingwood Technical School in Melbourne is one of the largest surviving […]

Happy birthday dear Melbourne…

…Happy birthday to you. The 30th of August is Melbourne Day, and today Melbourne was 175 years old. Although Melbourne Day is an official day, it’s not an official holiday, so it’s not celebrated with gusto. Most people don’t know about it. If you were to pick a true Melbourne Day it would probably be […]

Subscribe to the AirAsia newsletter for cheap flights in Asia

If you travel in Asia, or plan to, then may I suggest subscribing to the Airasia Newsletter. AirAsia are the largest low cost airline in Asia and they often have some amazing sales. An example of an AirAsia promotional email. Since I have been subscribed to the newsletter I have picked up some ridiculous bargains, […]

Bulgaria’s Black Sea Coast

The Black sea Coast of Bulgaria has been a budget holiday favourite for decades. First with the countries behind the Iron Curtain, and now with the countries from the cold north. Along this stretch of coast is a good cross section of Europe with styling urban cities, cheapo package holiday resorts, old fishing villages and […]

Walking the length of Broadway, New York

New York’s Broadway is a road that runs the entire length of the island of Manhattan (and continues through to the Bronx). Everyone has heard of Broadway, but before I first visited New York I just assumed it was the name of the theatre district. View Larger Map Ever since I discovered this geographic curiosity […]

Apocalypse Wow! Judgement day frescoes at the Rila Monastery – Bulgaria

The Rila Monastery in Bulgaria is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and perhaps the most well known structure in the country. When you enter the monastery it just looks like an old fort and it doesn’t prepare you for the view that is inside. The monastery is famous for its frescoes by Bulgarian artist Zahari […]

Notes on Fort Lauderdale: beaches and canals

Fort Lauderdale is one of those places that turned out better than I thought it would be. The beaches are better than Miami (softer sand) and the mansions and super yachts along the waterways are truly grand. Fort Lauderdale Beach. Fort Lauderdale is sometimes called the Venice of America. I wince whenever I hear the […]