Guangzhou: Paddington in Canton

As it’s silly season here are some photos from my recent visit to Guangzhou. Did a lot of shopping myself, new day bag (American Tourister again), new shoes (Li Ning again), and some Apple merch to replace the plug I left on the Budapest bus – doh! Oh well, it happens to us all, thank […]

Xmas 2017

Wishing all my friends, followers, students and associates a peaceful xmas, and harmonious 2018 – the year of the dog in China. Apparently it is bad luck to be there during your own zodiac year so that was another reason for my exit, though I do miss the Chinese. However for the moment they are […]

SPECIAL: CHINA TRANSIT VISAS

Travelling to mainland China soon? Thinking about utilising their transit visas? Think very carefully. Despite being in operation a while now, it appears not everyone everywhere knows about it. Here’s my account of what happened during my journey from Cairo to Guangzhou. As always I arrive at the airport and check in on time, to […]

Cairo: City of Sand and Dust

Welcome to Africa, albeit Arabic Africa, a city of dust, a city of chaos where everything – even for a traveller of over 45 countries – feels overwhelming and daunting. A polar opposite from my own land where no one speaks, here many are curious and friendly or are they? And that’s the initial problem, […]

Athens: In Search of Hellinikon

In my first Athens blog I mention travelling via the then new airport in 2001 narrowly missing out on landing at its predecessor Hellinikon. In the third instalment of the ‘In Search of…’ blogs I went to visit the old and now ghostly aerodrome and was surprised at what I found (other than tumbleweed). Navigational […]

Sofia: Autumn in Winter World

Bulgaria was my 46th country and that’s how much it cost me to get there, only one euro more than the train from Thessaloniki to Athens. It is also unique in that for the first time since July I am heading north. It must be said that my research has seen a few eye openers. Most […]

Athens: Neither Empire nor Dance

PRELUDE: NOSTALGIA A long time ago in a land far away my world changed by witnessing a film which can only be described as heart wrenching. I refer to For the Love of Benji, a pooch so cute he (or in this case she as its played by one of his relations) is guaranteed to […]