I am not a jelly doughnut, but that sounds good anyway

A German Christmas Story – Day 1 in Berlin Ich bin ein Berliner. Those were the first words used to introduce me to the conflict in Berlin, and indeed, the Cold War in general. Since I was only five years old when the Berlin Wall was torn down, I have no memory of the Cold War…

An evergreen state of mind

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road trip – Washington State  When I have a proper school holiday off, I am seldom idle when it comes to travel. I guess you can say I *might* be a little a addicted to travel and never staying in one spot for very long. I love scoring a perfect flight for…

Sweet home, Chicago

Anglotopia Day 24 – Time to say good-bye  It was a little bittersweet as I made my way to Heathrow that final morning in London. The skies were bright and blue, sunshine warming the landscape, and to be honest, I didn’t really want to leave. I’d gotten to know London in a new way, and…

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen …

Well, this is how one of them ended up in my burger. My plan for the day was simple: Take the airport shuttle back from the hotel, store my bags, get on the city train, walk from the train station to the Suomenlinna ferry, and take the ferry to Suomenlinna Sea Fortress. Despite a hiccup in…

It happens to the locals, too.

So, Helsinki, Finland. My flight took me through Helsinki on Finnair, and I ended up with a day-long layover in Helsinki. When I arrived in Helsinki from Krakow, I knew I just had to hop on the hotel bus and it would drop me off at my airport hotel. I ran out to the bus…

Reindeer pelts

After the rush and gush of a late evening in the Hong Kong airport, an early morning, half-asleep wander through the Helsinki Airport is almost disconcerting. Everything is very Nordic. Well-arranged, simple lines, well-planned out. Quiet, with birds chirping in the women’s bathroom as if one is in the middle of a birch wood forest,…

The motorbike races of Ho Chi Minh

Despite my 2 1/2 hour wait in Immigration at BKK, I was only meant to be in Thailand for twelve hours in total. I was able to get some sleep, eat breakfast at the hotel on the rooftop and watch planes fly overhead, and then move on to Vietnam. After a very short afternoon flight…

There are better things to do at 2 AM.

One of which is not waiting in immigration. CNY Holiday 2016, Part 1 The long evening began with trying to get a taxi to take me the Airport Express in Kowloon. I easily enough got a cab, but it was the wrong colour cab – a green one. Even though Kowloon is part of the…

Bleary-eyed stopover in Dubai

I was so tired when I arrived in Dubai that I probably didn’t appreciate it properly. I remember stumbling off the plane at about 4:30 AM, locating my next gate, and ambling in that general direction. There’s a train. Yes, a train. Okay. It will take me to my gate. Okay. Cool. I arrive at…

And now for something completely different…Hungary

I will continue to update about my Chinese New Year holiday to Cambodia, but I have now taken off to Budapest, Hungary, for my spring break trip. It’s my first full week trip solo (unless you count the semester I spent in England without knowing someone at first), so this ought to be interesting. I…

Phnom Penh, 1 AM, and the words “we can’t find your reservation”

Following a series of misfortunate events with trying to leave Shanghai on time and from the correct gate, I finally get to Phnom Penh over an hour later than I was supposed to. Tired and disoriented, we disembark and scatter like half-blind insects into the dark, hot, and humid night. Since there is absolutely nothing…

From Russia, With Love – Prague – Day 1.1

When I booked my spring break trip back at the beginning of December, I wondered how long it was going to take to get here. I had it booked even before my Chinese New Year holiday to the Philippines. Well, it came, and it came with a vengeance. On Friday, late in the evening, Julie…