What to do on Jeju

Diary of an Autumn Leafer – Jeju, South Korea  About a three hour flight from Hong Kong is a small Korean island called Jeju. The island made its living from seafood, and now, tourism – mostly of from China at about 85% of the usual tourist trade. October holiday, a blessed week that we get…

Learning to deal with Disappointment

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road Trip – To the lighthouse(s) On the southern section of Long Beach Peninsula is the once-named Cape Disappointment State Park. An interesting name, to be sure, one garnered from one man’s – I bet you guess it – disappointment. One of the little history plaques – either that, or the…

More fringe than an 80s hair band

Notes from a Pacific Northwest Road Trip – Packwood to Long Beach Before we left this area completely the next day, I commandeered the SUV to take us up to Mount St. Helen’s. Apparently, there was a viewing platform from which to best see the sleeping beauty, and I wanted to see it as clearly…

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…

The perils of an old cottage

A side story. We were bundled up against the creeping chill of a rainy English day, watching a film called The Woman in Gold, when, out of the corner of my eye, I first saw the Beast of Bonsall. It was the sort of creature from a horror movie. It was large, dark, and had long, spindly legs…

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…

A tale of train tickets

When I arrived in Bratislava, I purchased my ticket for the overnight train to Kraków and a couchette reservation. At the time, that sounded rather nice – and, as the lady had convinced me – cheap. However, while that was the cheapest way to hang out on the sleeper train, I wasn’t excited by sharing…

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…

A [not so] fairy tale delivery story

Based on a true story of daily life in Hong Kong. Once upon a time, there was a fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden living in a lovely village up the very steep hill from the big kingdom. This fair, kind, and young(ish) maiden wanted to get her groceries delivered, and she waited two very long…

IKEA and other Lurid Tales of Furniture Delivery at Midnight

IKEA and I, well, we have a love-hate relationship. It didn’t start out that way. I loved IKEA’s fresh cinnamon rolls (in the States), its sensible attitude toward apartment-style living, and the ability to make the most out of any space. In Shanghai, IKEA could be a source of entertainment if one was in the…