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Archives for 2015

Eastbourne

On Monday it finally stopped raining, in the South at least, and I spontaneously decided to go exploring westwards along the coast to Eastbourne. The sunshine didn’t last however and the final ten miles or so were a somewhat bleak trudge along a featureless beach. Before the sun disappeared I took this photo of Bottle […]

Beeches Way

I always end up walking this route north of Slough around this time of year. It’s a really nice winter walk with lots of woodland and parks, like here at Burnham Beeches: I managed to finish in record time this year – it was still light when I got home! Mostly because I didn’t stop […]

Hong Kong Again

On the weekend I left Asia my friend Winni happened to be in Hong Kong for a wedding so instead of flying straight home I flew from Shanghai to Hong Kong and spent a few days exploring some more. I’d been to Hong Kong just a few months ago and really enjoyed it but this […]

Suzhou

Suzhou, about 100km west of Shanghai, was where I was working for a week. I liked it a lot better than Shanghai, but unfortunately I only had one afternoon and one morning to explore as I was stuck doing work things during the weekday evenings. Suzhou is apparently called the “Venice of the East” because […]

Shanghai

What good things can I say about Shanghai? Hm. Well it has a really nice museum full of ancient pottery and paintings and writings. Very similar to the British Museum, but with only Chinese exhibits. I spent a rainy Saturday afternoon there. The rest of the city is not worth bothering with. Where to start? […]

Train Valley

I’ve been playing this game Train Valley a lot recently. It’s a train puzzle game where you build tracks between stations and then madly switch the points around to route trains to their destinations while avoiding crashes. I think it really captures the aesthetic I was going for with my somewhat moribund Train Game. The […]

Signage

Caution! Crabs crossing here! They are like International Rescue but less ambitious. Civilisation should always be cautious.

Taitung and Ludao

I was doing really well updating my blog with my adventures in Taiwan but ground to a halt once I got to China. 🙁 Anyway, for the final bit of my week off in Taiwan I headed further south to the city of Taitung. There’s not an awful lot to do here and the main […]

Hualien and Taroko Gorge

At the moment I’m staying in Hualien, a town on Taiwan’s Pacific-facing east coast. Yesterday was blazing hot, and I was feeling a bit tired from the long train journey down here so I spent a lazy morning exploring the town. There’s not a whole lot to do here, as most of the attractions are […]

Pingxi and Shifen

Yesterday I went exploring on the Pingxi branch line which visits a couple of interesting towns into the mountains on the east coast. You can get an all day pass for just 80元. The train was crazy-busy though: turns out this a popular thing to do on Sundays! First I rode up to the line’s […]