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Around Willingdon

I went for a short walk on the South Downs near Willingdon with my parents last week. This isn’t far from where I grew up but I only got into walking long after I moved away from Hastings so I haven’t explored here at all. Hope I can come back one day and do a […]

Hastings Beach

Back in Hastings at the moment. The weather this week has been rather uninspiring but it did clear up a bit yesterday afternoon and I took some photos on the beach.

Nanpu Bridge

Time was this blog had a bit of an obsession with bridges. I think it might have started with Naburn railway bridge. Anyway that source of content seems to have dried up of late so here’s a very large bridge a short subway trip from home. This is the Nanpu bridge in Shanghai. The 57th […]

Long Time No Suzhou

I went back to Suzhou for a weekend recently and visited a few new places, mostly around Mudu (木渎) to the west of the city. I’ve been to Suzhou so many times but this was the first time I made it to Taihu, one of China’s largest inland lakes. And finally I visited Mudu old […]

Linus Torvalds

I finally saw Linus Torvalds live! I think, however, reading his online rants is considerably more interesting than watching a staged conversation. 🙃

Zhouzhuang

I went to Zhouzhuang ancient town a few weeks for a day trip. It takes just an hour or so by bus from Shanghai, and because of that it’s extremely crowded on the weekend and also very commercialised. There’s also not many indoor attractions and museums to visit, just a lot of shops. The town […]

Big Wheel

On a clear day I can see in the distance a very tall tower-like thing from my apartment. On closer inspection it’s a giant Ferris wheel! It’s about 45 minutes walk away, near Shanghai south railway station. As it’s 108 metres tall and Shanghai is totally flat, from the top you ought to be able […]

Guilin Park

There’s a really nice garden a few metro stops away from where I live (the station is also called “Guilin Park”). It only costs 1元 to go in! It’s not as impressive as some of the gardens I visited in Suzhou but it’s quite pleasant for a few hours on a Sunday afternoon. Especially with […]

Pandas

I forgot to post anything from my work trip to Chengdu last year. A bit late, but I saw pandas for the first time ever! In a sort of semi-wild panda sanctuary. The best bit was when one of them climbed up a tree, looked around, and then climbed/fell down again. Otherwise they lived up […]

Qibao Old Town

Here’s another of these traditional water towns. It would be quite unremarkable if it wasn’t in the Shanghai suburbs, which makes it very easy to get to (it’s actually just a few km from where I live). But this also means it’s full of tourists and very over commercialised. It’s definitely worth an hour or […]