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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 […]

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 […]

Tamsui and Beitou

I’ve got a whole nine days off between last week working in Taipei and another work trip to China the week after next. So I’m using the free time to do some exploring of other parts of Taiwan. I started off on Saturday by heading to the northern end of the red metro line which […]

Atmospheric

It was really foggy last Sunday evening. This is outside a block of flats near Uxbridge.