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Found Photos

I booted up one of my old PCs over Christmas and found some photos taken on my old Sony Ericsson camera phone. They were all from around 2005 or 2006 when I was living in Winchester. Phone camera technology has moved on a lot in the last ten years: this one had VGA resolution and […]

Flowering Tea

The first time I was in Hong Kong I bought some “flowering tea” which I just re-found in my tea cupboard. Here it is in its packet. You get two in a tin. The first time I made it in my friend’s glass teapot which works rather better than a mug, but I only have […]

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 […]