"Are you sure you don't want me to take a photo of you? Every time I've asked, you've said no. Do you come here every week or something"? Here it finally is, the story most of my friends have been waiting for. The reason why I chose Ukraine over other connections on my way to … Continue reading Back in the U.S.S.R.
When I’d originally planned my itinerary for Ukraine, I’d basically only set two dates - Chicken Kiev on day one, Chernobyl on day two. But alas, when I went to book my place on the tour I found that I’d left it too late - the tour company required at least 24 hours notice. No … Continue reading Walking through Kyiv
"Okay, before I head to the airport, have I forgotten anything? I feel like I have..." Passport? Check. Wallet? Check. Phone, tablet, extra socks? All check. Something was bugging me. What had I forgotten... ...oh, that's right. Tiananmen Square. I forgot to visit one of the most important sites in Beijing. I mean sure, I … Continue reading Chicken into Kiev…
My next rule of travel? Never be afraid to do more research, even after you've arrived. Between China and Ukraine, most of my planning went into the latter - I knew very little about Kyiv, so I wanted to find out what was there other than tour companies offering trips to Chernobyl. For China, I had … Continue reading Beijing Part 3: Peeking Duck
I'd done a lot of research on the Great Wall before leaving, and had a good idea of which section I wished to visit. Hiking from Simitai to Jiankou was my first choice, but it was closed. Jianshanlong was my second choice, but only if I could find a reasonably-priced tour heading there. Mutaniyu was … Continue reading Beijing Part 2: Hidden Dragon
I stepped out of the unlit hutong alley, dodging rubbish and stray dogs as I headed closer to the main strip. I turned the corner onto a side street filled with small shops adorned with neon signs all in Mandarin. No English signs suggesting these stores welcomed Western customers, no flags showing what languages other than Chinese … Continue reading Beijing Part 1: Crouching Tiger