Back in the U.S.S.R.

"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.

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Walking through Kyiv

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

Beijing Part 1: Crouching Tiger

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