Category Archives: Tales from the road

Things seen/done/eaten, numerous awkward moments, hellish public transport experiences and more.

5 More Things I Miss About South Korea

You might recall that a few weeks ago I published a post called 5 Things I Miss About South Korea. I couldn’t fit everything I wanted to include into that list, not by a long shot, in fact I think I’d need a Friday Five-Hundred in order to cover everything I miss about Korea. Well, I’m feeling nostalgic for the Land of the Morning Clam today and have decided that it’s time for the next installment of that list with 5 More Things I Miss About South Korea. Continue reading

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5 Toilets You Don’t Want To Find in Asia

If last week’s Friday Fives didn’t make you lose you lunch, this one surely will. Yes, we’re here to address some of Asia’s worst with ‘5 Toilets You Don’t Want to Find in Asia’

Perhaps only marginally less famous than the old E=mc2, is the equation of;

Asia + Toilets = Scary

This is a proven fact that anyone who has traveled to the continent can attest to.  Toilets there are  the stuff nightmares are made of. Worst part is, they’re pretty much unavoidable.

It’s not even the squat-toilet element that’s the issue here – in fact, the squat is a blessing in disguise as it greatly reduces the potential of skin-to-porcelain contact, which as we will see, can only be a good thing. What makes these bathrooms so downright traumatising is, well, see for yourself… Continue reading

5 Gross Foods To Try (or not) In Asia

Trying local dishes is inherent to travel. There’s really no escaping it… and nor should you want to!  Some of the most amazing meals of my life have been consumed while traveling – Indian curries, Japanese sushi, Cambodian Amok, Chinese duck – the list is long. These are the meals that have left their mark on me for their deliciousness… they’re the stuff my hunger-fueled daydreams are made of, they’re what keep me trying new foods everywhere I go.

But then there are those dishes that are memorable for other reasons; for the significant challenge they posed to my stomach and gag-reflex, for making me want to cry at the prospect of eating them, for their downright grossness. Some look much worse than they tasted, others tasted worse than they look, but they all took a lot of mental-conditioning to put into my mouth and they’re all reasonably common dishes in their local sphere. It is to these foods that this week’s Friday Fives is dedicated.

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5 Things To Do In Beijing

Beijing is undoubtedly one of the great cities of the world – it’s big, it’s old and it’s bursting with cool.  There is so much to see and do in Beijing it doesn’t really matter how long you spend there, you’re likely to leave feeling like you only just scratched the surface (I mean, even old mate Peking Man thought Beijing was a pretty happening spot about half million years ago… Imagine what the city has come up with since then!)

This week’s Friday Fives are my pick of things to do in Beijing – not necessarily all the big name sights (although, you should probably check them out too), but the 5 things I enjoyed most during my time in the city. Continue reading

Try Something New: Silent Party in Goa, India

Every Saturday  between November and April, revellers in Goa congregate to dance the night away at the idyllic grassy flats of Neptune point – Palolem’s stunning star-lit, beachside party venue. This weekly party might look like a regular beach party, but it certainly doesn’t sound like one.  In fact, it don’t sound like much at all – it’s dead silent. Continue reading

5 Things I Miss About South Korea

I lived in South Korea for 18 wonderful months and absolutely loved it. LOVED it.  Of course while living in a country so different to my own there were many things I missed about home, but now that I’m back in Australia I’m finding that there are a lot of things I miss about Korea too – so many I think I’ll have to dedicate a few Friday Fives to the topic.

So, without further ado, let me present (in no particular order);

5 Things I Miss About South Korea – Part 1 Continue reading