Overnight train to Beijing

Many months ago I decided that, given my planned trans-siberian express trip was due to commence in Beijing, I would go there a few days earlier to pay my touristic respects. I had visited Beijing several times for work but had not once had the time to visit the sightseeing hotspots and foodie hotpots. Then,…

Of no fixed abode

I’m writing this post standing up. Because there is a sofa-shaped void where my sofa-shaped sofa once stood. I won’t trouble you with another photograph but my bed is similarly absent. “So what?” says Susan, 27, Manchester, who has clicked into a travel blog to read about exotic locations rather than non-existent furniture. And yes,…

Hong Kong

A fragrant harbour: that’s what Hong Kong means A slight misnomer residents agree For putrid smells like winged malicious fiends Assail the nostrils most pugnaciously. The skyscrapers that perforate the clouds Are all that hold the heavy skies in place And far below, like ants, the madding crowd Phone out, heads down, zig-zig at glacial…

Impressions of HK

My take on HK – the point of departure for my round-the-world trip.