The journey to Irkutsk

8.25pm, Sunday 8 May: we waved a fond farewell to Boltor, our friendly Mongolian driver, at Ulaanbaatar railway station and boarded the Mongolian 263 train bound for Irkutsk. Although our itinerary informed us there would be no restaurant car on this occasion, our arrival time of 7.25am meant that the few provisions we had would…

I ❤️ BJ

Whoa! Get your minds out of the gutter! But, yes, even though I’m a part-time collector of “I ❤️” t-shirts, I couldn’t bring myself to buy the Beijing version for obvious reasons. But I do love Beijing. Shanghai is an ostentatious salesman, Beijing is a professor or a stern father, perhaps. Fewer glamorous skyscrapers adorn…

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.