Switching Flights

Written by Cliff on Friday 15 August 2008 at 7:04 pm
cliff in the hong kong airport
me in the hong kong airport

Amsterdam, impressions

Written by Cliff on Friday 8 August 2008 at 12:00 am

Amsterdam, the libertine of cities, where bankers, tourists and students mingle with prostitutes, drug dealers and their own kind in peaceful coffeeshops. Racial tolerance is practiced here, since it is good for business. ……

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Travel Fatigue

Written by Cliff on Tuesday 5 August 2008 at 9:22 am

After being on the road for the entire month, I can only feel the fatigue wearing in and the wallet wearing thin. Travel is good, but not so intensively, and not without the bao.

I’m back in the UK base now, where both beer and food is bad and expensive. Germany is the king of breweries. International beers such as Carlsburg cannot compare. Berlin has some good food. Munich is supposedly the world’s best city to live in, but without decent food, don’t expect high marks from me.

Pictures follow soon.

A little tour

Written by Cliff on Sunday 27 July 2008 at 7:09 am

So it has been: UK – Netherlands – Germany – Czech Republic – Austria so far…

Berlin, first impressions

Written by Cliff on Thursday 17 July 2008 at 7:15 am

I hate the german keyboard layout. The #z# is replaced with the #y# and zou canät tzpe anz URL normallz.

The Berlin HauptBahnhoff was verz impressive. Modern, industrial cool with functionalitz all packed in.

Our hostel this time is also much better than the one in Amsterdam, courtesz of Ocek. At least here, we have the Internet.

I look forward to the morning.

Newcastle, Impressions

Written by Cliff on Monday 7 July 2008 at 10:34 pm

Newcastle is pretty bleak, and the drizzle doesn’t help much.
The town centre is pretty active though, with its assortment of malls, shops, stalls and cafés. Otherwise, its pretty bleak.

Arrival in London

Written by Cliff on Sunday 6 July 2008 at 11:31 pm

10:30 – Interlude – I’ve walked around in London for 4 hours already. At 7am, I dropped off my suitcase at King’s Cross Station, then I headed to a weekend market off Shoreditch. It was a sorry sight. Asians sold pirated VDs, negroes sold clothes, electrical pieces and whites sold fresh produce and clothes. The heavy sky added no colour to the scene. Buyers were mostly blue-collar and there was no café to be found.

Turning back, I stopped by a Starbucks adjacent Bishop’s Gate to use the bathroom. Consequently, I had to buy a hot chocolate and a muffin. I then took time to read the Sunday Times. There is, apparently, a knife problem in the City, which is feeling the squeeze in gas prices.

Seeing the time ~10am, I got off at Bank station and walked to St. Paul’s Cathedral. That station itself had been closed off for ‘engineering works’. I was hoping to hear a service at the venerable monument, so I sat down in the hall and began to write. I got more than I bargained for, and at 11.00, the choir began to sing Mozart’s Coronation Mass.

So I had my first communion.

A flimsy flake of flour and a sip of sweet wine from a silver cup that everybody drank from. It was a holy experience…

Some time afterwards, I headed to Leicester Square to see Covent Garden market. Many tours were there. Notably, I saw a group of young Chinese, about 12 yeas old hanging around. They were wearing, amongst others, E. Armani glasses, Armani shirts, designer pants and super-expensive shoes. They were carrying massive shopping bags of god-knows-what. Such are the youth of today. I lament.

At about 5.30, I boarded the train to Newcastle.

Arrival in Luang Prabang, Laos

Written by Cliff on Saturday 28 June 2008 at 3:28 pm

We’ve arrived at Luang Prabang, Laos. In the photo below, you can see the Mekong river and the small village to its right is Luang Prabang, a small town of Laos. We do not expect accommodation to be comfortable, nor the food thoroughly edible.

luang prabang, 2008

The Prodigy

Written by Cliff on Wednesday 25 June 2008 at 11:23 pm

However unlikely that one believes artist prodigies to be, they exist and are a force to be bargained with. Just yesterday, bought a series from this young girl, pictured below with her creations (the middle series).

… and the Journey begins

Written by Cliff on Wednesday 25 June 2008 at 11:01 pm

5 days Siem Reap, 5 days Luang Prabang. Golden rays, a glimmer of home, old leaves wash onto shore, to be forgotten, new leaves float downstream, and the journey begins.

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