From Teaching in Yuen Long to Drinking in Manila, Philippines

When Chinese New Year 2012 came round, I found myself living in Hong Kong, my new home. It would almost have been too obvious to spend the new year at home in Hong Kong, and when I found out I had 8 days off work, it meant booking another trip. I toyed with the idea Read more about From Teaching in Yuen Long to Drinking in Manila, Philippines[…]

north korea border panmunjom

DMZ Tour Part 9: Flag at Half Mast, North Korea

Having just stepped across the border into North Korea as casual as you like, it was time for a rare sight. Something that you won’t see often in your lifetime. The third highest national flag on a single flag pole in the world, FLYING HALF MAST. The reason? Kim Jong Il had just died. Panny Read more about DMZ Tour Part 9: Flag at Half Mast, North Korea[…]

DMZ Tour Part 8: Stepping Into North Korea at Panmunjom

On a cold afternoon with a clear sky ahead and a beating down sun, Panny Yu and I stepped nonchalantly across the border from South Korea into North Korea. Or, as it should be officially from the Republic of Korea into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This border is one of the most dangerous Read more about DMZ Tour Part 8: Stepping Into North Korea at Panmunjom[…]

Salar De Uyuni Tour – Part 5 – Incahuasi/Isla Del Pescado *

INCAHUASI – ISLA DEL PESCADO – AN ISLAND ON SALT. On arrival we had to pay an entrance fee at this small booth. The cost was 15 Bolivanas for the ticket and entrance to this incredible wee island. That’s about 2 pounds I think, so worth it. The ticket shows the island name as Incahuasi, Read more about Salar De Uyuni Tour – Part 5 – Incahuasi/Isla Del Pescado *[…]

Jonny Blair flying the Northern Ireland flag at Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia

Salar De Uyuni Tour – Part 4 – Flying The Flag and Hotel on Salt

Hot, high up, salty, deserted, isolated but awe inspiring is how I would describe our arrival on the Uyuni Salt Plains – known as Salar de Uyuni. The town of Uyuni was left far behind, as was Cementario Des Trens and  Colchani Salt Village. We were now in a wilderness high high up in south Read more about Salar De Uyuni Tour – Part 4 – Flying The Flag and Hotel on Salt[…]

Adios, Uruguay, Muchas Gracias! *

Leaving somewhere you love is never easy and always has some emotion or sentiment naturally attached to it, at least in my life. As much as I had loved Uruguay and wanted to stay longer – that was never the plan. Life is too short and I needed to see some of the other parts of Read more about Adios, Uruguay, Muchas Gracias! *[…]