Beijing: Settling in

Opening words of newly found wisdom: If accommodation in the centre of Beijing for £7 a night sounds too good to be true, then inevitably, it is. Visiting Beijing has changed Katie and me for the better. We spent the 24 hour train ride from Hong Kong reading the Lonely Planet from cover to cover.…

Bye bye Hong Kong hello China!

Compared to the wonderfully user friendly underground system buying train tickets from Hong Kong to mainland China was surprisingly complicated, made more complicated by the fact that Laura and I didn’t really know where we wanted to go. A few hours (and many drinks) later we decided that Beijing was our next destination and purposefully…

Hong Kong – Part 2

The MTR, Hong Kong’s underground system, is so ridiculously efficient and easy to use that even a complete moron could figure out how to get places. I can see that, theoretically, it’s all so simple. Unfortunately, I still have to stare painstakingly at the map for several minutes before walking to the wrong platform. It’s…

Hong Kong-Part 1

At 9:40am on Saturday 21st September, we arrived at Hong Kong International Airport after a surprisingly straightforward 24hour journey from Heathrow, via Mumbai . We were immediately confronted by news reports of a grade 8 typhoon heading straight for us. After quickly updating our bucket list to include ‘dancing naked in storm’ we set off…

Off we go!

Off we go!! Eek! Just having a final cup of tea at Heathrow before boarding the first flight to Bombay, I can’t quite believe the 20th September is actually here- a date that has been in the diary a long time! We’ve managed to get ourselves from York to Heathrow, it can’t be much harder…