Winter holidays – Vietnam Part 2: Ho Chi Minh City (Day 3)

Day 3 – Ho Chi Minh City Today was the last day proper I was in the city. I stayed for four nights in Ho Chi Minh, and I was happy with this. I felt it was just enough time to see the main sites, though there were others I could have visited if I'd …

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Review of 2016 – part 2: Reasons to be hopeful

I am trying to find the right way to describe 2016. Facebook statuses yesterday didn’t help; many shared my sentiments but used language I would rather not use here. Needless to say, the words used to describe last year were not positive. I can understand why. First Brexit, then the US election. Last year was …

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Spring Festival 2 – Inner Mongolia

After I returned from North Korea, I went back to my flat, and then repacked for my trip to Hohhot, Inner Mongolia, that same night. I arrived there on a Monday morning, leaving Beijing late Sunday night (I went on the sleeper).  Photos from the temple in Hohhot I visited I was staying in a …

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