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Month: April 2018

The Perfect Day in Bagan

The Perfect Day in Bagan

Brake, brake, braaake! As I swerved onto the dirt road and with my first temple insight, my brain seemed to temporarily stop working as I sped straight towards the temple at full speed. I could see the headlines now. ‘English tourist destroys ancient temple.’ How would I explain this one to the Burmese police? ‘Sorry I knocked down one of your ancient temples, I didn’t know my left from my right.’ It would be twelve years hard labour for me….

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Learning to Ride an Electric Moped in Bagan

Learning to Ride an Electric Moped in Bagan

‘Left a bit. Right a bit. Should this be wobbling like that? How is that man steering with his feet? This is a bad idea. A very bad idea.’ As a bus full of bemused passengers whizzed past me. I could see them thinking, ‘he won’t last five minutes,’ and I was inclined to believe them. Arriving at Bagan Airport, which is basically a hut in the middle of the desert, I quickly paid the 25,000 kya ‘Bagan zone entrance…

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The Spectacular Taroko Gorge

The Spectacular Taroko Gorge

As I mentioned in a previous post, the main reason to visit Hualien, apart from the tasty fish, is Taroko Gorge. You can either go on a guided tour or find your way there independently. If you’ve got a car, it’s as easy as pie, but without a car, it requires a little bit of planning, and a knowledge of bus timetables. Getting to Taroko Gorge The first step is to disregard google maps. It’s wrong. Dead wrong. It’ll make…

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Rain, Rain, Go Away in Hualien

Rain, Rain, Go Away in Hualien

A loud clap of rumbling thunder and a large black cloud loomed overhead, as my train pulled into Hualien station. Stepping off the train from Taipei, the heavens opened as I quickly made a beeline for the nearest seven-eleven. Browsing the aisles and checking google maps, I bought myself a KitKat and waited for the shower to pass. Forget a bit of light spitting, the rain on the east coast of Taiwan is a thunderous beast, pouring from the sky…

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Falling for Taipei’s Night Markets

Falling for Taipei’s Night Markets

I like the night. Probably prefer it to the day, the stillness of it, the peace and quiet. Taipei though has other ideas, as the sun dips below the horizon, stalls open – chefs pull on their comically tall hats, and tourists line up to taste some stinky tofu. These are Taipei’s world famous night markets. It’s like a dance you can set your watch by, 6’oclock on the dot, police cut off roads, little old ladies wheel out their…

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