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Month: May 2018

Touchdown in China, Welcome to Shanghai

Touchdown in China, Welcome to Shanghai

Due to the de-icing in Helsinki, we were about an hour late arriving in Shanghai, which with hindsight was one of the best things that could have happened, (more on that later though,) first, I had to get through passport control, and China was not going to make that easy. I wasn’t sure what to expect as I arrived at passport control, the majority of my fellow passengers were Chinese nationals returning home, so they went down their own little…

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The Mysterious Visa-Free Transit Visa to China

The Mysterious Visa-Free Transit Visa to China

“Do you have a visa for China?” The check-in lady peered over the counter, lowering her glasses and pursing her lips. I smiled and responded, ”I don’t need a visa for China.” Which is not exactly true, I was trying to avail myself of a little-known secret called either the 72-hour visa-free transit visa or the 144-hour visa-free transit visa, depending on which city you are arriving in. It was such a secret in fact, this check-in lady had never…

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Through The Heart of Turkey to Konya

Through The Heart of Turkey to Konya

Konya, where on earth is Konya? Why would you I want to visit Konya? Why have I never heard of Konya? Yes, they’re all valid questions. For even when I arrived in Ankara, I didn’t even know that I wanted to visit Konya. I quickly found out that the five days I had set aside for Ankara was more than enough. Two or three days would do to get a real feel for the city and see the main sights….

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Saved by Donald Trump in Istanbul

Saved by Donald Trump in Istanbul

Right, first things first, Istanbul smells of kebabs. There’s no way of getting around it, as you step off the metro onto the main street – the stench of kebab hits you like a brick wall. Okay, fine it’s not as bad as all that, but still, there’s always just a gentle whiff of kebab in the air. Just thought I’d let you know. After ditching the overpriced taxis and opting for the more reasonably priced metro instead, I arrived…

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The Many Many Pagodas of Yangon

The Many Many Pagodas of Yangon

How many Pagodas can you fit in one city? Fifteen? Twenty? Thirty?, I am not sure there’s an exact number, but Yangon certainly has a lot of them. Come to think of it, a ridiculous amount of them, like the seven-elevens in Taiwan, they’re everywhere. The main Pagoda thou is, of course, Shwedagon Pagoda. It is the most sacred Pagoda in the whole of Burma. The first thing to know is that if you are going to visit the Shwedagon…

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