Tag: Hardships

Communication China

China Survival Guide: Communication

Communication can be an onerous business when travelling or living in China. While young people tend to have at least a smidgen of English, most of the Chinese population speak none. The result of this is that travellers often get very adept at their own brand of sign language/mime. Unfortunately there is only so much…




travel bore

The Travel Bore

If there is such thing as a travel community, the Travel Bore permeates every level of it. She (it is often a ‘she’, though travel verbosity is not exclusive to the sex) has been found in every hostel, hotel, beach hut and long-tail boat at one point or another. If you travel long enough and…




A Random Act of Kindness

Well here I am again, on the road. And no sooner have I left the safe confines I had established in Auckland, than I run into a barrage of difficulties. This is a common theme for me when travelling; most of these problems could and should be avoided, but I’m far too lackadaisical. I tend…




Puebla, Mexico

Arrival in Mexico – Throwback Thursday

2 June, 2011 The flight from Auckland to Mexico City was fraught with problems. I had trouble processing my Esta (US security check). It was sorted in the nick of time, but when I landed in LA, security carted me off for an interview about my being in the US before. Apparently I had overstayed…




Bikram Yoga in Auckland

What is the purpose of travel, if not to experience new things? That is a philosophy I imagine I share with the vast majority of nomads and vagabonds around the world. And yet when an opportunity presented itself to do just that recently, I was reluctant. The reason for my reticence was that the proposed…




Manic Morning, and a Museum

Our initial intention was to go to Waiheke Island today, but after a farcical morning we ran out of time and settled for the Auckland War Memorial Museum instead. We slept in. Then I discovered there was no bodywash since I had left it in the (communal) shower the day before. If I have done…




Bugs ‘n Things

Of all the foods to be found in South-east Asia, I imagine bugs and insects are probably the least palatable to western tastes. I’ve tried a few in my time for the novelty of the experience. In Thailand, canny entrepreneurs often set up shop in touristy areas, hoping to lure young, possibly drunk holiday-makers into…