Archive for October, 2006


Thursday, October 26th, 2006

Blimey, I posted more when I was half way around the world.

Eh, not much to say. I’d hoped to have something to post about around now but there isn’t. So this is filler. Posts about my holiday will take a good while longer, pictures (of some form or other) might make their debut sooner.

Go see Children of Men if you’re bored. It’s pretty good.

Future warning signs …

Thursday, October 19th, 2006

A selection of warning signs we might be seeing in the future. These should really get made into stickers or fridge magnets in time for Christmas. “Existential Threat”, classic.

Yeah, I’m getting round to pictures and some posts about the trip, it’s just taking a while.

Punch it in …

Sunday, October 15th, 2006

Well I’m back, and work looms tomorrow. Three days ago I was looking forward to coming back, but now I would gladly take another week in Hong Kong. That place is mental, in a good way.

I’ve disappeared all the automatic posts as I didn’t like the clutter on the front page, they’ll be back in the archives in a bit. I’ll be posting my thoughts about the trip and the places I’ve been over the next few weeks, once I’ve decided how to split it up. There’ll be photos just as soon as I’ve had a chance to sort through them. I wouldn’t expect to many posts for the next week as I’ve got a fair amount of stuff to catch up on.

To everyone in Edinburgh I’ve either seen you already or probably will do before you read this, hopefully there’s some interesting news to take my mind off work.

To my fellow Vodkatrainers and my other friends in far flung places, look after yourselves, have fun and stay in touch, leave a comment and taunt the working hordes with tales of whatever sun soaked beach you’re lazing on this week.


Sunday, October 15th, 2006

I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Sunset over a Siberian lake. I rode horses through the countryside near Ulaanbaater. All those moments will be lost to the booze in time, like tears in rain. Time for a drink.

With apologies to Philip K. Dick, Ridley Scott and Sci-Fi fans everywhere.

Well my bag is checked through to Edinburgh, I have two hours to kill, my body thinks it four in the afternoon — but it’s barely breakfast time, I’m due back at work in just over twenty-four hours time. Expect another quick post when I get back home.

Sad Panda

Wednesday, October 11th, 2006

I’m going to leave the last Guangzhou post for the moment, but it’s not strictly true as I’ve finally deviated from the original plan.

I opted to spend a couple of extra nights in Beijing with the majority of the Vodkatrain group, and then fly directly to Guangzhou for a night before leaving for Hong Kong. This meant we got a have a couple of really good days and nights in Beijing before leaving and I’m glad I opted to stay.

But it made me a bit of a sad panda yesterday when I realised that the tour was over and I was leaving some great people behind, in fact this morning I woke up confused — wondering if I’d forgotten what time I was meeting everyone until I remembered that I wasn’t any more. It’s quite bizarre because I thought I’d be quite glad to be back on my own and able to explore at my leisure but it’s been a lot more of a shock than I expected.

Add that to the fact that this marks the last leg of my trip and real life looms on the horizon plus my rejigged travel plans gave me less than 24 hours in Guangzhou means that all in all yesterday was a bit of a write off. With hindsight I should’ve scratched Guangzhou and just taken the overnight to Hong Kong but at least I can say I’ve been here and I’ve now taken a ferry across the Pearl River at night. I don’t have much else to say about the place, it’s very industrial in look and feel and not nearly as ‘buzzing’ as other places I’ve been. I failed to find any of Guangzhous famous restaurants or the nightlife I’d read about, perhaps more time and research would have turned up more interesting places to go. It is stupidly hot here, walking out of any air conditioned building is like walking into a sauna — it’s not like Las Vegas where the night time is actually quite pleasant because the humidity is still so high.

I take the train to Hong Kong in a couple of hours, I expect it’ll be stupidly hot too but at least I’m based there for a good few nights so I’ll have time to have a look around and see the place.

Posted from Guangzhou, under time contraints with no spell check.