Arriving into Lumbini to find a guesthouse

Inside bus arriving into Lumbini

Getting to Lumbini the local way to find a cheap guesthouse What would Lumbini be like? It’s the birthplace of Buddha – one of the most important “religious” figures in history. Though everyone told me it was not touristy it did seem like a lot of people go there. However once there everyone pretty much leaves straight …

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Shoe removal in Malaysia and Asia: my pet hate

Stack of shoes and boots by a door in Asia

How important is taking your shoes off in Asia? Removing footwear is a cultural custom in Asia. At least indoors. In people’s homes and houses I understand this perfectly. But, in hotels and guest houses? It’s one of the most irritating things I’ve come across … My non-foot fetish Anyone who’s been reading my journals from around about the Turkey travel …

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Reverse backpacker culture shock, damn they are dirty

The streets of Puerto Princesa Palawan

I was staying at a pension who’s nosy owner was getting to me. My gut confirmed this to me one night when a young local man lurked around my flimsy room’s door while I showered in the shared bathroom. Not only that but the  fairly dire pension house smelled a little like the cross between …

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How to buy a laptop in Shanghai?

Neon lights on East Najing Road (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: This was it, my final destination, Shanghai, China. The adventure wasn’t over yet though. Having sold my laptop in Turkey, I needed a new one. I thought China would be easy to do this in … nope Traveling from Beijing to Shanghai on a train A first class train ticket …

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Traveling Overland through Tibet – Part two of two

Buddha at a Monestary in Tibet (click to enlarge)

Travel Journal Overview: Travel in Tibet was surreal. Vivid landscapes like nowhere else on earth. I was about to headed into something else as well. The infamous second uprising in Tibet.  For those looking exact details and practical information on how to cross from Nepal into Tibet, then you should read my guide: How to …

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