Up the coast

Final, final, final bookings are being made on this trip. I only have to book a place in Canberra and that! is! it! I decided to leave Melbourne on Saturday 14th, exactly one month after arriving, and take four days to drive up the coast to Sydney. I was tempted to cancel it and stay […]

Bellas Artes residence

I finally completed the last missing booking on this crazy trip. I booked my room in Santiago in February. This time, I’ll stay in the beautiful and vibrant Bellas Artes barrio, a place where I have spent a lot of time on the last visit. My old place in Providencia, with the amazing view and […]

Meet the cockroach…

Cockroaches can be found all over the world, and I have met my fair share of them on this trip.  They love to live in hot climate (and I’m traveling through summer) and find tons to eat in our trash. You can’t really get rid of them. Cynics say that the only surviving beings after a […]

Melbourne (the return)

Few places have made a bigger impact on me than Melbourne, if any. I was drawn to this city long before I actually set foot in it, not knowing where that came from. Maybe stories from friends, articles I had read and forgotten about but had anchored the city in my subconscious mind. So when […]

Perth

After the month in Cape Town, the initial end point of my journey, I’ll board an Emirates’ flight to Dubai and on to Perth, the capital of Western Australia. I was really curious to see the other side of the Australian continent, of which I have only seen tiny specs in the south-eastern corner. Time […]

My Cape Town home(s)

It was really time to get this booking sorted, after all I’ll arrive in Cape Town in only two weeks time. I found this nice apartment, rented by Thomas, in the historical Bo-Kaap district. I’ll be in walking distance to  the City Centre, De Waterkant, Museums, Cafes & Restaurants…. I’ll stay there for 12 days, then […]

Taking on India

I feel like the booking of flights and hotels and stuff never stops. Now I am taking on India. This is the country I have most respect for, as I do not know what to expect, except many people and in-your-face experiences… So far, I have secured a hotel for 5 days in Mumbai, in […]

My new place in HK

Coming back from Macau yesterday, I also had to check in into a new airbnb place, this time a bit higher up on the hill, but still in the same area. Henri’s friend Ivy greeted me downstairs, all sweaty after pulling up my damn heavy luggage for a couple of blocks. I found a great […]

Over-booked

The past days have been spent in Cafés with wifi, in order to (re-)plan the next weeks. Luckily, my credit card is up and running again, so I can actually make all these bookings. I urgently needed to find a place to stay in Hong Kong after the China visit fell through. Extending my Airbnb […]

The cost of Non-China

So, Will has cancelled all the bookings. He will go up north to inspect a factory they work with, but basically only a day trip. We came out of this non-Visa situation relatively ok. We only had to pay: – 240 RMB to cancel the train tickets – 82 USD for my room (first night plus […]

Asian update

The past days I was busy planning a bit more of the Asian leg of my journey. First, I booked a place to stay in Hong Kong. I’ll be in the Sai Ying Pun Neighborhood on Hong Kong Island. It sounded good, was affordable, and seems to be well connected with public transport. I will stay […]