5 cents per kilometer

Today, I’ll start with the actual cost of flying around the globe three times, of renting cars and taking trains, ferries and busses. I have already written about the actual ticket hunting and booking processes of my three circumventions of the globe, but here’s the final tally: Besides spending 360.000 miles on my two Round-the-world […]

48792 km

And here are the travel statistics for round 3 of my journey.In total, I made another 48792 kilometers. This was the shortest and quickest round, lasting a mere 80 days! Here are the statistics for round 1 and round 2. Technically it was not a full circle, as I did not return to Cape Town, but Brussels being pretty […]

Estación Mapocho

Time to revisit another place that was a favorite of mine last time around, Estación Mapocho, an old train station, now decommissioned, that once linked Santiago to Northern Chile. Built between 1905 and 1912, the station was constructed in time for the centennial celebrations in Chile, which also saw the construction of the Museo de […]

Nullarbor

I woke up in the early morning, and took a sneak peak out of the window… Grey cloudy skies… Not what I had expected in the desert… It had rained overnight! The landscape? Flat as a pan, red dirt, some low bush grass. Looked like planet Mars after some terraforming project… The Nullarbor Plain is […]

The SuperPit

We rolled into Kalgoorlie at around 10.30 pm, in the pitch-black night. I had started to have some doubts about a potential gold mine visit – what was there to see in the night? They told us though that the mine was operated around the clock, so I hoped to get an idea of the […]

Train ride through Western Australia

Our train left Perth North station on time, at 11.55, for its three-day ride to Sydney, on the other side of the continent. Check-in in and luggage drop-off was quick and easy, and I was there way too early, as usual. Our vehicle was a fine looking, endless, metallic retro-train, the interior also had a great […]

Through the wilderness

Moving on again. Perth was much too short. And I spent too much time at the beach… I’m off for a two-day, 2659 km journey through Western and South Australia, to Adelaide. Leaving Perth on Sunday at noon, I’ll arrive two nights later around 7am in Adelaide. I’m curious. I should have a window seat, […]

16 hours Indian Railways

Our train from Khajuraho was set to leave at 9h10. I had booked 1st class AC, the best I could get. If I’m going on a train, I’m going in style. Yes I know, I’m skipping the ‘real’ Indian life in 3rd class. I’m sure it’s an experience… but I am so glad I had my […]

The Indian Pacific Railway

I have one week in Perth, then I’ll hop on The Indian Pacific Railway and travel two days through the Western Australian Desert, to Adelaide. I just booked my ticket, 569 Australian Dollars in total – I paid a bit more (current lowest is 329 AUD) to make sure I’ll get a window seat. I mean, […]

My Indian itinerary

It took quite some time to figure out my Indian itinerary. Most of all because there is so much to see, but I haven’t really read anything. As usual I am not interested in India now, I was in Hong Kong, now Bangkok, I just can’t be bothered to read about a future stop. Alas, […]

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 […]

Future Chinese Adventures

I have a flight into Hong Kong on 15 October. Hong Kong because: a) the flight was available to get with my miles, and b) because Will, who let us stay in his apartment in Melbourne, lives close-by in a multi-million city called Jiangmen. So, pending the open Indian Visa question, I hope to get a Visa […]