Xizhou, Far from the Tourist Crowds

Xizhou was exceptional in that there were no tourists whatsoever. The town is not geared up for that and it was just wonderful to experience an authentic town. We walked down a street with shops selling pyjamas, slippers or even burial clothes which are the traditional Chinese blue shirts and trousers that people seldom wear on a daily basis, even caught a glimpse of a barber in the midst of shaving someone’s head. Continue reading


My Favourite Memory

Elephant Sanctuary, Chiang Mai

The time has come to leave Thailand and to make a record of the things that have struck me the most. For one the number of bridal shops, they seem to be everywhere…how loud Chiang Mai frogs are, how nobody bats an eyelid at boys wearing make-up and how maps are not to scale and will randomly omit streets. Continue reading