Train of thought

Chugging through the countryside in a Burmese train is without a doubt the best train I’ve ever been on. You pass through the remotest of locations where houses are few and far between. The children from these houses race down to the tracks when the daily train rattles through just for the chance to wave…

The city of temples

Bagan city. The reason we came to Myanmar in the first place. I was so excited to get there. Everyone we’d spoken to about it said it was really amazing so i had very high expectations. And it did not disappoint! Once again we arrived in the dark and had to find our way to…

Minglaba!!

After a whole day of travelling we finally arrive in Yangon airport! We were met by a taxi who took us to our hostel and there we met Steve. We were all pretty tired and it was also about 10pm so we hit the streets to find some food. We found a cafe right out…

Final Brunei days

A right scorcher! It doesn’t take long for the sun to get a lot of heat behind it. We started the morning with a trip to our new favourite cafe for Roti Telur and a Teh Tarik India (an egg paratha with curry and traditional Bruneian tea). We met up with our American friend and…

Gong!!

Another round of Bruneian food taste testing. I mean what else would we possibly spend our morning doing?! We went with Bob and his parents into town for brunch and three of his friends came and joined us. Ok I’m all up for sweet food. I love it. I really do, but some things are…

Reunions, food, and singing

So I’m currently on my flight from Brunei to Burma as I am so behind on updating my blog. In Canada I only did maybe one post a week but I’ve been doing so much that I’ve been writing one for each three days! No one wants to read a hugely long post. So hopefully…

Hostel life

My final full day in Hong Kong I used to relax a bit and didn’t rush off anywhere in the morning. I wandered over to the Chi Lin Nunnery which was a few metro stops away. It was really peaceful and it was nice to just pootle around for a while with the sound of…

Exploration and old friends

We were drawing near to the end of Mum’s stay in Hong Kong so trying to fit in the last few things. Thursday we hit Stanley. A town on the south side of HK island with a big market and a few touristy things to do. Mostly we went for the bus journey the and…

Living the high (humidity) life

The morning after. The real test of how everyone is feeling. Me and mum went for a wander along Queens Road East and looked at a couple of temples and stalls. We found a little china shop that was selling teapots and plates mostly to locals but they had some really nice, cheap stuff. We…

Hong Kong

When you think of a family reunion and shindig you don’t really imagine it’ll be half way round the world in Hong Kong. I’ve had so many people ask why I’m coming and when I say it’s for some family events I get very confused looks and the comment that I really don’t look Chinese….

Hiraeth

And another week of Mads mayhem has come to a close.  I started off the weekend with a trip Llanidloes with Tiffany and her family for the Carnifal in which Tiff’s choir had an open topped bus.  We drove through the town all dressed in our best hippy-esque clothes blowing bubbles and singing.  It was…

Quick! We have but a second!

And with that in mind, I’m making the most of all mine. I’ve just arrived back in the beautiful town of Aberystwyth for 8 days of excitement. 4 trains, 4.5 hours and some beautiful scenery later, I’ve arrived. If I had to choose anywhere to be slowly chugging my way through on a little train,…