Planning for New York on the Cheap

I’ll be leaving for New York in just a few days now. Hard to believe it’s already here! When I booked the tickets back in January, it seemed like March was an aeon away. But I’m leaving Thursday night New Zealand time. It’s a 12-hour flight to Los Angeles, but I will be arriving inContinue reading “Planning for New York on the Cheap”

All My Trains (Chinese train part 3)

Previously on Trains of Our Lives, our fair heroine (me) survived a death-defying descent from the upper berth of her miniscule train compartment. She has just made it through a trip to the filthiest loo on five continents. Today’s episode is once again brought to you by haemorrhoid cream, incontinence pads and of course, ointmentContinue reading “All My Trains (Chinese train part 3)”

Trains of our Lives (Chinese train part 2)

It occurs to me the saga of the train ride to Xian was so full of melodrama, angst, chance encounters, intrigues and things that weren’t what they seemed to be – it qualifies as a full-blown soap opera. Today’s episode, is therefore brought to you by your favourite haemorrhoid cream, the latest improvement in incontinenceContinue reading “Trains of our Lives (Chinese train part 2)”

Everything is Illuminated

This flick came out in 2005. But great movies, like great books, great songs  – any great work of art, deserve to be revisited every so often. I see probably 300 movies a year and four years on, this one still plays in my mind as vividly as the first time I saw it. IContinue reading “Everything is Illuminated”

More on New Year’s Dreaming

Back around new year’s I wrote a bit about having new year’s dreams instead of new year’s resolutions.  It’s far more positive, and if you dream of doing something rather than NOT doing something – well, I think you are more likely to DO. So… four weeks down the track, I’ve got an update. AtContinue reading “More on New Year’s Dreaming”

New York, New York!

Just last week I had a bit of a whinge about not having any travel plans for 2009. Apparently the airlines are reading this blog, because three of them came up with irresistible fares. I’d been bantering with a friend who’s never been to the Big Apple, that not only did she have to goContinue reading “New York, New York!”

Purchasing personal products in Hangzhou, China!

We were at the tail end of a month long trip to China, having made it to Shanghai, via the entire eastern half of the country and were exhausted. I was sick of Chinese gardens and seemingly endless bus trips to explore yet another one. (I do not recommend Suzhou, the Garden City, at theContinue reading “Purchasing personal products in Hangzhou, China!”

Oslo, Norway Photos

I’ve finally processed the photos from Oslo. You can see them here. Everything about Oslo was wonderful, including the billowing clouds that loomed and rolled and threatened, but never opened up on us. After the one day, I am planning a trip of several weeks at least. I long to explore the fjords and pokeContinue reading “Oslo, Norway Photos”