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Odusan Observatory, Karaoke, Seoul Nightlife and North Korea

The next best thing to the Pamunjeom DMZ tour is the Odusan reunification observatory, where one can check out various exhibits that give a glimpse of life in the DPRK, and stare through high powered binoculars at the literally lifeless border towns in the North. Continue reading

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Busan, Gyeongju, A Japanese Racist and a Budhhist Monk

There we were, at the gates of the Golgulsa Temple just outside Gyeongju in South Korea. A fat laughing Buddha faced us as we entered the temple. To this day, I’m not quite sure whether he was mocking or welcoming us. Continue reading

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Incheon And Suwon: Stingrays, Hyundais and Historical Farts

Day trips from Seoul to the nearby towns of Incheon and Suwon. Continue reading

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Seoul: Cultural Faux Pas, Great Food and Silly “Soul” Jokes

Ah, South Korea. The country had fascinated me for so long. Through friends I had discovered some fabulous Korean movies, and the Korean language with it’s geometric writing and “-eyo” sing-song word endings looked and sounded pretty cool to me. Then of course there’s the food. Oh I could fill pages describing the awesomeness of Korean food, but all you’d do is curl up your nose because you hated kimchi the ONE time that you tried it. Seriously, you disappoint me. Continue reading

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Hong Kong II: The Canadian Visa Disaster

So my plan was to fly from Hong Kong to Vancouver, and Vancouver to Seattle. I still needed a transit visa for Canada but I figured it would be easy to get since I had a US visa an confirmed flight tickets. Big Mistake. Canada clearly has a point to prove. Continue reading

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Hong Kong I: Kowloon, Harbour, Bullet Holes and Slow Trams

I arrived in Hong Kong late in the evening from Macau on the fabulous Cotai Jet ferry. Hong Kong allows Indian passport holders to travel visa free for up to 30 days. HK Immigration held me for a while and quizzed me. Apparently the building where my hostel was located (Mirador Mansions) is also a haven for illegal immigrants. Continue reading

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Macau: A Mixture of Portugal, China and Las Vegas

The one thing that comes to mind when I think of Macau is “Kaala akshar bhains barabar”. Throughout my time in Macau I felt like an illiterate. Macau was (and still remains) the single biggest language barrier I have ever faced. Continue reading

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Singapore: “Disneyland with the death penalty”

Yes, it’s true – the whole city/state has a very unnatural ring to it. An almost sterile, hospital like feel to every where you go (well, except Little India). For me, the absence of street food is a downer enough. A place without street food is a place without a soul if you ask me. But dig just a little deeper and you will find a whole new facet to this little country. Continue reading

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29th March ’08 – The Journey Begins!

After over a year of dreaming, scheming, planning and researching, the hour of departure was at hand. I was raring to go, nervous and excited at the same time. Continue reading

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Planning My First RTW Trip (Part 4 – Flights)

One of the ways that I chose my destinations was less systematic and more random. I looked for budget airlines from various locations and decided to go wherever was the cheapest. There were two big oceans to cross, and I had found cheap airlines to take me. Continue reading

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