Russia and Rubicons

“It’s not snowing,” my friend Dasha said as she, our friend Tanya and I walked into Moscow’s Red Square two Thursdays ago, the variegated domes of St. Basil’s Cathedral lit up against the night sky. I stopped to let the wind, which blew in a few flakes from atop the walls of the Kremlin, beat … Continue reading Russia and Rubicons

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Exploring rural Vang Vieng and its caves, Laos

With its karst formations rising off the rice fields, Vang Vieng is set in a beautiful natural setting and has become the number one outdoor destination of Laos with hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, rock climbing and caving opportunities. READ MORE...

Hong Kong is the safest country to travel in the world

@ascorrespondent ASIA-PACIFIC nations managed to nab the three top spots in the world’s safest countries for travel, according to a new ranking by security website Backgroundcheck.org. The American company placed autonomous territory Hong Kong in its top spot, with Singapore and Japan coming in second and third respectively. The metrics used to create the rankings include crime, security, … Continue reading Hong Kong is the safest country to travel in the world

Chongqing – China

Chongqing is the largest municipality in southwest China. It is a modern port city on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. With an area of 31, 800 square miles (82,400 square kilometers), it shares borders with provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Shaanxi. As … Continue reading Chongqing – China

HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME: SWIMMING WITH THE WHALES OF HA’APAI

When I look back on my time in Tonga, the words ‘awe-inspiring’, ‘magnificent’ and ‘unbelievable’ spring to my mind, but even these words seem to fall short. I have been sitting in this chair for 30 minutes trying to think of better words, but I just realised that there aren’t any. There are truly no … Continue reading HAVING A WHALE OF A TIME: SWIMMING WITH THE WHALES OF HA’APAI