Browsing Category : Philosophy

It’s all about the tour leader


Touring can be tough and tiring. There are a hotch potch of personalities and group dynamics to navigate; hotels that differ in size, facilities and comfort; historic sites that are (mostly) crowded and noisy. All this is made a whole lot easier to deal with when you have an excellent tour leader. I have been mostly lucky with tour leaders.…

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Uploading posts: Plan B


I had intended to post photos here, but for some reason it’s been hit and miss with the upload. Not sure if it’s because I’m using the Android app or not, but I’m having to delete and reload, and it’s a pain in the proverbial. So, I’ll post to Instagram instead, and just load normal text posts here and fix…

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I really am a travelling homebody


I have settled into a bit of a routine on the ship, and it goes something like this: 7am – 7.45am – have breakfast (I have room service and my breakfast is usually delivered by a lovely Indonesian boy) 7.45am – 8.15am – get ready for day tour (shower, get dressed, pack day pack, check tour tickets, wallet, passport, camera…

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Cruising: Plus Minus Interesting


I have been on the Noordam for over a week, so feel I am qualified to make some observations about what it’s like to be a passenger. I’ve used a PMI to delineate my observations: Plus > You only have to unpack once – that’s it! > Cost of food is covered (except for exclusive restaurants like the Pinnacle Grill,…

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Trip is now in TripIt


Being the slight (?) control freak that I am, I have put all my flights and hotels into TripIt so that I can access my itinerary via my iPhone. A selection of the hotels I will be staying at include: Sunway Hotel in Hanoi Halong Plaza Hotel in Halong City Huong Giang Hotel in Hue City Hoi An Trails Resport…

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