RTW mastering chopsticks

You might think that after almost 8 months in Asia, I would be a pro at eating with chopsticks. Ha ha ha. No. I mean I haven’t starved or anything, so I must be able to eat with them. And I usually manage to eat without anyone laughing and pointing at my sad attempts. But…

RTW what if…?

Considering how difficult it was to shuffle my plans when I realized in Japan that I wouldn’t be able to take the Russian route home, you may wonder if I would have made different travel decisions if I had known. The answer is a resounding no! This post imagines what might have happened if I had…

RTW eight months in Asia

Well, almost. I arrived in Malaysia, my first country in the region, on 5th October 2016, and I departed China, the last country, on 23rd May 2017. So that’s seven and a half months and four days. Funnily, the whole eight months or so turned out to be just a very long side trip, if you…

RTW the voyage home, part 2

So, as I explained in part 1, after a lot of effort and high drama, I finally had my Chinese visa and I had the ship. But the preparations didn’t end there. Booking a few additional weeks in Japan While much of this was going on, I was in Japan, with my travel booked until Hiroshima. As…

RTW waiting for my ship in Ningbo

Even though it was only two hours by train from Shanghai, it took me most of the day to get to Ningbo. I took a slow morning and breakfasted at my hostel and then headed to the nearest metro station, East Nanjing Road. I took a direct subway from there to Hongqiao train station, right…

RTW in Shanghai again

I was happy to be back in Shanghai due to the dramatic change of plans. I already wrote about the ferry journey from Japan, and the day in the Magical Kingdom, so now I can just wax eloquent about Shanghai. But first about the hostel. For some reason I cannot fathom, I chose to stay…

RTW a day at the Shanghai Disney Resort

When I saw that there was a Disneyworld in Shanghai (fine, Shanghai Disney Resort), it immediately shot to the top of my short to do list. I grew up watching Disney movies and waited every year for the Disney Christmas special to air on Christmas Eve morning. I worked near the Paris Disney world for…

RTW ferry from Japan to China

Well, you could just read the blog post about taking the ferry to Osaka backwards, and you would get the idea.. It was actually really nice going back. I knew just how to get to the harbour from the center of Osaka, I just took the subway with one change to Cosmo Square station and…

RTW the voyage home, part 1

As I wrote in the blog post about planning my way home, I was going to board another container ship, the time from China to Europe via the Suez canal. Now doesn’t that sound like a proper adventure! The ship is sailing with CMA CGM and is called CC Kerguelen. It’s the biggest of the…