RTW review – month 15

Almost home. As I write this, it’s two days until I disembark in Southampton and finish my Grand Adventure. Most of the last month was spent onboard my last (for now) container ship, which I will have more to write about later. This post is thus shorter than usual, but there will be some sort of…

RTW sun, sand and ships on the Suez canal

Since I decided to stay on the CMA CGM Kerguelen until Southampton instead of disembarking in Algeciras, the blog posts I had scheduled for the journey ran out a few days ago. So, you get a bonus blog post about the Suez Canal to keep you entertained while I travel in all possible comfort and…

RTW Europe preview

Do I look forward to returning to Europe? Yes and no. Yes, because it’s where I feel at home, where my friends and family are, and because it means I can pick up my normal life again. Except everything will be different: a new flat, a new home town, a new job. Well, to me…

RTW dorms and dorm etiquette

After six weeks in hostels in Japan, where they were excellent with few exceptions, and then coming back to China, the dorm quality dropped down considerably. I wrote a post earlier about minimum requirements for accommodation, now it is time for a post on what constitutes a stellar dorm experience. Let’s just assume the bare…

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…