Asia

Traveletting on the Trans-Mongolian Railway

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Moments pass like a blur through the scratched window of my airport taxi. Communist tower blocks, Russian lettering, illuminating lights at the street side, and then blackness as far as the eye could see. Ulaan Baatar was the beginning of my trip through Mongolia, Siberia and Russia, and upon first landing, the city was like no other part of Asia I had previ[...]

10 Ways to Fall in Love with Singapore

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I have to admit: when I was vacationing in South East Asia last year, Singapore was probably the country I was the least excited about. I pictured it as the "Dubai" of the region: modern, expensive, with a lot of rules and no historical background... In other words, not the best country to visit for the culture lover/cheap traveler in me… But on my way from [...]

A Culinary Journey Through China

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When Finnair invited me to go on a culinary trip to China I was honestly a little bit apprehensive. Some reasons were completely unfounded in my own prejudices but others were honestly just food related. Ever since I had food poisoning from a chicken lo main take-out in New York ten years ago I haven’t been a fan. That memory and the idea of chicken feet and[...]

7 Reasons To Add Kyoto To Your Bucket List

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Home to tranquil temples, lush gardens, striking shrines and mysterious geishas, a visit to Japan would not be complete without venturing to its cultural and historic centre, Kyoto. Providing a striking contrast to the chaotic, neon-lit and modernistic mega city of Tokyo, Kyoto is a completely different world. The city exudes warmth, classic character and a [...]

The Privilege and Prejudice of Travel

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So it seems that I am the first of us Travelettes who went to China. As in China, that is not Shanghai or Hong Kong. As the first, writing about it seems an honor and a responsibility and quite frankly I don't really know where to start. China is huge and diverse so it was obvious from the beginning that a 6-day trip to two cities would never do it justice. [...]

How to Spend a Month in South India

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Following on from my How to Spend a Month in Northern India, I wanted to do a similar post celebrating the South of the country. North and South India are tremendously different in so many ways, from the landscapes to the climate, the people and the food. If you've only ever travelled to North India before, you might be in for a shock when you head to the So[...]

Off the Beaten Path: Trekking in Bhutan

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I sat cross-legged and stiff whilst the monk chanted meditative prayers at 3,800 metres above sea level, breathing hard to catch my breath and calm my racing heart. I had just hiked up five hundred vertical metres from our grassy campsite on the plateau below to the monastery carved into the cliff. We left at the crack of dawn to be here for these morning pr[...]

5 Reasons to visit Darjeeling

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The emerald green hill station of Darjeeling is nestled in the far north-eastern corner of India, sitting 2,590 metres above sea level in the lower Himalayas. Bordering Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet, and with Nepal just over across the mountain ranges, the culture here is a magical blend of all these places. Not just famous for its cup of steaming hot Darjeeling [...]

Why You Should Add the Naadam Festival to Your Bucket List

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Do you know the legend of Genghis Khan? It is told that Genghis Khan was born with a blood clot in his hand and therefore destined to lead Mongolia to become the world’s largest empire. Genghis Khan’s vast empire was founded upon Mongolia’s nomadic steppe life and horses. It was this legend that captured my imagination and lead me to catching a train from Be[...]