October 8 – 18 As I already mentioned, I booked the trek through Green Valley Nepal Treks, and I could not have been happier with my choice. At the time of the booking, I stated that was happy to be part of a group, in case they had more people interested, and they matched me … More 61 – …with my head up in the clouds
The two flights between Seoul and Kathmandu were rather uninteresting except for the fact that I got kindly upgraded into First on the second flight (thanks for the champagne, Cathay Pacific!), and that I managed to smash my iPhone in the toilets of Hong Kong International. However, the nice young man in the airport shop … More 60 – Namaste, Asia!
Minuses I cannot think of any real minuses, to be honest. Just a few recommendations: Eating: Don’t go out for dinner too late outside of the capital. When you go later than 7.30 pm, you’re really pushing it. I have seen people being turned away because the kitchen finished all the food. Also, dining alone … More 59 – Korea (conclusion)
October 1-2 There is a reason to put these two days in a single entry. You’ll see. After the morning visit to Yangdong village and last lunch with Noelia, I continue to Tongyeong on a bus. I learned about the existence of the place from a young Korean man I had met in Krasnoyarsk, and … More 58 – Once Upon a Time in the East
Don’t worry, it’s not a curse. It’s just “hello”. Korean is a language isolate, meaning that it isn’t related to any other language. Now, I try to learn how to say hello and thank you in the language of every country I go, so that I don’t look rude when walking into places and greeting … More 57 – Annyeonghaseyoo!
September 22 Morning flight with Cathay Pacific is a rare delight. The flight attendants are super nice and keep giving me booze. I reach my airbnb close to Mapu-Go world cup stadium easily on public transport and meet my host Eunyoung, who happens to be hosting an all-girls party the very same night (and I … More 56 – All Calm on the Northern Front (as yet)
September 19 Arrival to Hong Kong on a fast train from Guangzhou, the immigration is pretty much hassle free. It’s hot, of course, but at least it’s not raining. I get the Octopus card (what is it with the English – and (former) colonies – and naming public transport passes after seafood?), which works for … More 55 – Sing in me, Muse, and through me tell the story…