Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Four: Berlin

Following almost a week in the UK it was time to move onto Continental Europe, with the first stop being Berlin.

After waiting for my friend’s very late arriving connecting flight we headed to our accommodation, a spot of shopping along Kurfürstendamm and a late night walk around the Brandenburg Gate.

The following morning, I met up with another friend to explore Schloss Charlottenburg, where we found the “new wing” to be the best part of the tour.

The afternoon, was then spent doing a rapid tour through the Tiergarten, East Side Gallery, Alexanderplatz and the Mall of Berlin

Finally, after a packed day and a half, and a currywurst in hand, it was time to jump on the train to our next destination.

Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Three: Edinburgh

The next leg of my journey was to catch the Flying Scotsman train from London’s King Cross station to Edinburgh’s Waverley station. The modern day version of the Flying Scotsman is very comfortable and had onboard WIFI the entire way – useless for anyone who gets bored looking out the window (I’m not one to get bored looking out windows).

After arriving in the mid afternoon, my friend and I dropped off my bags and their apartment. We then explored the university and the castle area of the city.

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Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Two: London

I spent two and a half days in London catching up a kiwi friend and co-incidentally my Godparents whom happened to also be visiting at the same time.

During the two days I retraced many of my steps from my previous visit in 2013. Including staying in Kings Cross, visiting the V&A Museum, going for a walk down Southbank and trying to be a businessman in Canary Wharf. Continue reading “Western Europe 2018 Trip – Part Two: London”

Photos: Singapore 2017

In November 2017, I travelled to Singapore for an series of academic conferences. Almost two years later, I’ve edited some of the photos from the trip.

Western USA and Canada Adventures – Part Ten: Calgary and the Rocky Mountains

The final weekend of my trip was spent visiting a friend who lives in the cowboy town of Calgary. During the weekend we headed off to Canmore at the base of the Rocky Mountains and did some hiking in the mountains immediately behind Canmore and then up to Big Beehive and on to The Plain of Six Glaciers Tea House at Lake Louise.

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Western USA and Canada Adventures – Part Nine: Vancouver

I flew to Vancouver, Canada after a week and a half of visiting friends across the USA. Although I usually love time to myself it was quite a shock to be travelling alone in a city where I knew no one.

Many of my friends had told me great things about Vancouver, however, on arrival I was shocked at the number of beggars and those less well off. After walking along the waterfront, through Chinatown and Gaston I ended up traversing through a very rough few streets between Chinatown and Gaston. This was not the first impression I was expecting and suggested to me that although Canada is considered very progressive there is still work to be done to look after those in need.

The following day I walked through Yaletown, caught a ferry to Gainsville Island, where I had lunch and explored the markets, before hiring a bike to ride to Stanley park.

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Western USA and Canada Adventures – Part Eight: Lake Superior’s North Shore

While visiting my friends in Minneapolis I took a day trip to Lake Superior’s North Shore.

My friends and I built up a big appetite after spending the morning driving north from Minneapolis so we stopped for lunch at the New Scenic Cafe which is a few kilometers north of Duluth. The food here was excellent, especially the Salmon Burger.

Salmon Burger at New Scenic Cafe

With full stomachs, we then continued further north to the Gooseberry Falls State Park.

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