From TLL to STN

14 04 2017

Back to writing about my trip to Tallinn, Estonia which was followed by a very brief stop in London, England.

The travel between the two cities involved lots of firsts.

The line leading up to security. There is just one gate. Estonians being efficient, it wasn’t as bad as it looks but seeing this upon arriving at the airport was rather discouraging.

My ride from Tallinn to London. First time flying with the Irish LCC.

My seat was 1A. This was my view when I sat in my seat.

And looking out the window.

As the door closed. That would be my foot, the black thing on the floor.

And we flew into Stansted Airport to which I had never been before. Again a long line at immigration.  We left Tallinn at 12 noon and arrived in London at 1 pm local time after a three-hour flight.  Decided lunch at the airport was a good idea.

I then took the Stansted Express into London Liverpool Street Station. Another first.

Then a cab ride to my hotel in Paddington.





Leaving on a Jet Plane

29 03 2017

Leaving for Tallinn, Estonia via Paris to attend a convention.

 





The Day Trip to Kaiping

10 02 2017

I was in Guangzhou, China between January 27th and 30th and I used Sunday the 29th to visit Kaiping, the main purpose of my China trip.

I was initially going to spend an overnight in Kaiping and had made travel arrangements accordingly but at the last minute scrapped the idea and decided to do a day trip to the city.

Got up early on Sunday morning and embarked on my first subway ride in Guangzhou which was easy but I did make a mistake in my destination when I bought the ticket.

Arrived at the Guangzhou East Railway Station thinking that was where the bus to Kaiping left.  Wrong.  But didn’t realize so until I had finished breakfast at a fast food restaurant at the bus terminal.

Back to the subway to get to the right bus terminal.  And that wasn’t easy as there were three bus terminals at the Guangzhou Railway Station.  The first one I went to was another wrong terminal.

But finally arrived at the right one and purchased a ticket to Kaiping on the 9:30 am bus.

After a two-hour journey, arrived safely in drizzly Kaiping.





Riding the Train in Yangon, Part 2

30 11 2016

Continuing from my last post, here is the actual riding part on the Yangon Circular Railway which turned out to be very interesting for me though it probably was just another ordinary day for the locals who were taking it.  The journey lasted good three hours.

My ride

My ride

Was not busy at around 2 pm.

Was not busy at around 2 pm.

I sat across from this who I guessed to be a daughter-mother pair

I sat across from these ladies who I guessed to be a daughter-mother pair

Food vendors of different kinds kept coming and going.

Food vendors of different kinds kept coming and going.

Lots of action on the platform.

Lots of action on the platform.

At first I thought these quail eggs were raw because that's how they are sold in Japan but I think they were boiled as I saw people eating them.

At first I thought these quail eggs were raw because that’s how they are sold in Japan but I think they were boiled as I saw people eating them.

Every now and then the conductor who was never the same person kept coming by to check your ticket.

Every now and then the conductor who was never the same person kept coming by to check your ticket.

The lady sitting next to me at one point bought a bag of apples.  She threw the white nets out the window as soon as she got her apples.

The afore-mentioned daughter-mother pair in a different position after about an hour journey. It's as though the train is their living room, the way they were eating and drinking out of their basket.

The afore-mentioned daughter-mother pair in a different position after about an hour journey. It was as though the train was their living room, the way they were eating and drinking out of their basket.

And then came the watermelon lady with a big tray of pre-cut watermelon on her head. Again the lady sitting next to me wanted a piece.  The watermelon lady sat down, took a piece and cut it into smaller pieces, put them in a plastic bag and handed it to my neighbor and WHAT?! threw the watermelon skin out the window!!

The mother facing outward now.

The mother facing outward now.

More platform scene

More platform scene

Ladies with big bags of vegetables boarded the train at one point.  Seemed that they were vendors that had bought the produce from farmers or a wholesale market for resale.

Thriving businesses on the platform

Back where I started three hours later.

Back where I started three hours later.





Riding the Train in Yangon, Part 1

29 11 2016

A good Canadian friend of mine who had recently been to Myanmar told me that the best attraction in Yangon was riding the “circular train” which is a regular means of transport for the locals.  He gave me a link and I went to read about it. Indeed it sounded very interesting and off I went to seek the experience.

Getting to the station overlooking the tracks

Getting to the Central Station overlooking the tracks

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The ticket booth for long-distance journeys

The ticket booth for long-distance journeys

The waiting area for long-distance journeys

The waiting area for long-distance journeys

Following the sign for the "circular train"

Following the sign for the “circular train”

The ticket stand for local journeys

The ticket stand for local journeys

To be continued.





The Mixed Architecture of Myanmar

28 11 2016

While in the city of Yangon, Myanmar, I saw some interesting architecture that was a mixture of colonial and traditional Myanmar influences.

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So that was the City Hall.  Here is Yangon Central Railway Station which to me looks like a mixture but according to wikipedia, it is more local in its architecture.

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But then inside was this which to me looked very western.

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Leaving on a Jet Plane

3 11 2016

November 3rd is a national holiday in Japan which this year falls on a Thursday. Decided to take the Friday off and get away.

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My ride this morning after having flown from Tokyo Narita to Hanoi Noibai

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“Immigration Refusal Room” Sounds scary enough.

Now in transit to Yangon, Myanmar.








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