Stops on Trans-Siberian: Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Yekaterinburg

Irkutsk is in parts a faded, battered kind of town with a feeling of the Wild West about it. You could almost picture tumbleweed rolling past the peeling shutters on the quiet side streets. But the forlorn old streets are counteracted by a vibrant modern main strip, and a rather grandiose riverfront resplendent with the … Continue reading Stops on Trans-Siberian: Irkutsk, Krasnoyarsk and Yekaterinburg

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Trans-Siberian: On the shores of Lake Baikal

The Russian lady is shouting at us and pointing and shouting some more. Six of us are sitting open mouthed like a bunch of market traded fish, as her incomprehensible words spill into our train carriage. Then she suddenly pounces, snatching a bottle of vodka from the hand of our Brazilian companion and huffing away … Continue reading Trans-Siberian: On the shores of Lake Baikal

Pondering Pokémon in Bangkok

It’s 34 degrees Celsius and 60% humidity. I’m in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, bypassing the languid monitor lizards and shady groves in search of a concentration of Pokéstops set with lures. I’m seeking out gamers attending the city’s first ever Pokémon Go meetup. 3,000 RSVP’d yes on Facebook, the buzz on the discussion page running from … Continue reading Pondering Pokémon in Bangkok