Newcastle and Tynemouth

I recently went to Newcastle to visit family. I’ve been there so many times before, but only ever seen the insides of relatives’ houses. This time I was determined to get out and about, especially now I can walk again after surgery on my feet in February. My mum and I went together on the … Continue reading

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Days 8-12

We took the bus to Shangri-La from Dali, feeling more than a little worse-for-wear after minimal sleep the night before. Darcy was horribly hungover and felt sick. When I woke her in the morning she mumbled “Let’s stay here with our friends.” If we hadn’t already booked our bus tickets I think we would have … Continue reading

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Days 5-7

We took the bus from Kunming to Dali as it was faster than the train. The journey was pretty and uneventful, which suited me fine after the epic train journey to Kunming. We arrived in the early evening and checked into the Hump Hostel, which was nicer than the one in Kunming but we still … Continue reading

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Day 4

When we first arrived in Kunming, we couldn’t get a taxi no matter how hard we tried, and the weight of our huge backpacks made it all a bit frustrating. There were plenty of dodgy illegal taxis and motorbike taxis offering their services (read: harassing us) but we didn’t want to take a journey in … Continue reading

Shanghai – Shangri-La, Days 1-3

My friend Darcy and I recently took a trip to Yunnan by rail and bus. People told us we were mad not just to fly and be there in about three hours, but we wanted the train experience (even though it was 37 hours to Kunming, our first stop in Yunnan…) plus it was significantly … Continue reading