Shanghai airport has a maglev When the plane circles into land at Shanghai airport in the morning light you look out the window and what strikes you as you descend […]
Last day in St Petes dawns, gloomy and overcast So what to do? Well a quick visit to St Isaacs cathedral and a side trip to the statue of Peter the Great seemed […]
Aurora, has a couple of meanings it can mean the great lights seen twisting and turning in the night skies of the north, or it can mean sunrise, or it […]
The second last day Our room was cold in the morning, possibly because I opened the window a crack in the night to get some air. Larissa our host was somewhat horrified […]
So tonight we attended the Mariinsky theatre for a performance of the Magic Nut. A great theatre and a just about the most amazing ballet I have ever seen. We […]
In this city of determinedly western style the Church of the Saviour is a sudden shock of medieval romanticism. Built on the site of Alexander the second’s assassination, the church […]
Stopping off for cake and coffee at Sever, that icon of Soviet era pastry making. A little known fact of the Cold War was that the Americans were just as […]
Now St Petersburg’s biggest and oldest bookshop, Dom Knigi (house of the book), formerly the Singer company of America’s corporate headquarters in downtown St Petersburg. The story is the company […]
Monumental moments Palace square is big, I mean really, really big*, on the monumental scale it’s close to titanic. So in the middle of winter with only a few people […]
We’re staying with relatives while we’re in St Petersburg, so we have a place in Valsilyevsi Ostrov on the 6th line, yes just like in New York they give the […]
We’re taking the Sapsan express from Moscow on a 650km three and a half hour rail journey that will take us to St Petersburg across the snow covered landscape of Russia. And […]
Woke up on our last morning really early, in fact early enough to catch G’s father in the kitchen on his way off to work, with the sodium lights still illuminating […]
In the evening we visited Olga and Sasha, childhood friends of Galina, for dinner at their apartment. One thing I’ve noticed about Russian apartments is that there’s just enough room to swing a cat […]
Back in the day, Chelyabinsk was one of, if not, the most important tank manufacturing sites in wartime Russia, to the point where the city ended up being nicknamed Tankograd. The […]
OK, so what do you do on your second day in Chelyabinsk? Why walk through a gateway to the future of course. 🙂 Well more precisely walk through an ice replica of […]
So what do you do when you’ve just landed in Chelyabinsk on Christmas Eve? Answer, after supper with the parents (and the shape of dinners to come) walk around to the […]
Because nothing says winter in Moscow quite like a Ferris wheel ride above a snow covered VDNKh park.
Take the metro to the VDNkh station, walk outside and across the street and this is what you see, the Monument to the Conquerors of Space erected in 1964. While getting to the […]
Day two and an earlier start thanks to setting the alarm and figuring out where the coffee filters were. Also found out that if you really want to cool the kitchen down […]
On foot, in Moscow, in winter… We woke, late, and headed out into the Moscow morning, it’s a cool day but not unusually so at about -10 C with snow falling in […]
And a New Year in Russia (2013) The day after new years day I’m sitting in Hong Kong airport transit lounge at four in the morning waiting for the connecting […]
I’ll give you a hint, it’s where a jacket like this is going to be a) very useful, and b) not raise an eyebrow. 🙂
The end of our trip Last day, last evening and we were on our way to our last stop, Pura Tanah Lot, for the sunset and hopefully a cold drink (or two). Once […]
Well it lived up to it’s name, there was a forest and it was filled with monkeys, macaques to be precise. They live pretty well off the food that the […]
Candi Kuning which means, strangely enough, ‘yellow temple’ (not to be confused with The King in Yellow) sits on the edge of lake Bratan in Bedugal. There’s a Hindu and a […]
In the Taman Ayun complex, an artist at work.
The moated temple at Mengwi, recursing on its river island, guardian home of the gods, floating in the sea of eternity.
Well once it used to be the stronghold of feudal lords but now it’s the arts capitol of Bali… Spent an hour or so pottering around downtown Ubud, the town’s grown […]
Snapped on the road to Ubud. I have no idea who he is or what he’s doing apart from guessing that someone’s going to get an arrow in the eye any […]
Not so much a mountain range as a caldera rim Sitting on the caldera lip of an ancient super volcano at Kintamani having lunch and looking across at the basalt flow fields on […]
One statue of Ganesh, check. Temple offerings check. Miscellaneous lingam, check. OK we’re done.
Entering the Elephant Cave temple through the mouth of a demon
Visiting the king of the spirits, and the demon queen
Look behind you!!
You forget You forget the heat and the humidity, the smell of two stroke exhaust and open drains, the tropical decay, the noise and dust of the towns, the quiet […]
Bali! As Galina was presenting a paper at the Aupec 2012 conference, it seemed like a great idea to go along with her.
So this all happened on a trip to China on business in about 2008. I was part of a team sent to negotiate a contract with a chinese rail company […]
In 2008 I travelled to Hong Kong at the start of a project to produce New (Phase IV) Light Rail Vehicles for MTR. The trip was interesting, to say the […]
Traveling on business in China, our team was invited to lunch with the local party officials and company bosses aboard the local floating restaurant. Freezing weather, lots of snow, glad I […]