Europe 2019 retrospective

For my Europe trip this year I decided to head off to southern France and bypass Paris altogether, and to finish off the trip with a couple of days relaxing in Amsterdam.

Overall the weather was pretty disappointing, most days were cloudy but not too much rain thankfully. Towards the end of May the weather started to get better with one day in Amsterdam being nice and warm (and I even got a bit of a tan!) but I think my next trip would need to be June (but need to avoid all the school holidays).

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Japan 2018 trip – a retrospective

My fourth trip to Japan took place in the northern hemisphere autumn in October.

The weather was still very pleasant with only a couple of days that were cold and wet while there were also warm days thrown into the mix.

I flew into Narita from Melbourne on a Monday evening and rather than taking the train as I have done in the past I chose to take the limousine bus that would drop me right at my hotel, the ANA InterContinental Tokyo. If I’d taken the train I would have had to change to the Ginza subway line at Ueno and then walk about 500m to the hotel. My guess is that the bus saved me 30 minutes or so.

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2018 travel retrospective

My how 2018 has flown by.

I was lucky enough to start 2018 with a short break in Singapore before returning home in the new year.

Drinking in Singapore can be a very expensive pastime if you don’t know the rules:

  • Go to restaurants that aren’t targeted at tourists or expats – you can still get a long neck of Tiger for around SG$7
  • Drink during happy hour(s) – or more precisely, don’t drink during the couple of hours after the business day finishes when it’s not happy hour. Happy hours are predominantly 2-for-1, so beer is essentially half price
  • Steer clear of hotel bars

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