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Experiencing Vietnam, old school style

Experiencing Vietnam, old school style

So you’ve just launched into a travel story. An amazing tale of bravery, derring-do and batik shopping in the face of extreme food poisoning. And you’re just about to reach the climax when someone pipes up: ‘Oh, Baluchistan. I was there before it was trendy.’ Yes, it’s infuriating. No, I can’t help myself. Because (with […]

So long, and thanks for all the sour cream

So long, and thanks for all the sour cream

“You’ll get bored,” she’d said to me, with such certainty that I wondered if it might be true. ‘She’ was my boss, and they were her parting words as I walked out of my office, family photos from my desk and farewell card stashed in my bag, three years in a country I couldn’t even […]

A matter of (Polish) perspective

A matter of (Polish) perspective

“Is the Ark buried in Poland?” asks Phill, who’s visiting us in Warsaw from the ‘Bra (Canberra, for those not from our nation’s capital). I’ve just been running him through the main options for weekend trips away. “The Masurian Lakes would be nice — if the weather holds, which it probably won’t,” I say. “And […]

Laughing about murder: an awkward Kyrgyzstan taxi

Laughing about murder: an awkward Kyrgyzstan taxi

Robin O’Brien writes: It was pitch dark and minus 10 when we left Murghab, Tajikistan for Osh, Kyrgyzstan. It dropped to minus 16 within a few minutes of leaving town. The car’s heating was broken so we had to keep the air con on high to stop the windscreen freezing up. It was a right hand drive […]

This Charming Town: An outsider looking in

This Charming Town: An outsider looking in

There's often a lot you don't appreciate about a city until you see it from a tourist's perspective and, being Perth born and bred, I imagine that applies to Melbourne too, says Cat Walls as she takes a stroll through Australia's culture capital.

The revelation of Bordeaux, the quiet Paris

The revelation of Bordeaux, the quiet Paris

It won't surprise those who have visited the city before, or those who are better researchers than me, but Bordeaux was a revelation, says Nic Heath.

That’s some catch, that catch 22 (or, how not to get into Azerbaijan)

That’s some catch, that catch 22 (or, how not to get into Azerbaijan)

Richard Norman writes: I’m in Kiev, chilling out and reading Lonely Planets’ Azerbaijan forums before heading out to the airport, for what promises to be a delightful 2:45am flight to Baku. I see a new post mentioning rumors that Azerbaijan is about to stop issuing visas at the border like they’ve done for the last […]