Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Two

2. No-one walks. Anywhere. Walking’s not a popular pastime here, so you generally get the pavements to yourself (apart from the people sitting on plastic stools eating pho, the motorcycles heading the wrong way down the one-way street, and the backpackers who’ve only just arrived and haven’t realised how hot it is yet). I swear … More Seven Surprising First Impressions of Hanoi – Part Two

AMS-FRA-DOH-HAN – Lufthansa and Qatar – Part 2

Qatar – FRA-DOH After boarding, a pre-departure drink was offered – grabbed a champagne, Billecart-Salmon, which was perfectly tasty. My coat was taken, and shortly before pushback we were asked for our dinner orders. Qatar takes orders front to back, with a separate sheet per aisle, and from our combined experience, they’ve loaded enough veggie … More AMS-FRA-DOH-HAN – Lufthansa and Qatar – Part 2

AMS-FRA-DOH-HAN – Lufthansa and Qatar – Part 1

In order to [celebrate/advertise/fill – delete depending on cynicism] their new services from Amsterdam, Qatar were offering ridiculously cheap tickets to the Far East – around 1200EUR one way and 1600 return. We figured this would be a good opportunity to book the one-way ticket I’d definitely need. Besides, although sale fares tend to be … More AMS-FRA-DOH-HAN – Lufthansa and Qatar – Part 1

Antwerp

A brief trip to Antwerp before I moved out to Vietnam permanently. Antwerp is a Flemish town, about 45 minutes north of Brussels on the train. Much less touristy than the capital and the more well known cities of Bruges and Ghent, the action revolves around the main square and cathedral. Cathedral Construction of the … More Antwerp