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The best of…

09/03/2013

An attempt to condense five months of travelling into five minutes of highlights…

TOP 5 COUNTRIES
1. Cambodia
2. Mongolia
3. Vietnam
4. USA
5. Russia

TOP 5 CITIES
1. Ha Noi
2. St Petersburg
3. Chicago
4. Hong Kong
5. Chiang Mai

TOP 5 TRAIN JOURNEYS
1. Ulaan Baator to Erenhot
2. San Francisco to Glenwood Springs
3. Hue to Da Nang
4. Christchurch to Greymouth
5. Xi Ning to Lhasa

TOP 10 BIZARRE SIGNS
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San Francisco

Singapore train sign
Singapore

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Shopfront, Lhasa

Taiwan drink
Shopfront, Xi’an

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Brooklyn Bridge, New York

Laos Houaysai room key
B&B room key, Houaysai, Laos

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Festival Irlandskogo Kino – Irish Film Festival, St Patrick’s Day, Moscow

New Zealand Mirror Lake
Mirror Lake, Fiordland, New Zealand

Australia Cook shop
Cook, Australia

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KL Tower car park, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

TOP 5 PLACES TO SEE AT ANOTHER TIME
1. Mongolia in the summer
2. Milford Sound in the rain
3. Tokyo in cherry blossom time
4. Lake Baikal in the summer
5. Hong Kong when you can actually see the skyline from above

TOP 5 NOTES AND COINS
Fiji
Fiji $2

Togrog
Mongolian 50 togrog (and 10 and 20 and 100 – they’ve all got the same back)

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Hong Kong $10

Vietnam
500,000 Vietnamese dong – the biggest number going, and yet not even worth twenty quid

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Russian 100 roubles

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Honorary mention – US $1 coin. Damn you, Americans, use them!

TOP 10 PLACES
1. Milford Sound, Fiordland
2. Top of Mount Luxmore, Fiordland
3. Hustai National Park, Mongolia
4. Hermitage, St Petersburg
5. Streetside in Ha Noi
6. Ha Long Bay
7. Colorado Canyon
8. Mana Island beach
9. Happy Valley, Hong Kong
10. Sydney Harbour Bridge

TOP 5 MUSEUMS
1. Hermitage, St Petersburg
2. Tokyo Museum
3. Chinggis Khan Museum, outside Ulaan Baator
4. Field Museum, Chicago
5. Siege Museum, St Petersburg

TOP 5 PLACES MISSED OUT ON
1. Kyoto and Hiroshima, Japan
2. Blue Mountains, Sydney
3. The Statue of Liberty, New York
4. Cameron Highlands, Malaysia
5. Inland Fiji

“AH, IRELAND!”
“Ah Ireland! Póg mo thóin!” – Phnom Penh
“Ah Ireland! Very like Mongolia. Both got independence in 1921, both drink too much, both are too lazy to learn their own culture.” – Hustai, Mongolia
“Ah Ireland! Roy Keane! Stephen Ireland!” – Kuala Lumpur
“Ah Ireland! Jackie Charlton!” – Bangkok
“Ah Ireland! Mel Gibson! Braveheart – love this film!” – Köln
“Ah Ireland! The Cranberries!” – Trans-Siberian
“Ah Ireland! Sláinte!” – Köln to Moscow

WEBSITE VIEWS
Untitled

Or in text format –
Ireland 1,809
United States 313
United Kingdom 294
Russian Federation 83
India 77
Australia 56
France 48
Germany 41
Spain 40
Luxembourg 40
Canada 40
Thailand 38
Singapore 38
Japan 36
Italy 32
Mongolia 28
Norway 26
Netherlands 26
Viet Nam 23
Indonesia 23
Republic of Korea 22
Hong Kong 20
Ukraine 18
Czech Republic 17
Cambodia 17
Malaysia 16
New Zealand 16
Turkey 15
Denmark 14
Pakistan 13
Hungary 11
Belgium 11
Sweden 11
Slovakia 10
Taiwan 10
Myanmar 10
Fiji 9
Romania 9
Brazil 9
Finland 8
Poland 8
Philippines 8
Greece 8
Georgia 7
Israel 7
Bulgaria 6
Switzerland 6
Mexico 5
Portugal 5
Moldova 5
Serbia 5
Belarus 4
Austria 4
Puerto Rico 4
Lao People’s Democratic Republic 4
Saudi Arabia 4
Lebanon 3
Azerbaijan 3
Argentina 3
Egypt 3
Chile 3
Peru 3
Croatia 2
Bangladesh 2
China 2
Slovenia 2
Andorra 2
Panama 2
Albania 1
Macedonia, the Former Yugoslav Republic 1
Côte d’Ivoire 1
Lesotho 1
Guam 1
Armenia 1
Dominican Republic 1
Colombia 1
South Africa 1
Venezuela 1
Cyprus 1
United Arab Emirates 1
Qatar 1
Yemen 1
Macao 1
Iceland 1
Réunion 1
Sri Lanka 1
Afghanistan 1

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