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Trans-Siberian: Hong Kong to Beijing

Friday 15th April 2016

Location: Hong Kong

After months of deliberation, preparation and research, it’s finally time for me to leave my home of the past three years and start my travels back to dear old Blighty. Saying goodbye to Hong Kong was one of the most difficult things I have ever done and while I feel sad, I’m certain that the reality of it hasn’t quite hit home yet. I feel sorry for whoever has to deal with that when it sinks in at some point over the next few weeks.

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Sunshine Hunting and Island Hopping in El Nido

Winters in Hong Kong are usually short and sweet but this year it feels like it has been grey, cold and wet forever. It’s pretty much been like living back in Manchester. On a hunt for some sunshine my best friends and I packed our bags and headed back to the Philippines hoping, this time, to avoid a 7 day hangover and a dislocated shoulder.

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Getting Trans-Siberian Visas

So it turns out getting visas for the Trans-Siberian, East to West, when you’re a British citizen in Hong Kong is a little awkward. For my trip I need a Russian tourist visa and transit visas for China and Belarus. Here’s how I obtained them with a little (read ridiculously big) help from Real Russia and CIS Tour.

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Thinking about Goodbyes

The final countdown is underway. I’ve got one week left at work and six weeks, to the day, until I leave Hong Kong. I’m feeling a lot of mixed emotions about it. I’m very excited for my long journey home, being reunited with friends and family, cheap cheese, long summer nights, but I’m scared of what I’m leaving behind… friends, a boyfriend, an incredible city and the best three years of my life.

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Taking the long way home

My major life decisions have always been a little impulsive. I moved to Hong Kong with two weeks notice and then stayed ‘just one more year’ three times. I’ve been getting itchy feet for a while and, call it a gut feeling, I’ve started to feel the need to move on. I want to take some time at home to recuperate and reflect, to figure out what on earth is next. Since last summer I’ve had an idea at the back of my head but it took a bad day at work and a glass of wine to suddenly go out on a whim and book it. So, dear readers, in two months time I shall be heading back to dear old Blighty by train.

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Staycationing in Hong Kong for the holidays

Kung Hei Fat Choy!

I can’t believe it’s my third Chinese New Year in Asia. Partly through lack of learning centre holidays and partly through choice, I’ve actually spent my first one in the city. I was a little apprehensive at first as all of my friends were booked to jet off to foreign lands and I was worried I would be craving the Thailand beaches I’ve spent the last two CNY festivities on. Turns out, I had a pretty awesome time.

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Photographing Hong Kong

Recently I was hired to be a City Correspondent for Hong Kong. It’s been an interesting job and a great opportunity to get back into travel writing and photography. I’ve been walking all over Hong Kong to review hotels, restaurants and attractions and I’ve seen angles of the city that I’ve never seen before.

You can read all of my reviews and guides on my Gogobot profile here.

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Robots, Penguins, Disney and Sushi in Tokyo

With only one day left in Tokyo, I wanted to make it count. I had checked off most of the tourist attractions and city walks on my list so I was left with a day to do all the bits and pieces that were at the back of my mind. I grabbed my guidebook and planned my route to Odaiba.

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Getting my Ghibli Geek on

To say I’m a bit of a Ghibli nerd would be an understatement. My whole trip to Tokyo revolved around when I could get into the museum. It’s a funny place to try and talk about because my favourite part of visiting was that I had no expectations. For the first time ever, I didn’t do a single bit of research or Instagram searching because I wanted it to be a surprise.

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