I’ve been in Almaty nearly a week now, and I’ve enjoyed myself tremendously here. The city is beautifully located at the foot of the Zailiyskiy Alatau Mountains (or the Tian-Shan Mountains, their better known Chinese name), it’s summer, the weather is lovely (even the occasional daily burst of rain), there’s lots to see and do, and people are very, very [...]
As you may remember, I've decided to say yes to everything... well, at least most things. Here's the second episode in the sporadic series Sophie tries new things. Subtitle: Steam bath in a chicken coop. Outdoors. In 40° C. In a word: Awesome!
My first taste of Thai massage is equal parts pain and pleasure. My masseuse squeezes, kneads, pokes, punches, rubs. I’m bent and twisted and stretched in every conceivable direction - and some which were until now quite inconceivable.
I’m off to Thailand on Saturday, folks - and was reminded that I still haven't told you about a terrific Bangkok daytrip I took last time. The old Siamese capital Ayutthaya is only about 70 km north of the Thai capital, and easily reached by bus, train or boat.
You know I like to visit the world's curious places. Here on Sophie's World we've presented a few cities and regions by Instagram - many of them a wee bit off the beaten track, such as Sofia, San Remo, Dar es Salaam, Tbilisi or Arctic Sweden. Well, things are about to get curiouser and curiouser around here. In fact, I [...]
Welcome to a very curious place and a lesser-known national capital: Bandar Seri Begawan. We're in the Sultanate of Brunei Darussalam, the Abode of Peace. I live in a relatively small oil rich country, so it's always interesting to see how other oil-nations are similar – or different – from my own. Specifically bearing in mind that oil is a resource [...]
My first day in deliciously chaotic Saigon features an evocative visit to the War Remnants Museum, a look at Independence Hall, the colonial architecture, and dodging the mad scooter traffic. Here's a little Saigon photo gallery.
I'm writing this in the lobby of the wonderfully quirky Kam Leng hotel in Singapore, a country where I've been many times. It has always been a favourite stopover of ours, on the way to Australia or New Zealand or Bali. But for the very first time, I'm here without the girls, and I must say it feels a bit [...]
Like the Taj Mahal, Humayun's tomb is a property worthy of special protection. And like the Taj Mahal, it's a grave. And just as Emperor Shah Jahan built the Taj Mahal for his late, much-loved wife, this tomb was built by Humayun's widow, Biga Begum, in memory of her late (and equally-loved, one must assume) husband. Taj Mahal may be [...]