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Andaman Islands Visit: 2007-1
2007-06-03 - We flew R/T from Chennai on Jet Airways. The flights doen't sync up with the ferry, so we spent one night in Port Blair then three on Havelock Island before returning to Port Blair for one more night. Visited the Circular Jail in Port Blair and went scuba diving on Havelock.


Belarus Visit: 2009-5
2009-05-12 - I was in Minsk over the Victory Day celebrations (May 9th) celebrating the end of WW2. The whole city is spiffed up with banners and lights strung everywhere. There was a parade at noon down praspekt Nezalezhnastsi and fireworks show that night. There were people dressed in traditional costume in the parade. There were also stages setup around town for dance performances, singing, etc.


East Timor (other) Visit: 2008-8
2008-09-13 - Austasia Airlines has recently started a nonstop Singapore-Dili flight. This is another option to get to East Timor in addition to the existing Merpati service from Bali and Air North flight from Darwin.




Kaliningrad Visit: 2009-5
2009-05-12 - Kaliningrad used to be known as Königsberg, the capital of eastern Prussia. The city was heavily damaged during WW2 and was taken over by the Soviet Union after the war. I spent just a few hours here, coming in via bus from Lithuania before taking a flight to Minsk. There are a few interesting sights in town including the old cathedral (Immanuel Kant is buried here) and the amber museum. Kaliningrad is the source of most of the worlds amber. Königsberg was also the location of the seven bridges mathematical problem, although only two of the original bridges remain. Newlyweds fasten locks engraved with their names to the Honey Bridge as a sign of devotion.


Llivia Visit: 2009-11
2013-01-12 - Llivia is an exclave of Spain located 2km within France borders. We drove there on our way back from Andorra to Barcelona. We visited on the evening of a holiday weekend in November and it was a pretty dead town.


San Andres and Providencia Visit: 2009-7
2009-07-20 - An interesting anomaly; San Andres & Providencia islands are closest to Nicaragua, settled by English puritans and slaves, but politically part of Colombia. The original Raizal population has been pushed aside mostly in San Andres island due to an influx of immigration from mainland Colombia. There is a separate tourist tax payment and tourist card you get on arrival. Most of the development is in San Andres town, lots of ugly concrete buildings fronted by hotels facing the strip of white sand and blue water. Head inland to La Loma to see more of the traditional English Caribbean architecture. The Cueva del Morgan is nearby, allegedly used by the pirate Henry Morgan to store loot from the Spanish in Panama. Or head over to Johnny Cay and just relax on the beach. The cuisine is different from the mainland, try the local dish known as rondon (rundown) which contains fish, breadfruit, yucca & plantain drenched with coconut milk.


Suriname Visit: 2007-5
2007-06-03 - We came in overland to Paramaribo from Georgetown, Guyana. Made for a very long day! We left Georgetown at 5AM via taxi for the ferry crossing at Moleson Creek. The ferry departs for Suriname at 11AM only once a day, miss this and you wait 24 hrs. Then once on the Suriname side, took a minibus (5hrs) to Paramaribo, arrived 9PM. Roads in Guyana are good, in Suriname they are horrible.


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