Overland from Pyongyang to Hamhung via the Ullim Falls

With the military and other celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of North Korea’s foundation, on the 9th of September, over it was time for us to head east for the first of two forays which would let us see a large part of this, much less frequently visited and scenically beautiful, side of the country. For this trip we started with a bus ride, 300 kms across the country giving us a wonderful introduction to this beautiful scenery and an insight into country life more generally. This review is a photo journal of my trip from Pyongyang to Hamhung, on the east coast of North Korea. Continue reading “Overland from Pyongyang to Hamhung via the Ullim Falls”

Sydney Buses


Sydney has a reasonably extensive system of buses but like most places catching a bus is the thing tourists tend to steer clear of or fear most. The reasons for this is that bus routes are harder to decipher, buses get snarled up in traffic, all buses don’t stop at all bus stops, and stops are not marked in the way train stations and the like are, meaning that unless you know the route you may have little idea where you are. Continue reading “Sydney Buses”

Free Bus Services – 99A/C and 98A/C


Adelaide Metro Bus Service 99A/C

Route 99A/C (anti-clockwise and clockwise respectively) is a useful free bus service for getting around the centre of Adelaide.

While the area covered can be done on foot the bus service is a very welcome alternative when its wet or Adelaide temperatures sore towards or past 40 degrees centigrade which happens regularly in summer. Continue reading “Free Bus Services – 99A/C and 98A/C”

Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes


A Daytrip Metroticket costs $10.20 and gives you a full day of unlimited travel on buses, trams and trains in the very large Adelaide area. It is valid to 4.30am the following morning. The Daytrip Metroticket is pretty good value if you are going to use public transport outside the free areas(see below). A 3-Day Visitor Pass is also available and costs $26.60. Continue reading “Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes”

City Loop Route 101 – Free City Centre Bus Service


During Canberra’s centenary year, 2013, a free tourist bus service was introduced – Route 100. This was a great addition for visitors to the city (and locals) as it served all the main tourist sites within the city area. It was scrapped in 2014, primarily due to opposition from the, then $35/day, hop-on-hop off service which ran pretty much the same route, though much less frequently. Check out the new Tourist Loop bus service No 81/981 for a similar route coverage – noting that this is a standard pay service.

On 4 July 2016 a new free service started. Continue reading “City Loop Route 101 – Free City Centre Bus Service”

Canberra – Getting Around By Bus


Canberra is one of the most spread out cities in the world. There are not many cities of 400,000 people where a walk around the perimeter is 145kms long. I know this because I have walked the Canberra Centenary Trail which encircles the city. The LOOP, or to give it its full name the London Outer Orbital Path, is 245kms – not much longer when you consider the relative populations contained within each.

Before I digress too far. You, Dear Reader, need not walk this distance in Canberra, unless you want to. You can take a bus! Continue reading “Canberra – Getting Around By Bus”

Getting to and from Canberra International Airport


After many years Canberra International Airport became an international airport again in mid September 2016 when Singapore Airlines started services to Singapore and Wellington, in New Zealand. Additionally, via a combination of direct or indirect flights it is relatively easy to get to anywhere in Australia. Be warned though that domestic flights into and out of Canberra are expensive.

The airport is approximately 10kms from the city centre (Civic). Continue reading “Getting to and from Canberra International Airport”

Getting to and around Port Adelaide


Getting to Port Adelaide

Port Adelaide is approximately 15kms from Adelaide city centre.

Unless you are driving yourself – bus or train services are convenient and recommended. Bus and train services are run by Adelaide Metro. For fares etc please refer to my ‘Bus, Tram, Train – Tickets and Routes’ review. For maps and timetables http://www.adelaidemetro.com.au/Timetables-Maps. Continue reading “Getting to and around Port Adelaide”

Gudvangen to Voss via Stalheimskleiv Road


Given the slight hassle we had getting our boat from Flåm to Gudvangen, notwithstanding that we had a ticket, purchased well in advance, we didn’t want to take any chances with the bus from Gudvangen to Voss, especially as I had always felt this to be the least clear and thus most uncertain component of our trip between Oslo and Bergen.

Accordingly, as soon as our boat docked at Gudvangen we headed straight for the bus – no dilly dallying or looking around the Viking village of Gudvangen. Continue reading “Gudvangen to Voss via Stalheimskleiv Road”