Excess Baggage Charges – No Worry Here

One thing I can guarantee almost anyone is that you are unlikely to get hit with excess baggage charges on leaving the island and this is not due to lax airport or shipping agent check-in procedures but rather that there is virtually nothing to buy on Ascension Island. Continue reading “Excess Baggage Charges – No Worry Here”


Erneside Shopping Centre: “Fetch me a Brandy”


First up, I will say that I harbour a great loathing for shopping centres. I find them sterile, soulless, tedious and depressing places only to be put up with for the minimum time necessary to get what one needs there-in and get out. Given the number of people that linger in these places as if they were houses of pleasure I am clearly in a minority in holding the view that I do.

That said, if you need some shopping therapy the Erneside  Shopping Centre exists. Continue reading “Erneside Shopping Centre: “Fetch me a Brandy””

Dining al fresco en route to the DMZ

Tea by the Highway

The majority of our trips outside Pyongyang involved travel of less than a couple of hours. There were a few exceptions and apart from the trip between Pyongyang and Kaesong/Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) we were exhorted to ensure we had taken care of ablutions and other needs we might have as the bus would not be stopping en-route. Continue reading “Dining al fresco en route to the DMZ”

Shopping At Yedjele Beach

Yadjele Beach – Beach Bar

If the title of this review conjures up visions of hotels, restaurants, bars, boutiques and nightclubs along the beach-front – visions of Copacabana, Ipanema and Bondi – then you may be disappointed with Yedjélé Beach. One the other hand, if like me, these visions put you off and you are after something altogether more simple (indeed at the other end of the spectrum) then shopping at Yedjélé Beach may be for you. Continue reading “Shopping At Yedjele Beach”