Archive for the ‘Travel’ Category

Where will you watch the final tomorrow?

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

If you live outside of Europe then you’ll probably be wondering which “final” I’m talking about.

I mean the final of Euro 2008the football (soccer) event that has been taking place in Austria and Switzerland for the past month. Probably of little interest to readers in the UK, the first round created little interest in Germany as well – except to the game against Austria which became so important to qualify for the final rounds.

The excitement reached a climax with Germany against Turkey – a match full of emotion with so many Turkish nationals living in Germany itself!

Tomorrow in the final Germany are up against Spain – and I shall very probably be watching it from the comfort of my own sofa in front of the television. Where else would I prefer to be?

How about in front of a large public screen in Frankfurt or Madrid?

With so many holidays makers from Germany on the Spanish islands, I could image somewhere like Mallorca or Lanzarote could be quite an interesting place to be as well.

But obviously top of the list has to be in Vienna for the final itself, doesn’t it?

With the exception of Frankfurt it would probably be the easiest as well – just get in the car and drive for 7 hours… after which I’d probably end up being rather tired and looking for a hotel. You don’t really think there would be any rooms available, do you?

Well there are – according to the site HotelsCombined. Admittedly most of the rooms for tomorrow night are not exactly cheap, but the FanCamp was offering a bed for the night for 38EUR – and was still advertising space available!

For a bit more style (and several hundred Euros) I could stay at Schloss Wilhelminenberg – a hotel in a former castle.

Now, how do I explain not being at work on Monday morning?

Why I think I’ll avoid the United Arab Emirates

Friday, February 15th, 2008

An interesting piece of news caught my eye this week – tourists are being warned of tough drug laws in the United Arab Emirates.

This is the only country that I have ever been to in the Middle East, and even then I only saw the airport as I was in transit between Singapore and London. I can remember how the cabin crew told us to leave our hand luggage on the plane to avoid any problems when re-boarding.

Maybe now I understand why – the article describes how people have been sentenced for having minute amounts of cannabis stuck to their shoes. Other had prescription medicines with them.

The one that really makes me shudder is the man traveller who had poppy seeds on his clothes from a bread role that he had eaten and was sentenced to four years in jail!

It all makes me want to stay away from that country.  But wait – only today I read that Germany has a similar situation.  Apparently eating three pieces of poppy seed cake is sufficient to fail a roadside drugs test, resulting in the loss of your driving license.

I think I’ll stick to cheese cake!

Lonely Planet Thailand

Thursday, February 7th, 2008

If the rats didn’t put you off, then you might like to read more about Thailand.

In which case, try the Lonely Planet Guide to Thailand:


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