South of Johnston I have been lucky enough as part of my day job to collaborate on some very interesting work with a colleague, Richard, in Melbourne. I’d not had a chance to come say hi to him on home turf previously so was delighted to do so as one of my early items of …

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65 Degrees Melbourne! I had done the same as when arriving in Almaty, Seoul and Singapore and flown through the night with little in the way of sleep. The difference this time was that I was staying in an apartment complex with some silly automated self check-in meaning that I couldn’t turn up and beg …

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Naju Gomtang I was excited when it turned out that my hotel was near by legendary gomtang house, Hadongkwan. It was less good news to find the place being completely rebuilt so unavailable for restorative beef soup when that’s exactly what I needed. With Dr Google duly consulted, it turned out that there was another …

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Rixos Almaty Almaty! The decision to add a stop in Kazakhstan to my journey was an atypically spur-of-the-moment thing when regular guest quester and host on my previous stop in Istanbul, Hande, mentioned her friend had a connection with the Rixos Hotel in Kazakhstan. I was keen on a stop somewhere in this part of …

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The Painted Rooster Massive Schnitzel and Mansize Naan’s verdict The Caffeine Drip always seemed to be busy, surprisingly so given its basement location. But it closed not long ago with The Painted Rooster taking over. We visited for breakfast mindful that the Caffeine Drip was regularly named one of the best places in the city …

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