I picked the wrong winner. We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves didn’t win the Man Booker. The good news is that for the second year in a row the prize has come down here, to the bottom of the world. New Zealand’s very own Eleanor Catton won in […]
Mid-winter is nigh and, with the bite of the cold, Thailand is on my mind. We’ve got another trip to the tropics in our sights – well, we’ve promised ourselves that come July we’re booking the flights. Our hoped for departure date is not till after Christmas so, […]
Travel Theme: Close-Up An early morning start, a taxi trip across town, the first and the most cramped tuk tuk ever, and we were in the middle of this. (The we on this trip was my husband, our daughter-in-law, both our sons and myself.) The welcome was […]
Earlier this week I came across the travel blog WheresMyBackpack.com. The post I read is a tribute to gardens. And it got me thinking about the gardens I’ve visited – there’s been a few. Especially if I count all those visits to my grandparents as a kid. Without […]
Twice, between the bus station at Trat and the pier at Laem Ngop, when fellow travellers learned we were on our way to Koh Wai and not Koh Chang they asked us why! It was as clear as the waters of the Gulf of Thailand they considered us […]
We’ve tried to keep informed about the protests that are taking place around Bangkok this week. Staying safe is all about staying aware, we reckon. Although before any one gets too alarmed we haven’t felt any threat to our safety at all. But some reports in the media […]
Fourteen hours after touch down, one local bus trip from On Nut to Klong Toey – made easy by the inside knowledge of our Bangkokian family, a brief wander through the outskirts of the market, and with the help of a local, we found it: Munjai Cafe! Watch […]
Jill’s Scene has gone tropical for a week or two. Watch for posts with an out of the way, off the beaten track, quirky take on Thailand.