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Bangkok – One more time!

One last post before we head back to Germany. Everything is packed and we relax yet another day at our hostel in Bangkok. The last nine days we shared a room with a Dutch guy, a Swedish guy and a polish girl. It was the most relaxing time of our trip, we always slept in until 11, then had breakfast at 1pm and maybe, but only maybe we would go somewhere in the afternoon, it is so hot at daytime, easily 35 degrees outside. At night we would go somewhere and explore the town a bit. Bangkok is crazy, taxis might be cheaper than the train, but it can also happen that you get stuck in traffic and you wait one hour 40 minutes until you reach your destination. The whole ride still only costs 5 dollars. Same with the food, we enjoyed a lot of street food, usually ranging from a dollar to three dollars (uuuh, so fancy!). Bangkok has some very beautiful temples, with plenty of gold and plenty of statues, interestingly many figures are obviously strongly influenced from the Chinese. At the temple you can see guards who look like they jumped straight out of a Kung Fu movie, with their long beards. But then you also see statues of guards who look like European gentlemen from the 19th century. And yet again, on one occasion we saw a statue of a modern soldier with a machine gun, guarding the temple, of course.
You always have to keep in mind that all of this was created in the last 200 years, since Bangkok was not always the capital if Thailand. Still very beautiful.

At night you can see the strangest things here. Most famously, the ladyboys! In contrast to many Western countries it is very normal here that men change their gender and surgically try to get as close as possible to becoming a women. Especially for prostitutes this can mean a great increase of earnings, that’s why the first rule for going out in Bangkok is: If a girl gets too touchy, be careful, it is probably a man, trying to get money from you eventually.
Besides that going out in Bangkok can be a lot of fun, the beer is reasonably priced and the music is the same you would hear all over the world. Most famous for all tourists is Kashan Road, packed with tourists and businesses profiting from them. That is also the place where you can eat some crazy food, for a dollar twenty you can have a try of fried peppered scorpion. Or how about crispy maggots with soy sauce? As the food preference differs from person to person, we opted for a mix of scorpions and maggots. Keep in mind though that they only offer it for tourists, on the markets you will not see these and the locals don’t eat them.
Then, sadly, there is the sex tourism constantly present in Bangkok’s streets at night. You can see plenty of older men walking around with their Thai “girlfriend”, who appears to be at least 20 years younger. Prostitutes are always on offer as well and it can happen that they start touching you while you pass their show. At one instance there was a SM place where the guard outside the show would hit tourists on the back with a bamboo stick.
Then there is the Ping Pong show. I think it would be inappropriate for people of a certain age to find that on this public blog. Just to give a general idea: Barely dressed women show many tricks that they can perform with their bottom areas, including shooting ping pong balls, opening beer bottles or smoking cigarettes. So go figure… It is definitely a show that not all people would enjoy to see.

There are also a few scams in the city, but we have been alright so far. One taxi had a fast running meter, but we just got out and didn’t pay. And of course you have to try to get a metered taxi, then when you are inside you have to check that they drive in the right direction, they tend to drive funny circles or try to bring you to a different place then where you intended to go, so they can earn commission there. But these things are quite easy to deal with if you pay attention, by far not as bad as it is in Beijing.

Now it is time to say good bye to southeast Asia, we will miss it! And definitely return on a future trip.

Thai lady praying at a Buddhist temple

Thai lady praying at a Buddhist temple

The black cat turns its back towards the white statue. Does that mean bad luck?

The black cat turns its back towards the white statue. Does that mean bad luck?

The Chinese influence at the Thai temples is permanently visible, here some bonsai trees surrounding the inner temple district

The Chinese influence at the Thai temples is permanently visible, here some bonsai trees surrounding the inner temple district

Inside the Buddha temple, next to the giant Buddha, you can buy a bowl of coins for like 20 Baht. I asked Kao why they distribute the coins and she explained that they get distributed evenly to all the monks. So all the religious people take five minutes to put one coin into each one of the baskets. At the end I saw one staff lady pouring all the coins back into a big basket, probably to sell them to tourists again. What a convenient system...

Inside the Buddha temple, next to the giant Buddha, you can buy a bowl of coins for like 20 Baht. I asked Kao why they distribute the coins and she explained that they get distributed evenly to all the monks. So all the religious people take five minutes to put one coin into each one of the baskets. At the end I saw one staff lady pouring all the coins back into a big basket, probably to sell them to tourists again. What a convenient system…

Big fancy golden Buddha

Big fancy golden Buddha

Jonas with Kao and her friend from University. We met up one day and they showed us around a few temples in town

Jonas with Kao and her friend from University. We met up one day and they showed us around a few temples in town


happy statue

happy statue

At one side of the temple little statues show you what positions you could use to meditate. I don't think this would be comfortable, but nobody said that the path to enlightenment will be easy

At one side of the temple little statues show you what positions you could use to meditate. I don’t think this would be comfortable, but nobody said that the path to enlightenment will be easy


This fancy VW beetle tried to squeeze through the markets at Chinatown. I don't know how far it got

This fancy VW beetle tried to squeeze through the markets at Chinatown. I don’t know how far it got

Fabian getting ready for the party

Fabian getting ready for the party

Hmmm meat!

Hmmm meat!


Cheap squid. One Euro is about 40 Baht

Cheap squid. One Euro is about 40 Baht


Last supper in Bangkok, before we have to head home

Last supper in Bangkok, before we have to head home

People must be very self conscious about their height. These shoes just look like they are going to hurt

People must be very self conscious about their height. These shoes just look like they are going to hurt

Hmmm, nice crispy maggots

Hmmm, nice crispy maggots

Hmm so many more things we can try on our next visit

Hmm so many more things we can try on our next visit

Hmmm, maggots. The long, thin ones actually taste like nothing, they are only a bit crispy. The fat short ones have a distinct peanut taste to them and are not too bad of a snack. I agree that they do not look too appealing though

Hmmm, maggots. The long, thin ones actually taste like nothing, they are only a bit crispy. The fat short ones have a distinct peanut taste to them and are not too bad of a snack. I agree that they do not look too appealing though

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We contributed to a cozy atmosphere in the hostel room while packing on Wednesday night. You would not believe it, but most things actually fit into our big backpacks, now they weight 26 and 30 kg

We contributed to a cozy atmosphere in the hostel room while packing on Wednesday night. You would not believe it, but most things actually fit into our big backpacks, now they weight 26 and 30 kg

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Leshan Grand Buddha, what a Buddha!

After a few days in Chengdu we went on a day trip to the Buddha. Not any buddha, the biggest Buddha in China and even the biggest stone statue in the world. And it is over 1300 years old!

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Group picture with the British couple and the American guy who went with us to the Buddha. In the middle you can see the Chinese restaurant host. The only person who could actually speak English there, she had to order for us since we can not read the menu

Group picture with the British couple and the American guy who went with us to the Buddha. In the middle you can see the Chinese restaurant host. The only person who could actually speak English there, she had to order for us since we can not read the menu

After our trip to the Grand Buddha we enjoyed some Chengdu hot pot. Chengdu and the whole Sichuan province is famous for spicy food. When we ordered the hot pot we were asked if we want it to be spicy and we said "only a little". Well, it was spicy after all, but at least you could manage it. Hot pot is sooo tasty! You dip all different sorts of raw meat, beef, lamb, then mushrooms, tofu, vegetables, fish, strange dumplings all into the pot and wait until it is cooked. Then dip it into a nice peanut sauce and enjoy it!

After our trip to the Grand Buddha we enjoyed some Chengdu hot pot. Chengdu and the whole Sichuan province is famous for spicy food. When we ordered the hot pot we were asked if we want it to be spicy and we said “only a little”. Well, it was spicy after all, but at least you could manage it. Hot pot is sooo tasty! You dip all different sorts of raw meat, beef, lamb, then mushrooms, tofu, vegetables, fish, strange dumplings all into the pot and wait until it is cooked. Then dip it into a nice peanut sauce and enjoy it!

fancy Chinese roof

fancy Chinese roof

The Buddha is not in the picture, but you can see Leshan in the background. The path to the right leads to the feet of the Buddha. Even the toes are bigger than a person

The Buddha is not in the picture, but you can see Leshan in the background. The path to the right leads to the feet of the Buddha. Even the toes are bigger than a person

This epic temple could be the film set for the next Kung Fu movie

This epic temple could be the film set for the next Kung Fu movie

Fancy gardens, even without tourists

Fancy gardens, even without tourists

Fat lazy Buddha relaxing and drinking wine. Now that's how I like a holy person

Fat lazy Buddha relaxing and drinking wine. Now that’s how I like a holy person

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Huge bamboo surrounds the path to the garden

Huge bamboo surrounds the path to the garden

Chinese Gardens close to the Buddha

Chinese Gardens close to the Buddha

Indiana Jones? There is true jungle around the Buddha

Indiana Jones? There is true jungle around the Buddha

Leshan Buddha with us. The Buddha is 71 meters high and the tallest buddha in China

Leshan Buddha with us. The Buddha is 71 meters high and the tallest buddha in China

One of the Gods in the temple. He looks so angry and evil, maybe the God of war?

One of the Gods in the temple. He looks so angry and evil, maybe the God of war?

some religious candles, very similar to what we have in many churches in Germany

some religious candles, very similar to what we have in many churches in Germany

Some Buddhist (correct me if I'm wrong, there is always this strange mix of Buddhism, Taoism and other religions in China) lits up some incense

Some Buddhist (correct me if I’m wrong, there is always this strange mix of Buddhism, Taoism and other religions in China) lits up some incense

The Chinese really like their cartoons, they always display the police men as cartoon figures

The Chinese really like their cartoons, they always display the police men as cartoon figures

Tiger Leaping Gorge

The Tiger Leaping Gorge, or Tiegersprungschlucht in German, is definitely a must go attraction if you stay in Lijiang. Over thousands of years the yellow river has cut a very deep gorge into the cloud covered mountains. At some points the gorge is over 900 meters deep (2700 feet). You can hike for two days along the Gorge and you see many beautiful local villages and rice fields.
For us the hiking was a weloming change after all the days in busy Chinese cities. All of a sudden you are on your own, the air is clear, it is quiet and you can enjoy almost untouched nature. The weather could have been a bit better, it rained the entire first day, but we had plenty of sunshine on the second day. The trip was definitely one of the highlights on our tour through China and I strongly recommend anybody who plans to go into that region to spend these two days at the Tiger Leaping Gorge.

Always these hard choices, shall we choose the ladder or the "safe path"?

Always these hard choices, shall we choose the ladder or the “safe path”?

Chop chop dinner is ready!

Chop chop dinner is ready!

That donkey refused to cooperate for a nice picture. Maybe it tried to tell us its opinion about all the tourists...

That donkey refused to cooperate for a nice picture. Maybe it tried to tell us its opinion about all the tourists…

It rained all day on the first day and we could enjoy going through waterfalls that lept over the trail

It rained all day on the first day and we could enjoy going through waterfalls that lept over the trail

Water pipes go along the trail

Water pipes go along the trail

While hiking you can get very strange offers. Starting with this guest house with "scenic toilet view". Yesss, I must stay there! All along the trail there are little shops built by the locals. Usually the "shop" is simply an evened ground with some sticks holding a tarp as a roof to protect from the rain. Some local women would try to sell you refreshments, water, coke, red bull (seems very popular on hikes here). If you decline they get out the real stuff. "Hey, have a rest, some weed!" And they pull our their little rusty metal boxed filled with high quality weed, probably home grown in their village. Maybe some people think it will make the trail easier if they are high, either way pretty much all shops provide you with the drugs of your choice. Some don't even both to hide it, you can openly see their choice of weed, other strange things to smoke and dried mushrooms of all sorts.

While hiking you can get very strange offers. Starting with this guest house with “scenic toilet view”. Yesss, I must stay there!
All along the trail there are little shops built by the locals. Usually the “shop” is simply an evened ground with some sticks holding a tarp as a roof to protect from the rain. Some local women would try to sell you refreshments, water, coke, red bull (seems very popular on hikes here). If you decline they get out the real stuff. “Hey, have a rest, some weed!” And they pull our their little rusty metal boxed filled with high quality weed, probably home grown in their village. Maybe some people think it will make the trail easier if they are high, either way pretty much all shops provide you with the drugs of your choice. Some don’t even both to hide it, you can openly see their choice of weed, other strange things to smoke and dried mushrooms of all sorts.

At the Guest house we saw this very sophisticated truck. This would get pulled over after 5 minutes on German streets, but after all it does what it is supposed to do: Drive. And the exposed engine block at the front definitely makes it easier to start the very old and cranky engine up or fix it. This sort of truck was very common in some Chinese cities, many locals use it

At the Guest house we saw this very sophisticated truck. This would get pulled over after 5 minutes on German streets, but after all it does what it is supposed to do: Drive. And the exposed engine block at the front definitely makes it easier to start the very old and cranky engine up or fix it. This sort of truck was very common in some Chinese cities, many locals use it

At the end of the first day we stayed in the "Tea Horse Guest House", a family run tourist complex about half way on the trail. The food was nice and a cold beer at night makes the evening much nicer. Our room had windows looking straight at the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

At the end of the first day we stayed in the “Tea Horse Guest House”, a family run tourist complex about half way on the trail. The food was nice and a cold beer at night makes the evening much nicer. Our room had windows looking straight at the Jade Dragon Snow Mountain

The Yellow river, covered by clouds. Yellow River is really just a euphemism for that brown greyish something

The Yellow river, covered by clouds. Yellow River is really just a euphemism for that brown greyish something

I don't know what that is but it looks pretty

I don’t know what that is but it looks pretty

Jonas on the trail. I was not too happy, it rained all morning

Jonas on the trail. I was not too happy, it rained all morning

The majestetic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reaches through the thick clouds. Its steep 5596 m (18360ft) summit was only climbed once

The majestetic Jade Dragon Snow Mountain reaches through the thick clouds. Its steep 5596 m (18360ft) summit was only climbed once

The locals transport many things (including lazy tourists) on donkeys. These poor creatures wait next to the trail, in sunshine and heat and even in nasty cold rain

The locals transport many things (including lazy tourists) on donkeys. These poor creatures wait next to the trail, in sunshine and heat and even in nasty cold rain

The locals seem to be serious about their satellite TV. Even the smallest house has some improvised installation

The locals seem to be serious about their satellite TV. Even the smallest house has some improvised installation

The trail leads into the fog. To the right the valley goes hundreds of meters down to the Yellow River

The trail leads into the fog. To the right the valley goes hundreds of meters down to the Yellow River

The Great Wall is Great (and a Wall)

Jep, we went onto the trip no western tourist in China probably ever omitted.. The Great Wall! No mongolians were attacking during that time but it was still a lot of fun! Here a few impresions:

Getting to the wall by train is madness - you don't have any seat reservation and your only chance to get one is sqeezing through the masses and running to the train as if Jonas was hunting you! Luckily our legs are longer than 99% of the chinese people.

Getting to the wall by train is madness – you don’t have any seat reservation and your only chance to get one is sqeezing through the masses and running to the train as if Jonas was hunting you! Luckily our legs are longer than 99% of the chinese people.

It definitely lookes like a wall..

It definitely lookes like a wall..

Yeah it really is The Great Wall. although this Photo is a bit misleading..

Yeah it really is The Great Wall. although this Photo is a bit misleading..

Most parts look more like this..

Most parts look more like this..

..or this!

..or this!

But we really had a great time there! (If anyone is interested, the part we went to is called Badaling) You could do so many different things there like

Eating a sub! old habits die hard

Eating a sub! old habits die hard

Expressing your eternal love for your country by waving one of th e cheap China-flags you can buy everywhere

Expressing your eternal love for your country by waving one of th e cheap China-flags you can buy everywhere

Taking literally hundreds of photos with chinese tourists - it doesn't matter how many other western tourists are around, they seemingly want to be on a photo with every single one!

Taking literally hundreds of photos with chinese tourists – it doesn’t matter how many other western tourists are around, they seemingly want to be on a photo with every single one!

Walk out of a window

Walk out of a window

Drink a coke and be happy

Drink a coke and be happy

Skate

Or even Skate

It definitely was..

It definitely was..

.. a very nice day!

.. a very nice day!

The first two days in Asia – Bangkok

Our Australia adventure is over, let’s go to Asia! Our first destination is Bangkok, the 12 million people capital city of Thailand. We did not have much time here, after the nine hour flight we slept half a day and now we are both struggling with a cold. Nevertheless we saw a bit of Thai culture already, including bubble tea and the constant outdoor markets and of course the Tuk Tuks. Finally we are in an affordable country and we even had a continental breakfast at the hostel for just AUD 2.50, unheard of in Australia!
Today our flight leaves to Beijing where we will arrive in the middle of the night tomorrow. For now enjoy the first few pictures from Bangkok.

Tuk Tuk driver negotiates about the price

Tuk Tuk driver negotiates about the price

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Two German tourists explore the Silom district of Bangkok

Two German tourists explore the Silom district of Bangkok

The Tuk Tuks are the smaller Taxis in town and riding in one is a whole different experience. No seat belts, open sides and you can stuff up to 5 people into one. They switch lanes and cut through traffic whenever they want and they are quit fast considering that they look like a modified motor bike

The Tuk Tuks are the smaller Taxis in town and riding in one is a whole different experience. No seat belts, open sides and you can stuff up to 5 people into one. They switch lanes and cut through traffic whenever they want and they are quit fast considering that they look like a modified motor bike

Car for sale! Where are the buyers???

Finally we left Canberra! We still had two weeks time until we leave for Asia, so it should not be a big problem to sell our car. At least that’s what we thought. We got our inspection, had to do a repair, but finally had our Pinkslip after another two days. When we arrived in the parking garage it did not look that great anymore. There were four other station wagons, plus another five vans. Some people were there for over two weeks already and everybody told us that it would be hard to find a buyer. Okay we thought, our car is still really good, so it should be okay. We started to sell on a Thursday. Nobody came. Not on Thursday, not on Friday. We checked Gumtree, THE Australian website to buy or sell things privately, but we also only had 30 views there. Things did not look good and over the weekend more and more people came into the garage, but nobody sold. Finally on Saturday we had at least one interested person, but when he asked for the price and I said we could make 2800 he just said “oh fuck” and left. So we had to drop our price further, down to 2600.
By Sunday we already had 10 station wagons and 10 vans. The whole place was full and if a buyer came he would really have a hard time to choose and would usually not even look at all the cars.
So on Wednesday we said allright, if we don’t sell today then we have to pay another 70 dollars to stay in the garage. We dropped the price to 2390 and drew that incredibly low price in huge letters on our car. And finally there was a German couple entering the garage. First they were only walking past all the cars, so I even thought they might have just parked somewhere else. But then they waited on the other side. They were just put off by the sheer amount of sellers. I took the chance to introduce myself and offer them our car first. It was a great coincidence that they were German, if they would have been French it would have been game over. They had a look, listened to the engine and then left again to look somewhere else. Eventually they called back and we struck a deal for 2200. Finally! We were so glad that we could get out of there.
We sold on Wednesday, exactly after one week in the cold neon light, away from sunshine and the outside world.
What a coincidence, on the day we sold everybody had a big garage party (that give a whole new meaning to the garage party) in the parking garage.
Yesterday I talked to one of our German friends from there, now there are no buyers again, so we really had good luck.

Some French backpacker enjoying his smoke

Some French backpacker enjoying his smoke

Technically there are plenty of things prohibited in the parking garage. First of course smoking. They definitely have no smoke detectors there, so many people smoke (mostly weed, the organizer of the car sale also sells the weed) there. Many people also cook and sleep down there to safe the cost of a hostel

Technically there are plenty of things prohibited in the parking garage. First of course smoking. They definitely have no smoke detectors there, so many people smoke (mostly weed, the organizer of the car sale also sells the weed) there. Many people also cook and sleep down there to safe the cost of a hostel

You need to have special equipment to give your car an edge in the sale

You need to have special equipment to give your car an edge in the sale

The famous garage party. After one week of demotivating waiting and not selling of our cars we had a nice party in the back of the garage. The organizer brought beer, wine and some chips (the Aussies call them crisps), we all got our chairs and got the party started. The security guard even walked past once but was not concerned at all.  We should really start to build our own little secret parallel society in the depths of the garage, after all we cook, sleep and drink there

The famous garage party. After one week of demotivating waiting and not selling of our cars we had a nice party in the back of the garage. The organizer brought beer, wine and some chips (the Aussies call them crisps), we all got our chairs and got the party started. The security guard even walked past once but was not concerned at all.
We should really start to build our own little secret parallel society in the depths of the garage, after all we cook, sleep and drink there

Our final price drop. After a week of price dumping we settled on 2390 and that was enough to get the attention of some German buyers.

Our final price drop. After a week of price dumping we settled on 2390 and that was enough to get the attention of some German buyers.

some people wrote very entertaining stories on their cars

some people wrote very entertaining stories on their cars

And on the German side... You could really divide all backpackers into either French or German (except for one Danish girl) Then you had to wait for the right people to come. Most French backpacker could not speak proper English, so they would only buy from the French anyways, no chance. And of course it is also nicer and gives you more confidence if you can negotiate about the car in your mother tongue

And on the German side…
You could really divide all backpackers into either French or German (except for one Danish girl)
Then you had to wait for the right people to come. Most French backpacker could not speak proper English, so they would only buy from the French anyways, no chance. And of course it is also nicer and gives you more confidence if you can negotiate about the car in your mother tongue

Some backpackers resorted to extreme measurements to give their car some extra value. These French girls thought that the paint art on their van was a disadvantage and they started removing it. The whole project took them a week to complete, not the van has scratches. It was their third week underground now By that time I would have just dropped the price and gotten out of there!

Some backpackers resorted to extreme measurements to give their car some extra value. These French girls thought that the paint art on their van was a disadvantage and they started removing it. The whole project took them a week to complete, not the van has scratches. It was their third week underground now
By that time I would have just dropped the price and gotten out of there!

The car sale, in all of its desperation. All the people you see are only sellers, you would maybe get one buyer a day, maybe not even. On good days maybe three.  When we left there were about 12 station wagons and 8 vans, many more cars arriving there than getting sold. If a buyer comes he is usually overwhelmed anyways and will not compare properly, so you really have to stay in the game to get some attention. So you wait for this one buyer the whole day... so frustrating

The car sale, in all of its desperation. All the people you see are only sellers, you would maybe get one buyer a day, maybe not even. On good days maybe three.
When we left there were about 12 station wagons and 8 vans, many more cars arriving there than getting sold.
If a buyer comes he is usually overwhelmed anyways and will not compare properly, so you really have to stay in the game to get some attention. So you wait for this one buyer the whole day… so frustrating

Bored German backpackers. They only had registration for a few more days and finally had to sell for $1500 to get rid of their Ford Falcon

Bored German backpackers. They only had registration for a few more days and finally had to sell for $1500 to get rid of their Ford Falcon

Our new muffler.To get a Pinkslip (that"s how they call the certificate if you pass the roadworthy inspection) we had to replace it and that cost us another $450

Our new muffler.To get a Pinkslip (that”s how they call the certificate if you pass the roadworthy inspection) we had to replace it and that cost us another $450

Our car in all its beauty. We cleaned it and show all our camping gear properly to attract possible buyers. The first two days there was not a single person coming to the car sale

Our car in all its beauty. We cleaned it and show all our camping gear properly to attract possible buyers. The first two days there was not a single person coming to the car sale

And finally sold! We managed to struck a deal with these two German backpackers for $2200 and now they are the proud new owners of our reliable Mitsubishi Magna. Even though the price is not too awesome we both agree that we just wanted to get out of that place and after all we got the money back that we spent on it 10 month ago

And finally sold! We managed to struck a deal with these two German backpackers for $2200 and now they are the proud new owners of our reliable Mitsubishi Magna. Even though the price is not too awesome we both agree that we just wanted to get out of that place and after all we got the money back that we spent on it 10 month ago

One van with some fancy lights. Other vans even had a sink, oven and fridge

One van with some fancy lights. Other vans even had a sink, oven and fridge

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Sydney, again!

This elder man made good money with his rock star dog

This elder man made good money with his rock star dog

The Australian Backpackers, our shady hostel in Kings Cross. It was the cheapest we could get and we have a four share room. Next to the hostel there is a mission for homeless people. At eight in the morning you can hear them arguing on the street. Today there was one man sitting outside talking the whole day, he was obviously on drugs. The people in the hostel are nice though, plenty of Italians

The Australian Backpackers, our shady hostel in Kings Cross. It was the cheapest we could get and we have a four share room.
Next to the hostel there is a mission for homeless people. At eight in the morning you can hear them arguing on the street. Today there was one man sitting outside talking the whole day, he was obviously on drugs. The people in the hostel are nice though, plenty of Italians

Homeless home, at Kings Cross train station

Homeless home, at Kings Cross train station

Main street in Kings Cross. There are plenty of sex shops on both sides of the street. Sometimes they try to drag you in with "hey come on in, sex live on stage!" In front of one of the shops there is the same old man sitting all day long, saying the same thing every time you come by. There is also a strong presence of Police in the area, so it is still safe to go around at night

Main street in Kings Cross. There are plenty of sex shops on both sides of the street. Sometimes they try to drag you in with “hey come on in, sex live on stage!” In front of one of the shops there is the same old man sitting all day long, saying the same thing every time you come by.
There is also a strong presence of Police in the area, so it is still safe to go around at night

The Archibald fountain in Sydneys Hide Park

The Archibald fountain in Sydneys Hide Park

St Marys Cathedral

St Marys Cathedral

Archibald Fountain again

Archibald Fountain again

The most visible element of Sydney"s skyline

The most visible element of Sydney”s skyline

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