Travel Newsletter: 3 September 2021
Bangkok's Chinatown, Ascension Island, €1 homes in Italy, hitchhiking, hobos, and more travel reads.
Greetings from Rijeka, where up until 2 weeks ago I didn’t even know was a place. I’m amazed that it isn’t more well-known, but then again there are many places on the Croatian coast that are competing for international attention. I will do a write up about it soon.
When I was in Zagreb I crossed paths with a fellow travel fiend, Matt Kepnes aka Nomadic Matt. I’ve known Matt for over a decade so it was good to catch up. It occurred to me afterwards that I hadn’t seen a friend in person for over 8 weeks. 6 of those weeks were in hard lockdown in Saigon, where the only people I spoke to were from the supermarket, my landlord, and hospital vaccination staff. I will be in a few different places in Croatia, so I will seek to meet people in order to remember how to talk in person again.
[Matt and James, Zagreb.]
This week’s article chronicles the month that was, and how it came to pass that I ended up in Croatia.
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I think so kind of travel pass like this will be used throughout Southeast Asia next year.
Assorted travel reads
“Pilgrims have long sought in India’s holiest city an antidote to the modern West, but Varanasi is more dream than reality.”
“The pandemic accelerated change in Bangkok’s Chinatown. Now, it is on a quest to redefine its identity.”
“Southern Chile’s snow-capped mountains, vast plains and windswept lakes are often depicted in summertime. See the landscape dressed in autumnal hues.”
“In the middle of the South Atlantic Ocean, thousands of miles from practically anywhere, lies an isolated volcanic island called Ascension.”
“The United Statess has forgotten the hobo. We recognize the problem of homelessness, but the rootless rambler who steals rides on freight trains seems a relic of a long gone past.” (Via The Browser.)
• Tehran in One Minute. A creative production by 4rah.videos. #Iran#Tehran
I have featured news stories of cheap houses for sale in Japan (like $500 cheap). Akiya & Inaka is a consultancy that guides you through the akiya (vacant homes in Japan) purchasing process.
“Dozens of villages across Spain are in terminal decline. A new visa scheme aimed at digital nomads could revive them.”
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The Nomadic Notes Travel Newsletter is a weekly newsletter of the best travel reads and interesting travel news from around the web, and random ramblings by the editor.
- James Clark