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Bex has travelled by rail from London to Athens – even by container ship as a passenger: across the Atlantic and from Athens to Hong Kong! Read all about it.

A week in the life of a Medivac Pilot - LifeBeyondBorders

A week in the life of a Medivac pilot

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Due to my knowledge of Greece and the beauty of this country, recently I’ve had the fortune to be contacted on Twitter by a unique individual–a ‘Medivac’ pilot who goes by the handle of...
Best Nature Spots in Greenland. Photo "East Greenland after sunset" (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Markus Trienke

Best Nature Spots in Greenland

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**A guest post from the cold climbs of Greenland** Hey, Agness​ ​and​ ​Cez here, full time travellers of Etramping - adventure travel blog. Greenland is one of the most beautiful places in the world to...
One day in Venice - Italy. Read what you can do in 24 hours in this city - LifeBeyondBorders

Things to do in one day in Venice, Italy

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Back in 2011 I had arrived refreshed (sort of) and alert in Venice after a delightful adventure on board the Paris – Venice train.  I was travelling solo from London to Athens via Venice,...
Celestial Cruises - Cruise around the Aegean in Greece

Celestyal Cruises – Around the Aegean islands, Europe

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Exploring the Aegean island with Celestyal Cruises and presenting my debut novel "Girl Gone Greek" whilst on board

Offline for a while…all at sea

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I bid you farewell for a while, I will be offline.  You see, from 7th to 15th July 2016, I have been invited on board a Celestyal Themed Cruise around the Eastern Aegean sea in...

One man and a container ship, around the world

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A lot of people have expressed interest, even amazement at the fact I took a container ship trip as a passenger this summer to Hong Kong.  Whilst not common, people (other then me) do...
WOMEN ON SHIPS…

Women on ships…

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Yes, I'm back in Athens now after my summer of fun...ready to face a new round of challenges. To round the trip off nicely, yesterday (30AUG) the ship arrived back in Athens as well!  I...

A cabin of a different sort

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And so my journey from Athens to Hong Kong overland came to an end when I touched down at LHR airport.  What took me five weeks in a container ship with beautiful views took...

Why do we need Security on board the ship?

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I held off writing a full post about this as I wanted to check it was OK to say some things.  It's not a big secret - so I can share some things with...

Made it to Hong Kong

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And so this brave girl made it!  My final destination on this grand voyage is Hong Kong, and the ship arrived at approx. 07:30 this  morning (30JUL). What a voyage! I feel like I have...

Through Suez to Singapore

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Yes, I made it!  15 days straight at sea with no access to the outside world: just seeing sunrise, sunset and dolphins playing.  Did you know, if you clap your hands the dolphins in...

Where do we live on a container ship?

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I’ve realized that, whilst I’ve been posting about Valencia, Genoa and nice places visited, I haven’t made it very clear where we actually live, nor the name of my ship.  Well, I included a video...

What does a container ship carry?

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I’m sure you’re all dying to know what a ship of this size carries from/to Asia. So was I, hence my question posed to the Captain one evening at dinner. Some background knowledge for you: The weight...

Valencia

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I wrote a post about the downside of container ship travel and mentioned that you’re not necessarily guaranteed a long time in port, indeed…even if it’s possible to go ashore. This was the situation...

A downside of travelling by container ship

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So far I’ve enjoyed it. 30th June 2013 marked my first week on board and when at sea I’ve: swam in the pool, endured Barry Manilow love songs in karaoke and hung out with the...

A new Captain & Chief Engineer

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The new Captain’s lovely! This was the mantra that was running around the ship like Chinese whispers for the last two days or so.  A new Captain joined us in Genoa and I had been...

Second full day at sea

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I’m writing this on the deck of the ship, just outside my cabin. This is the second full day at sea. We left Athens at 01:30am on the morning of Monday, 24th June. I slept...

What to do on a container ship

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You must be wondering what there is to do on a container ship. Well, so far I’ve not been bored. I’ve spent a lot of my time on the Bridge, watching sunrise and sunset,...

First day at sea

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I’m writing this on the deck of the ship, just outside my cabin. This is the second full day at sea.  We left Athens at 01:30am on the morning of Monday, 24th June.  I...

Joining the ship – first emotions

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A very emotional day today. It was the day it hit me that I’m going to be on a container ship, for approx. 1.5 months, travelling to Hong Kong! Joining the ship was easy. I...