LA international airport. Why the F#$k am i here? I dont want to be here. I want to be home.
What have i been doing in New York? Well not much really. I’ve been to NY before and only really stopped here to sleep (haven’t done much of that of late) and eat American food (lets try to forget the horrors of eastern European fare). Matt, sorry, none of your suggestions came off. Good Burger on 2nd ave one block from the UN building is a good alternative however.
This trip started with a false start, so why not end with one. After a delayed flight out of NY, I’ve now missed my connecting flight to Sydney. Thus now stuck in LA for a night. Man this hurts. Sorry to everyone that was expecting me at work on Wednesday. You will just have to keeeel me on Thursday.
Anyway, this short break is a good a time as any to wrap this whole adventure up.
There was a point to going to all these ridiculous places which I’m sure everyone has forgotten by now. It was explained at length in this post but in sort, to quote myself, it was this.
“the world really isnt as bad as it’s reported in the media and when it is, Im perfectly able to handle it”
I also quoted a lot of what the media has to say about these places. With that here’s my final word on the places i’ve been:
Quote from the Australian Government Travel advisory
“We advise you to reconsider your need to travel to Indonesia, including Bali, due to the very high threat of terrorist attack”
What a load of crap, for there to be a terrorist threat, you first need some people there to blow up. The place is damn near empty. So if you your looking for a tropical island with every tourist facility but a stunning lack of tourists, Bali is for you. Alternatively if your looking to raise the royal middle finger to the terrorist minority, again Bali is for you.
Appalling Human rights record, generally boycotted by most official bodies.
Discretion dictates i say nothing. Those on my mailing list know what i mean. Basically when it comes to the whole “the world really isnt that bad” thing i said earlier, Well I’m going to have to eat my words on this occasion.
3.Belarus, Former Soviet Union.
Quote from In your Pocket travel guides:
“Ah, Belarus! Stuck in the 1980s …ruled by a dictator with a cheesy moustache … 23% radioactive … what’s not to love?”
Sure Belarus does have more than it’s fair share of mullet hair do’s but it’s not that extreme, and when it comes to hair it definitely has more than it’s fair share of blond hair and blue eyes. Belarus roughly translates as âwhite Russiaâ? and it shows.
As for the radioactive thing, I’ve been to the affected areas and it’s a hell of a lot better than it was 20 years ago. On top of this, Belarus at least superficially, is one of the last surviving bastions of Soviet history. Whatever you say about that history, it’s at very least interesting and it makes Belarus well worth a visit.
Still very contaminated but well worth a visit. Actually I’d say it’s a must. This was the highlight for the trip, possibly the highlight from my travels generally.
My recommendation for any traveler is do some research, don the lead underwear and get on down to Chernobyl. It’s genuinely a unique travel destination and we all hope it stays unique.
Anyway, I now get on my flight to Sydney tomorrow. Should be back early Wednesday morning in time for my radioactivity contamination test. I’ll post the results here afterwards.