Author Archives: Saint Expedite

About Saint Expedite

Retired early, then took a trip across the Pacific from Seattle by container ship. From China I stopped in Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Turkey, Greece, Italy, France, Holland, Denmark, England and Ireland before heading home to Puget Sound. This blog is an account of my travels. Write to me at

‘Rum, Sodomy and the Lash’

The Year of No Flying blog chronicles a couple’s year spent travelling around the world while avoiding airplanes, in order to to reduce their carbon travel footprints. Their trip began in Seattle where they boarded a container ship, the MV Hanjin Madrid, for a September, 2009 … Continue reading

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Travel Advice

Last night at a Christmas party I was introduced to a man who had travelled to Shanghai and would, I was assured, have useful advice. “Take your own food” he warned and I rudely laughed at the image of boarding a … Continue reading

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Siberian Prison Tattoos

In Alix Lambert’s The Mark of Cain the director visits grim Russian prisons in Perm and elsewhere and examines the elaborate tattoos worn by men and women serving time there. Tattooing is forbidden but common. The ink is prepared by burning the … Continue reading

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A Milestone

According to data from Akismet and Google Analytics, this site has attracted more spam comments than actual visitors.

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Many Miles, Few Options

The Alaska Airlines mileage plan is not useful for RTW travel. Continue reading

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China and the Web

Wikileaks’s publication of State Department diplomatic cables further shows how attentive China’s rulers are to their image at home and abroad. As noted in the New York Times, a May 2009 cable reported that Li Changchun, a Politburo member in charge … Continue reading

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