The Tale of the Opera House Seal

Seal sitting on the steps by Sydney Opera House

Everyday, hundreds, if not thousands of people go to visit Sydney Opera House, but most of them, don’t realise that if they took a few steps round the back of the building toward the harbour they’d get to see another fabulous Sydney sight, Benny – The Opera House Seal. Disclosure: Some of the links in …

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Should You Visit Modern Toilet Restaurant in Ximending, Taipei?

Dinner of stir fry and rice served in a toilet-shaped bowl at Modern Toilet, Ximending, Taipei

Babies are born all over the place – aeroplanes, supermarkets, hospitals – but, Differentville was born on a toilet in Taipei. Not a real one, I wouldn’t feel the need to share that with you, but, on a toilet-shaped chair in a toilet-themed restaurant called Modern Toilet in lively Ximending. Interestingly, the toilet restaurant also …

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How To Get to Maeklong Railway Market – For Just 25 Baht

Train going down a railway track surrounded by fruit and vegetables at Maeklong Railway Market near Bangkok, Thailand

Joy, joy, joy and happiness – that was me the day I finally got to go to the Maeklong Railway Market near Bangkok and stand by the side of the tracks as a huge great locomotive thundered about three inches past my nose. However, that wasn’t the only fun bit about my day – because …

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Will Coles and Sydney’s Awesome Concrete Street Art

Skull with The End written on it, stuck to wall - by artist Will Coles in Sydney

‘What the hell is that it’s scary,’ is not something you normally want to utter when you return to your home in your dream city after a few years living abroad – but as I came home one day with a bottle of milk, I noticed my first piece of Sydney’s concrete street art – …

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Cadillac Ranch, Texas: The Two Things You Must Take With You

Row of brightly coloured cars stuck in the ground at Cadillac Ranch near Amarillo, Texas

Spraying graffiti onto old cars is not normally something Destination>Differentville would condone, but at Cadillac Ranch, in Amarillo, Texas it’s positively encouraged – so tool up with a couple of essentials and get ready to hit one of the US Highway’s most fun stops. When I was looking for an image that summed up everything …

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Welcome to Destination>Differentville

Hi – I’m Helen,the passport-wielder of Destination:>Differentville and, by day, I’m a journalist who mostly writes about healthy stuff. A while ago as part of my day job I had to write a magazine article about befriending your fears. This was the start of that article… “What would you do with your life if you know …

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Harry Hedgehog Cafe in Harajuku: Supercuteness Alert

Hedgehog being held at Harry Hedgehog Cafe in Harajuku, Japan

Recently, I had the grand sum of eight hours in Tokyo – and two things I had to achieve in that time. Buy a dress for my friend’s rabbit (yes that’s a thing) and cuddle a hedgehog at the new branch of Harry Hedgehog Cafe Harajuku. Not surprisingly as you’re reading a post about it …

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