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About wanderingmark

World traveller, researcher, photographer, collector of interesting facts and cost of living data research for ECA International (

ECA International’s wanderingmark blog is moving!

Dear readers, ECA International recently launched a new website and from now on the wanderingmark blog will be published at To continue reading about the experiences from a travelling data collector, please make sure you sign up to ECA’s … Continue reading

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Mozambique – It’s not all AK-47s and drug barons!

It’s not uncommon to have a weapon such as a sword or a shield on a national flag as these often symbolize a country’s struggle for freedom, but what about having a Kalashnikov AK-47 assault rifle?! Well, if you look … Continue reading

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Guest blog: Big Macs and beef in Buenos Aires

My colleague Nick visited the Argentine capital Buenos Aires back in October before the government lifted currency controls on the peso. Below he shares his experience. Best wishes, Mark. On the night bus from Córdoba to Buenos Aires, the conductor mumbled … Continue reading

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Khartoum – safer than you’d imagine

During the recent survey period I managed to only visit two new countries (booo!). With only 34 left out of 196 this is hardly surprising but what was surprising was that I managed to get there at all. I had … Continue reading

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What is life like in Saudi Arabia as women go to the polls for the first time?

Before last weekend what did Saudi Arabia and Vatican City uniquely have in common? Well, they were the only two countries in the world where women were not allowed to vote or run for office. On Saturday, however, this changed … Continue reading

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From mystical Tibet to cosmopolitan Guangdong

This is my final instalment of blog posts on China. After leaving the sublime Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan Province I had one more ‘side trip’ before getting to Guangzhou from where I continued my work. And what a side … Continue reading

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Would you like to be an IDR?

Would you like to be an IDR like myself? ECA is currently recruiting for a position to join the team. Details can be found here.

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Peak to peak via Fuzhou and Kunming

Welcome to the third instalment of my recent trip to China. My journey began in Shanghai, after which I visited the cities of Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou. Moving on from Hangzhou I gave myself a couple of days rest – … Continue reading

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A high speed train trip through Suzhou, Nanjing and Hangzhou

When I posted my previous blog about Shanghai the Chinese premier Xi Jinping was in the middle of a visit to the USA. With this, my second instalment of blogs about China, he has recently just left the shores of … Continue reading

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Shanghai – China’s vertical city

As you may have gathered from the last post on this blog I have been in China and unable to access the WordPress website which hosts the blog. For the past month I have been without Google (and more importantly … Continue reading

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