“Short stories and travel reports from my life adventures around the globe”.

Mad Day Out Beatles Taxi Tour, Liverpool (Part I).

Mad Day Out Beatles Taxi Tour, Liverpool. May 2019. Coming to Liverpool and seeing all The Beatles sites was a dream come true for me. Having toured The Beatles Story, visited the Double Fantasy Exhibition and caught some live music at both The Cavern Club and The Cavern Pub, it was finally time for the prospect […]

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Blood in the Lobby, a short story from Slovakia.

Blood in the Lobby, a short story from Slovakia. In September 2002 I rocked up in Bratislava with a couple of bags and just enough cash to last until my first pay check. And so unfolded one of the great years of my life… —— ‘‘I’m cold’’ grumbled Sladjana, drawing on her cigarette. ‘‘Why is this […]

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Travel Report: The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai.

The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai. May 2010. For visitors to China, hiking  a section of The Great Wall often finds itself at the very top of the to-do list. However, choosing which part to tackle can be an overwhelming task. Especially as there are nearly nine thousand kilometres of wall scattered around […]

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Lalou – a short story from Jaisalmer, India.

In March 2004 I was 25 years old. With not a care in the world, no particular place to be and zero commitments to speak of, I packed up a rucksack and headed off to India. The future lay sparkling and I thought it would last forever. It was our first day in the Golden City […]

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Travel Report: The Park Hyatt Tokyo, Part I.

February 2019. I’m not even a tad embarrassed to admit that I felt an army of butterflies doing cartwheels in my stomach as Tokyo’s immense, 52-story Shinjuku Park Tower came into view. As anyone who knows me well can firmly attest, I’m not exactly the most excitable person in the world. In fact, one might […]

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Travel Report: Washington DC Nostalgia.

Washington DC Nostalgia. May 2007 & May 2009. Once upon a time, in what often feels like a galaxy far far away, my friend Henry lived and worked in Washington DC. I’d known Henry since our days living in the Belgian city of Leuven, where we used to meet up to watch live football. That’s […]

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Travel Report: Central Market, Phnom Penh.

Central Market, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. —— September 2020. I really love the old French Art Deco buildings across Cambodia. From the shapely structures of Siem Reap and Battambang, to the crumbly, balcony-laden houses of Kampot and Kep, we had seen dozens of the country’s most impressive colonial creations. One afternoon, in Phonm Penh, we mapped […]

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Travel Report: The National Museum of Cambodia.

The National Museum of Cambodia, Phnom Penh. —— September 2020. Imagine having a national museum all to yourself. A private audience, so to speak, with a nation’s most treasured historical relics. That’s what Sladja and I got to experience when we stopped by The National Museum of Cambodia during our final few days in the […]

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Travel Report: Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh.

Wat Phnom Temple, Phnom Penh, Cambodia. —— September 2020. We were into the last few days of our seven month adventure in Cambodia. Having finally gotten through the capital’s essential but mentally draining genocide sights, I figured we needed to lighten the tone. When I first read about Wat Phnom my initial reaction was: Do […]

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Choeung Ek Killing Fields, Cambodia.

Choeung Ek Killing Fields, Cambodia. —— Please note: You may find the story and images presented in this article deeply upsetting. Thus I wouldn’t blame you for sitting this one out. For those of you who do proceed, I’m guessing this is going to be as difficult to read as it was for me to […]

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