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

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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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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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: The Liverpool Waterfront, England.

The Liverpool Waterfront. May 2019. The sun had come out for my first afternoon in Liverpool. After our relaxing Ferry Cross the Mersey River Cruise, Steppers and I realised we were now in the perfect spot for some exploring across the waterfront itself. First though, it was time to kick back with some beers at Pan […]

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Travel Report: Ferry Cross the Mersey, Liverpool.

Ferry Cross the Mersey, Liverpool. “Life goes on day after day, hearts torn in every way. So ferry cross the Mersey, cause this land’s the place I love, and here I’ll stay”. May 2019. And so goes the 1964 hit song Ferry Cross the Mersey by Gerry and the Pacemakers. I remember listening to this timeless tune […]

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Travel Report: Phetchaburi, Thailand.

Phetchaburi, Thailand. —— April 2015. “Welcome to monkey city!!!” cried the receptionist at White Monkey Guesthouse. “You wanna see old palace? Is here on map”, he explained, circling a huge, sprawling hilly area. “You wanna see cave temple, is here” he continued, adding another messy blue circle. “And old monastery…. here”. He then handed me the […]

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Travel Report: Sangkhlaburi, Thailand.

Sangkhlaburi, Thailand. —— April, 2015. From the moment David and I stepped off the bus I knew that Sangkhlaburi was going to be different. Indeed I’d read that this isolated rural district, home to around forty thousand people, often gets championed as Thailand’s so-called Wild West. And it certainly felt like that as we negotiated […]

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Travel Report: Kanchanaburi, Thailand.

Kanchanaburi, Thailand. —— April 2015. The minibus from Ayutthaya to Kanchanaburi took just over two and a half hours. For the most part the journey played out on a featureless motorway, with little in the way of picturesque landscapes. Hence I opted to switch off for a while with back-to-back episodes of Breaking Bad. By […]

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Travel Report: Ayutthaya Historical Park, Thailand.

Ayutthaya Historical Park. —— April 2015. I was so damn excited on the train from Bangkok to Ayutthaya! Following my ten day stay in the Thai capital, it was finally time for me to head north to discover some rural delights. Back in Beijing, where I’d planned my trip around Thailand, it was the prospect […]

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