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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 place […]

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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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Like It Too Much, a short story from Qatar.

In the summer of 2001 I boarded a near-empty Qatar Airways flight to Doha. Reuniting with my family who’d recently moved there for my father’s new job, it was my first time living abroad. My first English teaching job came at a run down old school called The Language Teaching Institute. The facilities were basic […]

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Travel Report: Mad Day Out Beatles Taxi Tour Part I, 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 at The Museum of Liverpool and caught some live music at both The Cavern Pub and The Cavern Club on Mathew Street, it was finally time for […]

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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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My Finished Travel Guide to Siem Reap!

My Finished Travel Guide to Siem Reap! Hi everyone! It’s been a strange old day here at Leighton Travels. Firstly, I have just arrived in the Turkish capital, Istanbul! Yup, that’s right, I finally said goodbye to Cambodia after nine memorable months. An exciting 18-day adventure awaits us here in Turkey. Thus I really can’t wait […]

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Travel Report: Kampong Khleang Floating Village, Cambodia.

Kampong Khleang Floating Village, Cambodia. July 2020. We were into our last few days in Siem Reap when Sladja and I realised we still had an unticked box on our to-do list. Back in my 2015 SR days I embarked on a half day trip to Kampong Phluk, one of several floating fishing villages out […]

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Travel Report: Kampong Phluk Floating Village, Cambodia.

November 2015. The fascinating floating village of Kampong Phluk lies deep in the countryside of Siem Reap Province. The village is home to around three thousand people, most of whom are fishermen. My visit to this amazing corner of Cambodia came on a day tour organised through Naga Angkor Hotel. We set off early morning in […]

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Travel Report: Wat Thmey Pagoda, Siem Reap.

Wat Thmey Pagoda, Siem Reap. January 2020. Back in 2015 my old travel buddy Wonderboy and I spent a day in Phnom Penh learning about Cambodia’s harrowing genocide years. Firstly, we spent a few grim hours visiting Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum, a Khmer Rouge detention and torture centre. Then, we headed out to the equally […]

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Travel Report: Wat Preah Prom Rath, Siem Reap.

January 2020. I remember feeling surprised by how incredibly clean and colourful Wat Preah Prom Rath Temple is. In fact, both Sladja and I were literally blinded by a cauldron of sparkling colours as we entered. These competing streams danced around in all directions under the glare of the afternoon sun. Indeed, I had never […]

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Travel Report: Wat Damnak Pagoda, Siem Reap.

January 2020. There are a number of fine temples and pagodas to enjoy in Siem Reap. My favourite of these is the pretty Wat Damnak Pagoda, SR’s largest Buddhist centre located on the eastern side of The Siem Reap River. Moreover, it was just a short tuk tuk ride from our place at Foster Apartments, in […]

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