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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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Travel Report: Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou.

Shangri-La Hotel, Hangzhou. Wonderboy and I had just finished tackling the unbridled chaos of West Lake’s Su Causeway and were in desperate need of a well-deserved time out. “Check out that fancy hotel!” I cried. So we did, crossing the insanely busy Beishan Road and walking up the driveway of the opulent Shangri-La Hotel. We’d […]

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Travel Report: Su Causeway, Hangzhou.

Su Causeway, Hangzhou. October 2017. Looking back, it was crazy of Wonderboy and I to tackle Hangzhou’s West Lake right in the eye of the storm that is China’s Golden Week holiday. But hey, we had five days off just like everyone else. Plus we really wanted to see if Hangzhou was as great as everybody […]

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Travel Report: Shuangtou Bridge, Hangzhou.

Shuangtou Bridge, Hangzhou. October 2017. I must have covered every inch of West Lake’s gorgeous parkland during my five days in Hangzhou. One of the lake’s great joys is its beautiful collection of sculpted bridges. My favourite of the bunch is Shuangtou Bridge, located in Changqiao Park near Tangyun Art Gallery.  The bridge provides some truly wonderful […]

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Travel Report: Orioles Singing in the Willows, Hangzhou.

Orioles Singing in the Willows, Hangzhou October 2017. A trip to the Chinese city of Hangzhou mainly centres on one thing: the shimmering, dreamy majesty of West Lake. Surrounded by misty green hills and lush parkland as far as the eye can see, this booming city of 8.7 million stands as one of China’s most […]

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Travel Report: Leifeng Pagoda, Hangzhou.

Leifeng Pagoda Hangzhou. October 2017. Wherever you happen to be on Hangzhou’s West Lake, you simply can’t miss the mystical form of Leifeng Pagoda jutting dramatically out of the greenery. It really does cut a handsome figure, even on a smoggy day like this one. Hence Wonderboy and I decided we would slowly make our […]

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