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

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: Hiking The Great Wall of China, Jinshanling to Simatai.

May 2010. For visitors to China, hiking  a section of The Great Wall often finds itself planted at the very top of the bucket list. But choosing which part to tackle can be an overwhelming task, with nearly nine thousand kilometres of wall snaking its way across the country. Some of the most impressive stretches […]

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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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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 paycheck. And so unfolded one of the great years of my life… ‘‘I’m cold’’ grumbled Sladjana, drawing on her cigarette. ‘‘Why is this place empty? Shouldn’t there be people here?’’ ‘‘You get more […]

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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 Institute. The facilities were basic and dreary, […]

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Travel Report: Gorp en Roovert Forest, The Netherlands.

December 2010. I’ve celebrated Christmas all over the world throughout my life in destinations as far-flung as Belgium, China, England, Hungary, Scotland and The Netherlands. I was recently flipping through my photo archives when I found myself reminded of a long ago Christmas Day hike in Gorp en Roovert Forest in The Netherlands. December 2010. Gorp en […]

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Travel Report: Beekse Bergen Safari Park, The Netherlands.

October 2012. Anyone looking for an African style safari experience almost certainly wouldn’t think of The Netherlands! And yet Beekse Bergen Safari Park, located in the south of the country in Brabant Province, offers just the opportunity! This unusual wildlife complex opened its doors in 1968 and was designed by an English circus showman, Jimmy […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Amsterdam.

Have you paid a visit to Rembrandt House Museum? Knocked back a beer or two at The Heineken Experience? Seen the Dutch capital in party mode during Queen’s Day? Caught the latest exhibition at Eye Film Museum? Been to a gig at one of the city’s legendary live music venues? Great! Now check out my rundown […]

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Travel Report: Live Music in Amsterdam.

Whether you’re an Amsterdam expat or just visiting, checking out the city’s fantastic music scene is a must during your time in the Dutch capital. There’s a host of amazing music venues here and most of them have been converted from historical buildings with rich histories. I got to visit a bunch of these sites […]

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