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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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Like It Too Much, a short story from Qatar.

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 […]

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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: Hotel Old Cinema, Kampot.

Hotel Old Cinema, Kampot. August 2020. Of all the places Sladja and I dined at during our time in Kampot, nowhere could match the charm and atmosphere of Hotel Old Cinema. Dating back to the 1930s, the building began life as a Chinese theatre called Maison de theatre le grandeur. During its golden years, they put on […]

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Travel Report: Bookish Bazaar, Kampot.

Bookish Bazaar, Kampot. August 2020. There’s a well-worn saying about sleepy towns that goes something like: “It’s small and relaxed, but has everything you need”. Unfortunately, this doesn’t apply to the charming Cambodian outpost of Kampot. In fact, one of the things that struck me during our two month stay is how, if we lived here, […]

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Travel Report: Cafe Espresso, Kampot.

Cafe Espresso, Kampot. August 2020. During our first weeks in Kampot, Sladja and I spent a good chunk of time exploring the local coffee scene. Before long, there was a name that kept cropping up again and again. In online comment threads, through face to face recommendations and in overheard snippets of conversations, it swiftly […]

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Travel Report: Tertulia Restaurant, Kampot.

Tertulia Restaurant, Kampot. July 2020. It was our first night in the Cambodian city of Kampot and Sladja and I were strolling though the old town. Following the success of our guide on Where to Eat and Drink in Siem Reap, we couldn’t help but wonder if Kampot’s culinary landscape would hold its own. As […]

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Travel Report: Zaragoza, Spain.

Zaragoza, Spain. Cover photo courtesy of Gregorio Puga Bailón. September 2015. I remember waking up in my Zaragoza guesthouse feeling absolutely knackered. This was no surprise when I consider the weeks leading up to my arrival. Having finished my summer teaching contract in the coastal town of Castro Urdiales, I’d set off on a trip across […]

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