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

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: 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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Travel Report: Dunbar Battery, Scotland.

May 2019. The historic Scottish town of Dunbar once had a grand defence bastion situated on an elevated section of the harbour on Lamer Island. It was built in 1781 during the American War Of Independence to protect the town from the fearsome naval captain, John Paul Jones. The defence post was called Dunbar Battery […]

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Travel Report: Belhaven Beach – Dunbar, Scotland.

May 2019. My visit to Belhaven Beach was an especially spontaneous one! It was a moody early evening and Spackles and I had been snugly installed inside his farmhouse in the nearby village of Stenton. One minute we were drinking tea and wolfing down Mother Spackles’ excellent homemade gingerbread. The next we were rattling down […]

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Travel Report: Glenfinnan, Scotland.

July 2015. The minuscule hamlet of Glenfinnan lies in the Lochaber area of The Scottish Highlands. It’s just a thirty minute drive west of Banavie, the village my sister lives in outside Fort William. Set deep in the heart of some truly stunning Scottish countryside, Glenfinnan is a location of huge historical consequence. Because it […]

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