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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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Mad Day Out Beatles Taxi Tour, Liverpool (Part I).

Mad Day Out Beatles Taxi Tour, 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 and caught some live music at both The Cavern Club and The Cavern Pub, it was finally time for the prospect […]

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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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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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The Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace.

The Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace. Cover photo courtesy of bortescristian. May 2019. I have mixed feelings about the British monarchy. On the one hand much of The Royal Family’s roles and traditions seem … no longer of use… if you will. Sometimes when I see royal ceremonies and events I can’t help but […]

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Travel Report: Trafalgar Square, London.

Trafalgar Square, London. May 2019. Cover photo by David Iliff. License: CC BY-SA 3.0. It was a grey afternoon in London when I arrived at one of the English capital’s most iconic and historic public squares. It felt surreal to be back here. Indeed I have vague memories of running among the pigeons as a kid. […]

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Travel Report: Westminster Bridge, London.

Westminster Bridge, London. May 2019. Cover photo courtesy of Martin Dunst.  It had been a long time since I last felt the fresh air of the Thames on my face from Westminster Bridge. In fact, I believe the last time I’d been here was around fourteen years ago. That had been a hectic afternoon guiding Belgian English […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Danang.

Cool Spots Around Danang, Vietnam. April 2018. Well folks, you surely know the drill by now. Following my individual articles on Dragon Bridge, The Marble Mountains, The Danang Coastline and Monkey Mountain, here’s my roundup of the best of the rest. Yup, it’s another Vietnamese city wrapped up with my Cool Spots Around Danang. Having […]

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Travel Report: Monkey Mountain, Danang.

Monkey Mountain, Danang, Vietnam. May 2018. It was a beautifully sunny afternoon in Danang as I left the hostel in pursuit of another mountain adventure. I had already enjoyed a day taking in The Marble Mountains and was curious to see how Son Tra, aka Monkey Mountain, would compare. Towering 600 meters above sea level, […]

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Travel Report: The Danang Coastline, Vietnam. 

The Danang Coastline, Vietnam. April 2018. When I look back on my Danang adventures, I naturally recall all the amazing sights I managed to tick off during my five night stay. However, every bit as memorable is the day I took a well-earned rest and didn’t wake up until midday. The day when, having had […]

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