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

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: 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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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: Shanghai 1933 Slaughterhouse.

March 2019. When I was compiling my potential hit list of Shanghai sights, I wanted to seek out some truly unique city spots. You know, the kind of stuff that gets the people saying WTF! And boy oh boy did I find just that in the form of Shanghai 1933 Slaughterhouse! Looming large over a quiet […]

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Travel Report: Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum.

March 2019. I’ve got a great trivia question for you. Back in 1937 when the Nazi Party had begun their relentless persecution of the Jews, which city became the only world metropolis to accept Jewish people fleeing from the horrors of The Holocaust? As you’ve almost certainly figured out from the name of this article, […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Oban, Scotland.

July 2019. Having already posted a bunch of travel reports from the key sights in Oban, it’s now time to mop up the best of the rest, with my handpicked locations from across this lovely Scottish town. So sit back, put your feet up and let me show you my Cool Spots Around Oban. Oban […]

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Travel Report: The Lancaster Hotel, Oban.

July 2019. Hotels certainly don’t come cheap in Oban. In fact, my sister and I spent a fair chunk of time trying to track down a reasonably priced joint to lay our heads. In the end, after much research, we reluctantly settled on The Lancaster Hotel Oban. I say reluctantly because of the consistently crappy […]

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Travel Report: St Columba’s Cathedral, Oban.

July 2019. For the umpteenth time I promised myself that I wouldn’t do any church articles. After all, I would have my hands more than full with a wide range of delightful location reports from across Oban, right? Well, yeah. But then, as fate would have it, someone had built a massive cathedral right next […]

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