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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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LEIGHTON THOMAS: THE TRAVEL BLOGGER WHO VISITED 27+ COUNTRIES — ericotrips

Really enjoyed my recent Q&A with Ericotrips! Ah! Allow me catch my breath for a couple seconds because today’s guest is absolutely unbelievable! He’s Leighton Thomas, an English Travel Blogger born in Hammersmith, London and he is currently based in Siem Reap, Cambodia. Leighton plans to spend the rest of 2020 travelling around Asia, focusing […]

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Travel Report: The Pavilion Hotel, Shenzhen.

February 2018. I’ve always been pretty relaxed about accommodation when I’m on the road. Sometimes I’ll fork out for somewhere nice, other times I’m happy to slum it in a basic guesthouse or hostel. Wonderboy on the other hand is a little more, how to put this, high maintenance. In fact, he found himself so disillusioned […]

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Travel Report: Shenzhen International Garden and Flower Expo Park, China.

February 2018. Parks and temples… temples and parks… China! I try to limit myself to just one or two parks per trip these days, knowing that in most cases the green spaces on offer feel like much of a muchness for a grisly old China veteran like myself. For our explorations in the city of […]

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Travel Report: OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park, Shenzhen.

February 2018. Art lovers will find plenty to admire about the Chinese city of Shenzhen. There are murals, sculptures and statues aplenty throughout the city’s parks and squares. Moreover, one shouldn’t leave town without visiting the fascinating Dafen Oil Painting Village. And then you’ve got OCT-LOFT Creative Culture Park, built from the bones of a former […]

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Travel Report: Huaqiangbei Electronics District, Shenzhen.

February 2018. Wonderboy and I were excited about the prospect of visiting the so-called Silicon Valley of China! In fact, we’d read all about it prior to our arrival in Shenzhen. Most people have never even heard of it, and yet, Huaqiangbei Electronics District is the biggest electrical complex in China. Some even claim it’s the biggest […]

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