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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 place […]

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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.

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: Banteay Srei Temple, Cambodia.

Banteay Srei Temple. January, 2020. One day, when I look back on my adventures exploring The Angkor Temples, I imagine I might reflect on which of these magnificent creations was my favourite. Even at this early stage I feel Banteay Srei could be a strong contender. Located a considerable thirty two kilometres from the centre […]

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Travel Report: Banteay Kdei Temple, Cambodia.

Banteay Kdei Temple, Cambodia. January, 2020. Back in our previous lives, long before Sladja and I even knew each other, we both spent a day touring The Temples of Angkor. My visit came in December 2015, hers shortly after in January 2016. Like so many Angkor first timers, we didn’t venture further than the so-called […]

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Travel Report: Ta Prohm Temple, Cambodia.

November 2015. One of the many things I liked about my day touring Angkor’s amazing temples is that each structure we visited had a clear identity that set it apart from the others. As one of the so-called modern wonders of the world, Angkor Wat was an experience of pure grandeur and scale. Furthermore, the […]

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Travel Report: Bayon Temple, Cambodia.

November 2015. A day or two spent touring Cambodia’s astounding Angkor Temples is one of South East Asia’s definitive highlights. One of Angkor’s most fascinating structures is Bayon Temple, known locally as The Temple of Faces. Having started my day tour with the incredible Angkor Wat, I was wondering if Bayon might pale in comparison. […]

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Travel Report: Cool Cafes & Restaurants in Siem Reap.

Cool Cafes & Restaurants in Siem Reap. June 2020. What an amazing journey it’s been these last few months interviewing the cafe and restaurant owners of Siem Reap. Hearing their unique backstories, eating their wonderful food, diving into South East Asia’s most underrated coffee scene. Now that our 12-article series is finally wrapped up, it’s […]

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