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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: Phnom Sampeau, Battambang.

Phnom Sampeau, Battambang. December 2015. The picturesque province of Battambang in Cambodia doesn’t seem to get much tourist love. It’s a real pity, as the region is home to two of the country’s most fascinating sights. One of these is Phnom Sampeau, a limestone mountain 12 kilometres outside Battambang City.  It’s a steep forty five minute […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Seville.

Cool Spots Around Seville. March 2017. I’ll always be grateful that I had so much time to explore Andalusia. However, if one should find themselves on a whistle stop tour, it’s hard to argue against putting Seville top of the list. Following my reports from The Alcázar, Seville Cathedral and Plaza de España, this article rounds […]

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Travel Report: Seville Cathedral, Spain.

Seville Cathedral. April 2017. “Seen one cathedral, seen ’em all!” an American tourist declared in the queue outside Seville Cathedral. Respectfully, I had to disagree. As did, I’m guessing, most people in the long line snaking around the cathedral’s gigantic exterior. While I will never be anything remotely approaching religious, I’ve always treasured my visits to the world’s […]

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Travel Report: Plaza de Espana, Seville.

Plaza de Espana, Seville. April 2017. I’ve seen some truly impressive city squares during my years of global travel. However, I can categorically state that none of them felt quite as dramatic as Plaza de España in the Spanish city of Seville. Wonderboy and I had been enjoying a leisurely stroll around María Luisa Park when, quite […]

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Travel Report: Cool Spots Around Malaga.

Cool Spots Around Malaga. 2016-2017. Breaking News! It turns out that, once again, I didn’t take enough photos during my year in Málaga. Consequently, I find myself pushed into one of my signature roundup reports. Having already published articles on The Alcazaba, Street Art in Malaga and Where to Eat and Drink, this piece collects […]

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