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Travel Report: Tongli Water Town Part I, China.

December 2018. I couldn’t leave Suzhou without making a day trip out to one of six nearby ancient water towns. After a bit of research I plumped for a visit to Tongli Town, a beautifully preserved 1000 year old canal community sat just to the south of The Yangtze River. 100RMB (£11.40/€12.90/$14.70) entry tickets are […]

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The Little Pronghorn, 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. It was the winter of 2001 and I’d just finished an uneventful evening of classes at The Language Teaching Institute. Gathering up […]

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Travel Report: Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, China.

February 2010. My visit to the incredible Harbin Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival still stands as a major if not definitive highlight of all my travels around China. Anyone in the market for a trip during February’s Chinese New Year break would struggle to come up with a better plan than checking out this awesome […]

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Celebrations and Recriminations, a short story from The Netherlands.

In June 2010 I arrived in The Netherlands with the notion of finally ‘settling down’. Young, in love and still just a little wet behind the ears, my girl and I had all the typical rat race dreams. Get the jobs so we could save money. Save money so we could get the house. Get […]

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Travel Report: Rembrandt House Museum, Amsterdam.

September 2010. The Netherlands has an incredibly rich art history for such a small country. Moreover, a bunch of the world’s most famous painters were Dutch, including the likes of Vincent Van Gogh, Johannes Vermeer and Frans Hals. However, bragging rights for the country’s most celebrated and influential artist arguably goes to a man known […]

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Travel Report: The Heineken Experience, Amsterdam.

October 2010. You can’t miss the imposing form of the old Heineken Brewery in Amsterdam. Dating back to 1867, this striking brown brick building served as Heineken’s main production centre for over 120 years until it finally closed in 1988. Having relocated to a larger, more modern facility in Amsterdam’s outskirts, the original structure was […]

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Travel Report: Queen’s Day, Amsterdam.

Back when I lived in Amsterdam, the biggest day of the year was always Queen’s Day. Livelier than New Year’s Eve and a damn sight crazier than Christmas, Queen’s Day Amsterdam took place on the 30th of April to celebrate the birthday of Queen Beatrix. However, the tradition of this intense, all-day city-wide street party […]

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Travel Report: Railroad Culture Park – Xiamen, China.

August 2017. One of my favourite Xiamen experiences was this simple but ingenious nature trail in the southwest of the city. Railroad Culture Park stands as a towering testament to brilliant urban planning and creative reuse, with five kilometres of landscaped gardens set around a stretch of preserved rails. Popular with ramblers, dog walkers, joggers […]

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