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The Voice, a short story from The Netherlands.

The Voice, 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 […]

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Celebrations and Recriminations, a short story from The Netherlands.

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. […]

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Travel Report: Bon Om Touk Water Festival, Cambodia.

Bon Om Touk Water Festival, Cambodia. —— November 2015. I’ve always enjoyed Siem Reap’s predominantly sleepy vibe. Back during my first spell here I quickly learned to stay away from the frenetic Old Market and irksome Pub Street. Despite being the gateway to the world famous Angkor Temples, I never had trouble finding a sleepy […]

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Travel Report: Angkor Wat, Cambodia.

Angkor Wat, Cambodia. —— November 2015. It was pitch black as we rumbled through the streets of Siem Reap in our tuk tuk. The time was a downright grisly 4:30 in the morning, way too early for me and my three zombified companions. Nevertheless, we were full of anticipation. After all, we were about to arrive […]

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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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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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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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