"Short stories and travel reports from my life adventures around the globe".

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Travel Report: Fitzneal Street, London.

Fitzneal Street, London. July, 2019. With thanks to my dad and Uncle Doug for their help in making this article possible.  —— I had butterflies in my stomach as I turned off Old Oak Common Lane into Fitzneal Street. Butterflies because, dear god, the street hadn’t changed a bit in over 35 years. In an […]

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Travel Report: Kensal Green Cemetery, London.

Kensal Green Cemetery, London. July 2019. With thanks to Dave Powell for his help during the writing of this article. —— As regular readers of these pages well know, I do love exploring the world’s cemeteries and graveyards. Call me weird, but there’s just something special about that mix of silence, history and foliage. All those […]

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The Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace.

The Changing of the Guard, Buckingham Palace. Cover photo courtesy of bortescristian. May 2019. I have mixed feelings about the British monarchy. On the one hand much of The Royal Family’s roles and traditions seem … no longer of use… if you will. Sometimes when I see royal ceremonies and events I can’t help but […]

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Travel Report: Trafalgar Square, London.

Trafalgar Square, London. May 2019. Cover photo by David Iliff. License: CC BY-SA 3.0. It was a grey afternoon in London when I arrived at one of the English capital’s most iconic and historic public squares. It felt surreal to be back here. Indeed I have vague memories of running among the pigeons as a kid. […]

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Travel Report: Westminster Bridge, London.

Westminster Bridge, London. May 2019. Cover photo courtesy of Martin Dunst.  It had been a long time since I last felt the fresh air of the Thames on my face from Westminster Bridge. In fact, I believe the last time I’d been here was around fourteen years ago. That had been a hectic afternoon guiding Belgian English […]

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Travel Report: Monkey Mountain, Danang.

Monkey Mountain, Danang, Vietnam. May 2018. It was a beautifully sunny afternoon in Danang as I left the hostel in pursuit of another mountain adventure. I had already enjoyed a day taking in The Marble Mountains and was curious to see how Son Tra, aka Monkey Mountain, would compare. Towering 600 meters above sea level, […]

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Travel Report: Marble Mountain, Danang.

Marble Mountain, Danang. April 2018. On the face of it Danang has just about everything for the curious traveller. First it’s a large, modern metropolis stuffed with markets, museums, temples and a vibrant river scene dominated by a fire-breathing bridge. Furthermore, it has one of Vietnam’s most popular stretches of coastline, home to glistening, golden beaches. More on that in […]

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Travel Report: Westminster Abbey, London.

Westminster Abbey, London. May 2019. You’d be hard pushed to find a more historical place in all of England than the sublime Westminster Abbey. For this is the staggeringly beautiful gothic abbey church where kings and queens have been crowned since 1066. Where royal weddings have unfolded, including the union of Prince Albert The Duke of York […]

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Travel Report: Parliament Square, London.

Parliament Square, London. May 2019. If you’re into historical monuments, London has got your back. According to several online articles, there are around 1500 monuments in London celebrating iconic figures from Britain and beyond. Indeed one could spend months tracking them all down, if you were so inclined. Call me lazy, but I decided to […]

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Travel Report: Tower Bridge, London.

Tower Bridge, London. May 2019. I felt a mixture of awe and shame wash over me as London’s exceptional Tower Bridge came into view. Awe because, well, Tower Bridge is pretty awesome. Shame due to the fact this was the first time I’d come to see it in my life. At the not too tender […]

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