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

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Travel Report: Hotel Old Cinema, Kampot.

Hotel Old Cinema, Kampot. August 2020. Of all the places Sladja and I dined at during our time in Kampot, nowhere could match the charm and atmosphere of Hotel Old Cinema. Dating back to the 1930s, the building began life as a Chinese theatre called Maison de theatre le grandeur. During its golden years, they put on […]

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Travel Report: Zaragoza, Spain.

Zaragoza, Spain. Cover photo courtesy of Gregorio Puga Bailón. September 2015. I remember waking up in my Zaragoza guesthouse feeling absolutely knackered. This was no surprise when I consider the weeks leading up to my arrival. Having finished my summer teaching contract in the coastal town of Castro Urdiales, I’d set off on a trip across […]

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Travel Report: Pamplona, Spain.

Pamplona, Spain. Cover photo courtesy of Eaeaea. August 2015. Back in my early to mid twenties, in the days before I became an addicted blogger, I used to read a lot. Over time, I fell for a number of novelists whose works I read religiously, including Donna Tartt, David Sedaris, Khaled Hosseini and Ben Elton. Eventually, I […]

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Travel Report: Madrid, Spain.

Madrid, Spain. June 2013. In the summer of 2013 my seemingly perfect life in Amsterdam shattered into a thousand pieces. After eight years together, S and I decided it was time to go our separate ways. Our subsequent divorce would eventually see me leave my job and say goodbye to The Netherlands altogether. It was easily […]

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Travel Report: The Praek Tuek Chhu River, Kampot.

The Praek Tuek Chhu River, Kampot. August 2020. There’s a charming languor to the Cambodian city of Kampot. On my first visit here with Wonderboy in 2015, we both remarked on how it felt more like a small town than a city. The kind of place where you can (and we did) while away an […]

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Travel Report: Bokor National Park, Cambodia.

Bokor National Park. December 2015 & August 2020. It was a typically burning hot day in Kampot as our tuk tuk began puffing up the steep, winding roads of Bokor Mountain. Despite the sapping summer heat, I felt thrilled to be returning to one of the world’s most fascinating national parks. Wonderboy and I had […]

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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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