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Tales and Articles

Currently showing all 26 tales and articles on the site, from newest to oldest. To see tales and articles from a particular adventure, choose from one of the following: Europe redux, The Filippino Affair, Europe, and then some, The Canberra Campaign, Timor Travels, Asian Express 2001-2.

Yet another cathedral (Baguio, Philippines)
If you're a lifelong city-slicker headed bush in search of the Eighth Wonder of the World, there are three things you really should have: a map, a clue and a reasonable level of sobriety. Oops.
Jun 28, 2005  —  8 comments  —  Read more from The Filippino Affair »
My friend Charlie (Butterfly Island, Thailand)
I came for a tan and the world’s biggest pina colada. What I got were monsoons, shipwrecks and a covert operation to claim Thailand’s most beautiful beach. Yup, just another week in paradise.
Nov 30, 2004  —  4 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Iona Sunset (Isle of Iona, Scotland)
Three weeks of budget-shredding bliss through homeless Newcastle, star-studded London, sleepy Scotland and steamy Bahrain with a maxed out credit card and the world’s most unlikely tour guide.
Oct 29, 2004  —  2 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Abiyaneh conga line (Abiyaneh, Iran)
I may have come searching for my Middle Eastern roots in the land of veils and saffron, but it’s orange blossoms, mosques and accusations of international espionage that I find. Surprised?
Oct 12, 2004  —  3 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Arc de Triumph (Paris, France)
When you attempt to run, truck and couch surf your way across four countries in as many weeks, protests, terrorism and cultural misunderstandings are bound to follow. All you can do is hold on and try to have a blast.
Sep 14, 2004  —  7 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Chilli Window (Zahara de Grazalema, Spain)
Grab some water and extend your thumb for a camel-saddled, goat-crashin’ good time from the Sahara to the Sierra with the world's most incompetent hitchhiker.
Aug 15, 2004  —  4 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Morocco Stop Sign (Morocco)
Sly thefts, polite muggings and how I became the marketing manager for a Chefchaouen drug lord. Hold on to your Fez hats for 72 hours of Moroccan madness.
Jul 25, 2004  —  12 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Like taking a bath, in a museum (Budapest, Hungary)
Yodelling champions, Iggy Pop, AWOL soldiers and a hot and steamy session in a Budapest bath house ... it’s all you’d expect from a zig-zag dash behind the Iron Curtain.
Jul 10, 2004  —  6 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Frontline (Mostar, Bosnia-Hercegovina)
Crazed Croats, impersonated journalists, brawls, extremists, cliff diving and of course a Bosnian nymphomaniac. Who would have thought the Balkans would be so much fun?
Jun 20, 2004  —  6 comments  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Taking a break (Venice, Italy)
Take nothing for granted when you're travelling with your polar opposite through the land of wine and pasta.
May 28, 2004  —  1 comment  —  Read more from Europe, and then some »
Headin' home (East Timor)
A predictably chaotic final week took an awe-inspiring turn after making the acquaintance of a young man with an incredible story.
Oct 23, 2002  —  Read more from Timor Travels »
Our beach (East Timor)
Saddle up and rev your motors for a cross country tour on Timor's most tempermental motorbikes.
Oct 14, 2002  —  5 comments  —  Read more from Timor Travels »
Maubisse market (East Timor)
Dodging aggro peacekeepers and begging for accommodation are just two crucial skills you'll pick up in your first twelve days in the world's newest nation. Just don't forget to enjoy yourself.
Oct 2, 2002  —  1 comment  —  Read more from Timor Travels »
Sugar Cane Vendor (Myanmar)
What a way to finish the trip: two madcap weeks among the most generous people on Earth suffering under one of the most oppressive dictatorships on the planet. And of course I was detained by gun-wielding security guards at least once. Would I disappoint?
Mar 2, 2002  —  2 comments  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Cliched tourist moment #31 (Thailand)
Guns, punks and Cambodia's deadliest snake. Yep, I finally decided to take it easy for a week.
Feb 20, 2002  —  2 comments  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Pha That Luang (Great Sacred Stupa) (Laos)
Crashed motorbikes, crashed weddings and crash-happy pilots. Here we go again.
Jan 28, 2002  —  25 comments  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Bus Stop Vendors (Laos)
It'll happen slowly, but before you know it this country has infected your heart and won your admiration ... if only I hadn't almost died (yet again) in the process.
Jan 8, 2002  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Hacky sack monks (Vietnam)
Paddy dreaming, a Vietnamese Christmas and how to help a returning vet see the light.
Dec 28, 2001  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Buy one rare tropical fish, get two free (Hong Kong)
Dog soup, suicidal bigots and a crash course in motorcycle technique.
Dec 19, 2001  —  1 comment  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Beijing street chess (China)
Arrests, castration and an in-depth discussion of bowel movements. Another day, another post.
Dec 4, 2001  —  3 comments  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
War Memorial Tanks (Korea)
Showers, hot showers, how I love thee.
Nov 21, 2001  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
This isn't a beach, it's paradise (Philippines)
Druggings, paradise, near death experiences and a healthy dose of American cheese … too much to say, too little time.
Nov 14, 2001  —  12 comments  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
I could get used to this view (Malaysia)
Wise old men, jungle trekking and the joys of Anthrax. How do I keep doing this to myself?
Oct 27, 2001  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Jakarta Protests
Chapter Five of my new book: "So you're surrounded by people who want to beat you to death".
Oct 16, 2001  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Yogyakarta schoolkids (Indonesia)
But I guess that's all you can expect when you make your travel plans under the influence of a few beers.
Oct 9, 2001  —  2 comments  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
Indonesian shadow puppets
Do you ever have the feeling that you've just made mistake? And not just a big mistake, but the kind of mistake that'd make Nick Leeson point and laugh?
Oct 2, 2001  —  1 comment  —  Read more from Asian Express 2001-2 »
 


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