Sunday, February 5, 2023

Serbia: Saints and Sljivovica

The Serbs seem to have an awful lot of Saints. The nation doesn't seem overtly religious as a whole (though it does have a...

Haebangchon and a World-class Dive Bar.

A few days back I gave a nod to a very cool little bar that welcomed all comers, and will be missed. Before this...

The Angry Bulgarian Bus Driver

“Oh my god, it’s him!” Aleks cried. She was jumping up and down and giggling like a schoolgirl. I had heard stories about the man...

Shopping in Istanbul

I almost got into a street fight with a Turkish guy, which really isn’t my style. It probably wouldn’t have gone particularly well for...

Ah, to be Different

I’m sure everybody has wished at times that they had a camera handy. Actually, these days I’m probably one of the few who wishes...

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The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing. I do however belong to the most dangerous, destructive species on...

‘This Isn’t Happening’. Prostitution in Korea. Does it actually exist?

A young Korean friend asked for a little help with a short essay he had written for his university English class. We chatted over...

The World’s Worst Mass Murderers

By this title I don't mean of course to speak of people who decided for whatever reason to go on a killing spree but...

Christmas in Oman

It may not shock to hear that life in the Middle east is a touch different to that in the west. We all know...

I had a White People Problem in Africa

I finally stepped out of the airport, breathed the fresh air and looked up at big, blue African skies. Three seconds later I lowered my gaze and...

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