Friday, April 26, 2019

Tourism in Cambodia: Genocide and Broad Smiles

‘Tuk-tuk?’, a toothless middle-aged guy beamed at me the moment I stepped out of the guesthouse. I smiled back and told him I was...

The Counter-Enclave of Nahwa, UAE

A rare geopolitical oddity, the counter-enclave is basically a country within a country within a country, or part thereof... more or less. There is...

One Surreal Day in North Korea (Part 2)

...from part 1... Bleak, dilapidated Soviet era apartment buildings line the streets of Kaesong. Impressively wide roads have no lane markings. There's no need....

A lot can Change in a Decade: China

I first visited China with my future wife and some dear friends, for the Chinese New Year of 2007. It was an exotic and...

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...

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The world is a scary place. That's what I keep hearing anyway, and right now, the omnipresent threat to my personal safety, freedom, employment,...

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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...

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

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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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