Friday, March 22, 2019

An Omani Road Trip

Distance: 2,492 km     Duration: 58 hours     Vehicles destroyed: 0 All in all, having already been hit twice while driving during my...

Mountain Hiking in Oman

A popular summertime activity in Oman is hiking in the mountains, with its stunning scenery and perfect weather... a welcome respite from Muscat in...

Trump is the Biggest! …a weekend in Manila

The young women come out at night to sell themselves, or more accurately, rent themselves. Some are too young, and some are men. The...

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...

The Worst Hostel in Slovakia

I bought a train ticket in Budapest, and by mid-afternoon was in western Slovakia. My luck finding decent (read cheap) accommodation hadn’t been great...

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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,...

‘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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