Monday, June 24, 2024

Venice: It has Canals

1,600 years ago a bunch of people fled their homes in what is now northern Italy. They were escaping social and political turmoil surrounding...

Starting Over… Again.

Even for people used to living in cultures other than their own, where sometimes practically nothing seems to make sense, shifting to a new...

A spot of Desert Rain: Muscat, Oman

I knew before relocating to the Sultanate of Oman that this is one of the hottest, driest places on Earth. I'd spent a few years in the...

When Life Gives you Lemons… Squeeze ’em in your Eye

During the summer break I sprained an ankle. I was out of town, and hosting an old friend visiting from abroad, so I thought...

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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