Land of Fire and Ice (Iceland)

Iceland – Reykjavik ~2018 Life can move in very strange ways, and sometimes has a sense of weird irony that isn’t always immediately clear. Case in point, just a couple of weeks ago I was traipsing around Iceland (the budget frozen goods store) in a typical slovenly fashion, wearing scruffy sweatpants and a grim lookContinue reading “Land of Fire and Ice (Iceland)”

Bikes, and Bros (Greece)

Greece – Zakynthos ~2011 It’s somewhat of a rite of passage for young adults in England to go on a “Lad’s/Lasses’ Holiday” at some point…at least where I come from anyway. Now these holidays are unlike any holiday you will likely ever experience, for a few reasons…but are still pretty simple to sum up – so how aboutContinue reading “Bikes, and Bros (Greece)”

Hobbit Holes (N. Zealand)

New Zealand ~ Matamata– 2016 / Middle Earth ~ Hobbiton – 2016 If you are a person who is deserving of friends and life in general then you probably love The Lord of the Rings. If you don’t then you are likely the person at parties who people try to avoid; and/or you enjoy boring said people to deathContinue reading “Hobbit Holes (N. Zealand)”

Useless tuk-tuk Tour (Cambodia)

Cambodia ~ Siem Reap – 2016 I know it’s a little bit easy and uninspiring to do this, but I still feel it’s always a decent option to take a tour when you are in a new foreign country. I’m aware this goes against all of the present wisdom which suggests you should just cycleContinue reading “Useless tuk-tuk Tour (Cambodia)”

Drowsy Layover (Malaysia)

Malaysia ~ Kuala Lumpur – 2016 You often make bad decisions whilst travelling; especially so in hindsight. And of course by you I really mean me…and by me I mean a great lumbering buffoon who is simply trying to blame someone else for all his problems, or at the very least involve you in these calamities. Awfully sorry for draggingContinue reading “Drowsy Layover (Malaysia)”

Blood Sucking Leeches! (Nepal)

Nepal ~ Pokhara – 2014 It was just another day in Nepal, like any other. You know – toilet trouble and searing heat…these are the things that a tourist encounters most vividly whilst spending time in this country. You feel like you want to go places, and that you should do things…but you are scaredContinue reading “Blood Sucking Leeches! (Nepal)”

Fringe Benefits (Scotland)

Scotland ~ Edinburgh – 2014 The Edinburgh Festival Fringe is the biggest arts festival in the entire world – the thing is huge! It has over 250 venues that are jam-packed with over 45, 000 varied performers! It is truly a colossal occasion that triples the city’s population in that single August month…year in, yearContinue reading “Fringe Benefits (Scotland)”

The Shining (Finland)

Finland – Lapland ~ 2013 You know in The Shining? When Jack Nicholson goes a little bit bonkers (to put it very gently), due to being cut off in the middle of nowhere? And you are left wondering whether the character was always a little bit crazy, or if the icy conditions turned him that way…wellContinue reading “The Shining (Finland)”

Public Pooping (China)

China – Wuhan ~ 2012 A move to a different country is difficult, you have to contend with a different time zone, a different language and a whole different culture. It can be pretty hard, but eventually you adapt. You get to know the layout of your city; you get a favourite café, pub and aContinue reading “Public Pooping (China)”

Old Friends (Ireland)

Galway ~ Ireland – 2013 I remember my automatic reaction when a (now ex)  lady-friend of mine suggested a spur of the moment mini-break to Ireland…we hadn’t even known each other for that long…I mean, we weren’t even an official thing (whatever that is!)  She could have been a mad-axe murderer, she could have hatched aContinue reading “Old Friends (Ireland)”