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Thirsty Thursdays: The Importance of April 1st and My Top 7 Bars in Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

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A party city, Ulaan Baatar? Yes, for sure! And one that offers a huge range of bars – from the dingy sheds to the flambuoyant rock clubs, there was a lot to cram in. But my liver subsides as I …

My Birthday Stay at the Kaiser Hotel, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

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My arrival into Ulaan Baatar in March 2017 in time to “celebrate” my birthday here in a new city and a new country is the biggest surprise in my travel life since my Afghanistan tour in 2016. I didn’t expect …

Baatpacking in Mongolia: Exploring the Red Hero, Ulaan Baatar, Mongolia

Baatpacking in Mongolia: Exploring the Red Hero, Ulaan Baatar

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“Longing for, it’s been a long time longing for To carry the sky away” – Manic Street Preachers. Dinosaurs chased me down the alleyway asking Lenin what drugs I was on. My heart and soul got the better of me …

Thirsty Thursdays: Top 10 Bars in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan

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This is long overdue and one of about 1,000 articles that I started and never finished. On my ongoing writing about my base in early 2016, Bishkek, it’s time to explore the pubs and bars of this city. Having been …

Backpacking in Thailand: Chao Phraya River Cruise, Bangkok

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I don’t write about Thailand much, it bored the living daylights out of me, but it seems to be on everyone’s travel list and I started this article about 5 years ago and never finished it, so here it is. …

Top 11 FIFA Countries To Backpack In From My Round the World Journey

Top 11 Countries To Backpack In From My Round the World Journey

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“Travel the world and the seven seas. Everybody’s looking for something” – Eurythmics. As the debate over countries can get ridiculous and I even argue with my family and best friends over what is a real country and what is not, …

Backpacking in Kaliningrad - the wacky house that is upside down

Backpacking in Kaliningrad: Top 25 Sights in Kaliningrad City

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“Damn my education, I can’t find the words to say for all the things caught in my mind” – Noel Gallagher. This was a magical place – Kaliningrad. Another travel dream of mine and another chance to add another ex-Soviet …

World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)

World Borders: How to Get From Poland to Kaliningrad (Gdańsk to Kaliningrad City)

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Crossing world borders still has intrigue for me. It’s the adrenalin buzz and excitement of it all. As a Northern Irish nationalist, I love separatism and I detest land borders like Belgium to Netherlands. Where basically you have no idea …

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