Backpacking in Russia: Stranger in Moscow and the 1917 Revolutions

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One of the few things I remember from a school history lesson on the former Union of Soviet Socialist Republics was the Bolshevik revolution of 1917. The whole USSR/Russia/Soviet always held an interest in me. It was a massive country …

Foreigner in Beijing, People’s Republic of China

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All those days of living in Northern Ireland and trying “a chinky” (local slang for Chinese food and a tad derogatory if truth be told, I’m using it tongue in cheek here by the way) of a Friday night had …

Malaysia…Kuala Lumpur In Transit

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So I got to spend about 6 hours in the country of Malaysia, in Kuala Lumpur Airport, which is voted the best airport in the world. The city is the home of the Petronas Twin Towers! Unfortunately I was actually …

I Left my Dreams in Taupo, New Zealand

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The bus journey from Rotorua to Lake Taupo passed by really fast, again fab countryside. I think it took about an hour. I also love the way in New Zealand ordinary bus drivers just talk away to you. In England …

Relaxing in Hamilton, North Island, New Zealand

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After the madness of Rotorua and Lake Taupo, I decided to stay in Hamilton, which is a bigger city, and less touristy. It was an ideal place to relax, chill out and meet some cool people. I stayed in J’s …

Backpacking in New Zealand: Is this the way to Rotorua?

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I decided I should head south of Auckland and explore some more of the North Island. Obviously in the short time I was spending in New Zealand, it would be hard to see both islands, so I decided pretty swiftly …

Auckland skyline New Zealand

Auckland: Dust from a distant sun…

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…will shower over everyone. Well I flew from LAX in the USA to Auckland in New Zealand one day in July 2007. It was an amazing experience. The flight was slightly delayed, I then boarded a Jumbo Jet, yes a …

What the hell am I doing drinking in LA at 27?

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I arrived in Los Angeles, California, having changed planes and had a pint briefly at Dallas Fort Worth Airport. I also recall meeting an English guy who kindly let me sit down beside him. We discussed football, I said I …

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