Zanzibar of the Mind

Let me be brutally honest here. There are some languages that flow rhythmically and poetically from mouth to ear like some glorious Shakespearian, Mozartian love child - German is not one of them. In truth I have grown quite an affinity to the German people since being released by the cultural grip of semi disdain... Continue Reading →

Camino de Santiago – Part 3

A long ancient bridge led us into the picturesque town of Hospital d'Ortega a few days after leaving Leon. At 204  metres it is the longest bridge along the Camino - and considering the tiny river it crosses - about 200 metres longer than strictly necessary. The majority of this aged relic stretches over a... Continue Reading →

Camino de Santiago – Part 2

Outside the main Municipal hostel in Burgos I joined the back of a long line inhabited by a truly bedraggled bunch - all staring vacantly into space. Those who arrived after were given the solemn news that there were no beds left. A Canadian woman who I had briefly walked with on the first day... Continue Reading →


“You won't like it” the taxi driver sneered dismissively as we climbed out in front of the Massara Hotel, “I will wait” he casually added. We were in the seaside town of Kohbar for the weekend. We did like it – I'm not sure if he's still waiting. It was just after 12pm when we... Continue Reading →

Match of the Day

There are few taxis in Al Hofuf. Those that do appear tend to fire past you with a look of repulsion in their eyes. It was a Friday evening in the mid size desert oasis town and we were standing by the side of the road. Nabeel threw out an arm, and within seconds a... Continue Reading →

Saudi Arabia

I'm always genuinely surprised when I successfully manage to get through an airport and onto the plane. Thanks to a litany of travel screw ups, I always fear I'm moments from disaster. An employee turning to me and asking flippantly, “You've got your B7236  per-authorisation form right?” or even the worryingly frequent “this flight is... Continue Reading →

Camino de Santiago – Part 1

In the grand scheme of a walk, it would be a little longer than a pleasant Sunday morning stroll. The Camino de Santiago, a thousand year old pilgrimage route, would take me from the edge of France and across Spain to the famed cathedral of Santiago de Compostela. A little less than 500 miles. I... Continue Reading →

The End of the world

I thrust my hands deep into the coat pockets, a refuge from the biting cold. The Beagle Channel stretches before me. A fierce, angry wind growls in from the sea. Great hulking ships sit dormant in port. Monsters of nautical travel – ice breakers – Antarctic ships. The frozen continent lies a thousand kilometers to... Continue Reading →

Patagonia – Part 2

 It was still dark as we woke to the frozen town of Rio Gallegos. We disembarked into the scruffy, but warm bus station. Our legs wobbling slightly, as they became used to being used as legs again. The bus had long disappeared when I realized I had left a camera bag on-board. After a slow... Continue Reading →

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