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Home: the final meditations.

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 3 Sep 2008 | Views [712] | Comments [2]

I’m home now. Well, I’m as good as home. I’m at my Grandparents in Suffolk. It’s only a week since I left Mongolia, but memories fade fast and this is perhaps my last blog. Overlaid with the flight home (business class, naturally), then two days in ... Read more >

Gallery: Mongolia

MONGOLIA | Monday, 25 Aug 2008 | Photo Gallery

A selection of pictures in no particular order...
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One Month in Mongolia. Part 5.

MONGOLIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [1373]

In which Chris goes horse trekking in the taiga. From Naiman Nuur we returned to Orkhon Khürkhree, spent a night there and then headed into the North. Pausing at some ‘hot springs’, $5 to sit in a hot tub seemed somewhat exorbitant, it wasn’t exactly ... Read more >

One Month in Mongolia. Part 4.

MONGOLIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [1070]

The centre of Mongolia is the archetypal Mongolian landscape, desert steppe rolling into wide empty green valleys, a handful of Gers dotted along the course of the river running between distant dark green mountains. Horses roamed the plains and herders ... Read more >

One Month in Mongolia. Part 3.

MONGOLIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [950]

In which Chris goes to the Gobi. Heading south, it felt as if the world was falling away from us (myself and the four Israelis: Gil, Gili, Rotem and Sigal). The city passed and with it, the road. The track took us slowly upwards, houses ... Read more >

One Month in Mongolia. Part 2.

MONGOLIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [756]

In which Chris thwarts the dastardly deeds of a criminal mastermind greater even than Moriarty, finds four intrepid travelling companions with whom to set off into the wilderness. Ulaanbaatar has a reputation for being rough, but I never felt unease ... Read more >

One Month in Mongolia. Part 1.

MONGOLIA | Sunday, 24 Aug 2008 | Views [1235] | Comments [2]

One month in Mongolia. Part 1. Of Many... In which Chris couchsurfs the Ger district... Where do I even begin? With a sentence like this? How can I possibly sum up 29 days of wild experience here, like this? The first few days alone could fill this.... Read more >

The Audacity of Hope

GERMANY | Friday, 25 Jul 2008 | Views [822] | Comments [3]

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord. Or so some would have you believe from the hype surrounding his visit... "He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat/.../Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, ... Read more >


GERMANY | Thursday, 24 Jul 2008 | Views [757] | Comments [3]

And so it is decided. I am going to Mongolia. Tomorrow. It's hard to believe that this most incompentent and harebrained of schemes has actually worked. I mean, I actually rocked up in Berlin, found the MIAT travel office and said I want to go to Mongolia ... Read more >

Little differences

SLOVENIA | Friday, 18 Jul 2008 | Views [700] | Comments [1]

Crossing the border from Serbia to Croatia, the differences are immediately apparent. Actually, that isn't strictly accurate. Croatia does immediately feel different, if only in subtle ways, but it takes a little while to register just where those ... Read more >

Rakia: connecting people

SERBIA | Saturday, 12 Jul 2008 | Views [2252] | Comments [3]

If I were forced to choose a word to describe the Serbs I've met, it would be proud. Or maybe tall. No, definitely proud. But they are also all really tall. It's like being in Brobdingnag... I've had an extraordinary time in Serbia. The kind of experience ... Read more >

Impressions of the End of the Orient Express

TURKEY | Friday, 4 Jul 2008 | Views [789] | Comments [5]

Steam swirled around legs as I stepped elegantly off the carriage, momentarily casting my flannel walkıng suıt in monotone grey. Harrıed porters hurrıed past, theır shouts mınglıng wıth the clanking engıne and the pop and hıss of coolıng metal. The ... Read more >

Gallery: Greece 1

GREECE | Sunday, 29 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

Greece so far...
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Gallery: Macedonia and Albania

MACEDONIA | Sunday, 29 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Gallery: Bulgaria

BULGARIA | Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

Varna, Sofia and random rail bits in between.
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Gallery: Romania

ROMANIA | Friday, 27 Jun 2008 | Photo Gallery

Photos from Bucharest to the border
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From Albania to the Acropolis

GREECE | Thursday, 26 Jun 2008 | Views [1634] | Comments [2]

Well, I've made it to Athens; dreamlike, I'm almost unsure of how I got here. After Albania, Athens is a waking dream of Frappes and Smart cars; of Bluetooth and ipods. I'm back in the West. However Eastern that West may be. It's been two weeks since ... Read more >

The Cyrillic and the Sea

BULGARIA | Friday, 13 Jun 2008 | Views [844] | Comments [4]

I swam in the Black Sea this morning. A cool, salty-blue surprise to someone who had originally planned to be somewhere in Eastern Poland about now. An email from The Parents reminded that I'd been lax in keeping you all up to date with where I was and ... Read more >

Carbuncle of the East

ROMANIA | Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | Views [1214]

Bucharest is, without wishing to be too rude, the ugliest city I have ever seen. There is almost entirely without redeeming features, except perhaps my couchsurfing hosts, but they're planning to leave anyway. You know how some things are so ugly, ... Read more >

Great Expectations

SLOVAKIA | Saturday, 31 May 2008 | Views [640] | Comments [5]

Warning: this one is an unconnected jumble of thoughts and inadequate philosophising. It sort of follows on from the previous one, but I thought I'd break it up so that if you only want to know roughly what I've been doing or seeing, rather than ... Read more >

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