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On how to be stared at in India.

INDIA | Sunday, 11 Oct 2009 | Views [3218]

Tiruchirappali (Trichy), Tamil Nadu, India I was out walking to the internet today when I saw a white person. (I never go to use the internet anymore. I think it's much nicer to go to it , as if it's a place you can visit, like the library. A ... Read more >


People who should really not be allowed on long-distance buses

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 30 Aug 2009 | Views [702]

1) People who sit in an aisle seat and then pretend to be asleep so that they won't have to move over and share. (That's me.) 2) People who think that 8 hours on a bus is a really good time to make all their social calls and talk for the whole time. ... Read more >


How not to leave Edinburgh

UNITED KINGDOM | Sunday, 30 Aug 2009 | Views [670]

Two different ways of making travel arrangements: The sensible way. This involves planning things in advance, getting cheap deals by booking ahead, spending your time knowing exactly when you're going to leave and mentally preparing yourself, seeing ... Read more >


Gallery: Malaysia & Indonesia 09

INDONESIA | Friday, 28 Aug 2009 | Photo Gallery


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Homeless, hungover and socially retarded in Edinburgh

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 24 Aug 2009 | Views [761]

I'm a bum, again. After a week of bike shop bludging, Peter texts me this morning to say that he and three friends will be staying tonight and that Doug and I will have to leave. Doug is out of the city delivering a bicycle (unnecessarily, it seems) ... Read more >


Edinburgh exercises in homelessness

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 19 Aug 2009 | Views [790]

I'm a bum. The definition of a bum is someone who wanders around the city looking for opportune places to sleep. Alex left for a football match in Croatia this morning, shortening my sleep by a good few hours. I hauled my ass down to the street corner ... Read more >


Liverpool, not Nice

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 12 Aug 2009 | Views [615]

My plane to Nice leaves in about 30 minutes. I'm currently in the centre of Liverpool sitting in a courtyard watching a troupe of tinfoil-sworded middle-aged women perform something vaguely medieval. Probably medieval in the way that Monty Python does ... Read more >


Kuala Lumpur to London: An exercise in stupid

UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 6 Jul 2009 | Views [749]

KUALA LUMPUR TO SINGAPORE I didn't want to leave Kuala Lumpur. I was quite comfortable there. I had almost figured out how Malaysia worked, having spent six weeks there in total. I liked the funny accents. I liked the cheap Indian breakfasts. I liked ... Read more >


Lombok to Bali - Mount Rinjani says "hi"

INDONESIA | Sunday, 28 Jun 2009 | Views [1569]

"One ringgit. One ringgit ok?" I hold up the note in front of my face so the man behind the counter can see. His eyes widen and his lips purse. His is the face of someone who has been offered an extremely good deal but doesn't want to ... Read more >


Mount Rinjani, Lombok - The day before

INDONESIA | Thursday, 25 Jun 2009 | Views [884]

I am sitting in a guesthouse in Senaru, on the island of Lombok, Indonesia. The room is spartan. The only furniture is the double bed which I'm sharing tonight with Madeleine. The floor is tiled. The roof is high. There are ventilation holes above the ... Read more >


Singapore: Early morning philosophical indulgences

SINGAPORE | Wednesday, 3 Jun 2009 | Views [617]

I'm feeling bizarrely homesick for a time when I wasn't so competent. I remember the first time I managed to book an international flight on my own, and orchestrated my escape from Christchurch to Melbourne, all under my own steam. I remember when ... Read more >

Tags: thinking


Wet in Kuching: Less about a city, more about a boy.

MALAYSIA | Sunday, 24 May 2009 | Views [514]

I'm dripping on the floor, making puddles around my bare feet. There's a mother and a couple of children cooking on the landing. The boy stops to chat with them ever so quietly while I continue to drip. Then he ushers me up another short flight of wooden ... Read more >


Kota Kinabalu to Kuching: Stream of consciousness

MALAYSIA | Saturday, 23 May 2009 | Views [971]

Most disconcerting flight from Kota Kinabalu to Kuching. Had looked up from newspaper during course of flight to see bizarre clouds out the window. Looked kind of like we were flying upside down. Had sudden irrational fear that we had crashed and died ... Read more >


Reasons for being wretched in Starbucks, Kota Kinabalu International Airport

MALAYSIA | Friday, 22 May 2009 | Views [2321]

Wretched, wretched. It's 9.30am, and I'm sitting in Kota Kinabalu International Airport, Terminal something. One or two. Not the budget terminal anyway. Having arrived in KK at the budget terminal and seen it in its midday-scorching-heat glory, I'm ... Read more >


Uncle Tan’s, orangutans, Kinabatangans

MALAYSIA | Monday, 18 May 2009 | Views [1041]

Jason Mraz should feel pretty proud of himself. Probably unbeknownst to him, his song “I’m Yours” is currently being sung, strummed, hummed and played obsessively by jungle village dwellers along the Kinabatangan river in the east of Sabah.... Read more >


Kota Kinabalu: Sleeping, snorkelling and relationship woes

MALAYSIA | Saturday, 16 May 2009 | Views [1141]

When my little brother first started "big kids' school" my mother used to walk him to school. When she tried to leave she would be assailed by a barrage of wails. Anguish aplenty. She felt terribly guilty about leaving him in such a state ... Read more >


Long-haul flight #1: Christchurch to Kota Kinabalu: Stream of consciousness

MALAYSIA | Tuesday, 12 May 2009 | Views [1161]

Flight Christchurch > Auckland: 8am - 9.15am Was told by travel agent to arrive two hours early. This time of day very busy, apparently. Am never listening to travel agent again. Check in counter not even open. Extremely tired due to 4.30am ... Read more >


My Spanish Nightmare 2 - San Pedro to Barcelona

SPAIN | Saturday, 5 Jul 2008 | Views [14958] | Comments [5]

On pirate beaches: There are various stories behind San Pedro. The first I heard was that it was a pirate beach and a pirate village. The pirates would emerge from the bay and attack ships as they sailed past. There was even an old abandoned pirate ... Read more >

Tags: barcelona, beaches, hippies, pirates


My Spanish Nightmare 1 - Barcelona to Cabo de Gata

SPAIN | Saturday, 5 Jul 2008 | Views [5181]

(Written late March, 08) How to find accommodation in Barcelona during Semana Santa: Quite simply, you can't. Don't even try. Not only will Barcelona be full of various Europeans on Easter holidays, but also every single American girl on "... Read more >


I hate Spain.

SPAIN | Saturday, 5 Jul 2008 | Views [5469] | Comments [7]

(March 28, 2008) I spend a lot of time creating my own set of laws about the world. It's in lieu of organised religion. People without organised religion still need organisation to make sense of the world, but for me that organisation tends to ... Read more >


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