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Where's Jonny? Care to dine with me? You would think that 11 years of daily food tasting for a living might put me off?......au contraire! Chomp away with me across 6 continents. Seduced like a bloodhound to the scent of good food, I anticipate the misty waft of steaming broths, the satisfying crunch of mudbugs and the vibrant aroma of freshly pulverised lemongrass. Buon appetito

My year abroad - Statistically speaking

UNITED KINGDOM | Wednesday, 21 November 2007 | Views [1024]

Below are the stats on my travels over the last 9 months

Favourite country - Vietnam (phenominally rich in culture, colours and people)

Hippest city - Rio (a natural wonder)

Hottest girls - Brasil and Vietnam (quite different but both stunningly beautiful)

BLINGest city - Miami (straight out of a 50 cent video)

Most dangerous animals - Australia (even the plants can kill)

Culinary epiphanies - Cambodian and Brazilian food (watch out for new trends in the UK)

Most missed - English tea, bacon, my Tweed suit

Longest period of constipation - 14 weeks (whilst in Argentina)

Most dangerous town - Salvador, Brasil (amazing architecture but very rough)

Best Hotel - Raffles, Singapore, The Scarlet, Singapore

Least professional massage in a hotel - Every hotel in Saigon

Biggest lie to other travellers - That I discovered a new species whilst in the AmazonScariest moment - too many to mention but flying into Sydney in gale force winds made me shake

Best scenery - New Zealand (South Island)

Most amazing wildlife - Australia

Most amazing national phenomina - Iguacu falls (Argentina)

Friendliest people - Vietnamese/Malaysians/Thais

Most hated travelling companions - mosquitos

Most disappointing food - Argentina/USA (surprise surprise)

Most challenging animal to photograph - bats (they just wont stay still)

Cutest critter - Red pandas in China

Most stray dogs - Santiago

Most polluted city - Santiago, Xian, China

Favourite gift for people at home - Pirhana teeth, Brasil football shirts, pan pipes

Most expensive country - USA (despite good currency rates with the pound)

Best photo - Rainbow lorikeet feeding at Noosa beach, Australia

Travel ethos - pole vault your comfort zone

Most trustworthy piece of kit - Merrel trekking shoes

Most overrated pieces of kit - anything Colombia (poor quality build, the zips are terrible)

Best excursions - The Amazon and Fraser Island

Deadliest drink - Pisco sour (three will have you on all fours and crying like a baby)

Favourite beaches - Camps bay in Cape Town (white crescent shape, just don't swim as the sharks are rather large) Maya beach - Koh Pi Pi Lay, Thailand (the one from the film)

Best cigar - Montecristo No.4 (don't buy in Miami as they will be fake) 

Favourite Airline - BA Business (best place for nervous passengers is upstairs on a 747-400 you cannot hear the engines)

Worst airline (- American Airlines (domestic) (meals non existent in Economy and very poor in business, staff rude and unattentive, charges for any changes.)

Biggest regrets - spending only 1 week in Peru, not whale watching (despite opportunities in New Zealand, Argentina and Boston) Failing to discover a new species, renting my flat to a psycho called Emma (beware anyone in London renting a flat to a girl of that name)

Best wines - Pinot Noir (NZ) Malbec (Argentina) Sauv blanc (NZ)

Biggest achievements - writing, photography, getting on 27 flights when I fear flying, learning to speak Vietnamese in only 2 weeks (joke)

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