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Many Adventures of a Nomadic Poet A young poet with Asperger's makes travel his passion, and away he goes...

A Day in Macau

MACAU | Saturday, 28 Nov 2015 | Views [429]

Going from Hong Kong to Macau is like going from one country to another. Crossing the water is like a sort of "no man's water" as you have to go through passport control to exit Hong Kong and again to enter Macau. Immigration is just a formality, and ... Read more >

Photos: Macau

MACAU | Friday, 27 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Fragrant Harbour

HONG KONG | Wednesday, 25 Nov 2015 | Views [446]

A pragmatic mixture of a little Melbourne, Rio, and Wellington, slightly more of Beijing, a lot of New York, and a great deal indeed of London. Welcome to Hong Kong! I'll admit I stole the framework of that quote of one about Fidel Castro's ideology ... Read more >

Photos: Hong Kong

HONG KONG | Monday, 23 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Headaches & Heartaches

CHINA | Monday, 23 Nov 2015 | Views [474]

Whilst I definitely found some good in China, across the board it's problematic, disorganized, and bureaucratic. All along I've said with China "if there isn't a rule they make a rule, and if there isn't a problem they create a problem." The language ... Read more >

Snowy Beijing

CHINA | Sunday, 22 Nov 2015 | Views [457]

The DPRK was such a fantastic experience! And I never expected the vibe of a college field trip. Yesterday morning we all returned to Beijing aboard Air Koryo 151 and at the baggage carousel we said our goodbyes. Some people caught connecting flights ... Read more >

Reflecting on the DPRK

NORTH KOREA | Saturday, 21 Nov 2015 | Views [358]

In a day in the DPRK there’s always a lot to write about and talk about. Slightly sad I was this morning and certainly I indulged in too much soju last night. I would thank Margo for tipping out my last drink and walking me to my room last night.... Read more >


NORTH KOREA | Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | Views [481] | Comments [1]

Today we would visit a very surreal place in an already very surreal country. Our excursion to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) would take place today where I'd get to step across the border and shake hands with a DPRK soldier. The DMZ is anything but and ... Read more >

Photos: DMZ and Kaesong

NORTH KOREA | Friday, 20 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

38th parallel
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Photos: Nampo

NORTH KOREA | Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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The Great Leader!

NORTH KOREA | Thursday, 19 Nov 2015 | Views [389]

You’ll quickly learn in the DPRK that days are long as a visitor! You’ll rise early, get home rather late in the evening and there’s no stopping back at the hotel if you forget your memory card. If you forget something you’re ... Read more >

Museums, Towers, Metros...

NORTH KOREA | Wednesday, 18 Nov 2015 | Views [469] | Comments [1]

What a long day it was today! Rising early from a deep slumber I was up whilst it was barely light out. Breakfast would be early as we had a really full agenda today! Our meal was a simple but tasty one of fried sausage, shredded cucumbers, and bread ... Read more >

Democratic People's Republic of Korea

NORTH KOREA | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | Views [488] | Comments [1]

The adventure began before I even got on the plane. Upon checking in for my flight I was handed a boarding pass for Air Koryo 152. As the DPRK’s state-owned airline it operates a fleet of Tupolevs and other Soviet-built aircraft dating back decades.... Read more >

Photos: Pyongyang

NORTH KOREA | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Tiananmen at Dawn

CHINA | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | Views [360]

In only a few hours I'm off to the DPRK! Getting here from Korea involves flying to Beijing and I had a few, albeit exhausting, hours to stroll around. My only option for China after all the heartache with Chinese visas is the 72-hour visa waiver. When ... Read more >

Photos: Beijing

CHINA | Tuesday, 17 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Daegu

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 16 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Busan to Daegu

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 16 Nov 2015 | Views [618]

My time in Korea is winding down and in less than 24 hours I'll be in the DPRK. Victoria and Josh would host me after running into them coincidently on the train a couple of nights ago, and since I had stored some gear at Carlsen's house I had went there ... Read more >

Poetry with Dried Fish

SOUTH KOREA | Saturday, 14 Nov 2015 | Views [500]

Poetry, fish markets, and open sewers would be the story of my day. None of them go together but the last two sure smell. As I left Carlsen's flat with he and a Dane named David, I had difficulty deciding what I wanted to do today. David hitchhiked from ... Read more >

Beomeosa Temple

SOUTH KOREA | Thursday, 12 Nov 2015 | Views [595]

Within a short bus ride of Busan is Beomeosa Temple. Modern high-rises exist a 10-minute bus ride away but Beomeosa Temple dates back to the 7th century! Monks practice their prostration and people come to offer prayers. As I was on a packed bus mostly ... Read more >

Dynamic Busan

SOUTH KOREA | Wednesday, 11 Nov 2015 | Views [543]

There's always that "ahhhh" feeling when you visit a new country for the first time. That's how I feel being here in Korea as it's definitely a place that hasn't disappointed. For simplicity's sake, in my blog I'm referring to South Korea as "Korea" ... Read more >

Miracle to the 34th Country

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | Views [485]

The past 24 hours have been another major test of my travel endurance, and I sure hope when I'm 50 or even only a few years from now I can endure this type of experience and laugh about it with a friend over a coffee or a glass of wine. In the past 24 ... Read more >

Photos: Busan

SOUTH KOREA | Monday, 9 Nov 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Waterfalls & Rice Fields

INDONESIA | Sunday, 1 Nov 2015 | Views [1709]

Wandering through rice fields, receiving a hydraulic massage from a waterfall, and teaching English! What do they all have in common? The answer is that I've done all three today. Gede woke me early as negotiated a lift to the waterfalls with Ahmed, ... Read more >

Photos: Lombok

INDONESIA | Friday, 30 Oct 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Aku Cinta

INDONESIA | Friday, 30 Oct 2015 | Views [2452]

Coming over from Bali for a few days I'd experience Lombok and the "real Indonesia" for awhile. As I exited the ferry I managed to hitch a lift with a local on a motorbike from Lembar where I could immediately tell Lombok is vastly different to Bali.... Read more >

Canang sari

INDONESIA | Friday, 23 Oct 2015 | Views [406]

If you're spending a long or even short time in Bali you'll (literally) stumble upon  canang sari , better known as daily offerings. These are little woven baskets of flowers, rice, and so forth that are an integral part of Balinese Hindu culture.... Read more >

Bali, Earthy & Gritty

INDONESIA | Wednesday, 21 Oct 2015 | Views [367]

A year ago today I was in Bali for the first time. Bali conjures up many images: majestic sunsets on a blissful beach. The "Island of the Gods" it's often called, though one reason I like Bali is for what people don't realize it also is: earthy, gritty, ... Read more >


AUSTRALIA | Saturday, 17 Oct 2015 | Views [512] | Comments [1]

One thing I like about Melbourne is how no two sections are alike. Toorak is the posh section. St. Kilda has a backpacker's vibe. Collingwood is perhaps the most LGBT-friendly district, and Fitzroy or Brunswick have perhaps the funkiest vibe in all of ... Read more >

Role of Tour Guide

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Views [340]

Today I was a tour guide to, believe or not, my sister's best friend from kindergarten. Dannielle and Danielle (notice the spelling difference) were inseparable as little girls and we always knew the latter as "Danielle R." A few weeks ago I successfully ... Read more >

Photos: Ben Lomond Track

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 9 Oct 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Like Fishing

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 16 Sep 2015 | Views [439]

"Hitchhiking is like fishing: sometimes you get a big catch, sometimes you get a small catch, yet sometimes you get no catch." Those were the words of a Maori fella who picked me up outside of Napier last year. There couldn't be a better analogy because ... Read more >

Only on Norfolk

NORFOLK ISLAND | Sunday, 6 Sep 2015 | Views [387]

Up extra early I was again. Except for my first day I've been up far earlier than normal because I want to make the most of each day. Sadly I'm leaving Norfolk Island for the third time today. The only places I've ever left crying are Norfolk Island ... Read more >

Radio Norfolk Interview III

NORFOLK ISLAND | Friday, 4 Sep 2015 | Views [542]

Three times on Norfolk and three radio interviews. Not bad, eh? Like always I was up early. You can't spend only a week somewhere and sleep in until noon. A cuppa is always good with toast and avocado. After three days of gorgeous weather, it would turn ... Read more >

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Caching, Sweat, and Tears

NORFOLK ISLAND | Tuesday, 1 Sep 2015 | Views [420]

Roosters woke me early. It was a good thing because I wanted to be up early and go geocaching. 36 geocaches on a small island doesn’t sound like many but it’s quite a few, and I’ve barely found half of them after today. It was still ... Read more >

Storm on a Bicycle

NORFOLK ISLAND | Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | Views [416]

The rain came down like thunder on the tin roof this morning, so much I woke up at one point and nearly had a heart attack. At 9 AM I knew this rain wouldn’t be going anywhere for the better part of the day so I decided to go about my business ... Read more >

Third Time Lucky

NORFOLK ISLAND | Sunday, 30 Aug 2015 | Views [482]

If Norfolk Island were a lady, I would have placed a ring on her finger a long time ago! As the Airbus 320 swooped in straight from the sea and sky we flew in from a different direction. I’m so used to seeing Phillip and Nepean Islands first though ... Read more >

Carrot Capital

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Views [775]

Greetings in orange! That's because I'm in Ohakune: NZ's "carrot capital." A giant carrot greets people as you enter the town, and large bags of carrots are for sale at dairies and petrol station. These past few visits to New Zealand I've mostly been ... Read more >

Photos: Central Plateau

NEW ZEALAND | Monday, 24 Aug 2015 | Photo Gallery

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Lake Hayes

NEW ZEALAND | Wednesday, 24 Jun 2015 | Views [492]

Queenstown can get really hectic after awhile, both on the streets and in your mind. Thankfully there's a plethora of easy escapes from New Zealand's most popular tourist town. Clyde, as well as the various tramping tracks near Glenorchy are my favourites ... Read more >

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