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Couchsurfing Encounters

FRANCE | Saturday, 30 Mar 2013 | Views [537]

"For f*ck's sake!" suddenly erupted downstairs. Julia and I were huddled on the floor of a loft, our noses braced against the roof and a window screen Ralph controlled from his remote control. At 10pm we had fled into our sleeping bags as ... Read more >

Tags: american, bordeaux, couchsurfing, paris, polish, romanian, turkish

Photos: Vienna 2012

AUSTRIA | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Images from the city of Vienna!
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Photos: Bosnia & Herzegovina 2012

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Images from Sarajevo, Visoko, Mostar and Blagaj!
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Photos: France 2011

FRANCE | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Couch-surfing Paris and Bordeaux!
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Photos: Turkey 2010

TURKEY | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Summer in Turkey!
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Photos: Hong Kong 2009

HONG KONG | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Images from Hong Kong!
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Photos: Russian Winter 2008-9

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Photo Gallery

Images from various cities in Russia
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Balkan Pyramids

BOSNIA & HERZEGOVINA | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [445]

Rain drizzled around, alleviating us of the heat and our own sweat. We had been trekking up and down Bosnia’s irregular skyline for almost an hour. In the distance a mass cemetery sprawled out at the foot of our destination; a mysteriously geometric ... Read more >

Tags: bosnian genocide, dr semir osmanagich, mostar, pyramid of the sun, pyramids, sarajevo, visoko

A Russian Christmas

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [421]

Following a group of Russians we slipped into the hall of a church, and eventually into mass. As we entered a shrivelled but smiley old woman conveyed that she wanted to tie aprons around our waists. I was scolded by some man for holding a camera and ... Read more >

Tags: christmas traditions, frozen lake, russian orthodox christmas

The Visitor

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [447]

At about 1am or something someone started banging on the door- it was a neighbour complaining about the noise. In the end she just wanted us to move the music into another room, as directly above her son was asleep. I’m not sure if she arrived ... Read more >

Tags: alcoholic, birthday, domestic abuse, party, russia

Turkish Resolve

TURKEY | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [347]

Mert squirmed in front of me, focusing on the plastic nozzle. Huffing and puffing smoke as though it could save his life. He had taken me to the legendary mermaid’s bay, where he asserted in his deep slow voice, “A fisherman found her, ... Read more >

Tags: bats, broken toe, macho, mermaids bay, turkey

"Like a Human"

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [309]

I’ve been to Hostel “Africa”. In this particular area there is something like three or four buildings of students, and in each usually a floor of foreigners who are generally all coloured. The foreigners and Russians don’t mix ... Read more >

Tags: africa, austrian, chinese, racism, russia

Crystal Collars

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [337]

"This is just dangerous". Lucy’s hypnotic eyes swirled as she leaned over the table. "Besides, do you really want to be those girls? You know the ones I mean…" Icy agreement crawled up my spine. I didn’t want us to be ‘... Read more >

Tags: latvian, london, millionaires, venture capitalist

Strange Turn of Events

MONGOLIA | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [351]

I bit into my apple. Savouring this single piece of Mongolia that would be mine, in the end. Tears streamed down my face as my despair gave vent to a poem entitled ‘One Apple in Mongolia’. I had been sitting on the same kitchen chair for ... Read more >

Tags: mongolia, ovarian cyst, sickness, teaching english, ulanbaatar

Catching a Moment - Snow

RUSSIAN FEDERATION | Friday, 29 Mar 2013 | Views [313] | Scholarship Entry

It’s been snowing for days; Nizhny Novgorod is being reborn. Snow clothes the landscape in a layer of froth that glistens as you trudge along- slipping and sliding, hobbling like an old woman. Everything is cleaner and brighter, the mornings are fresh ... Read more >

Tags: Travel Writing Scholarship 2013

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