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Pushkar - India

INDIA | Sunday, 10 Oct 2010 | Views [586]

Set by a lake and ringed by forest covered mountains, Pushkar is temple town of the highest order.  Holy men, priests and cows meander through hot, dusty streets filled with touts and hippy trail tourists.  Holy petals are offered up for the soul and ... Read more >

The Bollywood Experience

INDIA | Monday, 4 Oct 2010 | Views [615]

"It is just like sitting in a big cake..." That was the clinching sentence that made me book tickets for "Dabangg" in Jaipur's "Cake Cinema." I just hoped Lucky, our driver, didn't mean Dundee cake. Bollywood produces ... Read more >

Tags: bollywood, india

An Unexpected Toilet Stop

GERMANY | Monday, 16 Aug 2010 | Views [738]

A few weeks ago I found myself stuck in 20km's worth of Autobahn traffic performing some unusual crossed legged clutch manoeuvres.   Morning coffee and battering rain had put into action every possible bodily function on my brain's „don't piss yourself“ list ... Read more >

Tags: germany


GERMANY | Wednesday, 14 Apr 2010 | Views [1208]

With a blood alcohol concentration of between 0.08 - 0.15%, the body is scientifically in a "risky state." Speech is slurred, balance and coordination impaired, reflexes slowed, emotions are unstable and there's a good chance you'll be ... Read more >

Tags: germany, hamburg

Driving in Morocco - Conduire au Maroc - القيادة في المغرب

MOROCCO | Sunday, 14 Mar 2010 | Views [669]

Ninety minutes.  The length of a football match.  Doesn't seem like very long.  It's also the time it takes for the ferry from Algeciras in Spain to Tangiers in Morocco.  Quite a short crossing.  But with one problem.  If you're travelling with a ... Read more >

Tags: driving, morocco


UNITED KINGDOM | Monday, 26 Oct 2009 | Views [697]

International communist links, music bonanzas, tales of grand drug busts and enough nationalities to tempt Kofi Annan to hold a UN summit here, it’s what the Scottish highlands are all about - or more specifically, Ullapool in Wester Ross. ... Read more >

Tags: scotland

Do you spreche my sprache?

GERMANY | Saturday, 17 Oct 2009 | Views [615] | Comments [1]

The single act of travelling overseas is, for some, a daunting prospect.  Organising flights, visas, vaccinations, packing and of course sizing up the possible longevity of your underwear.  This however is only the start.  What do you actually do when ... Read more >

Adventurous Travel at Home - Vantastic

UNITED KINGDOM | Friday, 17 Jul 2009 | Views [853] | Video

"You Want to See Sahara?" (Part One)

MOROCCO | Monday, 13 Apr 2009 | Views [1293]

The alarm startles me into a state of semi-consciousness. I focus through bleary eyes just enough to make out a 5, followed by some numbers, before collapsing back onto the bed with frightening velocity.   I contemplate hitting the snooze button, reassuring ... Read more >

Kaffee und Kuchen

GERMANY | Wednesday, 1 Oct 2008 | Views [1858]

Seldom am I tempted to travel long distances purely for food. There are of course exceptions, like the legendary Mrs Macs meat pie from Western Australia which, purely for the pastry and gravy alone, I might actually consider walking over hot coals ... Read more >

Tags: cologne, germany

Gallery: Germania

GERMANY | Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | Photo Gallery

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The Woes Of An Addict (Part One)

GERMANY | Thursday, 4 Sep 2008 | Views [1436] | Comments [2]

Travel is an addiction. It’s as simple as that. It shares with drug abuse and alcoholism all the major addiction symptoms. Withdrawal effects, desire for a bigger and better highs and, quite often, no real control over ones actions. This latter ... Read more >

Au Revoir

AUSTRALIA | Wednesday, 2 Jan 2008 | Views [707]

And so it is.   The time to take the Scotland flag off of the back of the ambassador shack has come.   It’s an emotional moment.   I’m tempted to try and runaway with the van and make tracks towards Alice Springs but it’s not exactly the kind ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Life In The Southern Shires

AUSTRALIA | Sunday, 30 Dec 2007 | Views [1284] | Comments [1]

The MCG empties and thousands of cricket fans pour onto the streets of central Melbourne. At exactly the same time, Andy and I hit the streets of the CBD and the van takes on the role of a driving billboard. It’s an advertiser’s wet dream.... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

Hazy Days Of The City Hopper

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 27 Dec 2007 | Views [1254]

  During the week prior to my departure for far and distant Australian shores I watched a lot of Globe Trekker on the Travel Channel.   One such day I found myself glued to the TV watching the afore-mentioned show and for a change it wasn’t ... Read more >

Tags: Misadventures

The Tim-Tam Shooter

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [2606] | Comments [1] | Video

Tags: Food & eating

Southward Bound...

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 24 Dec 2007 | Views [946]

I don’t really believe in fate or the idea that you’re life is on a set course, but sometimes things present themselves in a way that you just have to accept as the way it’s meant to be.   As I’m sitting on the internet, pouring over maps on ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

A Whistlestop Tour of Brisvegas

AUSTRALIA | Friday, 21 Dec 2007 | Views [1189]

The train is eerily quiet. The only noise is the high pitch squeal of the train wheels against the tracks, yet the carriage is packed with suburban types. It’s a sign that I’m in a city. It’s a bizarre concept that the more people you ... Read more >

Tags: Sightseeing

The Bright Lights of Brisvegas

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 20 Dec 2007 | Views [983]

After spending the majority of the past few weeks in the bush and small country towns, driving towards the bright lights of Brisbane is a daunting prospect.   Four lane highways, skyscrapers and enough surrounding concrete to keep a Bangkok ... Read more >

Tags: On the Road

An Aimless Day at Hervey Bay

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 17 Dec 2007 | Views [1430]

I wake up, yet again, at 7.30am. I feel like a Christmas turkey on slow-bake. As soon as the morning sun is high enough to reach the top of the van, the velcro type material on the ceiling takes on the attributes of a nuclear oven. Every ... Read more >

Tags: Relaxation

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