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Advanced Havaiana Sickness

A while ago I wrote about the worsening effects of wearing my Havaiana Thongs (flip-flops to the rest of the world…) every day, day in – day out. I’m beginning to gain real concern. In between my big and index toes I now have hardening calluses, and the most concerning effect is for most mornings […]

France – Provence & the Cote d’Azur

Originally heading back to France from the bottom of Spain seemed like an arduous task. It would have involved either sitting on a bus (probably totally booked with a broken toilet, as it seems to happen) for around 50 hours, or working through five to ten train rides, over probably the same amount of time. […]

Czech Republic – Prague

Prague was a much talked about destination for me and it was also a pleasant step up from Austria. I’m not saying i didn’t enjoy Austria, but for me it was a little slow and I ended up feeling boredom creep into most days. No such thing in Prague. Of course, the company you’re with […]

Poland

From Prague I headed to Krakow with a small posse of Irish and English lads I met in the Czech Republic. I almost missed my train to start, so after piss-bolting for about a kilometre, I started the journey rather sweaty, and with no water or beer to re-hydrate me. Poland was not on my […]

Fuck for peace – Austria

Austria was great. Clean. Sophisticated and generally ‘nice’. I think I had higher expectations for Vienna than I perhaps should have, but it was still a very nice city. Coming from Italy, I had some serious issues with confusing Vienna and Venice. They are very different destinations, and when you try and buy a train […]

A few months in Italy

At first Italy didn’t especially click for me, but with time, my fondness for it really grew and now in just over three weeks there, I’d rate it as one of my favourite places in the world. Being in Italy for the World Cup when they won was more than anyone could have asked for. […]

Amsterdam & Rotterdam

Holland was a beautiful country with a relaxed and sophisticated atmosphere. I can’t say I remember a lot of our first stop, Amsterdam, except being lost for most of the time there.. Those bloody streets are just so confusing and hard to navigate, especially with all those special cafes around. – Amsterdam was quite an […]

Sun, sand, sex, & sleeping all day – Athens & The Greek Islands

From Holland I flew into Athens to check out some of the historic Greek sites and to serve as a launching point to head to the Greek Islands. It was great to see some of the ruins Greece had around as the first tastes of history in my memory all revolved around Greece, their myths and […]

Part 4: laundry.. the stylish way..

Ever get stuck without clean (ok, or wearable) socks and undergarments..? I know I have – several times this year. In these tricky circumstances, you have limited choice.. You can find a friend of similar size, and borrow theirs (preferably without them knowing). You can ‘Go Commando’ and deal with the extra related chaffing.. Or […]

Paris

I was nervous heading to Paris. And it wasn’t because I had condoms stuffed with crack cocaine slowly decomposing in my stomach*.. No, it was because the French are renowned for their intolerance of the “non-French speaker” in their own country.. I knew a few words, like Croissant, and Baguette.. and Frogs Legs, but not […]

Berlin

..With a savage hang-over and about 35 minuets sleep after catching the wrong train from Paris, My two good friends and I arrived in Berlin to a beautiful sunny morning (which was short lived, before the rain set in..). The first impressions of Berlin were excellent.. Firstly, the taxi we shared from the train station […]

London

My short time in London was excellent, but came with mixed emotions for me.. I’d been in Spanish speaking countries for the last three-ish months, and although it was a real treat to be able to communicate fluently again, for the first few days, i really missed hearing the language i never really got used […]

Mexico

After the rather frazzling experience with the Cuban immigration / emigration system, I prepared myself properly before attempting my next destination. This time I had my story straight, crossing all the “i’s” and dotting all the “T’s” on the immigration forms, and I even wore respectable clothing to enter the country this time. Mexico’s immigration […]

Part 3: emergency hotel exit drills..

Ok, so this could save your life one day… Or get you in a lot of trouble…. Recently whilst staying in a luxury resort few days, a good friend of mine and I decided that if we were to start a fire (accidentally of course), we wouldn’t know how to get out of the building if […]

Pardon my French, but it’s these keyboards..

Gqwd dq,n, these French keyboqrds qre seriously fuked up::111 Itùs definqtelly NOT stqndqrd issue::11 The hqrdest Iùve found to use so fqr:: Iùve got heqps of stuff to tell you qll,; but zhen i find q nor,qm keyboqrd qgqin:: check these bqbies out à]ç)_&锑(-è___çà)ù*%$£^:!; more soon:: Related stuff: This is some unique shit, nothing’s quite […]

Cuba

Cuba is quite incredible.
Rhythm, Poverty, Beauty, Soul.

Costa Rica

Costa Rica was an absolutely beautiful place. “Pura Vida” is the saying the locals use which fittingly means “Pure Life” .. You could make a beautiful life in Costa Rica, and i’d possibly put it in my top three destinations to live that I’ve experienced so far. With perfect beaches surrounded by low-key chilled out […]

The Middle Of The World

I was a little disappointed not to find any red hot Magma here.. I was expecting it to be flowing everywhere… BAH!! On this brief stop, all i got was a dividing line and a GIANT Obelisk marking The Middle of the World (latitude 0°0’0″) and the Northern and Southern hemispheres.. As a kid might, […]

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos was a must-do stop for my trip.. Everything I read and everyone i spoke to warned me about how expensive it was going to be but, it was something i had to do (seeming i was in the area and all..) . Surprisingly, It actually turned out to be not as bad (price […]

A quick stop in Ecuador – (Shame about the hotel)

Ahem.., Some places should be avoided.. I’m not talking about Equator itself. I’m talkin’ about the ‘nice’ little hotel the ‘nice’ person at the information desk at Ecuador airport recommended i stay at for a stop over.. Well i can say this. This place was CHEAP.. Cheap in so many ways.. I was, at first, […]

Peru: Cusco and the Lost City of the Incas

Flying from Brazil I made my way to Cusco via Lima (which was all a bit by the skin of my teefs by that stage). Turned out ok, thanks to the help of the excellent staff in Lima Airport.. Previously having little or no luck in the Brazilian airport lottery draw, this was a breath […]

A snap shot of Brazil

What an amazing country.. with nothing but naivety, and a few books, I planned my trip roughly from home and included Brazil solely for attending one of the world’s largest events, Carnival. In hind site, I could have spent 6 months, if not the full year in Brazil.. One of the beautiful things about travelling […]

Haviana Sickness

I’ve had my Haviana thongs on for pretty much the whole time I’ve been in Brazil, and I’m starting to understand the reason for wearing “real” footwear.. I now have calluses between my big and second toes and i think me feet are about to fall off.. Lesson learnt, mix up your footwear every now […]

Olinda – time to relax..

…Currently in a little town called Olinda, near Recife (pronounced Hecefe), – you know.., “Linda” in Portuguese means Beautiful.. But what the locals think is beautiful, can sometimes leave plenty to the imagination.. Olinda is a very historic and cute little place, everything is about a million years old, but has had some incredibly bright […]

Surviving Carnival in Brazil

Well It’s a miracle that I survived the last 7 days.. Carnival week was unrelenting. Everywhere you turned in Rio was just crazy with people and music and general mayhem. There were street parties that mingled with overspill from every club, bar and restaurant. The beaches were a litter of people, stalls and stands selling […]

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