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An alternative kidnap

If you ever have the misfortune of imagining being kidnapped abroad, perhaps thoughts of bald, tattooed drug smugglers, hostage holders and even pirates spring to mind. I was kidnapped in India…by a friendly, middle-aged school-teacher. We were down by the … Continue reading

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The People of Pushkar

Rain pours fiercely, flooding the narrow streets. A stream becoming a river. A wrinkled old woman chases a cow out of her house and proceeds to whack it around the head with a dustpan and brush. Clearly feeling a little guilty, … Continue reading

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Night Train Nightmares

Jaisalmer to Delhi. An 18 hour train journey. How bad could it be?! I lay in my bunk, sleeping-bag less, in the dirt. Shockingly the fan above me didn’t work. Not even a well-placed broom handle could sort it out, … Continue reading

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The Walking Train

You want us to walk down the train tracks?  For ten miles? To the next village? With our backpacks on?  I nodded eagerly. He shrugged his shoulders in defeated agreement. Was this really the same person who thought there was … Continue reading

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Lacy Black Pants

Lacy Black Pants Being on the road for days at a time does hold its fair share of problems. Staying one night here, one night there, one on a bus, one in a shed, meant I was running pretty low … Continue reading

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Rocking Peruvian Ponchos

Mama Yolanda gave us a wide toothless grin as her gloved hands handed over two steaming bowls of hearty potato soup. Ahh potatoes. Who would have known there are over 4000 varieties in Peru alone?! That’s right, four THOUSAND! Sitting … Continue reading

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Race Against Darkness

Race Against Darkness Five mopeds tore through the dusty dirt tracks of Puerto in a race against darkness. Nine riders, faces caked with a thick orange dust. Leisurely I licked a layer of grime from my teeth. The sun was … Continue reading

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Fish Murderer

Fish Murderer… A fishing trip with new friends? Sounds like a plan. Sure, I hate the thought of fishing, but who doesn’t fancy another swim in piranha and penis-fish infested waters? Plus…who the hell is going to catch anything when … Continue reading

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The Adoption

The Adoption Usually I’m all about a bit of banter with the locals. But not when I’ve been sat in my own sweat for the previous 12 hours. Not when I have spent the day being crushed up next to … Continue reading

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Seafood Lunch

Seafood Lunch I had chosen a less than favourable spot on the bus to Halong Bay. Directly behind a snobby looking American man who had interestingly favoured a long-sleeved shirt and trousers in the 100 degree heat. A loud and arrogant … Continue reading

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