On my old blog, I touch upon the issue of the Bedoun (although mostly my ignorance of the matter). This is what I wrote then - from the observation deck of Kuwait Towers: I'm soon joined by the only other westerner here. A journo from [...]
Skopje isn’t what leaps to mind when you think of European cities, is it? It’s probably among the lesser known capitals, along with Chisinau. To me, it was the easiest way to get to Kosovo for a travel writing assignment on the then two-month-old nation. [...]
I just submitted an article about Kiev, and was reminded of my first journey there a couple of years ago. Uzbekistan came to mind. Why? Well, as I was waiting in transit at Riga airport, I noticed an Ilyushin from Uzbekistan Airways on the tarmac. [...]
I spend many nights in beds that aren't mine. Many, many nights! Maybe too many nights. From 10-bed dorms to light houses, shipping containers, and the like. From boring chain operations, via eclectic boutique hotels, to the superbest of the superb. So I know what [...]
Recently, a friend of mine was on a plane hit by lightning. Seemed scary enough, but the pilot had quickly explained very calmly that it was nothing to worry about. A bit later the plane landed safely. Most of my stories of flying have been [...]
I took my first plane journey when I was 11 years old. My oldest daughter was 11 weeks. Times have certainly changed. Back in the 70s, Mum took my brother and me to New Orleans to a visit her cousin, Aunt Hanna - who had [...]
Tonga, or Puleʻanga Fakatuʻi ʻo Tonga, is the only monarchy in the Pacific. A constitutional monarchy in theory, a bit more feudal in reality. Or at least the reality in 2003. The then king, Taufa’ahau Tupou IV, was once famous for being the world’s heaviest monarch.