I'm about to write a little something about China's Grand Canal, yet another fascinating engineering marvel, when I'm reminded, I haven't told you about my monetary misfortune at that very spot. I really should, as a cautionary tale. Grand Canal will have to wait. Again. [...]
Camp Sounio, Greece 16 September 2016 Camp Sounio I've been teaching conversational English today. And hearing stories of the dreaded crossing from Turkey in little dinghies, filled to the brim and then some. About having to stand up in the boat during rogue waves, while [...]
Driving from Armidale to Coff's Harbour with my oldest daughter some years ago, I spot a sign for Dorrigo. The name sounds familiar. But why? We're at the other end of the world, after all. In Australia. And not Sydney or Melbourne, but inland Australia. [...]
Dubai is perhaps best known for its futuristic skyline, its just-a-wee-bit-over-the-top shopping centres and luxury hotels, its record-breaking skyscrapers, and its slightly indulgent lifestyle. But there’s more to this affluent Arabian city than first meets the eye. If you’re interested in learning about Emirati culture, traditions and religion, I recommend visiting the Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding.
I was going through some old photos and this one from the fish market in Maputo brought a smile to my face. It's been about 15 years, gosh - yet I remember well wandering through this lively bazaar and chatting with these friendly, cheeky ladies. [...]
During a visit in South Africa earlier this year, I visited Imizamo Yethu, a township just outside Cape Town. I was first in South Africa in 1993, just months before Nelson Mandela was sworn in as president. At that time, by chance, I met a [...]
Something is different in Catalonia. Independence flags wave from windows and balconies all over the region, long after the national day, 11 September.