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The Pain of Auschwitz

Most of the world agrees that one of the most despicable events in human history was the holocaust. Hitler’s Nazi party systematically murdered approximately 11 million innocent people, whose shocking numbers include 6 million Jews. To deny the holocaust is in…

A Fake Pilgrim

One of my favorite things to do in Korea is hike. No matter where you live, you’re never more than a few subway stops from excellent hiking trails. Last Wednesday I finally made my way to the trail that leads…

I Wrote a Novel, and You Can Too

When I first met Leslie, who I knew was a writer, just to try and impress her I told her that I was a writer too. She asked what I’d written, and I said, ‘Er, nothing really.’ ‘Oh,’ she replied….

And The Winners Are…

Thanks to everyone that entered into my ‘win a postcard’ competition. And the two winners are… 1. Big bad Brien Silver at ‘Sabai Jai Yen.’ and 2. Sally at ‘A Breath of Foreign Air.’ Well done guys, and a lovely…

Postcard Competition

A couple of days ago Leslie and I visited spectacular Borobudur, Yogyakarta, the world’s largest Buddhist temple. A blog post will follow shortly, but in the mean time, how about a quick and easy competition? How to win? All you…

Re-Launching The Kim

While I’m over here in Darwin, visiting my brother and waiting for Leslie to escape California and join me, I’ve been doing a variety of cash-in-hand jobs: a) to boost the travel funds, and b) I actually miss working and getting…

His Holiness The Dalai Lama

Anybody that knows anything about me will know that I’m not a very spiritual person, or at least in the traditional sense of the word. I’m a strong willed atheist, I don’t believe in horoscopes and the zodiac, Feng Shui…

Himalaya Trek: Mcleodganj

Tibetan prayer flags flutter colorfully on a light breeze, while an eerie mist shrouds the trail as we leave behind the bustling main square of Mcleod Ganj. It’s the beginning of a two day, one night trek high into the…

Philosophy by Mr. Poong

We’ve met some great characters during our time here on Koh Yao Noi, but without a doubt our favorite is Mr. Poong. Aside from our hammocks and the beach, the place we seem to spend most of our time is…

My Girlfriend is Crazy.

Excuse the brevity, but my significant other Leslie Spontaneous Patrick has just surprised the flip flops off me. We were gate crashing a very fancy resort, just 3 miles from our house on Yao Noi, for a few hours. We’re…

Tomorrow, I’m going to hell.

I am nervous about going to Auschwitz tomorrow. Right now, I’m sitting in the sun in a pretty square in Krakow, exhausted after a rough eleven hour train ride from Prague, and contemplating my conscious choice to visit the scene…

Mo’Rock’ the Kasbah

Leaving icy England for mild Morocco was a very welcome opportunity to thaw out, under clear, blue Marrakeshi skies. With the snow capped majesty of the High Atlas Mountains as a backdrop, and the haunting, atmospheric chorus of myriad muezzin…

HAWAII…HORIZONTALLY

At long, long last, the day had finally dawned. Shackles were shed, goodbyes had been said, and with more childish anticipation than you could shake a bowl of kimchi at, I was bound for Hawaii. For the next two weeks,…

Goodbye Korea, Aloha World

INTROAs the days diminished towards the conclusion of my second year of teaching in Korea, I was awash with the usual sense of excitement, wunderlust and desire to once again hit the road, and be reunited with my first and…

WHERE IT ALL BEGAN!

A couple of weeks ago, I returned to the land where I first discovered my wanderlust more than seventeen years ago…the Indonesian island of Bali. When I first visited in 1994, I was a wide-eyed, inexperienced young lad, travelling for…

I KNOW I AM ON VACATION WHEN…

Beautiful Bali I love to travel, and have been lucky enough to have done a lot of it. However, sometimes I worry about taking it for granted, and forgetting how privileged I am to be able to do so. Here…

The Real Cost of Beer!

Not so long ago, a dozen beers in Korea would cost me no more than 30,000won (about £15), and a few thousand dead brain cells. These days, the same beers cost me an entire day in bed and expulsion issues from…

JEJU ISLAND: ABOVE AND BELOW

As I flew off to Jeju Island, the so-called “Hawaii of Korea,” I was excited to say the least. With the R.O.K’s highest mountain to climb and the clear, warm waters off Seogwipo to dive, a great few days were…

Miyajima Mystique

After immersing ourselves in the bleak and painful history of Hiroshima it was definitely time to lighten the mood. So by way of tram, train, ferry and foot we trundled our way over to the island of Miyajima. Though just…

The Games: In summary then…

As the Athletic World Champs drew to a dramatic close last Sunday evening, amid world records, fireworks and…K-pop?…some endearing memories were created for me. In sport as in life, there are highs and lows, the occasional controversy, and the events…no…

The Games…

So this weekend, the 2011 Athletic World Champs came to an exciting close, with heartache and happiness by the skip load. There are too many dramatic stories to mention, so I will just share a few random pictures I took…

On Your Marks…Set…DOH!

Last night saw one of the greatest surprises in recent sporting history…Usain Bolt did NOT win the 100m final at the Daegu World Champs. After cruising to victory in the semi-final, the steaming hot favorite for gold inexplicably false started…

The Blade Runner

The 2011 World Athletics Championships is happening right here in Daegu, and living in Siji just ten minutes walk from the cool ‘World Cup Stadium,’ I naturally wanted to grab some tickets and get a slice of the action. Today…

Badminton with a difference, anyone?

I have just completed a two week summer camp with my school, Moonkkang. It was tiring but fun, and certainly worth it for the extra cash. However, the highlight was not the money, but this. A fellow teacher shared an…

The Hites of Mt. Apsan

Hite beers on the heights of Mt. Apsan OK. So my last post was me complaining about all the rain in Daegu, but evidently it is I who was wrong, not Mr. Draven. It did stop, and last weekend, the…

“It can’t rain all the time.”

To quote a line from one of my favourite movies, The Crow, Eric says to Sarah, “It can’t rain all the time.”Well he lied, because apparently in Daegu this weekend, it can. Daegu is my home city, currently, and I…

Boracay Bliss Part III

    Sailing at sunset Despite no real plans to party on this ‘relaxing’ vacation, I did inevitably end up at the bars post sunset…and occasionally before. Charles Bar, my particular favourite, offered permanent ‘happy hours’ and live music, right…

Boracay Bliss Part II

Early evening at White Beach The first day on Boracay set the pattern for the rest of my trip in this little corner of paradise; early wake up, beach stroll, breakfast, and then lying comatose under the baking sun until sunset burnt!…

Boracay Bliss Part I

So much to do, so little time After braving the cold winter on two continents, Europe and Asia, and successfully making it three months into my new job, I felt the need for some fun in the sun, and headed…