The Other Dead Sea

The Aral Sea shoreline. It’s pretty cold; I’m even wearing socks. The sky above, coupled with…

What to expect on buses in West Africa

Have you ever been tied up? Seriously. Have you ever had your partner tie you, with…

Timor-Leste: Occupation and Independence

Timor-Leste had been a country on my ‘hit list’ for quite a few years, although the…

Fear of Failure

Every so often, I have a ‘wobble’, usually caused by nothing more than a word, a…

Trains in the former Soviet Union

Travel on trains in the former Soviet Union is a slightly different experience, compared with travelling…