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    Although I travel a lot, I never really learned to embrace the experience of traveling. I find it tiring, boring, wasteful, dangerous and thoroughly unpleasant. Occasionally though, “stuff” happens that stops me dead in my tracks in disgust, shock, amusement or plain disbelief. This blog is about telling some of these travel stories, which are largely true but with a certain degree of embellishment on my part.

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    Turkish Daylight

    It was our last day in Istanbul and our flight was due in the afternoon.  Having done all the sightseeing and eating we wanted to over the previous six days, we were left with the Hamam experience to tick off…

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    Nice Drop of Vinegar

    During our “Dordogne Farm Holiday” in France with our two young daughters, we spent the first week enjoying life on the farm pretending to be farmers but mostly wandering round exploring the farm, picking fruit, stroking animals, chasing chicken, watching…

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    Blanket Genius

    Every now and again, we come across someone who holds a torch to light the way ahead for us and we are eternally grateful to those passing strangers that set new standards for human endeavour.   I am sure you can…

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    Snot A Passport

    Libya: During Gadhafi’s regime, I reluctantly agreed to go to Libya to help a company’s senior management put together a business plan. Being a restless soul, I like to get from A to B in the shortest possible time so…

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    Un-Diplomatic Service

    London: The company “Travel Coordinator” went on line and checked the official requirements for visa application to Saudi Arabia and all seemed fairly straight forward, if a little bureaucratic.  Must have a valid passport; must provide two identical passport photos…

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    Dingdong Holiday

    Back in the Nineties, when mobile phones were the size and weight of a brick, the Internet was only accessible by nerds who called it  “Information Super Highway”, and navigation was done by using paper maps, we went on a…

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    The Sad Life of a Camel

    This is a sad story without a likely happy ending and I still feel very touched by it, so much so, I need to share it with as many people as possible. I was in Sana’a, Yemen and after two…

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    My Wee Fee & I

    Recently in a Paris hotel, I called the front desk. Me: Bonsoir Front Desk: Oui Monsieur, ow can I elp you? Me: Can you arrange for an iron to be delivered to my room please? Front Desk: we do not…

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    Are You Famous?

    Bahrain: Early morning scene on an airport transfer bus: Friend (optimistic): Excuse me, do I know you? MP (puzzled): I don’t know! Friend: Are you in the insurance business? MP (wearily): No, sorry. Friend (determined): you look familiar though, are…

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    Over-served & Underwhelmed

    There is a glitzy 5-Star hotel in Qatar that boasts Swarovski Couches in the lobby; they know who they are!  The management is determined to offer legendary service; whether you want it or not.  The hotel is way over-staffed at…

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