My 5: Kawaii Monster Cafe – Harajuku, Tokyo.

Kawaii Monster Cafe Tokyo

Reading from China? This My 5 contains a YouTube video, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. February 2019. Another morning in the Japanese capital another amazing, only-in-Tokyo themed café breakfast. This time Wonderboy and I had arrived at The Kawaii Monster Café in the city’s Harajuku district. At reception we were warmly welcomed […]

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My 5: Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe – Akihabara, Tokyo.

Akiba Fukurou Owl Cafe Akihabara Tokyo

Reading from China? This My 5 contains YouTube videos, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. February 2019. I’ve always been a bit fascinated by owls, especially as they seemed to consistently pop up in some of my favorite movies and books. From the wise and grumpy birds of Winnie The Pooh (Owl) and […]

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My 5: The Vampire Cafe, Tokyo.

Meet your hosts at The Vampire Cafe Tokyo

Reading from China? This My 5 contains YouTube videos, which can only be viewed with a VPN! 1. February 2019. Tokyo is packed full of fascinating themed cafes, bars and restaurants that will literally blow your mind! For my first night in the city I wanted to do something really special to kick off my […]

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My 5: Half Moon Bay – Cangnan County, China.

Half Moon Bay Wucheng Village Cangnan County China

1. November 2018. After the success of my day trip to the isolated Fudewan Ancient Village in October, it was just under a month later that I headed back to Cangnan County for another hidden gem of southeastern China. Picking me up from Cangnan’s train station… just as she had the first time… my guide […]

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My 5: Dragon Bridge – Danang, Vietnam.

Dragon Bridge Danang Vietnam

1. April 2018. I’ve seen some amazing bridges during my years of world travel, but certainly nothing even in the same ballpark as Danang’s Dragon Bridge. Straddling the graceful waters of Han River in the shape of a formidable golden dragon, this is Vietnam’s longest bridge at 666 meters. The bridge connects the city’s eastern […]

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Me Fish Be Dead – a short story from Slovakia.

In September 2002 I rocked up in Bratislava with a couple of bags and just enough cash to last until my first paycheck. And so unfolded one of the great years of my life… ‘‘How’s your love life Lignon?’’ asked Irish Mike one night at The Slovak Pub. It was one of those sleepy midweek […]

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Khalifa Dreams – a short story from Qatar.

In the summer of 2001 I boarded a near-empty Qatar Airways flight to Doha. Reuniting with my family who’d recently moved there for my father’s new job, it was my first time living abroad. It was another boiling hot afternoon. Ducking out of a taxi into the insane heat, I made the short dash over […]

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