Places I’ve Lived in, Worked in or Visited

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I’ve been lucky enough to have lived and/or worked in more than 25 countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, the US and Asia, and this site contains pictures and descriptions of some of those places – enjoy!

If you’re interested in a particular region, here are the ones that currently have articles:

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100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines – a Day Trip

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines

100 Islands, Pangasinan, Philippines

One recent Christmas I was staying with friends near San Manuel, in Pangasinan Province on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. Luzon is the largest island in the Philippines (which comprises more than 7,000 islands in all) and the Northern-most one. It contains at least 3 active volcanos (Mayon, Pinatubo and Taal) and is… Read more

Taleghani Park and Tabiat Bridge, Tehran. A Great Place to Chill Out

Tabiat Bridge, Tehran

The Tabiat Bridge, Tehran

My second project in Tehran was in January and February – the middle of Winter and very cold! Tehran has lots of parks, and all the ones I visited were popular and very well kept. This particular walk was to Taleghani Park, about a 45-minute walk from the hotel where I was staying in the… Read more

Taal Volcano, Philippines – a Hike to the Rim

Taal Volcano, Philippines

The Taal Volcano, Philippines.

The Taal Volcano, in Batangas, Philippines, is the smallest volcano in the world, and one of the most dangerous. It erupted in January 2020 after a rest of 43 years, one of the longest periods of its inactivity since records began. Actually, inactivity is not the right word, because earthquakes at the volcano are being… Read more

Dubai – Walking Around JBR and the Marina

Atlantis at the Palm, Dubai

The Palm and the aero club runway, Dubai

Although Dubai is a prime tourist destination, I’ve done a couple of different projects there – hence me including it on this site. I have transitioned through Dubai many times to other countries for work (in the Middle East), or pleasure (the UK). I’ve not gone into detail here on the different attractions in Dubai… Read more

Hong Kong – Mui Wo to Discovery Bay

The hills between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

Hills between Mui Wo and Discovery Bay

One of the more popular hikes on Lantau Island goes from Discovery Bay (generally referred to as DB) to Mui Wo but, because I live in Mui Wo, I do it in the opposite direction. DB is home to a lot of expats in Hong Kong – it’s almost like living in a bubble, quite… Read more

Tajrish – the Most Colourful Shrine I Saw in Tehran

Alborz Mountains, Tehran

The Alborz Mountains, Tehran

At the beginning of my second project in Tehran I was staying at the Esteghlal hotel, which is in the northern part of the city, near the Alborz mountains and the district of Tajrish. That picture above is the view I had from my room. Tehran is in the shadow of the Alborz mountains to… Read more

A Return Visit to Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls and Chobe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (image origin unknown)

Pictures and descriptions below of my visit to Victoria Falls and a day trip to Chobe Game Reserve in Botswana. But first… (If you’d like to jump straight to Victoria Falls click here. If you’d like to jump straight to Chobe Game Reserve click here.) I explained how I grew up in Rhodesia (now called… Read more

Boracay Island – Philippines’ Rehabilitated Resort

Boracay Island Philippines from the air

Boracay Island, Philippines

This is one of those times I’m writing about a popular tourist destination – the island of Boracay, in the Philippines. That’s it, in the picture above, taken from the aeroplane as we flew in to Caticlan airport on the next-door island of Panay. In April 2018, Boracay was closed because over-crowding, over-commercialisation, and a… Read more