travel risks

Burgers and Goodwill

February 13, 2013

A pleasant day ended with a half eaten burger staring at me miserably. It gave me an accusatory look, oozing mustard. I suddenly couldn’t remember why I was there. The

Me and Mine Stove

January 9, 2013

Once in Algeria, I ended up with an unusual number of guns pointed at my head. I was just relaxing in an airport lounge, chatting to some NGO workers, when some guy from


November 14, 2012

Once in Mongolia, a taxi driver tried to rip me off. We agreed on a price before I even got in. But, a few minutes down the road I saw the meter was out of control. “Wow,

El Gordo

November 7, 2012

Once in Peru, I met a backpacker who told me a why buying cocaine in South America can be a bad idea. For the sake of the story, we’ll call him Craig. So, Craig was

The Woman in Meknes

November 1, 2012

She asked us, “What’s it like in America?” My Danish comrade and I just laughed. “I’m Danish, and he’s Australian”, he said. I suggested we keep

The Gift

November 1, 2012

The bit I always tell Once when I was in the foothills of Tibet, I was attacked by a pack of dogs. I was on a mountaintop, surrounded by steep drops on all sides. The nearest