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Syria roundup: people, places, food, money, revolution.

…I discovered that Syria is actually a secular country. The mistake we make is that we equate the word “Arab” with the people and places in “The Gulf”. Whereas “The Gulf” is only one small portion of the Arab World. The majority of the world’s Arabs can not relate to (and sometimes even resent) the people from “The Gulf”. Continue reading

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Damascus: History, Souqs, Tea and People-Watching

One gets a very medieval feel while walking down the narrow, twisting alleyways and stone- paved streets of the old city. Of course, the Hyundais, Skodas, Ladas, Dacias and Geelys dampen this feeling a little but that is the price one must pay for “progress”. Continue reading

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Seoul: Cultural Faux Pas, Great Food and Silly “Soul” Jokes

Ah, South Korea. The country had fascinated me for so long. Through friends I had discovered some fabulous Korean movies, and the Korean language with it’s geometric writing and “-eyo” sing-song word endings looked and sounded pretty cool to me. Then of course there’s the food. Oh I could fill pages describing the awesomeness of Korean food, but all you’d do is curl up your nose because you hated kimchi the ONE time that you tried it. Seriously, you disappoint me. Continue reading

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Singapore: “Disneyland with the death penalty”

Yes, it’s true – the whole city/state has a very unnatural ring to it. An almost sterile, hospital like feel to every where you go (well, except Little India). For me, the absence of street food is a downer enough. A place without street food is a place without a soul if you ask me. But dig just a little deeper and you will find a whole new facet to this little country. Continue reading

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Planning My First RTW Trip (Part 3 – Visas)

Ah, the tourist visa – the bane of independent travel. I really don’t understand the need for restrictive visa policies. I don’t mind furnishing proof of my travel plans, financial status etc., but why make it difficult? Tourists spend money, why not welcome them with open arms? But anyway, that’s a topic for another day. Let’s talk about visas… Continue reading

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2005-2007: How Indonesia Changed My Life

As I mentioned in my last post, I had moved to Jakarta for work towards the end of December 2005. I had already been there a couple of times and knew the city reasonably well. I was also slowly getting to know … Continue reading

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My First Solo Trip – Pangandaran, West Java, Indonesia

Travelling alone is something you either hate or love. There is no in-between. I had never even dreamt of travelling alone before my very first solo mini-trip of 4 days. Little was I to know that this trip would lay … Continue reading

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