Dating in Cairo

Moving to new cities is never easy.  Add that to moving to a new country, with the prerequisite of new culture, customs, currency, language, climate, home, routines, making friends, and new work/workload, and it becomes rather overwhelming.  I don’t think I’ll ever get used to it, even though I’ve been doing this for 14 years or more.  I’ve found that two things help me.  Finding … Continue reading Dating in Cairo

Brush with fame

This story is an on/off affair that bridged two countries and a couple of years.  It all started with Couchsurfing, the interesting community that connects people throughout the world for the purpose of making new friends and literally seeing if they have a couch to sleep on. Back in the day when I was working in Yangon I had created a Couchsurfing account, knowing that … Continue reading Brush with fame

Flying plates in Dar

Well that turned out a little differently than I’d expected! I would have laughed harder if it didn’t literally hurt (I have scars) and if it wasn’t quite so tragic. It started, with a recurring and comically woeful experiences theme, with a few lines on a dating site. Imagine the flickering lines on a TV screen as I bring back for some context, and laughably … Continue reading Flying plates in Dar

What if this is as good as it gets..?

Having spent the last couple of weeks peering into a whole new and beautiful world of colour, movement, light, and wonder it’s somewhat surprising to feel a little blue. It started with a conversation that made me rather sad. A friend I was talking with appeared to relinquish herself to the notion that a recent experience (of the heart) may be the closest to being … Continue reading What if this is as good as it gets..?

Tales of Dating… that awkward moment in Phnom Penh

A combination of stories that ultimately resulted in me never speaking to either person again… While I was living in Yangon I chanced across a pretty cute woman with her friend at a popular bar in the city (a Friday after work drinks place that is also interwoven with the history of Yangon).  Come to think of it I have two stories that start in this place… … Continue reading Tales of Dating… that awkward moment in Phnom Penh

Tales of Dating… that time on an icy road in Canada

This was more of a funny story about a chance meeting… I was heading back from a snowboarding trip in Kelowna.  I’d been sent up there by a friend who knew someone that lived up there.  He said… “you have to go up there you’ll love this chick”.  After a pretty long drive up through some beautiful scenery I met my friend’s friend at a bar.  Hilarious… and a … Continue reading Tales of Dating… that time on an icy road in Canada

Tales of dating… that time in Banff

So this was pretty much the same period as the trip to Bermuda… or rather this was prior to that trip.  I was certainly on a rebound period and I had been trying to feel wanted by drumming up some attention on eHarmony… sadly it was a lot harder than I thought (although I do have one other story from that period).  I had just spent an excellent Christmas at … Continue reading Tales of dating… that time in Banff

Tales of Dating… the one about Bermuda

A few years ago I had a rather unpleasant break up… so of course I was feeling sorry for myself and for the first time I decided to give online dating a go… This is one of three tales from that time that took me to three quite different parts of the world… I think the one thing that most people laugh about for these is simply the … Continue reading Tales of Dating… the one about Bermuda

Tales of Dating… as a Humanitarian Worker

I’ve been asked a bunch of times to start writing down some of the ridiculous stories of dating that I’ve had since I’ve started working in the humanitarian business… I’ve been rather reluctant to do so as it’s really quite personal and if I’m going to write stuff down I’d rather not make it simple statement of fact, that and I think I’ve pissed off a … Continue reading Tales of Dating… as a Humanitarian Worker