Where have all the fish gone? Finding local fish in a fishing village

The odd experience of not being able to find a local fishmonger in Ireland’s second largest fishing port. Continue reading Where have all the fish gone? Finding local fish in a fishing village


Diving in Atauro… the world’s most biodiverse reef

These past few years I can hardly complain that I get a bum deal in terms of where I live for work. A few months ago I applied for a post in Timor Leste. A tiny island nation at the far end of the Indonesian archipelago (and to my embarrassment I had to look up on the map). Although I was prepared to go diving … Continue reading Diving in Atauro… the world’s most biodiverse reef

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

The Circle Train

In the 1950’s the British colonists built a 50km double railway line around Yangon, and it still serves  100-150,000 commuters daily.  With 39 stops it takes about 3 hours to complete the loop.  For a tourist or outsider it’s not about commuting but provides a wonderful alternative view of the city and it’s people. We boarded at Parami Station, just over a kilometre from my … Continue reading The Circle Train

Life in a Drought

There are so many aspects of travel that astound me, both negatively and positively, but it’s human nature that truly makes the strongest impression.  From ignorance, stupidity, and hatred to wisdom, joy, love, and overwhelming resilience.  Sadly, there seems to be an uncanny correlation between money and the negative aspects of human nature. Having driven through a semi-arid landscape for two or three hours, passing … Continue reading Life in a Drought

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