Paddling the Nile
The first ever paddle down the Blue Nile from source to sea. 5,000km through wild rapids, war zones, crocodile and hippo infested waters, disease, terrorists, guns, arrests; the works...
Newly married amongst the neon glow and dumpling vendors as we bumble our way trying to figure out the world's most populous nation at this exciting time in it's history...
The Great Canadian Bike Trek
23 years old and naive, I set off in the middle of Canada's barbaric winter perched on a woolskin seat-cover peddling solo from one side of Canada to the other...
Whether it be slurping tea with nomadic camel herders or watching a Vietnamese peasant plough his field, there aren't many pursuits that give you more of a perspective on things than experiencing different cultures. In 1998, teary-eyed and naive, I left my beloved hometown intent on seeing the world and having these experiences. Since then, I have been lucky enough to see some interesting pockets of the world.
Although I could never dream of seeing everything the world has on offer, I hope to enjoy as much as I can. Below are a few brief memoirs of some of the things that I have done and places I have lived...
The capital of the world's most populous nation's sheer scale is staggering, chock-full with almost 20 million people. Dotted with significant historic sites and super-sleek modern buildings, this city is going through it's most significant change ever. My wife and I kicked off with a semester of learning the Chinese language basics and are now trying to figure out what is going in this fascinating time in history.
May 12, 2013 WTF Hangzhou?
April 5, 2013 El Nido, Palawan, The Philippine’s Absolute Stunner
February 1, 2013 Why I’d rather be born in the Year of the Snake than the Dragon in China
January 9, 2013 Burma: Nice Spot, But Overrun With Tourists Unless You’re Happy Sweating
November 23, 2012 Fake New Zealand In China?
November 13, 2012 China’s Police Force: The Most Approachable in the World?
October 26, 2012 Chinese in Greenland – Good News You May Not Have Expected?
September 21, 2012 The Polystyrene Bike Guys of Shanghai
September 6, 2012 The Blind leading the Blind in China
July 25, 2012 Biking in Shanghai
June 18, 2012 Lamb Love in Shanghai
May 3, 2012 Koh Rong Island, Cambodia: Paradise … for the Time Being
April 4, 2012 English Names for Chinese: “Hi I’m Rambo, nice to meet you”
March 8, 2012 Chinese Chicken Love
February 7, 2012 Winter in Tibet – the best time to visit?
January 5, 2012 Chinese Year of the Dragon – The Top-6 Reasons to go Shopping
December 6, 2011 China’s One-Child Policy Shaping the Cars of the Future
November 24, 2011 Art and Culture – China’s Missing Link?
November 9, 2011 Trincomalee – Home to Sri Lanka’s best beaches
October 25, 2011 The Chinese Rugby Strategy
Tibet in Winter
I was dubious about what it would be like to get back to Wellington having left in 1998, but in the time I was home, there wasn't a day I would have rather been somewhere else. Great to be back amongst the stunning scenery, fresh air and fantastic lifestyle.
At the confluence of the Blue & White Niles on the southern edge of the Sahara lies the bustling Sudanese capital of Khartoum. The city oozes exotic charms, celebrating a marriage of colonial Africa with the mystery of Arabia. More than 5 million people make their home in the clay and mud brick edifices that clutter the city’s mishmash of dirt lanes. During my time here, I was teaching the English idiom at the University of Khartoum and drinking too much tea.
On the eastern coast of the last misty isle before the new world of the Americas, is a city with a history that spans over 1,000 years. As times have past the Fair City has seen everything from famines to uprisings, but in recent years has become one of the booming and liveliest cities in Europe, supporting a culture that is famous for good music and pubs. My time there saw me working for Vodafone trying to get people to use their mobiles more.
Amongst an idyllic setting of a glistening harbour bordered by beaches and parks with a backdrop of spectacular mountains and an equally impressive skyline, it is no wonder Vancouver wins the hearts of the many tourists that visit this metropolis every year and why it is consistently rated the most liveable city in the world. I was fortunate enough to be one of the 1.8 million residents living in the greater Vancouver area, living by the beach and working downtown in a marketing job for Net Nanny, a company selling software designed to keep children out of the naughty stuff on the Internet.