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Plátanos and Parasites in Guatemala

Buen provecho! That is, enjoy your meal. Or, more literally, take good advantage of it. So goes the pre-chowing down salutation in Guatemala. Additionally, more often than not, when a person finishes at the table he gathers his utensils and … Continue reading

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Whiskers was a Movie Star!

Upon leaving Australia for the first time in 1987, with the aim of travelling the globe as more than a tourist, I was clear as to my overriding wish – to help others if I could – but little inclined … Continue reading

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A ‘print shop’ in Da Nang

In quest of an outlet to print a couple of documents stored for safe keeping on a 16 GB flash drive, I was advised to make my way to a certain street in the neighbourhood. “You will find a print … Continue reading

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Rounding off in Colombo

“What do you want?” Not hello, how are you? or even can I help you? Rather this cut to the chase ‘greeting’ on the part of the proprietor of the net cafe on Galle Road. Still, I was getting somewhere. … Continue reading

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Manufacturing Mayhem with Metaphysical Meditations

Two English newspaper vendors are spruiking their latest editions in a public space. Unashamedly, they seek to outdo one another, not only vocally but also in the gravity of the news they have to bestow on unwitting passers-by. The graver … Continue reading

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On Dangerous Bathrooms

All looked promising enough from my first glance at the space. The abundance of wood and glass in King Fern Cottage’s reception / dining area – giving the whole a warm, modern feel – augured well. Might my room here … Continue reading

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Myanmar Days – tepid tea, nats and warm smiles

“Hot water,” repeated the young traveller sitting with his female companion a couple of tables away from me in Mandalay’s Mann Restaurant. The strong emphasis on the first word rang loud and clear and would not have been missed by … Continue reading

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