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Fish!!

November 15, 2014

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Camp is delightful! It has a wonderful simple charm while still being pretty modern compared to other field stations. The “mansion” as it’s been christened, is raised above the ground with wooden boardwalks linking the main house to the kitchen and other areas. Camp is all wood with a tin roof and few glass windows, […]

Kalimantan Peat Swamp Forest, OuTrop

November 15, 2014

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After booking flights to Bali and a quick trip to the supermarket. Scrat and I loaded up our stuff together with two other researchers at the town house and waited for the bemo. Bemos are local buses that look like mini vans. Ours was driven by a man in his 70s. He’s married to a […]

Jakarta – the smell of burning trash

November 9, 2014

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That was the reaction of my well-travelled mate B in Bozeman. There is no doubt this city has a bad rep. I’ve not heard anything nice about Jakarta, so when I landed yesterday I was filled with apprehension but curiosity too. “How bad can it be?” I thought. If you’ve been to India, then Jakarta […]

“Last night a teacher saved my life….”

November 8, 2014

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….that is what the young girl who we found in a pool of vomit should be singing this morning as she wakes up with a hangover straight from Satan’s guidebook to Hell. More on this little scallywag later… Yesterday evening didn’t go quite to plan for all concerned. The rain fell thick and fast all […]

Kampai! (cheers)

November 7, 2014

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I raced back to Hong Kong Island where I met my friends at the metro station. We took the city’s longest escalator up to the start of Soho and began our feast at Little Bao. You have to get there early because it’s tiny. It’s the HK equivalent of a diner with literally 10 spots […]

Lantau – Day 3

November 7, 2014

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Lantau is twice the size of Hong Kong island but nowhere near as developed. It has a Disneyland park, ancient forts, a fishing village, some say excellent beaches and a cable-car ride that leads up to an enormous bronze Buddha. My cable-car ride up to see the statue started off as impressive but only for […]

Macau – Day 2

November 5, 2014

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The ferry over the Pearl River delta to Macau takes 55 minutes. It is part of two artificially fused islands jutting off the Chinese mainland. Unless you gamble, smoke and know how to shop, you are not Chinese according to my friend. In Macau gambling is big, we’re talking vegas style. There are in fact […]

Hong Kong – Day 1

November 4, 2014

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My plane landed in Hong Kong yesterday at around 1300. I grabbed my backpack and jumped on the airport city express train and sat with my nose pressed up against the glass watching the landscape change as we whizzed towards the mainland. I was greeted by one of my mates I am staying with “The […]

Adam’s Peak

May 17, 2014

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Fitness is something I have come to late in my life. It’s not because I’m lazy, it’s because up until now I haven’t found anything I particularly enjoyed doing to keep up the momentum of regular practise. For the last 18-months I have been practising Bikram yoga four times a week. I am dedicated and […]

Bluff Charged By An Elephant

May 16, 2014

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There aren’t many times in my life when I can say that my heart rate has speeded up from an equal dose of fear and excitement. But my jeep safari to Kaudulla National Park provided just that. The incident in question happened at the end of the day. The rain had come down hard in […]