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Insights from lesser visited destinations

Asmara Bowling Alley

10 pin bowling stuck in the 1950s The Asmara Bowling Center – A near 70 year old relic once used by the American military during their presence at Kagnew station in Asmara, Eritrea. Over the course of its lifetime the alley has never had a face lift. From the street it looks like a disused […]

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On a North Korean Beach

To think of North Korea may conjure up images of rockets launching and soldiers goose stepping. No doubt these are accurate images and ones Pyongyang loves to promote but what about the rest of the country? What about the lesser known scenes? North Korea’s best attractions lie outside of the cities and outside of the […]

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Window through Ceylon

Unlike most, I thoroughly enjoy public transport. The older and dodgier the better. I want to feel the vibrations and hear the screech as I ride the packed commuter bus in Addis Ababa or the underground in Pyongyang. I want to feel like my life is on the line, quite literally. Besides the exhilaration, a […]

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Out of Erbil

“The Iraqi army have taken Pirde 30kms south of here and may advance northwards tonight. What do you want to do?” asked my local Kurdish guide; Balin after pulling me aside. It was October 21st last and we had just arrived in Erbil, the capital of Iraqi Kurdistan. I’ve been managing international tours in “places […]

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