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Asia Pacific   29 Dec, 2005, 18:23
Thai trouble in a bar called Hollywood  
Justin Herman

“Just call me Britney” is the start of a confusing encounter for Justin Herman as he drinks expensive whisky in a Bangkok nightclub. Luckily he keeps his head – and wallet.

Asia Pacific   20 Dec, 2005, 18:43
Hills, Mountains and Sea  
Antonio Graceffo

For many Hong Kong is just an urban destination, with the city pursuits of shopping, grazing, and doing lunch. Antonia Graceffo, on the other hand, explores its adventurous side by joining a group ramble up the peak.

Central Asia   19 Dec, 2005, 18:46
Slow minivan from Mysore  
Jo Sinclair

Travelling to the small village of HD Kote takes rather longer than Jo Sinclair expects, but she seems to be the only person in South India in any sort of rush.

Africa   19 Dec, 2005, 11:25
A mzungu’s first day at teaching Tanzania  
Summer Day

Her first day in a Tanzanian school proves something of an eye-opener for Summer Day, as she begins to understand why African schoolkids are so well-behaved.

Europe   19 Dec, 2005, 09:17
Just a pound per photo at Camden’s open zoo  
Leisha Grebinski

Punks and goths have turned London’s Camden Market into one of the UK’s leading tourist destinations, but Leisha Grebinski uncovers an undercurrent of tension as past fashions marinade in beer and hairspray.

Middle East   19 Dec, 2005, 09:07
Depressed by Dubai  
Gareth Platt

The economic miracle that has transformed the United Arab Emirate of Dubai strikes a hollow chord with Gareth Platt, who finds little to love about an oasis of bling.

Asia Pacific   19 Dec, 2005, 09:05
Cycling Australia’s Nullabor desert  
Philip Martins

There’s a perfectly good road crossing the Nullabor Plain, the largest desert in a country with plenty to choose from. It’s an epic drive and even more of an adventure by bicycle, as Philip Martins reports.

Asia Pacific   19 Dec, 2005, 08:55
An easy entry into North Korea  
Matt Crawford

Drones and the first stirrings of independent thought greet Matt Crawford as he travels through the remote fairy-tale world of Kim Il Sung-and-son and its wannabe international resort town of Geumgangsan.

Europe   19 Dec, 2005, 08:30
Earning the views of the Cumbrian Lake District  
Eric D. Lehman

There’s only one way to experience Britain’s Lake District landscapes, and that’s on foot, says Eric Lehman, who has the blisters to prove it. 

Middle East   19 Dec, 2005, 07:51
An invite too far in modern Marrakesh  
Barbara Foster

Morocco in Ramadan and American Barbara Foster finds herself watching a holiday friendship slide into financial exploitation – and as darkness falls on the Marrakesh suburbs it looks, for a moment, as if there’s worse to come.

Central Asia   16 Dec, 2005, 19:35
A little slice of German China  
Bianca Laleh

Expat teacher Bianca Laleh finds the Chinese city of Qingdao retains traces of German conquest – and a friend who can watch movies on her own computer but has never used a knife and fork.

Europe   15 Dec, 2005, 09:59
A cruise too far  
Julie Cline

Julie Cline’s salutory tale of the manifold horrors of exploring Europe by cruise line might serve to warn vulnerable travellers of the dangers inherent in cattle-ship tourism. 

Europe   15 Dec, 2005, 09:45
On board the London-Lauterbrunnen express  
Gillian Auld

The romance of rail lives on for Gillian Auld as an unplanned weekend break sees her rattling across Europe on a lively night train for a few days amongst the mountains of Switzerland.

Asia Pacific   15 Dec, 2005, 09:34
In honour of a Thai taxi driver  
John Dwyer

Forget Thai scare stories. John Dwyer encounters the kindness of a stranger when he climbs into a taxi at Bangkok airport.

Europe   15 Dec, 2005, 08:09
An unwilling convert to France  
Catherine Gaa

Catherine Gaa really doesn’t want to spend her summer vacation in France, let alone in chaparoned by her eccentric grandfather. But she finds herself falling for the qualities of her elderly host and the Gallic charm of his friends.

Central Asia   14 Dec, 2005, 22:13
A gold-tooth glint from Armenia  
Peter Speetjens

The traditional advice is be careful, doing business with Armenians. But Peter Speetjens finds that, on their home ground, they’re a much gentler breed.

Africa   14 Dec, 2005, 21:37
Meeting Kenya’s lions  
Menel Ahmed

You don’t see many lion in Pakistan, says Menel Ahmed, so she decided to travel to Kenya. From the Masai Mara to the capital, Nairobi, she finds a country that challenges and inspires.

Americas   14 Dec, 2005, 21:28
Beware bears bringing gifts  
Sarah Nelson

Cycling from New York to New Orleans isn’t all that hard, says Sarah Nelson. Until you reach the up up up of the Skyline Drive into the Appalachians, where you don’t just hit hills, but also their residents.

Americas   14 Dec, 2005, 21:17
Gotta give way to an Anchorage moose  
Justin Bilton

Alaska’s not an obvious place to set out on a bike-fide, but Justin Bilton finds the Chester Creek Trail a route into an unexpected world.

Europe   14 Dec, 2005, 21:09
Commuting into Hell  
Jake Rusznyak

London’s morning tube is a daily rite of passage for thousands of communters. Jake Rusznyak describes his morning journey to Knightsbridge in truly horrific detail.  

Africa   9 Dec, 2005, 09:42
All aboard the lunatic express  
Tia Goldenberg

The train from Nairobi to Mombasa has a somewhat faded reputation, so most people fly from Kenya’s capital to the coast. Tia Goldenberg is made of sterner stuff and brings back a rare report of a classic rail journey.

Asia Pacific   9 Dec, 2005, 08:47
A speedboat ride from hell  
Jane Hannon

Tioman’s image as a sunkissed paradise is slightly undermined by Jane Hannon’s experience on a grass-roots Malaysian ferry service, which leaves her slightly green and glad to be alive.

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