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What’s in a Motorcycle Brand & Style?

What’s in a Motorcycle Brand & Style?

Honda, Kawasaki, Harley Davidson... there are many motorcycle brands these days with lots of models to choose from. In fact, there’s enough variety out there to make enthusiasts feel overwhelmed. However, despite the turnover in designs from manufacturers, many bikers...

Brave Women of Nepal

Brave Women of Nepal

A “man’s job” in European (Western) culture is understood to be physically demanding and perhaps involve the use of heavy machinery or hand tools tools such as a pick, an axe or a sledgehammer. Manual labour in the mining and construction industries, steel works and...

Earthquake Italia

Earthquake Italia

I felt rough that morning as I opened my tent and peered out at the grey light with squinting eyes. The endless rain that night had kept me awake and transformed the campsite near Assisi into muddy mayhem. It was camping misery at its finest and I was in the thick of...

Black Sea Crossing to Georgia

Black Sea Crossing to Georgia

My route across Ukraine was blocked. People were shot at every day a few hundred kilometres ahead of me in the war torn Donbas area close to the border with Russia. Snipers were busy and artillery shells pounded, even civilian jet liners were blown from the sky as...

Sasha’s Dacha in Sochi

Sasha’s Dacha in Sochi

“Sasha has a Dacha in Sochi”…..these  words taunted me throughout my Russian CD course some years ago. It was a catch phrase, part of a jingle just before the end of each lesson.  Gates to Sochi? Russian is no easy language to learn, even the basics are...

The Hottest Place on Earth!

The Hottest Place on Earth!

Lucy (my motorcycle) was perched on her centre stand by the main gates of the guest house in Kerman (Eastern Iran). As I fumbled in the darkness  with the fastenings to my bags I felt more than a hint of apprehension for what lay ahead. Suddenly, the first glimmers of...

Snake Charmer’s Bluff

Snake Charmer’s Bluff

The heat started to get to me that day on the trail to the waterfall on the hills around Manali (northern India). I could feel the noon sun bite the back of my neck and the uncomfortable sting of sweat in my eyes. The views in the Summer heat though were enchanting...

Transnistria, the ghost nation

Transnistria, the ghost nation

Some bizzarre cases of mass denial involve the status of unrecognised, self proclaimed indipendent nations. There are several territories around the globe that find themselves in this unenviable and awkward situation. South Ossetia and Abkhazia in Georgia, the Turkish...

Adventure Cam Disaster

Adventure Cam Disaster

“You need to watch your step, but everyone makes it across easily” my guide whispered to me in encouragement as I gazed a little perplexed at the hazel coloured water that stirred, foamed and crested in front of me. “Ok, it’s fine, I’ll do it”, I said. Stripped down...

Stopped by the Cops

Stopped by the Cops

The rice paddies on the hills in southern Sumatra were beautiful at that time of the day. The sun, low on the horizon, cast it’s evening rays on the water brimmed terraces that reflected a yellow glow everywhere. A picture perfect moment I thought as I rode through...

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