I know all about you, and your future… a travel scam or what?

Wednesday, 20 April, 2016

Travellers are often the subject of all manner of scams… what can I say? Beware of strangers who claim to know anything about you, and your future.

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Did you ever see a lake such as Portugal’s Conchos Dam?

Friday, 15 April, 2016

Another reason to return to Portugal… to see the Conchos Dam. Located in Parque Natural da Serra da Estrela, a nature reserve, about sixty kilometres east north east of university town, and former capital, Coimbra, a lake that forms part of the dam sports a, let’s say, slight difference.

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Welcome to the motel voyeur, where you can always be checked out

Friday, 8 April, 2016

For many motel owners, buying, and running, such a business is mainly a means to make a living. I also expect getting to know the stories of some of the guests might make for a bonus.

Denver motelier Gerald Foos set up shop for a somewhat more sinister reason, so he could spy on his guests, through what appeared to be ventilation grilles in the ceilings of their rooms, from a platform he had built in the motel’s attic space. This activity apparently went unnoticed for the three decades that he ran the establishment.

Despite an insistent voice in my head telling me to look away, I continued to observe, bending my head farther down for a closer view. As I did so, I failed to notice that my necktie had slipped down through the slats of the louvred screen and was dangling into the motel room within a few yards of the woman’s head. I realized my carelessness only when Foos grabbed me by the neck and, with his free hand, pulled my tie up through the slats. The couple below saw none of this: the woman’s back was to us, and the man had his eyes closed.

You might want to look more closely at would-be ventilation grilles set into the ceilings of any motel rooms you stay in from now on.

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Japan, 2015

Tuesday, 5 April, 2016

Last week it was a brief, an all too brief, video tour of India, today it is Japan.

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You could climb a mountain, or you could stay in the finance dept

Thursday, 31 March, 2016

Vanessa O’Brien did what many of us dream of, she left behind a job in the finance division of a large US bank, and focused her energy on something she was truly passionate about.

Mountain climbing.

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India through the eyes of Benn Berkeley

Thursday, 31 March, 2016

Eye of India, featuring the highlights of six weeks of travel around the subcontinent, by Benn Berkeley.

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Places you can go to (hopefully) survive the end of world

Tuesday, 1 March, 2016

Antarctica. Iceland. Guam. Denver. Cape Town. Scotland’s Isle of Lewis. While some distance from each other, they have one thing in common… they are among places to be, or to head to, should the world end. That’s distinct from the planet ending though. In that case Mars would be the best bet, at this stage, but unfortunately that’s not saying much.

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The Sahara desert is a great place to test a new camera

Monday, 29 February, 2016

Recently US photographer Jody MacDonald acquired a new camera, a Leica X-U shockproof. She decided the best way to try it out was to travel through the Sahara desert, and its surroundings, on a freight train hauling iron ore no less, so she could properly put the camera through its paces.

If that’s not an excuse to travel somewhere interesting, I don’t know what is.

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Borders, what borders? This is why I love travelling in Europe

Friday, 26 February, 2016

Portugal/Spain border, photo by Valerio Vincenzo

This is great. A photo series, Borderline, the Frontiers of Peace, by European photographer Valerio Vincenzo, of the borders many European countries share. Often they are like the above image of this section of the border between Portugal and Spain. Such informal borders are an interesting concept, for someone living on a single nation landmass.

I was once on a train that was crossing the border from Germany to Austria. Austrian police boarded the train, and began moving from compartment to compartment, asking for passengers’ passports. By the time I’d dug through my bag to find mine, they’d already moved on. That I intended to present a passport was obviously enough.

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Analog_Asia, a film about taking film photos in Indonesia

Wednesday, 24 February, 2016

Analog_Asia is not an official music video for Canadian pop duo Milk & Bone’s 2015 track Easy to Read, rather it is the result of a photographer’s recent travels through Indonesia.

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