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    The Venice of the North – Bruges, Belgium

    We’d just hopped off the early morning Amsterdam-Brussels train and made our way into the station complex to book a ticket to Bruges. Back home I had googled ‘Bruges in winter’, and the amazing…

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    The Spectacular Moscow Metro

    Opened in 1935 the famous Moscow Metro is the busiest metro system outside of Asia with almost 200 stations and over 6.5 million riders each day. In rush hour a train will arrive every…

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    Red Star Train Graveyard – Budapest, Hungary

    A Scottish gentleman I had met at the Rizhskaya Railway Museum in Moscow had told me about a hidden train graveyard inside the grounds of an operational train depot on the outskirts of Budapest.…

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    Two Days in Tallinn – Estonia

    Our train pulled into Tallinn station at around 6 in the morning and we were met with an icy wind blowing in from the Baltic Sea, and although we had hoped for snow there…

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    Two Days in Moscow – Russia

    We had just landed at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. It was December 2014 and the Russian economy was collapsing. The flight over had been comfortable as the plane was only a quarter full. For various…

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    Villahermosa and Palenque – Mexico

    We landed in Villahermosa and Tiny and I split up from the Kiwi couple. They had tweaked their tour a bit and wanted to see some different sights to us. The main attraction in…

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    Oaxaca and Monte Alban – Mexico

    Tiny, the Kiwi couple and I jumped on a Mexicana flight to Oaxaca which was some other destination with an archaeological theme that Tiny didn’t seem to be aware of when he’d booked the…

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    Mexico City & The Pyramids of the Sun and Moon

    I’d only been back home from Russia and Europe for a few weeks and was just getting over that post-trip depression when my phone started ringing. It was Tiny, a lad I’d served overseas…

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    The Indian Kitchen – West End

    Nestled between a vintage clothing store and a tobacco merchant is a rather delightful establishment known as The Indian Kitchen, or just The Kitchen to locals. This is the Indian restaurant that the other…

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    Remote Signals Outpost – East Timor

    Jake and I were sitting around playing with a baby eagle that someone had rescued. It was becoming more tame each day and would sit upon its perch all day and then go into…

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    The RM Williams Rigger Boots

    The wind howled and ice blasted against my face. I was in need of shelter and a dark corner to spend a few moments while I planned my next move. I opened a steel…

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    Paddington Antique Centre

    By pure chance one Saturday morning I was fortunate enough to stumble upon quite a jewel. It had been less fortunate circumstances that had brought me to Paddington in the first place however. The…

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    Three Days in Havana, Cuba

    After a blurry night in Cancun Tiny and I jumped aboard a small plane bound for Havana. It was easily one of the smallest passenger planes I had ever flown on. Although we were…

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    Izmailovsky Market – Moscow, Russia

    The Dutchman and I were building a snowman on a frozen lake near our apartment and drinking a cheap bottle of vodka when we got talking about a market he had recently heard about.…

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    Soviet Aircraft Graveyard – Moscow, Russia

    My neighbour in the dorms was a tall Dutchman who spoke Russian well, he claimed to be a geologist with a Masters degree from the University of Amsterdam. Why he was in Moscow I…

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    The Catacombs – Paris, France

    We sat in a tiny bar on Rue Rambutea in Paris and spoke of past times and memories over bottles of ale, a lager of some sort that I had never drank before. I…