Huangyaguan Changcheng

Huangyaguan Changcheng

HUANGYAGUAN CHANGCHENG Maurice is first to slip under the main gate, deftly ducking and rolling under the China-red wrought iron gate, and with an almighty creak unbolts the locked blockade from inside. The monolithic gateway gently swings outwards, leaving just...
A Hidden Pack

A Hidden Pack

A Hidden Pack A piercing howl shatters my early afternoon serenity as a monstrous alpha-male emerges from the grey-green undergrowth, a tangled curtain clinging to one of the many derelict concrete structures littering the coastline. Snarling, sharp ivory flashes in...
Stuck In The Mud

Stuck In The Mud

Stuck In The Mud With Bear and Ralph Somewhere on the outskirts of the Cambodian jungle I crossed a desolate railtrack, two black-iron beams nestled in to the green foliage adorning the forest floor. That was hours ago. The civilization of the twin iron-girders seems...
Angkor Wat

Angkor Wat

Magnificence encapsulated by hand-worked stone Colonnades corral the time-beaten fascia of Cambodia’s most revered treasure, the faces of all-powerful Hindu gods now weathered away leaving raw stone and scaffolding in their wake. Thousands of pale white eyes...
Riding Shotgun

Riding Shotgun

Riding Shotgun Topping 60 and things get a little dicey as I traverse the mountain road to Bokor national park. It’s not the speed however that upsets my balance, more so my limited attention span. In a split second, I’m riding shotgun, watching the grey...
Salt to Amman

Salt to Amman

From Salt to Amman by foot. Accidently. The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan; a country universally known for Petra (the rose-stoned capital of the Nabateans) and the third Indiana Jones movie. Seasoned travelers out there will also associate Lawrence of Arabia, the Hijaz...