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A bowl of chili with a side serving of Obama watching

A bowl of chili with a side serving of Obama watching

This week the world's spotlight was on Washington D.C., to watch the second inauguration of President Obama. Freelance journalist -- and former local -- Robert Baird dishes on the best secret spots in the Capital.

Red Ink Town: riding through rain-filled avalanches

Red Ink Town: riding through rain-filled avalanches

K Johnson rode through treacherous mountains in Georgia, with constant mini-avalanches and rain pouring down, in search of the town of Vardzia. Too bad there are two Vardzias in Georgia ...

Red Ink Run: moonshine at 9am, welcome to Georgian hospitality

Red Ink Run: moonshine at 9am, welcome to Georgian hospitality

After a ten-day boat ride -- that was supposed to take four -- K Johnson arrived in Georgia, the Caucasus country with the best food. As long as you can handle a shot of booze with breakfast ...

Red Ink Run: Iraq and a hard place

Red Ink Run: Iraq and a hard place

You can feel the tension in the Iranian town of Piranshahr. Here the police are more alert and better armed than in the rest of the country. They maintain a larger buffer around themselves, keeping locals at arm’s length in the crowded market places and the chaotic streets. This region contains a majority Kurdish population […]

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Eaten up by the east: embarrassed in Albania

Eaten up by the east: embarrassed in Albania

A former tour guide, Carla Pratt figured it took a lot to rattle her when travelling. But a simple bus trip in Albania was enough to make her question all her travel skills.

Minus the dog meat, Wuhan is delicious

Minus the dog meat, Wuhan is delicious

It’s such a cliché to say a city is “sprawling”, but sometimes, it’s the only word. And when it comes to Wuhan, China, home of 10 million people and a whole lot of smog, sprawling seems appropriate, says Alexandra Patrikios.

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory — part 2

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory — part 2

Catch up on part 1 (which includes an explanation of Nagorno-Karabakh, Russian tourists getting arrested for taking photos of tanks and eager tour guide Ashot’s #1 less for taking foreigners around Nagorno-Karabakh) here. By 10am next morning I was crammed in the back seat of Ashot’s Lada with the two Japonski, as Ashot referred to them […]

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory — part 1

Red Ink Run: Tanks for the memory — part 1

K Johnson went traipsing through Nagorno-Karabakh, a de-facto state closely allied with Armenia, and a mighty thorn in the side of Azerbaijan who will refuse any traveller entry to their country if they show evidence of having been there.

Jumping cat spotting in Myanmar

Jumping cat spotting in Myanmar

Allan Soutaris can't find any jumping cats at Myanmar's infamous Jumping Cats Monastery, but luckily the tranquil sunsets and delicious beer make it all OK.

Taiwan’s most notorious dish: stinky tofu

Taiwan’s most notorious dish: stinky tofu

William Jackson was determined to try a bag of Taiwan's famous stinky tofu. But it smelt like he'd just slurped down a load from a baby's nappy.