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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

January 24, 2013

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.

Eaten up by the east: embarrassed in Albania

Eaten up by the east: embarrassed in Albania

December 5, 2012 9 Comments

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

November 29, 2012

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.

Taiwan’s most notorious dish: stinky tofu

Taiwan’s most notorious dish: stinky tofu

November 8, 2012 2 Comments

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.

Life as a full-time traveller

Life as a full-time traveller

September 10, 2012

Born in Siberia, but of German descent, Eugen and his family returned to Germany when he was seven, following the footsteps of many compatriots at the time. Since then, Eugen has travelled to 52 different countries.

Finding mercy in a Peruvian slum

Finding mercy in a Peruvian slum

July 2, 2012 1 Comment

It is a bumpy, unpaved road and our driver carefully maneuvers around the potholes. Joan laughs and says this is her weekly massage. We pass dry, dusty shells of buildings, box-shaped with flat roofs. It seems as though it hasn’t rained in forever. Joan points to a truck coming the other way. "That's our weekly water delivery", she says.

Learning to speak Queens’ English

Learning to speak Queens’ English

June 15, 2012 3 Comments

As a native English speaker I was hardly expecting language difficulties in the US, a nation that’s smeared my mother tongue across the globe like Coca-Cola on a Southern-glazed ham. Yet my wife and I had a heck of a time getting coffee up, eggs easy over and our point across in a recent trip.

The top five Asian dishes for tourists to try

The top five Asian dishes for tourists to try

May 23, 2012 2 Comments

Bite. Chew. Swallow. It is easier said than done. Particularly when faced with a deep fried tarantula the size of your hand or an embryonic egg, sevens weeks in the making. Travelling through Asia can challenge many of your attributes but none more acutely than your tastebuds and, perhaps, gag reflex. If you’re game, start chewing through this list and see where you end up.

Morning prayer with rock star monks

Morning prayer with rock star monks

May 10, 2012

Emma Koehn's stay at a Buddhist monastery in Japan was a puzzling affair, with monks dressed in Foo Fighters tour t-shirts and Japanese MTV available in her monastery guest room.

Laos behind the headlines (sorry, it’s not a Full Moon party on steroids)

Laos behind the headlines (sorry, it’s not a Full Moon party on steroids)

May 3, 2012 2 Comments

Laos hit the headlines recently after three Australians died in the space of a month in the tourist towns of Vang Vieng and Luang Prabang. But there is plenty more to say about this little landlocked country than these tragic reports suggested.