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Finding mercy in a Peruvian slum

Finding mercy in a Peruvian slum

Crikey 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

Crikey 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.

Red Ink Run: scammed in Shanghai

Red Ink Run: scammed in Shanghai

K Johnson May 16, 2012 4 Comments

They say the best scams are when you're not sure you've been scammed. But you do have to decide and the options aren't great: you're either a sucker or a cynic. Marty and I, after extensive deliberation, decided that anything is better than being a sucker.

Morning prayer with rock star monks

Morning prayer with rock star monks

Crikey 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.

The problem with siestas

The problem with siestas

Crikey April 16, 2012

Once upon a time in a land far away, two naïve and rather idiotic girls set off to find a fabled land near the border of Spain and Portugal. Rumours of its unsurpassed beauty ran rings around them as they eagerly planned their journey, their excitement growing by the minute. Little did they know that these plans would soon become unravelled due to one small detail -- the siesta.

Getting absinthe-minded in Prague

Crikey March 28, 2012

Our gang had been wandering round the same slippery streets, of the very same two blocks, for over half an hour -- and the bouncing rain wasn't easing up. The alleyways of the Old Town of Prague are honeycombed and complex, even managing to defeat a whole group of tour guides such as ourselves, who have been here numerous times.

The kitsch charm (and crappiness) of Coney Island

The kitsch charm (and crappiness) of Coney Island

Crikey March 16, 2012 2 Comments

As the Big Apple itself rotted in the 1970s and 80s, so too did Coney Island. Once the global synonym for fun, for decades it mouldered through slow decline, a byword for urban decay. Fairy floss and hoopla gave way to hoods, graffiti and gang-banging.

Running from landslides on the Inca Trail

Running from landslides on the Inca Trail

Crikey February 29, 2012

I stood in the middle of the famous Inca Jungle Trail and felt only nauseating fear. Every two minutes for two hours straight, someone would yell, "Lights up!"and ten small torch lights would point to the mountain towering straight above us. The sound of rocks falling had started again, but luckily they were still twenty meters behind us.

The Nanny Diaries: from sunshine to snow, from dream to nightmare

The Nanny Diaries: from sunshine to snow, from dream to nightmare

Crikey February 23, 2012 3 Comments

Crikey intern Freya Cole writes: I had no idea what I was getting myself in to when I applied to be a nanny for six months. I had romanticised the idea in my head, thinking that a nanny would look after polite little children and take them to the local park, where they would meet […]

Stuck in deep sh*t in the Big Apple

Stuck in deep sh*t in the Big Apple

Crikey February 17, 2012 1 Comment

Freelance journalist Carla Pratt writes: I’ve seen people hail cabs in all the movies set in New York City. Carrie Bradshaw can hail them with just a whistle, it surely can’t be that hard. Out went my hand in the air. Zoom…….straight past me. There are 4.5 million residents in NYC and 50 000,cabs. I didn’t […]