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Big fire in a big fireplace

Pour yourself a hot drink and get comfortable.

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I didn't know where to start.

The German bookseller Karl Baedeker wrote travel guides in the late 1820s, and started publishing his famous Baedeker Guides in the 1850s. The last was published in...

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Hesitation

I admit it.

My patience for Christians is short. I therefore harbored misgivings about To Shake the Sleeping Self by Jedidiah Jenkins - a story in which the author rides a bike 14,0...

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Shift those expectations

The author is not lost.

The back cover copy even says so: "Meet Puneetinder Kaur Sidhu: self-professed travel enthusiast. (...) She is not lost. She is not queuing up to...

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Paradise...?

It sounds incredible.

In the mid 1990s, J. Maarten Troost's girlfriend Sylvia is offered a job on the atoll of Tarawa, the capital of Kiribati, an island nation in the middle of the...

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I promise you, I understand.

People would rather eat lead paint chips than talk about literary theory, but I need to discuss an issue which brushes up against the theoretical. I will not be serv...

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About

A smiling Francis and me, sitting outside in front of some shrubs

Some basics

A brief biographical sketch

Me on top of a sunny Mt Pilatus in Switzerland, with mountains in the background

Travel

Pardon the saccharine and the obvious, but travel is everything

A couple standing in front of a large Gothic church, on a bridge over the Seine

France

France deserves its own section

Francis, as a two year-old in a car seat, in sunglasses reading a French picture book

Reading

The bullshit of daily life? I'd rather read.

Stage with musicians going at it - they're Gogol Bordello, and they're crazy

Music

Let me take you back

Little boy sitting on a big white bed, looking at a tablet

Television

I watch a lot more television than movies

Live action from a soccer game at Crew Stadium - yellow versus blue

Soccer

The only sport that matters

Ugly photo of a pig knuckle after it's been eaten - really, it looks horrible

Food

As a travel writer, I have to talk about food

Me in an outdoor restaurant drinking from a green coconut with a long straw

Dumb stuff

You will not feel smarter after reading this

Dumpster full of garbage

Minimalism

Trying to live simply

Me getting out of a red Ferrari F430 with a guy clapping for me

Other Interests

I've only driven a Ferrari once

Dude wearing orange pants and orange and green shoes walking on wet grass

Get off my lawn

A few brief rants

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