A Support Group for South West Turkey

A Support Group for South West Turkey

Ok, you bunch of mundane destinations. Quit whimpering. We’ve got a new member joining our support group today. Please give a big support group welcome to South West Turkey. Why don’t you stand up and tell us something about yourself? Sure. Here goes. Kas is at the southern tip of Turkey. People come here to …

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Karaoke Tips in Central Turkey

Karaoke Tips in Central Turkey

I’m in central Turkey. And, like a drunk at karaoke, I’ve been making it up as I go. I don’t know the words. I’m literally dying up here. A hack. An embarrassment. But, fuck it, queue up another track, one more for good luck… My first stop was Konya. I went there not looking for …

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Cappadocia and My Bucket List

Cappadocia and My Bucket List

Hands up who’s got a bucket list? You know – a list of things you’d like to do before you get married, buy a mortgage, and effectively die. Ok, so there’s a few of you. Well, listen up, coz I’ve got some good news… I’m in Cappadocia, where the big drawcard is the scenery. Central …

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Ankara – Not a Turkish Delight

Ankara – Not a Turkish Delight

Go to Ankara they said. It’ll be grand they said. Actually, no, that’s a lie. That’s exactly not what they said. And, for once, they were right. Ankara is the capital of Turkey. Remember that, it could come up at trivia one day. That’s about all you need to know about the place. The locals …

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Istanbul Not Constantinople

Istanbul Not Constantinople

When I was planning my trip to Turkey I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know much about the place. But, luckily, I’d met an expat in Nepal. Where should I start, I asked him – I’m thinking either Istanbul or Constantinople? He rolled his eyes. I went for Istanbul. On my first …

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Some Action in Chitwan

Some Action in Chitwan

I’ve spent the last few days keeping to myself – just laying low and recovering from the trek. Now I’m off to Chitwan National Park. It’s along Nepal’s southern border. There’s a lush tropical forest, rhinos, and enough humidity to moisten even the driest of thighs. I’m not sure what to expect, but, yeah, here’s …

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Annapurna Circuit – Part 1

Annapurna Circuit – Part 1

The Annapurna Circuit runs for about 200-clicks through central Nepal. Touted as the premier trek around, you’ll catch an eye full of climbing’s most fabled peaks. It’s a path of extremes – crossing the rarest passes, the deepest canyons, and the highest lakes in the world. It grinds up and down glacial valleys – rising …

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Annapurna Circuit – Part 2

Annapurna Circuit – Part 2

Day 3 – Chame to Timang Today we walked up the valley and into the jaws of the wind. A minty-fresh blast of burning air presaged our path to the snowline – an ascent of over 1000m. It was tough on the Achilles. Everyone else bought walking poles. I didn’t. But, in a stroke of …

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Annapurna Circuit – Part 3

Annapurna Circuit – Part 3

Day 7 – Manang (Rest day) Manang is a nice place. It’s your last chance to stock up before you push for the summit. Looking tired, a bloke offered to hire us a donkey. I asked his daily rate, and if anything was off-limits? He said no, winked, then assured me his discretion was guaranteed. …

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Annapurna Circuit – Part 4

Annapurna Circuit – Part 4

Day 10 – High Camp to Muktinath Today was the pass – my zero dark thirty. Waking at 4am we climbed through the horror. There was snow in the air, on the ground, in my pants. With each laboured breath we clawed skyward to a birthing dawn. And then, the apex, the climax, our vinegar …

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