Big City Rural Living

This morning started just like a joke, with an Irishman in a bar. Owing to a spontaneous message from an old work colleague I was sitting in a bar by 9am on my first full day in Myanmar drinking a beer and smoking a cigarette with a man I had just met. Cameras by our …

Life on the Rainy Streets of Yangon

Wow! What a country to photograph. Myanmar (formerly Burma) quickly climbed the ranks to rival Vietnam as my favourite country to photograph which is probably no surprise given I’m a culture shock junkie and Myanmar only opened it’s doors to tourism very recently. I got such good street photography results there that I’m splitting the …

10 Days in Bali

Bali attracts an average of five million tourists per year, which is huge, considering it is just one of a whopping 18,000 islands that make up Indonesia. People flock here for the sun, surf, sand, yoga, and trendy cafés but I was interested in seeing the ‘real’ Bali, in particular, the real people of Bali, …

Sri Lanka

Places Visited: Colombo, Mt Lavinia Beach, Weligama, Kandy Accomodation: Colombo Lavinia Beach Hostel, Star Anise Boutique Capsules (Colombo), Hang Time Hostel (Weligama), OZO Hotel (Kandy), Cinnamon Red Hotel (Colombo) Duration: Ten days Temperature: 25-33° Celsius with high humidity – read: you will sweat a lot First impressions: Very quiet. After traveling with 70-odd people for …

Remote Year: Cambodia

Places Visited: Phnom Penh (my base), Siem Riep, Koh Rong Apartment: Garden Mansion 3 Duration: All of April Temperature: Around 35° Celsius with very high humidity and intense thunderstorms First impressions: Very short buildings. Nightlife very quiet for a Saturday night. Not quite as much culture shock charm as Vietnam. A lot of thievery via …

Remote Year: Vietnam

Places visited: Ho Chi Minh City (my base), Mekong Delta, Hanoi, Hoi An, Sapa Apartment: Saigon Mansion Duration: All of March Temperature: 30-37° Celsius First impressions: LOVED IT. Went to Bar Street / Crazy Street / Backpacker Street whatever you want to call it on the first night and it was insane. The footpaths were …

Remote Year: Malaysia

It has always been my intention to write a blog post to accompany my photos from the five-week Malaysia portion of my Remote Year experience. But as I sit at Kuala Lumpar International Airport awaiting our next destination and attempt to articulate my experience using words, I find myself vehemently and frustratingly unable to do …

The Full Monte-negro

What a stunning country. Just like Croatia but almost completely untouched by tourism. Could be on a Game of Thrones set. Medieval towns. Gorgeous vistas. Man-made islands containing nothing but a monastery or museum. Super cheap. Easy logistics. Endless winter sun. Unbelievably quiet. Hard to understand how the restaurants stay open. So many cats. Huge …

Humpbacks, Grizzly’s, Glaciers and Shit

Cruise through Alaska on the Coral Princess. Ketchikan, Juneau & Skagway. Cultural Treasures of Annette Island tour. An indigenous island, home to the Metlakatla Indian Community of Tsimshian people who followed their pastor here in 1887 from British Columbia where they were being denied their culture. Eerily quiet island. First thing you see when you …

Roady to Vancouver

Roadtrip from Calgary to Vancouver. 11 hours over two days. Incredible waterfall. Blue and white mountains against moody skys. Mountain lodge. Bears in the area. Snowmobile house. Rain is coming. Vancouver at dusk.