This is …

This is …

{San Francisco} … a great place for breakfast or lunch – always a line. mamas-sf.com … the best place for a burrito in The Mission if not San Francisco – be sure to try the tamarind juice. panchovillasf.com … a great restaurant for a lunch time pizza. delfinasf.com

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September 11: Recalling My Day at The World Trade Center

September 11: Recalling My Day at The World Trade Center

With the 9 year anniversary of the twin tower attacks coming up later this week, I thought to share a private article I wrote back in 2001 as a way of dealing with my experiences at the World Trade Center that day: Mine is not a story of miracles, nor is it a story of near misses, it is simply a story of bearing witness first hand to the events of September 11th in New York, and having to live...

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Fun with Airport Codes

Fun with Airport Codes

(A silly little article with no offence intended to any of the destinations involved.) So! I’ve decided that I need to fly into Massawa, Eritrea, Africa because its three lettered IATA airport code (MSW) matches my initials and I want the personalised luggage tags as the ultimate travel accessory that would accompany any flight there. This got me thinking of alternative airport codes that...

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Most Colourful Flight Ever

Most Colourful Flight Ever

… and the plane hadn’t even left the tarmac yet. There’s something exciting about flying the national carrier of your destination from your home country – what with the foreign accents of the flight crew, the different food etc. it’s like starting your holiday early; like you’ve already arrived when you haven’t yet departed. Then there’s something even more exciting which is...

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M&M’s Excellent Adventure

M&M’s Excellent Adventure

First up, I have to ask: Who has missed a flight or conversely gone to the airport one day early simply because you didn’t properly look at your flight itinerary and thought your departure day/time was something entirely different from what it was? (Please share.) This was the case yesterday for a friend who was certain that he was flying to Europe that evening – having taken the day off in...

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Best Flight EVER

Best Flight EVER

My best flight ever. Hands down, absolutely ever! I had been in Hong Kong with a good friend of mine, CherryPop (this is truly his nickname). We’d even extended our stay by one day we were having such a great time. Having gone through customs & security at the airport in preparation for our return flight to Sydney we were just about to walk up the stairs to the Virgin Atlantic (another...

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Rats & a Laundered T-shirt

Rats & a Laundered T-shirt

It’s 1am in the morning and I am spending the night at YYZ (Toronto Airport) – by choice – because I couldn’t impose on anyone to get up in the middle of the night to deliver me the required two hours before my 6:30am flight. (“4:30am? Are you kidding!?”, was the exact response I think.) I’ve been here since midnight but I’m happy enough because I’ve found a quiet place...

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Blading Bridge to Bridge

Blading Bridge to Bridge

… (and back again) in San Francisco. In my quest to rollerblade every city I visit this year I pulled out my blades in San Francisco and discovered (surprisingly) that the city wasn’t the best for inline skating. No, not because of the hills – although they did limit the areas I could go – but because I couldn’t find any smooth road surfaces on my blade between the...

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Thelma & Louie

Thelma & Louie

The Great Desert Drive   My BestestCuz and I took a three day tri-State drive from Las Vegas recently taking in The Valley of Fire (NV), Zion National Park (UT), Bryce National Park (UT), and the North Rim of the Grand Canyon National Park (AZ). Here’s a few photos from the adventure that included lotsa laughs and lotsa rocks! (Click twice on the photos to see the full size...

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A Tale of Two Buses

A Tale of Two Buses

  I am sitting by the side of the road, California Interstate 5 to be exact, at 11pm on a Friday night as I write this. I was on longhaul bus trip from Las Vegas to San Francisco. ‘Was’ being the operative word. My Greyhound bus, which was running about 60 mins late as it was, has broken down due to loss of air pressure which has rendered the brakes useless. It’s roughly three...

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The Andes, Sth America’s Backbone

The Andes, Sth America’s Backbone

Note: I had been a journalist and a traveller concurrently for a number of years – attacking both with equal but separate passion – when a good friend of mine, a travel editor for House & Garden asked me to write a story about my upcoming adventures in South America. It was my ‘aha’ moment. Before that point I had never thought to combine the two things I loved to...

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The Crew Ship

The Crew Ship

Adventure on the high seas need not be the exclusive domain of sea-faring souls; even sea-fearing landlubbers can set sail and prove their sea worthiness by crewing on a private boat. First and foremost, let me clarify, I am not a sailor. I knew nothing of boats and even less about sails, but none of this stopped me from successfully crewing aboard a sailboat from Fiji to New Zealand. It was...

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