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Turkish Cyprus 2015

In 1974, Turkey invaded the northern part of the island of Cyprus and have controlled about 40% of the territory ever since. They’ve named it the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, but in truth it’s just an exclave of Turkey now. After all, they officially use the Turkish language and the Turkish Lira, and have an enormous Turkish military presence.…

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Greek Cyprus 2015

Most people go to Greek Cyprus for the clubbing. I’m not most people. In fact, I hadn’t even heard of Ayia Napa until after I came back home. Everyone assumed I’d gone to Cyprus for the hedonism and kept asking how drunk, high and laid I’d gotten in my week on the Med. I actually came to Greek Cyprus for…

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Ljubljana 2015

In early 2015, I was sent over to Slovenia for a science education project that was being launched by the Prime Minister. It was an intensive couple of weeks. However, afterwards I stayed a few extra days in Ljubljana, so I could explore this relatively unknown – in Britain anyway – central European capital. Turns out finding Indian food in…

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Istanbul 2015

Early 2015 and I was heading back to Istanbul once again for a quick cultural tour of both the European old city and the Anatolian side. I love playing tour guide for family and friends who are visiting new places and, seeing as I’d lived in this city for about six months, I was the perfect person to plan the…

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Andalucía Tour 2014 (1)

Another Christmas and another big foreign tour. Once again I’m spending my winter in a different country. This time around, I’ve decided to take some of my family to see the Andalusian region of Spain. As usual, we were taking the sensible option of flying into Malaga, hiring a car, and controlling our own schedule. If you have the ability…

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Sweden 2013

Work commitments meant I had to visit Sweden in spring of 2013. My meetings would only take up two days, but I booked myself a five-day trip so I could explore both the capital, Stockholm, and the University town of Karlstad. It’s more than 450 years old and sits on the banks of Lake Vänern – the largest lake in…

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Rome 2011

My time living in the USA was coming to an end in September 2011. My employer was moving me to the Middle East for a few months to work on a massive science festival project. I decided that on the way to the UAE, I was going to try and arrange an extensive layover in one of my bucket list…

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Edinburgh 2011

In April 2011, while working as a consultant in the science education field, I was asked to visit the Edinburgh Science Festival on behalf of a Middle Eastern client who wanted to bring something similar – but much grander – to the GCC region. I’d only visited the city once before, as a teenager, and welcomed the opportunity to re-visit…

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Istanbul 2010

So I spent more than six months in 2010 living and working in Istanbul. Click here for more on that story. I used what little free time I had to enjoy as much of the city as I could. However, I rarely took photos as I was too busy working or enjoying myself! Formerly known as Byzantium, and then Constantinople,…

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