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San Francisco 2011

While living in Los Angeles, it was inevitable I was going to find my way to San Francisco eventually. Everyone thinks Hollywood is the showbiz capital of the world, but I knew better. The San Francisco area is home to many, many celebrities, including fellow Villa fan Tom Hanks, and my personal comedy hero Robin Williams. It’s also home to…

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Los Angeles 2011

In April 2011, my employer moved me from the east coast to the west coast of America. I can’t say I was thrilled by the idea. I don’t know if I’ve mentioned it before but I absolutely hate the heat. I come from the Midlands in England. It’s dull, it’s dreary, and it’s usually cold. And I like it that…

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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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Bali 2011

I’d left the best until last for the final leg of my Far East tour – celebrating the New Year on the island paradise of Bali. I was flying in from Jakarta. While they’re technically part of the same country, the contrast between them couldn’t be greater. The island didn’t give me the best first impression, however. On exiting the…

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Jakarta 2010

After spending Christmas in Singapore, the next leg of my Far East tour was a visit to Indonesian capital, Jakarta…. I honestly couldn’t wait to leave. The air smells foul, there are flying insects all over the place and trying to get anywhere by road is a nightmare. I pre-paid for my taxi from the airport to the hotel. Which…

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Singapore 2010

A few days before Christmas 2010, I took a flight from Kuala Lumpur airport – which may not look like much, but is now one of my favourites – over to Changi airport in Singapore – which is definitely the world’s number one! Tripadviser had confidently confirmed to me that the “Pan Pacific” was the best hotel in Singapore and,…

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Kuala Lumpur 2010

As far as my parents are concerned, there’s only one acceptable holiday destination on the planet: Pakistan. That’s why, every few years, our whole family would pack several massive suitcases full of presents for faraway relatives and board a PIA flight to Islamabad, and we’d be there for at least a month. All other countries and cultures were inferior in…

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US East Coast 2010

In October 2010 I moved to New York City for work, and over the next six months got to know the area reasonably well. I also got to experience one of the most amazing snowstorms in living memory, which left me trapped in my Queens hotel for almost a week! The experience left me shocked at just how empty and…

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Washington, DC 2010

In September 2010 I went on a brief “Business Development” jaunt to Washington, DC – capital of the USA. Basically, I was there to negotiate contracts with some big media organisations. I only had my crappy old Nokia phone with me, so apologies for the poor quality photos. Inbetween meetings, I did manage to snap quite a few pictures of…

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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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