The Millennium Trip Travel Articles

The Millennium Trip – Letter #6
Namaste everyone, The poverty in India is oppressive. More so than in any other country I have been to. In India, the poverty refuses to be compartmentalized or hidden behind conveniently positioned hedgerows. Here it is in your face all the time. It is on the pavement; starving, sleeping, washing, whining, defecating – on the […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #2
Head of Zeus Statue. Mt Nemrut Dagi, Eastern Turkey Have just returned from watching the sun rise on the 2000 year old Commagene statues at the top of Mount Nemrut. Even the heads of the statues are taller than I am. Like something out of Ozymandius. Really, bizarre! Am now sitting in Malatya and waiting […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #13
Mickey Mouse walked into the cafe closely followed by Pluto. He was dressed in battle fatigues and he had a green handkerchief tied over his head in the way favoured by GI’s during the war. He had cut two holes in the top of the handkerchief where his ears stuck out. “Where are you going, […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #11
Ni hau everyone, They prowl the empty stations at night. Waiting, on fast bicycles. These are the brave men and women of the University English Departments. Selflessly devoting their time and efforts to the pursuit of native English speakers. Cleverly trapping their victims with insipid friendliness, free meals and tours of the city. "Exchoos me, […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #10
Ni hau everyone, Xi’an (map), ancient capital of China between the Qin and the Tang dynasties was home to Emperor Qin Shihuang’s army of terra-cotta soldiers. Arriving here was like arriving back in the 20th century with a jolt. We stepped out of our time machine to find ourselves surrounded by sky-scrapers, neon signs, western […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #20
Hello everyone, Apologies once again for the delay with this, my last letter. I have been back in South Africa for close on two weeks and am still coming to terms with the fact that I do not have to pack my backpack and leave tomorrow. Of course with this happy realisation comes the other, […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #19
G’day everyone, “So this is Christmas”. Arrived in Australia to canned carols, cheesy radio ads, decorated lamp posts, jazzy shop windows and chirpy attitudes; “G’day mate. How ya goin’?” “And what have you done?” Travelled from Istanbul to Sydney overland, almost. I had to fly from Papua New Guinea (PNG) to Australia in the end. […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #18
Apa kabar everyone, Java Island is famous for its rich coffee and turbulent history. With a size half that of mainland Britain, and a population nearly double, it is one of the most densely populated places on earth. In Jakarta (map), I had dinner with three journalist friends I met in Nepal. Amal, CC and […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #17
Ni Hau everyone, Apologies for the delay in writing this letter.  I have been a bit pre-occupied lately, as will become clear. On the way to Singapore (map) I stopped in Kuala Lumpur and Melaka. In KL I went to see the striking 452 metre high Petronas Twin Towers. For the time being at least, […]
The Millennium Trip – Letter #16
Selamat tengahari everyone, It is strangely liberating being an Orange Tango man. It is impossible to take yourself seriously, or indeed for anyone else to, while you look for all the world like a mobile danger lamp. Out of sheer necessity you develop an immunity to the opinions of others. Of course, it helps that […]