Shits at the Ritz (1 of 2) – Pakistan

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The events surrounding a visit to Pakistan for a f

A Beautiful Word for a Beautiful Place – Pogradec, Albania

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Philip Blazdell has discovered the secrets of Alba

Haecietas – Berat, Albania

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Despite the aching beauty of Albania, Philip Blazd

On the Rocks… – Tirana, Albania

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Tirana is a city full of rubble, but Philip Blazde

This Place for Bowing – Tokyo, Japan

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Tokyo’s the chain-smoking, pixellated-porn-loving,

The Brad Pitt Effect

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One horse towns, feudal economies and mountain sic

Shits at the Ritz (2 of 2)

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But I wasn’t in town to speculate, or even to tour the city’s naan bread shops as I had done most evenings; I was there to make sure my friend finally got married. So I took another hellish trip across town to his house. The menhndi, the night when the family bid farewell to their […]

Shopping for Buddhas – Japan

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Philip Blazdell searches Japan for Buddhas…and u

Petting Chipmunks – Joshua Tree National Park, California, USA

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The desert, a testing hike, and wonderful companio

Finns Aren’t What They Used to Be – Helsinki, Finland

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Finns Aren’t What They Used To Be Helsinki, Finland It was one of those beautiful Finnish spring days. A day of such pristine beauty that it almost seemed a crime to press my foot harder on the accelerator and hurry back from the north of the country to Helsinki. There wasn’t another car on the […]