Incomprehensible neon lights whizz past as I speed through the crowded streets of Tokyo, narrowly avoiding obstacles. A gust of wind tugs at the edge of my mustache. I briefly take my hand off the steering wheel to save my mustache from becoming roadkill. That’s all it takes for my brother, Mario, to overtake me […]Read more "Life Lesson #55 – Real Mario Kart Exists"
When I decided to get my New York State Driver’s License, I knew that I would have to endure a 5-hour driving class. I expected it to be boring… but I never expected it to become one of my most insane stories of all time.Read more "Life Lesson #54 – Drive Me Crazy"
An opening in the clouds formed the shape of a heart. Through it, a single star became visible. The North Star. “Make a wish”, whispered the spirit guides to our unlikely hero, a gangly lad from the bottom of the earth on the cusp of an age he never dreamed he’d live to be. But […]Read more "Life Lesson #53 – You Can Live a Fairytale in a Weekend"
As the train began to lurch forward, someone grabbed me. I turned and saw a man from the lowest caste, the untouchables. His left eye was milky white, and the right one was missing. He used a stick to help him walk. Through a large scar on his head, I could see his ivory coloured […]Read more "Life Lesson #52 – Cattle Class"
You know that feeling when you open the dishwasher just after it finishes and the steam devours you and you can’t breathe or see? That’s what it feels like in the jungle. All the time. Our much anticipated 10 day jungle retreat was cancelled two days before we arrived in Iquitos, Peru – the largest city in […]Read more "Life Lesson #51 – Don’t Join a Cult in the Amazon Jungle"
I felt extremely underdressed when I arrived in the village of Holonga in my best T-shirt, shorts and flip flops. I hadn’t considered considered wedding attire when packing for my tropical holiday.Read more "Life Lesson #50 – Always Go To The Wedding"
Helsinki is just two hours from Tallinn by ferry. But, if you’re planning on making the trip, I really must tell you two things.Firstly, Linnanmäki, the wonderful-awesome-looking amusement park is really easy to get to from the centre of Helsinki. But don’t make this trip unless you’re sure it’s open. And, even if the big illuminated […]Read more "Life Lesson #49 – What Not to Do in Helsinki"
Today, for the second time in a month, I ended up naked in front of my entire tour group and an ensemble of assorted strangers. Well, almost naked. It was this woman’s fault. I’m going to call her Jezebel. After being entertained by her display of belly flexibility, I think nothing of it when she […]Read more "Life Lesson #48 – Never Look a Belly Dancer in the Eye"
Today, I saw a woman dressed as Tom Jones’ long lost brother take her clothes off. Including the ‘tache.It all started a year ago, when I missed two flights and three shows in one day (if you’re feeling low on schadenfreude you can read the full story here). Those shows were in Edinburgh, at the […]Read more "Life Lesson #47 – Second Time Lucky"
I’m proud of my suitcase. The only mementos of my travels are plastered all over it. When you travel as often as I do, collecting 2D souvenirs starts to seem as desirable as it is practical. And, when I’m bored in a queue at an airport, I do love being able to stir pleasant memories […]Read more "Life Lesson #46 – Left Luggage"