Yes – the most powerful word

'Yes'. That single, affirmative response to a million questions asked every second around the world. Used 12 days ago in a sweaty, run down Nicaraguan town, the word set in motion a serious of events of such epic proportions, that they can only be described as a damn proper adventure. I had asked a question. …

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The Diaries: Kids and guns

In 2001, I spent my summer in Honduras. While everyone else back home was celebrating A-Level grades and choosing their halls of residence, I was 5000 miles away, hanging out with pirates, sheltering from hurricanes and narrowly avoiding 9/11. ———- The internet was still in its infancy really, and being on a remote desert island …

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The Matterhorn

5 years ago I climbed in The Monte Rosa range, a mountainous area sandwiched between Switzerland and Italy. It's famous for its range of 4000m mountains, lengthy glaciers, its typically alpine climate and, at one end, a rather good view of the Matterhorn. I was tired, 10 days of traversing 4000m peaks had left me …

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Hitting the Ho Chi Minh Trail

It's fair to say that Vietnam has had a bit of a chequered past. Much like Rwanda, Honduras, South Africa and many other countries i've visited, Vietnam has suffered from civil war, political upheaval and unwanted international attention. But just like these other countries, it also continues to wow travellers with its unique landscapes, unbelievably cheap …

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