Category Archives: Trip 2012

Musical flip-flops

As soon I was leaving my first beach party on the island of Koh Phangan, I had to deal with the loss of my cherished blue hawaiana flip flops bought in Brazil, after someone with the same foot size must have run off with mine. I then ran off with someone else’s. By the end of my stay on the island I’d been through 3 pairs.

Banging out the ones and twos at the full moon party

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Buying a tailor made suit in Thailand

Buying a suit in Bangkok is a popular activity for many travellers passing through, with its reputation for kick ass threads and comparatively cheap prices to what they can buy back home. There is an abundance of tailors to be found in many parts of the city, and there will be no shortage of salesmen trying to get you into their shop at any given opportunity.

Having read the excellent advice given here, and researched independent reviews, I decided to go with Excelsior tailors. Their shop is somewhat well hidden off one of the main roads in Silom, so this was already an indication that they were a different class from the rip-off merchants found hustling customers on Kho San Road.
The owner, Sonny, of Indian descent was very welcoming, accommodating and arranged a free pick up from my hostel to take me to the shop.

The shop, Sonny and me

On inspection of the photos on the wall I noticed that celebrities including Elijah Woods had frequented the tailor (apologies for the fuzzy picture below, unintentional!), and I suppose that with my visit they’ll have a new addition to this collection. Continue reading

Posted from Mueang Phuket, Phuket, Thailand.

Christmas in Bhubaneswar, India

As India is not a Christian country, you don’t see any sign of Christmas here apart from in the tourist hotels..

Instead of Christmas festivities with the family, or rather, to make up for the lack of them, I treated myself to a (cold) shower after having broken my own record of consecutive days without washing since I left Istanbul 5 days ago! This was not intentional, but due to the 20 hour stop over in Dubai and the lack of any shower in the youth hostelĀ (which was a bit weird) in Hyderabad.

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Posted from Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.

Running away from los puercos in Istanbul

Istanbul was the first stop on my sabbatical trip as it was the furthest Easyjet would take me from London towards my eventual intended destination – New Zealand for my cousin’s wedding in February. I had been warned that the weather would be crap in December, that the taxi drivers would rip you off, and about the various scams, including the one where the unsuspecting traveller is lured by the offer of friendship, booze & company of hot women; which had all made me slightly anxious. However, as I found out, there was nothing to worry about… apart from the undercover police we ran away from (more on that later).

Istanbul by night

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Posted from Bhubaneswar, Orissa, India.