Notes from a Nomad

Remarkable People, Memorable Events and Fascinating Destinations from Around the World.


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21 – The King never smiles – and nor does Peter! Thailand today and the unkindest cut of all – Dec 5 2013

I recently bought a home in Thailand where I hope to spend many future winters and last week was the King of Thailand’s 86th birthday. Despite making multiple visits to Thailand in the last 9 years  this was the first time I had been here on his birthday and able to watch the extraordinary scenes of affection as the Continue reading


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16 – The House that Gio built – an Italian in the Orient – April 21 2013

IMG_6227If one of the subjects of this website is remarkable people it is fair to say that Juergen Lusuardi (Gio) qualifies and it is equally true that anyone who meets Gio will not quickly forget him – and especially when they discover how many others benefit from his energy and efforts. Continue reading


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2 – Defending Pattaya – Thailand April 12 2012

I am coming to the end of a two week stay in Pattaya of all places and I have seen this unique city from a very different perspective.  That is surprising in that my previous visits had afforded some contrasting experiences given that they included coming as a solo male traveller, a short stay in Thailand with my Continue reading