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


15 – Meandering through Myanmar? – April 5 2013

photo23I am spending a period of three and a half months writing a book in Thailand and I needed to leave the country to renew my visa. Rather than a quick one day hop across the border to Cambodia, Laos or Malaysia I thought this was an ideal occasion to visit Myanmar, a country my wife Sharron visited Continue reading

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14 – The Beauty Pageant – Bantayan Island – Jan 18 2013

IMG_3357 PToday is our last day on Bantayan Island after spending seven days here. The first three we enjoyed the beautiful white sand beach but on the last three the wind got up and we spent most of our time in the restaurant accessing Continue reading


13 – The Dating Game – Bantayan Island – January 15 2013


The New Year has found me in the southern Philippines where I have been telling everyone the women are fast, or should I just say friendly and the internet is slow.

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12 – Leonard Cohen in Quebec – Lessons from a Master – Dec 9 2012


If the question is what could possibly induce me to visit Quebec in late November with the daytime temperature reaching  minus 16 then the answer is to watch one of the most talented artists in the world perform in his home town of Montreal.
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11 – A family outing – Thailand Oct 22 2012

For the second time this year I find myself typing away with a fan behind me in the village of Baen Non Waeng in Northeast Thailand. The fan is 5ft tall, a beautiful bronze complexion, and twists smoothly back and forth imparting relief and pleasure at every moment. Unfortunately this relief is provided by courtesy of Continue reading


10 – China on my mind – Oct 8 2012

IMG_4251I keep thinking this is my third visit to China but in fact it is the fifth time I have been in the country as I have twice visited Tibet and whether we like it or not after 50 years Tibet is as much part of China as Wales and Scotland are part of the UK.  So perhaps I should say this is my third visit to mainland or undisputed China. Continue reading


9 – Gerlee – Angel from the Steppes – Sept 27 2012

IMG_3297I am writing these comments as we journey across the Mongolian steppes in a comfortable Chinese train heading towards the Gobi Desert and China after three days in Mongolia.  This short visit to Mongolia has been my first and has revealed one surprise after another from the moment I noted that the streets of the capital Ulaan Baatar seemed to be full of very attractive young women. This was a million miles away from the stereotype I had of a somewhat stocky round faced nomad Continue reading


8 – Elvira – Dolly with the trolley (Looking for a husband on the Trans Siberian Railroad) – Siberia Russia Sept 21 2012


I am penning these words sitting in the somewhat dated but cosy Restaurant Car as we speed  across the partly forested Siberian plain between Krasnoysk and Irkutsk on the Trans Siberian railway. And perhaps I should address one misnomer at the very beginning Continue reading