Narrow Escape…

There were two principal airlines in Laos during the early 70s – Lao Airlines and Royal Air Lao.  Both flew old piston-engined planes, especially the rugged DC-3 and a DC-4 – until Lao Airlines bought a Vickers Viscount – a turbo-prop. One week in...

Life as Adventure

Ever since I first set off for Laos straight out of university I have seen life as an adventure. Or perhaps more correctly as a set of adventures all strung together. Each had its own characteristics and each was quite different. Each brought a new challenge –...
Another side of Bali

Another side of Bali

Perhaps like me you grew up with a particular image of Bali – that of grass-skirted dancing girls frolicking in the waves. But after several visits in the past 15 years I have not seen any. But I did discover a more exciting side of Bali when I visited there in...
The Last Mile…

The Last Mile…

…is always the longest. A familiar saying, but one that I am always reminded of whenever I visit the Philippines. I have usually come half way around the world to do so, except that this time it was just a local trip – from Manila to Davao. According to my...

This Week’s Adventure

Nothing spectacular – but it was special to me… It was billed as the longest bike ride I have done in many years, and easily the longest since we moved here to Gloucestershire early in 2012. A few weeks ago I had decided that July 11th was the day I was...

Flying the Comet 4

Much joy is often derived from the totally unexpected. Such was my experience when I learned that I would be flying in a Comet 4 jet plane when I flew back to Laos via Thailand in 1971. The previous day had been quite hectic. I was getting anxious because I had not...