How to get your backpack held for ransom in Athens

After 2 wonderful days in Athens, I was due to head to Milos for some r&r on a Greek island with white-painted buildings, donkeys and shady bougainvillea shaded cafes. Not wanting to take my large backpack with me, I asked my airbnb host whether I could leave it a his house (after I had decanted … Continue reading How to get your backpack held for ransom in Athens

Shanghai Thunderstorms

I am currently sitting in my room on the 15th floor of a hotel near the Shanghai Science Museum metro station, watching an electrical storm fork across the sky accompanied by a soundtrack of annoyed honks from those cars gridlocked on the road below. This hotel room is not my intended accommodation for the night … Continue reading Shanghai Thunderstorms