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Hong Kong

glitter and gleam

Ni hao from Hong Kong, Hong Kong looks like a thriving modern metropolis, blooming and gleaming in the brilliant sunshine against the backdrop of blue harbour and steep, green hills. But there’s a sordid side to the gleam and glitter and on Sunday it’s all exposed to the sun. Sunday is the day off for …Read More

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Argentina

beef and burgundy

Hola from Buenos Aires, Sometimes one gets a bit exasperated with late flights. Aerolíneas Argentinas is famously a bit lax on timetables and punctuality. But sometimes a traveller can be supremely thankful for their tardiness. This happened on exit from Caracas. Not in possession of the exit tax, I had great tribulation extracting sufficient money …Read More

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Uruguay

party and personality

Bom dia from Colonia, Uruguay, South Americans certainly take their politics seriously. After catching the ferry across the Río de la Plata from Buenos Aires, hiring a scooter and investigating the cobbled streets of Colonia, I quickly became aware that an election was imminent. You can tell this by the number of signs, banners and …Read More

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Venezuela

guns and roses

Hola from Venezuela, Sometimes it’s better not to know what danger you might have just avoided. Who wants to know that a shark just brushed their surfboard? Or, that a train derailment occurred on the track you just came from? Bush walks don’t normally entail danger but in Venezuela, it’s apparently not a common practice. …Read More

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Venezuela

El Libertador e Hugo Chavez

Hola from Venezuela, When Hugo Chavez led a daring coup against an undemocratic, deeply unpopular government in Venezuela, it had to be aborted. When arrested, Chavez requested two minutes on national television so he could alert the conspirators to the coup’s failure. At the end of his televised speech, he uttered two crucial words which …Read More