Birds of Guyana

Guyana, situated in close proximity to Venezuela, Suriname and Brazil, shares many of the bird species of the Amazonian region.   Of 900 varieties of birds known in this former British colony, two… Read More

TRINITY TEMPLE – SCOTLAND’S OLDEST UNIVERSITY?

  Teampull na Trionad (Holy Trinity Church) near Carinish on North Uist may be the site of Scotland’s oldest university. Standing on a gentle hillside, it offers views of the surrounding wetlands, out to… Read More

NORTH UIST: BIRDLIFE AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD

North Uist: RSPB Balranald   On the outer edges of the British Isles, in the Uist chain of Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, beyond the many lochs and inlets of North Uist, where the sea… Read More

Isle of Berneray, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

Woolly Creatures – North Uist, Outer Hebrides, Scotland

A Dog’s Eye View: Astana, Kazakhstan

Wild at Heart : Scottish Landscapes

The Kazakh Collection: Astana in Summer

  Blue skies and sunshine through the summer months, in Astana, the great capital of Kazakhstan, on the Siberian Steppe.    

Expat Survival Guide : The Etiquette Danger Zone

  The Etiquette Danger Zone   Nice to Meet You On a recent business trip to South Korea, Microsoft founder Bill Gates met President Park Geun-hye and committed a huge faux-pas, without the… Read More

Expat Survival Guide : Dealing with Danger

Dealing with Danger It goes without saying that, during your expat travels, you’ll probably stand out from the local population: not just for your skin or hair colour, or your facial features, but… Read More

Expat Survival Guide : When Not to be a Welcoming Host – Little Beasties

Expat Survival Guide – To Living Abroad Little Beasties :  When Not to be a Welcoming Host   If you’re arriving in exotic climes, you probably already have some idea that snakes and… Read More

Expat Survival Guide : Helping Children Cope

  Expat Survival Guide   Children: seen and heard Their happiness is your happiness. Be honest about the move and avoid making promises you can’t fulfil (like their friends coming to visit). Before… Read More

Expat Survival Guide : Infidelity and Relationships on the Rocks

Expat Survival Guide Infidelity and Relationships on the Rocks   Your relationship is about to be tested – especially if your move revolves around one partner, rather than both, taking up employment. If… Read More

Expat Survival Guide : The Truth About Saying Farewell to Friends and Family

Expat Survival Guide The Truth About Saying Farewell to Friends and Family   You are going to miss your family and friends. Literally, you will miss anniversaries, birthdays and weddings, supporting loved ones… Read More

Expat Survival Guide : It’s life… but not as you knew it

  Expat Survival Guide It’s life …. but not as you knew it If you want everything to remain the same, moving abroad is not for you. Your time abroad is going to… Read More

How to… Get Married in Belarus or Russia

Moscow’s Passport magazine first published a longer version of my article.   How to Get Married in Belarus or Russia It may be true that 65% of all Russian marriages end in divorce… Read More

Viva Las Vegas

Viva Las Vegas   It’s often said that Vegas isn’t so much a city as a state of mind. Since the city’s advertising slogan assures us that ‘what happens in Vegas, stays in… Read More

The Belarusian Collection

How to… Drink Vodka

 How to … Drink Vodka The Belarusians say that a festive table isn’t worth its salt without a bottle of vodka. Despite having a population of just 10 million, Belarus is the world’s… Read More

Portraiture: Languor

The delicious languor of Bertie (Jack Russell mix)

Top Ten… Wondrous Travel Quotes

Top Ten …  Wondrous Travel Quotes ‘All major cities are divided into two parts: the bits that are in the guidebook and the bits that aren’t. If you don’t take a guidebook, you’ll… Read More

The Guatemalan Collection

How to Behave… at ‘Hell’s Gate’

How to Behave … at ‘Hell’s Gate’   Not the Devil’s front door, but New Zealand’s Rotorua: a steaming, volcanic casserole. If you can stand the smell, then Hell’s Gate may be your… Read More

The Las Vegas Collection

Animal Magic in Belarus, Russia and Eastern Europe

Top Ten …  Animal Magic in Belarus, Russia and Eastern Europe   Superstitions abound regarding animals’ intuition and magical abilities.    Dogs    Despite their fondness for snuffling up crumbs which fall to the… Read More

The Jordanian Collection

How to Behave… at a Russian Dinner Table

  Hope you’ve brought a gift with you: wine is welcome but so are chocolates or flowers (if giving a small bouquet, make sure there are an odd number of flowers, as even… Read More

The Boston Collection

How to Behave… at a Russian Banya

As the British love tea and the Americans love Reece’s Peanut Butter Cups, so do Russians love the banya. Visit with friends, to catch up on gossip while submitting to the steam.  … Read More

Portraiture: Tickles

All a-quiver with the wibbly wobbly delights of a tummy tickle  (Bertie – Jack Russell mix)

How to Behave … in a Togolese Fetish Market

How to Behave … in a Togolese Fetish Market   If you ever find yourself in Lomé, the French-speaking capital of Togo, don’t miss out on a trip to the fetish market: home… Read More

Spring

The Ghanaian Collection

Portraiture: Evgenia

  Lovely Evgenia, from Kiev, Ukraine.  

Nova Scotia’s Brier Island : Whales and Wilderness

Looking for a secluded get-away, fabulous coastal scenery and the chance to get in touch with your ‘wild’ side? Nova Scotia’s Brier Island is the answer: small yet perfectly formed at just l.5… Read More

The Scottish Collection

Road Trip

Don’t just view the world: inhale deeply….. (diplomaticdog.wordpress.com  is my sister site  –  in honour of dog love)

Ice Storm

Love and Marriage : Ghanaian Style

There is a saying in Ghana to warm the heart of every voluptuous woman, to help her learn to love her wobbly bottom and encourage her to have that extra slice of cake… Read More

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